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Area Report - January '10

The main event in the last quarter was the 1940’s War Weekend in Pickering. Those who went enjoyed beautiful weather again and the town was absolutely heaving. In fact, busier than last year and that was a record. For MV enthusiasts the parade is the highlight, after which vehicles are to be found dotted around the town, but most seem to disappear. There was a new event on the neighbouring showground, perhaps cashing in on the main event, but reports are that it seemed “well organised and quite user friendly.” Other events included an invitation to join the Rolls Royce club at Eden Camp which a few attended, and the Jeep and Cheerful day at Doncaster Aeroventure.

Brian was voted back as Secretary and Treasurer, for another year, and we couldn’t be in safer hands. Brian, please accept our sincere thanks for all your hard work and commitment to the club. We look forward to a busy year.

Over the past couple of months we have gone through the process of electing several members onto a new 'sub committee,' the aim of this is to make the club more accessible for all. So if you have anything you want to discuss or raise at meetings, or something you want to change, you can now speak with Brian or a sub committee member. The new members are, in no particular order, Chris Smyth, Mike Humphreys, Simon Roberts and John Gray.

Big Dave, John, Simon, Andrew and Gail did an excellent job collecting £700 for the Poppy Appeal in Garforth. See photo of Dave's Ferret blocking the foot-path when they had to jump start the AEC Militant, proving that Dave's inter-vehicle starter link does work! 

The December meeting was combined with our Christmas party. It was well attended and we enjoyed free pie and peas, some had seconds - disgraceful! A staggering number of prizes had been very kindly donated by members for the raffle which meant almost everyone present won a prize. Thank you all. Brian Fox brought his giant set of cards for another entertaining game of higher/lower demonstrating just how frustrating guessing can be. Many thanks again Brian. Cliff Payne made an impromptu transvestite appearance as Mrs Overall complete with frock, pinny and headscarf and kept us entertained in his uninhibited style, before a Christmas Quiz rounded off the evening. Well done Cliff.

 Brian organised a three course dinner and Christmas party night, at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 4th. “A merry band of 30 bodies had a very successful evening, good food, good dancing (by some!!) and plenty to drink. Put it in your diary for next year - we could be going again!”

Lotherton Hall, Leeds, was again the start of the year end run, of some 35 miles to the Wetherby Sports Centre where hot food was served for a very modest sum indeed. Dubbed “The Freezer Run” on our website it had sufficient of an Ardennes winter feel to it to blow the cobwebs out, particularly if you had been brave enough to take your jeep.

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Brian Slingsby is planning an epic 16 day trip through France at the end of August this year. It will follow the Liberty Road from Utah beach to Bastogne covering some 1100 miles!! Clearly not for the faint hearted. You will need your camping gear and plenty of money. If it is something that appeals please contact him direct. He says there are a few signed up already, and he guarantees a good, but tiring time. Tel 01937 841487 or Brian@wheelsandwings.co.uk

Yorkshire members are spread over a very large area and I am very conscious of the fact that reported activity excludes what a lot of you do and see throughout the year. Please let me know what you've been up to, and send some notes and photos for both the Area report to go in Windscreen and for our website. Alternatively give me a ring on 01422 824418 and I will take some notes. 

Mike Humphreys.