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Annual Rally 2015 - Silver Jubilee Theme

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of our very first annual rally this year’s event will have as one of its three themes “silver jubilee” mowers. For this we are hoping to display machines with some kind of connection to the number 25. This might include, for example, mowers that have a 25 inch cutting width – are there any we wonder? We’re also hoping to assemble some machines with “Silver” or “Jubilee” (or similar) in their names – there are a few but we’ll happily take anything that loosely fits the bill. In keeping with our aim to be as inclusive as possible we’ll have a fairly flexible definition of what might qualify and will be open to persuasion on the day as to the merits of individual machines. Even a silver-coloured machine would qualify. 

We will of course welcome any machines made in 1990. It’s odd to think that mowers made when our club was in its formative years are now considered “old” by many collectors, particularly our younger members. Nevertheless, if you think about it, many of us would have though 1965 was quite old in 1990!

Archimedean lawn mower. Farmfitters Rapier rotary mower. Greens Zephyr hand mower.

These mowers all fit with our "silver" theme. The one on the left is an Archimedean made in the late 19th century. The one in the middle is a Farmfitters Rapier from the 1950s. The one on the right is a Greens Zephyr also from the 1950s. This particular example, which can be seen at the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport, was uniquely produced with a highly-polished chrome finish as a special exhibit at the Southport Flower Show in 1960. Brian Radam, who runs the museum, brought this machine to one of our first ever club rallies.

Annual Rally 2015 - Silens Messor Theme

One of the three themes for this year's Annual Rally is the Greens Silens Messor. This popular mower was introduced in 1859 and, after a series of minor modifications and updates, was still listed in the company's catalogue towards the end of the 1930s. This makes it one of the longest-produced mowers of all time. Over the years the Silens Messor was produced in cutting widths from 6" to 48" and over one million were sold. Mostly these were chain driven but some had gears. The variety of designs and sizes means there are dozens of variants all bearing the Silens Messor name. At this year's rally we are asking members to bring examples from their collections so that we can build a timeline with as many different designs as possible.

   

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Annual Rally Countdown Starts Here

The club's annual rally is less than a month away. The event will be held at Milton Keynes Museum on the weekend of 16/17 May and we're expecting dozens of club members to attend from across the UK and even further afield. It's 25 years since our very first club rally so this will be an extra-special event to celebrate our "Silver Jubilee". We'll be posting previews in the run-up to the event. In the meantime, here's a selection of images from the very first event in 1990 including some familiar faces...

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We're Back With A Bigger Website

It's been a while since we posted anything new on the front page of our site but that doesn't mean we've been sitting idly by. Over the past few months we've been busy behind the scenes working on an upgrade of the website. Like many websites ours is based on a content management system. We have used the same system for the past five or six years but the time was right to update to the latest version. 

To complete the upgrade we needed to install new versions of the various modules that power the site, update to the latest database software and migrate all of the data at our web hosting service. The majority of the work was straightforward but despite our best intentions and a lot of planning and testing before, during and after the changes a few glitches arose that we needed to put right. This has now been completed - unless there's something we've missed. 

At the moment the site looks more or less the same as it did before. However, it should be working faster than before and the improvements we have made behind the scenes will allow us to add new features and content more easily. Look out for some exciting additions in the coming weeks.

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