Regional News

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


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