The Society was formed in 1947 when four local Farming Clubs merged their respective ploughing matches into an annual event held at various venues roughly within a 10 mile radius of Lechlade. The Farming Clubs were set up during the Second World War by the Ministry of Agriculture in order to avoid a food shortage. The Clubs were encouraged to adopt more efficient methods of producing crops, milk, meat, and eggs, and competition ploughing fitted into that programme.
So things have changed a lot since those early matches and today the show is a big event that not only has the ploughing competitions but has evolved into a large country show with so much to see and do. The show is run entirely by volunteers, and many local charities benefit from the profit made by the show.
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Normally, about now, we would expect a dedicated team of keen volunteers to be working hard at getting one of the biggest shows of its kind up and running.
Over 120 ploughing plots all carefully measured and numbered. The marquee with its four huge sections for home crafts, members, rural crafts and beer tent.
The car parks, all carefully plotted out and ring fenced. Over 600 meters of trade stands all carefully allocated to the agricultural dealers, rural crafts and a myriad of other stands. the 80m x 80m main arena.
Bales, trailers, a hundred signs, bins, PA system, secretaries tent, road signs, a huge working area full of steam and bygones….. The list is endless.
But instead we are at home. Doing our bit to stay safe in these difficult times.
A huge hole in our calender that is missed by many thousands of you A covid casualty.
When we took the decision to cancel the match it was a difficult one. Who knew back in June whether we would be out of this mess and ready to get on with our lives?
The decision was made correctly. Clearly there is no way the show could have been staged this year.
But… we’ll be back next year. The spectacle that is the FFF&B ploughing match and Country Show is not dead… just resting!