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Past Events - 2021


Beach Barbeque at West Wittering

18 August 2021 - Beach Barbeque - by Judy

After coffee on Chiddingfold Green we followed a beautiful route (thank you Robin) through some very narrow lanes to West Whittering Beach. The place was packed, I have never seen so many visitors there.

Robin set up the new Cub BBQ on the beach and the sun came out Hooray! After lunch we walked along the beach and the Spit and enjoyed the afternoon and the Company.

How lovely to get out again and do what we do best. A Spitfire (from Goodwood?) flew over and even did a roll. Was that for us?

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Dorset Durdle Dawdle

5 to 9 July 2021 - a Dorset Durdle Dawdle - by Jane

Day 1: Ten cars set off on the Dorset Dawdle. The Cranberries farm, holiday complex, is technically in Devon but let’s not ‘split hairs’! It was actually eleven cars as an interesting and early Peugeot car was brought on a trailer by Les and Ray Bayliss.

Most cars met at the Wilton House Garden Centre for coffee. Then everyone dawdled across country for lunch at the Fiddleford Inn, Fiddleford. We then drove another very scenic route to our holiday destination.

Day 2: We drove into Lyme Regis. We spent the day exploring the town including along the ‘Cobb’ made famous by Jane Austin in her book Persuasion and often used in ‘Period films.

Day 3: Saw us drive to Colyton to catch one of the vintage trams into Seaton. There is an interesting collection of electric trams running along the river estuary. Since we last visited Seaton a bright new terminus has been built, a stones throw from the seafront. A few of us met up to have crab sandwiches on the seafront before the return tram ride.

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Day 4: We ventured into Charmouth and walked along the beach looking for fossils. Mary Anning made this coast famous for the large and varied fossils she excavated in the soft cliffs. The only fossils I found belonged to the car club!(I speak for myself!) In the afternoon we visited Sea Town (not to be confused with Seaton) and West Bay.

Day 5: Our return journey via the A303 incorporated a visit to Sparkford, to visit the Haynes Motor Museum. Thanks to Robin Gray for organising such a lovely holiday, he even managed to arrange good weather for us!

Please note : All Covid precautions were taken, in full, by both the holiday complex and by all individuals participating in the event.


Welsh Wander

14 to 17 June 2021 - a Welsh Wander - by Jane

Ten cars of varying ages set off for Wales, meeting for lunch at the Burford garden centre, then onto Llanerchindda Farm, Cynghordy near Llandovery.

The weather was very kind and offset the scenery of the Brecon Beacons in their full glory. We were made very welcome by our wonderful hosts. Each day, following a hearty breakfast we were briefed and given a route for the day. We were back for tea and cakes in the afternoon followed in the evening by a wonderful Welsh dinner.

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Day 1 took us on a trip via Carreg Cennan Castle for morning coffee and a look round. Then on to the Black Mountain, through the Brecon Beacons and a lunch stop at the visitor centre. We returned via the Epynt Ranges. The scenery was enhanced by beautiful sunshine and big sky’s. We drove about 95 miles.

Day 2 took us to the Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells which serves as the seat of Powys County Council. We drove on to Penybont village stopping at the Thomas Shop and Cafe (for morning coffee!). The museum shop was a mix of old and new recreated with original shop fittings and a collection of artefacts, which some of us remember from our childhood. This included an old Laundry and Pressing room. The buildings were interesting. This was a nostalgic experience of how shopping used to be. Well worth the visit.

We then drove onto to Hergest Croft gardens. We enjoyed a lovely walk and a spot of lunch, of course! The garden holds the national collection of maples and birches plus some 80 ‘champion’ trees. It was a treat to walk amongst the trees and enjoy the cool shade. The drive was around 102 miles.

If you like small lanes, big scenery and good food this is the trip for you. A big thank you to Judy for organising the event.

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Please note : All Covid precautions were taken, in full, by both the hotel and by all individuals participating in the event.


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