Stoke Bliss Ploughing & Homecrafts





























September 2018 Ploughing Match


The day once again dawned with a blue sky and no rain clouds around for our 71st ploughing match at Sutton Park, Sutton, Nr Tenbury Wells.   As visitors drove down the drive they were greeted to a wonderfull site of 46 ploughmen with their machines and horses. working their magic on the soil.   Annette Turner had  worked very hard to get 4 pairs of horses to give us a great display of how it was done with original horse power, a pair of Grey Dutch Draft from Dymock, a pair of Shires from Oxfordshire, another pair from Crickhowell and more locally Crunchy with his logging cobs from Linley Green, to see these working is a magical sight and always attracts  a crowd.   After a summer that was  the hottest on record the ground was very dry but all things considered  it ploughed well.  Once again the ladies committee had done  much work in the handicraft shed, which had all the class sections with the craft stalls under one roof.  It is always amazing, that, what can be  a storage, stock or  grain  shed a few days before is transformed into  a place for displays, cooking, eating, and drinking by a small group of committted members along with the help of the hosting family.  There were a dozen or so of local craft stalls to purchase items from, all local handmade products.  Once again Elaine's Kitchen and her helpers did a stirling job in feeding everyone a hot roast lunch of local pork and beef.

The day stayed dry and warm for eveyone to enjoy a very social time,  catching up with friends, having a meal together, partaking at the bar, run by The Fox Inn and seeing if they had won any prizes after the judging had taken place.  In many cases there were families of three and four generations and possibly even five spending the day together in what is a day many look forward to all year.   The day drew to a close with the prize and cup presentations, the grand draw and the chairman Phillip Wildig's thanks to the hosts for the day, the Mogan Family, the ploughmen, visitors, judges, helpers, sponsers and especially the committee members who work so hard all year to make the day happen.

Photographs on this page by Paul Lack

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