One of the highlights of any rally season for us is the vintage harvesting event held in the shadow of the south downs at the village of Heyshott, it is a traditional harvesting and working weekend where all the aspects of the farmers year are demonstrated. Tractors make up the bulk of the exhibits though other vehicles and machinery are also on show.
Ploughing by horse and tractor takes place on several of the large stubble fields and an aspect of Heyshott that is possibly unique is the harvesting of standing corn by binders and early combine harvesters. The cut sheaves are transported by tractor and trailer to several threshing machines that are set up in the main field where they are threshed and the straw bailed.
Other demonstrations include sawing and timber handling.
The organisers are extremely lucky in their choice of weekend as they are almost always blessed with fine weather, this year was no exception and the event attracted record crowds, this meant that the local charities really benefitted.
The other steam entries were the Burrell single crank compound road loco No. 3657 “Morning Glory”, Marshall traction No 70321 “Firefly” and Ransomes crane engine No. 31066 “Hooky”. A Marshall portable powered one of the threshing machines and a small “estate” engine worked a sawbench.
We always look forward to Heyshott as it is all that an event should be, relaxed and fun and demonstrates to the public how things were done in grandfathers day.