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East Midlands – July 2018 newsletter

13th May 2018 Tour of Lincs 100:

This year’s event started at the Easton Walled Gardens near Colsterworth. Easton Hall was built by the Cholmeley family around an old manor house in 1805 and was enlarged and partially rebuilt in the 1840s. During the Second World War the house was requisitioned by the military and suffered, like many other country houses, from a period of neglect and vandalism. In 1951 the decision was taken to demolish it and the gardens were abandoned. In 2001 Lady Ursula Cholmeley recognised the potential of the vanished house and former gardens and started the painstaking task of restoring the gardens to their former glory.

Stalwart Wolseley Register members Stuart Ingamells, Ron Woods and Nev Holmes took part in their 4/50s and 6/80. David Reid, presently Wolseleyless in his Rover 200 and Stuart Nell in an Alvis TE21.

The first part of the day took participants through South Kesteven, passing the Yew Avenue at Clipsham before doubling back to enter Rutland and then avoiding Oakham entering South Leicestershire.

The impressive Launde Abbey is an Elizabethan manor house which was extensively modified and ‘restored’ between 1829 and 1839. Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister responsible for the dissolution of the monasteries including the Augustinian priory founded in 1125 at Launde. He took a liking for the position of Launde but was executed in 1540 for treason. It was left for his son Gregory to build the new house work on which commenced in 1540. The house is now used as a retreat for the Leicester diocese.

The lunch stop was at the Game and Wildlife Trust Centre we all had taken picnics.

After lunch the route passed through Hallaton, famous for the annual bottle kicking competition with the neighbouring village of Medbourne. The event seems to involve most of the men in the two villages and seems to be like a game of rugby with no rules. The route then went down the Welland valley to pass under the impressive Harringworth Viaduct.

During the 1870s The Midland Railway embarked upon the construction of a 17mile line to run between Kettering in Northamptonshire and Manton in Rutland. To cross the River Welland and its flood plain the decision was taken to build a 1280 yards viaduct. At the time this was surpassed in length by the elevated multi track approach to London Bridge railway station. The design was performed by William Henry Barlow and members of his company. The viaduct was built by Lucas and Aird and completed in 1878. It is the longest masonry viaduct in Britain.

The day finished at the Corby Glen village Hall.

The picture above shows member’s cars at the lunch time halt.

6th June 2018 Noggin and Natter:  We held our regular noggin and natter at the Lord Nelson in Winthorpe which was especially well attended.

13th June 2018 Barbeque at Harlaxton:  Members again supported the barbeque organised by Grantham Classic Car Club at the Sports Field in Harlaxton

27th June 2018 Mid Week Lunch:  A return visit to  The Fox and Hounds in Willingham  by Stowe was attended by about twenty members.

4th July 2018 Noggin and Natter:  Another well attended noggin and natter took place at The Lord Nelson in Winthorpe. We were all pleased to see Terry and Adele Westwood and their latest Wolseley- a very pretty 1300.

8th July 2018 Inn on the Green Allington:

A Sunday lunch with a difference! All the usual suspects were present giving the gathering a good Wolseley presence with two 4/50s and two 6/80 as well as Mike and Madge Avery’s 1500 Mk II and Brian Huskinson’s 18.85MkIIS. Other members’ cars were a Rover 100(P4), a Mini Mayfair, a Riley RM DHC, a Rover 200 and an Alvis Speed 20 DHC

Members cars shown below.

During the day we were entertained by Morris Dancers and a flypast by two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Lunch was up to the usual standard.

11th July 2018 Barbeque at Harlaxton:  Members attended the regular classic car meeting and barbeque

2nd to 5th August 2018 Wolseley Register National Rally – See Wolseley World for details.

8th August 2018 Noggin and Natter – Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark.

12th August 2018 Petwood Concours – A prestigious event held in the gardens of the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa. There will be a jazz band and hog roast or all the normal facilities of the hotel will be available. Pre booking is essential.

August Mid week Lunch – Date and Venue TBA.

5th September 2018 Noggin and Natter – Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark.

For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell  or Nev Holmes.

Stuart Nell


NW Stand at Lytham Hall – July 22 2018

NW members were at the annual Classic Car Show at Lytham Hall on the Fylde Coast on Sunday 22nd July. A wide variety of exhibits and fine sunny weather made this a great show for cars and people alike and the grounds were packed with visitors to see the huge number of classic vehicles.

Next year we will be here again as a taster for the National Rally in August 2019. Thanks to Jean for giving us a bespoke tour of the Hall as an official guide (a rehearsal for next year!) and for bringing the Rover to join us.



NW Run Out around the Ribble Valley – July 10 2018

Our July run started at Barton Grange, setting off towards Longridge, where we then headed up Longridge Fell and onto Jefferey Hill, with glorious views along the ridge. Our next target was Dunsop Bridge – the centre of the UK, before then heading to Clitheroe where members spent sometime looking at the town centre and the castle.

From Clitheroe, we then headed back along the other side of Longridge Fell, stopping off to have a look at Stonyhurst College. The run concluded at Ribchester, from where, after a meal, we then drove to the Canberra Club at BAE Systems to join a very popular classic car show for the evening.

Superb weather and glorious views made for a fantastic run out, which culminated in an excellent car show in the evening.



