British National Ploughing Championships 2018
Over 250 champion ploughmen and women from throughout Great Britain converged on the village of Austrey near Atherstone in Warwickshire on 13th and 14th October for the 68th British National Ploughing Championships. Gale force winds and rain over the two days failed to dampen the enthusiasm. 250 acres of Tractors, Horses and Steam Engines all devoted to ploughing was a sight to behold.
Bobs Engine Club members and their exhibits formed a major part of the static display and can be seen in the videos that follow. The Tea,Coffee and Sunday Soup provided to members and friends were most welcome.
Here we have a Drone's eye view of the buildings and geography of the club and associated buildings in June 2018. The heap of rubble is the remains of theworkshop buildings that were destroyed in the fire. As can be seen we have started on the new foundations, we are rebuilding the workshop, bigger and better.
On 27th Decvember 2017 in the early hours we were informed that the Club workshop was ablaze.
The Workshop, Blacksmiths shop and Storage sheds were completely destroyed along with the Static caravan.
Fortunately no one was hurt, the Fire briage and Fire officer prevented the fire from spreading to the main Museum building and the rest of the site.
Our thanks to the Emergency services for their prompt and efficient responce.
Along with the Landlord, the decision is to rebuild the Workshops - Bigger and Better.
The site now boasts mains electricity so our backup trusty Generator is now up for sale. If you know of anyone who would be interested then contact Bob. Click HERE for the Generator page.
We are now on Facebook, so please click on the Logo to see what we look like on Social Media. Please give us a 'Like'whilst you are there. We are told it helps, like a shot of Redex in the tank!
The club started in 1997, it’s aims are the restoration and presentation of old stationary engines, or barn engines as they are sometimes known, including any relevant farm machinery and equipment, vintage collections and memorabilia. We have members with Barn engines, tractors, motor bikes, cars, working and static displays as well as models. For example we have collections of Tilley lamps, old cameras, a collection of milk churns, vintage lawn mowers, wooden toys, blow lamps, kitchen and laundry equipment, working miniature steam, cycles and auto cycles; in fact all things vintage!
Meetings Meetings are held on the first Friday of every month, except for December, at Woodside Farm, Orton Lane, Twycross, Leicestershire CV9 3HA from 7.30PM onwards. In December the club holds a social event on a Saturday night, attendance is not obligatory, but all are made very welcome – tea and coffee come free of charge. Other refreshments are on sale and a raffle is held to help defray the cost of the evening.
Membership Cost of membership is £20 per year, the membership fee includes a £5,000,000 public liability insurance, covering any rally or show in the British Isles providing members adhere to the safety code. At most shows and rallies proof of insurance will be asked for, it is therefore advisable to carry your membership card to all shows. Also included with you club membership is N.F.U. Countryside membership, allowing access to their stands, usually at agricultural shows.
Download your Membership Form here
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Contact For further information please contact the secretary, whose details are on the contact page. Other clubs are very welcome to join us on our show days. For further information please contact the secretary. Details as above.