Our Objective

The East Kent Ploughing Match Association was established to encourage all those employed in agriculture to enter competition in which prizes are awarded for skills in ploughing with tractors, vintage and horses, and also for excellence in crop husbandry.

The Association also aims to educated the general public in the fundamentals of agriculture and to impart a greater understanding of the relationship between farming and the environment.

Our History

When research was undertaken in to the history of the East Kent Ploughing Match Association it was discovered that it had existed under one name or another since 1840. Some of its first members could recall the days of the Napoleonic wars. The history was plotted through the Kentish Gazette who have given full coverage to nearly every match since the Association's inception.

Many East Kent agricultural associations came into being in the 1830s. At this time there was an agricultural depression and action was taken to assist the rural poor through the Poor Law Amendment Act and because this was operated harshly in the early years many agricultural assocations were formed. From 1833 there is mention of a Kent Agricultural Society and an Isle of Thanet Agricultural Association who had as their patron, the Duchess of Kent. Following the creation of these societies there very quickly developed similar such ones in Faversham, Nonnington, Dover and Deal and Chartham.

Leaping forward it was in 1945 that the Shepherdswell and District Ploughing Match Association (an offshoot of the Kent War Agricultural Executive Committee) met to talk about forming a Ploughing Match Association. They listed the founding members in the minutes and the date of the event and the membership fee. After 4 matches in 1950 the Association adopted its present name to reflect its size and scope. With its growing success the Committee also decided to introduce more entry fees, drive membership and allow advertisements in the schedule and catalogue. From then on the show has developed in to what it is today, introducing in 1954 the Tossing the Sheaf and display of the Foxhounds. It has introduced livestock competition, vegetable competitions and from early on in the 1950s a thriving Women's Section.

Ladies were first involved by selling catalogues at a shilling (5p) a time. It was in 1950 when the Association changed its name to the East Kent P.M.A that the possibility of a Women’s Section was first suggested by Ella Robertson, John Robertson’s wife of Appleton Manor, but it was not thought to be financially possible that year. However she and a number of P.M members’ wives formed a committee of their own and were able to put on their first show the following year in 1951.

They were a remarkable collection of Ladies, mostly Farmer’s wives in their 40’s or early 50’s who had worked so hard during the war coping with shortages and the worry of children being evacuated from this hot spot of East Kent, followed by a difficult 5 years getting back to normal.

To learn more about the history of the Women's Section, read our short version here or our long version here - or better yet, read both!

The Rural Crafts Marquee was the idea of Mrs. Janet Lyons from St. Margaret's, Dover and the first event took place in 2005 at the Quex Park Ploughing Match in Thanet. There were many crafts demonstrating as well as stallholders selling their craft. It was stipulated that all crafts should be handmade or crafted by the stallholder.

It proved to be an extremely successful event and the demonstrating crafts were of great interest to the public e.g. spinning, lace-making, wood-turning, trug making and basket making. Many of these crafts still demonstrate at the Match to this day. There are approximately 24 stallholders and 10 demonstrators. The Marquee has seen an increase in size in recent years.

Liz Phillips has organised the Marquee since 2007 and is now assisted by Joanna Donaldson.

We have to say how grateful we are to all our very generous sponsors, without whom we could not put on the event and help keep these very wonderful Crafts alive.

All those associated with farming enjoy the day and the Association warmly welcomes all those in the local community to attend and enjoy a day of agriculture, competition and rural pursuits.

