Road Roller Association AGM 2007

The 33rd AGM of the Road Roller Association was held on Saturday 3rd March 2007 at The Golden Lion Hotel, Leeds, Yorkshire. With the whole family in mind a number of activities had been arranged during the weekend.

Apart from the social gathering nothing formal had been arranged for the Friday evening. Approximately 20 Members, along with a number of wives/partners and families, enjoyed a relaxing evening at the Hotel.

After breakfast on the Saturday morning over 40 people boarded a coach for a tour of Engine Building sites in Leeds, both Traction Engine and Railway. This was followed by a visit to the Leeds Industrial Museum, see their website for more details of the museum. Of interest at the Museum are a Green Motor Roller, formerly owned by our Founder, a Fowler Motor Roller, a Barford & Perkins Motor Roller re-engined with a McLaren Diesel engine, and a trailed scarifier.

The coach then returned Members and their families to the Hotel for the buffet lunch.

The AGM itself began at 2:00 p.m., with approximately 50 Members in attendance, finishing at 4:45 p.m.. The normal formal business of the AGM was carried out.

The Chairman was able to report that after a number of years of negotiations the Association has entered into an agreement with Leeds City Council to take on loan the "Pudsey Roller", and it was hoped to sign the agreement on the following Monday. Please see the appropriate link on the Navigation bar on the left for further details.

There were no changes in personnel to the Officers and Committee of the Association, although the position of Archivist was split between Steam and Non-Steam. A full list of the Officers and Committee can be found by using the appropriate link on the Navigation bar on the left.

The Associations Trophies were awarded as follows :-

After the AGM, a coffee and biscuits break was followed at 4:45 p.m. by an illustrated talk by John Pease on "Leeds Products". The talk was based around the products of McLaren and Mann, and included a number of unusual Rollers produced by both companies.

Over 45 people (Members and their families and guests) sat down for an Evening Meal at the Hotel. The social gathering continued until the late evening.

On the Sunday morning over 40 people gathered at the works of Israel Newton & Sons Ltd., for a tour of the works. Of interest was a Burrell roller having work done on it.

Everyone then moved on to the Bradford Industrial Museum, see their website for further details. Of interest are a Wallis & Steevens Advance Steam Roller and a Barford & Perkins Motor Roller.

A number of the above then moved on to the Abbey Light Railway, see their website for further details.

As usual the social side of the weekend was very enjoyable. The Committee would like to thank all those members who attended and made this another RRA AGM Weekend to be remembered, and also to thank “History in Harmony” who had made the hotel arrangements.

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