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Chairman's Chat March 23

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully this newsletter finds you all well.

Past Events

Friday 3rd March saw about 25 members gather at Matching Tye village hall for our AGM.

There was a brief review of the previous year’s events and mid-month meals, hopefully everyone found something to interest them and attend something.

Mike Crowley gave us a comprehensive review of financial matters, the club continues to have a healthy bank balance to take the club forward for future years.

We then elected a new committee for this year being.

Ian Robinson – chairman Mike Crowley – treasurer Jan Fielding – membership secretary Wendy Way- secretary

Dennis Northcott – committee member

Gus Mckie – committee member

Mike Stares – committee member

Richard Way – committee member

Jon Rome – car show chairman

A brief outline of events that we are trying to organise for the coming year was given.

I have introduced an award to recognise non-committee members who contribute their time to help organise events and to keep the club going. The first recipients were Rob Chapman & Jon Rome for their many years of hard work in the organisation of the car show.

We were then joined by the chair and vice chair of the trustees of Matching Green School and Richard Morgan representing Matching Parish Council to collect the donations agreed from the profits of the car show. I think it is nice if the recipients can attend the AGM as we are then able to meet the organisations that we support.

Sunday 5th March was our regular Sunday meeting about 15 members gathered at The Fox for a social gathering. We welcomed a new member, Kevin Caunter with his very nice Triumph Stag, so please make him feel welcome. I must admit it felt a bit strange giving a chat to the meeting with Chris Cooper in the audience.

Events coming up

Tuesday 21st March - Noggin & Natter – The Fox Matching Tye CM17 0QS. An informal get together from 8:00pm.

Sunday 2nd April – Monthly meeting – The Fox Matching Tye CM17 0QS. An informal get together from 8:00pm.

Sunday 23rd April – Drive it Day – Starting from The Squadron, North Weald Airfield we will follow a tulip route through the Essex and Bedfordshire countryside to The Shuttleworth Collection. Entry to the collection is £10 per car with a dedicated club parking space. Guided tours are available if required. The day will hopefully end with a meal somewhere.

I will need to firm up numbers soon so if you would like to join us please let me know

2 – 4th June 2023 – Weekend away – Caley Hall, Old Hunstanton PE36 6HH. This hotel caters for car clubs with reserved parking. It is within walking distance of the coast and is surrounded by interesting places to visit. This is now full but if you would like to attend please contact Dennis Northcott who might be able to get some extra rooms.

Chris Cooper has offered some places on a visit to the Lotus Car Factory at a future date to be decided. If you are interested in attending, please let me know.

Richard Way has offered to organise a visit to the Hornby factory in Kent, again please let me know if you are interested

Richard Hinds has offered to organise a visit to JD Classics, Chelmsford and Hilton & Moss in Bishops Stortford, again please let me know if you are interested.

2023 Car Show

Thank you to Jon Rome for taking on the chairman’s role, this will ensure that the club remains at the centre of this year’s car show.


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 1 - 2023 of FHBVC News is available to download from their website,

a link to this is on our website.

Other Events

24 – 26th March 2023 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show – NEC, Birmingham.

9th April – Museum of Power Transport Fest - Maldon.

21st May 2023 Herts Auto Show – St Albans.

28/29th May 2023 Sandringham Pageant of Motoring Norfolk – Sandringham Royal Park, Norfolk.

28th May East Anglian Railway Transport Extravaganza – Colchester.

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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