Lakeland Motor Museum and Drive around the Lakes – Sunday 15th September.

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We are having a drive around the Lake District on Sunday 15th September. The start point will be the Lakeland Motor Museum at 10am. If you are going please go to the events page and tick the “going” box

The museum is conveniently located adjacent to the Lake District’s arterial A590, between Newby Bridge and Haverthwaite, only 20 minutes drive from J36, M6 and Central Lakes (Bowness), via the A592. Sat Nav, LA12 8TA.

Please follow white on brown tourism signs. FREE PARKING.

Snowdon and the Menai Straits Saturday 17th Aug 2019 Event Report

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Caernarfon Harbour Photo John Eccles

After squeezing two bags, a dog bed and a Cocker Spaniel in the back of the coupe Chris and I drove to Wales on Friday and, although the weather forecast wasn’t looking good, everything was fine until we crossed the Welsh border. It then began to rain…and rain…and rain some more. We had good intentions of joining up with Mo & Gill Perry at Blackrock Sands but sensibly decided to stop for a bite to eat in a dry and cozy pub instead, before heading to the hotel at Caernarfon.We met up with the rest of the Crossfire gang that evening for a meal at the Black Boy Inn, as we had our dog with us we obviously couldn’t eat in the restaurant but were able to wave at them through the window while we sat in the courtyard! This was followed by a few drinks in the bar before bed.

Meeting up at the Start Photo Gill Perry

On Saturday morning we couldn’t have hoped for better weather, the rain had stopped, the sun was out and a light breeze was drying up the roads. We all met together at a nearby car park where it was a chance for some people to compare the modifications and improvements to their cars…while the rest of us considered the chances of being able to do a bit of shopping during the day.

Colin Mortimer and Gillian Derrick Photo John Eccles
Mark and Carol Gordon Photo John Eccles
Stephen Strong and Kim Wilcock Photo John Eccles
Ian and Sue Abraham Photo John Eccles
John and Ann Eccles Photo Karl Edmondson
Karl and Tracy Edmondson Photo John Eccles
Mo and Gill Perry Photo John Eccles
Ian and Sue Bosson Photo John Eccles
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Justin Ayres and Caroline Sykes Photo John Eccles
Mick Allsop Photo John Eccles

Having then set off it wasn’t too long before a diversion created a few hiccups…and I’m still not sure Chris should have done the U-turn where he did.

There was then an error in the route book concerning which exit to take on a roundabout and as Chris felt bad about this (unfortunately it was his mistake) he stopped in a lay-by with the intention of trying to ‘phone as many people as he could to alert them. However, a stream of Crossfires then went by, hooting and waving at us so we decided it hadn’t caused too much of a problem!

After driving through some lovely Welsh countryside we all eventually ended up in Beaumaris on Anglesey for lunch. Karl & Tracey Edmonson got the award for arriving last…they obviously didn’t do the dodgy U-turn at the diversion! It was here that we had the pleasure of meeting up with new members Jeffery and Gaynor Conrad. We had a little under an hour and a half for lunch, which I don’t think was really enough for Lady Ann to do her retail therapy (I feel your pain, Ann) but we set off promptly for the afternoon run.

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Beaumaris for Lunch Photo John Eccles

This took us through some amazing scenery and awesome slate mines, and some of us also briefly met up with another member, Malcolm Graham, at Swallow Falls…what lovely, friendly members we have who make the effort to come and say ‘Hello’ even when they can’t join us for the whole day.

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On the way to Betws-y-Coed Photo John Eccles

 We then all congregated again for a stretch of the legs and this time it was Carol & Mark Gordon who brought up the rear, having gone the ‘long route’. It was here that a car rally of Lotus type and other sports cars passed us by…it was obviously a good day for a run out.

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Waiting for the Back Markers Photo John Eccles

 The last leg of the journey took us through Snowdonia and some breathtaking scenery before we arrived back in Caernarfon having had a brilliant day.

In the evening twenty four of us had a meal followed by a very brief AGM and a raffle to raise money for the club. A special mention must go to Mick Allsopp here for his very generous raffle prizes…and for making Mark Gordon a very happy man!

