Regional News

East Midlands – March 2017 newsletter

 22nd January 2017 Sunday Lunch at The Welby Arms:

Twenty nine met for a Sunday lunch at The Welby Arms in Allington. We welcomed local MGCC members Richard and Vicky Withington, the organisers of similar lunch meetings of the MG Car Club.

It was good to see Nev Holmes on the road to recovery and back home after his sojourn in hospital during the festive break. Also present were new members to the Wolseley Register Roy and Suzanne Carrier who will soon, it is hoped, be the owner of a Wolseley car.

 19th February 2016 Sunday Lunch at The Ship:

Twenty two met at a new venue for the Wolseley Register on the recommendation of Stephen and Lynne Rowitt. We were certainly not disappointed at the food and service was excellent and exceptionally well priced.As the weather was fine and dry Jim Green ventured out in his 6/80 and Stuart Nell gave his MGB its first run of the year.

Bruce Henderson from Ayr would have received the Distance Award had we had one! Mind you it has to be said he did have other reasons to be in the area other than to have lunch with us!!

 FUTURE EVENTS

13th March 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters near Lincoln
24th March 2017 Riley Register Annual Dinner
Welbeck Banqueting Suite, West Bridgford.
By kind invitation of The Riley Register. There will be an after dinner speaker, John Lomas of Blue Diamond
10th April 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters near Lincoln
23rd April 2017 Drive It Day
This year we will be having a scenic drive through the Vale of Belvoir and
Charnwood with a stop for a Sunday Lunch. The start of the run will be in Bottesford.
8th May 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters near Lincoln
14th May 2017 Tour of Lincs 100
This year the start will be at The Golf Hotel in Woodhall Spa with a
Drive through the Wolds and a finish near Navenby
12th June 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks Burton Waters near Lincoln
Mid June Taylors Bell Foundary – PROVISIONAL
10th July 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks, Burton Water near Lincoln
29th/30th July 2017 Wolseley Register National Rally
Work has started on the programme for the Saturday of the National Rally. Jim Green will be organising a special show at the Kinema in Woodhall Spa followed by coffee (and lunch if required at The Petwood Hotel) In the afternoon there will be a visit to The Lincs Aviation Heritage Museum at East Kirkby with a special Register parking area near The Control Tower.  The Sunday of the weekend will be based at Belton House near Grantham.

Stuart Nell

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East Midlands – January 2017 newsletter

30th October 2016 Sunday Lunch at The Welby Arms:

Twenty two gathered for a Sunday lunch at The Welby Arms in Allington. The food was up to its usual high standard and was enjoyed by all.

12th December 2016 Christmas Dinner:

This was held, as it has been for the last few years, at The Woodcocks at Burton Waters.

Thirty two were due to attend the dinner but unfortunately the Blackburns and Reids had been struck down with seasonal illnesses and were not able to attend. We pass on our best wishes to them and hope they are now fully recovered.

The food was up to its expected high standard and without exception was enjoyed by all.We were privileged to have Santa’s No 1 Elf attending who had come all the way from the frozen north. (Not from the North Pole but from North Yorkshire).

Other News

Nev Holmes was taken into hospital on Christmas Eve and has been very poorly. After a spell of time in Lincoln County Hospital he was transferred to Boston Pilgrim hospital for further tests. He is currently back at home waiting for an operation to remove a very large kidney stone. I am sure we all wish him the very best for a speedy recovery.

On a happier note we welcome Roy and Suzanne Carrier to the Wolseley Register. Despite being dedicated ‘Riley people’ they have supported our events over the last couple of years with their immaculate RM drophead coupe. Roy is currently looking for a pre war Wolseley to either replace or be a companion to his pre war Riley. Roy will I am sure appreciate the increased comfort offered by a Wolseley.

FUTURE EVENTS

9th January 2017 Noggin and Natter .
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters, Near Lincoln

22nd January 2017 Sunday Lunch
The Welby Arms, Allington

13th February 2017 Noggin and Natter
 The Woodcocks, Burton Waters, Near Lincoln

19th February 2017 Sunday Lunch
The Ship Inn, Billinghay

24th February 2017 Inter Marque Quiz Night
The Abbey Lodge, Kirkstead, Nr Woodhall Spa

13th March 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters, Near Lincoln

10th April 2017 Noggin and Natter
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters, Near Lincoln

23rd April 2017 National Drive it Day
Initial thoughts are a drive through the Vale of Belvoir to a lunch in Charnwood Forest

8th May 2017 Noggin and Natter        
The Woodcocks, Burton Waters, Near Lincoln

Early/ Mid May Tour of Lincs 100
TBA

Other events will include the Haunted Lincolnshire Road Run, A run into Derbyshire and a tour of the Lincolnshire County Council road laboratories.

