John has enduring passion for tractors

John has enduring passion for tractors John Kingsnorth was only eight years old when he learned to drive tractors and began to develop a passion for the agricultural vehicles. His enthusiasm for saving and restoring tractors has grown over the years and has led to him having assembled a collection of 12 and being an […]

Countdown to fifth Tractorfest

The countdown is now well under way to the fifth Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair which is to be held at Beech Lane Field from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August. The affordable and fun family event has grown strongly since its launch in 2013 and this year will […]

Tractors help pull in £16,600 for good causes

This year’s Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair has raised £16,600 for good causes, and on 20 November donations were presented at Biddenden Squash Club.

Biddenden Tractorfest donates to local good causes.

Photograph by kind permission of Stuart Kirk Photography

The list of good causes can be viewed by following this link.

Sue Boon, who chairs the Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair committee, said: “The 2016 event was the most successful since our launch in 2013 and being able to donate such a large amount this year to local and other good causes has been a tremendous boost to all the volunteers who work hard to make the Tractorfest weekend happen.

“The event is affordable and fun for all the family, and there’s something to please everyone – tractors old and new, horticultural machinery, classic cars, animals, craft and refreshment stalls, and much more.

“With so much being done in a rush these days, visitors like the way Tractorfest’s old-fashioned ambience gives a glimpse into a slower and simpler time.”

A gathering of tractors and a barbecue were arranged to help celebrate the presentation of donations.

The 2016 event was held on 20 and 21 August at Beech Lane Field, Biddenden, by kind permission of Michael Palmer.

The next Tractorfest will be held on 19 and 20 August 2017 at the same location. For more information, visit www.tractorfest.co.uk or telephone 07934 270500.

Tale of two tractors

With the little orange tractor logo of Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair becoming increasingly well-known around the Weald of Kent and beyond, the organisers of the event had a dream of bringing the logo “to life”.

Sue Boon, who heads the group of volunteers in the Biddenden Entertainment and Social Team (BEST) which runs the two-day event, said: “We decided to buy a small tractor, ideally a BMC Mini that is similar in shape to the drawing of a tractor which is our logo.

Sue Boon

Sue Boon

“Many hours were spent trawling through tractor magazines, searching on eBay and checking out numerous websites. We also visited local tractor dealers but all our efforts were in vain – there wasn’t a BMC Mini to be found.”

Tractorfest Logo

Tractorfest Logo

However, the idea was not shelved and the searching had resulted in the discovery of the next best type of tractor, a smallish McCormick located at the village of Noke in Oxfordshire.

So Sue and fellow tractor enthusiast Chris Thomas travelled to Noke, inspected the tractor, liked it and made the purchase. They loaded the McCormick onto a trailer and Chris asked the seller if he had any tractor parts which might be of interest. After half an hour of discussion, Sue and Chris decided there was nothing they wanted at which point the seller, whose name was Dan, just happened to mention he was keeping, for a friend, a BMC Mini.

Sue Boon with the BMC Mini.

Sue Boon with the BMC Mini.

The BMC Mini started easily despite not having been run for 18 months and a price negotiation began with the owner – the result being that the Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair volunteers bought a second tractor.

“The BMC Mini is perfect for us and will be taken round the area promoting Tractorfest,” Sue said.
“We would be prepared to sell the McCormick,” Sue added, “provided it was bought be someone who would give it a good home.”

Tractorfest will have huge line-up of attractions

The fourth Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair being held at Beech Lane Field on 20 and 21 August (10am to 5pm on both days) will certainly be bigger and better than ever.
The event is an affordable and fun day out for all the family, with something to please everyone: more than 100 tractors from vintage machines to modern models, classic cars and motorcycles, clay shooting, food and drink, birds of prey, alpacas, Morris men, craft stalls and demonstrations, archery, a ukulele group, Shire horses, and miniature steam engines, horticultural machinery, stationary engines and a fun fair.

There will be a full programme of arena events and also over the two days driving skills will be demonstrated in tractor trailer tests.

In the age of high-speed everything, the event will create an opportunity to glimpse a slower and simpler time and the old-fashioned atmosphere will be appreciated by those who attend.
This year there will be a huge line-up of craft and other stalls, and an increased variety of refreshment outlets will entice the hungry and thirsty.

Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair is run solely by volunteers of the Biddenden Entertainment and Social Team and proceeds are distributed to local charities and other organisations.