Regional News

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.

Bob Langston


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.

Chris Arnold


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.

1995 was the last time the SE Region held a rally at Hollycombe and we were very pleased with the attendance – but many more could have joined us from West Sussex and Hampshire – where were you?

Alan Simmonds


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.



Colin Briggs


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.

Two 15/50’s enjoying Drive It Day

Riley RM and Wolseley 16/60

Wolseley 1500 and Wolseley 18/85






A couple of local Rileys also joined us and some Register Members brought their Minors including one from Dorset, accompanied by a Nash Metropolitan.

Wolseley 18/85 and other entries in the Open Class at BMMOC Branch Rally on Drive It Day

Jenny Ryder


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.

John McCombie


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.

Alan Simmonds


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.

Chris Arnold


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.

Over 4000 cars attended this year and the free event is always well-supported by the general public, many local families having previously worked at the factory.

Four Wolseleys and 2 Morris Minors owned by Midlands Members made up the Register stand. Two other Wolseleys were also displayed nearby.

Jenny Ryder


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 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!

Chirs Arnold


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!

Chris Arnold


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).

Dominic Green has sent us some pictures of  Colin Hey and himself out and about on the roads of NZ in Colin’s Wolseleys which  look very fine indeed.

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.

Chris Arnold


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).

Chris Arnold


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!

Chris Arnold


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).

Alan Simmonds


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!

The next meeting is the Christmas bash on December 11th (nosebags on at 8 o’clock) and I really hope I see as many of you there as possible.

Chris Arnold


East Midlands – September 2018 newsletter

9th September 2018 Haunted Lincolnshire Tour

Wolseley Register members took part in this annual event organised by Mablethorpe and District Motor Club. Stuart Ingamell’s Wolseley 4/50 was the oldest car taking part and Steve and Lynne Rowitt added to the Wolseley representation in their immaculate Wolseley Hornet. Stuart Nell also took part in his MGB. The tour, as usual started near Louth. The halfway lunch stop was at the Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa with the finish at Woodland Waters near Ancaster. The route took participants past places where various supernatural sightings had been observed and other places of general interest. Such sightings had been made at various RAF stations including Manby, Strubby, Metheringham and Woodhall Spa where Guy Gibson’s black Labrador Nigger was reputed to have been seen wandering around the Dambusters’ memorial. We also learnt about the Moving Swing story near Stenigot and the ghost stories associated with Bassingham and Stubton Hall

23 September 2018 Autumn Leaves Tour

A new event organised by the Sleaford Rotary Club this started in Sleaford market place with a complimentary bacon roll. The circular tour of approximately 80 miles took participants through the very attractive Kesteven countryside and into Rutland.

The halfway lunch stop was at the largest man made reservoir in the country – Rutland Water. Wolseley Register members who entered were Nev Holmes in a 6/80, Stuart Ingamells in a 4/50, Steve and Lynne Rowitt in a Mini Mayfair and Stuart Nell in a MGB.

26 September 2018 Mid-week lunch

Twenty one attended the mid-week lunch held at The Plough Inn in Wilsford. The owner and chef is French so the menu had a little French influence. Members who brought their Wolseleys were Stuart Ingamells (4/50), Ron Woods (4/50), Brian Huskinson (18/85S) and Stuart Nell (6/110). In addition Roy Carrier came in his Riley RM DHC. There was therefore an impressive line up of classic cars in the car park.




Unfortunately Ron’s car did not start as we were leaving and had to be recovered later. Despite speculation that he might have underestimated the amount of petrol he needed for the return journey when topping up with petrol he has subsequently found the problem to have been a blocked in line petrol filter!!!


November 7th 2018 Noggin and Natter
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark

December 5th 2018 Christmas Dinner
To be held at The Lord Nelson, Winthorpe, Near Newark. Please let Stuart Nell know whether or not you will be attending and your menu choices.
We have booked the meal for 7:00 for 7:30

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


Midlands Region at Stoneleigh Restoration Show – Sunday 28 October 2018

Two Wolseleys 1500s “before and after” were exhibited at the Stoneleigh Restoration Show: a Mk I ongoing restoration project and a Mk III previously completed restoration. The cars attracted much interest and the owner was working on the Mk I during the event.

The Show was well-attended but there were fewer car clubs than in previous years. Club merchandise and membership advice was available alongside the exhibits. A number of members gathered around the hospitality table and enjoyed catching up with each other.

Jenny Ryder


East Anglia – October 2018 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… won’t regret it!!!