East Anglia – July 2018 newsletter

Unusually this month the car park of the “Oliver Twist” was near deserted and, if it hadn’t been for the W.R.E.A. gathered in the restaurant the pub would have been just about empty. This was probably because there was a World Cup semi-final going on but there seemed little reason to stay in and watch it as the winners were sure to lose to England in the final…..what?….have I missed something? I was very pleased to see Paul’s car parked up as, the last time I’d seen it, it had been making some very un-Wolseley like noises from the offside rear.

As summer is well and truly with us now the main topic of conversation this month was, not unnaturally, shows. The delights of the North Norfolk Railway’s “Transport Weekend” is becoming a standard in our East Anglian repertoire and I think this is perhaps one of the best show on the calendar although this year it clashed with another excellent ‘do’ at Fenland Airfield. Our parking area was a little smaller than we needed but with a bit of pushing and shoving we managed to get our 8 cars in back to back. (I heard that the Barnard’s “9” tourer was also there but I’m afraid I didn’t manage to find them on the field)  We were delighted to meet up, as usual, with Guy, Hilary and Barry from Bassingbourne.  Free entry, free trips on the railway and classic buses along with great organisation still makes this show a winner in my book but, if it clashes with “Wings and Wheels (and that ****** bike race again) it might be worth considering something a little nearer next year.

The following weekend Tony and Eric represented us at the Ramsey “Fire and Steam” show where, apparently, they nearly combusted themselves due to the temperature on the field that day. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to record this event but Eric’s sun-burned face at the Guyhirn meeting certainly told a story!

Next weekend is the Parson Dove show and the forecast is for this weekend to be another scorcher. I’m hoping for slightly cooler weather for early next month as a few of us cruise our way over to Cirencester for the Wolseley Register National Rally. Both the ’25’ and the 15/60 proved, on the way back from Holt, to be a bit marginal on cooling when caught in traffic on days when the mercury is in the 30’s. I’ll have a report of how things went at next month’s meeting.

Roland has asked me to bring another show to your attention. The Magpie Craft and Country Fair is going to be held at Wallington Hall South Runcton (on the A10 between Kings Lynn and Downham Market) on Sunday 19th August and I have booking forms if anyone needs one.

Finally here’s an appeal for help from all you classic car fans. Please can you help me identify this month Mystery Object. I acquired it in a job lot of classic car parts and I would love to know what it is and, perhaps, what vehicle it fits. Is it an overdrive or a four-wheel drive transfer box? It has a prop-shaft flange and splined drive at one end but no such drive at the other end. It has a sliding “pulley” which might get held by movable dogs. All I know at the moment is that it’s rusty, seized solid and ruddy heavy. If anyone wants more photos or info please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige.

Our next regular meeting will be at the Oliver Twist (PE13 4EA) at 8.00ish on Tuesday 14th August.

Chris Arnold


SE Annual Rally – July 01 2018

On Sunday we were blessed with the most amazing weather! 9 cars made their way into the station car park of the The Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes, consisting of a 12hp, New 14, 14hp, 25hp, 15/50, 4/44, 6/80 and two 1500’s. Train rides were enjoyed by several members and their families.



North West runaround the East Lancashire Mill Towns – June 10 2018

Ready to Go!

Hebden Bridge

On the Moors

A small (but select!) group of North West members enjoyed a drive through East Lancashire and visiting some of the historic mill towns that once thrived in the valleys. These towns and their associated canals and railways contain some amazing architecture, a result of engineers having to shoehorn them into the narrow valleys. Many of the towns have now been cleaned up and are popular tourist centres.

Howarth Station

Visiting the train station

Howarth main street

Stops for sight seeing were made at both Hebden Bridge and Haworth, before heading off towards Earby for an evening meal.



East Anglia – June 2018 newsletter

This month’s meeting at the “Oliver Twist” was graced by no fewer than 3 classic cars…..Roland’s ‘6’, Eric’s Rover P6 Police Car and my ’25’ drop head. Inside the pub was a pleasant gathering of the wise and good of East Anglia ready to hear “what’s going down” in our area. This month’s edition of the Wolseley Times will be a little truncated as tomorrow Terry and I are off on our annual cruise aboard the good ship (narrow boat) Rufford. This year we’re setting off from Liverpool and navigating across the Pennines to get as close to Leeds as the time will allow.

This means that once again I’ll miss the Bourne show and I wish all those attending good motoring and even better weather (although clashing with my holiday means the whole thing is liable to be a wash out).

Next on the outings agenda is the show at Holt Station on the North Norfolk Railway. This event has been most enjoyable for the last few years that I’ve been going and once again I hope we’ll meet up with other Wolseley owners (as we did in 2017). We have 7 cars booked in and we can also expect to meet up with some of the W.D.H.C.C. guys there but alas probably not the “caravan gang”

The entry details for this outing will be coming back to me in the next few days so I’ll have to think of a way to get them to the participants as the show is before our next meeting at the “Oliver” not after as I told Tony on Tuesday night (sorry).

The weekend after Holt there is the Ramsey Fire and Steam show and I hope some of you can find time to pop over to the Ramsey Rural Museum for a very easy going show with lots going on.

Looking not too far into the distance it will soon be time to set off to Cirencester for the Wolseley Register National Rally which is looking like a busy friendly weekend.

