Restoration Show, Stoneleigh Park – 27th October 2019
The Midlands Region staged a club stand at this popular Restoration Show where trade stands offered many opportunities to plan winter projects. Two local Wolseleys were exhibited which both aroused much interest from the public.
1965 Wolseley 24/80 – rare UK example of the Australian version of the Farina model. This car has recently had the rear springs re-tempered. A British brake servo was fitted to upgrade the car after a 12-year period of being off the road.
The full range of club merchandise was on sale and experienced club members were on hand to answer questions from visitors to the stand.
Wolseley Weekend in Wales – 4-6th October 2019
Thirteen people in 5 Wolseleys participated in a weekend excursion to the Llangollen area of North Wales. Midlands Members were joined by representatives of the South East and North West Regions of the Wolseley Register.
Those who set off on Friday gathered at Chirk Castle (National Trust) for the afternoon before driving a few miles further to the hotel where a local Register Member joined them for dinner.
The Chainbridge Hotel just outside Llangollen at Berwyn had been chosen as the base for the weekend. This hotel is nestled between the fast-flowing river Dee and the Llangollen canal, overlooking the first station on the line of the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales which runs from Llangollen to Corwen.
On Saturday morning, following a short walk to the Horseshoe Falls, a very scenic route was navigated to Carrog Station, Corwen currently being out of service. Additional Midlands Members and a 1936 Wolseley Hornet assembled at the station where everyone boarded the train to Llangollen for an afternoon exploring the market town. More Members arrived at the hotel in time for dinner making a party of 10 for the evening.
Sunday started with a visit to the Llangollen Motor Museum before driving up to the Ponderosa Café on the Horseshoe Pass.
The group divided into three for the afternoon with two cars continuing to Erddig (National Trust) near Wrexham, another pair heading to the Cae Dai 1950’s museum in Denbigh, which housed a Wolseley in Police livery, while the third group who had missed Chirk on Friday opted to visit it on their return south.
Everyone enjoyed the full and varied programme of activities and look forward to further inter-Regional excursions.
East Anglia – October 2019 newsletter
As usual when the “Wise Men (and women) of the East” gather the conversation is not only wide-ranging but also very interesting and this month we covered as many, if not more, subjects than usual. The time flies by and I would really recommend you find the time one month to come and join us…..you won’t regret it!!!
The first items on the “menu” were both end-of-season Road Runs. We were invited to join the WDHVC on the Paul Cousins Memorial Run on Sunday 13th and a small band of Wolseleyists swelled the numbers which were a little depleted due to the lousy weather. I think the attached photo gives an idea of the conditions with the cars parked down the “deep end” of the car park. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable morning with the rare treat of a Full English at the end of it.
This coming Sunday, the 20th, is our group’s season closer with a run out for Sunday Lunch at the King’s Arms Polebrook. I have booked for 9 ‘definites’ (Paul & Jackie, Rob & Debs, Kevin & Bridget, Chris & Terry and Brian) and 5 ‘possibles’ (Tony & Edna, Roland & Sheila and Michael). If any of the ‘definites’ can’t make it or if any of the ‘possibles’ would like to join us (or anyone else for that matter) please could you let me know by email or by phone on 01945 587004. The run will start from the garage at Guyhirn (loos and coffee available) with a view to getting underway at 11 o’clock. After 26 miles we should arrive at the King’s Arms at about 12.30 with a meal at 1 o’clock. If you weren’t at the meeting and you would like a menu I can easily forward one and I would like your choice before we start out so I can phone it through to the pub making their job a little easier and the service a little slicker. As you can see from the forecast on my phone there is a good chance the weather will be a little kinder than it was last weekend. I hope you can make it and Terry and I look forward to seeing you there.
We would also love to see you this coming Wednesday the 16th at the quiz night in Leverington Church at 7 o’clock. We might try and field 2 teams so, if you would like to join in, there are bound to be some spare seats. Please give me a ring on 01945 587004 if you are coming
Another evening that has arranged is our Christmas Meal which will be held, instead of our usual meeting, on Tuesday 10th December at the “Oliver”. On the right is the menu so that you can make your selection and we can pre-order the meals as we did last year. Please let me know if you can make it to our Christmas bash and what you would like to munch in 1 of 4 ways. Either at the Quiz Night on Thursday, at the next meeting, by email or by phone on 01945 587004.
So that’s about it for another month. The days are drawing in, the cars are heading to their garages and the winter jobs and projects are about to start….it never stops does it?
The next meeting is on November 12th at the “Oliver Twist” PE13 4EA starting about 8 o’clock and then, of course, it’s our Christmas Extravaganza the following month where the new recipient of the Chain Bridge “W” will be announced.
East Anglia – September 2019 newsletter
There was not too much to get through this month as the season comes to a close and this small amount was reduced further when I managed to leave my notes at home!
I had been away for the “Park-up-in-a-Brewery” at Elgood’s Brewery (1st September) but Roger mentioned he was pleased with the turnout. This is good news because numbers of cars at this autumn event have struggled in previous years.
The next item on the agenda was to consider whether we should embark on any further outings this year. Roger has agreed we can join the W.D.H.V.C. on their traditional season closing run to the beach café at Heacham. This run, now named the Paul Cousins Memorial Run, is on Sunday 13th October and sets off from the Wisbech Football Club Car Park on the Lynn Road at 11 o’clock so it is probably best to arrive about 10.30 latest.
I have agreed to see if I can sort out a Road Run to Oundle on the following Sunday and I will bring details of what I have managed to arrange to the October meeting so long as I remember to bring my notes this time!
Andy and Elaine arrived claiming they were suffering from a dose of “Beaulieuitis” but updated us with plans for the 2020 National Rally. They confirmed that the Coke’s family residence Holkham Hall is going to be the centre of attention for the static display on the Sunday.
I was certain there was a link between the Coke family and agriculture in Norfolk and indeed Thomas, 2nd Earl of Leicester, is credited with introducing the 4 crop rotational system although this is disputed. Other venues are being finalised including Sandringham. Engine Farm, The Burrell Museum etc. and I’m sure we will get roped in to help out sometime in the near future.
