Will be at Crark Airfield, Flookburgh on 26 & 27th July at the invitation of the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd. Entry forms are available to download from the website, if you are unable to access them please telephone 01787277316 preferably in the evening and not after 9p.m. and I will post one to you.
They need to be returned to myself not later than 1st May.
IN THE CHAIR - Feb 2014 CHAIRMAN'S LETTER
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Feb 2014 Members Magazine - FBHVC NEWS
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Your Club is Ten years Old:
This year the Ford & Fordson Association celebrates its tenth anniversary; but it is now a very different Club from that which was formed a decade ago. Of course nothing stands still but members are entitled to know how and why the Club has changed.
Many of you will remember the inaugural Annual General Meeting at Bentwaters courtesy of Bill Kemble in 2004, the tour round the former USAF base and having a peek in his sheds which were full of tractors to bursting point, there have been many memorable AGM’s since. I remember that first meeting well and there didn’t seem to be a cloud on the horizon. How things were to change.
The first Issue of the magazine, then titled ’The Ford & Fordson Association’ was published in June 2004, with Peter Squires as editor; it was a fairly slim volume. By the sixth issue Peter Simpson had taken over as editor and he stayed until issue 35. However at issue 12 the name was changed to Ford & Fordson Tractors, this was to widen its appeal and the number of pages was growing. Steve Wright took over for the next four issues and Peter Love followed him, Peter continued until issue 55. Scott Lambert was the editor for the next three issues and we welcome Howard Sherren as the new editor of this issue. The masthead design was changed at issue 57 but the title remained the same, it is a high quality magazine that covers the wide range of interests of Ford and Fordson enthusiasts.
From the start the Club was bankrolled by Kelsey and the magazine was intended to be both the Club’s mouth piece but also a source of profits for Kelsey, just as any other of their publications are today. Unfortunately the general membership did not fully understand the true nature of the relationship with Kelsey. I have never understood why this was not clearly explained, but suspect that a combination of commercially sensitive considerations and a feeling that, in any event, the members were getting good value for their money may well have been the main reasons.
Kelsey bought and owned all the merchandise; they also paid for and provided professional secretarial and other services required to run the Club together with, for example, providing publicity material for the Expo and other Club events. Subscription automatically entitled the subscriber to both membership of the Club and to receive the magazine. In return the Club, at shows and gatherings, encouraged like-minded enthusiasts to join and also sold the merchandise. The receipts from which were remitted to Kelsey, which was only right and proper.
There were certainly commercial and journalistic pressures at work that were at times perceived not to be to Club members’ advantage also Kelsey saw little reason to publish the “Clubs” accounts as it was, after all, their own money. Had all this been properly explained much angst would have been avoided and the outcome might well have been different.
In any case at the end of 2010, following that year’s AGM, matters came to a head and Kelsey decided to sever its relationship with the Club. I was not party to the discussions at that time, nor was I on the committee and therefore make no comment. However it is a matter of fact that the both the Chairman and President resigned, Peter Godwin, the previous chairman, agreed to take the chair for a further year and I amongst others were co-opted onto the committee.
The start of 2011 saw the Club truly independent but with no money and no income; members subscriptions were paid directly to Kelsey not to us. We did not even have our own bank account, I’m sure that like myself you will be surprised by this but will now understand that there had been no reason to have one before!
A series of meetings with Kelsey followed and as a result, they very generously agreed to sponsor us, and that sponsorship continues. They also donated to us their stock of Club merchandise and agreed to provide pages in the magazine both for Club news and merchandise; they wished us well. I’m pleased to say that our relationship has remained cordial ever since.
However the committee was faced with a mountain to climb and serious doubts were expressed as to the Clubs viability. Hard decisions were made, a new class of membership without the magazine was introduced, Kelsey agreed to pay the Club commission on members joining and subscribing to the magazine, advertising on the website began, the sale of merchandise continued and revenue was received from vehicle registrations.
Some three years on the Club is on a sound financial footing, we are truly independent, there are always improvements to be made and with your help and support we shall continue to prosper.
It really is time to get your entries in, for some shows it will already be to late. I only have space to mention a few that the Club will be attending.
HERITAGE TRANSPORT SHOW
The annual Heritage Transport Show will take place on Saturday 5th April 2014. The Kent County Agricultural Society will host the fifth successive event to be held on the extensive Kent Showground site, just off the A249, Detling where owners and enthusiasts will celebrate transport through the ages.
