IN THE CHAIR - OCTOBER 2013
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From The Chair October 2013:
The Annual General Meeting:
The Club’s AGM was held at The Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton near York on Sunday 27th October. It was an excellent venue with a raft of very interesting exhibits; there really was something for everyone.
A few of us went up on the Thursday and visited the National Railway Museum (NRM) on Friday where the last 6 surviving A4 class locomotives were on display. The best known is probably Mallard that in 1938 took the world steam record to126 m.p.h.
The NRM is a real eye opener and I had not been before and could have spent several days there, but I digress.
Attendance was a tad on the light side because unfortunately the meeting coincided with a local ploughing match. The date and venue were arranged over a year ago and I’m afraid that whatever date is chosen it will always clash with another, a further unfortunate example of ‘Murphy’s Law’.
However the meeting was very positive and Nick Battelle was welcomed back as the Club’s President. The usual reports were given and I must thank our Treasurer Jane Broomhall, for an easily understood and concise explanation of audited accounts for the year 2012/13 and first half of 2013/2014, that show the Club to be in a healthy financial position.
A major agenda item was the Club’s proposed revised constitution. The constitution was last updated in 2010 and as we are now running our own affairs it was high time that it was brought up to date.
To Summarise the Main Changes:
The objects of the association have been expanded to reflect the Club’s current activities and aspirations.
The members present unanimously approved the revised constitution.
As no new members stood for election to the committee the retiring members were re-elected for a further three years.
It has been suggested that in future the AGM might be held at an event, thereby saving on traveling costs as members would be attending in any case. Tractor World at Malvern was mooted as a possibility but, of course, suitable arrangements would have to be made. I must stress that this only a suggestion but please make your views known to us.
There was, as usual, plenty of active participation throughout the meeting from the floor and I welcome this, it is your Club and you must say exactly what you think. I was heartened that it was all constructive criticism this year; I hope this means that your committee is getting most things nearly right! Keep it coming we do want to know what you think!
Please see the website for full details of the AGM including the Chairman’s Report - Treasurer’s Reports - the Club’s Accounts and a copy of the revised Constitution approved at the meeting.
Show Round Up:
What a change in the weather, compared to the appalling wet and cold of last year we really had a sizzling summer this time round and as I write this in late October it is still shirt sleeve weather if a little on the damp side.
Great Dorset was hot and dusty this time round and there were quite major changes to the layout and rightly, to my mind, the number of Scammells on show was greatly reduced.
This made for a much better commercial vehicle display even if they did take nearly half the area usually used by the working tractors. Margaret and Derek
were kept busy signing up new members and meeting up with friends old and new. Club members Philip and Wendy Ireland’s Fordson model F, that graced our stand
last year, won the ‘John Hall Fordson Shield’
The Special Display this year was of road rollers. They came from all corners of the world and it was a truly spectacular gathering probably never to be seen again. There were certainly examples that I had not seen before; absolutely fascinating.
The FFA will be holding a tractor ‘Showcase’ in the static tractor section in 2014. Please sees full details under “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ford 6X Range at Great Dorset” on the website in the near future.
The National ploughing Championships were held Nr Hereford on 12 & 13th October Margaret and Derek, our show stalwarts were there and reported that there was good crowd as usual, but also, as usual it was wet and windy.
Whilst talking of ploughing, Roger Ingham visited Holland for the Dutch Ford & Fordson ploughing championships back in August and we were very pleased to welcome Gerard Schoenmaker and his party, great FFA supporters, to the AGM.
Roger also tells me that congratulations are due to Arthur Jennings who won the FFA vintage mounted class at the Welsh National Championships and our thanks to all FFA members who competed.
The FFA Southern Area Championships were held in bright sunshine on Sunday 6th October at Ingham near Bury St Edmunds thanks to the kind invitation of Henry Castle of Friends of Ferguson. I’m afraid space precludes more here but pictures, a report and a list of the winners can be found on the website in the near future.
Looking forward to 2014:
I’m just highlighting some events either because they are early in the season or, as in Great Dorset 1000 series ‘Showcase’, because the planning involved demands early action on your part if you wish to enter.
Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show. To be held at Royal Bath & West Showground. BA4 6QN on Sat 1st & Sun 2nd February 2014 with indoor static Tractor show, trade stands, toys, models & books, etc.Special feature: Massey Ferguson 100 Series
Saturday: Auction by H J Pugh & Co
All proceeds to charity
9am to 4pm
Tractor World at Malvern this year is on 2nd & 3rd March, if you wish to be on the FFA stand clearly mark your entry form to this effect to avoid disappointment. I gather from Mark Woodward that changes to the layout are afoot and I should know more after the Newark show and this, together with entry forms etc., will be posted on the website in the near future.
The National Vintage Tractor Road Run; this year it is Shropshire’s turn and will be on Sunday 20th April at Bridgnorth. This is a splendid charity event, which I know several members regularly attend. Derek and Margaret will be there to greet you.
The Carrington Steam & Vintage Rally, it is several years since the Club last visited this Lincolnshire event held near Boston on 25 & 26th May. It is a premier rally and we shall have our marquee there and hope to welcome many of you.
The Ford & Fordson Association’s Expo X
Will be held at the Cumbrian Steam Gathering on 26 & 27th July, near Grange-over-Sands, this is the furthest north we have been and although it may be too far for some to attend I hope as many of you as possible will enter your tractors. Being a national Club we must move round the country to be fair to all members.
