Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GETTING TOGETHER - BUCKS AS­SO­CI­A­TION John Whitby Chair­man RSBAA

Row­ley Farm, Wex­ham was host to the 170th of the Royal South Bucks Agri­cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion (RSBAA) plough­ing match and prize giv­ing show on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 1.

This event, with its three course hot lun­cheon for more than 380 mem­bers and guests un­der can­vass is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence in the farm­ing cal­en­dar.

It is an oc­ca­sion mired deep in the tra­di­tions of the ru­ral com­mu­nity of our lo­cal­ity. It is one con­stant in a rapidly chang­ing farm­ing en­vi­ron­ment and re­flects the tra­di­tions and skills of by­gone days.

Plough­ing, for ex­am­ple, is still both a skill and an art and the plough­men at the com­pe­ti­tion can hone their skills for their own home farms or even go on fur­ther to re­gional and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

The RSBAA was es­tab­lished in 1833 with the re­mit to en­cour­age healthy com­pe­ti­tion be­tween farm­ers and be­tween their ‘in­dus­tri­ous ser­vants’ (farm work­ers) and has, over the years, amassed a huge port­fo­lio of trophy’s which the farm­ers of to­day still com­pete for.

The ku­dos of win­ning the King George VI Cup for the Best Farm in the area still re­mains highly es­teemed.

As well as plough­ing, the show is well sup­ported by en­tries in the do­mes­tic mar­quee in a range of di­verse arts such as cake mak­ing, jams and flower ar­rang­ing.

A num­ber of sup­pli­ers of agri­cul­tural goods and ma­chin­ery also com­ple­ment the show with trade stands.

Over lunch more than 40 prizes and cups are handed out for com­pe­ti­tions judged dur­ing the sum­mer and on the day. The gath­ered crowd then en­joyed a well ob­served speech given by this year’s guest Lord Walde­grave of North Hill, Provost of Eton Col­lege.

The RSBAA farm­ing mem­ber­ship op­er­ates within a 12 mile ra­dius of Bea­cons­field with the plough­ing match ro­tat­ing its lo­ca­tion around the area. It was per­haps fit­ting that the win­ners of the Kings Cup this year were in­deed the hosts, the Whitby fam­ily of Row­ley Farm.

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