Tractor displays to remember collector Tom

A procession of tractors going to the funeral of Tom Kingham in St John the Evangelist Church, Bourne End, on July 27, 2010.
A procession of tractors going to the funeral of Tom Kingham in St John the Evangelist Church, Bourne End, on July 27, 2010.

THE organiser of an annual hospice fundraiser will use it to remember a friend who was cared for by its nurses in his dying days.

Farmer Peter Groom will open his four fields land to the public from July 30 to 31 for the fifth Dacorum Steam Rally and Country Fayre.

Tom Kingham

Tom Kingham

Mr Groom’s friend Tom Kingham, a tractor collector and former engineer who led the building of Bovingdon’s The Mount prison in the 1980s, passed away in July last year.

The fayre, held on Mr Groom’s 62- acre Greencroft Farm in Potten End, raises cash each year for Northchurch-based The Hospice of St Francis - which cared for Tom.

Hospice spokesman Abbi Langan said: “Mr Groom wants to preserve the heritage of how farming used to be. He is a lovely chap and deserves some recognition for giving up his farm.”

This year escapologist Roslyn Walker promises to do something death-defying during her twice-daily routine at the event.

There will be market stalls, a tractor-trailer ride, a balancing-on-a-seesaw game, entertainment from Harvey the Clown and a jazz band.

David Simmonds will display his collection of 15 international tractors - two of which he imported from Kentucky, USA.

There will also be displays of restored vintage cars and motorbikes, commercial lorries and military vehicles, and demonstrations by the fire brigade.

The Dacorum Steam Rally and Country Fayre will be from 10am to 5pm on both days, and you can find more information at the website www.dacorummachineryandsteam.co.uk.