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4 March 2020

Thanks to all our members who came to the AGM this week.  Below are the 2019 British Champions who were presented with their Championship certificates.


28 February 2020
Our AGM will be held on Monday 2nd March - all members and affiliated societies are welcome to attend.

9 February 2020
The latest newsletter is out now now and ready to go to all our members and affiliated societies.

18 December 2019
Booking forms are available for the Ploughing Seminar to be held on Saturday 8th February 2020 at Knockin, near Oswestry, Shropshire.  Contact us for details.


21 November 2019
Watch our Academy page for seminars for spring 2020.  The first one we have arranged is on Saturday 8th February at Oswestry, Shropshire.  Please contact us if you are interested in receiving details of the seminars when available.


6 November 2019
We have a fantastic new soft shell jacket in stock now - navy blue with the SOP logo - they make a great Xmas present, so order early!  Look at our 'Shop' page www.ploughmen.co.uk/shop  

We're going to be at the Newark Vintage Tractor Show this weekend, so order your souvenirs now and collect them there.

28 October 2019
Congratulations to the England Team on their success in the 2019 European Vintage Ploughing Championships in Scotland.  Vintage Trailed - won by Ray Alderson; Vintage Hydraulic - won by Richard Ingram; Classic - won by Jon Cole; Classic Reversible - 3rd place Graham Sutton.  Overall Champion - Richard Ingram.

Left to right: Graham Sutton, Ray Alderson, Richard Ingram, Jon Cole,
                    Charlie Halliday (Judge/Coach)


October 2019
Click the following link for the results and photos from the 69th British National Ploughing Championships: http://www.ploughmen.co.uk/results/britsh-national-ploughing-championships/2019


16 September 2019

Congratulations to our ploughmen in the Six Nations Ploughing Championships, kindly organised by the Llanwarne Agricultural Improvement Society in Herefordshire. 


1st John Crowder, England
2nd Trevor Johnstone, England

1st D Thomlinson, England
2nd C Fretwell, England

1st George Black, Scotland
2nd Cliff Hamer, Wales

1 September 2019

Results of the 2019 World Ploughing Contest in the USA are in.  Well done to David Chappell, who was 9th in the Conventional Contest and Peter Alderslade who was 12th in the Reversible.  The Conventional was won by Andrew Mitchell senior of Scotland the Reversible by Switzerland's Marco Angst.  Results, when available, will be on our Results page.


6 August 2019

We are delighted that MAXAM will be again be a main sponsor of this year's British National Ploughing Championships.


4 August 2019

Well done to David Chappell and all the people who have helped to raise and contribute over £15,000 for Breast Cancer Now through #PloughForLife.  Donations can still be made to this fantastic cause at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ploughforlife


19 July 2019

We are pleased to announce that CONTINENTAY TYRES will be a main sponsor of this year's British National Ploughing Championships.

12 July 2019

We have a Facebook competition to win tickets to this year's British National Ploughing Championships at Nocton, Lincolnshire.  Like & share the picture to be in with a chance of winning.  www.facebook.com/SocietyofPloughmen


9 July 2019

We are delighted that BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE will again be joining us as a main sponsor of the British National Ploughing Championships.


24 June 2019

A quick reminder for all our ploughmen and women that the closing date for entries is 30 June.


20 June 2019

Great to see the Cairn of Peace, built to commemorate the 2000 World Ploughing Contest, at the Lincolnshire Show.  Unfortunately we couldn't sit on the seats as it was behind the fencing where the horses paraded to the ring.


29 May 2019

We're pleased to announce we are having a Classic Reversible class at the National this year.  Prize schedules are now available for this class - contact the SOP for a copy.  We intend in future for this class to have qualifying area finals and a plough-off as in the vintage trailed, hydraulic and classic classes.

10 April 2019

Updated rule books now available. No changes other than re-wording of Classic rule 2d.


31 March 2019
See http://www.ploughmen.co.uk/results/european-ploughing-championships for the results of the 2019 European Reversible Ploughing Championships.  


21 March 2019

Ploughing Seminar at Tunbridge Wells has been re-arranged to 31st March


9 March 2019

Ploughing seminar due to be held on 17th March has been cancelled due to weather.


5 March 2019

We had a very friendly and enjoyable AGM yesterday.  Pictured with Chairman John Hill below are some of the 2018 Champions (clockwise from top left): David Chappell, Richard Ingram, Jon Cole, Peter Alderslade, Ray Alderson, Jim Elliott.  Pictured on the right are Vice Chairman Viv Samuel, Chairman John Hill and Chief Executive, Sue Frith.


12 February 2019
The latest newsletter should be with all our members in the next few days.

11 February 2019
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the seminar planned for 23rd February at Oswestry has been cancelled.

A new seminar date has been added - Sunday 7th April - Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.  See www.ploughmen.co.uk/academy 


21 January 2019
Dates for Ploughing Seminars in February and March 2019 have been announced, see www.ploughmen.co.uk/academy 


October 2018
Click the following link for some excellent photographs from the 2018 British National Ploughing Championships:  https://carolstevensraycasse.photoshelter.com/gallery/British-National-Ploughing-Championships-2018/G0000JbQhpbakrrU/.


