Without doubt, the forging together of many local trade associations of bakers, helped secure the future for many businesses, which today are thriving and important elements in the community. While many of the old trades and crafts have all but disappeared, the Master Baker has adapted and survived.
Thomas Fletcher was a far-sighted man and the objects of the Association he did so much to found, which are as relevant today as they were 124 years ago, are a testimony to his vision:
"to concentrate and bind together the influence, experience and power of the members for the protection and promotion of the interest of the baking trade in all its branches".
I wouldn't wish to add anything to this, because it is as relevant today as it was nearly 125 years ago when first spoken.
Our celebrations are well under way for another spectacular dinner to celebrate our 125th anniversary. I look forward to seeing as many of our members at this grand event as I did 25 years ago maybe, even some grandchildren!
Look for details in the coming weeks and be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.