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:: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Black Swan, Ockham - March 2010] ::

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It should perhaps be admitted that our first visit to the Black Swan at Ockham, scheduled as a “visiting pub” was not exactly a raging success. A brave experiment of going to the western fringes of our area to attract the members in that area. In the event only seven proper cars and a couple of moderns turned out. It must also be said that it was Mother’s Day and that ‘every son and his mother’ had booked all the tables for lunch.

The Black Swan turned out to be a very smart modern pub with lots of tables and extensive menu. Not a drinker’s pub, more a gastro pub. None of our Members had been successful in gaining a table in advance and therefore not many came because of it, which is shame. While we accept that the meeting clashed with Mother’s Day and that some would not have been there because of taking ma out, others simply went elsewhere, where they could get a table for lunch. This would seem OK if they go out every Sunday to a pub specifically to have lunch, but surely the point of organising a SVVS Meeting is to meet socially and “kick tyres”. Bit sad for the SVVS organisers to receive phonecalls to say they wont be there only because they could not get a table.

Those that came in proper cars were Messrs Roger Bishop in the Morris repmobile, a solo much travelled Julian Alderton in the MG Y beermat, Angela Hume in a Ford Prefect, Howard Palmer in the lovely Lagonda Rapier, Alan Pratt in a MGB GT, Ken Berry in the Jaguar E type, and me in my Jaguar XJR due to graunching noises coming from the back of the XJS on return from the Treasure Hunt. Earlier on Peter Clark had been there in his NG but scarpered. Also there was Desmond Peacock who did not think any of his numerous Amilcars would make it.

      All in all, a disappointing meeting. Must do better next year and hopefully avoid Mother’s Day!


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