Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on June 14, 2018 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
Two day's after Deal eight cars visited Chilham Castle, Paul Thompson know's the local historian and got us an invite free of charge and a prime parking place in front of the house .
We all met for coffee first, and had a chat with some bikers on route to Margate before driving up to the castle, the grounds are only open Sunday during the summer and this one is when thay hold the Chilham Chase annual run, this has been run each year without fail making it the oldest run in the country, the gardens were lovely with quality good's on sale, home made cake's, sweets and pimms.
The Morgan car club were there it being one of the bigger meetings of the year, talking to one couple with a Morgan they said they were amazed we all turned up and put all our chairs out together in a circle and were talking and laughing, our lot just go off in different directions and hardly talk at all. A really great day. Thank you Paul and the fact you even had a nurse on stand by was very reassuring indeed.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on June 12, 2018 at 5:55 AM||comments (0)|
Eight cars went to the Deal show on the 26th of May, we met in Ringwould and drove in together, Pauls Midget 's clutch gave up but fortunatly being close to home, quickly got a tow.
The show this year was bigger than ever with over six hundred car's truck's and motor bike's load's of various exibitor's two different stages with band's and singer's all day, but with show being so large we had to carry chairs for about 500 yard's to be able to enjoy the music, with the Lifeboat Station open, good weather, classic double decker buses giving free trip's in and out of Deal all day, it is a good event.
Paul has had his clutch fixed and taken the Midget to Selsey for the summer, so he and Jilly can use it while they are there.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on May 3, 2018 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
This years cobweb run on April the 22nd was the most amazing weather ever, with blue skys and temperatures reaching 24c the hottest April day for 69 years how lucky were we.
Organised by Rick and Julie, the start was at Brogdale farm shop we were given strick instructions to park neatly, after a good chat we set off down some lovely lanes not a patch of mud anywhere rare for a cobweb run, the coffee stop was at Oad Street food and crafts, after coffee and cake most of us purchasd a huge bunch of Rhubarb (I had crumble every day for a week) the next part of the route took us back towards Canterbury and lunch at the Blean Tavern via more villages and woods with bluebells, primroses and hedgerows in fresh leaf it was a joy to be out with roofs down at last, at lunch the staff at the pub were asked to pick the two cars they would most like to take home Roger and Gill in their loverly Red B were first with Kevin and Jayne second in Primrose. Thank you so much Rick and Julie an all round lovely day out.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on May 3, 2018 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
Adrian from Blood Runners attended our meeting in April to accept a cheque for £300 raised by our members in the last year, he also gave an interesting talk explaining exactly what they do, they run Cars & Bikes at their own expense & from charity donations, they are on standby weekends & nights delivering blood products & other medicines urgently needed for emergency operations, the NHS would have to pay £250 for any normal delivery out of hours, he also told us they have saved the NHS £250,000 in one year alone. Keep up the great work.
This is the list of call out's last year
Total runs 3635
Air Ambulance Restocks 393
Home Dialysis 179
Milk Runs 20
Sample Runs 1192
Transplant Runs 57
|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.