Wednesday 1 January 2003

Plough Sunday Celebration In West Wiltshire

The Warminster And Wylye Valley Society For Local Study are holding a Plough Sunday Celebration on Sunday 12th January 2003.
The Celebration will take place at Sundial Farm, Corton, near Warminster in Wiltshire, courtesy of farmers Richard and Robin Witt. Some readers will no doubt have attended and enjoyed the wonderful Royal Jubilee Ploughing Weekend hosted by Richard and Robin at Corton last June, which attracted vintage tractors and ploughs from a wide area. 
The forthcoming Plough Sunday Celebration will include an exhibition of hundreds of photographs of ploughing plus exclusive and continuous running video shows of ploughing matches held in recent times at East Stoke (Dorset); Charford, Rockbourne and Somerley (Hampshire); Lullington, Mells, and Stanton Drew (Somerset); and Bowerchalke, Boyton, Bratton, Chicklade, Corton, Mere, Old Sarum, Wadswick, Warminster and Wilton (Wiltshire).
Modern and vintage tractors and ploughs as well as horse ploughing will be portrayed. Most of the photographs and video have been shot by Warminster's leading local historian Danny Howell and much of this has not been seen in public before. The exhibition will also incorporate illustrations of 'on the farm' ploughing, as well as poetry, prose and songs celebrating ploughs, ploughing and ploughmen. There will also be a feature on past Plough Sunday events.
There will be music and dancing from the White Horse Morris Men and Band, a licensed bar, refreshments, gift stall and a tombola of ploughing items. There will also be, subject to confirmation, a blessing of the plough ceremony and a guest appearance. Leaflets and information from plough-makers will also be available.
Admission is £1.50 per person, payable at the door. Proceeds will go towards the Warminster And Wylye Society For Local Study's goal of establishing an archive and visitor centre for the public, including schoolchildren and the disabled, to access the history, landscape and customs of the area.
The event opens at 10.00 a.m. and runs until 4.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome, male or female, young or old, farming or not.
Corton is four miles west of Warminster and the Plough Sunday Celebrations will be signposted off the A36 Warminster-Salisbury road.
The Plough, the only magazine for the working ploughman, Issue No.5, January 2003.