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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.