Club Walk No 6, Battle Bridge Farm, Alnwick - Tuesday 30th June 2015.

After eight years of compiling the annual programme of Morpeth Camera Club Summer Walks the quest
to find different places of interest continues and on Tuesday 30th June 2015, the club had a private visit
to Battle Bridge Farm, near Alnwick. At this location the Manners family run their Combine Parts Supply
Business and it is the largest breaker of Combine Harvesters in the United Kingdom.
With over forty years of experience in the salvage, dismantling and reconditioning of combine harvesters,
they can supply everything from the smallest nut or washer to a full fabrication and welding service of
agricultural machinery. These spare parts come from a stock of over three hundred and fifty "combines"
all in various states of repair, parked in a field at the farm. Our visit was to explore and photograph this
" Combine Harvester Graveyard ".

On a warm summer evening, twenty members attended and it was a surreal experience walking amongst
these huge, silent, metal monsters. The Combine Harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests
grain crops. The name derives from its combining three separate operations comprising harvesting/reaping,
threshing, and winnowing into a single process. New Holland, John Deere, Claas, International & Massey
Ferguson were just a few of the famous agricultural manufacturers names on view as well as the red, blue,
yellow, green, livery's associated with them.
Soon after arrival everyone had dispersed around the site to record the colour, shape and details, looking
for that one image to capture the feeling of abandonment and decay. Two hours passed very quickly and
this unusual location had proved a success, providing members with hundreds of images. A big thank you
to those at John Manners Combine Parts Supplies who made this visit possible.
                                                                                                         Davy Bolam.