There is normally a Wolseley Register committee meeting between now and our next get together so if there is anything you would like me to bring up on your behalf please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or give me a ring.
At the end of the meeting, before the crowd headed out to untangle the parking in the car park, we arranged with the Oliver Twist that our Christmas Dinner will be on December 10th in place of the usual meeting. The special Christmas Menu is below and I will need to know who is coming and what they would like to eat by about the end of November. If you would like to come along to our Christmas Extravaganza please don’t forget to let me know.
Finally, before you put your diaries away, we have an invite to make up some teams for Terry’s Quiz in Leverington Church on Wednesday, October 16th. Roger, Paul and their wives are going to make up a winning team (again). Terry and I hope to head another team and as usual I’m happy to have a go at Transport especially if railways or canals are involved but we will need all the help we can get especially if you know anything about TV Soaps, Films or anything not mentioned on QI.
WR / Gartcosh Classic Car show – 15th September 2019
Thankfully the rain stayed away for this year’s Classic Car show in aid of CHAS (Childrens Hospice Association Scotland) at the Gartcosh Works Social Club, near Glasgow, organised by Joe Kelly. A mix of vehicles, including some light commercials, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s. There were nine Wolseleys in total; a pre-war 12hp, a 6/80, two 4/44s, three 1500s, a Landcrab 18/85 and a Wedge.
Beaulieu International Autojumble 7-8 September 2019
Beaulieu’s most famous motoring event, the International Autojumble is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic.
An impressive line-up of classic cars celebrated the Golden Age of Motoring in a brand new Golden Oldies display. More than 50 enthusiasts brought historic motors from the 1920s – 1960s for the display, which included 3 Wolseleys. Meanwhile, 33,293 event-goers snapped up bargains from 2,176 stands packed with motoring spares, accessories and automobilia.
Driving more than 1,000 miles from Sweden especially to take part in Golden Oldies was a 1954 Wolseley 4/44. Sold new in Sweden but off the road for three decades, the car had been renovated by Nostalgia Magazine to tackle the gruelling trek across Europe. With rust repairs completed and brakes and carburettor rebuilt, it was given a full service ready to motor back to the country where it was originally built.
Also displayed were two Wolseley 1500’s, one of which has been owned and loved by a local Register Member.
The Wolseley Register stand was erected on the regular double-pitch in the Red field. Many members and visitors, including several from overseas, were welcomed with technical and membership advice being provided by stand personnel. Club merchandise and a small selection of spares were available to purchase and hospitality was offered to club members.
For more than 50 years, the Beaulieu International Autojumble has been an unmissable date on the classic car calendar for enthusiasts to track down elusive spare parts to keep their cars on the road. The 2020 International Autojumble dates will be announced on the Beaulieu website at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events where more news from the 2019 AutoJumble can also be found.
Jenny & Graham Ryder
East Anglia – August 2019 newsletter
I must start with an apology regarding the lateness of this month’s issue. I have had “issues” of my own with 2 grandsons popping in to this world within a week of each other resulting in trips to Norwich and Chessington rather than time at my keyboard. I like my Wolseley but family always come first which meant I also missed a National Rally for the first time since I joined the Register. I missed the opportunity to meet up with fellow Wolseley enthusiasts but I’m really looking forward to next year when our area is hosting this event.
Since we last met, our cars have been seen at a number of local events and 3 of them are worth a mention. On Sunday 21st July we had a stand at Parson Drove show and 4 Wolseleys (along with a few other spotted during the day) looked very well indeed. I think this must be one of the first outing for Jacky and Paul’s 15/50 and both car and owners were made most welcome.
The following Thursday four of us had intended to go to Thurning to an event run by a Register member. Whilst Rowland and Kevin’s Wolseleys got there with no drama, Terry and I only got as far as Ramsey. With the temperature in nearby Cambridge hitting 1010 Fahrenheit I couldn’t keeping the cooling of the 25 under control so we decided to let cars and drivers cool down and head for home. Rowland and Kevin both confirmed we had missed an excellent event and that the Register member, Derek Capps, had really gone out of his way to make us welcome. Again I can only apologise to all concerned but, in our defence, I reiterate that Terry and I did try to get there. Given the reports of how good this event is I think we must try again next year when the Feast of Saint James falls on a Saturday.
The middle of summer is always a busy time and fairly shortly after Thurning some of us were involved in Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club’s annual Road Run. The weather was sunny resulting in a larger than normal turnout with Wolseleys well represented. Whether or not they won any awards is a little hazy as the heavens opened in the afternoon resulting in the prize giving having to be hastily cancelled. Ah the vagaries of the Great British summer.
By now the Wolseley National Rally at Lytham Saint Annes will have come and gone. A report on the Register’s website show a number of Wolseleys basking in glorious sunshine so it looks as though it all went very well. I look forward to chatting to any of you who did make the journey to Lancashire to hear your personal experiences.
Looking to our own events list I can see that we don’t have anything planned for September or October. If any of you know of any events this autumn that are worth considering please don’t hesitate to get in touch either by email, phone or coming along to the next meeting at the “Oliver Twist” Guyhirn (PE13 4EA) on September 10th.
So until we meet again…….
Drive Wisely–Drive Wolseley
A date for your diary:
On Wednesday 16th October there is a chance to prove how many useless bits of information you’ve hoovered up over the years by forming a team at The Quiz in the Church.
Teams of to 6 @£3 per person
Buy the odd answer from the vicar.
Eyes down at 7.30pm
Wolseley Register members attend the Camerton Gathering – 11th August 2019
Register Members attended the Norton Radstock Classic Vehicle Club “Camerton Gathering” on the 11th August. This is a free just-turn-up event a few miles south of Bath, and attracts up to 600 cars each year. Wolseleys present included a 1927 11/22 and a 1969 Snowberry White Wolseley Hornet.
