Ploughing match is at award-winning farm

West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society's Annual Ploughing Match. Derek Hilton with Tommy left and Major. photo by derek martin
West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society's Annual Ploughing Match. Derek Hilton with Tommy left and Major. photo by derek martin

An award-winning arable and livestock farm has been chosen to host this year’s annual ploughing match held by the West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society on Saturday September 15.

The County Times would like to clarify that, due to technical difficulties beyond our control, the date was incorrectly printed in Thursday’s edition of the South Downs paper.

The ploughing match will be hosted by John and Alison Ford at Priors Byne Farm at Partridge Green, which is also the production home of Sussex Gold oil seed rape oil.

Entrance to the event will be via the B2135 Bines Road on the outskirts of Partridge Green.

The society, established in 1871, has been holding shows for more than 125 years. It is very pro-active in promoting the interests of the local farming community, including holding an extensive range of Field Competitions through out the year., culminating in prizes awarded on the day.

The winners of the Best Farmed Farms Classes this year were Liverton Partners of Goffsland Farm, Shipley (farms below 500 acres) and David Exwood of Westons Farm, Itchingfield (farms 500 acres and above).

In addition to the twelve different plough classes, including Novice , Open, Vintage.

The great crowd-puller is the Heavy Horse Ploughing.

It also hoped that there will be a demonstration again of Steam Ploughing with some massive engines at work on the day.

There will also be Hedge Laying, Hedge Cutting and Welding competitions where competitors show off their rural crafts.

The traditional Livestock Show will include a range of cattle and sheep classes, including the ever popular lamb and calf handling classes,.

The latter enable the future generation of farmers to take part with youngsters of all ages involved in showing farm animals.

A selection of other rural attractions will include the Parade of Hounds from the Crawley & Horsham Hunt and the incredibly popular terrier racing, ferrer racing, clay pigeon shoot, competitive training by the Utility Gundog Society, including a scurry open to all.

There are the Field Produce competitions with entries being later auctioned for the Society’s funds and a domestic produce stall with its delicious range of home-cooked cakes.

Numerous other Side Shows will include Tug-of-War; Coconut Shy; Farrier Display; Sheep Shearing Demonstration, Skittles. Poultry, Pig display etc.., with the emphasis on entertainment for the whole family and education in farming and country life, including Tractor and Trailer rides around the show.

Excellent catering facilities will be provided along with a licensed bar, many trade stands and demonstrations and the annual raffle which is usually a sell-out with its many prizes. Entry is £5 per adult with children under 14 free, making a good day out for all the family.

The prize presentation at the end of the afternoon involves some impressive silverware which has been competed for during many years.

It is always hotly contested as are the field competitions prior to the event.

The ploughing match is a colourful showcase for farming and agriculture..

This year’s event promises to achieve usual high standards.