Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on June 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
On 1st June the official start of summer, 12 cars (10 MG's & 2 Mecedes) drove to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings, we chose not to do the 230 miles in convoy but travelled in 2's & 3's which made it much easier when driving through towns & villages, also finding somewhere for lunch. With temperatures hitting 32c down south some cars ran a little bit hot, but all arrived safely with no problems, being the 75th year there was so much going on everywhere you went, there were commemorations, bands, English & American camps set up with rows & rows of Jeeps, Trucks, Halftracks & Scout cars, we didn't realise so many Military vehicles still existed, while going for a walk on 6th June along Juno seafront, we came across a rememberance service for the Canadians with a 98 year old Royal Marine Commando who came ashore with them from 48 commando unit. Earlier at the exact time they landed on the beaches, crosses had been laid at the waters edge with the names of each of the men who had lost their lives on the 6th, very moving seeing them floating in the water and on the beach with seaweed covering them, you could not fail to imagine this scene 75 years ago, this would have been young men lying there, sons fathers brothers & husbands, we will remember you. A fantastic, hectic week, thank you to Marcus & Cathie for the idea & organising the trip & accommodation. Thanks to those brave men we are free to look forward to our run to Croyon Airport, afternoon tea run & other shows for the rest of the summer.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on May 29, 2019 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
On 28th April we had our first run of the year, organised by Frank & Lesley we met at the Tadpole Tearooms at Bishopsbourne near Canterbury, from here 15 cars followed the route for 38 miles to the coffee stop at Bloomsburys Biddenden through some superb Kentish scenery passing near Tenterden, Cranbrook and Frittenden only crossing A roads never driving on anything other than country lanes & B roads, while at the coffee stop we had the only rogue shower of the day and several of us had to do a quick 100 yard dash to put up the roof, most of us being in our 70's (I think it would be a good idea to invest in a Defibrillator for the future) from here we followed the route a further 30 miles back through Frittenden, past Headcorn Airfield, where out of the blue comming the other way was a gent on a Penny Farthing in full old fashioned regalia (Mary assures me I did not imagine it) we finished in the lovely quaint old low beamed Bell Inn near Smarden. A huge thank you to Frank & Lesley. A great day out.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on April 7, 2019 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
At last we are getting out & about,In February 16 of us went curling again, at the only Curling Rink in England, near Tonbridge, one of our winter events not involving cars, but ironically on the day the weather was amazing & a run in the cars would have been perfect. On March 30th a few members did Mark's Memorial Run, always a fun day, a treasure hunt with a difference & a very social day, raising £958.50 for the Pilgrims Hospice. Mary & I couldn't do this years as we were going away early the next day, so instead we went to The Plough @ Ripple who have a Classic Car meet on the last Sunday of the month, Andy & Sandra joined us and we were amazed to see 40 or more cars, ranging from Rolls Royce Corniche to a French 1930's race car also a left hand drive Renault 4. We are now looking forward to our club Cobweb Run organised this year by Frank & Lesley, then Deal Classic in May, in June 9 cars are going to Normandy for the D Day celebrations & the unvailing of the British Memorial (about time too) we would like to welcome new members David & Alison, Ian & Paula & Mark & Angie.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on December 21, 2018 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
On 14th December 24 members went to a Turkey & Tinsel weekend at Warners Hayling Island, with three themed evenings, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Eve, with excellent food & the best quality entertainment, everything was first rate. The weekend was the brainchild of Buster & Marie, a weekend away is not something everyone can fit in, but fortunately out of members who were not on holiday, only about 4 couldn't make it, so it did not upset the applecart to much, we will not do it every year but those of you who missed out "it was fantastic" We turned up in Christmas jumpers, then on the first night half of us dressed as Santa's, Elves & Snowmen, which went down well with the other guests, the second night we wore Christmas T shirts, on the last night we dressed up & made a real effort. With something going on in the Hotel from morning to gone midnight we all came home exhausted, there was even a Panto on Sunday afternoon, rather bizarre as Warners is an adult venue, strange to see a Theatre full of adults shouting "he's behind you" with more gusto than children do. Childen disappear at the gates never to be seen again, evidentally Warners employ their own private Pied Piper. Thank you Jackie & Ian for all of your organisation.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on December 19, 2018 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
On 20th November we organised the interclub quiz, Kevin & Jayne volunteered to run it, it was at The Black Robin where we now hold our monthly meetings, we were a bit nervous as the room is a bit tight, and there is not a massive car park, but somehow we all managed to squeeze in (all 60 of us) 18 from Whitecliffs & 40 from Maidstone & Ashford & Faversham, when Kevin arrived and saw the crowd his words were ooo B....y h..l ( or words to that effect) the questions & all of the paperwork were from The British Legion, their only request was a donation, we made about £100 which we are sure they were grateful, the reason this struck a cord with everyone was the fact that it was only 11 days after the commemoration of the end of WW1,Kevin was a very fair questionair & you certainly didn't have a problem hearing him, Jayne kept Kevin supplied with question sheets & of course lager!! A really good evening and we had good feedback from the other clubs. Thanks to Kevin & Jayne for all their hard work.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on November 15, 2018 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
This year's end of season run was organised by Buster and Marie, starting at Mcdonalds at Minster in Thanet, after heavy rain over night by the time we started the run the sun was out the roads were dry. The route took us down through the tunnels off London road Ramsgate to the old ferry port at the harbour all the way along the quay side around the round about and back again, meeting cars coming the other way, this set the theme for the day with several figure of eights we spent a lot of time waving at MG's coming in the other direction, with falling leaves flying up in the sunshine as we passed, and lovely villages like Wickhambreux and Ickham and the Griffins head at Chillenden with classic cars parked outside it was a joy well I say a joy but we dont have a joy in the club, you know what I mean. the coffee break was at the superb garden centre at Preston we then went via Wingham, Wickhambreux and Ickham again, but in the opposite direction, no sign of joy this time, turning left into the Wingham lanes we all thought we knew where we would be finishing as Buster and Marie live just a few miles down the road next to a pub, so we were suprised to see Buster turning us into different pub alltogether the Rising Sun in East Stourmouth, with an open fire full of logs and a really good meal, a good end to a lovely day. thanks Buster and Marie
|Posted by Joe & Mary on September 11, 2018 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
On 17th August 5 cars went to Morcambe to do the C2C run, some went early and had a holiday beforehand and the rest went on the 16th, this run was 170 miles from Morcambe to Scarborough across some of the most beautiful countryside Yorkshire has to offer, organised by Norman Verona and with no charge to enter, Norman explained he was bored so thought it would give him something to do, starting at the lovely Art Deco Midland Hotel, with a coffee & cake stop mid morning, a lunch stop with a full carvery & a cream tea in Goathland, with a photo taken of all 92 MG's as they passed Scripps Garage "of Heartbeat fame" Norman did a supperb job with the help of his wife Lynne. Not an easy day with lots of narrow hill tops, open moorland, cattle grids & a gated road that a local couple who only lived 40 mins away didn't even know it was open to the public, then a fabulous open road near Catterick with endless brows where the car was really going light on the crests, a great varied run through fantastic scenery, a very long but memorable day & well done to our Anita who completed the whole of the route. We are now looking forward to his run next year.
|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.