NW region attends the Lytham Hall Classic Car Show – 4th August 2019
The NW region plus guests were at the Lytham Hall Classic Car Show on Sunday 4th August – another great event as is usual here, with a great variety of vehicles ranging from pre 1st World War cars to ‘modern classics’ from the 90s on. Despite the recent thunderstorms, the ground was firm & undamaged so we are hopeful for our National Rally on the 18th. See you there!
Wolseley Register joins display at Milngavie – 28th July 2019
Sunday 28th July the Wolseley Register and friends were invited to support the Brain Tumour Charity with a car display at The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Dobbies Garden Centre in Milngavie. It rained… I blame all those who brought convertibles!
East Anglia – July 2019 newsletter
Wolseley Register East Anglia Wins Something ! !
Quite a striking headline but there is no “fake news” here. Our little group “Trumped” the opposition at the Crowland Show and came away with the “Best Club Stand” Award. Our line up of 6 cars must have really impressed the judges and we certainly had a steady stream of admirers coming along possibly helped a bit by our shady position under the trees carefully selected by Roland. Although I’m told the show was smaller than normal due to the lack of horses there was still a lot to be looked at so possibly an outing to consider for the future. We were joined by a Mark I 1500, belonging to a Peterborough resident, which is not known to the Register and hopefully one we will see again in the not-too-distant future.
Wolseley Register East Anglia Wins Something Else ! !
Like London buses the awards are coming along in pairs this month and the following weekend Roland let me know that he had picked up this lovely glass for the “Best Visitors Classic Vehicle” at the Staughton Show. June 2019 is proving to be a very productive month for our little group so well done to everyone involved.
Now to look to future events and, of course, this is a busy time. Our next outing as a group is to attend Parson Drove show on Sunday 21st July. I have 7 entrants on my list (Roland, Kev & Bridget, Barry Franklin, Jackie Scotten, John, Terry and myself) and I will be reserving these spaces as best I can on the Friday evening. There is an entrance charge of £5 which goes to MAGPAS and the Air Ambulance. All 7 cars have to be in position by 10 o’clock or I’m afraid we have to let the space go. If you know you are going to be a little bit late please ring me and I’ll try and bend the rules as much as I can.
Next outing is the following Thursday (25th) when we are off to Thurning near Oundle for their “Thurningfest”. Kev and Bridget, Roland, John Parky, Terry and I have put our hands up to attend this one (possibly along with Graham and Jenny Ryder) but if anybody else would like to join us at this music event please let me know via the usual channels.
Just a little bit further into the future some of us are attending the “Wings and Wheels” show at Fenland Airfield on Saturday August 10th and, if any one else would like to join in please let us know.
With all this talk about events and outings I nearly forgot to report on the fact that we actually had a NOGGIN and NATTER going on at Guyhirn. I was not able to attend the last committee meeting of the Wolseley Register as I was at Crowland Show but, fortunately Andy was able to give us a run down of what happened. He explained that the Register now has 3 new sites it operates: one for archive/library material, one for show stands etc. & one new one in Arnside for consumable and other spares which should make the whole operation easier to run for both Bob and the members. Andy also reported on progress towards our hosting of the 2020 National Rally and all the progress he has made so far. It sounds like we will need as much help as we can get so please get involved if you can.
Coming to the end of the meeting I noted that this was N & N number 95 and our hundredth gathering will be the December Christmas meal. It was generally agreed that the “Oliver Twist” looked after us so well during the year that we would be happy to have our Christmas Bash there as well.
Before I close I’d just like to mention how nice it was to see Paul with us for the first time after his heart valve replacement surgery. Given his amazing rate of recovery I don’t suppose it will be too long before he’s back behind the wheel of “Wilma” again and delighting the kids (young and old) with her Winkworth bell.
Busy times ahead and Terry and I will do our best to turn up if we can but I’m afraid we can’t properly commit to everything as we are about to become Grandparents twice over between the end of this month and the middle of next. Our next regular meeting will be at the Oliver Twist (PE13 4EA) at 8.00ish on Tuesday 13th August.
East Midlands – July 2019 newsletter
12th May 2019 Tour of Lincs 100
Four members of the Lincoln Group entered this annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Sleaford to raise money for the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Air Ambulance service. Due to a combination of factors it was only Stuart Ingamells in his 4/50 who ended up taking part. His was not the only Wolseley on the run as there was a non-member in a 6/90.
The start of the day, accompanied by the obligatory bacon rolls and coffee, was at Pennells Garden Centre at South Hykeham near Lincoln. Making its way northwards the route went through the attractive Trent valley to a lunch stop at the Humber Bridge Country Hotel. After lunch the run took a more easterly route through the Lincolnshire Wolds finishing at The Twin Lakes Centre near Horncastle.
Stuart reported that it was a most enjoyable day out with excellent weather.
7th July 2019 Inn on the Green
We asked to display a number of cars for the Village Carnival In Allington the profits of which this year were donated to the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Air Ambulance service. Twenty nine met for an early Sunday lunch at the popular Welby Arms. Those bringing cars were:-
Roy Carrier – Wolseley 14/56
Stuart Ingamells – Wolseley 4/50
Ron Woods – Wolseley 4/50
Nev Holmes – Wolseley 6/80
Jim Green – Riley RMA
Karl Guest – Wolseley 4/44
Geoffrey Taylor – Wolseley 15/60
Stephen Rowitt – Wolseley Hornet II
John Marshall – Wolseley 16/60
Stuart Nell – Wolseley 6/110 II
Brian Huskinson – Wolseley 18/85 II S
Terry Westwood – Wolseley 1300 II
As usual the lunch was enjoyed by everyone and most went out to see the flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Wolseleys were the best represented marque at the display and we came quite close to having one of each post war Wolseley there. We must not however forget Roy Carrier’s very pretty pre-war 14/56.
