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As you know our charity for the past couple of years and again this year has been FLEET. Today a new defibrillator was installed at Clock Garage, Summercourt.The second one in the village. This one was in memory of Peter Lobb, our much loved and missed committee member and supporter. Thanks to David Carne from FLEET (and our trade Secretary) for the photos. And a huge thank you to all those that have given donations, without which this wouldn’t have happened.

 

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It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday that John Green had passed away. John had been a committee member for many years. He loved to come along to our working weekends and do a spot of ploughing. John and Mary also hosted the May CTTRR road runs with refreshments back at St Mawes. John will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Our thoughts are with Mary and John’s family at this sad time.

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It is with great sadness that we have to report that Peter Pink passed away yesterday evening. Peter was a well known figure at both our rally and also numerous ploughing events. He helped to organise the popular Laneast ploughing match along with his wife, Gwen. Our thoughts are with Gwen, family and Peter’s friends at this difficult time. Funeral details to follow.

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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that on Monday 18th April, Peter Lobb our working section secretary and husband of our chairperson, Diane, passed away. Peter along with his brother Bernard have been a huge part of CTC for many years. The working section has grown in to a varied and interesting section whilst under the care of Peter. Peter has also arranged many road runs over the years. The most recent being in January of this year. A ploughman he enjoyed ploughing with his Massey Ferguson 65, taking part in our working events and other matches, quite often winning his class. Peter was well known throughout the county and beyond both in the vintage scene and of course the plant business. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts are with Diane, and Pete’s family and friends at this sad time.

 

Bereavement announcement.

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Henry Matthews. Henry was well know thoughout the rally fields of Cornwall, often seen sporting his trademark wellies. Henry’s funeral will be held on 14th March at 2.30pm at Chacewater Church. No flowers by family request but donations can be given via Malcom Carveth, Funeral Directors, to the Mountford House Aminety Fund. Henry will be sadly missed. From everyone at Cornish Tractor club we send our thoughts to Henry’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Bereavement announcement.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear friend and club supporter, Leon Vanstone from Dawshouse, near Launceston. Leon was a very good ploughman and supported us at this years event at Laneast. Funerals arrangements to follow. Our thoughts are with Leon’s wife, Pauline and family at this difficult time.

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It is with great sadness that we report of the death of Frank Keat from Bodmin. Known to many in the equine community and dear father of club member and supporter, Tim. Our thoughts are with Tim and his family at this difficult time.

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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our dear friend, club member and long time supporter John Tryner, from Five Lanes, nr Launceston has passed away. A memorial service is to be held on 16th October at Alturnun Church. Everyone welcome. Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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It is with sadness that the club has to report the passing of Russell Andrews, of Liverton, Devon. Russell’s funeral will take place at Torquay crematorium on Friday 17th July at 11.15am. Russell and his wife, Eve supported Cornish Tractor Club for many years in our motorbike section. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Eve and the family at this sad time.

 

 

Bert Scawn

Pictured above is member Bert Scawn, who sadly passed away last year on September 20th. We received a lovely letter about Bert’s life, from his brother, Ray.

He is shown on his 1950 T20. I was this tractor that he took his driving test on after leaving school and working on a farm. Soon after leaving the farm Bert went on to work at Stannon Clay works. During this time he also did national service in Korea, returning to the clay works, where he stayed until hi retirement. Most of the time whilst at Stannon Bert was driving machinery belonginning to Western X, such as Muir Hill dumpers, 10RB, 19RB Smith 21 priestman (draglines or face shovels), also bulldozers and Poclain and Akerman diggers. Berts job mainly involved removing overburden and sand. One of the major jobs that Bert was to be involved with was the re routing of the river in 1974.

Sadly Bert passed away on 20th Spetember 2014 and was buried at Lanteglos on 7th October.  Sadly missed by all that knew him.

Results from September working weekend and ploughing match

Saturday 20th

1st – Rob Hattam, 2nd – David Giles, 3rd –  Peter Chapman

Sunday 21st 

1st – Peter Lobb, 2nd – John Knuckey, 3rd – Don Symons

Well done to the winners and thanks to eveyone who came and supported us, photos and video (Yes video!) can be found on the gallery page and the facebook page, and the new youtube channel.

