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SIR HENRY ROYCE ANNUAL MEMORIAL MEETING, ELMS LANE, WEST WITTERING
Sunday 22 April 2007

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'.

David Gray - Section Committee Member   John Williams and Ted Meachem.   Elmstead House
Congregating in Elms Lane.
Congregating in Elms Lane.                                   John Williams and Ted Meachem.                       Elmstead House.
Drinks in the garden.   Drinks and canapes in the garden.
Members enjoying drinks and canapes in the garden of 'Hattons'.
Early RR motorcars.   Elmstead West.   RR Silver Ghost and RR 20hp.
Early RR motorcars in 'Hattons' driveway. Elmstead West. RR Silver Ghost and RR 20hp.
Crouchers.   Crouchers Country Hotel.   Ted thanked our hosts Jackie and David.
Crouchers Country Hotel and Restaurant.                                                        Ted thanked our hosts Jackie and David.    
Photos: Ian Burt