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East Anglia – June 2017 newsletter

The Wolseley Times

I think this is a moment to give three rousing cheers to the Wolseley owners who turned the car park of the “Oliver Twist” into a classic car emporium this month. Amazingly there were no fewer than 7 classics either with Wolseley badges on the front or owned by Register members or supporters. To guide you through this cornucopia of Wolseley wonders (I really must stop watching the “Good Old Days”) we have Roland and Chris’s “6”s (does that equate to a Wolseley “12” and how often have 2 of them been in the same car park?), Eric’s Police Rover, Kev and Bridget’s MG, Terry’s 15/60, Rod’s 1500 and last, but by no means least, Karen’s trusty Maxi. A fantastic turnout for what is, after all, a small local group and congratulations to all.

The July meeting of the East Anglian group will be held at “The Museum of Technology at Throckenholt (PE12 0QR)” with a slightly earlier start time of 7:00pm. This museum features “Gadgets and Gizmos” developed during the 20th century and Trevor, the owner of the collection, will be on hand during the evening to explain and demonstrate the exhibits where possible. The entry charge for the evening will be a mere £5 per person and this price INCLUDES a cup of coffee or tea! They have a fairly large, and very photogenic, car park so if you fancy blowing the cobwebs off your classic why not meet up in the car park about 7pm?

Before then we have yet another outing for your consideration. Over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd July a number of us, along with the caravan gang from the W.D.H.V.C., will be enjoying the delights of the North Norfolk Railway at Holt. This event has been very enjoyable over the last couple of years and I really recommend you coming along. We have 9 cars booked in and, hopefully, we’ll be able to attach ourselves to the side of the Wisbech Club display so we will look bigger than ever!

And there you have it… a busy month ahead with many outings and a change of meeting venue so no-one can complain “there’s nothing going on in East Anglia!!!!

Chris Arnold

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NW visit to Leyland Commercial Vehicle Museum’s Austin/Morris/MG/Wolseley Day – 11 June 2017

A fascinating museum which celebrates the history of Leyland Motors in the town, it includes the first Marks & Spencer Lorry & a Popemobile; pictured is Bob Leyland’s Wolseley Ten with a 1927 Leyland Lioness ‘charabanc’ which gave rides round the surrounding area throughout the day.

Colin Briggs

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NW visit to the Lion Salt Works and Road Rally – 10 & 11 June 2017

This was the second year of the Lion Salt Work Water and Road Rally and the 1st time the Wolsely Register attended. It is a small friendly and informal rally combining both road and water transportation in an interesting industrial museum setting. The Lion Salt Works was the last operating open pan salt works and closed in 1986. However, after extensive Lottery Funding, restoration and preservation of the works was completed and the Works was opened to the public and has won many awards since.

There were a diverse selection of vehicles, traction engines, lorries, vans, motorcycles and cars in attendance. Children were treated to rides behind scale models of traction engines, most of which were registered and ran on the road. Moored next to the museum were the narrow boats and you were made most welcome to “ step aboard” and see how life used to be living and working on a narrow boat and the cramped conditions families lived onboard endured.

Two Wolseley Register cars attended (both ADO16 models), Thelma Waddilove’s Duo Tone Green 1100 MkI and Millie Ashcroft with her recently acquired Green 1300 Mk II automatic. Both cars drew appreciative comments from the organisers and public alike. Usual comments included, “my (grand)father owned one of these.” “ Lovely smooth suspension”.

The museum gave a guided tour of the works outlining the history of mining salt in the Northwich area beginning with the Romans through to closure in 1986. How the Lion Salt Works operated and the people who owned and the people that worked there in very tough and unpleasant working conditions. The majority of the machinery is still in place and the affects the salt has had over the years is still evident.

The setting for this rally is unique, which made for an interesting and different day. Well worth attending next year or even just dropping by

Ian Ashcroft

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NW stand at The Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular – 3rd & 4th June 2017

11 Wolseleys, comprising the ex-Lord Nuffield 25HP DHC, 2 Mini Hornets, 2 1300s, 18/85, Hornet Special, 16/60, 1100, 1500 & a SIII 12/48, plus a rare Series 1 XJ6 & a P6 Rover, were displayed on the NW stand at Tatton Park over 3rd & 4th June.

