FFA AGM & Charity Fun Day Saturday 27 November 2010
The recent successful Ford & Fordson Association AGM Day was held at Ben Craig’s Leicestershire establishment on Saturday 27 November. Remarkably some 170 members and friends assembled in very snowy conditions for a great day out.
FFA secretary Rob Rushen-Smith spoke of the venue for the 2011 FFA Expo VII, Hen Blas County Park, Bodorgan, Anglesey, North Wales. It’s all going to be part of the very successful Anglesey Vintage Vehicle Rally on May 14-15. All Ford, Fordson, Muir Hill, County, Roadless, Chaseside, Weatherill, Matbro, Muir Hill and any other member of the family are welcome, including OTA, Singer and Monarch’s as they use Ford engines.
All the things that are associated with these events will be all here, from the extensive marquee to daily parades in the main ring. There will be prize giving for the various FFA sections that will be voted for by the exhibitors themselves. This proved a very successful system at Expo VI held at the Kent Show in July 2010. Over 60 tractors are coming over from the Republic of Ireland for the Expo and it is anticipated that at least 200 machines will assemble in Anglesey.
Expo VII entry forms are now available and can be obtained from the "EXPO VII" page of this website. They can be printed out and sent to Rob at address below or contact Rob and ask him to sens a form to you:
Rob Rushen-Smith Tel: 01394 275129 or 07811 393537
Ford & Fordson Association,
PO Box 123
Both members and non members are welcome to attend with machinery.
Earlier on the FFA welcomed its new chairman for the next three years David Caley from near Hull, East Yorkshire. The retiring chairman Peter Godwin said he had had a great three years and had enjoyed leading the organisation. This feeling applied particularly to the Expos and taking part in the FFA Ploughing Championship, which had been so successful. The Ploughing Championships had been staged by Roger Ingram and his partner Sian and are set for even greater things in 2011.
Peter Godwin has kindly agreed to stay on as a committee member and has now taken over as chairman again in January 2011. Other new committee members are Jayne and Keith Broomhill and Graham Dell who has done much charity work with his Fordson Dexta’s over the years. Graham has taken over as FFA technical officer, being a Fordson apprentice in the 1950’s. The previous technical officer Peter Andrews has retired after six years work for the FFA. At present he is finishing off the FFA raffle prize, a 1960 petrol Fordson Dexta and was thanked for all his hard work by the FFA. Graeme (Ernie) Clark also joined the committee and has done a great job with the FFA website.
During the afternoon president Nick Battelle, along with John Baggley, presented a wonderful show, with films included. Since the meeting Nick Battelle has resigned as president. He was originally going to stand down after six years at this AGM, but was asked to stay on by the committee at the time.
The lunch was supplied by George Allwood and his superb team of ladies and gentleman, who also kept everyone topped up with hot drinks all day. Rob announced that the charity day had raised for the local Harby Hospice something around the £700 mark – what a wonderful amount.
People departed for home at 4.25pm after a great day of Ford and Fordsons, thanks to Ben Craig and members of the Vale of Belvoir Club. They all worked so hard to make the day very special for all FFA members.