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2” scale Fowler BB1 and plough made by Joe Challis


At Colin’s yard during the morning visit

Colin Tyler models shown by Mike Beeby    photo John Billard

2” scale Fowler BB1 and plough made by Joe Challis and shown by his son Phil and grandson Leigh photo John Billard

The Fowler patents courtesy of The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

photo John Billard


14 APRIL 2018

Fifty members and friends attended at the Willoughby Village Hall, near Daventry, for the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the club. Specially gathered was a fine collection of the club archive material and not least the original patents awarded to John Fowler and others in the 1850s. These items were specially released for us by the Museum of English Rural Life at Reading.

On display also were a series of engine models.  Harry Williams demonstrated his clip drum display and included was a welcome return of the Challis family with Phil and Leigh Challis and Joe Challis’s 2” scale BB1 and plough.

The meeting commenced with tributes to those who had passed on during the year.  President John Billard spoke of members Bill McAlpine, Esmond Lewis Evans and Robert Oliver, the latter having been chairman for 29 years.  They will all be missed sadly.

All the existing officers and committee were re-elected and the Steam Plough Cup was awarded to Simon Fisher for his services to the club over many years including a period as chairman.

In discussion the forthcoming Hands On and Great Challenge events were described by the secretary to be held in September and October respectively. The president explained work on the web site and a project to improve communication and payment systems with members electronically.

The treasurer’s report showed that the club was healthy and his report was accepted unanimously. From the membership secretary came the news that the club retained over 400 members although 2018 subscriptions were still being received.

Following the end of business a fine tea was served by Bernard and Madeleine Weatherly for which they were presented with flowers and wine in appreciation.

The Fowler patents Colin Tyler models The meeting

The meeting starts            photo John Billard

Simon & John

Simon Fisher receives the Steam Plough Cup from the President, John Billard.     

Photo Dick Eastwood