We have been attending this event for 30 years now & as usual there was a huge number & variety of classic vehicles to enjoy around the show, as well as Tatton Hall & Gardens itself. An enjoyable, busy weekend was had talking our old cars to the many visitors to the stand. with some new members joining the club as well, making the show once again very worthwhile.

Colin Briggs

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East Anglia – May 2017 newsletter

The Wolseley Times

Welcome all to the all-singing-and-dancing May Edition of the Wolseley Times. This month, just to be different, I’m starting with something that happened BEFORE the meeting at the “Oliver Twist”. On Sunday John and Janice, along with Elgood’s Brewery, arranged a display of classic cars in the gardens which was very well attended by our Wolseley group. 8 great looking cars were displayed under the “East Anglian Wolseley” banner (4 Wolseleys, 2 Rovers 1 Ford and 1 BSA) so well done to everyone who brought their cars along to be admired by the many visitors who turned up on the day. Also exhibiting an impressive display of classic cars were the Wisbech & District Historic Car Club. It didn’t take long for the banter to start when Paul shot one across John’s bows by suggesting perhaps B.S.A stands for “bring some anthracite”! It doesn’t smoke that much does it? How John managed to organise an uninsured van driver to take a swipe at Paul’s day car we shall never know! Given the good weather we enjoyed all day the “Park-up-in-a-Brewey” event was a very pleasant event and our thanks must go to John and Janice for putting it together.

And then just when I thought Elgood’s Spring event was all over, what should I find at the breakfast table but this picture of our illustrious Treasurer staring back at me from the newspaper. It quite put me off my Soggies!

Meanwhile far, far away in a Guyhirn pub…… 2  good-looking hunks of metal from the last century (doesn’t that make you feel old?) adorned the car park. Roland’s uber-reliable “6” and Terry’s normally-reliable 15/60 which disgraced itself by a non-appearance on Drive-it-Day. Mind you I’ve just discovered a weeping front wheel cylinder so perhaps the car was trying to tell me something!

Inside the “Oliver” the wise and good of East Anglia were gathered (I really must go to Specsavers) and discussions were soon flowing as they always do. Events and outings took up some of the time with the “hot off the press” edition of Roger’s “Events List” being passed around. Thanks were expressed to Roger for producing this useful tome for us every month and his latest version is included alongside this edition of Wolseley Times. We decided, as a group, to have a stand at Ramsey Steam and Fire Show on Sunday 9th July and at the Arles festival in Wisbech on Sunday 16th July. If you would like to display your car at either of these shows please let me know by giving me a ring. Because of all this activity in July, it was agreed that the run to Bateman’s brewery in Wainfleet would have to be held on a Saturday in August. It was also agreed to hold the normal Tuesday meeting in July at “The Museum of Technology” in Throckenholt and confirmation of this will be included in the June edition of Wolseley Times.

With other trips to the North Norfolk Railway at Holt on the 2nd July and Gentleman’s Day at Newmarket on 14th July it looks like being another busy summer in Wolseleyland! To keep up to date why not come along to our next meeting at “The Oliver Twist” Guyhirn (PE13 4EA) on Tuesday 13th June starting about 8 o’clock. See you there?

Until then…..   Drive  Wisely – Drive  Wolseley!

Chris Arnold

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NW Region Run around the Wirral – Wednesday 10 May 2017

Wednesday 10th May saw 9 NW members in 4 Wolseleys touring round the Wirral Peninsula. Stops were made at New Brighton & then Royden Park where we were treated to trips, out of hours, on the Wirral Model Engineering Society’s railway. Many thanks to our host there, Alan Pennell who gave us a wonderful afternoon to remember, most of us having had a new experience driving the train. The day wound up with a great meal at the Boat Inn at Parkgate. Thanks to Bob Leyland for organising a splendid day’s run, & for ordering the glorious weather.

Colin Briggs

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East Midlands – May 2017 newsletter

22nd March 2017 Mid Week Lunch at Kirby la Thorpe

Twenty met for lunch at this popular venue near Sleaford. An excellent meal was enjoyed by all. The food was excellent and the service was superb.

23rd April 2017 Drive it Day

Everyone gathered at The Old Forge Tearooms at Muston who opened early for us so we could start the day with a nice cup of coffee. Route instructions were issued and the participants set off when they were ready. The route left Muston by a narrow road to Stenwith crossing the old Nottingham – Grantham canal by means of a humped back bridge en route. Taking a right turn took everyone to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir.

