Newsletter August 2022
Club night will be at The Foresters Arms, 173 London Road, Bagshot, GU19 5DH next Tuesday 02 Aug from 7:30 p.m. It is great to see so many folk coming along to our monthly meetings now and all are welcome. We will be having an informal competition this month whereby two of the ladies will look at the TR’s in the car park and decide which is the best presented. A bottle of wine to the winner – good luck. The pre meeting good value meals offered by the Foresters are also proving very popular. So I hope to see you there next week (with TR’s if possible).
This month we have had 3 WFTR events the first of which was an excellent tour to the Isle of Man organised by Barry and Jenny. This tour follows the one last year where not everyone who wished to go did so due to the Covid Hangover. There is so much to do on the Island and a flavour of what is possible can be seen at last years report on our website (see https://wftr.co.uk/isle-of-man-tour-11-days-report/ ). This years report will be published in due course.
We also had the annual Hale Carnival one of the organisers of which is David Hankin. There was a good showing of WFTR cars there in support of this excellent event which involves a lot of work (see pic below). Well done David.
We also had the excellent Thames Valley tour organised by Terry and Helen Schraider representing WFTR in partnership with the The Mini Cooper Register, Thames Valley Region. The weather was excellent and we were provided with coffee, tea and bacon rolls at the start at Hook. There was a beautifully presented road book which contained a well thought out and easy to follow Tulip navigation route of around a 100 miles. The route was very enjoyable with a combination of all sorts of roads many of which presented stunning countryside views. A coffee stop was at a garden centre near Newbury, a nice salad lunch at Popham airfield and then on to the finish at the Raven Hotel Hook. Well done all for a great day out.
6 & 7 Aug – Valley and Villages tour – entry list closed, but we have 14 attending in 7 TR’s entered.
14 Aug– Cranleigh Lions Classic Car Show & Autojumble – entry list closed, but we have 7 registrations and 4 cars attending.
17 Aug – Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu River Boat Trip – entry list closed, but we have 26 registered in 14 cars to attend this event.
11 Sep – Cream Tea Run. We have 22 registered in 11 TR’s for the ever popular event. If you are interested then go to https://wftr.co.uk/event/cream-tea-route-and-scones/ to register.
16 Sep – Lyme Bay Tour. There are currently 15 registered in 8 TR’s for the exciting two day trip to the seaside. See https://wftr.co.uk/event/lyme-bay-tour/ if you are interested in joining us.
We are currently considering another two events in the Autumn more of which we will inform you of in due course. I think we must all be grateful to the organisers of these WFTR events which invariably involves a lot of work so many thanks to them for their efforts.
Many of us will have visited the Robert Lewis car collection at Churt near Farnham which is simply vast and excellent. There is an opportunity for anyone who has not seen the collection to attend through a third party which we have been alerted to. This will not be a WFTR event, but if you would like to go then follow the link – http://www.qef.org.uk/classic-cars
TR Register Matters
I hope all of you will be aware of the cancellation of the TR Register, TSSC and MG Car Club International meet at Stafford show ground previously planned for 19 – 22 Aug. Notifications and refunds have been sent to pre booked ticket holders and there has been a Register e-newsletter sent out concerning the matter. For those who wish to see more of the dialogue surrounding this issue then please visit the Forum via https://www.tr-register.co.uk
An alternate scaled down event has been announced which no doubt you will be informed of by e-newsletter. See above Register link where details of the event appear on the front page.
Your Committee meets once a month by Zoom and the minutes are available through the WFTR site at https://wftr.co.uk/wftr-committee/committee-meeting-minutes/. All running smoothly we reckon, but coming downstream for 23 Apr next year is Drive it Day where it is WFTR’s turn to organise from the SE Area Groups. We would welcome any advice (from past experience etc.) or help with ideas or hands on assistance to ensure we organise a great day.
It is clear that we are in a time of Covid hangover and immense inflation with sky high energy prices which is impacting bookings and events. I hope that we are providing a sufficient range of events for everyone to choose the best fit for them at this time. Our core activity is Club night which is easily reachable to all of the WFTR membership and I hope you will continue to support and grow this. We will seek out new ways of stimulating interest and having fun at these monthly meetings. Let us keep on using our cars, maintaining and developing friendships our Group brings.