Committee List

  • P Overy, Vice Chairman
  • M Barker, Vice Chairman
  • B Jones, Treasurer
  • A Bartlett
  • M Cocks
  • C J Cross
  • P Dunn
  • S Dunn
  • G Hirst
  • A Kerr
  • H Kenton
  • C Laker
  • J Ledger
  • J Loder- Symonds
  • I Mather
  • J McCabe
  • A Mummery  
  • M Ovenden
  • S Patfield  
  • N Parsons
  • F Paterson
  • S Phillips
  • M Plommer
  • E Plumptre
  • G Preston
  • M Solley
  • M Spanton
  • I Stickells
  • J Weir
  • M Welham
  • G Whitehead

Previous Matches

  • 1945 West Court Farm, Shepherdswell Messrs. J. Weir and Sons
  • 1946 Ratling Court, Aylesham  M. W. Brown, Esq.
  • 1947 Eastry Court, Eastry  E. D. Rice, Esq.
  • 1948 Highland Court, Bridge  W. H. Wigham, Esq.
  • 1949 Malmains Farm, Waldershare  E. Elgar, Esq.
  • 1950 Crockshard & Wingham Court Farms, Wingham  Messrs. F. E. Elgar and S. J. Godfrey
  • 1951 Adisham Court, Adisham  Messrs. J. and H. B. Weir
  • 1952 Upper Digges and Aylesham Farms, Barham  Messrs. A. J. Ross and H. H. Roberts
  • 1953 Ropersole and Shelvin Farms, Barham  Messrs. G. F. Collard and F. S. Mummery
  • 1954 Eastry Court, Eastry  E. D. Rice, Esq.
  • 1955 Dene and Wingham Court Farms  The Exors. of the late C. J. Elgar and Wingham the Hon. Robert Maude
  • 1956 Waldershare Park, Dover  The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Guilford and C. Harman Hunt, Esq., J.P., C.C.
  • 1957 Coldharbour Farm, Kingston  Messrs. R. Dockeray and Son
  • 1958 Upper Rowling Farm, Goodnestone  Messrs. T. Hume and Son
  • 1959 Eastry Court, Eastry  E. D. Rice, Esq.
  • 1960 Betteshanger Farms Ltd.  The Rt. Hon. the Lord Northbourne
  • 1961 Adisham Court, Adisham  Messrs. J. and H. B. Weir
  • 1962 Waldershare Park, Dover  The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Guilford
  • 1963 Crockshard Farm, Wingham  F. E. Elgar, Esq.
  • 1964 Church Street Farm, Nonington V. H. Barwick, Esq.
  • 1965 Eastry Court, Eastry  E. D. Rice, Esq.
  • 1966 Ileden Farm, Kingston  The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Hawarden
  • 1967 Home Farm and White House Farm, Nonington  Messrs. E. J. and H. L. Barwick
  • 1968 Swanton Farm, Lydden  H. J. B. Rice, Esq.
  • 1969 Goodnestone Park  The Rt. Hon. The Lord FitzWalter
  • 1970 Adisham Court, Adisham  Messrs. J. and H. B. Weir
  • 1971 Eastry Court, Eastry  E. D. Rice, Esq.
  • 1972 Church Street Farm, Nonington V. H. Barwick, Esq.
  • 1973 Butts Farm, Lower Hardres  R. Baker-White, Esq.
  • 1974 Goodnestone Park  The Rt. Hon. The Lord FitzWalter
  • 1975 Lenhall Farm, Bishopsbourne  R. D. Neame, Esq.
  • 1976 Denne Hill Farm, Womenswold R. F. Lodger-Symonds, Esq.
  • 1977 Rowling Farm, Goodnestone  Messrs. T. Hume and Son
  • 1978 Nethersole Farm, Womenswold  H. H. Roberts, Esq.
  • 1979 Eastry Court, Eastry  Messrs. R. J. and W. L. Laslett
  • 1980 Great Pett Farm  B. Mummery, Esq.
  • 1981 Barfrestone Court Farm P. D. Ledger
  • 1982 Old Court Farm, Aylesham  J. Batchelor
  • 1983 Kittington Farm, Knowlton  Mrs. O. Fox-Pitt
  • 1984 Merton Farm, Canterbury  A. C. Hulme and Sons
