Southwell Ploughing Match
28th September 2013
Every year during the last week in September it would appear that agriculture and the many different aspects of life in rural Nottinghamshire come alive for the benefit of all of us and what a pleasure it is to see. The timing comes naturally in the farming cycle, with harvest just about over and the land being prepared for next year’s crop. It is at that period in the year when there is much to celebrate which helps demonstrate that our way of life, even in the twenty first century has not lost its appeal. The fact is that farming is the very hub of everyday life and it is then that you will be able to witness just how important it and all the traditions of our countryside really are.
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It is at an event such as the Southwell Ploughing Match where one will see how agriculture has changed through the ages, from heavy horses doing the bulk of the work to the very latest of modern machinery. Interestingly, Southwell is the last of three Ploughing Matches held at this time of year, with nearby Collingham on the previous Saturday and Flintham two days before on the Thursday. You could therefore, be forgiven for thinking that that it might lead to people to say that is too much to put in front of us in a week! Not one bit of it, the fascination in these three events is tremendous. Although Nottinghamshire has an industrial history, unlike its neighbouring Lincolnshire, this also demonstrates that agriculture is still very much at its heart.
I feel this is probably a piece where the fewer words said the better, I will let the photographs tell the story of a day which brought our countryside together. The organisation was first class and the paying public, as we were, went home certainly having had our money’s worth! Congratulations must go to the Southwell Ploughing Match Committee and to all those up and down the country who put these events on. The role they have to play today, although somewhat different, is just as important, if not more so than they were in the days gone by.