 
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Cornish Tractor Club would like to wish both Bernard Lobb and Kathryn Knuckey a very happy 70th birthday for 19th September! Hope you both have a lovely day!! 
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Laneast Ploughing Match Results 2014

Please find attached the Laneast Ploughing Match 2014 Results

2014 Pre Easter Road Run Report

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Our pre Easter road run was held on Sunday 13th April.  We left from Truro Tractors yard at Chacewater and travelled through the Cornish countryside to our crib stop at Stithians Dam.  After a short stop to refuel (tummies not tractors!) and stretch our legs we carried on to our lunch stop at the Inn for All Seasons at Treleigh where we were very well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed our carvery lunch.

A grand total of £135 was raised fro our charity, Childrens Hospice South West.

Nearly fifty tractors took part ranging from a 1945 Fordson E27n P6 right up to new John Deeres.  A few people got lot and there was only one small breakdown but a genuinely good time was had by all!

Thanks go to all those that came and supported us, to the Inn for All Seasons for a lovely lunch and to Truro Tractors for the use of their yard.

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New Year Road Run

There was a good turnout again for the road run with 47 tractors and 60 people joining us for a lovely roast lunch at The Crown Pub at St Ewe.  A great time was had by all adn we raised £122 for our chosen charity Children’s Hospice South West.

Can anyone help Maria Nooney please?

We have been contacted by Maria Nooney on behalf of her father Matty Nooney in Ireland, he has a Massey Ferguson Tractor serial number 100819 dated 9th January 1968 and he wants to get a registration document for it, the local registration office in Ireland could not help him – can anyone here help with this please, if so contact marianooney@icloud.com

A Sad Note (Extended)

Sorry to announce that Joe Long from Zelah has passed away.

Glad to let you know that Jean Tryner is on the mend, she was in Launceston hospital following a bit of an accident when she broke her hip but she is now doing well.

Geoge Carew from Dobwalls is home from hospital.  Get well soon.

CTC Film Show Evening Review

On Wednesday 27th November, we had a film show at Ladock Village Hall with about twenty people attending.

We started with a minutes silence for our dear friend Geoff Buscomb who passed away last month, he will be so sadly missed.

Peter started the films with help from Jai and Ben with a story about Ford tractors, starting with the Fordson F then going up through the years showing the full range of Fords, Geoff would have been chuffed he loved the Fords.  A big thanks to Gary Hore for supplying the film.

After our supper of pasty, mince pie and cream and of course the raffle we had a second film, this one was about all that happens on a farm throughout the year.  It was very interesting.

Many thanks to all that came, our raffle and donations went into our charity pot.  See you all soon, Happy Christmas and hope you have a great New Year .  From Di Lobb.

Ironbridge Holiday

The group left Cornwall on our holiday to the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, something that we have talked about for a year or two had finally come to fruition.

After a quick comfort stop at Exeter Services, we continued onto “Sanders” Garden Centre, junction 22 M5 for our booked in stop for breakfast and a look around the shop.

We then travelled onto Worcester where we had a couple of hours to look around the city. Here some went shopping, others walked and sat beside the river whilst some visited the Cathedral.  This Cathedral has been a place of prayer for 14 centuries.  During Anglo-Saxon times it was one of the most important in the country and is one of the most beautiful we have visited, wonderful architecture and had been described as possibly the most interesting of all in England.  It has some fantastic stained glass windows too, certainly worth a visit if anyone is in the area.

We arrived at our hotel in Wolverhampton at approx 5.30pm in time to settle down for our dinner at 7.30pm which was also the same time we ate each evening.

During the next few days we visited all the museums in the gorge.  We had a “passport” which meant that the entries were prepaid and very much cheaper (just a tip if you wish to go).  All those who had the passport for our holiday, it is valid for 12 months so you can return over that period as many times as you wish but it is not transferable and you will be asked for identification.  Although it seems a lot of museums, I think everyone found each one very varied and really interesting.

The Coalbrookdale Museum had displays of iron benches, fountains, fireplaces etc, some of which were exhibited in the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace.  Nearby was Abraham Darby’s original old furnace the place where it all began.  Some of the members found a building called Enginuity which housed many education exhibits and information especially interesting for children but was found to be for us also, some had a go at building a bridge head height with foam blocks I was told, I am not sure if it is still standing though.  Also there was a workshop where two ladies were making Victorian and Edwardian clothes for different museums etc like Morwellham Quay taking the information from old clothes, patters and photos.

Jackfield Tile Museum had a terrific display of old tiles some made into displays that would have adorned any butcher or bakers shop.  Also every time you to to London and alight the tube just remember where the tiles came from.  We saw some being produced on special order for places like Kew Gardens and also for somewhere in Penzance.

