- Written by Peace
A glimpse through the door of Farmeco’s Men in Sheds mid-morning in March reveals a cosy, hive of activity focused around cluttered workbenches strewn with tools and ‘useful’ bits, and the pleasant aroma of bacon. There’s clearly a sense of purpose amongst the men at work and a distinct sense of contentment and camaraderie, no doubt fuelled by the recently consumed bacon baps!
Centre stage is a 1952 ‘Fergie’ tractor in its characteristic grey livery, ‘saved’ by David from a front garden in Southwell. Richard and Bill are lovingly restoring it, refurbishing its hydraulics, updating the starting mechanism and replacing bits of bodywork, rubber seals and valves. There’s still a full range of spares to be had, probably more easily accessible via the internet than in the previous century. The finale for this project is an appearance at the FlinthamPloughing Match in September, now in its 100th year.
The wider team,which can be up to ten, displays a diverse range of skills between them, the most common of which is to ‘bodge’ it! The team seems able to muddle through most things, even if several attempts are required to get it right or ‘sort of right’!The repair and refurbishment of an eclectic assortment of ‘things’ have included Screveton’s centenary bench, a cheese press, hand held plough and a threshing machine.
This spring in addition to the ‘Fergie’, projects include the refurbishment of a dough maker from a local bakery, second hand bicyclesand the farm’s entrance gates. Most recently there’ssome experimentation with the chassis of a remote controlled toy car to explore options for the delivery of small quantities of fertiliser and other inputs to the farm’s edible woodland.
There’s always a warm welcome out in the shed, with plenty of good humour and knowledge to share. Feel free to drop in on a Tuesday or Friday morning and see for yourselves!