Club September Run

Margaret and Bernard Guest always produce an interesting route for us and our September run this year was no exception.

After an excellent lunch at the ‘Shutters Inn’ just down the road from Prescott Hill Climb, we then moved on to our visit for the day, Stanway House.

The Manor of Stanway was owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss.

The Jacobean house itself was not open on our visit, but we were able to see the 14th Century Tithe Barn  which is now used for weddings and other functions, and the extensive gardens and water gardens with it’s formal canal on the terrace above the house, the striking  Pyramid and the eight ponds. There is now a single jet fountain and at 300 feet, it is the highest fountain in Britain and the highest gravity fountain in the world.

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Club August Run

Severn Vale Discoveries

Another very hot day dawned as 14 Club Members met at Wilton Road Car Park in Ross. We proceeded to ‘Freds’, as we know him, at Part-y-Seal near Grosmont, for a very pleasant coffee and pastries stop. We were in the garden of their lovely old house, enjoying the park-like surroundings and tranquillity (website,, Eds.).

On following the road back to Skenfrith, we took the B4347 to Newcastle and on to Monmouth, crossing over the A40, then turning onto the B4293 towards Trellech, arriving at Chepstow Racecourse after a very nice drive in hot sunshine.

We carried on over the ‘old’ Severn Bridge taking the A403 and B4061 signed Thornbury, through this picturesque town. They had even hung out the bunting for us! We then joined the A38 to Hill and Rockhampton, finally ending up at the ‘Malt House’ pub in Berkeley for an excellent carvery, only three sweets consumed!

A pleasant visit to the Jenner Museum was chosen by most members of our party. There can be found a very well-documented life of Edward Jenner, known universally for bringing smallpox under eventual control.

Jenner was born in Berkeley in 1749. He was apprenticed to a local surgeon aged 14 then trained in London. He spent the rest of his life in Gloucestershire working and practising from his house and garden. In 1796 he carried out experiments on an eight-year-old boy’s arm. He injected pus  from a smallpox pustule into a small incision in the arm. He proved that having been inoculated the boy was subsequently immune to smallpox.

Jenner used a small hut in the garden to carry out innoculations, wrote many books, and researched vaccine development.

The return home followed mainly unclassified roads to start with, via Halmore, Gossington and Slimbridge. Then we joined the A38 briefly, to turn off to Frampton-on-Severn, and we followed the road to Framilode, Epney, Longney, via Stonebench to Harwicke. We joined the B4008 and after a multitude of roundabouts and traffic lights joined the A40 to Ross, passing through Churcham and Birdwood. We finally drew into the King’s Head Inn at Birdwood for a final drink.

Although we were a small party, everyone enjoyed themselves, the company and the superb countryside.

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Jenner vaccinated the poor of Berkeley area free of charge in this little hut which was first known as the Temple of Vaccinia , before it was simply referred to as ‘Jenner’s Hut’. The rustic thatch covered building  is now Grade 11 Listed, as is the Chantry, Jenner’s former home.  James Phipps, a local Berkeley boy aged 8, was the first person to be vaccinated by Jenner against smallpox in May 1796.  MG

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25th Anniversary/bring a car night

The Club has celebrated its 25th year by enhancing Bring a Car Night with great food and good raffle prizes, with a Hamper as first prize.  Barry Thompson, Coleford’s Deputy Mayor, and his wife helped judge the ‘best’ car of the night, won by John Waynham’s Citroën, congratulations John.

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Club July Run

The July Run commenced at Trioscape garden centre near Upleadon.

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COGs Run July 2018

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The July COGs Run took us through two countries with views of two bridges though three food stops! What was not to like, as they say. We set off from Millbrook Garden Centre fortified with great coffee and then headed up to Trellech and through to Shirenewton. Trellech, which has various spellings including Trelleck, Treleck and Trelech, is an interesting village on a plateau between the Wye Valley and the Usk Valley. Shirenewton is a very pretty place.

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After Shirenewton the Run instructions asked us to look out for two bridges and the bull, which we duly did. There were lovely views as we drove down towards the A48 and our food.

As with all COGs runs we had a great lunch. Then some of us headed to Chepstow Garden Centre and others headed to the ‘tea’ stop at Tintern Station. The café there has changed hands so we were wondering what to expect, however, nice tea and cakes as usual, so no worries there. We were lucky to find a huge umbrella for us to sit outside under as this was one of the hotter days in our lovely June and July weather.

Then we headed home after a great day with great company.

Yorkshire By coach

Instead of a run in June Terry and Marg organised a coach trip to Yorkshire staying at Nidd Hall Harrogate.IMG_0354_Moment

Various places were visited over the next few days. Whitby; North Yorkshire Moors Railway; Harrogate and York. Full report in the next magazine.

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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.