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Saunter to Gatton Park Summer Fair,Surrey - July 2016 ] ::
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The 2016 SVVS Summer
Our Hon Sec Malcolm Bailey who organises the Summer
Saunters advised that Gatton Park is a truly superb location which is
National Trust administered and has the Gatton Hall (grade 2 listed) and
13th Century Church of St Andrew, all set in 250 acres of estate that
was laid out by Capability Brown; so there is plenty to see apart from
the Fair. We were invited to display our vehicles adjacent to the Hall
which is a prime location under the majestic trees. Normal procedure for
the Summer Saunter is to met at a central point elsewhere and do a
gentle drive through the countryside to the Venue, and to bring your own
Somehow we had managed to mess up the entry of the Summer Saunter details
into the June Magazine which would have been plenty of time to take into
account the change of Date and Venue decided a few months ago. As the
visit had been arranged to coincide with the Gatton Park Country Fair,
the date was moved from the 17th to the 3rd, which meant the event was
over before the July Mag was delivered. Email shot was instigated
but the turnout was unsurprisingly poor.
We ended up with nine cars at the Park : Brian Rice in 1980 Triumph
Spitfire, Malcolm Ward in 1989 Mercedes Benz 500SEC, Malcolm Bailey
in 1934 Morris Minor
Tourer, Roger and Pam Bishop in 1913 Berliet, Alan Rothwell
in a 1971 MGB Roadster, Chris Geary in a 1953 Alvis TA21, Mike Gorman in
a 1934 Morris 10 Tourer, David
Smart in a 1931 Rolls 20/25, and Tony and Julie Tester in 1936 Chrysler Wimbledon.
The driving Saunter bit didn't really materialise. Organiser Malcolm
Bailey was joined in Reigate
car park by Roger and Pam Bishop, accompanied by Stephen and Madeleine Brooks,
and Alan Rothwell and friend Mike. Afterwaiting and chatting for a while, we made
our way by a fairly direct route to Gatton Park.
It was a really good venue and all agreed it would be worth visiting
again next year. The Fair was interesting in it's family-orientated
variety, the only notable lack being beer! It was suggested it might be
a worthwhile addition to our programme of events.
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