On yer bike

PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

PLOUGH’S THAT: Nathan Cross on the 1936 Case tractor at the 
Middle Mere Farm ploughing match. 	Photo: GEOFF GRIGGS.

PLOUGH'S THAT: Nathan Cross on the 1936 Case tractor at the Middle Mere Farm ploughing match. Photo: GEOFF GRIGGS.

AS it was such a lovely day on Sunday I cycled down to the ploughing match at Middle Mere Farm. (The fact that the boss had gone out in the car was a big factor in me getting on my bike). There were several tractors of varying vintages driven by ploughme

AS it was such a lovely day on Sunday I cycled down to the ploughing match at Middle Mere Farm. (The fact that the boss had gone out in the car was a big factor in me getting on my bike).

There were several tractors of varying vintages driven by ploughmen of equally varying vintages and varying levels of skill.

One person trying his hand was Nathan Cross of Ely using David Seal's 1936 Case Dex fitted with a Ransome's RSLM plough. The event was purely for pleasure and was followed by a barn dance in the evening to raise money for Alzheimer's Research and the Soham Museum Project.

On the way back, I thought I'd take a short cut through the new estate off The Shade. It's a good, direct route from the industrial estate to the main road, which is probably why it's still blocked off. The road isn't too bad, although still lacking a proper topcoat, but the paths are very poor.

Presumably, the people living on the estate are paying the due Council Tax, but only getting part of the service they deserve. Now where have we heard of that sort of thing before?

I then had a nice gentle ride through town. Until just before Godbold's corner, that is. I'd just like to tell the chap who crept up behind me in his 4X4 and laid on the horn that my heart's beating at the right rate again now.

As I got a bit further south I noticed that time seems to have stood still. It has if you rely on the church clock, at any rate. Surely it's time to bring back Dennis as the regular clock winder or is it going to be converted to digital?

I also noticed that someone still loves the church hall. The graffiti has been washed off. Not only does it stop it looking a compete mess, it probably makes it a more attractive purchase...

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