Sue’s Scribbles January 2011
Happy New Year to You All!
2010 was a busy year for our branch with many successful events either attended by our members or planned by us as a branch.
The year began sadly for Chris and I with the death of our lovely little Pebbles in February and also Paul and Sheena losing Alfie both active rally attendees. Our AGM had to be held by email for the first time due to The Bay Horse being impossible to get to because of the snow, but with modern technology everything went smoothly. The following weekend our Christmas meal was at The John Paul Jones Filey Bay and despite the weather still being a bit rough we had a good turn out. The year progressed however and the season got into full swing again, the first rally we attended was in February held by Manchester Branch at a bus museum. This was the earliest rally I have ever been to and despite the bitterly cold weather and snow going it was worth the trip.
April was the Northern Regional with a last minute switch of venue to The Standedge Tunnel the weather was still unpredictable and we had rain for part of the day, but yet again an interesting venue to visit.
The first Bank Holiday of the year in May saw us out in force at the North East Lincs Rally at The Pink Pig, fortunately we had taken our branch gazebo to shield us from the wind – how many people can you get in a gazebo??? The following weekend was the Bronte Gathering near Leeds, this event was almost like a country fair and attracted a lot of different classic vehicles. Our own branch Fish & Chip run was to Stamford Bridge, despite the toilets being in ruins it gave us all a good excuse to retire to the pub after a really good supper, I think we quite overwhelmed the chippy owners when we all piled in!
Barnsley rally at Elsecar is always an interesting place with plenty to look at and buy at the antiques outlets, there was also a massive car boot and this year and one of the Concours events was an added attraction. My Spitfire won the Barnsley branch Classic Car Trophy which was quite a surprise as some of the cars were outstanding. The East Coast Run as always saw nearly all of us taking part but unfortunately the weather on the cliff tops at Sewerby put an early finish to the day as it was rainy and cold. Which for Chris and I was quite fortunate as we got home and set straight off to Manchester to pick up my Moggy Tourer that we had bought on Ebay! It was also my last run out in the Spit before she was sold.
The end of June was the National Rally right on our own doorstep at Harewood House, what a lovely place to spend a weekend and the weather was scorching. The Red Kites whirling over head caused endless added entertainment. I love attending these rallies there are so many people to catch up with.
Our own branch rally followed and thankfully again we were also blessed with really good weather, a cracking weekend as usual and well attended.
Chris, Lotti and I went off to the North Wales rally the following weekend in the Tourer, it was the first time either of us have been so far into that part of the country and we were made very welcome – one thing that really struck us was how dog friendly the place is.
I then made a total hash of my calendar dates as we were booked in to Lancashire branch rally which we had gone to the year before and thoroughly enjoyed, I looked in the wrong diary and we ended up going to Mad Mogs rally at Rufford Abby somewhere near Mansfield along with Chris and Keith! Chris always tells me to only keep one diary!!!
East Lancashire rally followed the next weekend, one of the Minors on display there was Roy and Haley Croppers Traveller which is in superb condition.
Our branch BBQ at the August meeting was a great success, the weather was good to us again so at least we could have the whole night outside. Paul did his usual great job of playing chef and we were all stuffed by the end of the night. We also had about seven dogs rushing about as well who managed to keep the place clean and tidy by gobbling up the odd dropped burger or sausage!!
Driffield Steam Fair – a lot of people think that us Driffield lot are mad for going about two miles down the road to camp for the weekend but the Road Run on the Saturday night takes some beating for the atmosphere. With the event being so close Chris likes to take as many of our vehicles as he can and this year we also took Bertha the MRA Truck, Paul and Sheena’s grand children Lorna and Rowen had a whale of a time waving and calling to the people lining the streets on the run! There was one slight hic up when one of the steam engines managed to run over a car parked by the road side, brings another dimension to vehicle crushing!!!!
Burton Fleming Scarecrow Festival is always the August Bank Holiday, this year there were more stalls than before with lots of home made goodies and crafts. Our gazebo came into its own again and was even used as the tea and coffee station for the stall holders!
September we had 38 cars make the run from Beverley Bar to the replica bar at The Bay Filey. Area 2 rally was held at Hardwick Hall in Chesterfield six of our branch made the run down. Chris, Lotti and I then went to the East Midlands Area 10 rally at a really large Garden Centre – places like this with me are like putting a fox in a chicken run……….Chris always breaks out in a cold sweat!
At the beginning of October our branch were invited by the Pre War Austin Club to take part in Charlottes Run, this took place on a Saturday and I know that all of us that took part really enjoyed the run which was very well planned by Charlotte, it took us around the local country side and covered a considerable mileage. We were treated to fantastic hospitality by all involved, so I think this might be a definite on our branch calendar from now on!
The Classic Car Show at the NEC followed, so Chris and I were in Birmingham with the rest of the MMOC team for four days, hard work but a really good laugh.
When the snow came and the Christmas Fair at the Bay was called off I thought that this would be the end of the season for being out and about in the Minor but then Mike Dean rang to say he had been invited to go and display his Traveller and Tear Drop on 12th December at the Christmas Market in Beverley as there was a full page article about his fundraising for Leuka in Classic Car Weekly, the classic car display was organised by the EYTCC, so we went along too. It was chilly to say the least but the place was bouncing……so I can honestly say that we have had a good eleven months out and about with the Moggies. Since I got Tommi Tourer I have done around 4000 miles!
We went to the Barnsley Christmas party, which we always do, the buffet and entertainment was great as usual, a definite date on our yearly calendar!
Our own branch Christmas BBQ…….well the weather again was so seasonal that we decided to have the party indoors with a buffet and silly games instead which was much warmer but despite the weather well attended and I’m sure it put us all in the Festive Spirit which included a singing game of pass the parcel!
Unfortunately the year also ended sadly for Paul and Sheena as Sheena’s mum died in hospital the week before Christmas. I know all of us send our deepest sympathy.So now on to 2011. Our AGM is this Monday 10th January. All committee posts will be open if anyone wants to have a go. Paul has also asked me to remind you all that subs are due at the meeting. The Christmas meal is next Saturday 15th January at The Altisadora Bishop Burton 7pm for 7.30pm. If anyone has any ideas for anything that they would like to do on meeting nights please share your ideas with us all.
Sue, Lotti & charli XX