Stuart Nell
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NW Christmas Meal – 4th December 2016
nw-xmas-2nw-xmas-1The first of our Christmas seasonal get-togethers took place here in the NW at the Ribchester Arms on Sunday 4th of December, and was very well supported and enjoyed, attracting guests from our neighbouring areas. The pictures show some of these, and while it may be thought by some to be a bit early to start the ‘Season of Goodwill’, we would point out that ‘our’ NW season operates with goodwill throughout the year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR to you ALL, from all of us here in the NW .
Mike Stanley
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Lincoln Group – September 2016 newsletter

24th September 2016 VSCC Mallory Park.

12Several members went to the VSCC Race Meeting at Mallory Park near Leicester. Competing in the race for Edwardian cars was Register member Roger Twelvetrees in his Wolseley 16/20. Built up from parts from three Wolseley 16/20s and four photos the car is a replica of an almost forgotten factory produced project car. In 1911 Wolseley attempted a motoring milestone at Brooklands with the car. The aim was for it to be the first car to travel at 100mph.

30th October 2016 Sunday Lunch at the Welby Arms

43Nineteen members met for Sunday lunch at the Welby Arms in Allington. A venue that has become very popular amongst members.

Stuart Nell
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NW visit to Wolseley PLC, Kirby, 21 Oct 2016

046A last NW ride-out for this year was successfully arranged on Friday 21st Oct by Bob & Pattie, and featured 7 of our Wolseleys. While some of us met up at Bob’s ‘Motor House’, the rest of our group joined us a short distance away at Kirkby where Bob had arranged a photo-stop at the local Wolseley PLC depot, when the cars created a good deal of interest. Keeping to quieter roads we followed a picturesque route enjoying the view from Clieves Hill, followed by refreshments before heading for home.

050Mike Stanley

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Midlands Region – Stourbridge Navigation Trust Open Weekend, 15-16 October 2016

bonded-warehouse-2016-24_80-and-14_56Several Midlands Members attended this popular annual event where a variety of classic cars lined the Canal Street tow path at Stourbridge.  On Saturday members attended in their “other marques” classics but on Sunday a group of Wolseleys lined up and attracted much interest from local visitors.

bonded-warehouse-2016-1500Alongside the vehicle exhibits, a range of stalls, including several supporting local and national charities, added to the interest for visitors to this free event.  The weekend also hosted a rally of boats offering trips on the canal and a large Craft Fair housed in the Bonded Warehouse.

Jenny Ryder

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Lincoln Group – September 2016 newsletter

 Lunch Meeting at The Royal Oak, Carcolston – 27th July 2016

12Seventeen regular attendees met at The Royal Oak, located on the largest village green in Nottinghamshire for a very lively lunch meeting. Pictured below is Roy Carrier’s stunning Riley RMF Drophead Coupe with Ron Wood’s Wolseley 4/50 and Karl Guest’s Morris Minor 1000 Convertible. Other Wolseleys present included Nev Holme’s 6/80, Stuart Ingamell’s 1500, and Brian Huskinson’s 18/85S.

Petwood Summer Concours – 14th August 2016

Wolseley Register member Jim Green attended the Petwood Summer Concours held in the gardens of the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. As usual there was a barbeque and a jazz band to entertain everyone present. There was also an opportunity to see the small museum containing material relating to the Dambusters located in the Oak bar which was used by the officers of 617 squadron during the war.

Morris Register meeting at Thoresby Hall – 14th/15th August 2016

Local members ensured that there was Wolseley Register representation at the Morris Register rally held at one of famous dukeries houses of Thoresby Hall. The house at one time was the principal seat of the Manvers family who had for a period held the title of Dukes of Kingston. Sadly the house was sold by the family because of damage caused by mining subsidence to the National Coal Board and has fairly recently been turned into a Warner hotel. Ron Woods with his 4/50 and Nev Holmes with his 6/80 were there and Stuart Ingamells went with his 1500. Two other members owning Wolseleys that are currently off the road went with other cars. Billy Dixon went with an Austin Seven and Malcolm Dexter with his prize winning 1929 Morris Oxford.

