Extra pictures not put in the Magazine
The first Sunday run of the year started from Ross-on-Wye with twelve cars starting and one joining at the lunch stop. Driving through a mix of country lanes and B roads we progressed to the coffee stop at “Three Shires” garden centre near Newent. After refreshments and in some cases retail purchases we returned to our cars to continue to the lunch stop at “The Royal Oak” Broadwas. One or two late arrivals did cause some concern, but despite fuel shortages and navigation problems all the lost chicks arrived to much applause. Leaving lunch it was time to travel to our afternoon visit at “Berrington Hall” near Leominster, about twenty miles away subject to navigational errors that is! Are you reading this Mr Tomlin.The last time we visited Berrington we were allowed to park at the front of the Manor House, sadly due to Mr Elf Andsafety this could not be repeated. Pity really as we did prove quite an attraction for the general public on our previous visit.
This grand Georgian Mansion with interiors designed by Henry Holland is surrounded by parkland designed by, yes you have guessed it “Capability Brown”, his last in fact. The walled garden has an unusual feature of a semi circular wall at the rear which is under restoration at the moment. Like a lot of NT property, constant repairs are a way of life and this is the case of the central domed roof light in the very centre of Berrington.
One early owner, Thomas Harley was Lord Mayor of London in 1767 and a dress worn by his wife at the royal court is on display in one of the upper rooms. The dress was found in an attic in a north Shropshire property and was purchased by the Trust from an auction in London. It is understood that the dress was only worn once, as it was common that dresses of this quality were dismantled for storage due to amount of fabric used. When the Trust started work on the garment it was found to have one sleeve missing, so a replica sleeve was produced to complete the main dress.
So far everything had gone to plan with the bonus of dry weather, so we returned to our vehicles to start our journey back to the Forest of Dean and farewell drinks at the “Kilcot Inn” Newent. Well clearly all signs should not be taken at face value, (Open all day EVERY day) except 28th of April it would seem!
Perhaps it was just as well that only a few of the group chose to call in because like the organisers they would have been a bit disappointed.
We hope you enjoyed your day out on “Drive it Day” with our club and hope you will join us on future runs through the year.
After all the beautiful weather that we’ve had recently, what did I wake up to on April 2nd…rain!
We met at Millbrook Garden Centre in Monmouth for coffee and in some cases cake and buns, before starting off on our short but very scenic first Club event of the season.
By this time the weather looked fine and our eight ‘historic’ and five ‘moderns’ headed off over Trelleck and through Devauden and with the hedges short and tidy, the views were wonderful.
Arriving at our destination , Millers Arms at Mathern everyone was soon seated and tucking into there very reasonably price lunch while watching a hailstorm, which proved to be the first of several.
From there it was just a stone’s throw for tea and cake at Chepstow Garden Centre.
We hadn’t travelled far, but I received some nice comments about the route and the pub which we had tried for the first time as a group and so with the first COG’s run of the season over, I hope the next seven are as successful.
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.
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, www.partyseal.co.uk, 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The run started with coffee at Trioscape Garden centre for coffee and cakes
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.