September 2019 Ploughing Match
Once again, the weather Gods were looking down on us as the annual ploughing match took place at Underhill Farm, Collington, home to the Edwards family. It's been quite some years since rain spoiled the day and it did not disappoint this year, with horrible heavy showers the day before and more forcast for the day after, we were very lucky to get away with a light shower for a few minutes in the afternoon. The ground ploughed well after the recent rain with over 60 ploughmen and their machines turning the soil. There were three teams of horses with one team having three working side by side. There were good entries in the homecraft section with so many coffee cakes the judge said she would not mind if she never tasted one again! The handicraft was of a very high standard in all the classes. Photography was another class with lots of entries and always worth a look at. The judges of the preserves section had a very hard task with some excellent drinks, jams and chutneys to sort into prize winners. In fact, Sally and Dicky had such a hard time deciding who to put first, between two bottles of cassis and sloe gin, that the gin entry was nearly all drunk, a good sign that it was a difficult decision to make! They both agreed that it is the best job in the farming year. The food was again excellent, provided by Elaine's Kitchen, with so many people to eat her roast beef or pork lunch, curry, cottage pie or fish and chips which meant they would not have to eat again untill the next day. The children had a good time on the bouncy castle and the bucking sheep which was great fun to see how long they could stay on its back. There were craft stalls to browse or buy from and a raffle to try your luck at, all in all a wonderful day out for everyone. A very big thank you to Brian and Margaret, Tom and Tina and Dave and Holly for providing the venue and farm buildings for the annual event. The ones who must not be forgotten in all this is the match committees who under the guildence of the chairpersons Philip Wildig and Lis Morris work so hard to put on such a popular country event.
Photographs on this page by Paul Lack
A Job Well Done