[ SVVS Summer Picnic, Horne - August 2011 ]
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic
was supposed to have been held at the premises of Messrs Royce in
Betchworth but the 2012 Olympic Organising Committee decided that this
was to be the day they would hold the Olympic Cycling Trials from
Whitehall to Boxhill and therefore shut off the roads in a large chunk
of South East England. This meant that Royce, and a large number
of our Members, were "kettled" to the west of Dorking.
Fortunately we had found this out just in time to put an urgent note in
the SVVS Magazine that the Picnic was to have a new venue.
So the SVVS Picnic was held again this year
at Church Farm, the home of Julie and Bozi Mohacek. The photos
below are by Tony Oakes, Michel
Gosset and Bozi Mohacek. Please click on any thumbnail picture below to see the full size
picture. To return to the thumbnails please click the Explorer
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As the weather was forecast to be iffy and as half of the Members were
unlikely to be able to attend, it was decided that in view of the
reduced numbers we would hold the Picnic round the farm pond rather than
in the normal field. It turned out however that the weather was sunny
and gorgeous and that members turned out in larger numbers than last
year. The parking area round the pond soon filled up with Vintage cars
so the Classics did end up in the field. In the event there were about
40 cars on show including a number seen for the first time.
Front-of-house duties of welcoming the guests and doing the barbecue
were manfully handled by Chaiman Bozi resulting in largely overdone
bangers. Hotdog sausages and burgers were available as usual on arrival
to all visitors, as indeed was a glass of wine. This was supplemented by
Pimms to enliven the occasion. Our normal Wine Steward Bob Drew
and Jean were away so Tony Oakes kindly managed to intersperse the
arduous task of drinking with the pouring out.
The space round the pond was more than adequate for all of the Members
to spread themselves out and left space for about the same number
again. We were pleased that Members arranged themselves in larger
groups and that older members welcomed newer members into their circles.
This may well be the format for any other SVVS Picnics we may hold.
The Farm is beside the
rather lovely St Mary's Church in Horne and after all the picnics were
eaten Tony Oakes and Julie Mohacek organised a quiz/treasure hunt
involving a walk round the farm and the next-door Church
looking for clues.
Julie is a church warden of St
Mary's, Horne, and the Quiz helped raise
nearly £40 towards much needed church funds. Two couples
tied for the first place and got the plonk, and one got the booby of
Tony Oakes carefully fertilised courgette.
Many thanks to all who circumvented the 2012
Olympic Organising Committee and made the effort to come !! Lovely
to see you all and hope you had a nice
by BOZI MOHACEK
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