The Society of Ploughmen was founded in 1972. It is a registered charity run by volunteers from the farming community. It is responsible for the organisation of the British National Ploughing Championships and for managing the England World and European Ploughing Teams.
The charity holds the annual British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival in a different part of the country each year. This year, it is delighted that it has been invited to hold it close to us – on land near Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton by kind permission of K S Coles and family. It will be held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October.
This amazing event offers a rare glimpse of farming and how our farming heritage has changed over the last 200 years – there are magnificent heavy horses and many styles of vintage tractors all ploughing alongside the most up-to-date machinery of the present day. There are also trade stands, shopping, crafts, tractor and trailer rides and steam ploughing engines, so it's a great day out for all the family.
It is a national event and visitors will travel from all over the country to visit the Championships and the Society doesn't want local residents to miss out – the one thing it tells Curry Rivel Online that it hears afterwards is: "I would have gone if I'd heard about it"!