Lincs Group 2016

In case you are wondering what the Lincs Group has been up to over the past year, here’s a brief summary.

2016 proved to be a very busy year for events.  We had our usual very successful evening meetings at The George, Leadenham, up to April, starting with our AGM in January, a talk on the birth of the Tank in Lincoln, the very successful Shoebox Racing in March and a Noggin and Natter in April.  Of course one of the big highlights is our Sevens to the Sea Event, which has become a favourite start to Austineering for the year, in April.  The event went off very well, ending with a lovely meal on The Pier at Cleethorpes.  I think we can safely say that a good time was had by all.

April ‘Drive it Day’ saw us at Doddington Hall and in May ‘The Mystery run’ was very well attended, Ande and Paddy coming up trumps again with a great route (which did stay a Mystery this year!). In June a few went to The Wolds Railway and July took several of us to Holme Peirre Point Hall, Flower Show.  Our August BBQ, hosted by Val and Dave Smart, was a great success and so it was back to the George in September for a talk on Lincolnshire Dialects, followed in October by Stuart’s Ulph’s media night, Stuart always finds something quirky to watch.  Additionally this year, we had an end of season event on Halloween Weekend, with a run and lunch and some very bizarre costumes.  Peter Rowlands’ very popular Quiz night was in November, (where does he get the questions?).  Finally in December our Christmas Dinner, where the competition was ‘festive hats’ and boy were they festive!!

Of course, members of our group also supported many other events such as The Blitz Event at Newark Air Museum, The PWA7 Autokarna, Woodland Spa War Weekend, The Settle to Carlisle Run, Baston in the Blitz, The Cumbria Run, The Lindum Rotory Club Vehicle Show, Lincoln Steam Fair, Pickering War Weekend and many other local events.

Our monthly Luncheon Meets went well and towards the end of the year it was decided to stick to one venue, The Woodcocks at Burton Waters, which has worked out well.

Summing up we had an extremely good year steered by our Secretary Peter Rowlands, whose energy and dedication made things happen, ably assisted by his committee team.

On the very sad side we lost two extremely popular members, John Innes who attended regularly with Elizabeth his wife and whose tales of his adventures were always good to hear.  Also John Hadlow who sadly lost his fight with MND after a courageous battle.  John, who had owned a Nippy since his youth, was very much into motoring and was full of fun, attending events with his wife Angelika and Rasen, their Black Labrador.        We shall miss both these members.

So into 2017 with another full calendar of events. If you’re tempted to come and join us, give it a try, we think you will find us a friendly group   There are lots of diverse events to enter or just come along for a natter, we will be pleased to see you.