Belvoir Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Rutland and perched on an escarpment, dominates the landscape. The road climbed through Woolsthorpe by Belvoir passing under a bridge taking one of the main drives to the Castle, before entering the pretty village of Harston. From there the road descends down a valley to Knipton. The observant will have noticed all the new planting of woods and creation of new lakes in the Belvoir Park. The Duchess of Rutland came across some plans in the library drawn up by Capability Brown in the eighteenth century which were never completed. She decide with the help of Alan Titchmarsh to complete Brown’s scheme.

Taking a left turn after leaving Knipton took the ‘tourists’ to the pretty Villages of Eaton on the Hill and Branston. The route deviated slightly so everyone could admire the view of the vale from the top of Stathern Hill. Proceeding to Eastwell the route followed the road along the Belvoir Ridge before crossing the A606 at the top of Broughton Hill. Crossing underneath the A46 at Six Hills we took a left turn to Barrow on Soar and thence to Quorn for the lunch halt at the Manor House. The pub was situated next to the Quorn station of The Great Central Railway so we were treated to the sight of one or two steam trains!

The first part of the drive had covered 29.5 miles but after lunch participants started on the 49.8 mile drive back to Muston. From Quorn the route took people to Woodhouse and skirting the village of Woodhouse Eaves through the picturesque Charnwood Forest to near Newton Linford. Before entering this village we turned off but not before passing ‘Old John’ a folly in Bradgate Park. This tankard shaped building stands on top of a hill from which the ruins of the house of Bradgate Park is visible. Bradgate Park was the family home of Lady Jane Grey who famously ruled Britain for a matter of days before being executed along with her husband.

Eventually the route took everyone through Oaks in Charnwood, close to the working monastery of Mount St. Bernard’s Abbey to cross the A512 near Shepshed. Skirting this village we went via Long Whatton to cross the A6 near Zouch. Passing by Stanford on Soar Hall which is being developed to be a hospital for the rehabilitation of soldiers who have suffered horrific injuries, we briefly took the A60 from Rempstone to Costock. From here we passed through an area known as the Nottinghamshire Wolds to the pretty villages of Wysall and Widmerpool.

Crossing over the A46 we descended into The Vale of Belvoir again to Kinoulton and then to Colston Bassett. Partly hidden from the road is Colston Basset Hall which was the home of the Knowles and later the Le Marchant families. The present building is reputedly said to have been designed by Sir Charles Barry who was the architect of the houses of parliament. Leaving the village we passed by the Colston Bassett Creamery where the Stilton cheese favoured by Princess Anne is produced.

From Harby the route took the ‘six mile straight’ through the Vale before going up a hill to Belvoir and eventually back to the Old Forge Tearooms where a well- earned cup of tea awaited.

FUTURE EVENTS

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

10th May 2017 Barbeque organised by The Grantham Motor Club
                We have been invited to this event at the playing fields in Harlaxton

14th May  2017 Tour of Lincs 100
A 100 mile drive through the Lincolnshire Wolds

 12th June 2017 Noggin and Natter           
                The Woodcocks, Burton Waters near Lincoln

Mid June Mid week lunch
                Details to follow

2nd July 2017 Mermaid Classic Tour
                A classic car tour organised by The Mablethorpe and District Motor Club

9th July 2017 Sunday Lunch at Allington
Lunch has been booked for 12:00 for 12:30 and we can take part in the display of classic cars on the village green.

29th to 30th July Wolseley Register National Rally            
                Saturday will be based around Woodhall Spa and Sunday around Belton House
Further details of the events can be obtained from Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703454

Stuart Nell

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East Anglia Region – Drive it Day – Sunday 23 April 2017

Having enjoyed the company of local clubs and groups for the last 2 years by joining their road runs, this year we decided to “do our own thing” for Drive-it-Day and 4 fine looking Wolseleys assembled at the Orchard Tearooms for a gentle trip down the lanes north of Cambridge. From left to right we had Roland’s 6, Barry’s 15/60, Paul’s 4/44 and my 25. It would have been 6 but 2 cars “threw a sickie”: Karen’s Maxi was in need of a new starter and Terry’s 15/60 failed to make the end of the road let alone the start line. The cavalcade set out but were unfortunately denied a run down March High Street and over the town’s river bridge by a Saint George’s Day fair. Just after the level crossing at Holme we met up with Kevin & Bridget’s New Fourteen and John’s BSA. On we went ( at a very gentle rate so the BSA could keep up!) to the Ferry Boat beside the river at Holywell. Here we met Guy and Hilary in their 12/48 and very soon the assembled cars were quite rightly attracting a great deal of interest from the other pub-goers.

