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The FELLOWSHIP 2022 Annual Newsletter

A Message from the FELLOWSHIP Chairman, Peter Leake

What a cracking last 6 months we had of 2021! Whilst we battled with the Covid situation, the Fellowship has come out of this remarkably well, which bodes well for an exciting 2022. Let's reflect and look forward positively, as there is a lot to feel positive about.


Frank Hemsworth

Many Fellows will be saddened to learn that Frank Hemsworth, past Managing Director of Unipart International, passed way recently. Although Frank was not a `Fellow he was a regular attendee at the Midlands Gaydon Lunch and was well known to many Fellows.

Fellowship Committee Member Nigel Barfoot has written this brief appreciation.

Frank Hemsworth passed away on November 11th 2021 shortly after having been diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer. As someone who valued his time in the RAF and continued to work with service charities this seemed appropriate.


The 2021 London Lunch

After a great deal of discussion it has reluctantly been decided not to hold the usual London Lunch at the VS Club this year. Talking to a number of fellows, there is still a reluctance to travel into London, especially on public transport. The Committee wish to emphasis that this event is firmly in the calendar for 2022, in the meantime we have the ever popular Midland Lunch at the British Motor Musuem, Gaydon being held on the 1st September, and all fellows are encouraged to attend if they are able to do so. Details are on the upcoming events section of the website.



Since 1935 The Fellowship has provided members with various opportunities each year to meet new people and spend time re-establishing old friendships with associates with colleagues.

The newly elected Fellowship Chairman Peter Leake has launched an an initiative to encourage new membership. Please have a look at the attached PDF file and pass it on to any friends or colleagues who you feel might be interested in joining the Fellowship. If you would like to receive a supply of hard copies please contact the Hon Treasurer, Peter Cottle. 


New members join the Fellowship of the Motor Industry

It is with pleasure that we can announce that the people shown above have recently joined the Fellowship of the Motor Industry. Since their enrolment we have been unable to meet them in person as the whole 2020 events programme had to be cancelled. With the improving situation, helped tremendously by the vaccine roll out we are confident that many, if not all, 2021 events will take place in some format. This will give us the opportunity to properly welcome them into the Fellowship where they can meet many of their fellow members.


Ye Ancient Motor Traders of New Zealand

The Fellowship Secretary, has recently received greetings from a group in New Zealand known as The Fellowship of the Motor Industry, incorporating ‘Ye Ancient Motor Traders. Some of our more senior Fellows may remember that the Fellowship in the UK had a long association with this group in Auckland from their formation in 1943 up until about 2000 when for some unknown reason it lapsed.

At their recent AGM in Auckland it was agreed that an approach to the Fellowship in the UK should be made to see whether it might be possible to re-establish the relationship. 


2021 Newsletter

Fellows should have received a copy of the 2021 newsletter in the post, which contains details of events planned once Covid-19 restrictions allow. A full  PDF copy of the newsletter is attached.


John Sudbury 1944 - 2020

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the death of John Sudbury, who passed away on Monday 28th September in hospital in Guernsey

John will have been well known to many of you through his long career in the Motor Industry which began with a student placement at Ford Motor Company. He moved to the Lex group where he held a series of senior positions before setting up his own Company Swindon Automobiles in 1981. 


Why join the Fellowship - An interview with Mike Damant

Fellowship Vice Chairman, Peter Leake recently conducted this interesting interview with Fellow Mike Damant who speaks about his career in automotive training from Bentley to running Ford's Automotive College in Loughborough and explains what prompted him to join the Fellowship.


Mike Garton 1936 - 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Past Chairman Mike Garton after a bravely fought short illness. Mike was a dedicated supporter of the Fellowship, serving as Chairman between 2013 - 2015. He will be hugely missed by his many friends in the Fellowship and especially those who had the privilege to serve with him on the Fellowship committee where his sound advice and guidance was invaluable.

A full obituary is attached.