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HICKSTEAD - THE ALL ENGLAND JUMPING COURSE
Saturday 27 June 2009

Seventeen Club motor cars had pre-booked this year but unfortunately four had to cancel. On the day another five Club motor cars arrived to make a fine line up on River Lawn. We are always most grateful to Hickstead and the Bunn family for allowing us to attend this international show jumping meeting particularly as we are allowed to drive in via the private entrance, over the wooden bridge and to display our motor cars on the lawn. This year was marred by the sad news that the founder of Hickstead, Douglas Bunn, had passed away the previous week and that the funeral was planned for the following Monday. Some of the water that flows in the stream between River Lawn and the garden of the residence is used to irrigate the international arena and we understand that Douglas's ashes will be cast over the stream. So it is therefore possible that some of his ashes may well find their way onto the arena that he created and built up to the splendid venue it is today. We extend our sincere condolences to the family for their loss at this time.

Our contact with Hickstead over the years has been Roger Bunn, nephew of Douglas, who is a long standing member of our Section. Roger has just clocked up forty years unbroken membership of the RREC. It was with great pleasure that, in front of a small gathering of members, we were able to present Roger with his forty year badge.

As always we are most grateful to the Bunn family, and especially to Liz Bunn, the 'CEO' of Hickstead, for the invitation to attend.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary

  Roger Bunn and Ted Meachem
Roger Bunn receives his forty year badge from Ted Meachem.
Photo: Paul Hoddinott