The “Ferry Boat” looked after us extremely well with a room put aside just for us and delicious food arriving very promptly. As this was East Anglian Wolseleys on their own there were a few less cars involved than in the previous 2 years but the L.P.M. (laughs per mile) factor seemed higher than ever making this yet another “Grand Day Out” Grommit!!

I heard afterwards that Paul’s 4/44 didn’t quite get home unaided and, with the15/60 not even arriving, we rather reran the “Piston Broke” awards ceremonies of 2013 and 2015. In both breakdowns it turned out to be a small wire not making perfect contact but, unlike there more modern cousins, both cars were running again on Monday with no outlay on parts (and no resorting to a laptop computer whatever one of those is).

Chris Arnold

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NW Region – Drive it Day – Sunday 23 April 2017
Drive-it-Day for the ‘southern’ part of the NW region saw 17 of us in 5 Wolseleys, 2 MGs, a Rover and a vintage Clyno, visit the wonderful Arley Hall in Cheshire, where tours of the house & magnificent gardens were enjoyed. This venue will be well worth visiting later in the summer too, when different plants will be in bloom. Afterwards, there was just time for a quick look at the Anderton Boat Lift, followed by an excellent meal at the nearby Stanley Arms to celebrate one of our number’s special birthday!
Colin Briggs

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Midlands Region – Drive-It-Day – Sunday 23 April 2017

Several Register Members took up the invitation of the Birmingham Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club to join their annual rally at Wythall Transport Museum near Birmingham.

Open Class entries from Midlands Members  line up in front of the Bus Museum

This provided a wide selection of Minors on show with a number of other marques in the Open Class and plenty of buses as well.  Bus rides and the indoor museum exhibits added to the attractions.

Wolseley 15/50

Wolseley 24/80 and Wolseley 16/60

Register Members exhibiting non-Wolseleys were awarded places in the Open Class and two of the Morris Minor classes.

Austin Cambridge Open Class 2nd place and Wolseley 1500 Mk III – both entered by Register Members

Jenny Ryder

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S E Region  Drive-it-Day – Sunday 23 April 2017
We made our way in light traffic to Beckenham Cemetery to meet up at 12.00 and visit F Y Wolseley’s grave. Jim’s Super Six and Alan’s 6/80 were photographed there.Nelson’s New Fourteen is undergoing repairs so he came in his modern Audi 6 and very kindly brought a beautiful bouquet to lay on the grave. For anyone wishing to visit F Y Wolseley’s grave, they might be interested to know that WG Grace is also buried there, and only a few yards from F Y Wolseley!
Led by Nelson and leaving together to drive to the Coach House at Bexleyheath, we arrived in good time for the 2.00 pm planned lunch even though we had to fight our way for most of the journey in intense traffic, made worse due to a huge part of nearby south east London being closed to traffic for the London Marathon.  We were pleased to see Dave Allen, with Pat’s help, was waiting for us with his 10 HP Tourer, which had it’s first outing in 6 years and John and Yvonne had come with their smart 4/44. There were nine of us who enjoyed an excellent carvery lunch and passed a very pleasant couple of hours together before battling our ways home.
A really enjoyable day but it strengthened our resolve wherever possible, to plan our events away from, rather than into the London area, which is not at all compatible with classic cars.

Alan Simmonds

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Midlands – Pride of Longbridge Rally, 15th April 2017

Several Wolseleys and other classic vehicles graced the Wolseley Register stand at the Pride of Longbridge Rally on Saturday 15 April.

 

 

Many local visitors and non-exhibiting Register Members were welcomed and everyone enjoyed a cool but dry day.  More Wolseleys were spotted around the rally field.  Thanks to all supported the Register at this annual event to commemorate the anniversary of the closure of the Longbridge works in 2005.

Jenny Ryder

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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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Midlands Christmas Meal – 15th December 2016

The Midlands Region now meets at The Royal Oak, Catshill on alternate months.  A party of 22 members and guests enjoyed the Christmas Meal on Thursday 15 December.  Although the February numbers were lower owing to some members being on holiday, 16 members attended the April meeting, plus baby Hazel Egan!

Jenny Ryder

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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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