27th JULY 2019 VSCC CADWELL PARK
28th JULY CLASSIC CAR GATHERING AT LANGAR HALL
Ring Stuart Nell for details
31st JULY 2019 MID-WEEK LUNCH
Details to be finalised
7th AUGUST 2019 NOGGIN AND NATTER
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
10th -11th AUGUST MVA RALLY AT THORESBY HALL
Contact Nev Holmes for details
11th AUGUST PETWOOD SUMMER CONCOURS IN WOODHALL SPA
Contact Stuart Nell for details
17th – 18th AUGUST 2018 WOLSELEY REGISTER NATIONAL RALLY
Details in Wolseley World
24th AUGUST 2019 GRIMSTHORPE SPEED TRIALS
4th AUGUST 2019 NOGGIN AND NATTER
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703045
NW Run around Wharfedale & Nidderdale – 18 June 2019
On Tuesday 18th June, members of the North West and North East regions enjoyed a beautiful run through the Yorkshire dales of Wharfe and Nidd. We met at Embsay station on the preserved railway line, with an option of a trip on a steam hauled train, before departing on the run itself.
The route then followed quiet country lanes (although I think the local farmers were out in force on their tractors!), to Bolton Abbey, Grassington, and on to Pateley Bridge where we stopped for lunch. Pateley Bridge is quite a bustling little village with many shops and cafes, and a very interesting museum of local life which a few members enjoyed visiting.
From here, we headed to Brinham Rocks for a photo stop, and then towards Skipton and finally Gargrave, where the day ended with a well deserved meal.
Member cars used on the day included 2 1300s, an 1100, Series III 12/48, New Fourteen, Austin Healey Sprite and a Morris Eight Series 1 Tourer. We were also joined by a Triumph Herald whilst parked at Pateley Bridge! All the cars behaved themselves, despite being made to work hard on some steep hills.
Given the awful weather that much of the rest of the country was experiencing that day, we were very lucky to enjoy the run on a wonderful sunny day. Many thanks to Dale for all the effort he obviously put into researching the route, and for producing a very informative and humorous guide for the 55 mile route.
East Anglia – June 2019 newsletter
The weather at Guyhirn was particularly grim this month with rain and cold winds so it was not much of a surprise that there were no classic cars in the car park of the “Oliver Twist”. Inside the pub, where it was much warmer and drier, there was a pleasant gathering of the wise and good of East Anglia ready to hear “what’s going down” in our area. I really must thank those who drove all the way from Wymondham and Royston just for their monthly dose of “Wolseleyitis”.
Since we last got together at the “Oliver”, Terry and I have been cruising the canals of Southern England which was the reason there was no May edition of the Wolseley Times. Strangely, for an Arnold holiday, the weather was excellent for once and we both picked up a slight tan (rust?). The Kennet and Avon canal was well filled and the green countryside was beautifully fresh and bright. Whilst visiting numerous pubs along the canal (for research purposes only of course) we came across a beer with Wolseley and Isambard Brunel connections and they don’t come up too often. Both Terry and Paul have been recipients of the Register’s “Piston Broke” award.
Meanwhile back in the World of Wolseleys it was decided that, due to Paul’s illness and Terry and I becoming Grandparents, not to go ahead with the “cruise” over to Lytham Saint Annes for the National Rally. It just seems that this year the fates conspired against it and, of course, the same problem won’t arise next year as the Rally is in our back yard.
Our next event as a group is a new one to us…Crowland Show on the 29th June where we’re hoping to have about half a dozen cars on display and I will include photos of the event in next month’s exciting edition of Wolseley Times.
Looking a little further ahead and on July 21st we will be treating the villagers of Parson Drove to a display of 6 of Birmingham’s finest (and Tony’s Rover from Coventry) so that will definitely be a date to look forward to. Parson Drove Custom and Classic Vehicle Show has grown year on year to become one of the largest events in the area and it also hosts a growing Autojumble area which is well worth a visit. If you want to join us please let me know before the end of this month.
Having just got our breath back from Parson Drove Show some of the more resilient members of the East Anglian group (and John P!) are setting off again just 4 days later, on 25th July, to Thurning, in deepest Northamptonshire. Thurningfest is traditionally held on Saint James Day. and this event is part-organised by a Register member which is how we became involved. I heard a little whisper at the meeting that it was an evening event and it turns out that the whisper was right. I have had a long chat with Amy, whose grandfather Derek is the Wolseley Register member, and I think we have got things sorted out! Derek is overjoyed that a bunch of Wolseleys are turning up so Amy has given us some preferential treatment! The “Feast” runs from 5pm until late so I have explained to Amy that some of us are coming a fair distance in classic cars so we don’t really want to be out after dark. She has sorted out a “plan of action” (her words not mine) which means that we can arrive about 2 o’clock to 3 o’clock and leave any time we like using their private drive. Owning a Wolseley certainly opens a few doors! Given Derek’s excitement at a number of Wolseleys turning up (and Amy’s “plan of action”) I think I can recommend this show to anyone who fancies a very different day out. We are also hoping to meet up with some of the Register Midland’s members there making it even more unmissable. Sorting these details out has caused this issue to be a little late but I think it was worth it.
SE Annual Rally – Sunday 09 June 2019
We joined a classic vehicle event at Hollycombe Steam Museum, near LIphook, Hants, and had 11 wonderful Wolseleys on display together with a Riley RM belonging to ex-member Martin Maddison, who has sold his ‘Nine’. The public showed great interest in our Wolseleys all day and made it impossible to take any overall photos without people blocking some of our cars.
We were very lucky in that the weather which had been mainly awful in the run-up to Sunday brightened and stayed dry for us until late afternoon. We hit a deluge on the way home but hopefully some members missed the heavy rain as it was very localised. While composing this report the following day, I can confirm the weather deteriorated to such an extent today that is has been non-stop heavy rain with a normal June month’s rainfall which would have ruined our event had it been a day earlier.
The steam-powered fair was in full swing during the afternoon and the little quarry engine did its bit manfully, in pulling the visitors’ train. Hollycombe is a unique collection of old, vintage working fairground rides still powered by original steam engines and as much fun for the parents as for the many children visiting the fair.
NW Region – Tatton Park Classic Car Show – 1st-2nd June 2019
The NW Region attended the Tatton Park show over the weekend of 1st & 2nd June, which was again a successful event despite the stormy weather. We have now exhibited at this show each year for over 30 years! 10 Wolseleys & an XJ6 S1 were on the Register stand over the weekend and member David Dodd also showed his Wasp & family 1300 with his local group which won best stand of the show.