Chris Arnold


East Midlands – April 2018 newsletter

22nd April 2018 –  Drive it Day

Twenty seven members and friends met at The Old Forge Tearooms in Muston for a coffee and 10:00am start. There were eight Wolseleys taking part (two 4/50’s, one 6/80, two 1500s, one Hornet, and two 18/85’s). Amongst the other cars taking part were Karl Guest’s Rover P4 100. David Reid’s Rover 100, Ian Rae’s Morris Minor 1000, Roy Carriers’ immaculate Riley RM drophead coupe, Jayne Fisher’s newly acquired Mercedes Benz SLK and Bill Fernie’s VW Camper Van.

The first section of the route taking us the 28 miles to the lunch stop at Stretton went through the Belvoir and Cottesmore Hunt’s territories. Before Knipton it was possible to see the landscaping carried out in the parkland of Belvoir Castle to create the previously un- executed plans drawn up by Capability Brown in the C18th.  Drivers had to negotiate the ford at Coston which was rather swollen by the recent rains before climbing onto the higher ground from which good views could be enjoyed. Descending into Wymondham the route passed by the restored windmill and thence on to South Witham where we passed under the A1. Those who chose to bring a picnic were able to use the picnic site adjacent to the clipped Yew Avenue which used to be the main drive to Clipsham Hall. Others drove the short distance to The Jackson Stops where the carpark had been closed for our use. The lunch and level of service was excellent and was enjoyed by all.

The second part of the route had been planned to pass through Fernie and Quorn hunting territory skirting around the south of Melton Mowbray. However learning about an international cycling race being run on the same day, with roads that we had planned to use being closed off, the decision was taken to change the route at the last minute to avoid the cyclists and the associated chaos on the roads. Instead we explored the very sleepy and unspoilt villages of South Kesteven. Leaving Stretton we returned to Little Bytham before going through Witham on the Hill, Toft, Edenham and Kirkby Underwood before arriving at the ford at Aslackby. This time there was the option, for the less daring, to use a small bridge rather than going through the ‘splash’. The route then skirted to the south of Grantham passing through Ropsley and Wood Nook before passing over the A1 at Little Ponton. From there it was an easy drive through Denton and Woolsthorpe-by- Belvoir to the finish at the Old Forge tearooms at Muston.

I think that everyone had entered into the spirit of Drive it Day by driving a route of 73 miles in total rather than being parked up in a field somewhere.

2nd May 2018 – Noggin and Natter

We held our regular noggin and natter at the Lord Nelson in Winthorpe which was especially well attended.

9th May 2018 Barbeque at Harlaxton

Three members and wives met for the first of the monthly barbeques organised by the Grantham Classic Car Club at the Sports Ground in Harlaxton. Ron Woods brought his rare 4/50. Roy Carrier his 1938 14/56 and Stuart Nell his 18/85.

The house in the background is Harlaxton Manor built in the C19th for Gregory Gregory in the Elizabethan style and has been used in the production of several feature films.


13th May 2018 Tour of Lincs 100
This annual event to raise monies for the Notts, Derby and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance will start this year at Easton Walled Gardens near Colsterworth and will explore the south west of the county and will pass through parts of Rutland and Leicestershire and even Nottinghamshire. The lunch stop will be in Hallaton and the day will finish at Corby Glen. The entry fee is £35. This year the entry list is going to be strictly limited to 100 cars.

6th June 2018 Noggin and Natter
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark

June Mid Week Lunch
Date and Venue TBA.

4th July 2018 Noggin and Natter
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark

8th July 2018 Inn on the Green, Allington
A static display of classic cars as part of the annual village festival. We meet for a traditional Sunday lunch at The Welby Arms. A table has been booked but as the pub will be particularly busy the numbers of those wishing to attend is required by the catering staff at the pub. Please let Stuart Nell know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703045

Stuart Nell


East Anglia – April 2018 newsletter

This month’s edition starts with a photo from the car park of the “Oliver” proving that perhaps there are signs of Spring and the Classic Cars are stirring. Yes its a lesser spotted Wolseley and the first sighting of 2018….may there be many more.

The first item on the agenda was Drive-it-Day on Sunday 22nd of this month and what a scoop Andy and Elaine have pulled off!!!!  Somehow they have managed to persuade the Charles Burrell Museum of steamy delights to open JUST FOR US! AND, as an extra “Brucie Bonus”, they are offering to steam up one of their collection if we can get enough people there to make it worth their while. And the cost of all steaminess? 1 cup of tea or a sandwich from the café!  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 “Saint Paul’s Services” on the A47 at the Kings Lynn end of the Wisbech By-Pass (PE14 7BF for your sat-navs) and the plan is to meet up just after 10 o’clock and get under way about 11.

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 by email on or by phone on 01945 587004. After our visit a table has been booked 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.

After the Drive-it-Day dust has settled (or been washed off the cars) our next outing of note is the RAF Wittering Open Day on May 12th. I have booked space for 6 cars and I have been asked to provide the registration number, date of manufacture and names and addresses of the occupants so that security passes can be sorted out. If you want to attend this open day please can you email me the above details before the end of this month AND remember to take some photographic ID with you on the day (passport or photo driving licence seem the most likely). Again this is a free-to-enter event.

The next day we are meeting up as a group at the Elgoods Craft, Plant and Classic Car Show (aka Park up in a Brewery) on Sunday May 13th. There is slightly less security involved  for this relaxed day out with 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!!!