I think I can safely say that a very enjoyable time was had by everyone who took part and I am sure that we are all looking forward to meeting up again soon.

Terry J Warburton.

Tour of North Wales and AGM Fri 16th – 18th August 2019

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This weekend is our biggest event of the year and so far we have Thirteen cars attending.

Friday night in Caernarfon will be a bit of a mish mash as people are arriving at different times. We have not done a group booking at a restaurant for that reason. What we suggest is that we meet up at the Table Table (next to the Premier Inn) at say 9 pm.

A few people have booked tables at 6pm at the Black Boy Inn for Friday and this is quite easy to do online.

If you are coming just for the Saturday Tour the meeting point will be Morrisons Car Park Caernarfon at 10.00am. SAT NAV Information LL55 1BA

The Saturday I have booked a large area of the Table Table from 7pm.

Hopefully everyone should be back well before that time.

We will have a very brief AGM and a Raffle so all please bring a raffle prize. Nothing too expensive just around the £10 mark.

The money raised from the annual raffle covers our Motorsports membership which includes the Clubs Public Liability Insurance.

The agenda for the AGM

British Crossfires AGM– 17th August 2019

Agenda

Welcome from the Chairman – Christopher Warburton

Apologies for absence

Previous Minutes

AGM from 1st Sept 2018

Chairman’s Report – Christopher Warburton

Report on activities for the year to date.

Treasurers Report Karl Edmondson

Financial Strategy for the future

Financial Report Karl Edmondson

Balance sheet

Breakdown of expenditure/ donations

Secretary’s Report – John Eccles

Communication strategy to members

Safeguarding Policy

Data protection Policy

Register of events to be formulated

Car Stickers / Branding materials

Website development

Election of Officers – Christopher Warburton

President – Mick Allsop

Chairman – Christopher Warburton

Treasurer – Karl Edmondson

Secretary – John Eccles

Election of members to the committee – Christopher Warburton

Expressions of interest to help with events and management of the club

Any other business – Christopher Warburton

Close of meeting – Christopher Warburton

Tour of Jedbugh and the Border Forest 21st July 2019

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This 76 mile route takes in some of the best scenery that the UK has to offer. We travel south through Carter Bar and down to Bellingham and then onto Kielder Water and back unto Jebdurgh.

We are meeting at The Abbey Bridge Toll House Car Park at 10.00am on Sunday 21st July.

If you can let us know if you are attending then we will have numbers for printing out the route books.

Sat Nav details

Abbey Bridge Toll House Car Park TD8 6JQ

Tour of East Worcester 19th May 2019

I believe we have a couple of new people taking part so welcome and please don’t feel like you will be judged on your performance, this is a chance to meet fellow crossfire owners have a bit of a drive and have a laugh along the way.

Karl has devised the route using an old AA route found in a book we found on our last coast to coast tour. He has cross checked the route using Google Maps to ensure that the route is still accurate.

The only other thing that you will find helpful is a Rally Tripmeter which can be downloaded to your smart phones. Just go to the respected App Store for apple or android and download it for free. We can go through the app with you before we start its easy with it harder without.

So lets hope for good weather and an open road. If anyone is staying over the night before Ann and myself will be staying at the Travelodge at Tewkesbury if anyone else is traveling on Saturday, Currently £93.50 including Breakfast.

See you all on Sunday. I will have maps printed and ready to hand out if people need them.

Sat Nav details for the start

Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley, Worcester, WR5 1RS. Meet on the Car Park

 

Staffordshire Forest and Chase Tour 10th March 2019 Event Report

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Well what a great meeting today in Staffordshire given the shocking weather warning.

I knew it was going to be a good day when Mick Allsop and I followed Ian and Sue Bosson down the road to the Garden Centre and instead of turning right into the garden centre Ian and Sue drove straight past.
They soon turned round and joined us and we headed off to the restaurant for breakfast where we were joined by Chris and Terry Warburton.