Car and Bike Clubs from around the South East set up displays with members exhibiting in many cases concourse standard vehicles. The large agricultural machinery section tells the story of the mechanization of the farming industry and the vital role tractors played.
Contact Rodney Gibson - Mobile 07850 788347 for more details.
The Expo X
Will be at Crark Airfield, Flookburgh on 26 & 27th July at the invitation of the Cumbria Steam and Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd. Entry forms are available to download from the website, if you are unable to access them please telephone 01787277316 preferably in the evening and not after 9p.m. and I will post one to you. They need to be returned to myself not later than 1st May.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair: held 27 to 31st August. The Club has been invited to mount a showcase celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Fords ‘World Series’ tractors from their brand new tractor plant at Basildon, most think of them as the 1000 series. We are still looking for examples to form the display, full details are on the website, the number of entries is limited, but if you would like to enter your tractor please send a couple of photos to me, preferably by email. We are aiming for a good cross section and hope to have examples of all models in the display.
Carrington Rally: at Frithville on 25 &26th May, they are having a Fordson theme this year and it will be the first time for some years that the Club has been invited to attend. Full details and entry forms are available via the website.
Show Time: held at Barons Lane, Purleigh Nr. Chelmsford, on 9 & 10th August. This is a working event that the Club attended for the first time last year and by all accounts it was a great success. The working area will be larger and the plan is to have ‘Night time Plougathon” so make your lights are working if you feel like taking part and will be a ploughing competition between ford and Massey owners. This is a very worthwhile charitable event with live entertainment and a road run to boot, what more could you ask for.
The Aldham Old Time Rally :
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June
Held at White Colne, Nr Colchester (just off the A1124) Opening at 10am both days.
The rally is organised by The North East Essex Engine and Tractor Club
The Club meets during the winter months on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Stanway Football Club Social Club.
The Club held its first rally at Mistley in 1976 but it is now held at Chalkney Meadow at White Colne. Last year Ford & Fordson Association had its own ring parade and we hope to do so again this year; this will be our second year to have a stand.
F.M.P.S / Long Melford rally is on the 5 & 6th of July.
2014 Rally News
The 2014 Rally is already being planned:- watch this space.
Great News: It is hoped we will have the Sentinel Drivers Club with us this year, perhaps as many as 10 Sentinel wagons. To be confirmed
40th Grand Hennham Steam Rally is on the 20 & 21st September, at Henham Park, near Southwold, Suffolk
This years theme is of all things from the seventies.
Please make sure that you check the website regularly as often announcements in the magazine are too late to ensure that your entries are received in on time.
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
Tel:01787 277316 (Before 9pm)
Mob:0797 74952739 (Before 9pm)
E-mail: Pat Pawsey
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.
"Let us know what your'e up to and we will publicise it."
The 64th British National
To be held at Wootom St Lawrence near Basingstoke on 11th & 12th October by kind permission of G B Foot Ltd.
The Club has been invited to attend and will have its own plot; Club classes to include trailed, vintage and classic mounted. The Club's marquee will be on site and members not competing are welcome to exhibit their tractors by it.
This is the first time that the Club has attended this prestigious event, a chance not to be missed.
For more information call
Email: Conrad Hopkins on 01621-773592 after 7 pm.
Tractor Road Run 2014
So far we have been to 26 different County's with in the UK North, South, East and West.
The most wonderful thing about our Tractor Runs it takes us to a different part of the Country every Easter.
Now in its third year, we’re pleased to announce this year’s Holnest Country Fayre
will take place on the 27th and 28th September 2014.
Richard Perrett Photography & Designs have just contacted us to let you know that they have recieved their 2014 "Tractor Girls Calendar ". It is a High Quality Calendar with all makes of tractors with an added bonus of a bevvy of beautys.
E27N Hologram Paperweight
Bone China Cup
You will find all of these items and many more in our On-Line Store on the website. They can also be purchased from the FFA marquees & Reps that are at the many shows we attend.
In the last issue Pat Pawsey reported that Tony Patton was retiring 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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Nick Battelle of Old 20 Parts has let us know that they also have their new 10 series catalogues available and due to their popularity at Malvern, Nick has made the Ford History Posters a stock item, only £6.00 + postage or email us your FFA membership number and receive 15% discount!
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