Wolseley 16/20 races at Brooklands October 16-17th 2020!
Member Roger Twelvetrees’ 1911 Wolseley 16/20 achieved a fantastic aggregate 13th position in this weekend of vintage racing at Goodwood. The car didn’t quite touch the hoped for 100mph because the back axle ratio was too high, so this will be changed over winter ready for another attempt next year.
East Anglia – October 2020 newsletter
Not a lot to report I’m afraid and I don’t see the situation changing any time soon. The only way that we can keep in contact is via our monthly “Zoom” virtual meetings. Guy helped us get started but, with the chance of real life meetings seeming to be receding, we went “solo” for the first time this month and it worked well. We don’t get as much time as we used to this way but it’s still a chance to see a few old faces (some of which are getting hairier by the month !!!). The time flies by and I would really recommend you find the time next month to come and join us…..you won’t regret it !!!
One thing we did sort out at our “Zoom” meeting was to lay on a few Wolseleys as a “Guard of Honour” for Simon Willey’s wedding in Kings Lynn the following day. Paul, Terry and I answered the call and the cars looked very good parked in the weak sunshine near the old Customs House. Simon is a fairly new Noggin and Natterer and we hope to see him at the “Oliver Twist”, once meetings resume, so long as his new wife will let him out !!
Normally, at this time of year, we would be making arrangements for our Christmas Meal held on the second Tuesday in December at the “Oliver”. I’m not sure that this will be possible this year but the Covid 19 goal posts seem to be moving every other day so I think we can only hope that things improve and we can all sit down together again.
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?
Wolseley Register East Anglia Did Beat the Ban ! !
On Sunday a number of East Anglian Wolseley enthusiast headed for Thetford Forest for a picnic outing the day before the “Rule of Six” came in. The weather was fantastic and the river looked cool and inviting with kids splashing around in the crystal clear water. A good line up of cars made it to St. Helen’s Car Park. My 25 joined Hugh Langham’s 8 and Roland’s 6 making a Wolseley score of 39!! Also along for the picnic was Rob & Rog’s families with their Oxford (they’re like Ant and Dec to me….I can never remember which one is which and which car they own!). We were also joined by a Marina 1.3 struggling to find a parking space. It looks as though the cars have gone to the seaside which is quite fitting as the village that was here in the 1600’s was wiped out first by the black death and finally by sandstorms!!!!
It became so warm that we had to leave the cars and retreat under the trees to munch and drink which meant we missed meeting Andy Mac’s family who had arrived without him as he was at A & E with a neighbour’s bleeding leg.
Before leaving we went down to see the tiny church of “All Saints Santon” which is about all that is left of the village. Despite it’s small size the interior was lovely and cool with some excellent stained glass windows and still possessing its rood screen. A very good day out indeed and many thanks to Roland for suggesting the site and to everyone who turned up especially Hugh who had come all the way from Fakenham to be with us.
I’m still not sure where we stand about meeting up again at Guyhirn. I’ve heard that it is OK to have a meet up so long as there are no more than 6 at a table and the tables are 2 metres apart but I’ll have to check this out with the “Oliver Twist” before making any plans for next month.
Oulton Park Gold Cup – August 30th 2020
East Anglia – Lockdown 2020 Special Edition!
Finally Wolseley Register East Anglia Does Something ! !
Quite a striking headline but there is no “fake news” here. Our little group finally got the cars out on the roads for the first time this year and what a joy it was!! At the kind invitation of one of our members, Andy Brown, a few of us drove over to his barn near Spalding where Andy takes on restoration work and stores his private collection. Although the parking was a little tight there was plenty of room inside the barn for everyone to keep the correct distance apart. Andy owns 3 Wolseleys (including a red 1300 automatic which was not on the Register’s List of Recorded Vehicles!), a wonderful 15/60 sofa and also he was working on a customer’s 4/44.
