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Chairman's Chat July 2023

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully this newsletter finds you all well.

Past Events

Sunday 7th May 2023 was our regular Sunday meeting about 15 members gathered on a sunny afternoon at The Fox for a social gathering. It became apparent how much of the field will be lost to the proposed housing development. This was discussed at length and the general view was to start looking for an alternative venue. Car of the month was awarded to Kevin Cauter for his very nice Triumph Stag

Wednesday 17th May 2023 – Mid Month Meal - 14 people attended a very enjoyable evening at Hunters Meet, Hatfield Heath. A good meal with good company always makes for a good evening. Thanks go to Wendy Way for organizing this event.

Sunday 21st May 2023 – River Trip – 12 members enjoyed a relaxed trip on one of CanalAbility’s specially adapted wide beam boats from their base at Burnt Mill to Roydon lock and back to base. Everyone who wanted to was given the chance to steer the boat and help out at locks. The afternoon finished with the presentation of a cheque for £250 from the proceeds from last year’s car show. By popular demand we will be looking at a return for an xmas cruise.

21st – 22nd May – visit to Chatham Dockyard/Hornby Visitor Centre – only four people attended this visit but thanks to Richard Way for suggesting this trip.

2nd – 4th June weekend away to Caley Hall, Hunstanton. 30 members enjoyed an excellent weekend away. The hotel and food was excellent combined with lots of attractions close by there was something for everyone. The car of the month was awarded to Tony Coxall and his Morgan. Even the Norfolk weather decided to be generous to us. Thanks go to Dennis Northcott & Jan Fielding for organising this trip.

Wednesday 21st June 2023 – Mid month Meal – The White Hart Inn, Mersea. Unfortunately, this event had to be cancelled due to a lack of interest from members. Thanks to Gus Mckie for organising this event.

Tuesday 27th June Noggin & Natter

Sunday 9th July 2023 – Annual Car Show – Another bumper year for classic & sports cars on Matching Green. Thanks must go to the organising committee Jon Rome, Robert Chapman from MGCSCC, Martin Figg from Matching Green Cricket Club, Mike Nabaro, Alec Love and Martin Hardwick-Smith from Brentwood Lions.

The number of club members who attended was a little disappointing considering this was our main event of the year. The number of club members who volunteered to help was also a little disappointing but a big thank you to everyone who did come forward.

A special thank you from me to Richard Hinds, Mike Stares and Rob Pavitt who looked after the classic parking area for most of the day without a break as the group who were supposed to assist with this were unable to attend.

Thanks also to Mike & Heather Crowley and Jan Fielding for looking after the information desk and Jon Rome on the sound desk, Steve Saunders for the arena presentation and everyone who helped set out on the Saturday and clear up on the Sunday.

Best Club Car was awarded to Alister Smart for his Lancia 2000 and Best Club Sports Car was awarded to Matthew Wurr for his TVR Cerbera, congratulations to both.

Events coming up

Wednesday 19th July 2023 – Mid Month Meal – Rainbow & Dove, Hasingwood Road, Hastingwood, Harlow CM17 9JX 8:00pm. The club will have a private dining area and we have been advised that we can use the overspill car parking area. If you would like to join us for this event please contact Mike Stares,

Sunday 6th August 2023 – Monthly Meeting/Picnic – Matching Green 11;00am. We will be holding our regular monthly meeting and our popular picnic as a combined event this year.

If you would like us to enquire with Hunters Meet if they would be able to supply BBQ selection as last year, please let me know,

16th September 2023 – JD Classics, Chelmsford. Richard Hinds has offered to organise a visit to JD Classics, for one of their open days, I appear to have mislaid my list of people who would like to attend, so would you please just let me know if you want to go again,, thanks.

Jon Rome is looking into the possibility of a visit to Radio Caroline & Lodge Coaches Museum.


Just a gentle reminder that membership fees become due on 1st June 2023, they have remained at £20.00. If this has slipped your mind, would you please send, our preferred method is by bank transfer.


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 me know and I will put this on for you.


Issue 3 - 2023 of FHBVC News 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.

Other Events

Sunday 16th July Classic Cars in the Park, Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Epping CM16 4QF, I have contact details if you would like to attend.

Sunday 23rd July – Brooklands Classic Summer Gathering – Brooklands Museum Weybridge.

Sunday 20th August – Tewin Classic Car & Craft Show, Upper Green, Tewin, Welwyn.

Sunday 27th August – Knebworth Classic Car Show, Knebworth House, Stevenage

If you know of any other events that would be of interest to member’s, 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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