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Welland Steam & Country Fair

This page has been created by the UKTP Webmaster and since the photographs were taken during the set-up period they cannot do justice to the event as a whole. Unfortunately when the show is in full swing I'm usually otherwise engaged down on the Tractor Pulling track so to get a better idea of what you'll find you need to visit the main Welland Steam & Country Fair web site.

Welland hits 50!

In 2014, Welland is celebrating its half-century! Just in case you are interested, the Great Dorset Steam Fair has only been going for 46-years. With a view to making the show even better, the organisers have teamed up with two sponsors. For Swan Wealth Management this is their first year. Hitachi Construction Machinery have, through the auspices of HM Plant sponsored the Tractor Pulling for the past three years but to celebrate the re-branding of HM to Hitachi Construction Machinery they are now sponsoring the whole show for 2014.

Hitachi ZW250 Loading Shovel

Hitachi ZW250 Loading Shovel

Hitachi Zaxis 210LC

Gordy and the Zaxis 210LC sorting the Track after rain

Hitachi ZW250 Loading Shovel

Hitachi ZW250 Loading Shovel

Nestling in the shadow of the Malvern Hills in South Worcestershire lies the village of Welland. Just to the North East of Welland is Woodside Farm (WR13 6NG) the home of the Steam and Country Fair, held on 130 acres of land owned by the Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society Ltd. The Welland Steam and Country Rally is held every year over 3 days, on the last weekend in July.

The Show viewed from the Malverns

Woodside Farm and the Show viewed from the Malvern's

The Rally first started in 1964 by a handful of Steam Engine enthusiasts in Ross-on-Wye and it has grown and developed since then. It is now one of the largest and most respected events of its type in the country. For many years the Rally was held in Ross, from there it moved to Much Marcle, then Upton, and in 1993 it finally settled on its own 100 acre site in Welland, Worcestershire. A further 30-acres were added a few years ago to increase the camping area.

The Rally is a day of nostalgia, sights, sounds and colour for every member of the family as you take a trip down memory lane to the days when steam power reigned on the roads, farm and fairground.

Main Arena, Trade Stands and Camping

Craft, Model and Farmers Market marquees

Commercials, Auction and Railway Track

Café, Exhibitor Camping & the Malvern's

Show Office, Ploughing field & Sawing area

Tractor Pulling, Beer Tent, Fair and Catering

Pulling Track and Fordson Heritage

Bird-eye view of Alan Hornsby's crane

The Society is in the fortunate position of owning its own land and therefore able to postpone rather than cancel. After the terrible floods in Tewkesbury and Upton in 2007 the decision had to be made for a postponement, but the rescheduled 2007 event was surprisingly successful. The same happened in 2012 but even the rescheduled even suffered from the Rain Gods, as you can see from the bottom five photo's taken on the Sunday afternoon!

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK

Attractions include working exhibits along with parades and displays of steam, vintage and historical vehicles. Steam engines include showman’s engines, road locomotives, steam wagons, steam rollers and ploughing engines.

There are displays of vintage tractors, stationery steam engines and steam powered farm machinery and one of the largest displays of vintage and classic motorcars and motorcycles. There are also vintage trucks and buses along with historical military vehicles who love to come out and play in the arena.

Two working areas demonstrate how steam was used for ploughing, threshing, wood cutting and stone crushing and other attractions include the rally’s traditional Tractor Pulling (of course), a farmers market, craft market and trade stands.

If we're very lucky, those very clever people at HMS Engineering might be bringing their Vortex (or Sonic) Cannon along to the show again (fingers crossed)...

The flora of the Pulling Track

Calm before the storm...

James Yardley digging a gate post hole

Campbell Parry with the gatepost

Cam supervising the post alignment

No, I've never seen one before either

James and 'Noise Pollution' being towed

Hadrian Spooner concentrating hard...

... and trying not to drop Mark's Puller

Vintage Farm Machinery from S.E.Davis

Steam-driven Water Pump

One of the Water Bearers

Welland Water Board HQ

Gordon Luther and Louis Woodward

Three of the event Security Team

Woodside Garage where time stands still

Morris Van & AA Motorcycle & Sidecar

Yes, they did used to clean Spark Plugs

Pete Evans, aka 'Spain', event H&S

Paul Garlick the intrepid site 'sparky'

Hadrian Spooner's...

... Advance steamer, made in the USA

Ruston-Bucyrus courtesy of S.E.Davis...

... pulled by their MAC

Hitachi Shovel from HM Plant (2012)

'Squirrelmobile' after a visit...

