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The Fifth Teddy Bears Picnic

19th July 2015

This year after 4 very successful annual Teddy Bears Picnics Steve and Marion decided to hand the baton on for someone else to carry on organising this excellent event that has become part of the tradition of the club. Nobody jumped at the opportunity, so when Derrick suggested he might take it on, I agreed to help, after all, us organising an evening run, based on our record may not have worked out so well.


The thinking behind the Teddy bears picnic is that it is an opportunity to promote the use of classic cars by holding a social event that is open to all comers and by its very nature it is a chance to invite all ages across the generations. Sadly this year mine was the only 3 generation family, my 4 year old granddaughter Esme had declared on the day before, that tomorrow was going to be the best day of the year and when her mum asked why that was she said “ It’s the Teddy Bears Picnic of course” needless to say she really enjoyed her day. May be we didn’t attract a range of generations but we were successful in attracting possible new members, Brian and Carrie had seen the event advertised on our website and as they are thinking seriously of buying am MGBGT  they asked to come and of course were very welcome.


 

 

The starting point was the Royal Oak at Gretton 7 cars turned up and as promised, coffee and tea was laid on in the conservatory and we were all treated to the fantastic views across Gloucestershire with a steam locomotive passing along the bottom of the garden at precisely 10 20am for all to see.


 

The 36 mile route followed winding county lanes with tree tunnel views, superb countryside and passed through picturesque Cotswold villages. The picnic site was as always on Minchinhampton Common. Although rain threatened at the start by the time all had arrived on the common the sun had come out and a fresh breeze kept us all cool. Which this year meant my stunt kite worked a treat but upset the golfers as it forced me to back onto their fairway.


 

 

8 MGs and 3 other cars made up the final group and after all the picnics had been devoured the Teddies were so pleased to see each other that they demanded that they should all have their photo taken together sitting on my car as they thought it was the most beautiful one there.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers were down this year and it would be a great shame if this now regular July event was lost from our diary, so next year please get it in your diaries early and invite the family. If you are members who haven’t organised an event before, then this is your ideal starter. It’s a tried and tested format why not take the plunge and put your hand up for next year now. There’s lots of help available if you need it.


Peter

 

 

 

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