Lincolnshire Group – January 2017 Report
Although we were down on numbers because of illness and a clash of dates we certainly made up for it in hilarity. Twenty one of us sat down to what everyone agreed was the best Christmas meal we have ever had at The George. This year’s silly theme was “festive hats” which were proudly presented at the end of the meal. A huge amount of effort & imagination had gone into these creations. Karen the landlady and her staff took some considerable time trying to choose a finalist with the winning bottle of wine eventually going to Howard Pell. It is a shame we did not have a second and third prize because then my vote would have gone to Alec Fairbrother & Ann Cock. It was a super way to end what has been a very successful year for the Lincs. Group. Roll on 2017.
At the Dave Wilcox Memorial Trial in December we were able to provide support with Scrutineers, Marshals and Spectators. Despite the cold and the fog bank which drifted across the site in the afternoon it was “a grand day out!” Congratulations to the Organisers.
On the competitive front Jonathan Storer and Pat Mather both seemed to enjoy themselves with their cars getting grubbier and muddier as the day went on! Of special interest to the ‘Thursday Old Codgers Brigade’ was the battle between Graham Becket and Rodney Smith aboard Graham’s recently acquired ex-circus Chummy and the Lincs Group Club Car piloted by Dave Pawley and Bruce Robinson. Both cars seemed evenly matched with Graham and Rodney having exactly the same scores at the end of the day. However, the Club Car did marginally better with Bruce scoring 4 points more. In this “competition within a competition” Dave was victorious by scoring 2 points more than Bruce.
During the lunch break Bruce took Peter Rowlands’ 15 year old grandson, Rhonan, for a drive round the paddock in the Club Car. The delight on the young man’s face when he returned seems to indicate that another enthusiast has discovered the joy of Austineering.
Despite the fog, in what must be a first, Bruce managed not to get lost all day!
20 people attended the AGM on Jan 11th. Before the business began a minute’s silence was observed respecting the memory of John Hadlow, who lost his fight with MND on Boxing Day. Our sympathies go out to Angelika, who cared for him so selflessly.
In Peter’s absence I was asked to chair the meeting. After reading his Report (see below), learning from Tony Johnson’s Treasurer’s Report that the Group is on a sound financial footing and receiving no new nominations for serving on the Committee we quickly moved on to discussing the 2017 programme. Apart from the current confirmed diary dates listed it was very heartening to receive several really good suggestions from the floor including: A visit to the Bomber Command Memorial, a new take on Coach Trips, an Autumn Trial in North East Lincs and a Brewery trip. All these will be explored and, hopefully, included in the programme. No wonder the Lincs Group is thriving!
PWA7C – Lincs. Group. 2017 AGM Secretary’s Report
As I reflect back on the year’s events I am encouraged by the fact that we have such a thriving club both locally and nationally. As you are aware I am the figurehead for the Lincs. Group but I owe a debt of gratitude each year to your committee members who meet with me on the first Wednesday evening of every month and offer their wholehearted support. I have to single out Paddy & Ande Malone for their fantastic work on route planning and also Tony & Brenda Johnson for their hard work respectively as treasurer & web-mistress.
There are the regular highlights throughout the year. Namely, Shoe Box racing, Sevens to the Sea, Mystery Run etc. However the newly inaugurated autumn / Halloween run was very well supported and much enjoyed by all. Tony Johnson’s 2017 Isle of Man trip was quickly subscribed & I am already looking forward to this year’s events with some (Blyton Park Track day) still to be finalised whilst, of course, following up on your suggestions from this year’s AGM.
A number of you have also participated in other events with Sue & I thoroughly enjoying Malcolm Parker’s Settle to Carlisle run. We try to do at least one national event every year and whilst we see many familiar faces I would urge any Lincs. member who has never participated to give it a go. Just like Sevens to the Sea there is great camaraderie and much enjoyment by using our cars for what they were built for.
Every year my post is up for re-election. I am happy to stand again but as always if any one would like to take over the reins you are more than welcome to put your name forward. I apologise for my absence but having reached three score years and ten in January I am celebrating by trekking for gorillas in Uganda. I shall also be Austin Seven spotting!
Lincs. Gp. Sec.
Programme with Current Confirmed Diary Dates – 2017
7.30 pm Wed. 8th Feb. – Nic Turley presents his audio interview with Bob Wyatt.
(A must hear for all Austin owners)
7.30 pm Wed. 8th March International Shoe Box Racing
Saturday 8th April RAF Digby Open Day see details on our website
Sunday 9th April Sevens to the Sea
7.30 pm Wed. 12th April Sevens to Sea post mortem & Noggin / Natter
Sunday 23rd April Drive it day
25th April / 2nd May IoM visit. Fully booked
Sunday 21st May Mystery Run & optional pub luncheon finish
Sunday 18th June – 1 p.m Claxby Open Gardens
Saturday 12th Aug. 2pm BBQ @ The Old Stackyard, South Scarle
7.30 pm Wed. 13th Sept. Guest Speaker
7.30 pm Wed. 11th Oct. Stuart Ulph’s Media Night
Sunday 22nd. Oct. Autumn End of Season Run
7.30 pm Wed. 8th Nov. Quiz & Chips Night
7.30 pm Wed. 13th Dec. Christmas meal at The George
Lunchtime Meet 3rd Wednesday of the month – The Woodcock, Burton Waters @ 12 noon
LINCOLNSHIRE GROUP WEBSITE
www. lincsa7.wordpress.com Give it a try & give our Webmistress “Brenda” your feedback!!!!!! Over the last two years we have had 42,000 hits. Brenda has also instigated a new section entitled “Sales” . This is where Lincs. Gp. Members can advertise cars or parts for sale. Put your A7 parts on now instead of Ebay . Postscript; A Nippy a Ruby & a 1928 saloon sold after advertising here for only a couple of weeks.