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Steve and Marions Fourth Teddt Bears Picnic

20th July 2014

During the planning stage of our 4th Teddy Bears Picnic, Marion and I visited the recently opened Jet Age Museum at Staverton and immediately decided it would make an ideal starting venue. Ideally I would not choose Staverton as a natural starting point for a run through pretty countryside, but with our finishing, and picnic venue, confirmed we planned a 35 mile route connecting the two together.


The actual day dawned dry and bright which was a huge relief as the day before Gloucestershire was on the receiving end of an almost non-stop 12 hour thunderstorm and a huge, prolonged deluge of rain.







The Jet Age Museum did us proud and had marked out an area for us all to park in. 11 cars duly arrived and their occupants (old, young and very young!) enjoyed a leisurely tour around a fascinating insight into Gloucestershire’s unique aviation heritage. Although the entrance is free, the museum is always grateful for donations and I am delighted to report that we were able to hand over £67 to them for which they were most grateful.





Meanwhile on Minchinhampton Common our usual area was reserved by some strategic placing of cones and the erection of the club gazebo as one or two “picnic only” members and their families started to arrive and start to lay out their tables and chairs.





After a while those who had started at the museum and had the completed the run started to arrive at the Common and eventually all Teddies were present and their picnic could begin. Once they were all completely stuffed (!) their owners could begin to play all sorts of games with the help of very responsible parents and grandparents. Boules were thrown, footballs were kicked, kites were flown, cricket was played and ice creams were licked.

Everyone who came had a lovely relaxed afternoon in the sun and it was good to see such a big turnout. Once again there were 3 generations of Mullins, Clarkes , Vielvoyes and Woods. The 11 MG’s neatly lined up were outnumbered by the “moderns” belonging to family and friends and with over fifty people in attendance I think it can be deemed a success. The last cars eventually left at 6:00PM but only to adjourn to The Lodge for the consumption of pints and Pimms.

Apparently all Teddies had a wonderful afternoon and were safely returned to their homes to rest after such an eventful day and hopefully they will be ready for another outing next year.



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