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

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. 

We have our name in lights at last

Just recieved an email about the show next weekend and guess what we are in the listings of the clubs attending.

Thats a first for us and if you read the list we are in some pretty exclusive company.

So lets hope mr sunshine decides to play and we have a great day. Look out for the event report later next week. If anyone fancies it you can still arrive on the day before 11.00 and pay the normal show admission. The more the merrier.