Ford and Fordson Association Annual General Meeting
at Oakham Treasures, Portbury, Bristol on Sunday 30th October 2011
On a beautiful Autumn Sunday in October 70 FFA members & guests registered to attend the FFA AGM in Bristol. Each person contributed £10 which paid for a delicious hot two course lunch. Coffee and tea were made available on arrival and during the day as many of our members enjoyed the exclusive use of Keith Sherrell’s conference facilities and admission to the most superbly displayed tractor & heritage museum at Oakham Treasures.
Nick & Pat Bryne's beautiful 1956 Thames 4D with their 1936 Fordson N was a great sight to see as you arrived at the entrance gates to Oakham Treasures.
Also on display were other members tractors, who had kindly brought them down from their local areas for this event. Dave Stucky brought his E27N P6,here he can be seen chatting with Pat Pawsey. Chris Stucky - TW30, Dave Townsend - TW15, Mike Alvis - 6410, Alan Coward - Super 6 County, David Ford - Ford 2000 & Andrew Green our FFA Devon Area representative brought his 1933 water washer Fordson N to name but a few.
After taking photo's and chatting to the guy's it was 11am and time for the AGM meeting to start.
The Conference area facilities that Keith & the committee had set up was superb, we had a microphone with speakers all arond the area, so that all members could here the meeting clearly. With over 70 members that had registered to join the meeting the area was packed.
The Main Agenda for the meeting was:
Welcome by the Chairman Peter Godwin
Apologies for absence
To confirm minutes of the last AGM held on Saturday 27th November 2010
At Ben Craig Vintage Centre, Vale of Belvoir
Matters Arising from Minutes
Chairman’s Peter Godwin
Treasurer’s Bob Duke
Peter Godwin is resigning as chairman (but remains on the committee)
Bob Duke (Treasurer)
Wendy Gibson (Joint Show Co-ordinator)
Election of Officers:
Chairman: Patrick Pawsey,
Treasurer: Jane Broomhall
Website: Graeme Clark (Ernie)
Committee member: Simon Smart
Any Other Business
The meeting was very informative and positive with comments & views comming from the members attending and being answered by the committee. A number of good ideas and views from the members were noted and have been placed into the agenda's for the next and future commitee meetings.
For members wanting to have copy of the FFA AGM 2011 minutes, click on the email link below.
Including in the Email: FFA membership number - Name & Address - Membership Start & Expiry dates
After the meeting there was a delicious hot two course lunch of cottage pie & vegetables with apple crumble and cream, cooked by Oakham's Treasures Acorns cafe. T & coffee was free flowing all day.
Peter Love set up his talk and photos of Ford & Fordson tractors he had seen this year during his travels.
At the end of Peter's talk tickets were drawn for the prize raffle which raised £183 for the Associations funds.
I waited untill the raffle had been drawn just incase, but hey ho no luck in winning. So off I went for a wander around Keith Sherrell’s Oakham Treasuresand what a wander it was.
I was taken back in time with his vast collection of memorabilia. Things that I can remember, things that were before my time, but I remember my Grandad talking about, that he had or used. This collection is fantastic and is well worth a day out and visiting.
Signs, Stationary Engines, Tractors, Push bikes, Implements were all here on display.
From this display area I wandered into one of the other buildings leading off the main entrance. Passed the AA phone box and into the Agricultural Machinery area and more tractors, a whole building full of them.
In the building next door there were many glass display cabinets showing memorabilia from years gone by, there were AA badges, Michelin signs, Kodak camera's, tractor seats, type writers, newspapers, Post Office mail boxes.
Out of this building,down the ramp and your in Shop memorabilia. These displays were very realitic and ranged from Boots, Confectionary to Hardware stores, with all the items they used to sell in the original shop display cabinets. The brass cash register in the Boots shop below was produced by the National Cash Register Company of Dayton, Ohio, USA in 1913
Hardware Stores with paints of all colours to choose from.
Cigarette machines and Cigar's in cabinets
At the end of the building there was a general stores that sort of sold every thing from ladies undies to Weetabix cereals.
Now you can see how easy it is to get lost in time and go back into your own little world while veiwing these fantastic memorabilia displays here at Oakham Treasures.
Thank you Keith Sherrell for sharing your collection with us and I'm sure bringing back some good memories to those who have visited your collection.
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FFA AGM - Oakham Treasures
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I would like to Thank all who helped with this event from members who brought their tractors, Oakham Treasures for allowing us to use their premises, the girls in the Acorns Cafe for loverly food and refreshments.
But most of all I would like to thank the FFA Commitee Members who have worked extremely hard especially over the last year and given their time & efforts "freely" wether it is at the commitee meetings or at the shows we attend & organise.
Because basically,with out you guy's and your hard work the FFA wouldn't be as good as it is today and as Tony Doyle, Leader of Cork Branch - Ford & Fordson Association said during the meeting "To remind everyone that it is the original and the best club for Ford & Fordson enthusiasts."
Words & Photo's - Ernie