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Booklet commemorates Tenbury Wells NFU's 100 years
8:00am Thursday 10th May 2012 in Farming
THE Tenbury Wells branch of the NFU is producing a memorabilia booklet to celebrate last year’s centenary.
The booklet will be out in time for the 2012 Tenbury Countryside Show and here are some key moments that will be contained in it.
Several speakers and a large crowd attended a public meeting in April 1911 at the Swan Hotel when the Tenbury Wells Branch of the NFU was formed.
The successful formation of a branch of the National Farmers’ Union in Tenbury was of considerable importance, not only to the farmers themselves, but to all who are at all interested in the welfare of agriculture.
In 1961 the Tenbury Wells branch of the NFU celebrated its golden jubilee.
Tributes to the founders of the branch were paid by all the speakers at the Golden Jubilee Dinner held at the Bridge Hotel.
Two nationally known figures Harold Woolley, president of the NFU, and Gerald Nabarro, MP for the Kidderminster division, were among the company of 184 people who attended the celebration gathering.
No less than 15 past chairmen of the branch were also present.
In 1986 Tenbury Wells NFU marked 75 years.
Informality was the key of the Tenbury NFU's annual spring dinner dance at the Swan Hotel.
As the festivities got underway the branch chairman Brian Mills passed around samples of pewterware with commemorative engraving which members could order as a memento of this important milestone in the history of the NFU in Tenbury and district.
The branch celebrated its 100th AGM at Cadmore Lodge on November 2010 and livestock farmer Clive Davies, of Mamble, handed over the chairman’s reins to Bockleton farmer John Adams.
NFU president Peter Kendall was guest of honour at the branch’s centenary dinner held at Cadmore Lodge hotel on May 11.
Mr Kendall said that bovine TB and the farm gate price of milk were at present the most difficult issues to tackle.
A total of 62 different chairmen have served during the past 100 years. With the exception of Rosemary Pritchard they have all been men.
“It was a tremendous privilege and honour to have had the opportunity to serve alongside so many prominent farmers,” said Mrs Pritchard.