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OPEN DAY IN THE GROUNDS AND GARDENS OF BATTS, ASHURST
Sunday 31 May 2009

Thirty-one Club motor cars were parked/positioned by Ralph Taylor in the nicely mown paddock on the left of the drive and to one side of the main house. Around sixty-seven members set up their picnic paraphernalia behind the motor cars, to take advantage of the splendid view towards the South Downs. Our hosts, John and Linda had also invited a number of their friends, some in classic motor cars, including the President of the BDC Andrew Day. All in all quite a display in the paddock.

The weather had been kind in the previous week and on this bright sunny day it was a pleasure to wander in the gardens and grounds which are beautifully maintained. John's motor cars (three Mercedes, a Bentley drophead, a Jaguar and a couple of others) were on display in another paddock outside their motor house. Some members enjoyed a game of Croquet on the main rear lawn and some just admired the view from the top of the ha ha. Around the swimming pool members gathered to partake in a glass of Champagne which John kindly provided. Just before lunch we presented John and Linda with a pair of goblets and flowers as a 'thank you'.

A very pleasant relaxing day in the Sussex countryside with grateful thanks to our hosts for making us so welcome at their home.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary


John Young's home   Members' motor cars displayed
John and Linda's home.   Members' motor cars displayed in the grounds.
Champagne by the pool
Champagne and cake by the swimming pool.
Picnic weather   Ralph, Jean and Ted
Ideal weather for the picnic.
Photos: Ian Burt