May club night

At the May meeting we had a talk by Mike Ayland on the Wye Vally railway, which ran from Chepstow and followed the river Wye through Brockweir, Tintern, Llandogo and on to Monmouth. the train would then leave Monmouth and branch left heading north onto the Ross and Hereford section would follows the Wye to Symonds Yat to arrive at Ross-on-Wye and finally on to Hereford. Mike is working on a follow up presentation which connects Hereford through to Three Cocks Junction near Brecon, which will complete the original railway route.

The talk was very interesting not only from the railway point of view but because he had added lots of historical facts and stories which were relevant to the area, backed up by lots of photographs. Terry our events secretary had organised the speaker, but had forgotten that he would be on a trip to Pembroke with his Zodiac, given his interest in railways I think he may arrange for a private viewing at the speaker convenience, especially when I tell him how good the talk was. Our thanks go to Mike for a very informative talk and of course, Terry for arranging it for us.

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Chairman’s Run

This run, being our first of the season coincided as in the past with “Drive it day”.

For those of you new to all this old vehicle thing, “Drive it Day” is an annual event promoted by the “federation of historic vehicle clubs” to encourage people with older vehicles to bring them out onto the roads to use them or just show them off, in the hope that it will encourage or inspire more people to get involved with the old vehicle movement.

Starting from Chepstow the forty four members in a splendid assortment of twenty two cars set off over the old Severn bridge and onto the side roads and lanes to the coffee shop at Almondsbury Garden Centre. After suitable refreshments and some retail shopping for some, it was time to rejoin our cars and tour some more of the Severn side country lanes, enjoyed even more by the sunshine to arrive in Berkeley for our arranged meal at “The Malt House”. Suitably refuelled we set off to the afternoon visit to Newark Park on the Cotswold escarpment. Originally built as a hunting lodge it was extended several times to end up as it is now a typical country Manor House.

After wondering the gardens and the house it was time for a cup of tea and a chat with fellow members in the sunshine on the lawns of the house before returning to our vehicles.

Leaving Newark we traveled back along the ridge to enjoy the views eventually passing through Painswick  and Gloucester and on to our home destinations.

The annual awards list got off to a good start, plenty of parking awards and navigational blunders were noted.

We hope that all those that attended the run enjoyed the day out and we look forward to seeing you and many of our other members on future runs this year.

Mr & Mrs Chair.


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January Meeting

The January meeting at Bells Hotel and country Club was the AGM and Presentation night. The meeting was attended by 38 members. The Chairman asked for more assistance from the general membership regarding club runs for this year and also new articles for the club magazine. Following on with the normal business and election of committee members for the coming  year. The Presentations to club members followed a short break, some being official club trophies and some more of the humorous type, which I’m pleased to say were all taken in good spirit.

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Christmas Lunch

Once again the club Christmas lunch was at Bells hotel and country club and was supported by approximately sixty members and guests. Father christmas made his usual visit to pass out gifts for all who attended. It was also the 80th birthday of long standing member Bob Lewis. The chairman played a joke on the attended by asking them to look under the table cloths for the carols list that we would be singing. You can imagine the relief on their faces when it was revealed that we would be singing happy birthday to Bob instead.

Our thanks go to Bells for once again providing a great meal and efficient service, with a special thank you to our secretary Mary for organising the event.

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November Club Run

Starting from Chepstow castle, a dozen or so club cars travelled over the Severn bridge and through beautiful country lanes to Thornbury garden centre for the coffee stop. I’m told one or two managed to get get lost, or as we call it follow their own route to Thornbury. Leaving the garden centre after some seasonal shopping and traveling through the south cotswold countryside passing Chavenage house to finally arriving at “The Bear of Rodborough” for lunch. After what was described as a truly excellent meal the cars and there occupants set off for the visit of the day at the Museum in the park, Stroud. The museum, has over 4000 objects on display. Of particular interest to some members were the first lawnmower and a 1929 motorbike and side car, which had drive to both the rear wheel of the bike and also the sidecar. Perhaps that’s where BMW got the idea from for there war time motorbike and sidecar units? Sadly by now the weather had turned to heavy rain so progress to the farewell drinks stop at Gloucester Docks was a little less enjoyable. A full report will be included in the club magazine, courtesy of our technical editor Mr Salmon.

