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Annual Rally 2021: It's On! In October!

With many restrictions surrounding Covid-19 being lifted we have decided to hold an Annual Rally and AGM at Milton Keynes Museum on the weekend of 2/3 October.

It has been two and half years since our last annual rally and we really wanted to do something this year, as long as the situation allowed. 

The safety and wellbeing of our members, their friends and families, and the staff and visitors at the museum will be the priority. The event will abide by whatever precautions or restrictions are in place at the time.

At the moment there is no reason why the event should not go ahead. However, as we know from the past 18 months, things can change very quickly. We will monitor the situation in the weeks leading up to the event  and make decisions accordingly. We will also be guided by advice from our hosts at the museum.

This year is the centenary of Atco and JP, two of the best known and successful manufacturers of the 20th century. Many of our members have examples of these manufacturers' machines in their collections and we will be featuring them over the weekend as our main rally themes.

Look out for more updates in the coming weeks.

BBC Gardeners World - Second Episode

The second, and final, instalment of BBC Gardeners' World look at the history of the lawn and lawnmower is scheduled for this Friday at 9pm. More mowers will be featured from the collection assembled by club member Clive Gravett at the Museum of Gardening at the South Downs Heritage Centre.

If you are in the UK and miss the show, it will be available on the BBC iPlayer after the initial transmission for up to 12 months. The initial instalment that was broadcast in April is also available.

Annual "Virtual" Rally 2021

Sadly, because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to cancel our Annual Rally which was scheduled for the third weekend in May. Despite some restrictions being lifted, the weekend for our event was before the proposed opening date for museums and similar venues. We are hoping to arrange an alternative event at Milton Keynes Museum later in the year, subject to regulations allowing such events to take place. 

In the meantime we are repeating our "Virtual Annual Rally" which was so successful last year. The allows members of The Old Lawnmower Club to display some of the exhibits they would have brought to our get-together in May.

We hope this collection will give a good idea of the variety of old mowers our members collect and the effort they all put into preserving and displaying them. Click on one of the images to find out more or visit the Virtual Annual Rally page.


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