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Chairman's Chat December 2023

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully this newsletter finds you all well.

Past Events

Sunday 5th November 2023 – Monthly Meeting – The Fox, Matching Tye

It was very encouraging to see so many members attend our monthly meeting, 19 members attended for a very social chat and catch up on club matters.

Tuesday 14th November – Yvonne & I attended Matching Green Primary School to present them with a cheque for £500 the first recipient of the distribution of the profits from this years car show. The money has already been put to good use by the school in refurbishing some of their playground equipment. The school has sent their thanks to the car club for our continuing support.

Wednesday 15th November 2023 – Mid-Day Mid-Month Meal – Plume of Feathers, Pye Corner, Harlow

We decided to run another mid-week lunchtime meal to see if it proved more popular than the previous month. We had 16 members attend a very enjoyable meal, the steak pie proved very popular. Thanks go to Wendy Way for organising.

Sunday 3rd December 2023 – Monthly Meeting - The Fox, Matching Tye 3:00pm 17 members attended our normal monthly meeting, to catch up with friends and hear the latest club news, an excellent turnout considering the weather.

Events coming up

Sunday 10th December – River Trip, River Stort

We have hired two specially adapted broad-beam boats that cater for people of all ages and levels of mobility. Every one who wants to will be encouraged to have a go at steering and helping at locks. Leaving the mooring at 10:00am cruising either upstream or downstream for 4½ hours followed by a meal at The Fox, Matching Tye at 3:30. The boat that draws the short straw will have me as a member of the crew. This event is now fully booked but if there is enough interest we can organise another next year.

If anyone would just like to attend the meal at The Fox, please let me know

Sunday 7th January 2024 – Monthly Meeting - The Fox, Matching Tye 3:00pm Our normal monthly meeting, catch up with friends and club news.

Sunday 4th February 2024 – Monthly Meeting - The Fox, Matching Tye 3:00pm Our normal monthly meeting, catch up with friends and club news.

Wednesday 21st February 2024 – Mid-Month Meal – Hunters Meet, Chelmsford Road, Hatfield Heath CM22 7BQ We will be holding another lunchtime meal, please contact Wendy Way if you would like to attend I would like to stress the need to let the organisers know if you want to attend the meals so we are able to let the venues know how many people will be attending.

Friday 8th March 2024 – AGM – Village Hall, Matching Tye

This is your chance to let the committee know your thoughts on how the club runs, what you like and what you don't like. What you want the club to be doing in the future. A review of past events and possible future events. There will also be an update on the clubs finances. We would also welcome any members, who would like to help in the running of the club, to join the committee. If you intend to come along can you let Wendy Way or Ian Robinson know so we have an idea of numbers for catering.

Sunday 21st April 2024 – National Drive It Day – The FBHVC, of whom we are members will again be supporting NSPCC’s Childline charity. If you are able please support them by buying a rally plate and join us on our run details can be found on this link. . We would also be grateful for any suggestions for a destination for our day.

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June 2024 – 2 Night Weekend Tour – Caley Hall Hotel, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk Following last years very enjoyable visit to this hotel, everyone I spoke to said they would be happy to return this year. We have 15 rooms reserved, the cost will be £470.00 for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, with a limited number of superior room upgrades if required at extra cost. If you would like to joins us please let me know asap


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.

I will be adding a regalia order form onto the website this week, if you are in need of a new polo shirt, fleece or even a beanie for the cooler months please check it out. Any feedback would be most appreciated, good or bad.

To assist the people who are organizing events you must email them and confirm that you would like to attend. Please do not just 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 being 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 me know and I will put this on for you.


The club is a member of the FBHVC, issue 6 - 2023 of their magazine is available to download from their website, a link to this is on our website. There is also a vast quantity of information relating to all aspects of vintage & classic car matters. If anyone has any problems with access to areas of this site please let me know.

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone

from your committee

Safe motoring

Chairman - Ian

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