We added boots, flasks of tea, and wet weather gear in the car boot before we set off for the West End, Windlesham & District Agricultural & Horticultural Society’s Annual Tractor Ploughing Match, held on Sunday 8th September at Manor Farm, Stoke D’Abernon.
A splendid sunny morning for the competitors, although, being Britain, heavy rain come over and went that luckily for everyone didn’t affect the ground.
Many of the tractors were 1960-era Massey Ferguson’s. There was Marshall tractor which sounded different from all the others. It had a slow thumpity-thump sound; looked older than all the other tractors, and yet was the best presented. Naturally, I had to talk to owner Steve Morris, who won Class 7 for the ‘Best Maintained Vintage Tractor (built prior to 1960)’. I was also pleased to talk to notable West Ender, John Medhurst, about tractor ploughing with tractors and horses. I’ve added a brief photo library to give a flavour of the day.