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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.

Click Picture above to view some pictures of members and events from years ago.

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




Copelands is Belfast City Mission’s flagship project, providing market leading care for N. IrelandIts aim is to provide the best possible care to frail older people, including those living with dementia. Due to open early 2020, Copelands will comprise of six households, each with 10 residents. Each household will have its own front door, kitchen and living area as well as access to a communal outdoor area, so that it will evoke memories of ‘home’ for someone who is starting to suffer from the stress of memory loss and diminished cognitive ability.  

CDTEC has been supporting Copelands for some time and a number of members attended the announcement that the foundation stone has been laid.







At our November meeting CDTEC presented donations to three local charities, the NI Air Ambulance received by Grace Williams, Ards First Responders received by Tanya Hill and the BARN Animal Shelter received by Glen Forde. The NI Air Ambulance and Ards First Responders were nominated by Edwin Rea who provided the premises from which a tractor run took place.

















In addition we also made a donation to the Respiratory Fund, Antrim Area Hospital . This was in memory of Stephen Robinson. Stephen was a young enthusiastic supporter of the vintage tractor community who died recently.



CDTEC have decided to cancel our Annual Working Vintage Festival due to be held in August 2020 due to the current Covid19 pandemic.


We are grateful to all those who have supported us over the years and hope to see you next year.



CDTEC Meetings


Members please note that the meetings of the club have been cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 virus.