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Chairman's Chat May 2023

Hello Everyone,

Hopefully this newsletter finds you all well.

Future Monthly Meetings Venue

As many of you will be aware the field at The Fox, where we usually park during the summer, has had planning permission granted for the building of two houses. The field has already been fenced off and is no longer available for us to use. This was discussed at Sunday’s meeting and the consensus was that we should start to look for an alternative venue. The committee would like to hear the views of as many members as possible as this has been a contentious issue in the past.

Past Events

Sunday 2nd April 2023 was our regular Sunday meeting about 20 members gathered at The Fox for a social gathering. The first car of the month trophy was awarded to Jenny & Derek Harding for their Mazda MX5 expertly detailed (washed) by Derek.

Wednesday 19th April 2023 saw only six members gather for our first mid-month meal at The Hare, Roxwell for a pleasant evening and meal. Thanks go to Mike Crowley for organising this one.

Sunday 23rd April 2023 saw our Drive It Day event, saw 20 cars setting off from The Squadron, North Weald and following a tulip route map to The Shuttlewoth collection, Biggleswade. There was an optional tour by a very enthusiastic guide around the collection.

My thanks go to Yvonne for her help in planning the route.

Tuesday 25th Noggin & Natter, We had six members attend The Fox for this month’s N&N an improvement on last month but we would still like to see more members come along to this informal gathering, now the nights are lighter and hopefully the weather improves.

Events coming up

Wednesday 17th May 2023 – Mid-month meal – Hunters Meet, Hatfield Heath, CM22 7BQ 7:00pm. If you would like to join us for this, please let Wendy Way know before 15th May to organise final numbers with the venue.

Sunday 21st May 2023 – River Stort Cruise – Burntmill Lane CM20 2QS, We have hired a specially adapted canal boat for a 4 hour cruise along the River Stort. Everyone who wants to have a steer or lock the boat will be able to do so. The boat will leave prompt at 1:30pm, this is now full but if there is any further interest, we can always make another booking

Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd May Chatham dockyard & Hornby visitor centre, despite lots of interest we only have two cars confirmed for this trip. There is a call the midwife tour available on the Sunday at Chatham Docks where a lot of the filming of this TV series was filmed. This is a self-booking trip if you only want to do one day then that is fine. Please contact Richard Way for more details

Tuesday 23rd May 2023 - Noggin & Natter – The Fox, Matching Tye. CM17 0QS 8:00pm. This event is normally an informal get together however most of the committee will be away on Sunday 4th June, at the Clubs weekend away to Caley Hall, we intend to make this our formal monthly meeting.

Sunday 4th June 2023 – Informal monthly meeting – The Fox, Matching Tye. CM17 0QS 3:00pm. This meeting will now become an informal gathering.

16th September 2023 – JD Classics, Chelmsford. Richard Hinds has offered to organise a visit to JD Classics, for one of their open days we currently have interest from 12 members,

If you would like to join us, please let me know before we firm up numbers with them.

August 2023 - Picnic on the Green – Matching Green, we are trying to organise another picnic on Matching Green which has been very well attended in previous years.

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


Membership fees will become due on 1st June 2023, they will remain at £20.00. Please expect an email from membership secretary Jan Fielding shortly.

The clubs preferred method of payment is by bank transfer, details available on request.


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 2 - 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

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.

25th June 2023 Classic & Retro Show – The Lawn Rochford.

5th July 2023 Classics in the Walled Garden – Luton Hoo Estate – Suggested by Colin Mackay.

9th July 2023 Orsett Classic & Vintage Show – Orsett Showground

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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