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.