More than 100 tractors took part in the 9th HADOF Road Run held on Wednesday December
28th 2011. Several hundred people also attended the event, which was hosted by Richard
and Rona Bowler at Allimore Green, in Haughton Parish, from places as far away as
Nottinghamshire. The event included a drive of over 20 miles, both on and off road,
via Church Eaton, Gnosall, Norbury Junction and back to Allimore Green. Lunch was
served on the return allowing visitors plenty of time to admire the variety of tractors.
This year, charities will benefit from record takings, in excess of £2000, from
a successful raffle and sales of a special calendar recording the 2010 Road Run.
Vintage tractor photography by
Charity Presentation Evening 2012
Following another highly successful year in raising money for local charities the
residents of Haughton met on 7th February 2012 for a Presentation Evening at The
Bell Inn, hosted by Alison Heath with Bob Swinnerton as MC.
Fund raising from donations in appreciation of the renowned Haughton Christmas Lights
was £5,232 shared between:
Air Ambulance, Katharine House Hospice, STARZ ( formerly Haughton Pre School Playgroup
) and Deaf Children’s Society.
The 9th HADOF Vintage Tractor Rally, which attracted a record entry of 101 tractors,
raised £2078. This was divided between Katharine House Hospice and Air Ambulance.
This occasion completed a memorable year for the village of Haughton with other successful
fund raising events and the accolade of winning the Best Kept Large Village in Staffordshire.
Bert Moore was the inspiration for the lights and the HADOF rally was organised by
Richard Bowler and Roger Perry. The organisers of both events wish to thank everyone
who supported them through participation and generous donations.
From left to right: Natalie McBride (Shropshire Childrens Deaf Society), Richard
Bowler, Lesley Bennion (Katharine House), Bert Moore, Sue Hill (Air Ambulance), Melita
Edge (STARZ), Roger Perry, Beatrice and Alison Heath, and Bob Swinnerton.
The 10th HADOF Road Run - 2012
Unfortunately, because of the very wet weather, the 10th, and final, Annual Tractor
Run, organised by Haughton and District Old Friends, scheduled for the morning of
Friday 28th December 2012, had to be cancelled. The ground was saturated, making
it impossible both for the tractors to be driven in and out of the collecting-ring
field and for spectators to park. As well as damage to tracks and off-road areas
there were concerns about the effect of mud on the public lanes and highways of the
A record entry of 120 tractors was expected. The cancellation was a great disappointment
to many, from the organisers, the tractor drivers and passengers, the fund raisers,
the sponsors, the spectators at the start, the finish and along the route and the
recipients of the money expected to be raised.
With thanks to the organisers and participants for 10 great years of fun and fundraising
In 2003, a few Vintage Tractor enthusiasts decided to tour the area in convoy as
part of their Christmas celebrations. The Haughton and District Old Friends Vintage
Tractor Rally was born. The organisers, Richard Bowler and Roger Perry, did not
realise then what they were starting. The number of participants increased steadily
over the years and much money was raised for charity.
Charity Presentation Evening 2013
In spite of the cancellation of the 2012 road run, money was raised by the sale of
calendars for 2013 showing views of the 2011 HAFOD Tractor Road Run.
Further details and pictures of the presentation evening appear on the 2012/2013
Christmas Lights page.