|This year, again, the Memorial meeting at West Wittering was blessed with
beautiful weather. Members arrived from 1015 onwards in pleasantly warm
Spring sunshine. Sufficiently so for the owners of convertible motor cars to
take the opportunity to start building their summer tans!
Over forty Club cars attended, and miraculously were all parked off road in Elms
Lane by the time that John Williams, Rector of the Parish, arrived to
conduct the short service outside Elmstead House, giving thanks for the life
and skills of Sir Henry Royce.
After the service members, their partners, and neighbours, all partook of
drinks and canapes in the garden of 'Hattons', the home of David and Jackie
Gray. Ted Meachem, our Section Secretary, presented Jackie with
flowers before advising those moving on to lunch at Crouchers Country Hotel
that they needed to be seated in the restaurant by 1310hrs. All motor cars
were parked and their owners seated by 1330. Not bad for eighty-six people!
Opinions expressed suggested that Crouchers provided an
excellent three course meal, and was a charming venue.
Fifty percent of the club cars in attendance were manufactured over fifty years ago,
Chess Ferrier's 1924 Silver Ghost being the 'oldie of the day'.