Looking to the future

National Chairman, Richard Barker, had a quiet month by his standards but still took in a series of events up and down the country:

If you will excuse the pun I have come back down to earth with a bump after flying back from Augusta and my feet have been well and truly on the ground in this country for the last few weeks. The day following from my return I attended the Agricultural Engineers Association Annual Conference and Luncheon. This was held at the Savoy Hotel in London with the conference theme on Rural Business and Leisure as influenced by Government thinking with speakers ranging from Sir Donald Curry to Ben Gill, President of the NFU in England and Wales. This was a most informative day and included a magnificent lunch!!

The following week saw the first East Midlands Section Golf Day of 2002 held at the Leicestershire Golf Club. As National Chairman I was very proud to attend my own Section event especially with a turn out of 46 people including 12 trade members, but had to take some ribbing from my close colleagues about the colour of my blazer. I don't know why!!

This was a tremendous day and thanks must go to Chris Lewis and his staff as well as E. T. Breakwells for sponsoring the day plus other trade members who provided the raffle prizes. A big thank you must also go to the Section Committee for agreeing to pay the entry fees for the three Section winners into this year's National Championship.

Finally, I would like to say cheerio and a big thank you to David Emery who is leaving after four years with the Association as Design and Production Editor. He is moving on to another local company in a more senior role so hopefully the Association will be able to continue to benefit from his knowledge. All the best David.