It is with deep regret that I have to report the sudden death of long standing member Robert (Bob) Lewis, aged 80. Bob has been a member of this club for over twenty years and attended many runs and visits organised by the club over this period. I first encountered Bob when I started work at Watts of Lydney, Bob worked in the machine shop where he reconditioned cylinder heads for diesel and petrol engines. It was here that I was told that he had spent some time in Africa with his mother and father, Bob could speak some Swahili and could be heard saying “passé passé on many occasions. Bob married Jenny Hale and soon started a family living in Lydney. Most of you will remember that Jenny became our events and minute secretary. I’m sure all of you will join the committee in sending our sincere condolences to Jenny, Helen and Heather at this sad time.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Vintage Tea Party at Berry Hill Rugby club on the 4th of September. The event raised £1288.80 for the Great Oaks Hospice in Coleford. I’m pleased to say that the cars created a lot of interest on the day and were a good advert for the club as well as raising some well needed funds for Great Oaks.
In order to help celebrate the 200th anniversary to the day of the opening of the Wye bridge at Chepstow, the club was asked to take part in a motoring cavalcade across the bridge after a reenactment of the opening ceremony took place. There were quite a mix of vehicles of varying types and ages which included three buses. After parading twice around the town, the cavalcade assembled in front of the castle as a static display.The club would like to thank all those that took part in this historic event.
On the 24th of July 2016 to celebrate 200 years to the day, of the opening of the old Wye bridge a parade of vehicles will cross over the bridge, loop around the town and finish off on the lawns in front of the castle as a display. Classic cars, motorcycles, light commercials even horse drawn vehicles are welcome to attend.
The vehicles are requested to assemble on the road leading down to the bridge on the Tutshill/Gloucestershire side, ready for the cutting of the tape at the bridge shortly after 12 noon. If you need further details you can contact club member Colin Harris. There is no booking needed, so just turn up on the day.
The Federation are asking anyone with any vehicle built before 1995 to complete their survey during this April, (it takes about 10 mins). This will be the biggest ever conducted and will give vital detail to existing information they have on file.
The object is to get as much information as possible, which they will use to lobby our Parliament and the EU government on our behalf. Our club is, as you know, affiliated to the above, so your help would be appreciated on the matter.
You can go online to do the survey. Simply type in “FBHVC survey 2016” on Google and this will take you to the site.
The final Sunday run for this season started from Labels retail site at Ross-on Wye, meeting at 11-15. After coffee and some chat among members, it was time for us to rejoin our cars, 7 of which were club vehicles and the remainder being moderns. Mary and Dave had planned the route some time ago and in view of the recent wet and windy weather supplied an alternative main road route for those no wishing to get their vehicles dirty! Barbara and I thought that our 1939 Rover 16 (Bertha) would enjoy the challenge so with some of the more adventurous members following we set off on the original suggested route to “The Bunch of Carrots”
For those of you that chickened out, you missed a really lovely drive to the lunch stop, full of autumn colour and well worth a “run out”, if the road conditions improve before all the leaves have fallen. After a very good carvery lunch it was time to set off for home, stopping at the “Three Shires Garden Centre” near Newent, for tea/coffee. Although overcast it had been mainly a rain free drive, however returning to the Forest proved to be a rather damp affair. The Club and all that attended would like to thank Mary and Dave for organising the days “end of season” run.
It was great to see so many members at this club meeting to support our chosen charity of “Great Oaks” Hospice.
The evening started with a Ham or Cheese ploughman’s lunch followed by a guess the weight of the Pumpkin competition. Gordon Lewis won the first prize with his estimate of 4st 1lb 8oz . The Harvest raffle was then conducted and thanks to the generosity of the gathered members a total of £224 was raised on the night. This money will be added to the funds already raised during the past year.
A huge “thank you” to all members who supplied goods and also the members that gave so generously, with a special “thank you” to Ron Chambers who supplied the Pumpkin.
Fourteen club cars plus two moderns attended our October run, which started from the Monmouth cattle market car park with prompt start at 9-30. One early arrival even got to play the “Knight in shining armour” by giving a ladies car a jump start (could be an award me thinks). With all attending members present it was time to set of on what proved a excellent route, only spoilt by the overcast weather to the coffee/visit/lunch venue for the main part of the day at Westons Cider Factory at Much Marcle in Hereford. On conclusion of our lunch it was time to rejoin our cars for the journey to Trioscope Garden Centre at Highleadon, returning to the forest of dean through Huntley. The club I’m sure would like to thank Mary and Dave for a lovely day out.