Talking to the guys on Sunday there seemed to be a feeling that, although badly attended, the Zoom meeting was a bit of fun and should be tried again. There also seemed to be interest in meeting up in a pub beer garden so I am proposing to do a virtual meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and a Beer Garden Gathering on the 4th Tuesday provided I can find a suitable venue. Please let me know your feelings about these suggestions and also if you know of a pub that has re-opened, that has both car park and beer garden and isn’t too far away from Guyhirn.
I’m looking forward to the day when we can restart our regular meetings at the Oliver Twist and that might be sooner than I thought. A friend who runs Alvis “Noggin and Natters” has read the guidance given by the government website and. Although he found it “unintelligible, confusing and contradictory” he has concluded that it is OK to start meetings again. I will check with the “Oliver” and can give you as much warning as possible as to when we can safely and comfortably gather in the restaurant again.
NW meet at the Archive Centre – June 25th 2020
Note from our new SE Rep – Stewart Payne
The South East Region had planned to mark the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs “Drive It Day 2020” on Sunday April 26th by attending the Kent Car Enthusiasts rally in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory. An area was to have been set aside for us to display our Wolseley cars together. Quite a number of SE members had said they planned to attend and my wife Mary and I were looking forward to the day and to meeting up with everyone, my first opportunity to do so on becoming the region’s secretary.
Sadly, it was not to be, and we must hope that we can try again next year or maybe meet at a rally later in the season, as and when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
It seems that resourceful SE members did manage to mark Drive It Day with some activity related to their Wolseleys. For my wife and I it was a case of getting our 4/44 out of our barn and driving it 50 yards along the lane outside our house to park it in our drive. We then sat out in the late afternoon sunshine and enjoyed a drink with the car in the background.
I shared a photograph of this with SE members and linked it to a notification from the FBHVC, which is requesting that classic car owners send in a photograph or two of how they marked the day, despite “lock-down” restrictions, or memories of previous Drive It Days. It has created a special website for this – http://www.driveitday.co.uk – where there is a wide selection of photographs, including some Wolseleys.
This email prompted quite a few replies from SE members; some lamenting that they were unable to do anything on the day, some saying they had at least managed a polish on the the drive and others detailing what maintenance work they have underway in time for summer saunters – if restrictions have been lifted.
Our best hope is that the National Rally in Norfolk can go ahead in August. Planning for this must be a major headache for the organisers and we appreciate the work that goes into this. We will be there if it happens.
East Anglia – March 2020 newsletter
The colder winter weather was still with us at this month’s meeting so there was no sighting of the “First Wolseley of Spring” in the “Oliver’s” car park although I’m sure that the rising temperatures will soon encourage one or two cars to leave their winter roosts and put in an appearance. This weekend the Wolseley Register AGM is at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland Lancashire and, hopefully, the East Anglian area will be represented by Paul, Jackie and Andy.
I must start off by issuing an apology. In the events list attached to my last email the 9th August static display during the Wolseley Register National Rally weekend is given as being at Houghton Hall. I’m sure Houghton is a very nice hall but it is NOT where the rally is. The Sunday “Shine and Show” is at HOLKHAM HALL just up the road and an even nicer hall.
The first outing of 2020 is Drive-it-Day on April 26th. This year we are joining with the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club to visit the Bubble Car museum at Clover Farm Langrick, Boston. The museum has over 50 microcars many posed in period displays. They also have scooters and some later cars such as the Bamby made in Hull in the 80’s. The museum also has a row of period shops showcasing 50’s memorabilia including Bakelite and chinaware. After the museum we are considering stopping at the Ivy Farm Swineshead for a Sunday Carvery. If you’d like to come along and join us please give me a ring on 01945 587004 or come along to the next meeting. I’ll sort out a detailed plan of the route we are taking ready for our next “Noggin” and I’ll also attach it 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 Elgood’s in Wisbech on Sunday 3rd which is always a great informal start to the show season (especially if the weather is kind) and it would be nice if we could organise a decent display of our cars.
