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Chairmans Chat April 2024

Hello Everyone,


Hopefully this newsletter finds you all well.


Past Events

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

27 Members attended the AGM. We ran through the previous years events which hopefully provided something for everyone. Mike Crowley gave the meeting a comprehensive breakdown of the clubs finances which remain healthy. We then elected the committee to serve for the next year, Gus Mckie decided to step down due to the distance now needed to travel, many thanks to Gus for all his work during the past years. Dennis Northcott and Jan Fielding also expressed a wish to remain committee members but to take a step back. The committee decided to award Dennis & Jan life membership of the club as a thank you for all the effort they have made over many years to keep the club as active as it is today. Richard Way then took members through events planned for the coming year. We also managed to set up a Teams virtual meeting room for anyone who was unable to attend, Colin McKay was the only member who joined us and gave valuable feedback to hopefully improve this option for next year.

The meeting ended with some nibbles and wine.


Wednesday 20th March 2024 – Mid-Month Meal – Rainbow & Dove, Hastingwood

13 members enjoyed our lunchtime mid-month meal, unfortunately I was unable to attend but I believe the food was again very good and the room allocated accommodated us comfortably. Thanks go to Dennis Northcott for organising.


Sunday 7th April 2024 – Monthly Meeting – The Fox, Matching Tye.

18 Members attended our regular monthly meeting. The weather was kind and we had several classics parked up. This month was the first for car of the month which was awarded to Malcolm Gillespie for his Morgan, congratulations to Malcolm.

Events coming up


Sunday 21st April 2024 – National Drive It Day – Essex Air Ambulance, Earls Colne Airfield.

A slightly different format to this event this year, we will meet at the Essex Air Ambulance base at 10:30 for a tour of their base and present a cheque from the proceeds from last years car show. We will then follow a tulip route back to The Fox where we have a meal, pre-booking is required to ensure you can get your choice of meal. Please let me know if you would like to attend asap as I need to let the air ambulance and the restaurant know numbers.


The address for the air ambulance is Hanger 1, Earls Colne Airfield, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS. The Meal will be from 3:00pm if you would like to join us just for the meal please let me know asap.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 currently only have seven cars entered and only 10 people for the meal afterwards.


Monday 6th May 2024 – May Day event on Matching Green.

We have been asked if we would support this event, more details to follow, Jon Rome is coordinating, his contact details are


Wednesday 15th May 2024 Mid-Month Meal – More details soon

Mike Crowley will be organising this lunchtime meal.


Sunday 19 May 2024 River Trip – River Stort

We have rearranged our cancelled trip from last year, unfortunately only 10 people were able to attend. This is now fully booked but there will be a meal afterwards, if you would like to attend the meal please let me know asap 


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. 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


Saturday 8th June 2024 – D-Day Celebrations – Sheering Village Hall

Joe Wells has recommended this event, they would appreciate some classic cars on the day, see attached flyer for more details. Joe’s contact details are 

The £10.00 charge is only for the dance being held in the village hall all other events are free.


Wednesday 3rd July 2024 – Classics in the Walled Garden – Luton Hoo Estate, Luton

Colin McKay has recommended this event and has attended in the past, more details attached.


Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September 2024 – 2 Night Weekend Tour – The Hickstead Hotel, West Sussex.

Simon & Jackie Burton are organising a weekend stay at The Hickstead Hotel, West Sussex about 9 miles north of Brighton. The cost of the weekend including breakfast and dinner is £410.00. We have provisionally reserved 15 rooms. A deposit of £190 will be required in August, see attached flyer for more details




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 organising 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 1 - 2024 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.

Hope to see you at an event soon

Safe motoring


Chairman - Ian


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