Farming Matters: Workers never stuck in a rut

Chiltern Hills Agricultural Association ploughing match at Kingsey.
Chiltern Hills Agricultural Association ploughing match at Kingsey.

Saturday was perfect ploughing weather. Which was lucky really, for the members of the Chiltern Hills Agricultural Association who were taking part in their annual ploughing match.

The dry, warm weather brought plenty of spectators to enjoy the spectacle held at Shrove Furlong Farm in Kingsey courtesy of Nick and Zoe Skipworth.

Ruth Wass, secretary of the association, said: “A lot of members of the public turned out to support us, lots of families. It was a very good day.”

Eighteen people took part in four competitions using a mixture of vintage and contemporary tractors and ploughs.

The competitions included whole furrow, commercial open, reversible and vintage.

The overall champion who received the most points was Mark Clifford from Bovingdon, with Peter Eldred coming in as reserve champion.

Hot and cold tasty refreshments were provided by Poppet Baylis and her daughter-in-law Alison, who is secretary of Bucks County Show.

The day was certainly a lovely family event, with farming friends enjoying a chance to catch up with each other.

The association was formed in 1852 for farmers within a 10-mile radius of Wendover.

The idea was to encourage them to enter competitions, and they were and still are judged today on their crops, sheep, dairy and beef cattle, and best large and small farm.

They also gather each year for a harvest supper. These days it is held at Chiltern Forrest Golf Club but it was often held in the past at the Crystal Rooms in Tring.