[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Red Barn, Blindley Heath -
October 2013 ] ::
This was our last outside mid-month meeting of the year but, unlike
normal when the weather has been kind to us, it really bucketed down
with cats and elephants. This meant that the turnout was initially ONE.
The car park was flooded and resembled a lake, and there was no
possibility of getting to the pub without getting the shoes thoroughly
soaked. For quite some time the Chairman's XJS was the only SVVS car in
the carpark but eventually it was joined by Hon Treasurer's Commutamerc.
Absolutely ages later, they were joined by the only other proper car
driven by the intrepid and very soaked Tony Tester with his topless
Chrysler Phaeton. Apparently 'phaeton' was 19th-century term for "a
sporty open carriage, typically with four extravagantly large wheels,
very lightly sprung, with a minimal body, fast and dangerous" !!
Sounds about right.
Inside the pub however were other Members who seemingly had sneaked in,
in their moderns. Clutching a pint was a dry Julian Alderton chatting to
Mrs Chairman, soon to be joined by Michel and Helen Gosset. Michel had
promised to come in his recently re-launched Citroen, but bottled out,
and despite having at least two other dry oldies, was driven in by his
wife in a modern. Also there having a proper Sunday lunch in the dining
room were Messrs Derrick Graham, with no Trojan in sight. Hon Sec
Malcolm Bailey and Sheena also came in a modern wondering weather to
stay, and then did. Soon after came Messrs John Chapman. Mrs. Tester was
seen in the bar, and as she was totally dry, guess she did not come with
hubby in the same aquacar!! Another who came in a modern was Tony
Marshall, and last, but not least, also in a modern, were Messrs Paul
Not an inspiring last outdoor meeting of the year, but hardly surprising
in view of the weather.
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