Supporting local Macmillan vintage rally

Supporting local Macmillan Vintage Rally at Balls Cross, Near Petworth, West Sussex

Organised by Tony and Sylvia Haydon, the vintage rally at Balls Cross is growing bigger every year. Held last September, the show welcomed five full size steam engines, with two reappearing after a spell of absence.

Our Workshop Manager, Simon Rawlins, always keeps his diary clear for this friendly show, especially as it supports a worthy cause. Organisers, Tony and Sylvia raised over £10,000 this year for Macmillan – a testimony to their hard work and dedication.

Simon exhibited his half size Burrell traction engine and also looked after Paul Sticklands’ Marshall traction engine, no. 45872, ‘General Scrumpy’. The Marshall created a great deal of attention as it had been out of action for over six years. It was put back together for the special 50th Anniversary of the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Simon had a busy weekend managing both exhibits and explaining the fundamentals of steam to the general public. Most visitors were local and intrigued to learn General Scrumpy spent its working life at Carter Brothers (agricultural engineers) in Wisborough Green. Amazingly, the engine still resides in Wisborough Green, in the ownership of Paul Stickland.

Another engine to appear back on the scene after restoration work was Chris Bampfylde and Marion Frost’s Fowler roller no. 18070. Built in 1929/30 it was new to J W King from Bishops Lydeard, who was a well-known contractor and quarry owner. It was parked up in the 1950s and then acquired by David Hurst who put it in his sale in 1971 where it was sold to Steve Veal in Cornwall. Chris and Marion purchased the roller in 2002 and its appearance at Balls Cross was its first outing in their ownership.

Travelled from slightly further afield was the 8nhp Burrell owned by Philip Kerr, which had been shipped from New Zealand (South Island) to the UK for the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The 1910 Burrell made the journey with around six other engines from New Zealand and will be remaining in the UK until this Autumn. Look out for it at Welland Steam Rally.