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CDTEC is keen to move with the times and  is pleased to announce that we are now active on Facebook – check out “Down Tractor Drivers” and join in the banter.

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Working Vintage Festival 2018

 

The 2018 Working Vintage Festival will be held on 10th and 11th August and will have all the usual activities.

 

On the Friday night, 10th August, there will be the usual road run with some 200 tractors , which will follow the following route:

 

Leaving Rosemount Estate Greyabbey via the Square Greyabbey ,then along Main Street, North Street/Cardy Road, Bailies Lane on to Quarry Road. It will proceed to Tullycavey Road and then along the Ballywalter Road, Ballyattwood Road, Kilyvolgan Road, Blackabbey Road, Greyabbey Road, Ballybryan Road and on to the Portaferry Road returning to Rosemount Estate via the gates on the Portaferry Road.

 

There will also be a BBQ (BYO food) together with music and entertainment.

 

On Saturday 11th there will a large display of vintage tractors, cars, lorries, steam engines, stationary engines, etc in addition to music and entertainment.

 

This year we will have no less than four special features - a Nuffield display celebrating 70 years since the first Nuffield was produced in 1948, a Leyland Synchro display marking 40 years since the first Synchro was produced in 1978, a display of rare and interesting Massey Harris tractors and Massey Ferguson at 60. In the working field we will have the usual crop of oats to harvest with binders and combines and the ever popular "pick your own" potatoes will also be dug on the day. We will also have the usual threshing, baling, ploughing and cultivating.

 

The whole event is an excellent community and family day out for children and adults alike and there will be many trade stalls, amusements and food outlets for all to enjoy.

So for a good day out where you can experience our agricultural heritage in action and sample the community's cultural heritage in the music and dancing provided on stage, come along to Rosemount Estate, Greyabbey in the Ards Peninsula on the evening of Friday 10th and from 10.00 am on Saturday 11th August and see for yourself.

 

Trevor McBurney

Chairman

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

 

 

The County Down Traction Engine Club is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the 2018 Queens Award For Voluntary Service.

 

This award, which is the equivalent of an MBE, is for groups rather than individuals and represents a tremendous achievement and I am honoured and delighted that our voluntary work in preserving our agricultural and cultural heritage within the community has been recognised in this way. It is the first time a Vintage Club has received this award.

 

I am especially pleased for all the club members who have contributed so much of their time and efforts over many years and for the local community and sponsors who have supported us so loyally along the way.

 

Click on the picture below for pictures of the Award Ceremony held at the Orange Tree, Greyabbey on 16th July 2018.

 

 

Trevor McBurney

Chairman

CDTEC