Back at the meeting there was just one more outing to sort out. This is the Quiz Night and Art Exhibition at Leverington Church. Roger, Liz, Paul and Jackie will 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 they will have a challenge from “The Wise Wolseley Ones” in the form of Kevin, Bridget and myself. As we don’t know a whole lot about anything in particular we really really could do with  a hand so if you can make it to St. Leonard’s Church in Leverington by 7.30pm on Wednesday April 18th 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!

Chris Arnold


East Anglia – March 2018 newsletter

I went along to the Wolseley Register AGM and a good decision it was as well. The East Anglian area was well represented with Paul and Jackie, Andy, Eric and myself all in attendance and Paul (along with Wilma of course) came away with the John Brindley trophy for covering the most miles in his Wolseley in 2017. Now circa 2,500 miles is a good total but not an unbeatable one so may I suggest you make a note of your mileometer reading and see how many miles you have covered by the end of the year. You never know you might become the proud owner of one of these elegant trophies at next year’s AGM.

The colder winter weather was still with us at this month’s meeting so we have yet to see or hear the “First Wolseley of Spring” but I’m sure that the rising temperatures will soon encourage one or two cars to migrate from their winter roosts and put in an appearance in the car park of the “Oliver Twist”!

The first outing of 2018 is Drive-it-Day on April 22nd. This year we will be enjoying a road run starting in Wisbech at the A47 service station and heading for Thetford Forest. 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 where I’ll have the details of the run. I’ll also attach them to next month’s edition of this illustrious tome!!? Don’t forget the clue “remember your Dad’s Army uniform”.

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. However this year there is a “new kid on the block” which is the RAF Wittering Open Day being held the day before the Elgood’s meet. I have rung the Squadron Leader to try and book 6 of our cars in and I’m waiting to hear back.

Roger is doing a great job keeping our events list up-to-date and I brought a few copies of the latest list to the meeting. For those of you who either weren’t there or didn’t grab one I’ve attached a copy to the email covering this newsletter for you to download or print.

While I was at the AGM Stuart Nell told me that their group, along with Nev Holmes and the MO-6/80 club, were looking at the idea of a run to Ely perhaps for a Sunday lunchtime meet-up. Can anyone suggest a pub in that area that has a good car park and can satisfy about 20 hungry diners? Please let me know if you can help out with a bit of local knowledge.

On a non-motoring front Terry has invited us to form a team or 2 to enter the Leverington Church Spring Quiz. Not only does this flex the old brain muscles but it also gives you a chance to have a look around the Art Exhibition so, if you fancy being an “Oliver Twister” or a Wolseley Wise One” why not let me know and join in this light-hearted (but sometimes competitive) evening out. The date is Wednesday 18th April and the start time is 7.30pm

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!

Chris Arnold


East Midlands – March newsletter 2018

1st January 2018 News Day Lunch, Welby Arms, Allington.
Several Wolseley Register members, some with ‘dual nationalities’ attended by invitation the New Year’s Day lunch at the Welby Arms. Some enthusiastic individuals, putting the Wolseley Register members to shame, brought their Rileys along. In the carpark were to vintage Kestrals, a Monaco and a more recent One Point Five.

31st January 2018 Lunch at The Welby Arms, Allington,
About twenty Wolseley Register members met at the Welby Arms for a hastily arranged lunch meeting. As usual the food was to a high quality.

7th February 2018 Noggin and Natter, The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe
At our regular monthly noggin and natter in February we showed a couple of short episodes from a 1950’s TV crime Drama ‘Scotland Yard’. Apart from the interest in seeing England as it was before some of the younger members had been born the films showed Wolseley 6/80s being used in action by the police. One film showed a senior police officer being chauffeured in a Wolseley 25hp saloon.

I acknowledge with thanks Anton Prole of the 6/80 and MO Club for the use of the photos of his car outside New Scotland Yard and the Old Scotland Yard Bulidings.

17th February 2018 Riley Register Lunch, The Brewery Old, Dalby
By invitation Wolseley Register members attended a lunch held at The Brewery, Old Dalby. The restaurant is attached to a micro- brewery producing a range of Belvioir Brewery beers.


7th March 2018 Noggin and Natter
At The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark

Mid- March 2018
Lunch or dinner meeting TBA

4th April 2018
At the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark

22 April 2018 Drive it Day
The day will start at the Old Forge Tearooms, in Muston where coffee will be served. The pre- lunch drive will pass through the Belvoir and Cottesmore hunting country and finish for an early lunch at The Jackson Stops in Stretton. After lunch the drive will continue the circular  tour around Melton Mowbray to finish at the Old Forge Tearooms for a cup of tea.

2nd May 2018 Noggin and Natter
At The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark

13th May 2018 Tour of Lincs 100
This annual event to raise monies for the Notts, Derby and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance will start this year at Easton Walled Gardens near Colsterworth and will explore the south west of the county and will pass through parts of Rutland and Leicestershire and even Nottinghamshire. The lunch stop will be in Hallaton and the day will finish at Corby Glen. The entry fee is £35. This year the entry list is going to be strictly limited to 100 cars.

The picture above perhaps is the most familiar view of a Wolseley 6/80 police car for those who can remember them being used by the police!!!

Further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703045

Stuart Nell


East Anglia – February 2018 newsletter

The colder winter 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 should put in an appearance next month.

The main matters for discussion by the hardy band of Fenmen who gathered was this year’s events. First up was the Wolseley Register AGM at Beoley Village Hall on March 17th and a number showed an interest in attending and representing the East Anglian region.