The promoted meeting for June is likely to be the Crowland show on the 27th but if you happen to know of a show that might welcome a few old Wolseleys that month 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 again. Also in July I am determined to attend “Thurningfest” on the 25th which is organised by Register member Derek Capps. This is a venue 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 with all these changes but he has managed to get “Events List Version 2.1” over to me and it is attached to the covering email.
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 2020 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.
Despite Storm Ciara still shaking the trees, a hardy band of Fenmen were gathered at the “Oliver” although our numbers were a little down as Roger had decided to throw himself across a guitar case and break a rib! The first item for discussion was the Wolseley Register AGM at The British Commercial Museum in Leyland Lancashire on Saturday March 14th. This is quite a long haul from East Anglia and I don’t suppose that many members from our area will be making it this year. If I do go it will be in a modern and staying overnight. If there is any matter you would like brought up at the AGM please let me know and I will make sure your voice is heard.
The traditional season opener is Drive-it-Day which this year is on Sunday April 26th. For once we are actually ahead of the game and The Bubble Car Museum at Langrick is our destination where, I’m pleased to say, we will be joined by our friends from the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicles Club. I suggest we stop at “The Ivy Farm” Swineshead for a carvery Sunday Lunch on the way back as I have had some good reports about the food there. Before next month’s meeting I will put together a road run with starts at both Wisbech Football Club (if it’s still there after Storm Dennis has a go at it) and Long Sutton Services so we should have all the ingredients for a “cracking good day out Grommit” . Make sure to make the necessary entries in your diary before you forget!
Now on to Sunday May 3rd 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).
We were joined around the table by our old friend Guy Mackenzie who was trying to drum up trade for a Road Cruise to the Hydro Hotel at Peebles south of Edinburgh for the 5th-8th June. It would be a long run but we might be able to help the Scottish group hit their target of displaying 30 Wolseleys on their 30th birthday. Guy promised more details as they became available.
Also, perhaps in June, we could visit The Grange Collection which is a little nearer being at Palgrave just outside Diss. There seemed to be a bit of interest in this trip so I will make some more enquiries and, hopefully, update all at the next meeting.
Saturday 25th July is Saint James’s Day which means there will be a feast in the village of Thurning. Last year I missed this event, organised by a Register member, so I am determined to make it this year and, hopefully, drag a few of you along as well. Again more details will be available later but please note this date in your nice new 2020 diaries.
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 10th March.
Calling all South West Members!
Would you like to exhibit your car on the Wolseley Register Stand at one of this year’s prestigous shows? Our SW representative, Geoff Bennett, is looking for cars to join the stand at either the June Bristol Classic Car Show (20-21st June) or the November Bristol Restoration Show (07-08th November).
If you would like to get involved, Geoff would love to hear from you, (contact details in Wolseley World). The weekends can be a lot of fun, and you get to meet many other enthusiasts! If you haven’t been to one of these shows before, then just click on Footman James 19th Classic Vehicle Restoration Show or Footman James 40th Bristol Classic Car Show, (both are last year’s shows), to see what you have been missing!
We look forward to seeing you there!
East Anglia – January 2020 newsletter
Despite storm Brendan howling across the chimney pots and lashing rain against the windows I was very pleasantly surprised at the number of faces around the table for a January meeting. You really are a hardy bunch of enthusiasts!! Another year over…a new one just begun and planning for 2020 seemed to be the main subject of discussion amongst the motley crew that fought their way to the “Oliver Twist”. 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 keep changing so this list will be out of date before the ink is dry, Therefore he is considering waiting a few weeks until things settle down before sending out the first list.
Drive-it-Day this year falls on Sunday April 26th and is the traditional season opening event. Roland suggested we took a look at the Bubble Car Museum at Langrick just north of Boston. The museum is closed until the 4th April so I’ve sent them an email to check it will be OK to visit and I’ll report back when I have more news. The museum does cups of tea and cakes but does anyone know anywhere we can all get together for a Sunday lunch on the way back from Boston?