The National Rally –  21st August 2016

Three members from the Lincoln Group attended the National Rally held at Charlecote Park near Stratford on Avon. Nev Holmes took his 6/80 and travelled down with Stuart Ingamells in his 1500. Stuart Nell travelled down on Friday to attend the reception at Wolseley plc in his 6/110 II.  The Saturday before the actual rally was spent at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon where it was possible to go around the new annexe containing cars not in the formal display areas and Jaguars which formed the Jaguar Heritage Collection previously located at the site on Browns Lane in Coventry.

Stuart Nell was honoured to win the Farina Class award and also the overall Concours Award.

3Haunted Lincolnshire Road Run – 11th September 2016

4Several members entered The Haunted Lincolnshire Road Run organised by the Mablethorpe & District Motor Club. Wolseleys were represented by stalwarts Nev and Helen Holmes (6/80) , Stuart Ingamells (1500) and Stephen and Lynne Rowitt (Hornet Mark II). Karl and Sue Guest took part in their Daimler V12 and Stuart Nell took advantage of the sun in his MGB.

5This year the route took entrants through the most scenic parts of the Lincolnshire Wolds learning about several ghost stories regarding Moving Swings, Green Men, Headless Horsemen and the Blacksmiths Ghost of Hameringham. The route went fairly near Tennysons home of Somersby and continued through to the flatter parts of the county where a lot of the former RAF bomber stations were situated. Here we learnt of the airmen haunting the airfields at East Kirkby, Metheringham and Wickenby. Guy Gibson’s black labrador, Nigger, is reputed to have been seen near the Dambusters memorial in the centre of Woodhall Spa. Lunch halt was at the Metheringham Airfield Museum at Metheringham where we all enjoyed a picnic and toured the museum largely devoted to 106 Squadron. We then completed the 102 mile tour be returning to the Brackenby Arms hoyel near Louth for tea and cakes.

Stuart Nell

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Beaulieu International Autojumble, 3rd-4th September 2016

Over 36,000 visitors from all over the world attended Beaulieu’s 50th International Autojumble where more than 2,300 stands across 3 fields offered memorabilia and parts to classic motoring enthusiasts.  Amongst the auction lots were 4 Wolseleys plus another in the Automart.

BEAULIEU WR STAND 2016 (1)BEAULIEU WR STAND 2016 (2)The Register stand was in the Red field and welcomed members and visitors who purchased regalia items and/or asked technical questions.  Hospitality was offered from the Ryder caravan on the double pitch and two new members joined the Register over the weekend.

See the full report of the event!

Jenny Ryder

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NW region visit to Oulton Park, 28th-29th August 2016

Register members' cars

Register members’ cars

Those of us who ventured to Oulton Park over the Bank Holiday weekend enjoyed brilliant weather, the opportunity to view many other examples of fine cars in the various club displays and some brilliant racing. The event was the Gold Cup meeting of the Historic Sports Car Club, featuring a full range of car classes including Formula Junior, historic Touring Cars, and classic racing cars from the period of the 50’s to the 80’s.

The pack!

The pack!

The chase!

The chase!

Hot pursuit!

Hot pursuit!

Safely behind the fence.....

Safely behind the fence…..

Cascades Corner

Cascades Corner

Great view of the track!

Great view of the track!

The club displays were located on the hill-side overlooking Cascades, which gave us a grand-stand view of a large proportion of the track without having to venture too far. Oulton does have good vantage points for spectators all around the circuit, and access to the pits is also possible allowing close-up viewing of the cars and crews.

Our own line-up also created it’s own share of interest, though this time we didn’t get onto the track.
A packed display field

A packed display field

All in all, a great week-end, with each of us bringing away our own particular memories. Thanks are due to Clive for his work in arranging our participation in this.

Mike Stanley

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Midlands Region – visit to Meguiars, 30th July 2016

Meguiars detailing seminar participantsA group of 16 members assembled at Meguiars UK Ltd in Daventry for an enlightening morning seminar. Most members arrived in their Wolseleys or other classic cars. After introductions and coffee the group attended a 45 minute presentation covering the history of the company and “Best Practice” advice in the Training Room. This was followed by the opportunity to work on one of the Wolseleys in Meguiars Detailing Bay to put what had been learnt into practice.