The following month, on April 22nd,  it’s Drive-it-Day and Andy and Elaine announced that this year we will be heading for Thetford Forest with the cryptic clue “don’t forget your Dad’s Army gear!!!”. The run will start shortly after 10am at the Starbuck’s Car Park adjacent to the Shell garage on the Wisbech by-pass (aka St. Paul’s Services). Please let me know if you are interested in joining in and I’ll make sure that you receive a route map.

Now on to May 13th 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 cross your fingers for good weather as it makes such a difference (photo of last year’s show).

As we made our way through the months, the next show we decided to attend as a group is the Bourne Classic Car & Bike Carnival on June 17th . This will be a new venture for us so I’ve contacted the organiser and I should have the entry forms at the next meeting. For July there was an unfortunate clash of events with both The Fenland Airfield “Wings and Wheels Show and the North Norfolk Vintage Transport show both being held on July 1st. After a show of hands it was decided that we would, once again, have a run over to Holt Station to enjoy the railway and the vintage buses.

This all leads nicely to the highlight of the year with Paul and Jackie’s cruise to the National Rally at Cirencester starting out on August 1st. The first night is at Banbury, the second at Evesham and the third night at Cirencester itself with a number of outing to get a chance to see the area as we make our way westwards.

Chris Arnold


East Anglia – January 2018 newsletter

Another year over…a new one just begun and planning for 2018 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 22nd and is the traditional season opening event. Andy and Elaine, this year’s organisers, were at the meeting and told all that everything was in hand. Where are we going?…..Aha…You’ll just have to come down to the “Oliver” next month to find out as Andy and Elaine remained tight lipped for some reason.

This leads nicely to the slightly less-pressing but equally important matter of “Dates for the Diary”. This year I was hoping to put together a “skeleton” list of 1 event per month that we could perhaps attend “en masse”. My first draft is listed below but, as I’m sure the sharp-eyed reader can see, I’ve already come adrift with 2 events on 2 consecutive weekends in July.

APRIL 22nd          Drive-it-Day
MAY                     ????
JUNE                   ???? (Holbeach Show suggested)
JULY 1st              North Norfolk Railway Holt.
JULY 8th              Ramsey Fire and Steam
AUGUST             Cruise to National Rally on 5th.
SEPTEMBER      Wings and Wheels.

Well it’s a start and I’m sure we’ll put a bit more “flesh on the bones” as the season progresses.

As you have probably noticed the August event is a “cruise” to Cirencester to attend the Wolseley Register National Rally at the Royal Agricultural University. There are eight of us so far that have agreed to join in the 3 day-2 night tour that Paul and Jackie have put together to break the journey to the Cotswolds up into more-manageable chunks. If you’re interested in joining in there probably is still time but it would be well worth getting in touch A.S.A.P..

A further suggestion at the meeting was the possibility of a Sunday lunchtime run, similar to the Bateman brewery trip, to the bubble car museum at Langrick not too far north west of Boston. Definitely one I think we ought to consider.

While I have a moment I would like to thank Karen for coming up with a firm in Holbeach that might be able to supply road cones for Stuart Nell’s driving test course at the National Rally. It’s amazing what people know at these meetings… really ought to come along and find out for yourself.

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).

Chris Arnold


East Midlands – January newsletter 2018

13th December 2017 Christmas Dinner, The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Nr. Newark.

Thirty three Members and guests were booked in to the first Christmas meal to be held at the new noggin and natter venue at the Lord Nelson at Winthorpe. After an early start a very convivial evening ensued. The quality of the food was greatly appreciated by all and the dinner was a perfect way to finish a successful year.

Stuart Nell


SE Christmas Lunch – 10th December 2017

Despite the inclement weather and forecast of worse to come, no-one cried off and we gathered at the Kingswood Arms to enjoy a very convivial lunch. All finished off with a delicious gateau, baked and presented by Nelson.

A fine way to close our season.

Alan Simmonds.


East Anglia – November 2017 newsletter

The first item of the meeting was the Christmas meal next month. There are 16 diners booked at the moment with 12 who have already chosen their meals. If you’d like to join us or I haven’t received your menu choices, please let me know before Monday 4th  December as that is when I’m going over to the “Oliver Twist” to finalise things. You can get hold of me either by e-mail or by phone on 01945 587004.

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 4 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).

The next item for consideration was a venue for Drive-it-Day to match our run to “The Ferry Boat” at Holywell earlier this year and Andy and Elaine have agreed to put together next year’s outing. Ah well that is not entirely true as we only persuaded Andy that we had had a unanimous vote in his absence…sort of the same thing!! There’s a salutary warning here….never be late for a meeting (even if you are towing 1500’s back to Broadstairs) as you never know what you’ll get lumbered with. I tried a couple of suggestions…The East Anglia Transport Collection (probably too far) and Burghley House (hmmmm). If you have any ideas for a venue next spring please let me know and I’ll pass it along the line to Andy and Elaine.

Bulletin from the International Desk:-

An East Anglian Register member wishes to be remembered to us. Dominic Green writes “Would love to come (to the Xmas meal) but will not return to UK for Christmas until after 12th Dec. Keep sending the news letter. Its nice to read that in the desert. Not many classic vehicles over here, its all Toyota Land Cruisers and Nissan Patrols on the roads here! Maybe an exception would be the TATA buses full of Indian workers that look as if they have had a hard life. The buses I mean!”. There’s no mention of the country that Dominic is working in but, for some reason, its sounds a tad hotter than the Fens in November!