Our May outing will be the “Park up in a Brewery” at Elgoods which we have attended for the last few years. This year it falls on May 3rd and I’m sure John and Janice will put up with us for another year. We can only hope they manage to conjure up the same ovely weather as they have done recently.
I think it will be a nice idea to keep on having a day out together once a month this year and so, with April and May accounted for, I am open to ideas of were to go in June. If you have any ideas please get in touch and I’ll see if I can put something together.
The Wolseley Register National Rally 2020 is going to be held at Holkham Hall over the weekend of the 6th and 10th August and I am sure that we are all going to be asked to lend a hand in one way or another over this long weekend.
Please get out your new 2020 diaries and fill these dates in before anything else turns up.
An item turned up in discussion at the meeting that I could do with a bit of more info on. Roland mentioned a Riley version of the Austin 3 litre which I thought he had confused with the one-off Wolseley 3.5 litre model. Well: ‘No’, as this photograph proves. Does anyone have any more details about this car? Did it have the Rover V8 engine like the Wolseley or was it just a case of sticking a radiator grille on an Austin?
Well that’s it for another month. 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).
News from the East Midlands – January 2020
9th December 2019 Christmas Lunch:
Twenty- six members and friends attended the Christmas Celebration Lunch held at The Welby Arms, in Allington. The pub is a favourite eating place with members and we were certainly treated to an excellent meal. Most selected the traditional turkey with all the trimmings but there was a wide choice of dishes on the pub’s Christmas menu.
There was only one Wolseley in the car park – the 15/60 brought from Nottingham by Geoffrey Taylor and it was appreciated by members.
5th FEBRUARY 2020 NOGGIN AND NATTER
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
4th MARCH 2020 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
East Anglia – December 2019 newsletter
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 the cake for this year’s festivities and Terry iced it and decorated the top with a raised ‘100’ to celebrate the fact that this was the one-hundredth meeting of the East Anglian Branch of the Wolseley Register. Topping the cake where 2 model Wolseleys looking suspiciously like a white 15/50 and a black 4/44. Now who might own these 2 in real life I wonder???
To continue commemorating our 100th meeting; rather than put together another silly game I put on a parody of “This is Your Life” (complete with red book and fake Eamon Andrews voice) to give all a chance to remember the many things we have got up to as small group of classic car enthusiasts over the last 8 years.
The other matter of note at our Christmas gatherings 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 Andy’s turn to decide who to pass this award on to this year and, for keeping the events list up-to-date and for attending meeting 1 and meeting 100, Andy felt it was time to honour Roger with this prestigious award.
I’m sure Roger’s diary for 2020 is a little empty so far but that situation won’t last too long. I’ve started to think about the outing for Drive-it-Day on April 26th 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 Holkham Hall near Kings Lynn on the 7th to the 9th of August. Andy is the main force behind this but I’m sure our help will be needed more and more as we get nearer the date.
As you will. I’m sure, have noticed this edition of Wolseley Times is a little late mainly due to this being a very busy time of year. This has had one fortunate outcome in that I can make you aware that Eric has been rushed in to Peterborough City Hospital with some ailment that starts ‘osteo’ and then goes on for quite a few more letters. At the moment the diagnosis is not finally decided so Eric’s future treatment has not been finalised but I’m sure that you, like me, wish him well and hope that he can persuade the escape committee to let him go “over the wire” at least for Christmas. If you would like to ring Eric I’m sure he’d be glad to hear from you so contact me as I think I’ve caught his mobile number.
SE Region – Christmas Lunch – Sunday 8 December 2019
A party of thirteen sat down to a splendid meal to end our year’s activities. And it was a party – the company was on good form and all agreed the choice of the new venue, The Duke’s Head, Tadworth, was an excellent one. We even had four lovely Wolseleys in the car park.
We were all so pleased we are going to hold our first meeting of 2020 on Monday January 13 at The Duke’s Head too, with a view to making a permanent switch from the Kingswood Arms.
(Photos – courtesy of Nelson Ferreira )