The North Bucks Vintage Tractor Club held their annual winter ploughing match and first of the 2017 year at Lathbury in Milton Keynes on Sunday the 22nd of January. Every year we hold a ploughing match in memory of Peter Cook a well-known and loved farmer in the Sherington/Lathbury area who died of cancer. Peter’s Dad, Michael Cook donated a Silver Plate in Peter’s name and this is awarded to the club member who achieves the highest score on the day.
Despite the very frosty weather (-7°C) first thing we had a good turn out, fifty seven ploughmen booked in and only five did not made it on the day. Classes were: classic, vintage mounted, trailed, horticultural and novice. It is good to see that both trailed and horticultural keep increasing in numbers and ploughmen travel from as far afield as Wiltshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire to compete.
By mid morning the sun came out and it turned out warm and lovely. It was another successful day for the club with record money raised for Brain Tumor Research the charity chosen by Michael Cook and for Milton Keynes Hospital Critical Care, the chosen charity of the club for this year.
Many thanks go to Michael Cook for allowing us to use the land. We have far too many people to thank for their help with the organizing, cooking, helping and donating of raffle prizes. We must not forget the ploughman and judges without whom the event would not have been possible.