During the meeting I produced some photos I’d printed off of the Register stand at the recent N.E.C. show. These were sent to me by Colin and it shows that the Register is out there trying (and succeeding) in attracting new members and keeping the Wolseley name alive even though car production finished 42 years ago! 6 new members were signed up at the N.E.C. and the East Anglian area has not lost a single member for about 6 months so we must be doing something right. I believe the 1500 was the 12th off the production line and it was returning this car to Broadstairs that had made Andy late for our meeting.

Another item that was briefly looked at was the possibility of moving the venue for our meetings. The general feeling was that, although the car park was a nuisance every month, the meeting was going well and “as it wasn’t broken don’t try and fix it”

The next meeting is the Christmas bash on December 12th (nosebags on at 8 o’clock) and I really hope I see as many of you there as possible.

Chris Arnold


London to Brighton Run – 5th November 2017

SE member Alan Symmonds spotted these two early Wolseleys on this year’s London to Brighton run.

(Photos courtesy of Alan Symmonds)


East Midlands – November newsletter 2017

5th September 2017 Mid-Week Lunch, The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Nr Newark:
Over twenty attended a lunch meeting held at the Lord Nelson pictured above. The pub had been put forward as an alternative venue for our regular monthly noggin and natter evenings. Since losing the ability to use a separate room at The Woodcocks the venue had become rather noisy to hold conversations. Everyone who attended the lunch thought The Lord Nelson was an excellent choice as the food was much better than at The Woodcocks and they offered a private room for our monthly meetings at no cost. Unfortunately the pub is closed on Monday evenings so the day of our Noggin and Natters had to be changed. After discussions it was felt that the first Wednesday of each month would fit in with peoples other commitments.

10th September 2017 Derbyshire Run and Hartington Show:
Following an invitation from the Alvis Owner Club member organising the classic car display at the Hartington Show, Nev Holmes, and Stuart Ingamells ensured that there was a Wolseley presence at the show. Everyone including Karl and Sue Guest in their recently restored Rover 100 and Stuart Nell in his Alvis Speed 20 met for an early start at the Saxondale service station near Bingham. The run took participants around the south of Nottingham to Ambergate and then along the A6 for a short while to Cromford. Unfortunately the Via Gellia road was blocked near Cromford so a diversion was made so we could join the road further up the valley. Overnight rain had made the showground rather muddy in places and some found driving up the smallest of gradients a bit of a challenge.
To mark the extraordinary achievement of producing a million Morris Minors a limited run of special Minor 1000s were produced. During the course of the afternoon a procession of these very special cars appeared as part of a tour of Britain in which they were all taking part. Each one bore the exclusive lilac livery and had the special Minor 1000000 badges. We were told that one of the cars present was the actual millionth car.
Pictured above are the two Wolseley 6/80s of Stuart Ingamells and Nev Holmes and just visible is the immaculate Rover owned by Karl Guest. The ladies enjoyed looking at the craft stalls etc and Nev Holmes after the sampling a few hot dogs and bacon butties was able to replenish his stock of pies and Bakewell puddings.

4th October 2017 Noggin and Natter- The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark
We held the last noggin and natter at the Woodcocks on 11th September and to mark the inaugural meeting at the new venue twenty two met for an excellent dinner. At this meeting it was decided that we should hold our Christmas meal there on the 13th December 2017 and to continue with regular evening meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.

22nd October 2017 Sunday Lunch at The Welby Arms, Allington
Twenty met for a hastily organised Sunday lunch meeting at Allington. Two Wolseleys were present, Roy Carrier’s 1938 Wolseley 14/56 and Stuart Nell’s 1969 Wolseley 18/85 II

FUTURE EVENTS – Note the new venue – it is near the A1!
6th December 2017 Noggin and Natter
At The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark
13th December 2017 Christmas Meal
At The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark
3th January 2018
At The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark

For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703045


East Anglia – October 2017 newsletter

The October meeting was our 6th anniversary of these Wolseley-based meetings in the Wisbech area and I’ve put together a few photos taken over that period:





You might notice that this latest edition of “Wolseley Times” is a little later than usual but I have been a little busy doing Wolseley things. On Thursday Terry and I “popped” down to Swindon to celebrate the start of a new group and on Saturday I finally got round to replacing the bed springs keeping the front of the 15/60 in the air.

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… won’t regret it!!!

Firstly we covered some outings held in the weeks since the last gathering. We had a good turn out of cars at Fenland Airfield’s “Wings and Wheels” show and we were delighted to be joined by Stuart King in his 15/50 all the way from Market Harborough. I found it fascinating to see the subtle differences between his car and Paul’s 4/44 and I wish I had taken my camera so I could have photographed the 2 cars side by side,




Fortunately I did take my camera on the run to Bateman’s Brewery at Wainfleet where we were blessed by wonderful sunshine and held up by various pieces of farm machinery. Paul led the cavalcade superbly and when we arrived at Wainfleet we enjoyed a really tasty Sunday roast served by Mr Bateman and a guided tour of the brewery just for our group!! during which we enjoyed tasting samples of the finished product (very good) and samples of the ingredients (not so good).

