posted 13 Aug 2014, 13:32 by Section Webmaster

Hope everyone has been enjoying the, mostly, lovely weather and avoiding the sudden downpours.  I was not able to attend Dave Wright’s archery day, but Erica has sent me the following report.  

‘We had a lovely morning at the archery event and the weather stayed good for us.  We were 13 attendees, Nick and Sarah, Dean and Lesley, Bob Denman and his friend Mark, another Bob, Richard Tavener, Godfrey, Chris and Sally, Dave and myself.  For the second year running, Lesley won for the ladies, and Mark, Bob’s guest, won for the men.  We followed on from the archery with some of us going for a nice lunch at the Royal Oak at Pirbright.’  Thanks go to Dave for organising this event for us again.  It is always a really good day.  

Quite a few members attended the Worthing Bike show on 26th July and I understand it was an lovely day.

 I was able to go to the Segway Experience on 27th and we all had a really enjoyable time.  There were ten of us, and we met up for lunch at the Smith and Western in Lingfield, which is a western themed restaurant.   Whilst we were eating, we had a visit from another couple of members, Lucien and Marilyn.  Following a good lunch we headed out to Godstone.  There were 5 Segways and we therefore split into 2 groups for the experience.  There were some basic instructions and safety info, and after the odd oops moment, everyone steadied up and we were soon whizzing around the field.  This was followed by a tour through the woods.  Once everyone was comfortable with their machine, we were allowed to speed up and go on to the race circuit.  We did a couple of laps before the fun bit, the timed section.  Everyone then became very competitive, and I was not surprised that Greg was the winner, with Noel a very close second and Ann third.  This was a fun event and many thanks to Erica for her hard work in setting it up.

The first Sunday in August, and Godfrey led a run to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.  We all met at Newlands corner and it was great to welcome a new member, Renier Botha, who joined the club at the Worthing show.   We were joined at Tangmere by Geoffrey, John Hillier from Oxford section and Nigel and Helen.  This is Godfrey’s report: 

‘Nine people entrusted Godfrey’s navigational skills (with a little help form Tom Tom!!) to go to the Tangmere Aerodrome in West Sussex where a WW1 event was taking place at the aircraft museum there.  Artefacts, leaflets, a mock-up cockpit of a SE5 biplane with sound effects, people dressed in war uniforms and nurses in outfits of the time.  There were also readings of poetry from the war and literature of the aerodrome’s involvement during the conflict.  Early afternoon, there was a flying display by a Tiger Moth, probably a replica, but still enjoyed by all and sundry.  The ‘Piece de Resistance’ was later in the afternoon, with a flying display by a certain V12 engined plane from the 2nd World War with the name starting with ‘S’…magic.  A perfect end to a very interesting day.’

Now, looking forward to the next couple of months, there are still events and runs planned.


On 7th Chippy (aka Dean Carpenter), is organising an event for us.  This is a clay pigeon shoot followed by a brunch.  This takes place at Swinton Barracks, Tidworth, Wilts, SP11 9LQ.  Arrive 09.30-09.45hrs, the shooting is from 10.00-12.00hrs and the brunch from 12.30-13.30hrs.  The cost is a very reasonable £15.00 for the shooting and £5.00 for the brunch.  The shooting is behind the Barracks and you will receive 10 instructional shots, followed by the competition/fun shoot.  The brunch will be taken in the WOs’&Sgts’ Mess of the 26 Engineer Regiment where you can relax before departing.  Please contact Chippy on 07810 433509 or if you are interested.  The max number is 20, so you need to book quickly as I think this will be very popular.  You must reply by Mon 25th August to allow the cartridges to be purchased.

Our week at Tim and Sarah’s is nearly full, but I believe there may still be camping available.  This is 13th to 20th and is full board.  If you are interested, please enquire to Erica to check if there is still any availability.    The end of the month on the 28th we have Dave Wright’s forge day.  This is a very interesting and fun day.  Any time from 09.00 to 13.00 at Chiddingfold.  There will be a small BBQ and there is also a pub nearby.  Please book with Dave on 01428 684902.


We have our section AGM on the 12th.  This is a very important event, so please come and support the club.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please send an email to either of the addresses below.  You can put your name forward for any of the positions, but we have got one resignation, Noel is stepping down as Chairman.  If you would like to put your name forward, please contact myself or Erica, all details below.  The AGM is a great social occasion, so come along for a chat, there will be tea and coffee and a buffet supplied.

On the 26th, Dave and Lesley are hosting their soup kitchen.  Meet Dave at Pease Pottage Services on the M23 at Junction 11 at 10.30hrs.  He will lead the run to their house at East Dean, near Eastbourne.  Please ring Dave or Lesley on 01323 423611 so they have an idea of how many people to cater for.

Details are yet to be finalised for the Christmas lunch on 7th December, but it does look as if we will go back to the Hotel du Vin in Winchester.  Keep the day free and we will let you know when you can book.

Take care.


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