Virtual Ploughing Match sponsorship
Gullands is delighted to be sponsoring one of the categories – Classic Tractors and Ploughs for the first ever virtual ploughing match which has extended its closing date for entries to 31 October 2020.
Due to the restrictions on social gatherings many ploughing matches across the country have been called off for this autumn and the organisers have received a number of requests to extend the entry deadline to allow more entries.
There are a number of different showing classes and new categories, including vintage and classic commercial vehicles, motor vehicles, military vehicles and motorbikes.
Karen Wheeler at Grapevine Events who are organising the Virtual Ploughing Match comments: “We are acutely aware of the disappointment of so many seeing all their local events postponed or cancelled because of the Covid-19 crisis. Whilst the decisions the many Societies and Associations have made are of course sensible and necessary, these events offer a great social time for many, and the events will be sorely missed by competitors and supporters alike.”
“Many of the organising bodies raise a great deal of money for local and national charities as well, and without this vital source of funding from events and fundraising efforts, all 23 Air Ambulance Charities have seen their income plummet over the past months. VPlough has been designed to fill part of that void and help them to continue to provide a vital service nationwide.”
Paul Burbidge at Gullands comments: “Like many we are disappointed so many events have been cancelled or postponed this year but we are delighted to be supporting this virtual event and the amazing and vital work of the Air Ambulance service across the UK.”
VPlough is a fully virtual event that will allow visitors to see all the competitors’ work and interact with them and each other. Entrants will be able to select the air ambulance charity they want to send their entry fee to and the name of that charity will appear under the entry once it goes live on the website.
The event will be judged virtually by a team of experienced and knowledgeable judges and awards given for best in class, and while the event cannot replace a real ploughing match, we hope it will be a fun event to participate in, as well as raise money for our much-valued air ambulance services!
Entries for the Ploughing Classes and Machinery Showing Classes are now open so there is no need to leave the tractors and ploughs in the shed this year.
CLA South East Kent Branch AGM
We are delighted to be one of the sponsors of this year’s CLA South East Kent Branch AGM which takes place online at 2pm on Thursday 15th October. This year’s guest speaker is CLA Vice President Victoria Vyvyan and details of booking can be found at https://portal.clahosting.org.uk/MY-CLA/Events/Event-Details/eventDateId/3532