Meguiars detailing seminarThe staff at Meguiars were friendly and helpful and the seminar was very informative. Every visitor received a sample pack anddeparted full of enthusiasm to prepare their cars for the forthcomingNational Rally.

Meguiars detailing seminar bayOld Coach House 30 07 16A short drive took the party to The Old Coach House at the picturesque village of Ashby St Ledgers where a hearty lunch completed the day’s successful outing.

Further Saturday morning seminars can be arranged for groups of Register Members to attend – a maximum of 20 participants per session. Please contact Jenny Ryder for more information.

Jenny Ryder

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SE Region – Annual Rally – Sunday 24th July 2016

For 2016 we had decided to hold our rally earlier in the year to be more certain of good weather and to encourage more members to attend. The weather turned up trumps but in the main, members did not turn up! Where were our South Coast and Hampshire members?

1We had 12 lovely Wolseleys but only two were not ‘regulars’. Our cars made a very impressive display and our club was chosen for a special plaque award. To add interest for our own rally, we had chosen to join in with a bigger event organised by the Southern Classics Society, held at a fascinating site at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester. Set in a beautiful part of West Sussex; lovely villages, small towns and an easy network of minor roads – a perfect environment in which to enjoy driving our Wolseleys. Details were published in Wolseley World and on our website and the money raised went to two very worthwhile charities.

The interesting mix of models attending were a ‘9’, Wasp, 25HP Super Six, 14/56 Redfern Tourer, New Fourteen, 6/80, 4/44, 1500 x 4 and a 6/110. Our thanks to everyone who did support the event and we were complimented by members on the opportunity to drive and enjoy our cars in such lovely surroundings.

Alan Simmonds (pictures by Alan and Nelson)

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Lincoln Group – July 2016 newsletter

8th May 2016 Tour of Lincs 100

This year the run took the participants from the start near Sleaford south skirting the Vale of Belvoir to the lunch time spot at a picnic site on the bank of Rutland Water near Oakham. After lunch the run tok us north of Stamford through the pretty South Kesteven countryside returning to the Four Seasons Garden Centre near Sleaford. Wolseley Register members taking part in Wolseleys were Nev Holmes (6/80) Ron Woods (4/50), Stuart Ingamells(1500), James Green(6/80), David Reid(18/85 II). Other members taking part but choosing other make cars were Karl Guest( Morris Minor convertible) and Stuart Nell ( Alvis Speed 20). The run totalled officially 102 miles and approx 140 cars took part.

1Above is a picture of Jim and Janet Green participating in the Tour of Lincs 100 near Sleaford.

11th May 2016 Summer Barbeque at Harlaxton

Members attended this event organised by the Grantham Motor Club. There was an interesting array of cars including some fine examples of post war Daimlers.

25th June 2016 Derbyshire Dales Drive

3Stuart Nell pictured above participating in the Derbyshire Dales Drive. The run of 101 miles took participants through some of the most scenic parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Starting and finishing near Rocester the route included a drive up the Manifold Valley, the High Peak, the Goyt valley and reservoirs near Buxton.

22nd June 2016 Mid – week lunch

A very pleasant lunch was enjoyed by about twenty members at The Abbey Lodge in Kirkstead near Woodhall Spa.

10th July 2016 Inn on The Green, Allington

45Twenty five sat down for lunch at the members favorite eating place of The Welby Arms in Allington. As part of a weekend long celebration in the village the green had been closed for through traffic so that a display of classic cars could be staged. Wolseley Register members brought along thirteen cars including Malcolm Dexter’s 1927 Morris Oxford which was the oldest car present. It was good to welcome Stephen and Mary-Anne Round at their first regional meeting and bringing their immaculate 4/44. Other cars present ranged from a fifties Ford Thunderbird to an Austin Seven.

Stuart Nell

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SE Region Summer Evening Run and Dinner – 11th July 2016

The weather which had been dreadful earlier in the day improved to be bearable, which we have to be grateful for. But the event was reduced to a leisurely evening meal in the dry comfort of the pub. We met up as planned at The Watermill in Dorking; three intrepid owners should be complimented for bringing their Wolseleys while the rest if us sneaked into the pub car park in our modern cars.