Midlands Drive It Day
Five Wolseleys outnumbered other marques in the Open Class at the Birmingham Morris Minor Owners Club Branch Rally, which again fell on Drive It Day this year. The Rally was held at Witley Court in Worcestershire.
A couple of local Rileys also joined us and some Register Members brought their Minors including one from Dorset, accompanied by a Nash Metropolitan.
East Midlands – April 2019 newsletter
17th April 2019 Mid – Week Lunch
We held a hastily arranged lunch at the well- used venue – The Welby Arms in Allington.
28th April 2019 Drive It Day
This year Ron Woods had organised a nice route which being shorter than usual enabled us to visit a couple of venues during the course of the day. We started at 10.00 am at The Fox in Kelham where we all had a cup of coffee. John and Thelma Marshall joined us at the start in their newly acquired very nice 16/60. Gordon Blackburn and his grandson arrived from Dronfield in a buggy which started life as a VW Beetle. It was a splendid effort to take part as rain was forecast and the vehicle had minimal weather protection.
From Kelham we drove through Southwell passing by the towns very fine Norman minster to Papplewick Pumping Station. This has to be one of the most decorative and well preserved Victorian pumping stations in the country.
It was originally built to supply the nearby city of Nottingham with fresh water and featured two large Watt beam engines which are still fully operational on Steam Days. Equally impressive are the well maintained gardens and ornamental lake in the grounds. Brian and Margaret Huskinson in their 18/85S joined us there before we drove the short distance to Bidworth Bottoms for lunch at The Fox and Hounds where we found Roy and Sue Carrier in their Wolseley 14/56 and Roger and Mel Twelvetrees in their pre-war Riley Lynx.
After lunch we continued using a different route back to Southwell. A little way out of the town is the old workhouse which is maintained by the National Trust. In front of the building is a large plot of land which was used to grow fresh vegetables for the residents.
June 5th 2019 Noggin and Natter
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703045
Joint Scottish /NE /NW Weekend 26th t0 30th April 2019
A very pleasant and relaxing time was spent at Peebles Hydro by 20 members and adherents who turned up in eight Wolseleys as well as other cars, and who, on Sunday 28th drove to Coatbridge to join another twelve Wolseleys and approximately 150 other classic cars, at the Summerlee Industrial Heritage Centre in celebration of ‘Drive it Day’. In the evening a separate formal dinner was enjoyed in the “Bannockburn Room” where any relics of past enmities were wholly forgotten.
On the following day, some went with Peter Seaword to the bus museum at Symington where we were treated to a short run In Peter’s Albion Valkeyrie bus; others enjoyed the botanic garden at Dawyck, only five miles from Peebles; both of these in warm sunshine.
South East Drive it Day – 28 April 2019
‘Drive-It-Day’ was incorporated into a weekend away in the New Forest, which eight members and their partners enjoyed. Six Wolseleys participated; all cars behaved impeccably of course and the weather was reasonably kind to us.
Local member Graham Clarke kindly did all the spadework for us and with John Blackbourne’s assistance, organised our activities and shepherded us to the various locations. We particularly want to thank Graham for all his hard work. Most travelled down to Lymington on the Friday and stayed both nights in a good hotel with safe parking.
Saturday morning was spent visiting Beaulieu Motor Museum after a little convoy tour of the area and a photo-shoot by a lake. After a light lunch at the Museum we followed Graham to Bucklers Hard, to visit the site of shipbuilding in the 18th. Century and their Maritime Museum.
We returned to our hotel for a pleasant group dinner. Sunday morning we convoyed again, led by Graham, to Sammy Miller’s Motorcycle Museum at New MIlton. Lunch followed for most, at the Hare and Hounds after which it was time to make our various ways home. A very interesting weekend for all.
East Anglia Drive it Day – 28 April 2019
For this year’s Drive-it-Day we attempted a re-run of the outing that Andy and Elaine had tried to put together last year and, thanks to a change of management at the Charles Burrell museum, all went very well this time around. A very varied assortment of classic cars assembled on Morrison’s car park and I noticed a number of shoppers coming down to give them the once-over. All told we had 2 Wolseley’s, 2 Moggies, a Ford Pop, a Rover P4, an MG, a Beetle and a Morgan. I said it was a varied bunch didn’t I? Eddie’s Beetle had come over perfectly from Peterborough but decided it liked Morrisons and didn’t want to go any further. We set off for Thetford and not long after Downham Market we met up with Andy in his MG and a Ford Zephyr estate increased the size of the convoy. I had decide to travel open-top but I was made to regret that decision as the drizzle started in Thetford forest and heavier rain as we neared our destination. The car parking worked out perfectly and we were soon joined by a 15/50, Barry and Terry’s 15/60’s, Peter’s 6/110 and Eddie and Vickie’s revived Beetle.
Nigel and his partner couldn’t have been more welcoming at the museum and they are very “hands on” (in the case of Nigel more “oily hands-on!”) being able to go into detail about their exhibits and the role of Burrells in Thetford. It certainly amazed me to find out how extensive the works had been in its heyday and it is still possible to spot clues as to where old buildings once stood if you are shown where to look for them. I got the chance to stand on the footplate of a showman’s engine and soon realised that looking down the bonnet of a pre-war Wolseley was nothing compared to this monster! The view forward was non-existent and I had the feeling that driving one of these things on the road was a job that could get out of hand very quickly if you didn’t know what you were doing. All too soon it was time to leave the museum and head for lunch at The Bell Hotel but not before going for a photo shoot outside the front of the museum. For some strange reason it seemed like every Thetfordian and his wife picked that very moment to want to drive along this little bit of road that we were using to assemble the cars and a fair amount of confusion broke out. Mind you I think the photos taken, some of which are below, make the whole episode very worth while.
We had our own room reserved at the Bell Hotel and all enjoyed a filling and very tasty carvery lunch. A run back through the forest under much brighter skies really capped off what had definitely been a “excellent day out Captain Mainwaring”!! Our thanks go to Nigel and his team at the museum and the staff at the Bell Hotel for making it so memorable.