... by the 'Goon Squad' (2012)

A peek inside 'Chez Squirrel'

Monday morning in 2012

A very soggy showground in 2012

My 'Office' for three days in July

Hitching a lift on Andy Boyle's County

Mark Gass-Brown aka 'Squirrel'

Hot Pot

Tom Prout driving 'Hot Pot'

Anthony Prout, Jerry Ellis, James Williams, Gordon Luther, Gary Bown, Richard Luther, Roger Prout & Oliver Bown; Welland on tour at the Blue Force Working Weekend at Coombe Bissett (Wiltshire) on 2013.

Saturday evening always features music and fireworks, just occasionally both at the same time! The Wurzels (musical style 'Scrumpy and Western') are a regular feature and this year is no exception however for 2014 they are being joined by The Roving Crows, a 5 piece line-up with an original Celtic sound; frenetic fiddle playing intertwined with trumpet, drums, bass, guitar and vocals. Strong, vibrant lyrics are at the very core of this entertaining and charismatic outfit with the band successfully bringing together many genres, influences and rhythms to create a driving and determined sound.

'...just pure musical energy. Tight rhythms, great on-stage personality, proper up-on-the-tables-kicking-over-the-beer-glasses fun-time music' (Andrew Marston, BBC).

Please note: The above relates to the 2014 Show. Entertainment for 2015 is yet to be confirmed.

Welland 2014

A random selection of photographs from 2014, once again showing you some of the 'stuff' you wouldn't normally see as the majority were taken during the set-up period and the Road Run...

Bill Parker's memorial Silver Birch

Bill Parker's memorial Silver Birch tree

New Pulling Track Floodlights

New Welland Pulling Track LED Floodlights

Welland Grandstand build

The temporary Track Grandstand...

Welland Grandstand build

... being erected by the team of Elves

James securing the gateway

James (Yardley) welding up the gate barrier

H & S in action, removing trip hazard.

H&S in action, gassing a potential trip hazard

Servicing the Welland Sledge

James busy checking...

James servicing the Sledge

... and servicing the Welland Sledge

Hitatchi ZW310 Loading Shovel ariving on site

Hitachi ZW310 Loading Shovel delivery

Hitachi ZW310 Loading Shovel

The ZW310 weighs in at 22.4-tonnes...

Impressive Hitachi ZW310

... and is too BIG to go on top of the mound

Big bearings and hydraulics

Chunky bearings and hydraulics

Marshall Loco

A Marshall Diesel Loco...

0-6-0 Bellerophon at Welland Halt

... along with 0-6-0 Bellerophon

Ford Commer

A bit of a hybrid Ford...

Ford Commer winch

... with a Commer TS3 2-stroke Diesel

Hovis Sentinel

Hovis Sentinel Steam Lorry

Frawell's in the holding area

Farwell's Low-loader waiting in holding area

50 years of Welland Show Programmes

50-years of Welland Show Programmes

The Show locations over the years

Map showing the various Show locations

Lady Diana (Roadrun)

Lady Diana waiting for the Road Run to pass

'Doc' and 'Smog'

'Doc' & 'Smog' outside a Pub...

'Doc' with no beer or cider!

... which isn't serving any beer or cider!

Roadrun on narrow lanes

Lady Diana on narrow lanes

'Smog' checking the traffic

'Smog' checking the state of the traffic

Welland Camping Gate

The main Welland Camping Gate

Welland Show sign

The Welland Show sign from Lady Diana

Burrell Ex-Mayor being shunted

Burrell 'Ex-Mayor' being shunted onto site

Welland Auction Field

The Welland Auction field, filling up nicely

Show day and the Dakota approaches

One of the highlights of the 2014 Show...

Douglas Dakota

... was the 1940's vintage Douglas Dakota...

Dakota flyby

... which gave a very impressive flyby

 

Welland related Links
Alan Hornsby Crane Hire

If you’re looking for a professional crane hire company for commercial and private use then look no further than Alan the Crane.

Alan the Crane is based in Solihull, West Midlands. With many years’ experience, Alan the Crane can help you however big or small the job is!

Clives Fruit Farm Nestling between the Malvern Hills to the West and the River Severn to the East, Clive's Fruit Farm is a successful family business which was first founded in 1917. Charlie's father, Felix, was a pioneer of Pick Your Own in the 1960's and the innovation is still very much evident today.
Farmers Arms, Birtsmoreton The Farmers Arms Birtsmorton near Malvern is a traditional country free house pub nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills -  Serving 4 real ales and homemade food seven days a week. Featured in both the CAMRA good beer guide and the good food guide the quality food and drink on offer at the Farmers Arms Birtsmorton speaks for itself...

Welland Steam & Country Rally sponsored by: -

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK Swan Wealth Management

 

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