Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on February 14, 2018 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
Not a well known sport but with a new Curling Rink near Tunbridge Wells (the only one in England) it seemed an obvious thing to try & perfect for a winter trip for the club. 16 of us went & were split into 4 groups of 4, 2 groups per lane, the instructor tried very hard to give us a clue as to what to do, most of which we promptly forgot!! we were advised to wear warm layers, they supply the shoes (just as well or none of would have been able to stand up on the ice) it is very slippery!!! Olympic standards we were not, but over the course of 4 games spread out over 2 hours, some of us even managed to get a stone somewhere near the spot or whatever the target is called (to much celebration & arm waving) also some of the members got very competitve & loud even though they did not have a clue what they were doing. A really enjoyable afternoon & it looks like we will be going again, with a nice little coffee bar & possibly organising lunch beforhand. Perhaps a good idea to challange another club to a game.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on January 24, 2018 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
Although 12 of the members were on holiday in different parts of the world, we still had 18 present on Monday the 15th January, 10 of us had a curry beforehand and all agreed it was brilliant, the restaurant has just been voted number 1 in Dover and 2nd best Indian in South East Kent, well done Namaste. After going through a few potential runs for the year we gave out the Awards, Cobweb Run Shield:- Rick & Julie, End of Season:- Buster & Marie, Farthest Travelled:- Ken & Silvia, just beating Ian & Jackie by 22 mls, the extra award this year was a photo of a garage door in Deal, this was "the must get it out more" award presented to Paul Roberts who hasn't used his lovely MG Midget for 18 months. The premier award, The Secretaries Trophy for member of the year, was won this year by Jackie Steggle for her hard work organising trips to Warners, sorting parking places, tables in the restaurant & in the Ballroom for the evening shows, congratulations Jackie & thank you for everything you do.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on December 17, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Our get together come Christmas Party on Saturday 16th was at Cin Cin's Wine Bar Deal, from 15:00 Brian the owner opened just for our club, with 26 attending after a few dropped out due to illness, with nice surroundings a simlpe finger buffet and background music (not to loud) the Whitecliffs members still seemed to make one hell of a noise, mostly coming it must be said from the Thanet contingent with a certain member from Finglesham holding his own very well, we all seemed to think the same thing that it was nice to have the opportunity to talk to everyone during the afternoon, which is not always possible at a Dinner & Dance, having said that the ladies do like the chance to have a dance occasionally as well, Buster & Marie sowed the seed of meeting for Christmas drinks, Mary & Myself just thought it would be nice if we could have somewhere to ourselves, fortunately with one phone call it was organised, some of you did seem to drink rather a lot, something Mary frowned on, she doesn't agree with the Devils Brew as she calls it, so single handedly is on a quest to rid the world of all beverages containing alcohol. We have sent a thank you to Brian for stepping in at the last minute. We wish you all a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year. See you in January.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on November 17, 2017 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
This year our End of Season Run was a little different from usual, starting at The Great Danes Hotel Maidstone, although a large Hotel with a wedding show on they still looked after us very well, with a parking area & plenty of tea, coffee & biscuits also an allocated area for us to sit, we were really impressed, starting out of our usual area we travelled to Sussex & the lovely Ashdown Forrest, taking in some completely different roads, unfortunately no-one had time to play Pooh Sticks due to an accident near Frant, causing all navigators to scratch their heads when ushered by the Police in completely the opposite direction to the route provided, after frantic phone calls to Mary & myself most got back on route ok. The finish at The Ostrich Robertsbridge was still a fair drive from home, so we had lunch earlier than we normally would so as to enjoy the drive home in daylight.
We are now looking forward to Rick & Julie's Cobweb Run in the Spring.
|Posted by Marie & Buster on October 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM||comments (2)|
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 29, 2017 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
With the best weather for an August Bank Holiday for 48 years. Just one of my anorak facts. This is a totally free event sponsored by Dover Harbour Board, with numerous exhibitors, bands one of which was working it's way through the decades of pop music, Lesley & Mary were dancing, always a very strange thing to do when sober I feel, with different competitions taking place on the water & the Dover & Deal Lifeboats doing a display. The car show side was organised by the Dover Transport Museum, as a result there seemed to be a more varied selection of cars, buses & lorries, remarkabley out of 150 + only 3 MG's, numerous motorbikes & a guy on a motorbike (sadly I don't know his name) who had just literally got of the ferry that day after completing a round the world trip, which took him 18 months (see photo's) he was raising money for the British Legion, all of this followed by Spitfires flying over. As Dover, Deal & the Old Timers at Folkstone are our local larger events covering the Whitecliffs area, it seems a shame so few of the club attend.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 29, 2017 at 11:10 AM||comments (1)|
28 members & a few friends attended our August club meeting, we rushed through the agenda leaving more for the September meeting, as the aim was to play Bat & Trap with a BBQ hence the different venue. After some brief instruction from the Landlady we eventually managed to organise ourselves into four teams of seven, after a while we started to get the idea, so when we do it again which I am sure from the response from everyone there we will, we will be a bit more competetive, followed by the BBQ, a really good well attended evening, thank you Buster & Marie.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Paul & Jilly our more sensible & staid members (who am I kidding) organised a BBQ for the club, with music played by Scott his son, on his vinyl collection, kept everyone entertained with music going back to Prince Buster mid sixties, the only thing missing was a strange sickly smelling smoke in he air I can remember from a real dive in Margate I used to visit, The BBQ nearly made up for that, Jilly's son Jack did us proud with his cooking, with all the girls dancing and Marcus showing the way for the men, very impressive, Burgers, sausages & meat balls supplied by Paul & Jilly, everyone brought along a pudding or salad, I think everyone over indulged, a great afternoon & evening. Thank You Paul & Jilly
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Ever since us both driving my MG around the Nurburgring in 2011 Mary & Myself have always wanted to do the Ring Taxi, in fact we put it on our Bucket List, this is a BMW M5 standard except for racing tyres, and always driven by a professional racing driver who knows the track inside out, we stayed in the Hotel an der Nordschleite at Adenau, 5 miles from the entrance to the circuit, but only metres from the track, the Hotel is where all the petrol heads stay, so the car park was full of Motor Bikes & various heavely tuned cars, a garage just down the road with a pump selling 102 octane fuel and a constant queue of Porche's etc. waiting to fill up, this in itself made good spectating. Sunday morning we went to the circuit early so as to watch the very interesting array of cars going through the barrier to do their lap, in the car park we started talking to a bunch of English lads who had set themselves the challange of buying cars for £250 only, driving to watch Le Mans 24 hour, then through the Alps & Stelvio Pass back to the Nurburgring & driving the circuit, they only lost one of their 6 cars along the route with a broken cam belt. Perhaps this is something we ought to do!!! I am sure the Ladies in the club would love it!!! So to our turn in the Ring Taxi WOW, Mary sat in the front so she could brace her feet on the Bulk Head, to save strain on her back, with 450 B.H.P. at his disposal the driver was a very cool character, telling us the names of the bends, the lowest & highest points sometimes while doing in excess of 150 M.P.H. The car's handling & brakes were astounding, we did 13.2 miles in 8mins 27secs, an average speed of 93 M.P.H. with 73 bends AWESOME!!!
|Posted by Joe & Mary on July 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|