The club enjoyed another fantastic day out courtesy of Bernard and Margaret Guest, who never fail in coming up with something special for us when asked.



Harvest Supper & Raffle

As in past years our October meeting was the Harvest supper and raffle. After an excellent Ploughman’s lunch and plenty of friendly banter it was time for the “meeting tax”. Thanks to the generosity of those that attended the meeting the club raised £140 all of which will be added to the funds already collected for this years chosen charity.

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October club run

Our club run for October was organised by Nigel Hill and Dave Salmon and started from the “New Fancy View” car park. It was a very well attended run with 35 members in 16 club cars and one modern. Leaving the start point we headed off in bright sunshine through the forest, finally joining the A48 for the journey to the coffee stop at the National Diving Centre. After coffee and in some cases bacon rolls it was on to our next stage of the run over the old Severn Bridge and back onto pleasant country lanes traveling towards Berkeley. Joining the A38 we headed towards our lunch stop at the “Whitminster Inn” for a very good meal. With the drivers and navigators refuelled it was time to drive to our visit of  the day at the “Jet Age” museum at Staverton. The museum is housed in a new building and there is plenty to keep you interested. With even more exhibits out side, there are plans to extend the building in the future. You can also get to sit in the cockpit of a Trident aircraft and a Vulcan bomber which is very cosy to say the least. Leaving Staverton we travelled back to the Forest with some of us taking advantage of farewell drinks at Birdwood. One member commented that it was the most enjoyable journey to Gloucester she had ever done!

Excellent day out chaps and well done from all of those that attended.

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Bring an Item Night

Our September meeting was our very popular annual Bring an Item quiz. As is the norm some of the items raised an eyebrow or two. Later, after each item had been described by the member that had brought it  the process of counting up the scores began. The winner was Brian Powell with a score of fourteen out of twenty. He duly received his reward in the form of two free tickets for the Harvest supper. Well done Brian.


Brooklands by Coach

What a full on weekend this was and our thanks must go to our events secretary and everyone that gave him assistance with the  logistics of this trip. A full report will be in a future edition of our club magazine

Leaving Coleford on Friday morning we were soon on our way to our lunch stop followed shortly afterwards by the first of our visits that had been arranged. “Milestones” is Hampshire’s living history museum which is all under cover in a newly built complex. It centres the displays on local industry history and also cultural history of the area.

Leaving the museum we traveled to our hotel which was the base for the weekend.

The main reason that I had come on this trip was because my father had been here to see the racing in the 1930’s. Brooklands is regarded as one of the most historic racetracks in the world and is steeped in history not only racing but also for aviation development, A V Roe (later to be known as Avro) had a aircraft works here from the very early days of flying. A  bonus was the fact that there was a tremendous model engineering exhibition taking place on the day we were there. Some of our group even took advantage of the chance to visit the Mercedes complex next door.

Sunday was a cruise on the Thames, taking in views of Windsor and the surrounding area. After our lunch on the boat it was time to rejoin the coach and our next visit to the Saville Gardens which is part of the Windsor great park estate. Strolling round the grounds we took in the many sculptures on display which interspersed the flower beds and garden.

Monday arrived all too quickly and it was time to board the coach for our return journey home. Stopping at Swindon most of the men chose to visit the Swindon railway museum, while some of the ladies elected to do some retail investigation in the nearby shopping centre. Returning to “The Ore Pool Inn” we all enjoyed a splendid meal to “cap off” what had been a very successful trip.

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Speech House Show

Our club had a display stand at the Speech House Show again this year with some members booked in to display their cars and help man the club display stand during the day. As in the past there was a lot of interest expressed by the members of the public. Quite a few took away club leaflets and one visitor joined up on the spot. Here are a few photos of the day ( the storm troopers declined the invite to join our select club).

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