In November 2019 ODFAA was contacted by Mike Stone about his grandfather, pictured here, who died when Mike was a young child. However following the death of Mike's father he found a cup awarded to to his grandad in 1938.
Harry was a larger than life character who lied about his age at 16 and obtained a passage on a tramp steamer to Canada He came back to Europe with the 42nd Canadian Highlanders fought in WW1 and survived the terrible battle of Passchendaele eventually returning to Oxford, married my Grandmother and he was we understand one of the very first employees of William Morris later to become Lord Nuffield as we all know, Harry remained with Morris Motors throughout his working life.
The cup was awarded to him as a member of The Cowley & District Allotment Association. Phil Baker thinks this might have been an 'internal' award for Morris' employees.
It is a very small cup standing only 31/2" high but we will be talking to Mike about this cup being awarded as an annual competition prize to an allotment holder with a £50 prize annually, in Harry's name. Mike will guarantee the annual payment during his lifetime -he is now 73. Although Mike no longer lives in Oxford, his father, Louis
Stone was a well known businessman and musician in Oxford and later became Managing Director of Jewson Building Materials and Main Board Director. He he would like the cup to return to its Roots in Oxford.
ODFAA was at the CLIMATE CHANGE ECO FAIR on Nov 23rd 11am to 2.30pm at St Michael & All Angels, Summertown. We had copies of A Growing Concern for sale and maps and information about all sites in Oxford.
‘A Growing Concern’
by Wendy Skinner Smith & Phil Baker
This is largely based on ODFAA and OCC Allotment Meeting minutes and has a brief introduction to Oxford’s allotment history and a summary of allotment law. It has site contributions from ODFAA associations.
David Allen Jenny Bowles Alan Cooper Phil Crème
Bill Edwards Colin Gammon Catherine Gundry Neil Holt John Hastings Paul Hopkins Amanda Joyce John Lardner Roy Leach Elisabeth Ledger Susanna Lee Susie Marburg Jane Moser Gillian Morris-Kay Stephen Pegg
David Robertson Ian Sheppard Tony Hollander
Zeb Turner-Johnson Maria Unkovskaya-Harley
Jane Wilson Jenny Wright
All Associations will receive one free copy as will contributors, proof-readers, advisors, and significant allotment bodies
The remaining books are for sale £6
Copies of the book can be purchased at ODFAA events and meetings
August 21st Our Birthday bash on Wendy’ Plot on Cripley Meadow
September 24th ALM Contact and pay your association committee’s ODFAA rep
October 28th Competition Presentation evening (by invite)
November 23rd An ECO fair ‘How to do Climate Change’ St Michael & All Angels Church
Lonsdale Rd, 11am to 2.30pm
November talk cancelled as our speaker was unexpectedly unavailable.
January 5th Pennard Plants at West Oxford Community Centre (an open event)
January 21st ALM Contact / pay your association committee’s ODFAA rep
ODFAA members were invited to a ception in the Lord Mayors Parlour on
September 23rd to celebrate their centenary. About 40 committee members attended from 17 sites. Many thanks to the Lord Mayor, Craig Simmons and his wife and to Councillor Louise Upton who is responsible for Healthy Oxford. Allotments sit within her portfolio. See More photos in events
ODFAA at Elder Stubbs Festival August 17th. We met a number of contributors to the book and people who needed information about allotment sites across Oxford. The stall, banner, photos and information was developed by Wendy and Nick Jackson for the Broad St Green fair which was rained off. Good to be able to use the information and advertise the newly printed book. More Photos
ODFAA's 100th and CMAA's 125 Birthday was celebrated on August 21st on Wendy's plot. 70+ people, lots of sunshine , food and drink and a good time was had by all. 50 copies of the book were distributed and sold. More photos can be found in Photos Events