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Report on the Chiltern Rally 2013

By Lynda Homer

Our Annual Chiltern Rally took place on Sunday 22 September.

We met up in the morning at the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne. There was a great line up in the car park where we were treated to reserved spaces. The variety of cars attracted much attention from other visitors to the museum. Richard Hyde and Jake the dog in the Flying 8 arrived at the same time as Phil and me in the Flying 12. We were joined by Brian and Betty Parkes in the 14, Mike and Pat Beavis in the Stag, John and Brenda Worby in the Triumph 2000 (from Ledbury, making a long weekend  of this event by staying in Stoke Bruerne) James and Catherine Pibworth in their Wellesbourne, Paul Newsome and Dicky Bird in the Charlecote, John and Rachel Maxwell in the Flying 9, and Ian Burt, all the way from Kent in his modern car.

After exploring the museum we drove through some pretty villages to Cosgrove for Sunday lunch at the Cosgrove Lodge Hotel. Our run this year was just over 9 miles, shorter than normal because we were spending the afternoon afloat. Thanks to Richard for suggesting the route, we led off and only made one mistake when we missed a right turn, realised and turned round with the rest all following us!

Norman and Hilary Wright in their A35 and John Russell and Sheila in a modern car met us at the hotel, and after a massive roast lunch, excellent value at £5.99 a head, we made our way to the quayside and boarded the narrowboat, Elizabeth of Glamis. Richard was our Captain, with his colleagues David as crew and Cathy as hostess in charge of refreshments and making us all very comfortable. The sun came out and all was well with the world as we set off through the lock onto the Grand Union canal. Our gentle cruise took about an hour outbound to Bradwell Mill. Richard then expertly turned the boat around and we retraced the journey back to Cosgrove.

We had decided that this event would be part of the 110 years of Standard celebrations, so our Chairman, Paul, led a toast with champagne. I had been inspired by the Great British Bake Off to make scones with cream and jam too, and these seemed to go down well.

We awarded the Chiltern Cup to James and Catherine and the Wellesbourne, they were delighted, just look at the smiles on their faces as Paul and I did the presentation.

We disembarked and took a group photo to remember the day by. Many of our group lingered to chat, then we drove home in the sunshine after enjoying a grand day out. Thanks again to Richard Hyde for the idea, the arrangements at the museum, the cruise and the road run.

Phil and I hope to see you there next year when we shall arrange another tour for members and guests.

Since then we have been very gratified to receive some lovely emails:

“Good Morning Lynda

 Sorry our little ‘thank you’ is a bit late, but, after travelling home through the gloom on Monday, we had a full day out yesterday. Back to comparative normality today.

 We did enjoy our time in Northamptonshire at the Chilterns Rally and thank you most sincerely for all the hard work that you and Phil put in.

 We so enjoyed the on board refreshments and really think your personal input was ABCD (to coin an SMC phrase)

 Thank you again

 With our best wishes to you both

 Brenda and John”

“ A memorable day

Dear Lynda and Phil,

Thank you again for a terrific club day.

This was our first Standard Club meeting and we were made to feel very welcome.

The trophy is on our mantle piece!!

Hope to see you soon.

James and Catherine”

Thankyou very much for a lovely day out. Rachel and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it, especially the canal trip on Richards lovely narrowboat. The weather was fine, the food was good and the company sublime so thanks to Phil and Lynda Homer and Richard Hyde and his crew for all their hard work. 

John Maxwell 

Hi Lynda and Phil,  many thanks for Sunday, we enjoyed it all and especially the canal trip which was a nice change from usual, and the refreshments were lovely, weather was perfect for the time of year,  good planning!   Thanks go to Richard and co.  

Best wishes  

Pat and Mike Beavis