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Report on BOAT TRIP run held on 13th July 2008

At a Monthly Meeting in early 2007, in response to the Secretary’s plea for ideas for Runs, a certain brave Lady Member suggested a Boat Trip.  Immediately that was taken  that she had agreed to organise one  !!!!

        The trip was scheduled for July 2007 --- however, that month we had a shower that created a 16 foot high flood at Evesham, the starting point for the boat, thus causing the run to be cancelled.
        July 2008,  with the luxury of a further 12 months organising, Tony and Jane laid on a superb Sunday Run.  Eight cars turned up at the meeting venue, “Olives” on the A417.  Adrian was one of the early arrivals, he hoped to meet Olive again !!!  and being disappointed refused to navigate but follow Mo, oh !  and John did the same.

cafeThe run was split into two, with the first stop at a Farm Shop near Chedworth.  I think most of us had previously sampled the roads leading to it but in the opposite directions and with the sunny weather T & J had laid on, made it a new venture. A very clean, well organised Farm Shop it was too and worthy of another visit at a later date, if I can remember where it was.

After coffee, onward to Evesham via Northleach, Brockhampton, Winchcombe, Fladbury and various small villages in Worcestershire to the Hampton Ferry on the Avon. 


Onto the boat with a running commentary from the local Restaurant owner who was able to relate to us her own experiences of last years floods and us show photos of the damage it caused to property and caravans, even though they were tied to great lumps of concrete.

Can I just say we found Tony out. He was going to charge us £4.00 for the boat trip but the very kind lady let us pay just £2.50. Still in his defence those TFs do cost a lot to run and he had to ride the route a few times. Only joking - everything was excellent value.

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Then onto Adrian’s (big A not little A) favourite part of the trip – The Carvery – guess who was first in the queue.  It was a good carvery with a wide selection of vegetables and reasonably priced.  A certain member having had Bread Pudding for afters,  had to check tyre pressures before leaving for home !!

An excellent day’s trip and our thanks go to Tony and Jane for organising it, brilliant --- they even arranged for Fairford to be cancelled so that their traffic did not interfere with us.

John C

From Tony Child

The weather had been awful. So much rain had fallen that even at  the largest  Tattoo ever staged by the RAF at nearby Fairford, both days had to be cancelled, due to the  waterlogged car parks.We feared a repeat of last years chaos when two boats and the ferry were overturned by the force of the water, when also the café and its kitchen were under 4 feet of filthy water.  However Jane and Tony’s prayers, obviously submitted very early, were answered with  a  perfect Sunday morning for the run to Evesham .Seven cars plus a MG Mazda all lined up,with hoods down in glorious weather, ready for the journey
This was split into two parts, the first shorter route took us, through some lovely Cotswold countryside, via smallish lanes, to the Farm Shop at Chedworth. Even though we were quite high up, it was warm enough to sit outside to have our coffee .There were also  many homemade  cakes on sale. Had we known about the delicious puddings available later on,we may haved saved ourselves,or not??
The second half of the rally was much more straight forward, with more nice, smooth, roads over the Cotswolds, seen at their best. This meant that the longer distances  involved  were quickly covered!! Beautiful villages were discovered north of Evesham with Fladbury having a ‘walkabout’ day, with bunting and exciting stalls lining the road. It appears that sadly no-one had time to stop, but several members promised a return visit to there, and also Bidford on Avon created much interest.
Arriving at Hampton Ferry we had a beautiful lawn on which to display our cars. Many people came for a chat, always starting with “ I  used to own one of those but sold it for £300” At 2.30, Evesham time, we boarded the boat, along with Diane, the café owner, who gave an excellent commentary throughout , making for a very relaxing trip. She also brought photos and a book about the floods but still couldn’t convey the disasterous awful, events of that day. Her sons house on the opposite bank was flooded, and he was returning to it the next day!!
The same lady served us with the best carvery we’ve had for a long time, with three meats and about 9 different and hot and tasty vegetables. The bread pudding, treacle tart,spotted dick etc. also went down very well.
 Some tricky questions [not] were asked through the rally,which everyone  succeeded in answering them all, so a draw was held.Congratulations to Joyce who won a bottle of wine.
.Thank you to those who came, we hope you enjoyed yourselves, the weather was still being warm and sunny for the journey home.

Tony C



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