Woolpit Steam

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Woolpit Steam rally will be returning over the weekend of 3 and 4 June to Warren Farm, Wetherden, IP14 3JX, by kind permission of R and P Baker. The 2022 rally was a huge success with a record £21,000 being donated to local charities and community groups and we hope to be able to raise much-needed funds again this year. This has brought the cumulative total raised by Woolpit Steam so far to over £300,000. We are already being offered some very rare, interesting, and historic exhibits, and it is this desire to present to the public such unusual machinery which makes Woolpit Steam different from many other shows. This encourages the true enthusiast to travel from all parts of the country but equally captures the imagination of the casual visitor.

Woolpit Steam has always been and is probably best known for its pre 1930 tractor display which rivals many of the largest shows in the country and we would expect to see around 20 examples on show. We have already received several entries which are new to Woolpit. A further 70 tractors built before 1965 are anticipated. With June being hay making time of year we have decided to stage a special display of hay mowing machinery from the 1880’s to the 1960’s. Not to be outdone, the stationary engine section is likely to number 80 in total

with several being over 100 years old. Many will be presented doing what they were originally designed for by driving an array of mills, pumps, dynamos, and other machinery. This section includes the Bamford line shafting display where one engine is powering multiple machines for preparing feed for livestock. The wood sawing display which has examples of steam, tractor, and stationary engine-driven saws producing planks, posts, and firewood will remind people how things used to be done. Nearby a large Caterpillar bulldozer will be demonstrating its power and performance in leveling soil. Anybody who witnessed this last year will know what an amazing sight it is.

Other exhibits on show will include full size steam engines including examples of showmans engines, agricultural engines and even a portable engine designed to be towed between jobs. Vintage cars, motorcycles, commercial and military vehicles are all represented and a number of models and displays will provide something of interest for everybody. If you are looking for a gift or that elusive spare part then there are over 50 craft, trade and auto jumble stalls to tempt you. There is also hot and cold food, licensed bar and ice creams. This year we are pleased to announce the return of Mike Rule with his ever popular Steam Gallopers and big wheel. These will be supported by side stalls, Punch & Judy and a full ring programme on both days to keep the family entertained.

Gates are open from 9am–5pm on both days and admission is: Adults £8 Saturday / £9 Sunday, and children £2 on either day (please note we are unable to accept card payments) Car parking is free and the show is easily accessible from Junction 47a on the A14 eastbound, or Junction 49 westbound.

For further information contact David Seeley: 01449 737443 (after 7.30pm) or

via the website: www.woolpit-steam.org.uk

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