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

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.

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.

 

Aug 26th – Ripon Classic Car and Bike Show

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Photo Courtesy of Mark Woodward Classic Events

The event is on Sunday 26th August and lockdown is at 11am For those attending tickets for a car and passenger are £4.00.

Attendees need to email either Karl or myself stating they wish to attend along with their home address as the tickets will be posted out to you.

We will all be meeting up at Morrisons Supermarket car park in Ripon between 9am and 10am which will give time to get breakfast and a tea/coffee. We will then drive in convoy to the venue , Ripon racecourse.

We have to be onsite before 11am as the site is then locked down and no vehicle movements allowed.

The Post Code for Morrisons is HG4 2SB , the racecourse is HG4 1UG.

For tickets please email

John Eccles at john.eccles@britishcrossfires.co.uk

Karl Edmondson at karl.edmondson@britishcrossfires.co.uk

Please email your details asap.

Cotswold Car Cruise Sun June 3rd 2018

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This is a tour of the South Cotswolds where we will meet up at 10.00am at the Ship Inn at Brimscombe from where we will set off on the tour using route books. The journey will take about two and a half hours. The start and finish point is the same so we will have time afterwards to drive to Bourton on the Water or Tottington steam railway.

Please let Karl know ASAP if you are attending then he can get the Route books printed.

Sat Nav Details

The Ship Inn, Brimscombe Hill, 
Brimscombe, Stroud, 
Gloucestershire, GL5 2QN 
Tel: 01453 884 388

Circuit Historique de Laon Friday 18th to Monday 21st May 2018

UPDATE we now have six cars booked on the trip. If you fancy it please book early as it always books up quickly!

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Join us on the Biggest Classic Car Pilgrimage to Europe for the 2018 Circuit Historique de Laon, the biggest and most popular Classic Car pilgrimage to Europe with over 350 cars attending this event every year. So what are you waiting for? Join us on this amazing tour to the Circuit Historique de Laon, a non-competitive event dedicated to any type of vintage, classic, sports and kit car.

Join us on our Annual tour to the Circuit Historique de Laon, a non competitive event dedicated to any type of vintage, classic, sports and kit car. The city of Laon will hosts this classic car parade of classic and vintage cars from all over Europe.

On Saturday the fun begins as all of the participants make their way to the registration point to sign on for the weekends events. Here you’ll collect your rally plate and joining instructions for Saturday’s organised run.

Then on Sunday morning, all of the participating cars assemble in the old town ready for the highlight of the weekend, the ‘closed street run’. As the name suggests all of the streets are closed to traffic. The route extends over 6kms and includes a hill climb  with hairpin bends as you make your way to the old town centre. Spectators line the streets to watch the biggest cavalcade of classic cars and sports cars in Europe.

What’s Included

Return P&O Ferry Crossing from Dover to Calais (other crossings available on request)

3 Nights Hotel Accommodation – see hotel choices
Buffet Breakfast each Morning

Annual Friday Car Display En-Route to Laon

Entry Fee to the 2018 Laon Historique

Participation in Saturday Rally including light-lunch

Participation in Sunday ‘Closed Street Parade’

Optional Participation in Monday Morning Run

Commemorative Tour Rally Plate

From £139.00 Per Person

For more details go to

www.sceniccartours.com

UK Crossfire Owners pre- Christmas Weekender – December 9th – 10th 2017

Gill Perry from the UK Crossfire Owners group is organising this event which is always well attended and has give us an invitation to join them this year. I know that a few of us are planning to go.

If you are interested please let us know asap so we can let Gill have the numbers.

Here are the details.

December 9-10th.

Premier Inn
Northampton West (Harpole)
Harpole Turn
Weedon Road
Harpole
NN7 4DD

This is a PACCO event (past and current Crossfire Owners).
If you would like to join us for a weekend of fun and festivity just book your own room and then let me know. Rooms are currently £29.50 !!! But be quick this price won’t last for ever!

It will be our usual UK Crossfire Owners weekender format :

SATURDAY
Meet for dinner in the adjacent Beefeater ( I will reserve a table nearer the time when I have a better idea of numbers)

SUNDAY
Drive out through the unexplored (!)Northamptonshire countryside, with a planned coffee stop.
Sunday lunch in a country pub ( again I will book nearer the time).
After lunch make your own way home

You do not have to do the whole weekend – if you just want to join us for the Saturday Dinner or just for the Sunday Drive Out or just the Sunday Lunch you are very welcome to do so

This is always a great weekend !! Book your room now !!!

Any questions just ask

Coast to Coast Tour Friday 8th – 9th September 2017

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Hi to all attending and those thinking of joining us.

Just an update , the route books are ready and John is sorting out the Rally plates which look brilliant.

We are having a raffle on the Saturday at Gisborough Hall so if you could bring a prize for the raffle it would be appreciated.

We will be charging £15.00 per car to cover the cost of the Rally Plates, Car Stickers and Route Books.

This will be a great weekend and if anyone needs any further information please message me.

Thanks

Karl

27th Aug 2017 – Ripon Autumn Classic Car and Bike Show

Ripon 01To get tickets to this event go to the website , Mark Woodward Classic events and go to the Ripon event. Book a ticket under Club Exhibitor and the club name British Crossfires.

Entry will cost £4 which gets you and a passenger in. This is a fantastic event and there are loads of auto jumble stalls.

If the grey german helmet is still on sale I’m buying it!. Meeting point is the Morrisons car park which is a short drive away or you can just go direct and there will be a designated area for British Crossfires.

The Post Code for Morrisons is HG4 2SB , the racecourse is HG4 1UG.