  • 1985 Waldershare Park, Dover  The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Guilford
  • 1986 Lenhall Farm, Bishopsbourne  R. D. Neame, Esq.
  • 1987 Ham Farm, Sandwich  J. D. S. Solley, Esq.
  • 1988 Adisham Court Farm, Adisham R. J. Paterson, Esq. Parsonage Farm, Bekesbourne J. T. Ash, Esq.
  • 1989 Eastry Court Farm, Eastry  R. J. Laslett, Esq.
  • 1990 Merton Farm, Canterbury  P. B. & T. O. Wacher, A. C. Hulme & Sons
  • 1991 Rowling Farm, Goodnestone  Lord & Lady FitzWalter and T. Hume & Son
    1992 Manor Farm, Little Mongeham  G. R. Ledger, Esq.
  • 1993 Church Farm, Barfrestone .(cancelled)  H. H. Ritchie, Esq. Home Farm, Nonington  R. Loder-Symonds, Esq.
  • 1994 Westcourt Farm, Shepherdswell  Messrs. J. Weir & Sons
  • 1995 Bossington Farm, Adisham  Viscount Hawarden, The Hon. T. Maude, Velcourt Group PLC
  • 1996 Waldershare Park, Dover  The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Guilford
  • 1997 Merton Farm, Canterbury  P. B. & T. O. Wacher and A. C. Hulme & Sons
  • 1998 Bramling Court Farm, Wingham Messrs. W. Kerr & Son
  • 1999 Eastry Court Farm, Eastry.(cancelled) G. R. Ledger, Esq.
  • 2000 Lower Rowling Farm, Goodnestone  T. Hume & Son and Lord & Lady FitzWalter
  • 2001 East Valley Farm, St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe  Messrs. A. & J. Lyon
  • 2002 Hardres Court Farms, Upper Hardres  Mrs. Vanessa McDonald
  • 2003 Lees Court Estate, Gosmere Farm, Sheldwich  The Countess Sondes
  • 2004 Old Court Farm, Aylesham  J. Batchelor, Esq.
  • 2005 Quex Park, Birchington  C. Powell-Cotton
  • 2006 Bossington Farm, Adisham  The Hawarden Family and Velcourt
  • 2007 Brooklands Farm, Whitstable.(cancelled)  D. C. Bartlett Partnership
  • 2008 Waldershare Park, Dover The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Guilford & Velcourt Ltd.
  • 2009 Merton Farm, Canterbury  P. B. & T. O. Wacher
  • 2010 Eastry Court Farm, Eastry, Nr. Sandwich  G. R. Ledger
  • 2011 Lees Court Estate, Gosmere Farm, Sheldwich  The Countess Sondes
  • 2012 Ledger Farms, Station Road, St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe  John and Ken Ledger
  • 2013 Hardres Court Farm, Upper Hardres  Mrs. Vanessa McDonald
  • 2014 St. John's Farm, Swingfield, Dover  W, J. & R. Bayly
  • 2015 Adisham Court, Chalkpit Farm and R. J. & P. J. Paterson, A. Baker
    Lower Garrington Farm and Mr. & Mrs. D. Spencer
  • 2016 Grange Farm Ltd, Mill Lane, Nonington, Nr Dover  Mr & Mrs David Solley and Family
  • 2015 Adisham Court, Chalkpit Farm and R. J. & P. J. Paterson, A. Baker
    Lower Garrington Farm and Mr. & Mrs. D. Spencer
  • 2016 Grange Farm Ltd, Mill Lane, Nonington, Nr Dover  Mr & Mrs David Solley and Family
  • 2017 Quex Park, Birchington, Kent CT7 0HR Quex Park Estate
  • 2018 Malmains Farm, Waldershare E.I Overy & Sons
  • 2019 West Court Farm, Shepherdswell J Weir & Sons and Ledger Farms Ltd
  • 2020 Upper Venson Farm, Eastry (cancelled) The Ledger Family

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