1 October 2018

Nigel Vickers has won the conventional section in the 2018 Five Nations Ploughing Challenge held in Northern Ireland.  Billy Purkiss 4th in the reversible.  Well done both!

18 September 2018

Newsletters should be with all our members in the next few days.


20 August 2018

England Ploughmen - Mick Chappell and Ashley Boyles - set off to the World Ploughing Contest taking place in Germany on 1st & 2nd September.


14 & 15 August 2018

Congratulations to Ian Simms from Northern Ireland, overall winner of the European Vintage Ploughing Championships in Belgium.  Well done to all the other competitors in tough conditions - John Milnes (2nd trailing vintage); Jon Cole (3rd classic vintage) and Colin Hewetson (4th vintage hydraulic).

24 June 2018

Congratulations to Liam O'Driscoll from the Republic of Ireland, winner of the European Reversible Ploughing Championships in Russia.  Well done to all the other competitors in 34 degree heat - it was tough going for Robert and Peter who both had huge time penalties on the first day, finishing 13th and 15th respectively overall.

19 June 2018

A reminder to all ploughmen and women that entries close for the National on 30 June.

15 June 2018

Forget about the World Cup in Russia!  Our ploughmen are on their way to Suzdal, Russia to take part in the the 2018 European Reversible Ploughing Championships next weekend (23rd & 24th June).  Good luck to Peter Alderslade and Robert Snowdon.     


6 April 2018

We are delighted that BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE will again be a main sponsor of the British National Ploughing Championships.


27 March 2018

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our Ploughing Seminar at Edenbridge, Kent on 31st March due to wet ground conditions.  Unfortunately we are unable to re-arrange it this spring.


15 March 2018

Unfortunately ploughing matches are being cancelled or postponed throughout the country due to severe wet conditions at the moment.  Keep an eye on our UK Matches page for any updates.


5 March 2018

At the 2018 AGM, we presented certificates to the 2017 National Champions who were able to be there.

Pictured below is Chairman John Hill, presenting certificates to - Mick Chappell (Reversible Champion); John Milnes (Overall Vintage & Trailed Vintage Champion); Jim Elliott (Horse Ploughing Champion); Richard Ingram (Vintage Hydraulic Champion) and Derek Needham (High Cut Champion).


4 March 2018

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our Ploughing Seminar at East Boldon, Tyne & Wear on 10th March due to severe weather conditions.  Hopefully we will be able to re-arrange this at a later date.


19 February 2018

Yesterday we held our first Ploughing Seminar of the year at North Petherton, Somerset.  It was a great day, weather was fine and enjoyed by all.  We are still taking bookings for the next ones - Saturday 25th February at Hockley, Essex; Saturday 10th March at East Boldon, Tyne & Wear and Saturday 31st March at Edenbridge, Kent.


12 February 2018

Our Spring newsletter has just been sent out to all our members.


2 February 2018

Membership is due for the current year - the latest newsletter will be on it's way to members very soon.


28 January 2018

There's a slight change to the address of the site for the 2018 British National Ploughing Championships than originally advertised.  The address is Austrey, near Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3ED.  The date is 13th & 14th October.


20 January 2018

We're delighted to welcome Maxam Tire as a sponsor of the British National Ploughing Championships.  Pictured at the LAMMA show are (from left to right)  Kevin Buckley (Key Accounts Director, Maxam Tire), Martin West (President, Maxam Tire), John Hill (Chairman, SOP), Mark Turner (Senior Product Marketing Manager, Maxam Tire).


13 January 2018

Society of Ploughmen director, David Chappell has launched #PloughForLife to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.  He has painted his plough pink and will be fundraising and raising awareness at ploughing matches and shows throughout the year.  His tractor and plough will be at the LAMMA show at Peterborough this week on the Maxam Tyres stand.

Click here to read David's story 


11 January 2018

Four Ploughing Seminars will take place this spring for judges and ploughmen, experienced or novice.  Click on the ACADEMY tab at the top of the page for further details.


9 January 2018

Four Ploughing Seminars will take place this spring for judges and ploughmen, experienced or novice.  Click on the ACADEMY tab at the top of the page for further details.


3 December 2017

Results are in from the 64th World Ploughing Contest in Kenya.  Ian Brewer won the trophy for best ploughing by a competitor ploughing in a World contest for the first time.

Click on the RESULTS tab at the top of the page for the full results.


14 & 15 October 2017

Full results are available from the 2017 British National Ploughing Championships.  Click on the RESULTS tab at the top of the page for results and photos.


8 September 2017

We have some competitions running on Facebook to win tickets for this year's British National Ploughing Championships at Bishop's Lydeard,
Taunton, Somerset on 14th & 15th October.  Like us and share the photographs - look for SocietyofPloughmen.


3 September 2017

Fantastic news that Ray Alderson has won the overall championship title at the European Vintage Ploughing Championships.  Jon Cole took second 
place in his class.  After the disappointment of cancelling ploughing on day one due to the weather, the second day went ahead as planned.

Go to our RESULTS tab to see the results.


2nd September 2017

Disappointing news that the first day of the European Vintage Ploughing Championships in Bavaria, Germany has been cancelled today due to
wet weather/wet ground conditions.

Our ploughmen, over there ready to compete with many other nations are Jon Cole and Ray Alderson, pictured below with coach/judge John Harris.