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Annual Rally This Weekend

This weekend is our annual rally. It's our biggest event of the year and we are expecting members from all over the country to be there - and a few from even further afield if the rumours are true.

We've been holding this event at Milton Keynes Museum since the club was founded in 1990 so this year will be our 28th annual rally. A lot of things have changed over the years but one thing that's never diminished is our members' passion for mowers and their shared commitment to collecting, preserving and displaying lawn mowers or all shapes, sizes and ages.

This year we have two special themes. The first is mowers with animal names - we've featured this theme before and it was popular with our members. It's surprising how many different models there are with animal or bird names (as there are cars and motor bikes) so no doubt quite a a few will be on display over the weekend. The second theme aims to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Milton Keynes which was the last "new town" to be built in the UK. There aren't any mower manufacturers with a direct connection to MK but we're expecting a few examples of machines made in the 1960s (hopefully a few from 1967) to help with the celebrations. And who knows, we might even feature a few with local histories.

The event is taking place on Saturday and Sunday. The majority of members (and mowers on display) will be present on the Sunday. We hope you can join us.

Catch Up With Shed Of The Year

Old Lawnmower Club member John Barnard was recently featured as a finalist in the Channel 4 series "Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year" with some of his lawn mower collection, in a shed, naturally. If you're in the UK you can catch up with the series by clicking here, but don't wait too long as the streaming service is time-limited and will become unavailable in a week or two.

Working Steam Mower Spotted

We've heard from our special correspondent in the USA that volunteers at the Rough and Tumble Historical Association have completed restoring a rare Coldwell Steam Lawn Mower. This machine is now operational for the organisation's special 2016 Steam Show. It is believed to be the only operational steam mower in the world. You can also read additional information here (includes extra video clips).

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