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Chairman's Chat August 2022

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully you are all keeping well and have managed to cope with the recent exceptional weather it has been far too hot for me to get the TR4 out.

Past Events

Sunday 3 July saw the return of our annual car show & BBQ after an absence of two years due to Covid-19, that is the last mention of that promise. What a day it turned out to be, the weather was perfect and the crowds turned up in their droves. The first cars were arriving at 8:00am and by 11:00 the classic car park was nearly full, by 1:00pm we were having to turn cars away. This was by far our biggest event ever. My thanks go to everyone who attended and to everyone who volunteered to help over the weekend regardless of the amount of time you could spare without your help this event would not have been the success it was. Special thanks must go to the organising committee, Gus McKie, Martin Figg, Jon Rome, Rob chapman, Mike Nabarro and Steve Saunders. Steve had indicated that this would be his last show as arena commentator: your committee made the decision that as a thank you to Steve for the many years of service that we would make him a life member of the club. This is only the third person to have received this, the highest award that we can offer. Steve was so touched by this gesture that he has pledged his service to the car show for the foreseeable future. Thanks must also go to the other members of the club committee for all their work Mike Crowley, Wendy Way, Jan Fielding and Dennis Northcott.

As with every show we will be making donations to local charities and organisations including Essex Air Ambulance, St Clare’s Hospice and the Fire Benevolent fund.

Wednesday 20 July - The Orange Tree, Sawbridgeworth. Another great mid-month meal organised by Dennis & Jan, 11 people attended this event who all had a very enjoyable evening. We would like to encourage more people to attend these events.

Tuesday 26 July - Noggin & Natter – The Fox, Matching Tye. This was our very first of this type of event, an informal get together for people who might not be able to attend other events, We had about 10 people attend so we will run this for a few more months to see the reaction from members.

Events coming up

Sunday 7th August – Matching Green Village Green. We are holding a picnic and social gathering on the Green. We will put up some gazebo’s to shelter us from the sun which should make an appearance. We have the option of ordering food again from Hunters Meet similar to last year. A picnic pack that contains burger in a bun, chips, coleslaw and a piece of chicken all for the price of £12. Can you please let Wendy Way know asap if you want to order this

Wednesday 17 August – Mid month meal, we are still looking for suggestions for a venue for this event. If you have a favourite restaurant or pub please get in touch with a member of the committee to ensure we can put this on.

Tuesday 30 August - Noggin & Natter – The Fox, Matching Tye. This will be the second time we have run this event; an informal evening that will enable us to put the world to rights and generally have a fun social evening. If you have been unable to attend an event recently please make an effort to try this one out.

Sunday 4 September – Monthly Meeting, The Fox, Matching Tye. The return of our regular monthly meeting at The Fox.


Just a reminder that we now have several online platforms for you to get information and communicate with other members.


WhatsApp – please let me know if you would like to be added to our group.

To assist the people who are organising events you must email them and confirm that you would like to attend. Please do not click attending on the facebook event and assume that this will be picked up, thank you.

If anybody who has attended one of our recent events who has taken any pictures that they wouldn’t mind be published to our website and Facebook page can you please email them to me Thank you.

Club members who are also members of the website can now see the minutes of our committee meetings so check this section out and see what happens to make the club work.

There is a classified section on the website, if you have anything for sale or are looking for that elusive part let us know and we will put this on for you.


The FBHVC News issue 3 is now available to download from their website now. This issue has coverage of this years Drive-it-Day events. The Ofsted report on their recent review of the Heritage Skills Academy and many more interesting articles in between. There is a link to this on our website.

Other Events

9 August 2022, British Motor Museum – Gaydon Gathering CV35 0BJ.

14 August 2022, Lullingstone Castle, Dartford DA4 0JA - PATINA - Festival for the Unpresentable - Waterloo Classics Car Club.

Friday 16 September, Goodwood Revival.

If you know of any other events that would be of interest to members please let me know and I will add it to this list.

Hope to see you at an event soon

Safe motoring,

Chairman - Ian

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