Midlands Region – Pride of Longbridge Rally – 13 April 2019
The Midlands Region supported the annual Pride of Longbridge Rally at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 13 April 2019. The Rally commemorates the closure of the factory in April 2005 and celebrates the previous 100 years of production so all cars which were made at Longbridge, or contain parts made there, are welcomed.
East Anglia – April 2019 newsletter
Firstly may I apologise for the late delivery of your favourite newspaper featuring Wisbech Wolseleys. I have been struggling to find the time to write anything as I am trying to get 2 Wolseleys ready for the April outing whilst, at the same time reorganising our business and ‘popping’ down to London to see the family.
We have just about completed all the arrangements for Drive-it-Day on Sunday 28th of this month. The Charles Burrell Museum of steamy delights is going to open JUST FOR US! Log OutAND, as an extra “Brucie Bonus”, I am HOPING to persuade them to steam up one of their collection as we have now got about 20 cars visiting . And the cost of all steaminess? 1 cup of tea or a sandwich from the café and a donation! All entrants will be given a full route guide at the start so there should be no reason for anyone to get lost but you never know….. The trip starts from Morrisons car park just off the Elme Hall roundabout on Wisbech By-Pass (PE14 0DQ for your sat-navs) and the plan is to meet up just after 9.30 am with a view to getting under way about 10 o’clock.
This is a unique chance to enjoy some time where steam and the smell of hot oil DOESN’T mean the car is about to break down so, if you would like to join us at the start, along the route or at the museum please let me know (if you haven’t already done so) by email on email@example.com or by phone on 01945 587004.
I am going to pop down to Thetford and chat to the Museum guys on Saturday so, if there are any last minute changes, I’ll let you know immediately. I’m also going to book a table at the historic Bell Hotel in Thetford but only a table! If you want Sunday Lunch or a round of sandwiches it’s up to you but it means you are under no obligation what so ever.
The next outing for the “Oliver Twisters” group is at the Elgood’s Craft, Plant and Classic Car Show (aka Park up in a Brewery) on Sunday May 12th. This really relaxed day out has no booking forms or passports required. All you need to remember is to be at the black door in Barton Road from about 9 o’clock onwards and you’ll be involved but don’t park anywhere near it!!! (ask Paul).
Looking forward to 21st July we have arranged to have space for 6-8 cars at the Parson Drove Car Show next to the guys from the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club. As many of us are “dual-nationality” there should be a chance to fade from Non-Wolseleys at the left hand end through to Wolseleys at the right hand end and find somewhere for everyone to park somewhere in between.
Finally there was just one more outing to sort out and this is the Quiz Night at Leverington Church. Roger, Liz, Paul and Jackie will hopefully form their usual powerful team of four (probably with a witty name like B4U No It) and involve half the villagers within about a 5 mile radius but, if we can, I would like to give them a challenge from “The Wise Wolseley Ones”. If you know a whole lot about nothing in particular why not come along to St. Leonard’s Church in Leverington for 7.30pm on Wednesday May 15th and you would be very warmly welcomed. The ”Friends” provide light refreshments but if, like me, you need a drop of the hard stuff to lubricate the old grey cells, then you are more than welcome to bring your own.
The warmer days will soon be with us (honestly they will!) and before you know it we’ll be tootling down the highways of England at a sedate and steady speed much to the annoyance of other motorists!
East Anglia – March 2019 newsletter
The colder winter weather was still with us at this month’s meeting but there was a sighting of the “First Wolseley of Spring” as Terry’s 15/60 was spotted in the “Oliver’s” car park although I’m sure that the rising temperatures will soon encourage one or two other cars to migrate from their winter roosts and put in an appearance. This weekend is the Wolseley Register AGM at Beoley and, hopefully, The East Anglian area will be well represented with Paul and Jackie, Andy, Eric and myself all hoping to attend. I was intending to take the 15/60 over but I think “Storm Gareth” has put the mockers on that plan.
The first outing of 2019 is Drive-it-Day on April 28th. After much toing and froing of emails I have persuaded the Burrell Museum in Thetford to open its doors JUST FOR US!!!!! and I must thank Nigel Hill from the museum for his help. I am proposing that we meet up in Morrisons car park, near the A47 Wisbech bypass, with a view to getting underway about 10 o’clock to arrive in Thetford just after 11 o’clock. I’ll also arrange somewhere for Sunday lunch after the visit for those who are interested. Hopefully, if the sun shines, the run through Thetford Forest in the springtime should be absolutely stunning so, if you’d like to come along and join us and you haven’t already let me know, please give me a ring on 01945 587004 or come along to the next meeting. I’ll sort out more complete details of the run ready for our next “Noggin” and I’ll also attach them to next month’s edition of this illustrious tome!!?
Our “group” meeting for May is John and Janice’s “Park up in a Brewery” at Elgoods in Wisbech on Sunday 13th which is always a great informal start to the show season (especially if the weather is kind) and we are hoping to have at least 7 of our cars in attendance. As many of you already know our June meeting in Peterborough has been cancelled by the council. We were hoping to attend to support John’s interest in “Armed Forces Day” but the event has been pulled with the council blaming “staff shortages and financial cutbacks”. We are now without a meeting in June and we are looking for an alternative. The Holbeach show was mentioned at the meeting but if you know of an event on in June that might welcome a few old Wolseleys please let me know via the usual channels.
July sees at Parson Drove show where, with luck, we’ll be able to link on to the W & D.H.V.C. stand. We also have an invite from a Register member to attend “Thurningfest” on the 25th where we might get a chance to meet up with some of our friends from the Midland area of the Register.
Roger is doing a great job keeping our events list up-to-date despite all these changes and I’ll email out a new list when one becomes available. The warmer days will soon be with us (honestly they will!) and before you know it we’ll be tootling down the highways of England at a sedate and steady speed much to the annoyance of other motorists!
