As with many organisations the Kingston Maurward Association has had an uphill struggle to maintain interest in its activities. This is generally affected by a number of factors which includes the following:
- The College ha a vastly greater spread of teaching disciplines that its original core activity of agriculture and horticulture.
- There is a much greater reliance now on home entertainment and communications using social media.
- The original membership base has now diminished as a result of the age factor and
The 27th Annual Ploughing match was held on Saturday 13 February 2016. 33 entrants took part on a wet and windy day! The following winners were presented with certificates from the Principal of Kingston Maurward College, Clare Davison: Match Champion: Geoff Smith Old Student Champion: John Harris Best Novice: Chris Evans Vintage Champion Trailed: David Cobb Horticultural: John Stockley Best Current KMC Student: William Kingston Many thanks to the following sponsors:
- Blackmore Vale
- Symonds & Sampson
- Colin Smart Agricultural Services
- Highwood Agriculture
- Mole Country Stores
- Martin Richards Agricultural Engineers
- M J Fry Agri Engineering
- Redlynch Agricultural
The 2016 Ploughing Match will be held on Saturday 13th February 2016 at Kingston Maurward College. Previous attendees should have now received information and application form. If you are interested in taking part please contact Vanessa Gifford on 01305 215170 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The AGM and Memorial Presentation to Freddy Fieldsend on Friday 3 July 2015. It was a lovely evening and we all just about managed to get home before the thunder and lightening started!
Sally Thomas, Freddys daughter, joined us to carry out the 'unveiling' of a seat and planting of a tree in memory of her father.
The seat was placed in the formal gardens and the tree planted in the 'Island Plot'
KMA, with the Fieldsend family, will be unveiling the Freddy Fieldsend memorial bench on Friday 3rd July 2015 at 7.30pm, following the KMA AGM. There will also be the planting of a memorial tree in the grounds of Kingston Maurward College. If you would like to attend please meet in the Main Hall of Kingston Maurward House at 7.30pm. The ceremony will be followed by drinks and light refreshments, and an opportunity for a catch up!
A very successful Ploughing Match was held on Saturday 14 February 2015.
47 entrants took part with the Principal of the College, Clare Davison, presenting the prizes to the following overall winners:
Match Champion: Jeff Smith
Old Student Champion: John Harris
Junior Old Student Champion: Ed Legg
Best Current KMC Student: Alistair Bye
A raffle raised £214 for Kingston Maurward Foundation which directly supports Kingston Maurward College and its students.
Many thanks to all the sponsors, including the
KMA have set up a Memorial Fund to purchase a seat for the Kingston Maurward Gardens in memory of Freddy Fieldsend.
If you would like to contribute, please send any donations to:
Kingston Maurward College
with the envelopes marked for Vanessa Gifford, Clerk to the Trustees.
Vanessa sits on the KMA committee and has very kindly offered to collate the donations and pass the cheques across to WF (Bill) Maunder the KMA treasurer.
Cheques should be made out to KMA (Kingston Maurward Assoc.) and