The Second half of this year has been really successful. The weather was kind to us for all our events. These ranged from drives through the beautiful English countryside,to treasure hunts with tricky questions, picnics and BBQ's where we raised a super amount for the West Midlands Air Ambulance, meals at a variety of local pubs and hotels, museums and stately homes like the one at Hartlebury. Our members did us proud supporting all the events that had been organised by a variety of people.
Next year we celebrate our 60th anniversary which we are really proud of. Members are already putting together a series of events which we hope will be interesting to all and give us good reason to get out in our cars and meet up with friends.
Welcome to 2019 a much better start weather wise than 2018,giving us all a chance to get out in our lovely cars. We kicked off the year with a visit to The Mercure Hotel near Kidderminster in January for our Post-Christmas Lunch. There was a super turn out, with many of us managing to arrive in style. The Hotel took care of us well, providing a lovely lunch in a great setting.
The Annual Dinner had a fantastic number of members this year making their way to Haughton Hall in Shropshire. It has been quite a while since we visited here, but they really did us proud. We had a lovely room, laid out beautifully, with an amazing menu which suited many different dietary needs at a fabulous price! We were so comfortable none of us wanted to go home.
During April, we spent our Spring Weekend in Betsy-y-Coed, Wales at the Waterloo Hotel. We took over 9 rooms, a splendid amount for such a small club. The weather forecast was not great for the Saturday, but this didn't deter several members from bringing their proper cars, well done. It's such a lovely relaxed time with members socialising during and pre-meal times, but feeling able to go off and explore during the day. This year several destinations were visited, Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Conwy, Blaenau Ffestiniog deep slate mine and Porthmadog. These visits weren't without some problems, as the weather had brought a tree down on the Blaenau Ffestiniog line so caused delays, the main line had suffered a land slide over winter so was using a bus, and heavy rain, snow and hail made driving interesting. We all returned with many stories to tell, I think the overall winners were the cafes.
As we were away on our weekend for the official St.Georges day drive we are celebrating this now, in May. We're keeping our fingers crossed for good weather as we explore the beautiful English countryside, before sitting down to a lunch with our friends where we can discuss all the excitement of the drive.
We've ended the year as busy as we started it.
The glorious summer lingered on into Autumn and early Winter. Our Chairman's at home B.B.Q. in August was nearly an 'oven party' due to the high winds and rain, one of only a few days days during the summer which were so bad. Still we had a good turn-out and raised £150 for Prostate Cancer. A massive thank-you to all who attended.
During September we had a fabulous trip to Harvington Hall, which was really well attended. The tour was very informative and showed us all it's hidden secrets. The Pub afterwards was able to cater for all our needs.
Avoncroft, in October, is another hidden gem to visit.The weather had by now well and truly broken, but the heavy rain did not deter us from looking around all the interesting buildings. The on-site cafe did us proud with lots of tea and coffee and a light lunch in our own room.
We've rounded off the year with our 58th A.G.M.at Henley Golf club. A superb meal was followed by our meeting. Have great Christmas every-one and we'll see you in the New Year.