John Eccles was no where to be seen and I phone him to see where he was. He said he was 10 minutes away (that’s 30 minutes in real time)

After about half an hour I heard a droning noise akin to a shot up Messerschmitt which got louder and louder before stopping.

John had arrived in his car which has a leaky exhaust. He came in , sat down and said “You won’t believe the morning I’ve had”
And then he told us all about it.

We were joined a short time later by Justin and Caroline and after we all had breakfast we headed off on our journey around the Staffordshire Forest and Chase.

Unlike the rest of the country which was suffering appalling weather we had sunshine.

God had smiled on the event

It didn’t take long for our initial convoy to split up due to a split instruction and Mick Allsopp and I ended up together driving the route in tandem.

As we drove down a single track road we were confronted by a tractor and trailer coming at us at speed , the driver looked about 12 , his co pilot even younger. We pulled over and they charged past us at speed throwing mud up along the side of my car. Lucky I hadn’t had it washed at the Plant Pot car wash prior to setting off.

We continued on and visited the Commonwealth War Graves where we met up with John.

After looking at the first cemetery we then walked down to the German cemetery.

On the way down John dropped his drivers licence. I picked it up but before giving him back I couldn’t but notice his full name is John Herman Goring Eccles.

This explained the comments of Mein Gott and Gott Im himmel he was muttering under his breath as we walked around the gravestones.

We got back to our cars and drove the rest of the route ending up back at the start point where we met up with the rest of the group. where we had a chat and a coffee.

Well what a fantastic day with a great group of people and thanks to all who turned up and special thanks to Chris for adding photos to my route book and putting in the inter miles etc.

Staffordshire Forest and Chase Tour 10th March 2019

STAFFORDSHIRE FOREST AND CHASE TOUR Approx 60 miles

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The first event of the year and its a beauty. Thanks to Karl Edmundson and Christopher Warburton who have worked out a great route taking in the highways and byways around Cannock Chase.

North of the cathedral city of Lichfield, the ancient hunting grounds of Needwood Forest and Cannock Chase provided sport for medieval kings and nobles. Today it consists of rich farming country, extensive forestry plantations, lovely unspoilt villages, stately country mansions, and areas of unrivalled outstanding natural beauty.

We start from The Plant Pot Garden Centre, Stafford Rd, Lichfield WS13 8JA.

The Garden Centre is open from 9.00 and we plan to be away by 10.00 and follow the route guides which will be supplied on the day.

We should be back around lunchtime and there will be food available before we make our way home. If you are coming we could do with knowing so we can let the garden centre know in advance so they can make staff available.

ON THE TOUR

Lichfield

The three lovely red sandstone spires of the cathedral, best seen from across the still waters of the 17-acre Stowe Pool, mark a spot first consecrated by St Chad. The present cathedral, standing in a quiet close, is an outstanding example of Early English and decorated architecture with a magnificent, restored west front.

Lichfield was the birthplace of Dr Samuel Johnson, and his home in Breadmarket Street is now a museum devoted to his life and works. His statue stands in the busy cobbled Market Place, beside that of his biographer, James Boswell.

Tutbury

A pleasant little town on the banks of the River Dove, with a wealth of Tudor and Georgian houses and a magnificent half-timbered inn, the Dog and Partridge. The priory church, which was built in 1100, has splendid Norman arcades, clerestory and triforium, and is without doubt one of the finest Norman churches in the Midlands.

Towering above the town is John of Gaunt’s castle ruined by Parliamentary forces in the Civil War but retaining a dignified presence. Mary Queen of Scots was an enforced visitor on several occasions, and held captive in the High Tower.

Sudbury Hall

The pretty red brick village of Sudbury is perhaps best-known for its magnificent Charles II Hall, now in the hands of the National Trust this former home of the Vernon family is sumptuously decorated, and now contains a fascinating Museum of Childhood, with old toys and reconstructed classrooms.

Abbots Bromley

A black and white, half-timbered village clustered around an ancient Butter Cross. The village is famous for its annual Horn Dance performed every September, which is perhaps an echo of a pagan hunting dance. Nearby is Blithfield Hall, ancient home of the Bagot family and their black and white wild goats, and the extensive Blithfield Reservoir.