Firstly we covered some outings held in the weeks since the last gathering. Our main gathering as a group was the visit to the Rocks by Rail Museum at Cottesmore starting with a road run from Peterborough and finishing with lunch in Wing. Fantastic weather lasted all day and, combined with great company and a certain amount of “steaminess” made this a great day out in my book. Our thanks must go to Roy who helped put the ‘do’ together and even gave me a cab ride on a diesel shunter. This surprise offer started with “climb up into the cab and for Heaven’s sake don’t touch anything!” As mentioned earlier some of us wrapped up a very enjoyable morning with a delicious Sunday Lunch at the Kings Arms in Wing which certainly lived up to its reputation in the Rutland area. Just as an aside our route from Peterborough to Cottesmore led us over Hepston railway crossing and a day or two after the run I opened up a railway magazine and saw this 1950’s photo which we had almost managed to recreate on the Sunday!

This report led to discussions about possible outings for 2019. Thurningfest!!, Holt Railway Station, Wings and Wheels and a Road Run were all mentioned and there is always the possibility of 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.

What did turn up at the meeting was an envelope inviting members of our group to a quiz night at Leverington Church this Thursday the 18th at 7 o’clock. We should be able to field 2 teams so, if you would like to join in, there are bound to be some spare seats.

Another evening that was arranged was our Christmas Meal which will be held, instead of our usual meeting, on Tuesday 11th December at the “Oliver”. To 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 1 of 4 ways. Either at the Quiz Night on Thursday or at the next meeting.

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 November13th 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


Regional Weekend Visit to Somerset – 5–7 October 2018

A small group of Register Members from the Midlands and South East Regions met with local Members in Somerset on the first weekend of October.

The visiting members were based in the Yeovilton area and fitted in two visits to local National Trust properties over the weekend. Saturday was spent at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.

On Sunday morning, Register Members gathered at The Haynes Museum in Sparkford for the monthly Breakfast Club Meeting. Good weather prompted a wide variety of cars to be displayed in the Museum grounds. Two Wolseleys are amongst more than 400 museum exhibits.

On Sunday afternoon, Midlands Members were treated to a bracing run round rural Wiltshire in a local member’s 1919 Wolseley 16/20.

Further inter-Regional excursions are being considered for 2019.

Jenny Ryder


NW Run Out – Bootle Fire Brigade Museum – 18 September 2018

A final ‘NW Outing’ of the year featured a visit to the Fire Brigade museum in Bootle, hastily arranged by Bob Leyland. The very wet weather early in the day meant all of us attending turned up in our modern cars, though the later improvement allowed Bob to come along in his 16. We all very much enjoyed the guided tour.

Mike Stanley


Midlands Region – Stoke Prior Steam Rally – 15-16 September 2018

A variety of Wolseleys were presented by Midlands Members and friends over the weekend of 15-16 September at the 30th annual Stoke Prior Steam Rally organised by Shakespeare Rally Promotions.  Exhibits included numerous Steam Engines, a variety of displays, trade stalls and arena events. The Rally drew exhibitors and visitors from a wide area, and the Midlands Club Stand was supported by regular and first-time entrants.

A small selection of club merchandise attracted interest and a number of technical queries were answered by Register members.

Jenny Ryder


Beaulieu International Autojumble – 1-2 September 2018

This year’s Beaulieu attracted over 34,000 visitors on a gloriously sunny weekend.  More than 2000 stands were spread across the 3 show fields.

The Wolseley Register occupied its regular double-pitch in the Red field.   Many members and visitors, including several from overseas, were welcomed with technical and membership advice being sought from stand personnel.  Club merchandise and a small selection of spares were available to purchase and hospitality was offered to club members.




Two Wolseley cars were listed in the Bonham’s Auction: a 1912 24/30 hp Torpedo Phaeton Tourer and a 1932 Swallow-bodied Hornet Special.  Two other complete Hornets were for sale in the showground – a 1933 Hornet Special Eustace-Watkins Tourer and a 1931 Hornet Tourer.   A Hornet chassis was also being offered and all these cars attracted much interest.



Visit for more details of the event.

Jenny & Graham Ryder


East Anglia – September 2018 newsletter

What was going on in September 2013? Well…. Alistair Cooke was opening the batting for England, Sebastian Vettel WAS able to win the Italian Grand Prix and the East Anglian area of the Wolseley Register were moving their meeting from the “Coach and Horses” to the “Oliver Twist” at Guyhirn. And what was the main point of discussion back then?…. feedback on the “World Tour of East Anglia”!! Remember that? There was a good turnout again this month with 3 classics gracing the car park of the “Oliver”: 2 Wolseleys and another one (sorry Kev).