East Anglia – February 2019 newsletter
The colder weather was still with us this month so I’m afraid there were no classics to be seen in the car park of the “Oliver Twist” but hopefully the dark winter nights are at an end and some of our good-looking cars could perhaps put in an appearance next month.
The main matters for discussion, by the hardy band of Fenmen who did turn up. was this year’s events. First up was the Wolseley Register AGM at Beoley Village Hall on March 16th and a number showed an interest in attending and representing the East Anglian region. I’m hoping to take the 15/60 (and hoping to get there and back with a full compliment of wheels!) and there is probably one seat still free if anyone is interested. Be warned however I will be setting off early due to a committee meeting being held before the AGM.
The traditional season opener is Drive-it-Day which this year is on Sunday April 28th. Up until a few days before the meeting I was in the embarrassing position of not having a venue but in the end the Wise Men of the East had a choice of 2 and decided on the Burrell Museum at Thetford. Before next month’s meeting I will put together a road run and a pub for Sunday Lunch so we should have all the ingredients for a “cracking good day out Grommit” . Make sure to make the necessary enties in your diary before you forget!
Now on to May 12th and our group will be supporting John and Janice at Elgood’s “Park up in a Brewery”. This is a show we have enjoyed for quite a few years now so just cross your fingers for good weather as it makes such a difference (photo of last year’s show with the cars basking in the glorious sunshine).
June’s outing is on June 2nd where we are hopefully attending the Peterborough Classic and Vintage show which is raising funds for Peterborough Armed Forces Day and is a charity very close to John Parky’s heart. All the information on these events is all clearly shown on Roger’s events list that he is very kindly putting together for another year. With July’s outing a little undecided to date this all leads nicely to the highlight of the year with Paul and Jackie’s cruise to the National Rally at Lytham St. Annes starting out on August 14th.
Our first stop, on the Wednesday night, is at Wakefield St Pierre just off the M1 motorway and south of Wakefield. This leg of the journey will be the longest but, of course, you can spend all day getting there knowing that your room is booked and the car will be in a secure area of the car park. The Thursday leg is much shorter and I will put together a route map for the day so can look in at some of the places of interest along the road to our second night at a canal-side hotel near Skipton. Strangely I remember chugging past this hotel at a sedate 4 mph during our narrow boat holiday in Yorkshire last year and I can guarantee it really is a lovely area of countryside. On the Friday we will complete the journey with the final stage to Lytham in time to join in with the events at the Register’s National Rally over the weekend. Obviously there is no requirement to enjoy both stops with us and you are welcome to do as much or as little as you like. If you would like to join in please let me know either by email or by phone on 01945 587004.
Finally a bit of news from our international correspondent!! I recently received an email from one of our East Anglian Wolseleyists who has been avoiding the winter chill by pushing off down under to New Zealand just in time to enjoy their summer. (I hope there is no sign of my jealousy showing through).
That’s about it for this month. I should have details of the Drive-it-Day route at next month’s meeting so why not pop along to the “Oliver Twist” (PE13 4EA) for 8pm on Tuesday 12th March.
East Anglia – January 2019 newsletter
Welcome to the best-selling newsletter for Wolseley owners in Cambridgeshire and delivered to a computer near you. Another year over…a new one just begun and planning for 2019 seemed to be the main subject of discussion amongst the motley crew that assembled at the “Oliver Twist” this month. Roger has kindly agreed to produce our events list again this year and as soon as his latest edition is available I’ll e-mail it to everyone perhaps alongside “The Times”. At this time of year Roger is becoming aware of more and more events and their confirmed dates so this list will change quite quickly to begin with which means that there are bound to be quite a few updates and I will try and keep you up to date.
Drive-it-Day this year falls on Sunday April 28th and is the traditional season opening event. I have agreed to try and put together a road run into the dark depths of Thetford Forest and on to the Charles Burrell museum. This museum houses 3 steam locomotives made by the Burrell organisation along with Jones van from the BBC series Dad’s Army which was mainly filmed locally. I have written to them asking if they will open up for us on the Sunday and as soon as I get a reply I will let you know.
We have been invited to attend the International Sports and Classic Car Show at Peterborough over the bank holiday weekend of the 25th-27th May. I felt that the majority of owners at the meeting were unwilling to commit themselves for most or all of the 3 days so, as a group, I feel it would be best to politely turn this offer down. An offer that I feel we should support wholeheartedly is one that John Parkinson has become involved in or, perhaps, dragged into might be more honest. This event, in aid of Armed Forces Day, will be held on 2nd June and MIGHT just include photo opportunities outside the Town Hall or the Cathedral (or is that a Carthedral). John has been one of our regulars right from the start so, if he has an event that needs support, we ought to give him ours to wear with pride. Once again more details will be made available as soon as more details are available…I think that made sense.
The Wolseley Register National Rally 2019 is going to be held over the weekend of the 17th and 18th August and I am delighted to announce that Paul and Jackie have again offered to put together a two-night “cruise” to the North West starting on Wednesday 14th. I enjoyed last year’s outing so much that I have no hesitation in recommending this run at all. The details will start to come together over the next few weeks but please can you let me know if you are interested and wish to be made aware of the itinerary.
So now we might possibly have dates for April, June and August but we still need to look out for events in May, July, September and October. Elgoods Spring “Park up in a Brewery” is pencilled in for May but that still leaves much to be sorted out
Warmer days will soon be with us (honestly they will!) and before you know it we’ll be tootling down the highways of England at a sedate and steady speed much to the annoyance of other motorists (particularly Jeremy Clarkson apparently tee-hee).
East Midlands – December 2018 newsletter
5th December 2018 Christmas Meal
Twenty three Wolseley Register members gathered at The Lord Nelson in Winthorpe for the Christmas Meal. Most people opted for the traditional Christmas fayre but those that did were offered the rather unusual dessert of Tempura battered Christmas pudding. Not only was it an early celebration of Christ’s birthday but December 5th was also the birthday of Elizabeth Woods. See the photos of members enjoying the dinner and also one of the birthday girl herself!
