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CENTENARY MEMORIAL MEETING AT ELMSTEAD
Friday 22 April 2005

Lots of these event write-ups start with a weather report, include the numbers and once again this one is no different.

The Silver Shadow of Doug James was first to arrive (Doug sold his long owned 1934 PII a couple of weeks ago) with David Gray's Poppy (1929 20hp) parked in the drive of Hattons. Another five Club cars joined Poppy with the age range spanning almost ninety years! Four more Club cars parked in the drive of Elmstead West by kind permission of the new owner. Another four Club cars were allowed to park in the drive of the bungalow opposite Hattons and a further four or five Club cars parked in Elms Lane. It was good to see Bob and Sinee Coles from Swanage (having just arrived in England from California).

On a bright dry day (the weather report is perhaps relevant, as most of us prefer dry roads when we bring out our pride and joys) around sixty people, including many neighbours, gathered opposite the memorial plaque to Sir Henry at 11.45. At extremely short notice the Reverend Clifford Hankins led a short service in which he praised the excellence of Sir Henry's work and mentioned his connection with West Wittering. Our thanks to Clifford.

David and Jackie Gray kindly invited us into the garden of Hattons again this year for refreshments. Just before we adjourned to the Spotted Cow, Jackie was presented with an aquapack of flowers and David a bottle of liquid engineering (for his own engine) as a small 'thank you' for their hospitality.

Around thirty members took lunch at the Hunston hostelry, thanks to David Steel for arranging the venue.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary


Rev Hankins   Caption required   Elmstead West
Rev Hankins with Ted Meachem. Who's got the caption for this one? Elmstead West.
Hattons garden
We were kindly invited by David and Jackie Gray into the garden of Hattons for refreshments.
Period cars   Ted and Jackie
Period motor cars grace the driveway of Hattons. Ted presented Jackie with flowers. Photos: Ian Burt