This year the first item on the agenda was a look at some of the photos from the “Park-up-in-a-Brewery” at Elgoods Brewery where the cars and owners were blessed with lovely sunshine all day. (How do John and Janice organise that!). This is a very enjoyable easy-going event but the numbers at the autumn meeting appear to be struggling a little compared to the spring meeting.

Next item for the Wise Men (and women) to discuss was an outing this coming weekend to the Cottesmore Ironstone Museum (LE15 7FF) in Rutland. Roy has arranged for us to have our own coned-off parking area and I’ve arranged some good weather so I’m hopeful of having a goodly turnout. If you would like to join us we will be gathering initially at the service on the junction of the A15 and the Werrington Parkway (PE6 7JR for your sat-navs) at about 9.30 before cruising over to Cottesmore via Stamford arriving about 10.30. If you are coming, and you’ve not told me, it would be worth e-mailling me or giving me a ring on 01945 587004 so we don’t go without you. We are also going on to have lunch at the “Kings Arms” but I’m afraid all places for the meal are now taken.

The next item on the agenda was to consider an outing (probably the last of the season) in October. Some of us are booked in to “The Holme Front” at Holme village on the 7th October but, as there were no other suggestions forthcoming, the best idea we could come up with was to ask Roger if the W.D.H.V.C.would mind if we joined them on their traditional season closing run to the beach café at Heacham. This run, now named the Paul Cousins Memorial Run, is on Sunday 14th 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 18th. Roger, Paul and their wives will probably make up 1 team but Kev, Bridget, Brian, 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.

There normally is 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.

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 11th in place of the usual meeting – make a note in your diaries.

Chris Arnold


SE Region Drive and Lunch – September 9 2018

Sunday 9th. September began cloudy with a chilly breeze but brightened up more than we could have hoped for and stayed dry and sunny for our adventure which was a new event for us. We started our run from Epsom Racecourse and wound our way along a planned route of narrow country lanes for about 12 miles. We had a good mix of models; New 14, 25HP Super Six, 6/80, 4/44 and 1500. The route was a little demanding for drivers and cars but our Wolseleys negotiated it all without trouble, coping with some of Surrey’s poorly maintained, pot-holed roads and arriving on time for a pre-reserved lunch at an attractive country pub. This was the first time we had met there, where the manager had kindly reserved their large table for us. Sunday lunch for eleven of us ended with everyone agreeing it was a good day out; fine weather, interesting route, great food and company: 10/10.

Alan Simmonds


NW members go to the Oulton Park Gold Cup – August 25-26 2018

The weekend of 25th/26th August turned out to be cold wet and windy with better weather on Bank Holiday Monday the 27th. Despite the weather, a good number of members braved the elements to provide a good line up for the event. On Sunday there was a terrific line up of Porsches waiting to go on the track as an activity in celebration of 70 years of Porsche. The racing didn’t seem to be affected as cars roared round Oulton’s track, how the drivers behind the leading cars kept on the track is anybody’s guess with visibility near zero. However, the weather didn’t spoil things too much.

The Gold Cup is a great event so here’s hoping if we attend next year, the weather will be better.

Mike Stanley


East Midlands – August 2018 newsletter

2nd to 5th August 2018 Wolseley Register National Rally:
There were two awards won by members of the Lincoln Group. Roy Carrier won ‘Third in Class’ in the Concours D’elegance with his beautifully presented 1938 Wolseley 14/56. Stuart Nell defied all those who thought he could only drive at breakneck speeds by demonstrating that he could also drive with finesse by negotiating the last test and not spilling any water from a bowl placed on the bonnet of the car. This combined with the fastest time of the day in the timed driving test meant he won the Driving Tests.

12th August 2018 Petwood Summers Concours D’ Elegance:
The Wolseley 6/110 Mk II belonging to Stuart Nell won Car of the Show at the prestigious Petwood Hotel Summer Concours D’Elegance’


8th August 2018 Barbeque at Harlaxton:
Members attended the regular classic car meeting and barbeque organised by the Grantham and District Car Club.

26th August 2018 Vintage Speed Trials:
Motorsport at Grimsthorpe Castle started in 1903 with members of the Lincolnshire Automobile Club holding the first timed runs over a half mile track through the Deer Park. Captain H E Newsum set a track record of 1min 12 secs in his 12hp Richardson. An early pioneer was Raymond Mays, the founder of BRM in the local town of Bourne, taking part in 1904.

