Successful year for Ollardale

Heather Patterson, secretary of Ollardale, handing over cheques to Michael Holmes, Stand By Me and Jude McCann, Rural Support. INNT 12-459-CON

Heather Patterson, secretary of Ollardale, handing over cheques to Michael Holmes, Stand By Me and Jude McCann, Rural Support. INNT 12-459-CON

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The 13th annual general meeting of Ollardale, the farming co-operative, was held on March 13 in Holestone YFC Hall.

Chairman Denis Boyd welcomed a large turnout of guests and members and thanked them for their support.

He also thanked his fellow directors and secretaries Heather Patterson and Irene Agnew for their hard work.

Denis introduced Michael Holmes from Stand By Me who spoke of the work being done by the charity to rescue and care for some of the world’s poorest children through their children’s homes, schools and care centres.

Denis also welcomed Jude McCann, from Rural Support, a charity which provides a listening, guiding and connecting service for

farming families and rural communities throughout Northern Ireland. Heather handed over a cheque for £500 to each of the charities.

James Gage, the Society’s accountant, presented the Ollardale accounts for the year ended 2012. Once again, Ollardale has had another successful year’s trading with members benefiting from purchasing discounts, loyalty rewards and substantial bonuses.

The three directors retiring by rotation every year were re-elected. Those re-elected this year were Messrs Norman Robson, Johnny Coleman and Stephen Weatherup.

Ian Kernohan, UFU consultant, gave a presentation of the group’s activities throughout the year. Purchases made through the co-op totalled £2.7 million. The main products purchased were animal feed, fertiliser, detergents, dosing stuffs, sprays and fuel.

Denis welcomed the guest speaker for the evening Leith Burgess. Leith, a local poet, entertained those present with his life story and recited some of his poems. Roy Kennedy proposed a vote of thanks and the evening ended with supper.