IMG_0472Jim not deterred, brought his 25HP Super Six all the way from Bracknell. Nelson bravely brought his pristine New Fourteen, as did Andrew his lovely 1500 and were rewarded with a dry evening and our admiration. Nelson’s friends Morag and Richard came in their neat Minor Traveller just as they did two years ago.

11 people spent a very pleasant evening in good company.

Alan Simmonds

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NW Region – Haverthwaite Railway – 21st June 2016

NW Haverthwaite - 1NW Haverthwaite - 211 NW members, in 6 Wolseleys, an Austin Sprite and a Morgan, met at Crooklands, for a 40 mile drive in the Lake District.

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NW Haverthwaite - 5NW Haverthwaite - 6Driving up the Lyth Valley (famous for its Damsons), we headed through Windermere and on to Ambleside, before heading off towards Coniston, Hawkshead and back towards Newby Bridge, finally arring at Haverthwaite Railway for the afternoon. Then a short drive towards Barrow, culminating with an evening meal completed the day’s outing.

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Bob Langston

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NW Region – Tatton Park – 5th June 2016

Z - Tatton - Saturday - 1Z - Tatton - Saturday - 2NW members attended the 30th Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular over the weekend of 4th & 5th July. This show is huge, with many hundreds of vehicles on show, displayed both on club stands and independently, and having a large autojumble in attendance. 

Z - Tatton - Sunday - 1Z - Tatton - Saturday - 5Z - Tatton - Saturday - 4A different selection of Wolseleys were displayed on each day, and we were very pleased when Vic and Thelma’s 1500 won ‘Best Wolseley in Show’, with Colin Brigg’s 1300 coming second, both beating many other Wolseleys on display throughout the show.

Z - tatton - Sunday - 2Z - Tatton - Saturday - 6Z - Tatton - Saturday - 7One strange Wolseley spotted in the show was this ‘Mk4 Hornet’, a very nice special on display!

 Bob Langston

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SE Region – Bromley Pageant – 5th June 2016

Bromley - 1The SE displayed six Wolseleys in non-stop hot sunshine. Our new SE Gazebo was a welcome retreat from the unusual, blistering heat and our cars drew a lot of interest from the public. Having to be on-site by 09.00 is a restriction on who amongst our members can exhibit their cars and even by 08.00 there were long queues of classics waiting at the two narrow entrances to this vast site. Having overcome all of this we had an excellent day in truly fine weather. The autojumble was extensive but it is rare to find anything these days appropriate for our Wolseleys.

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Alan Simmonds

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Lincoln Group – May 2016 newsletter

23rd March 2016 Midweek Lunch, Welby Arms, Allington.

Lincoln - 1Another convivial lunch meeting was held at the popular venue, The Welby Arms in Allington.

20th April 2016 Skittles Match

Following the tied result of the last match The Riley Register challenged the Wolseley Register for a rematch. Eighteen Wolseley Register members attended the Skittles match. Unfortunately as the team was limited initially to fifteen three of the wives were in the bar on the ‘substitute’s bench’. As the Riley team were a couple of players short Lynn Rowitt agreed to play for the opposition to even up the numbers. The decision to let Lynn play for the Riley was questioned at the half way point as she scored one of the highest scores. There were even rumblings that the appointed captain should be replaced.

Fortunately the Riley lead of 53 to 51 at the half way point was reversed in the second half and the honour of the Wolseley Register was restored as the team won by 110 points to 104. The Highest scoring man was David Gough of The Riley Register (13 points) and the Highest scoring lady was Lynn Rowitt playing for the Riley Register. ( 11 points). I think Lynn can be assured of a place in the Wolseley Register team on any future occasions!!

Lincoln - 2Lincoln - 3After the match we adjourned to the bar for a supper of sausages, chips and peas. The picture (left) shows the Wolseley Register members at the end of the meal and (right), Stuart Nell receiving the first prize box of chocolates from Martin Waring of the Riley Register.

24th April 2016 Drive it Day

The day started with a 10:00 meeting at The Cranwell Aviation Trust Museum for coffee. The musuem charts the history of the nearby R A F College from the early days when there were facilities for ‘lighter than air’ machines (airships!) to the present day. A very knowlegable, ex RAF volunteer provided a very informative presentation was able to answer any questions.  Unfortunately Malcolm and Jayne Fisher had to abandon their 1500 which was suffering from the effects of some dodgy petrol and come in their modern.

