Each member of the Elworth Brass Band were asked to sign an inventory form and to observe the rules of the band
This signed document is from William Foden (dated 3rd December 1900) for the use of a band Euphonium
William Foden was to later become the Managing Director of Foden's Motor Works and was also responsible for scouting and writing to Edwin Firth in 1908 offering him the Principal Cornet Seat (please see letter in Artefacts 1908)
In December 1924 William decided to go to Australia to farm Sheep leaving Edwin (ERF) to look after the band. With increasing company losses William was asked to return to England in 1934 but with his new idyllic life he was reluctant. Whilst on holiday in Europe he did make a detour to Elworth to see the company. Due to being shocked at the state of the company he immediately returned firstly becoming the Managing Director Designate and with the approval of the board this post was made permanent.
William died aged 95 on the 2nd June 1964 (see 1964 William Foden Funeral in 'Artefacts')