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The West Grinstead & District Ploughing & Agricultural Society are holding their Annual Ploughing Match and Show this year on 16 September at Westons Farm, Itchingfield, Nr. Horsham, RH13 0BD, kindly hosted by David Exwood and Christ’s Hospital.

The Society, established in 1871, has been holding Shows for over 140 years and is pro-active in promoting the interests of the local farming community, including holding an extensive range of Field Competitions through the year. The winners of the Best Farmed Farms this year were David Exwood of Westons Farm, Itchingfield (farms over 500 acres) and TJ & JJ Binnington of Thakeham Farms, Thakeham (farms under 500 acres). The overall winner of the Best Whole Farm Conservation Policy was W.D. Passmore & Sons at Applesham Farm, Coombes nr. Steyning. This year the Society are pleased to continue their new Bursary Scheme launched three years ago to assist candidates, working or living in the Society’s area, who are keen to pursue a career in agriculture. The last winners were Kobe Hedgehock, studying at Plumpton, and Toby DeBaerdemaecker, attending a forestry training course.

In addition to the twelve different Ploughing Classes, including Novice & Open, Vintage and (the great crowd-puller) the Horse Ploughing, there will be a demonstration again of Steam Ploughing with some massive engines at work. Hedge Laying, Hedge Cutting and Welding competitions will be held, where competitors will show off their rural crafts. The Livestock Show will include a range of sheep classes, including the ever popular lamb handling classes, with the future generation of farmers taking part and also a display of cattle. There will be a selection of other rural based attractions, including the poultry display, the Parade of Hounds from the Crawley & Horsham Hunt, and the very popular Terrier Racing; Ferret Racing; Clay Pigeon Shoot; Utility Gundog Society scurry open to all and demonstration.

Other highlights will include the Field Produce competition, where entries will be auctioned later, for the Society’s funds, the Domestic Produce Stall, with its delicious range of home-cooked cakes, and various other activities, including Tug-of- War, Bale Rolling, Coconut Shy, Sheep Shearing Demonstration, Skittles.

There will also be the ever popular Harris Fun Fair with their classic rides, as well as tractor and trailer rides around the show.

The excellent catering facilities include a licensed bar with numerous local beers, many trade stands and demonstrations and the annual raffle, which is usually a sell-out with its many prizes.

Venue: Westons Farm, Itchingfield, Nr. Horsham, RH13 0BD. Date: 16 September. Entry: £6 per adult with children under 14 free

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