These reports led to discussions about possible outings for 2017. Ramsey Fire and Steam show, Holt Railway Station, Wings and Wheels and a Road Run were all mentioned along with a combined meeting (Sunday Lunch?) with one of the Register groups that abut our area. If YOU have any event or outing you think would be interesting for our lot to attend please let me know either by e-mail or by turning up at a meeting.

One evening that was arranged was our Christmas Meal which will be held, instead of our usual meeting, on Tuesday 12th December at the “Oliver”. I’ll be sending out menus in the near future so that we can pre-order the meals as last year.

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 7th at the “Oliver Twist” PE13 4EA starting about 8 o’clock and then, of course, its our Christmas Extravaganza the following month where the new recipient of the Chain Bridge “W” will be announced.

Chris Arnold


East Anglia – September 2017 newsletter

Welcome to the best-selling newsletter for Wolseley owners in Cambridgeshire and delivered to a computer near you. Proof, if it was needed, that Terry and I really do cruise the inland waterways of England and don’t just sit at home with the curtains drawn and pretend. The picture shows “Rufford” making its way from Llangollen to Trevor for a pump-out (much needed if the list to port is anything to go by!).

Meanwhile back inside the pub there is a very respectable turn out of enthusiasts which is really heartening as the nights are starting to close in now. We were moved to the rear of the restaurant as our normal area was being used for a class of beauty therapists who probably looked at this threesome and decided there was little chance of selling a facial that night!

The season is slowly drawing to a close now but we still have 2 outings “on the books”. This coming Sunday (17th)we have a stand for about 6 cars at the Fenland Airfield (Holbeach St. Johns PE12 8RQ) Wings and Wheels Show. This is an excellent easy going show and, I believe, if you mutter the magic words “Wolseley Register” the sea of marshals will part before your eyes! I haven’t been sent any paperwork from the show organisers so I think it is up to the first there to try and grab about 6 parking places. I am going to try and be there for 10 o’clock but other family matters may get in the way.

The following weekend we are proposing a road run to Wainfleet on the 24th to visit the Batemans Brewery. We are meeting at the BP garage and services at Sutton Bridge at 10.30 am ready to move off at 11 o’clock. The brewery offer tours at 12.30 and 4.00 pm and also offer reasonably priced bar snacks from 12.00 to 2.00 pm. There is ample parking I’m told so the more the merrier. If you fancy joining us either at the Brewery or at Sutton Bridge please let me know.

Also, at the meeting, Roger (on behalf of the W.D.H.V.C.) very kindly invited us on their traditional season closing run to the beach café at Heacham. This run, now named the Paul Cousins Memorial Run, is on Sunday 15th October and sets off from St Paul’s Services on the A47 Wisbech By-Pass at 11 o’clock so it is probably best to arrive about 10.30 latest.

Finally, before you put your diaries away, we have an invite to make up some teams for Terry’s Quiz in Leverington Church on October 11th. Roger, Paul and their wives will probably make up 1 team but Karen, Terry and I need all the help we can get especially if you know anything about TV, Films or Sport. As usual I’m happy to have a go at Transport especially if railways or canals are involved.

Finally 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 12th in  place of the usual meeting – make a note in your diaries.

Chris Arnold


Beaulieu International Autojumble – 1-3 September 2017

The Wolseley Register stand was well-patronised on its regular double pitch in the Red field at the 2017 International Auto-Jumble.  Members were able to take refreshment and a break from scouring the 2341 stalls spread across the 3 fields.  Wolseley Regalia and a selection of club spares were on sale with membership and technical queries being answered by Register Members.

More than 34,000 visitors attended the event over the weekend of contrasting weather conditions. A full report including details of the cars auctioned can be accessed on the Beaulieu website at:

Jenny & Graham Ryder


NW region visit to HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup – 26 to 28 August 2017

Bank Holiday weekend saw the NW region attend the Oulton Park Gold Cup at the well-known Cheshire racetrack. This event attracted thousands of visitors and we were amongst the many static exhibits with 7 Wolseleys, a Morris Minor, a Frogeye Sprite and a guest Hornet over the Sunday & Monday.

Racing was throughout each day and included Formula Junior, Formula Ford and a great spread of saloon car racers from the 50s to the 80s including Lotus Cortinas, Minis, Mustangs, Rover SD1s, etc. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a day out to combine nostalgia with the excitement of live racing.

The photos show our group area looking over Cascades & Lakeside and Clive’s 25HP DHC on the track as part of the concours convoy.

Colin Briggs


East Midlands – September newsletter 2017

9th July 2017 Inn on the Green, Allington (Sunday Lunch)

Seventeen members met in Allington for Sunday lunch and parked their cars on the village green outside the pub. Wolseleys forming part of the display of classic cars included the 14/56 of Roy Carrier, 6/80s brought along by Nev Holmes, Jim Green and Stuart Ingamells, the 4/50 owned by Ron Woods. Brian Huskinson brought his 18/85S and David Reid came in a borrowed 18/85. Members attending but bring other makes were Karl Guest in a Daimler V12, Malcolm Dexter in his 1929 Morris Oxford, Billy Dixon with his Ford Anglia and Stuart Nell in his Alvis Speed 20.

28th to 30th July 2017 Wolseley Register National Rally Weekend

A full report can be seen elsewhere on the website, but great thanks must be given to Jim Green for organising such a splendid show at the Kinema in Woodhall Spa that was appreciated by all those attending.

