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SIR HENRY ROYCE MEMORIAL MEETING, ELMS LANE, WEST WITTERING
Wednesday 22 April 2009

For the eighth consecutive year, we enjoyed lovely weather for the Memorial Meeting. With their Club cars, members and their guests gathered outside Elmstead House, in Elms Lane, West Wittering. Coffee, cake and biscuits were available in the Gray's garden next door, prior to the Service commencing at 11.30am.

David Gray introduced the Rector of the Parish, John Williams, who conducted the short service giving thanks for the life and skills of Sir Henry Royce, and the motor cars and aero engines resulting from Rolls-Royce production.

After the Service those booked for lunch departed to Chichester College. The Students there cooked and served the meal in the Goodwood Restaurant, normally open to the public, but filled to capacity by the fifty-five of us who attended. Meanwhile, our cars, which we had been allowed to park on the grass in front of the main entrance to the College, were guarded by the security staff. Clearly the students much enjoyed having a close up look at the wide assortment of Rolls-Royce and Bentley models.

The comments made as we all dispersed suggest it was a nice venue - certainly a new one - and that the catering faculty had done a good job! It was a pity though that numbers were limited due to the size of the restaurant as circa another thirty people had wanted to have lunch.

My particular thanks to David Steel who liaised with the College throughout the planning of the event, and was the first there on the day to provide direction signage, and to ensure we were all parked safely. Thanks to him and Dick Lees too, for their car park attendant duties at Elms Lane.

David Gray - Section Committee Member


Cars were parked in front of the College
Members' motor cars were parked in front of the College.
RRs at Elmstead   Rector John Williams
David Gray's 1937 RR 25/30 and Tony Smith's 1925 RR PI Sedanca-de-Ville at Elmstead.   Rector John Williams.
Photos: Ian Burt