Congleton Bear Town Classic Car Club

Classics for Charity Evening Show – 20th June, 2019 – Longton. 18h00 – 22h00.

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£2 per person to support the Donna Louise Trust/ Douglas MacMillan Hospice

Just turn up and enjoy, all welcome. See website below for further details.



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April Club Night                      

Even though it was April Fool Day our meeting was after 17:00hrs and the tricks and tripping up periods had passed so no Tom Foolery took place and no broken bones. It actually took place in the kissing peri0d. but being predominately men it was a foregone conclusion that it wasn’t an item on the agenda.

There was some sad news when members were informed about the passing of, Jane Webster, who organised for many years shows at Kelsall, Daresbury, Astle Park and other venues. A condolence card was circulated and signed before sending it to her husband, Fred. Jane’s funeral took place on the 12th April at Vale Royal Crematorium. which was attended by several members. We were  informed that her son will be dealing  with the Entry forms for Kelsall.  She will be sadly missed.

Now on a lighter note what was clearly evident on the night was the number of members in attendance, for the third month running, we nearly ran out of chairs!  Could this be we are doing something right? I can only think we are.

Talking about members attendance we have 4 YES FOUR  new members to whom we give a very big welcome to.   

Big big welcome from all club  members

       to Anthony Tatton, Alan Mcbeath, Mike Goddard and Paul  M Doidge

Now down to the business part

Members were also told that the club no longer receives commission payment  from Footman James Insurance, who inform that members continue to receive a preferential  rate on declaration that they are members of Congleton  Beartown Classic & Vintage Car Club. The Club continues not to make any recommendation or endorsement of any insurance product/service.

Members were informed of changes to the events calendar, which are:

The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society (POPS) will take place at Apedale Valley Railway & Mine Museum at Chesterton NOT the Britannia Stadium


June 16 – Peaks & Dales Charity Run, Marple to Buxton

Members were reminded that the May Club Night will take place on TUESDAy 7th May in view of the bank holiday.

Now business is done time to talk about the fun bits of the evening and reports of events passed.

An auction took place for a 21 piece China Tea Service kindly  by Stuart Beech and a pair of Tables, kindly donated by Tony Pomelli auctioned by Rob Worthington and raised £22 for club funds.

The ever popular raffle raised £63.

Members News               

The specially commissioned  badge and key fob, to mark our upcoming 20th anniversary, are on order and should be available to members at our June Club Night.

Club events Report

Thanks to Eddie Howell and George Timbey, we were able to enjoy the first of our road runs for this year. After what seemed a slow start some 16 vehicles set off. Well almost, as one temperamental Scimitar decided to throw a wobbly and suffer from fuel starvation even though there was plenty in the tank so as to speak. Driver and passengers were despatched to ride in other vehicles and enjoyed a leisurely meander through Cheshire countryside in absolutely glorious spring weather. As predicted! Terry & Ted being the first off were unaware of this incident until the half way point, when everybody else arrived and were able to racont the story. On setting off again Terry’s beloved Beryl was heard to give out an almighty bang and crack as she turned left onto the main road. ‘That was one helluva pothole’ exclaimed Ted, but Terry proferred ‘I know the potholes are bad in Cheshire East but that was no b….. pothole, Ted’ Beryl was limped home and an S Type Jag appeared where there should have been a Rover 2000. Beryl is now awaiting a differential refurb! Despite the small trials and tribulations it was a very enjoyable event and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Evening Show. 17th. May,2019.

The first of our evening shows will take place on May 17, 2019 at the Bull’s Head. Arrival time from 18h00 on.

Please ignore that this was listed as 16th May in the April Newsletter along with a rod run. The road run has been postponed.

Other Events.

Endon Well Dressing. Monday 27th. May,2019. Harold is looking forward to seeing some new faces, on what will be a gloriously sunny day (he says so, but recent history would indicate otherwise). Congregate on the rear car park of The Plough (on the main A53 road between Stoke and Leek) from 13h00 onwards and if you could have your car description ready for him, it would be a big help for him. Big letters please in case he forgets his glasses again!!