My thanks to Nick Battelle for introducing me to Stuart Cotton, who is the Great Dorset Steam Fair’s static tractor steward. Over the last two years discussions have culminated in our Club being offered space to ‘Showcase’ 30 tractors, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the 6X range. If you have a 1000 series tractor that you would like to exhibit please see below, of course details will also be on the website in the near future.
The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ford 6X Range at Great Dorset Steam Fair:
2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the 6X range of tractors. These were built at Basildon and consisted initially of the 2,3, 4 & 5000 tractors sub-titled The Dexta, Super Dexta, Major and Super Major that nomenclature may have helped sales at the time but is now somewhat confusing. The Ford & Fordson Association has been invited to put together a Showcase of these tractors featuring the whole range up to the 9000. Because we are limited to 30 exhibits we shall have to select tractors to achieve the best display. If you would like to exhibit your tractor please send a couple of photographs of it together with any history or interesting facts about it. It will not necessarily be the shiniest tractors that are selected although there is obviously a place for them. Photographs and your details should be sent to me Pat Pawsey, preferably by email to email@example.com or by post to Upper Farm, Ovington, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 8LD. All entries will be acknowledged and the committee will select those that make the most interesting exhibition, please send your entries as soon as possible.
“The Small Print Details”
The rally will be held between 27th & 31st of August 2014. You will be expected to abide by Great Dorset’s standard conditions, in brief that your tractor is ‘on it’s peg from Wednesday through to Sunday. You do not have to take part in the daily ring parade every day but you will be expected to on most days. In addition you will have to bring wheel chocks to comply with safety regulations, as the tractors are parked on a slope - this is actually quite sensible. Nothing too onerous really when you can take your pride and joy to probably the premier steam rally in the world!
Although August seems a long way off we need your entries by the end of March, come and see us at Tractor World.
Your help please: I am still looking for your photographs preferably by email so that we can put together a Club calendar; I have been sent some in response to an earlier request but need more.
Also as we are entering the ‘project season’ why not take a few photos of your latest enterprise i.e. “before – during - and after” if it interests you it will most likely be interesting to other club members. Share your triumphs and disasters we all have them as well as your tips and short cuts as the BT advert used to say “It’s good to talk” – it really is - sometimes!
Finally: I have just received this note from our President, Nick Battelle:-
“So he's back I hear you say, well yes I am back (although never been far away) as the President of our beloved FFA and very honoured to be appointed by our committee. Enjoyed a very good AGM at Yorkshire
Museum of Farming and a good lunch. It was good to meet a few familiar faces and enjoy
a good "nosey" round the exhibits.
Looking forward I hope to getting the chance to work with our area reps to promote our organisation and the interest in Fordsons and Fords and get more localised events in hand
to run throughout the year.
As I write this I am going to Devon to do a
film show and talk at Whiddon Down organised by Andrew Green our man in Devon.
More of this perhaps next time. Enjoy the magazine with our new Editor, I have not had chance to meet him yet but hope to in the
not to distant future.”
This is YOUR club and these are YOUR pages in the magazine & Website. We need to know what you are doing in your neck of the woods.
That restoration you have done, and more particularly the problems that arose whilst doing it and how you overcame them.
The shows and rallies you go to and what was there; in fact anything of interest to other members. Don’t be shy if it interests you it will almost certainly interest others, so share it with us.
Finally in the last issue I asked for photos for a FFA calendar, I have received some splendid pictures, they don’t have to have been taken this year in fact some old ones would be good, we need some more so please submit your favourites as soon as you can.
I look forward to hearing from you
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Contributions to Club News:
Last month we asked for contributions to feature on our website. It is your Club and members need to know what is happening in your part of the world. Unless you take the trouble to tell us what you are up to in your area we are all missing out. "Come on" you can contact me Pat Pawsey.
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FFA Calendar Photos:
In the last issue I asked for photos for a FFA calendar, I have received some splendid pictures, they don’t have to have been taken this year in fact some old ones would be good, we need some more so please submit your favourites as soon as you can.
You will find all my contact details on the Contact Us section of the website
Retirment of FFA / DVLA TRACTOR REGISTRATION OFFICER
In the last issue I reported that Tony Patton was resigning as our registration officer as at the end of July. Tony has done a splendid job for the Club for the last couple of years, also contributing greatly to our funds; he registered three for me and they were the easiest ones I have ever had, he will be a hard act to follow. Until the committee appoints a new officer I shall be holding the fort and Tony has generously offered to give me guidance. To assist me and, providing you are able, I would prefer that you email your initial registration requests to me. Click link below for my contact details.
FFA New Secretary
Rob Rushen-Smith announced at the AGM his intention of retiring next year.
Rob has been involved with the Club since it’s formation and many will fondly remember him and his wife Rosie at Expos and rallies. I know you will all wish to join with me in thanking him for his work over the years and wishing him well in the future; they will both be missed.
As a result, we are looking for a secretary to replace Rob during the next twelve months. This would ideally be someone interested in our hobby who is able to attend roughly three or four committee meetings a year, take minutes and write the occasional letter and pass members queries onto the appropriate person.
The Secretary is an important officer of the Club and the role not as onerous as it might sound. Anyone who is interested please contact any committee member or myself and have a chat.
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