Author Archives: Alastair Johnson

June COG’s Run

The run started with coffee at Trioscape Garden centre for coffee and cakes


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Next we meandered through the countryside and eventually arrived at “The Valley Evesham” where we stopped for Lunch and took advantage of the wonderful designer shops. Unfortunately the Evesham Valley light railway only runs at weekends so no rides available.

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May Run

The May run organised by Groves day excursions( a wholly owned subsidiary of Groves tours)

Started from the Travellers Rest Ross-on-Wye for coffee

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Following a lovely route through the Herefordshire countryside and stopping at the Castlefields at Bredwardine for lunch.

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After a very satisfying lunch stop there was a choice of optional afternoon stops firstly

Oakfields country store


Secondly Brobury House and Gardens


Finally ( for those with the stamina) was a stop on the way home at the Greenman at Fownhope

April Run

As in the past our first run of the year coincided with the Federations “Drive it day” and one member got a bit too carried away when it came to fixing the tour plaque to the grill of his car.

Starting out from Ross-on Wye at 9-30 the eighteen cars containing thirty seven people set out through a mixture of country lanes and minor roads towards Newent and the “Three Shires” garden centre for the coffee stop. After some refreshments and retail therapy it was time to return to our cars and continue through the Hereford and Worcester countryside towards our lunch stop at “The Royal Oak” at Broadwas Nr Worcester.  As “Drive it Day” was a national event it is not unusual to see other Vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles as we tour about. Some of us, on this occasion managed to get involved with a Tractor tour on route to the lunch stop. The “Royal Oak” is always a very busy Pub (Three meat and thirteen vegetables choices may have something to do with it) and we certainly swelled the ranks of waiting dinners.

After lunch we travelled back to the National Trust property at Brockhampton Estate for our afternoon visit. The site has history dating back to the 1100’s and has you can imagine had quite a lot of changes over the centuries. Some of us had the benefit of a brief talk from one of the trust guides which was most informative and entertaining. After viewing the house and gatehouse some members strolled around the grounds and church ruins. Thankfully the weather was kind to us all and although sometimes overcast it remained dry so that was very welcome for some of our “top down” travellers.

Leaving Brockhampton we travelled back towards Malvern and Ledbury, returning to Ross-on-Wye and home.

Trevor and Barbara hope you enjoyed your day out and hope to see you all soon.

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February Meeting

Our club meeting centred around a visual quiz which included places of interest both local and national, cars, some aircraft related historical items and of course club member identification. Sadly the numbers attending was down on previous years, so perhaps it’s time for a rest from this form of entertainment. The winners were the team of Robin, Janet, Jo and Pete who out scored their nearest opponents by six points, so well done to them. A bottle of wine and bars of chocolate were presented by the quiz master Barbara.




Belated Christmas lunch

After our planned Christmas lunch was cancelled, due to heavy snow, Bells Hotel very kindly rescheduled and our re-run went without a hitch. Even Santa and his little helper managed to come!

Our Deputy Chairman took the opportunity to present prizes to the members unable to attend the AGM

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January Meeting and AGM

Our January meeting took place at Ellwood Football club and included the AGM for the club and our presentation night. The meeting started with the Chairman offering the now traditional toast of “absent friends” in memory of those members that have passed away. The minutes from last years AGM were read and approved as correct. The Chairman reported that the club had enjoyed another great year and praised the members for their generosity at raising over £800 for charity and the continued hard work of all the committee. Discussing the need to replace committee members that were not seeking re-election this year and the need to find new officers to replace the Vice Chairman, Club Secretary, Treasurer and Club events Secretary for next year was now becoming a major priority. The election of officers took place and the Chairman asked for the accounts be accepted and approved. The proposed increase in membership fees to cover the increased cost to postage and club insurance was approved. Concluding the AGM the club trophies for 2017 were presented.

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Christmas Lunch 2017

Due to the weather it was not a great turnout for the club Christmas lunch, however some adventurous types made it, albeit on foot, as can be seen by the photograph (Alastair Johnson not shown as he was behind the camera).

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all our members.


November Club Meeting

Our meeting for November centred on the presentation of the £750 cheque to “Severn Freewheelers”. Derek received the donation on their behalf and thanked our club for it’s support to this self funding voluntary organisation. You may remember that the “ Freewheelers” came to our June meeting and gave a very informative talk on their work in our area. Some of you may have seen the recent report in the Forest Review.To conclude the meeting there was a brief film documenting the charity work of Terry Oliver and Basil Williams involving large models of Thomas the Tank & Fireman Sam. Terry gave a narration explaining the events and those charities that benefitted from their efforts. One of which involved a group pushing Fireman Sam’s fire engine from Coleford to London!

The Club would like to thank all the members for the support shown.

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November Run

Our last Sunday run of 2017 was organised by Terry and Margaret and started from the Garden centre at Monmouth. Members started to arrive just after 10am and after morning refreshments it was time to set off towards our lunch stop near Newport. Club cars with a smattering of moderns took the suggested route over the ridge road through Trellech and Devauden until we dropped down to Shirenewton. The weather was clear and sunny which revealed the countryside in all it’s late autumn colour and it’s expansive views towards the Welsh hills. Arriving at our Lunch stop at “The Barn” in Llanmartin it was time to reflect on the navigational blunders some members may live to regret come awards night in January, One pair of members (no names, no pack drill) had even forgotten it was the day of the run, so got treated to a rousing cheer upon their arrival for lunch. Our November run has always been the shortest of the year, so after an excellent lunch we rejoined our cars for the run back to Chepstow garden centre. Up to now the chairman and his wife had been traveling in the MGB with the hood down and on arrival at Chepstow put the hood up. This proved a very prudent act as exiting the Garden centre it was obvious the there had been a very heavy rainstorm. Historically some pre-Christmas shopping has taken place on the November run and for some members this again proved the case. Shopping and browsing complete it was time to journey home. Some chose to travel up the Wye Vally to our homes and were rewarded by the return of the sunshine and Autumn colours. Our thanks go to Terry and Margaret for organising the day and also for donating the run money to the clubs chosen charity of the “Severnfreewheelers”.


October Club Meeting

Our well attended October meeting was held in our new base at Ellwood Football Club and as in past years it started with the option of a ploughman’s supper which was followed by the Harvest raffle. Our thanks go to all who donated goods and members who bought tickets in support of our chosen charity of “Severn freewheelers”. After the chairman had gone through the notices of the day the raffle to place and raised £100 for the charity concerned. This money will be added to the funds already raised during the past years events. Our thanks also go to the ladies of Ellwood Club for the food and warm welcome.

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