FARM machinery from decades ago was in action in fields just north of Stockbridge at the weekend.

This included an old tractor-drawn binder owned by Alfie Wells, of Lockerley, and a John Deere combine owned by vintage farm machinery collector Russell Cox, of Mottisfont.

They took part in the Upper Test Valley Vintage Club’s annual working weekend staged on fields off Danebury Road at Longstock.

Organiser Dave Watts said: “It was very, very busy on both days. The show doubled in size this year.

“We had close on 3,000 people, which was the best attendance we’ve had. Just under 2,000 of the visitors were adults. We had perfect weather too. We didn’t open the gates until 10am but cars were queuing up outside the field entrance at 8am.”

Mr Watts also pointed out that there were more tractors and other farm machines working on the fields this year than in previous ones.

He said: “We had about 80 tractors at the event, which is a lot more than we normally get.

“We had ploughing demonstrations and tractor and trailer rides so people could watch them in action, but we didn’t have any heavy horses ploughing this time.”

Other attractions at the working weekend included old country crafts such as hurdle-making.

There was also a large display of motorcycles and 45 classic cars on show.

Mr Watts said that the event made £7,500 and about £3,000 of this will be donated to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

He also praised four generations of the Snellgrove family, from Houghton, for helping to set up the showground site.