Welcome to issue four of The Vintage Scene. It’s been a tough task to find reports for this issue due to so many events being cancelled. Photographer Kenny Wharton has been out and about though, supplying us with some stunning photos; front and back covers of this issue! The


front cover picture is of Beauty and Prince (owned by John Taylor) taken at the Don Woodhouse Memorial Ploughing Match. The back cover is of Colin Hewetson ploughing his winning plot at the Ferryhill Ploughing Match.

In this issue we have another interesting restoration article from The Ferguson Club’s John Selley. B H Leake & Sons talk us through rubber covering of wheels on steam engines. We have a lovely article by Alan Porter about how a young enthusiast acquired his first steam engine. We meet Belle, the Belgian Draſt who brings traditional horsepower back to the Cotswolds. As well as all this, we have hundreds of event dates and some event previews.

We have been very lucky to secure a Vintage Scene reader offer - 20% DISCOUNT on any orders from Old Pond Publishing. Simply visit their website and enter VS20 in the promo code box. Offer ends 31st May 2020. If you are a fan of Old Pond products, be sure to check out page 31 and enter our competition to win books and a DVD.

If you have a vintage story to tell, please don’t be shy; we’d love to hear from you! We are always on the look out for event reports, old farming pictures and stories, old character stories and restoration projects. Drop me an email at if you would like to contribute.

See you in May. Heather Contents

4. A Labour of Love 6. Rubber Covering 8. Bringing Back Traditional Horsepower to The Cotswolds 10. Don Woodhouse Memorial Ploughing Match 12. Ferryhill Ploughing Match 14. NVTEC Notts Winter Working Day

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Members of The Ferguson Club look forward to their AGM and Annual Members Weekend which this year will be held at Wilmslow over the weekend of 25th & 26th April.

A time to renew aquaintances and make new ones.

The Ferguson Club will be at shows right across the country throughout the year. Members will enthusiastically welcome you and help you with any technical query you might have. Many are time served engineers with a wealth of knowledge who will freely share that knowledge with you.

There is always a good selection of merchandise and, especially if you are in Scotland, more tea and cake than you can shake a stick at and served with a smile, regardless of what the weather might be throwing at you!

You can join on our stand, on line at or contact our

Membership Secretary on 01423 323177 or by Email at It might just be the best £20 you spend!

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16. Somerset Tractor Show 18. Oh, To Own A Steam Engine! 23. Subscription Form 24. Diary Dates 30. Event Previews 31. Old Pond Giveaway


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