5th and 6th August MVA Rally, Thoresby Hall

Local members, some with ‘dual allegiences’ attended the above event. There will be a report in the next Wolseley World. The picture below includes Wolseleys belonging to members who are also members of the MO and 6/80 Club.

9th August Summer Barbeque, Harlaxton

Nev Holmes, Stuart Ingamells, Stuart Nell and Ron Woods ensured that Wolseleys were on parade at the last barbeque of the summer organised by The Grantham Motor Club. Roy Carrier was present in his Riley RMD.

13th August 2017 Petwood Summer Concours D’Elegance

Nev Holmes and Jim Green attended in their 6/80s, Roger Twelvetrees was present with his 1911 16/20 Record Car and Barry Brackenbury and Malcolm Dexter were in the Master Class having won awards last year with their Wolseley 1500 and Morris Oxford. There was also a very original 6/90 taking part which had travelled from outside the area and a 15/50 belonging to a couple from near Lincoln. Other members participating were Roy Carrier with his Riley RMD and Stuart Nell who won the Petwood Choice Award with his Alvis Speed 20. The sun shone and the jazz band played and many people enjoyed the Hog Roast.

27th August 2017 Syston Park Speed Trials

Wolseley Register members attended the above event. The Speed Trials at Syston Park ran from 1900 to 1935 and have now been revived. They are organised in a way to recreate the atmosphere of a pre-war event and in so doing the entry list is limited to cars and motorcycles built before 1939.

The picture below shows Roger Twelvetrees competing in his Wolseley 16/20 100mph Record Car.

Stuart Nell

NW Run out – Tuesday 15 August 2017

6 classic cars joined the latest NW mid week run, where we drove an 80 mile circuit through some of the most beautiful scenery along the Cumbria and Yorkshire borders.

Our first stop was at the Ribble Head Viaduct on the famous Settle to Carlise railway, where purely by chance, a steam hauled train went over – seemingly just for us! Driving on up the Ribble Valley towards Hawes, we then turned towards Sedburgh and stopped for lunch at the Moorcock, near Garsdale Head.
Sedbergh is a lovely little market town, and was well worth a short stop to have a look round. It was then back towards Kirkby Lonsdale and on to Lupton where our final stop was for an evening meal.
A very enjoyable day amidst spectacular scenery, and a route that we might well look at again in future years. Many thanks to member Dale Lodge for organising it.

Bob Langston

 SE Annual Rally – Sunday 13 August 2017
The Rally was held at the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, situated in a disused chalk quarry nestling in the beautiful South Downs, so I think everyone enjoyed their journeys there and back. The weather, which is such an important factor of our outdoor rallies could not have been better, being sunny and warm all day.
The museum collection is quite amazing and has expanded since our last visit some years ago. There is a free, circulating classic bus service around the extensive site every 30 minutes and a narrow-gauge railway which is also free – and today it was pulled by a steam engine. They now have an excellent, modern cafeteria too, offering a surprisingly wide range of snacks and food at very reasonable prices. If you did not join us today you should definitely add it to your future outing list – you will not be disappointed; look on their website for more information.
We had 12 Wolseleys on display, joined by members’ friends with 3 other lovely cars; a Sunbeam 90 Series 3, a TR7 and a Wolseley Hornet Special. A very impressive line-up, creating a great attraction for the other visitors to the museum.  Many photos were taken and intelligent questions asked.
Alan Simmonds    (pictures courtesy of Sheila and Nelson)


 NW visit to St Helens Trasport Museum – Sunday 6th August

Sunday 6th August was the Midland Marques event at St Helens Transport Museum which included 6 Wolseleys from the NW Region. Open-top vintage bus rides were an extra attraction and the museum (which includes a 16/60) has an excellent display of buses of various ages as well as several lorries & cars and is well-worth a visit.
Colin Briggs


East Anglia – August 2017 newsletter

A couple of Sundays ago a small but intrepid gang of Wolseley aficionados parked up in Wisbech Market Place to let our French cousins see what a real English car looks like before Brexit shuts all the ferry terminals although I think Brexit must have struck early as hardly any of the inhabitants of Arles bothered to turn up. They missed seeing 5 great looking cars even though we were rather squeezed into a corner of the Market Place.

2 weeks later it was off to Grantham for this year’s National Rally and Belton House had plenty of room for the 80 odd Register cars to spread out around the edge of the cricket pitch and they looked magnificent on the (mainly) sunny day.

A few East Anglian celebrities caught the eye of our roving cameraman (is there such a word as camerawoman?) Terry as we performed well in the awards again. A really great weekend away with a lot of interest from the general public that were visiting Belton House….well done to everyone who helped to put the show together. (Has anyone got a photo of Terry getting her award?).




It’s was all back to normal this month with our regular meeting returning to the Oliver Twist (PE13 4EA) where we enjoyed reminiscing over the summer so far and looking forward to the back half of the season. This Sunday (13th) it’s the annual Wisbech Road Run, organised by our friends at the W.D.H.V.C., and I shall be marshalling at the Perkins Car Park in Peterborough so, if you’re entering, don’t forget to give me a little wave. We have decided to try and have some sort of club stand at the Fenland Airfield “Wings and Wheels” show on the 17th September and, while you’ve got your diary out, pencil in a road run to Bateman’s Brewery in Wainfleet on Sunday 24th September.

Chris Arnold