The Tar Tunnel was unique and curious.  We donned hard hats and walked the tunnel that miners in 1787 attempted to dig and lined with brick.  They then struck a spring of natural bitumen which still oozes from the walls today and pools can be seen in various places  - Amazing.

We took a walk over the Ironbridge itself to marvel at the engineering of the worlds first cast iron bridge.  This bridge was designed by a joiner turned architect from Shrewsbury by the name of Thomas Farnolls Pritchard and cast by men at Abraham Darby’s furnace. Darby was a quaker and lived at nearby Rosehill House which we visited.  The view of the River Severn and surrounding scenery is quite beautiful from the bridge.  Some went into the Old Tollhouse at the end of the bridge.  The tolls had been set by an act of parliament and were implemented straight away, so nothing is new.  The official opening of the bridge occurred in 1781 on New Year’s Day.

Just a little way along the road from the bridge was the museum of the Gorge which is housed in a beautiful Gothic style warehouse sitting beside the river.  Here we watched a film that explained the area’s significance and with the help of a 12 metre long model we could see what the gorge was like back in 1796.  We also saw marks on the walls that showed the height of the river when it had flooded over the years, well over our heads. There were coracles on display too that had been built over the years by the Rogers family who were famous for making them and have lived in the valley since before the bridge was built.

We couldn’t leave then until we had a visit to the teddy bear shop just a few years away. This is the home of Merrythought Bears, an English equivalent to Steiff.  The teddy bear name came about when Rousevelt went shooting, came across a bear and couldn’t shoot it, so hence teddy bear.

We called at the famous Coalport China Museum and saw the National Collections of Coalport and Caughley China.  The coach took us to the Broseley Pipeworks.  We were the first coach ever to visit.  Those who went on the holiday will know why, although a very small museum it told us the history of “smokers” clay pipe making (not as some thought drainage pipes) a real insight and fascinating.  We also felt proud, as with the China production along with the Coalport and Caughley, the pipe production used Cornish and Devonshire clays.  I suppose the best part of the Museum visits was the time spent at Blists Hill.  It resembled a Victorian village with 56 acres of interest, from the butchers, printers, cobblers, bakers, grocers, chemist and drapers shops etc to iron merchants, cycle showroom, bank, locksmiths, slaughterhouse, tinsmiths, masons yard, winding engine, Trevithicks replica and much much more.  We could talk to the women in the cottages making rag rugs and the men as they went about their daily business.

While on holiday we had a boat trip along the Severn and actually went under the Iron Bridge where we had a better view of the structure and could see the likeness of the timber structures that were designed by the architect, as the bridge had dovetail joints.

The Severn Valley Steam Train Ride was lovely, it started from Kidderminster. We looked at the reserve collection of steam locos in the engine house.  There were in beautiful condition.  The ride then proceeded through lovely countryside and various small station stops until we arrived at Bridgenorth where there was a replica of Trevithicks “Catch-me-who-can”.  Bridgenorth was a big port town at one time and has a high and low town which is connected by the steepest inland railway in Britain.

On our last day we were taken to the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford.  This was an extra to our schedule but my goodness what a museum!  The displays were excellent and very informative.  The men in particular would have stayed longer, a really good choice.

Although we didn’t have a full coach, which was a pity, the time away was really enjoyed by all.  We made our own entertainment in the evenings with a musical, gambling and storytelling evenings that made all of us laugh, well almost all anyway.

We are looking forward to the next time away which looks as though its going to be Southern Ireland in May 2014.  So if you are interested please let any committee member know, believe it or not names are coming in quite fast.  For more details click the following link Ireland Trip 2014.

CTC Working Weekend 21st – 22nd September 2013

As usual it was a lovely weekend, the weather on Saturday was slightly damp and foggy but on Sunday the sun shone.  The men and boys didn’t seem to mind about the weather, they all had a brilliant time.  We had twelve plough men on each day, Gwen Pink and Bernard Lobb judged the ploughing on the Saturday and Andrew Medland judged on Sunday.  Mary Green, Mary Lobb, Gwen Pink and me Di, fed everyone with egg and bacon rolls, pasties, salad rolls and lots of lovely cakes.  Everyone seemed to have good fun and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  We made £100 for our chosen charity Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, St Austell.

Results – Saturday
First – Peter Lobb
Second – John Green
Third – Doug Hattom

Results – Sunday
First – Rob Hattom
Second – Doug Hattom
Third – Peter Lobb