Shugborough Hall

Eighteenth-century seat of the Earl of Lichfield, Shugborough (National Trust) now also houses the Staffordshire County Museum, in the servants’ quarters, with a fascinating insight into life ‘downstairs.’ A working Rare Breeds Farm and restored corn mill are included in the extensive parklands, which are dotted with neo-classical monuments. Walks and trails are organised through the estate throughout the summer, so there is plenty to do for all the family.

Cannock Chase

Cannock Chase was originally the Royal Forest of Cannock, hunted by Norman kings, before it passed to the Bishop of Lichfield in 1290 and became Cannock Chase. Today it is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, with about 6,000 acres planted with conifers by the Forestry Commission, has reverted to the generally-accepted definition of a forest. Herds of fallow deer frequent the dense forest, and Staffordshire County Council have provided car parks, trails and an information centre at Milford, where the history and wildlife of the Chase is explained. The Forestry Commission has provided a Wildlife and Forest Centre south west of Rugeley on the Penkridge Road.

Cannock Chase War Cemetery

During the First World War when there was a large military camp at Cannock Chase which became the base for the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. There was also a prisoner-of-war hospital with 1,000 beds, and both camp and hospital used the burial ground.

Cannock Chase War Cemetery contains 97 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, most of them New Zealanders, and 286 German burials. There are also three burials of the Second World War.

The 58 German burials in Plot 4 were all brought into the cemetery in 1963, as part of the German Government’s policy to remove all graves situated in cemeteries or war graves plots not maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Currently we have eight cars attending but if you want to join us then please let us know ASAP.

This Years Proposed Events

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Hi Guys we have started planning this seasons events. here are the provisional dates and the locations. Karl is doing his logistical magic and we will post up more information once we have finalised the detail.

We have tried to spread the events so they match our membership clusters so please try to come and meet us if we are close by.

10th March 2019

Tour of the Staffordshire Forest

6th April 2019

Tour of Belgium, Holland and Germany

14th April 2019

National Coal Mining Museum Overton Yorkshire

6th May 2019

Castle Ashby Car Show (in conjunction with ukcrossfire owners)

19th May 2019

Tour of Worcestershire

2nd 2019 June

Classic and Performance Car Show at Tatton Park (Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances)

16th June 2019

Fathers Day event at Castle Howard

21st July 2019

Tour of Jedburgh and the Scottish Borders (Starts and Finishes in Jedburgh)

17th – 18th August 2019

Tour of Snowdon and Menai Straits, (the AGM will be the Saturday evening at a Hotel to be confirmed)

Christmas Party at the Waterwheel Tea Room and Bistro – Dec 16th 2018

After our highly enjoyable Coast to Coast run earlier in the year some of us called  in at the Waterwheel Cafe on our way home and very nice it was to.

So what about getting together at 12.30 on the 16th December for a catch up and a spot of Christmas Lunch before the festivities begin.

The menu looks delicious and it is not outrageously priced. So what you need to do next is

  1. Let me know if you are attending and if so can you send me a £5.00 deposit per person via PayPal at the link paypal.me/johndeccles or if you prefer send me a cheque through the post Message me for details.
  2. Choose from the menu below and let me have your choices asap because they are getting busy with bookings leading up to Christmas. They need our provisional figures before Friday 16th November 2018 the latest.

So here is the menu.

It will be great to catch up with everyone before we hibernate for the winter.

SatNav information

The Waterwheel Tearooms and Bistro, Barn Hill Farm, Howden, East Yorkshire DN14 7JP.

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Best wishes to you and your loved ones over the Christmas holidays. I hope Santa brings you what you want and not what you need and please spare a thought for people less fortunate that yourselves. (and I don’t mean people who don’t drive Crossfires)!

So let’s hope the new year is kind to us all and let’s try to meet up in the flesh at least once.  

Please let us know of events near to you so we can spread the joy around a little. 

So I will see you next year at some point.