January 23rd 2019 Mid week Lunch
To be held at The Welby Arms, Allington. Meet at 12:30 for 13:00. Please let Stuart Nell know as soon as possible so that he can let the pub know how many will be attending
February 6th 2019 Noggin and Natter
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell or Nev Holmes.
East Anglia – December 2018 newsletter
Welcome to the festive edition of the best-selling newsletter for Wolseley owners in Cambridgeshire and delivered to a computer near you Ho-Ho-Ho. !
Not too much about cars this month. It was hard to tell if the Wise Men (and women) of the East were indeed wise or not as the latest meeting was our Christmas dinner so most had their mouths too full of turkey and the trimmings to pontificate over very much at all.
Everyone seemed to get what they had ordered and the credit for this must go jointly to the staff at the “Oliver” and Terry who put together the choices on a single list and produced place cards to remind those who, like me, take ages to choose these things and then immediately forget what they’d ordered! This meant that the meals arrived without delay and the portion sizes seemed more than adequate so a second round of applause to the staff at the pub. Paul baked not one but two cakes for this year’s festivities both iced and decorated by Terry. The first was a cake for Roland whose birthday it was that very day. Before retiring Roland had been an HGV driver so I looked for a Scammel or an AEC or perhaps a Leyland wagon to top his cake but the only commercial (or was it comical) vehicle model I could come up with was Ford Model A van in “Rice Krispies” livery….sorry Roland. The second was our Christmas cake (complete with “His and Hers” black and white Palmer Wolseleys on top) to finish off the meal but, if you were like me and feeling very well stuffed, you might have found this extra course a bit of a struggle.
Normally I bung together some sort of entertainment at the end of the meal (we’ve “enjoyed” a quiz, “Wingo” & the strange sight of me eating worms when John’s Wolseley finally put in an appearance) and this year I managed a quiz based on different models of Wolseley sending back postcards from the various sights visited in London. The idea sort of worked but only after a fashion!
The other matter of note at our Christmas gathering is the handing on of the “W” we started to make at the Chain Bridge Forge during a “Morton” run in 2014. This item is not just decorative as one valley can act as an office “in tray” and the other valley as “out tray”! It was my turn to decide who to pass this award on to this year and, for his ability to attend more Christmas dinners than most and all his work getting cars to various shows, I felt that this time it should be a case of “Ta MacAdam”! Now Andy has got the “Flying W” all he needs is a Wolseley to go behind it.
Looking at the diary for 2019 I have to note that it is a little empty so far but I’m sure that situation won’t last too long. I’ve started to think about the outing for Drive-it-Day on April 28th but I’m very open to any suggestion so, if you have a venue in mind, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The only “do” that is confirmed at the moment is the Wolseley Register national rally which, next year, is being held at Lytham Hall in Lytham St Annes on the 17-18th August. I would like to organise a “cruise” on the lines of this year’s to break the journey there and back into smaller mileage days giving the chance for some sightseeing as well as some driving. You’ll get full details as soon as I’ve managed to make some up!!!!
Before you know it the sun will be warming the land and our 4-wheeled charges will be out of the garages and back on the highways of England where they should be. Have a really Happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year and, until then, over this festive season,………….
Drink Wisely–Talk Wolseley!
South East Xmas Lunch – Sunday 9 December 2018
Thirteen of us enjoyed a very sociable long lunch at the Kingswood Arms. Stuart and Mary came in their 4/44 and we were pleased that Dave Allen was able to join us too. A very pleasant way to end our activities for this year and we now look forward to 2019. (Both pictures courtesy of Nelson Ferreira).
East Anglia – November 2018 newsletter
Once again the wise men and women of the East assembled at our own version of Camelot (Guyhirn and a square table). Terry, Roger and I squeezed another run out in the 15/60 to get there before the council start throwing salt about but I guess that will be it for 2018.
The first item on the menu (clever link here) was the Christmas meal next month. There are 18 diners booked at the moment with 14 who have chosen their meals (Chris & Terry, Eric & Trish, Roger & Liz, Kev & Bridget, Andy & Elaine, Roland & Sheila and Tony & Edna) with 4 yet to order (Paul & Jackie and John & Jackie) If you’d like to join us we’d be happy to extend the table size but I will need to know your menu choices by Friday 7th December as I’m going over to the “Oliver Twist” to finalise things that weekend.
Again this year we will see the presentation of the wonderful “Winged W” that we started to create at the Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding on our “Morton” run 5 summers ago. This will be presented to a Natterer who has shown “conspicuous efforts to promote all things Wolseley” (or any other reason come to that) so it will be well worth finding out whose mantelpiece it will next adorn (My pint of beer is only there to give a sense of scale – honest).
There was some bad news to deliver at the start of the meeting………I had got my voice back after spending 3 days on the Wolseley Register stand at the NEC. I produced some photos I’d taken over the weekend and Andy gave a brief report along with showing off the silver “pie-dish” we had won for the best stand by a medium-sized club. There were 5 Wolseleys on the stand all celebrating different “birthdays” which attracted a lot of interest. We helped out many members of the public with histories of the cars, technical information where we could and signed up 5 new members so we seemed to be busy the whole time. Having talked about the show we then considered the costs. I instigated a discussion about those people attending events on behalf of the Register claiming expenses and the general feeling among the Wise Men and Women was that REASONABLE expenses should be claimed although we didn’t go as far as actually defining “reasonable”.
For yet another year Roger has kindly agreed to look after our calendar of events for 2019 and we started to talk about where we would be next year. I feel that one event per month where we make a special effort is the best way but, if you feel we should do more or less please let me know. Some months sort themselves out with Drive-it-Day in April and the National Rally in August but that still leaves many clear months to fill up. I have recently received an invitation for the club to attend the International Sports and Classic Show at the East of England Showground in May and it was agreed that I should look into it further.
Well that’s about it for another month. 2018 is drawing to a close but 2019 is going to be full of interest in Wolseley Land. It was yet another enjoyable meeting with friends of a like mind so, if you’ve never been to one of our meetings, why not make a date in your brand new diaries for the second Tuesday of every month as a Guyhirn awayday before anything else gets booked in!