Club History

A Brief History Of The Francis-Barnett Owners Club

In May 1955 the Club was formed with Mr.G.J.Privett as Hon.Secretary with clubrooms at the Greenford Community Centre in Middlesex. Members met on alternate Tuesday evenings. Although the club was in no way connected with the manufacturers,a popular feature of its activities was the annual visit to the Francis and Barnett works at Lower Ford Street Coventry. Unfortunately records of these early days were lost after the Club was wound up on the Company ceasing to trade in 1965.The Club was re-formed in May 1986 in Bristol on a national basis that has subsequently become international with Members spread world wide.Early Members who are still with us are John Harding, John Crockett, and Keith Young. A bi-monthly magazine “THE DIRECTORY” was published and became a quarterly publication from 1987. The Club has a Annual Rally/AGM which is held at different venues in addition to the regular meetings of the West Midlands, East of England sections.