The first Memorial Ploughing Match was held at Mottistone Manor Farm by kind permission of Todd and Jackie Carder on Sunday 5th April 2009.  The event was organised to remember four ploughmen who sadly all passed away in 2008. The were Stephen Hayles, John Attrill, Derek Young and Den Phillips. 
  The entrance donations and any further funds raised (after expenses) were given to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and in the first year over £2000 was raised.
  "The ploughing match idea was originally thought up to remember Steve, who was himself a keen ploughman. The passing away of three further ploughmen changed our ideas slightly and we decided to have one match to remember them all. Everyone has supported the idea as a great way of remembering some very much loved people. The idea of raising money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice at the same time, has been greatly received as everyone seems to have known somebody whose lives have been touched by the care shown at the Hospice".   Karen Sheath - 2009   

Steve Hayles


John Attrill

Den Phillips
  

Derek Young