The Club got off to a racing start at the opening event of the year. Tractor World, at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern, held on 14th and 15th March, with what I'm sure was the Club's best ever display there. Even the judges agreed, for a change and awarded the Ford and Fordson Association's stand the first prize for the "Best Club Stand in the Show".
At this point I must say that I cannot thank our ladies enough for the unstinting support that they give us, not just at Malvern but throughout the year at shows up and down the country, serving members refreshments and selling Club merchandise. Most are not committee members and without their unflagging support the Club and its members would be much the poorer. Make no mistake it is they who make the Club the friendly, family one that it is and that, I'm convinced, is the real basis of the Club's success.
Ford & Fordson Association - Winning Display Area 2015
Henry Dixon's 1922Fordson F
& Nick Bryn's 1944 Industrial Peter Nutley's War time display
3 of Tim Pearman's on the front of the stand Tom Falconer's "Cut away"4000
Malvern was also another first for us this year as we held our Annual General Meeting during the event at midday on the Sunday. In the past we have held the AGM at various venues around the country as 'stand alone' events, but the cost of travelling resulted in falling numbers making the journey. Your committee felt that as many members either exhibit or attend Tractor World we should try holding an AGM there to gauge members response. Please do let us know what you think of the experiment, if you would like it to become a permanent fixture or not, its up to you.
There is a full report of the meeting on the website and I have to say that I think the financial statement speaks volumes for the progress that the Club has made over the last three and a half years. This is due in no small measure to your continued support and to the hard work that the committee has put in on your behalf.
Click here for FFA AGM Details
As usual exhibitors and visitors to the show judged members tractors and the results were as follows:
Best in Show:
Jackie Smith 1970 4000 Petrol S-O-S
Nick Bryan 1944 Fordson N Industrial
Henry Dixon 1949 E27N P6
Pat Pawsey 1961 Fordson Super Major Petrol Industrial
John Brunt 1966 Ford 5000 S-O-S
Jonathan Boaz 1952 Fordson Major TVO
Tractor I'd most like to take home:
Tim Pearman 1991 Ford 8830
I must also congratulate both Nick Bryne and Jonathan Boaz were also were awarded second prize in the overall show judging competition for best in show and best unrestored respectively.
At first glance this may seem a little strange but the Club's awards are judged by a different set of people and, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.