To recreate the spirit of these early days of motorsport 100 handpicked pre- war motor cars and motor cycles gathered together in the Capability Brown designed parkland. The short course was run three times and took participants from the lake and up a narrow winding drive to finish in front of the Sir John Vanburgh designed north front of the Castle.

Taking part was Roger Twelvetrees in his 1911 Wolseley 16/20 racing car which is doing very well in the VSCC racing series and recently averaged over 56 mph around the Mallory Park circuit. Fellow Wolseley Register members Ron Woods and Stuart Nell took part in Stuart’s 1935 Alvis Speed 20 DHC.

5th September 2018 Noggin and Natter:
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark
9th September 2018 Haunted Lincolnshire Tour:
A tour around the quieter parts of Lincolnshire using roads you never knew existed and visiting haunted places and sites where supernatural happenings have occurred
23rd September 2018 Autumn Leaves Tour:
A new classic car tour organised by the Sleaford District Rotary Club
September Mid week Lunch:
Date and Venue TBA
2nd October 2018 Noggin and Natter:
Held 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.

Stuart Nell


NW Run Out to Southport – August 21 2018

Seven Wolseleys turned up for this month’s run through West Lancashire to Southport. First stop was the top of Hunters Hill where a magnificent view of West Lancashire towards Blackpool opened up. After a coffee stop at a lovely canal marina, we then drove into Southport, where we visited The British Lawnmower Museum.

This small but fascinating museum was jam packed full of British lawnmowers of all sizes and ages. The proprietor also gave us a private tour and talk about the history of lawnmower production, and the links to early car cast parts.

Following the museum visit, a pub meal was enjoyed before visiting the Southport Model Engineering Club, where members examined the various models being made and had rides on the miniature train.

Bob Langston


East Anglia – August 2018 newsletter

This month, in the car park of the “Oliver” we had a rare sighting, of the lesser spotted (but slightly spotty) Benbowicus New Fourteenicus. This unusual bird will never be seen in flocks but I might just have caught the sight of a breeding pair at Cirencester.

Lets hope they go on to produce a lovely ‘clutch!’ of automobiles! Kev’s car wasn’t alone in the car park as I brought our 15/60 to keep it company.

First item on the agenda was an “apology for absence” from Roland as Sheila had had a fall in the greenhouse and gashed her leg. We all hope this heals up quickly. Next item was a report on a “cruise” some of us undertook on our way down to Cirencester, and the Register’s National Rally, via Banbury and Evesham. We had a chance to visit Upton House en route and the sight of our good looking steeds caused NT to throw “’elf and safety” to the wind and let us drive down the carriage road and display the cars outside the front door of the house creating a lot of interest amongst their visitors. On we went to the Royal Agricultural University where the grounds provided plenty of room and a great backdrop for the driving tests on the Saturday and static display on the Sunday. (Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to show as Terry’s camera has decided to throw a wobbly and it won’t let us see any of the pictures we both took). East Anglian members were very successful as usual at the prize giving with the Barnards doing particularly well collecting 2 awards with their ‘9’ tourer.

Terry and I carried on from Cirencester to see my brother in Devon and on the way back the 15/60 managed to part company with its nearside rear wheel while taking a right hand corner at about 40 mph giving us a very interesting moment indeed. Back at the “Oliver” and we generally decided that, as the “cruise” went so well and the distance to Lytham St. Annes is even further than Cirencester, we would organise something similar for the National Rally in 2019 starting on August 14th and getting back to Wisbech on the 24th.

The weekend before 3 us joined in with the Wisbech Road Run and this was the next item discussed. The cooler temperatures helped the cars no end but a middling weather forecast kept the numbers down a bit on last year.

That was all in the past, but now to look forward to the rest of this year. On Sunday 2nd September Elgoods Brewery are holding their autumn meeting in the brewery garden. No entry forms are needed so, if you want to show your car, just turn up at the black gate in Barton Road between 9 o’clock and 10. We’ve been invited to attend an open day at the Rutland Ironstone Museum and Railway, Cottesmore on Sunday 16th September and there seemed to be a bit of interest in this outing.

For October we did consider a trip to Holme village for their “Holme Front” event but a quick look at their website shows that only pre 50’s cars are now accepted and their entry forms must be in by the end of this month making the whole thing a bit too much of a hurry to get a group together. However if you wish to attend then you’ll have to get your skates on. As a “Plan ‘B’” we could consider a run out for a Sunday Lunch at somewhere like Oundle so please let me know your thoughts either by email, phone or coming along to the “Oliver Twist” for our next meeting on September 11th.

Note: A date for your diary!

On Thursday 18th 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.

Chris Arnold


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