In aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Now going virtual at https://www.facebook.com/events/4062876070421009/
Market Lavington used to have its own factory, producing award winning steam engines, on the site of what is now the Scout Hall. However, Mr Cambridge the inventor of the eponymous clod breaking roller, needed more space and better communications so the factory was moved to Bristol.
Rallies used to be organised on The Elisha Field by Mr John Kyte for a number of years and many in the village still remember those days. A group of organisers decided to resurrect the event in 2018 with the support of the Parish Council. Due to its success the event now takes place on the 2nd weekend of July each year. Photo JJB Images.
The Market Lavington Vintage Meet will have displays of traction engines, stationary engines, miniature steam engines, vintage and classic cars & motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles, military re-enactment & living history groups and vintage tractors. There will also be trade & craft stalls, arena events, beer tent, catering, brass band, entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Official photos can be found at https://jjbimages.blogspot.com/2012/08/market-lavington-vintage-meet.html.
Was the second year for the Lavington Vintage meet,
if you didn't go then all I can say is you missed a treat.
With something for young and old almost guaranteed.
John Kyte in the 70's I know it was, planted the seed.
Held a party for his friends on a Spring weekend,
money raised to Lavington football club he did send.
Early in the Spring, at the start of the rally season,
friends would socialise, for fun that was the reason.
Now Parish Council have recreated the event,
on a much bigger and fancier scale, I must vent.
John I know would be thrilled if he could see,
some of his old friends attending including me.
I have been lucky to have been both years now,
already looking forward to next year and how.
Both years have been different, even each day,
no-one can say they have seen it all, no way.
It's quite a small event some people might say,
it can't get much bigger hope it stays that way.
The way it is it's like a big family gathering affair,
you'll know what I mean by that if you were there.
Check out this great video. Our thanks to Matthew Williams.
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Event opening times each day 10am - 5pm