Committee News November 2023

Since our last Committee News, we have enjoyed the Skittles & Buffet evening, which was great fun as always, and Sandra’s buffet was delicious.

Sadly Noggin Nosh & Natter in July was a complete washout with rain starting mid-afternoon and getting heavier and heavier as the evening progressed.  Thank you to those of you who did brave the elements to bring a vehicle and generously buy a churn raffle ticket, which made £64 for the club and an equal amount for the winner.

The Historic Bus Ride in August was a great success, made even better by the beautiful weather.  Chris has written an article about the day which you will find in the following pages so we will not say more here, just that we are planning a similar trip again next year.

In September David Jones a member from the Black Country made the journey down to give us a talk entitled “On Solid Tyres”.  It was interesting to see so many different types of vehicles with solid tyres.

Our membership of the National Association of Road Transport Museums (NARTM) was renewed in August.  Obviously we do not have a museum as such but do consider ourselves a moving museum of sorts.

As we write this we are looking forward in October to “Seaside Railways” followed by “West Country Railways” by Mike Webber.  Then November’s meeting will be a talk entitled “Fields, Fergies & Fairs” by member Derek Olden.

To round off the year we are looking forward to our club Christmas Lunch with a change of date to Sunday and at a new venue, The Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8DB (on the A30).  Lunch will be a “served carvery” with pre-ordered meat served to you with a choice of vegetables on the tables to help yourself to.

There will be no meeting in January 2024 so we start the New Year with the Gillingham Gathering on Sunday 25th February 2024, closely followed by the Annual General Meeting on 28th February 2024.