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October 2018 Newsletter

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October Newsletter
Members News
At the October meeting two new members joined us, Mike Entwisle with a 1934 MG PA and Johnny Harwood, with a 1951 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith there were also some other guests who may also join. In September, David Buckingham and Kath O’Reilly joined us. A very big welcome is extended to all. Our membership now stands at 90 members which demonstrates our club has a broad appeal.
Club Events
Our presence at Clonter Opera on 2nd September helped them to raise over £3000. Club members will receive a 10% discount on purchase of tickets for events at Clonter.
Our bucket raffle at Congleton Heritage raised £194 for the Donna Louise Trust. We received a letter of thanks for our donation that I will pass round at our next meeting.
We have received a licence of the Congleton Christmas Collection on 15th December in the town centre. It is hoped that as many as possible can support us at this event given we were not able to do it last year.
The BBQ was excellent however only 85 out of the 103 booked and paid for turned up. Our thanks again to Andrea and Clive for hosting the event and letting us use their executive toilets. The nett cost to the club was £438, which compares favourably with £551 the year before. Two lessons for next year were retained; a) Avoid misunderstanding over the timing of when food is available & (b) reduce the impact of paying for non-shows. Many thanks to all those who helped on the day by donating raffle prizes, selling raffle tickets and cleaning up before and afterwards!
Future Club Activiites
On Sunday October 21st there is a Club show and road run. The road run will start at 10.30 at the Bulls Head and end up there around noon. We would like a good turnout to justify the considerable efforts Eddie and George go to in planning the routes.
Booking Forms for the Christmas lunch on December 2nd, at a cost of £21.50 per person, were made available at the October meeting and will be available at our November meeting. Alternatively the form is available on the website. Closing date will be 9th November. Our thanks to John Baker for making the arrangements.
How far will you go?
We asked, "How far do you travel with your classic motor to a show?"........The answer is basically "not more than 30 miles!"
We found that members from "The Cheshire Set", Sandbach, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel and Congleton travelled as far south as Eccleshall, Mill Meece and Stafford etc., whilst the "Stokie Brigade" from Newcastle, Tunstall, Kidsgrove , Mow Cop & Biddulph headed no further North than Capesthorne, Tatton, or Manchester Airport.
"The Cheese Eaters" from Nantwich and Crewe generally didn't venture any further East than Leek or Buxton although the "Oatcake Wanglers" from that part of our area do travel out as far West as Kelsall and Chester!
Odd destinations do creep in for a small minority such as Weston Park, Bodelwyddan Castle, Llandudno, Anglesey, Salford and Leyland but generally the "30 mile" rule seems to apply.
The reason, again generally seems to be cost!
With fuel now @ £1.34 /litre (£6.08/gallon) and our venerable motors only averaging 10/15 miles per gallon (plus additive) then it will cost £25 per day in petrol to show the car!.£50 per weekend (2 shows);£200 per month;£1200 per season!!! That's money! That's why 30 miles is about right.
That is also why it's not " every show-every day-every weekend."
Thanks to the Brilliant Response to our questionnaire, a lot more than we expected. It proves people actually DO read our magazine!
One member, who will remain anonymous, actually shows his murky brown Jensen all the way at Llandudno (@ 12 mpg) and makes a holiday of it staying at a hotel for three nights. He gets so many "Brownie points" for this from his very understanding better half that it lasts him for a FULL twelve months!!! Should we all do it?
Big thanks to Ray Yates who writes as always in his slightly irreverent but inimitable style.
Is he daring to suggest we are too tight to spend money on fuel going to shows?
Events in October
October 13Hough Village Hall Autumn Fayre, Cobb Lane, Hough (Unconfirmed)
October 13 Music, Motors & Fine Food, Leek Town Centre (Unconfirmed)
October 13/14 Klondyke Mill October Steam Party, Draycott in Clay, Staffs.
October 14 Yesteryear Rally, Heaton House Farm, Rushton Spencer
October 14 Malvern Festival of Transport, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs. WR13 6NW
October 21 Beartown Classic Car Club Show & Road Run, Bull's Head.
October 21 Newark Mega Autojumble, Newark, Notts.

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