Lincoln - 4A short drive to Sleaford through the attractive villages of North and South Rauceby took us to Cogglesford Water Mill. There has been a mill on this site since the middle ages. The present water mill dates from the eighteenth century. During the nineteenth century it was briefly converted to steam power but is now a fully functioning water mill – or would be if the local council would permit the level of the River Slea to rise to its original level. In its heyday Sleaford was a port accessible from the sea using the Rivers Slea and Witham.

Lincoln - 5Another short drive took us to The Queens Head at Kirby-la-Thorpe for lunch. The Huskinsons joined the party as twenty three enjoyed the superb food very efficiently served. After lunch a convoy of eleven cars went on a scenic tour passing by the impressive eight sailed windmill at Heckington and passing through the very quiet Kesteven villages of Great Hale, Litle Hale, Helpringham, Scredington and Aswarby where after a short drive on the A15 we continued westwards through Swarby, Culverthorpe, Oasby and Welby. A drive down the roman Ermine street took us through Ancaster to our final destination of Byards Leap and the Country Kitchen who had kindly agreed to stay open for us so that we could enjoy a cup of tea together.

Lincoln - 6The picture above shows the participants cars in the car park there. Out of the picture was the Carrier’s Jaguar, the Fisher’s Mercedes and the Minor 1000 MMOC members Ian and Margaret Rae.

Stuart Nell

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North West Drive it Day – 24th April 2016

Members from both the NW meetings met for a long drive out from Garstang, through the Trough of Bowland to Barnoldswick and on to Wycoller.

The start

The start

Through the Trough of Bowland

Through the Trough of Bowland

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trough of Bowland is a beautuful valley running through the centre of the Bowland hills in North Lancashire, and is a very popiular driving, cycling and walking route. Coming out of the other side, we headed to Barnoldswick to see the Bancroft Mill Steam Engine.  A very interesting museum of the old weaving mill with the original steam engine still working perfectly.

Parked at Bancroft

Parked at Bancroft

Bancroft Steam Engine

Bancroft Steam Engine

The drive then continued eastwards to Wycoller Country Park, which contains the ruins of a hall and village with a fasinating history.

Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller 'Village'

Wycoller ‘Village’

Bob Langston

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Scottish Drive it Day – 24th April 2016

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This year’s “Drive-it-Day” saw members of the Scottish Group head for Summerlee Heritage Centre in Coatbridge to join the static display organised by Joe Kelly, with 2 specific objectives – to have a good day out in the spring sunshine, and to raise a healthy sum for good causes.

Joe had anticipated larger nos. attending this year and this turned out to be the case. Queues of classics formed to get on to the site, and, despite Joe’s best endeavours to get the Wolseleys all together, the Fife contingent, who had furthest to travel, were banished to a separate spot on the periphery of the site. Our isolation didn’t result in a lack of interest from visitors-our cars were poured over by the hordes, who were also very well taken with a lovely wee Trabant, whose owner had travelled with us in convoy. We had trouble keeping up with this air cooled air polluter, but that’s another story!

In all, 10 Wolseleys were in attendance, the vintages of which ranged from Doug Young’s trusty 1938 12/48 through to Hugh McGowan’s lovely 1971 Landcrab.

A good time was had by all!

Dick Peters

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North West run – 5th April 2016

Skippool Creek

Skippool Creek

A small (but select!) number of members from both of the North West meeting groups enjoyed the first organised drive out of 2016. Meeting at Barton Grange Garden Centre, we first drove the short distance to visit Skippool Creek, a wild but enchanting creek off the River Wyre. Whilst this is now just a marina, it used to be an important port  enabling cargo from Liverpool to be brought further north to Preston and Lancaster. There are many hulks of historical commercial boats lying in the mud, although we were unable to visit them because of the mud from the high tide.

Knott End car park

Knott End car park

We then drove on to look at Knott End, a small village situated opposite Fleetwood. This used to be a main ferry crossing point for large numbers of holiday makers. Lunch was enjoyed at the cafe on the esplanade.

 

 

Glasson Dock

Glasson Dock

Later, we drove on to  Glasson Dock, another important old port, but now a bustling marina. After a walk around the harbour, members made their own way home.

 

 

 

Bob Langston

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