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SVVS at the Red Barn, Blindley Heath

   :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath - October, 2011] ::
Still a relatively new venue for us which is proving quite popular among our Members. We had some 20 vehicles on display on a really lovely and quite a hot day for October. It was also noted that some members ate outside. Vehicles included the lovely Sunbeam motorcycle belonging to Chas Moody and the AJS belonging to John Chapman. Mr Chairman came in the recently revived 1921 Citroen now that the mag position has been sorted.  Interesting newish cars included a Rover 12  and a Jaguar 420 . 

SVVS at Nutfield

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Inn o/t Pond, Nutfield  - Sept. 2011 ] ::
Bearing in mind that we have been coming to this pub at this time regularly for a large number of years, a very harassed Manageress indicated that nobody had told her that we were coming, nobody had booked any tables and yes, that some our members had got upset and ‘stormed off’ when no tables could be found. The place was overrun by a swarm of noisy and buzzy Subarus. The few of our Members who came had indeed left,   some to find alternative pubs  and  others to  go home.

SVVS at the Reigate Tunnel

   ::[ SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2011 ]::
The SVVS was again invited by the Reigate Business Guild to display our vintage and classic vehicles in old Tunnel Road above the Reigate Sand Caves in the support of the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. Our vehicles created quite a bit of interest in Tunnel Road, so many thanks to all SVVS members who attended. Thanks also to Serge Tassi, the proprietor of the La Barbe Restaurant in Bell Street for providing a bottle of wine to each entrant.  Thanks to Chas Moody and Tony Russell.

SVVS at the Three Horseshoes, Siddlow

:: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow  - August 2011 ] ::
Rapid onset of darkness heralded our last evening meeting of the season. We had returned to the Three Horseshoes after a number of years of absence to find most of our gripes resolved. There is now a brand new fully tarmaced carpark, plus an overflow car park, and relatively good lighting which is needed for an evening meeting.  We were rewarded with a very impressive 42 proper cars and which made it one of the best attended meetings of this year.  Now for a club room??

SVVS Picnic at Church Farm

         :: [ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, 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 large chunk of South East England. This meant that Royce, and a large number of our Members, were "kettled" to the west of Dorking. So  the  SVVS  Picnic  was  held  again  this year at  Church Farm,  Horne. 

SVVS Meeting at the Plough Bletchingley

   :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Plough, Bletchingley - July 2011] ::
The pub is on the A25 with lots of passing traffic and when the weather is fine the Plough draws our best, or second best, attendance of the year. They normally remember, when remained, to cut the meadow of the grassy knoll beside the pub to accommodate our cars which then fill it and overflow into the car park. The hot rod brigade, which are nothing to do with us, also seem to regularly join us which swells the numbers. The pub did not run out of beer or glasses, but could do with more staff. 

SVVS at Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit

     :: [ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July 2011] ::
Our Member Peter Clark is also the Chairman of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Surrey Region, who meet at the Brooklands Motor Museum. JEC Regional Committee extended an invitation to the SVVS to join them at their Thursday July meeting in their oldies and to display them along with JEC Jaguars. During the evening Peter arranged for a guided tour of the Museum and for exhibits to be laid on for both sets of club members. Some 15 SVVS cars attended a superb evening. Many Thanks.

Jaguar XK220 at the Mike Hawthorn Museum

      :: [ SVVS Visit to the private Mike Hawthorn Museum  - July 2011] ::
The SVVS received a kind invitation from Nigel Webb to visit his impressive private Museum dedicated to Mike Hawthorn which houses many items of memorabilia associated with the famous racing driver. It also house a fine collection of Jaguars which were assembled in one place for the occasion. A talk on Jaguars was given by a number of ex Jaguar Brown Lane employees and nibbles and refreshments were laid on.  Absolutely  fabulous day out, and even the weather remained kind. 

SVVS Meeting at Six Bells, Horley

     :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2011 ] ::
An old world pub situated at the end of a narrow lane, adjacent to a church yet within sight of Gatwick Airport and Gatwick hotels. There were tables behind the pub on a lawn that ran down to the River Mole. Another bonus for us was that the car park had space for about 150 cars so for once we did not cause parking chaos. Inside the height of the bar’s ceiling caused some discomfort for our less vertically challenged members.  Photos taken by our snapper 'O'Akes The Photo'.

Surrey Oaks at Newdigate

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2011] ::
If one were looking nominate a timeless English country pub then the Surrey Oaks in Newdigate would be high on the list. With its low beams-ouch-rambling layout, pleasant garden and variety of real ales, there can be no better place to while away a summer's afternoon. Weather at this venue is  normally quite good or brilliant but this time light rain put a damper on the day.  This also seems a popular place for unveiling new cars. Being a local for Tony Russell, lots are Hot Rods resident in village.

SVVS massed ranks at the Skimmington Castle

 :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2011 ] ::
Perhaps it is time of year, but the Skim continues to be popular as ever.  Our unofficial stewards had once again ensured that no moderns crept into our half of the car park, and we ensured that we prevented all moderns coming in by occupying most of the other half. As usual the Skim was one the best  turnouts of the year,  but as usual  not all the cars were  ours. the Skimmington Castle is a pleasant olde worlde pub hidden  up a  bumpy lane  off  Reigate Heath  with  good beer  and  food.

The Plough & Furrow, Smallfield

 ::[SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Plough & Furrow, Smallfield - May 2011]::
It seems as if our Members are beginning to find the Plough & Furrow in Smallfield because the turnout was considerably up on last year. This time we had a quite a fair selection of 23 vehicles including the return to the road of the Chairman's Citroen 5CV, and the Hon Auditors Humber Snipe. Mrs Chairman zoomed in flamboyantly in the MG Miget. Desmond Peacock left the pub less raucously than usual with petrol seeping out of a petrol pipe and hopefully, he was not incinerated on the way home. 

The Black Horse, Hookwood

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Black Horse, Hookwood - April 2011 ] ::
The Black Horse at Hookwood, has been on our calendar for many years but it never seems to get a significant attendance. Nevertheless we did get 16 cars out, largely classics. Vintage cars were represented by Simon Bishop in a 'new' Singer and Mike Gorman in the Morris. Also nice to see Oakes out in the hibernating Humber. It is perhaps a bit early in the year to get the old cars out. The Black Horse is a smart modern pub with lots of tables and extensive menu;  yet another family gastro-pub. 

The Cock, Headley

     ::[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Cock Inn, Headley - March 2011 ]::
It should be admitted that our visit to the Cock at Headly was not exactly a raging success. This was our first official outside meeting of the year held as usual in mid March, and it was to a new venue. It must be said that the weather was pretty grim and cloudy but that it did not actually rain while there. In the event only four 'classic' cars turned out and a handful of moderns which accounted for about 20 SVVS people. Very much a  Sunday  lunchtime 'eatery' with lots of  tables and waiters.

Prince of Wales, Wescott

                 :: [ SVVS Treasure Hunt - Orienteering - March 2011 ] ::
Not actually a Treasure Hunt but a non-competitive drive between a number of villages where it was then necessary to park, get out of the car and walk to find all the clues. We assembled at the The Prince of Wales in Wescott, gently toddled off to look at old churches, and eventually reassembled at the Lamb Inn for lunch. A carload of cheats driven by Robing Vince but were too cowardly to put up with the flack and ceded victory to the best  ‘twosome’  of Madeleine & Steve Brooks.  

SVVS Dinner at the Reigate Manor Hotel

     :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - February 2011 ] ::
Reigate Manor Hotel was again the venue for the 2011 Annual SVVS Dinner and was attended by a smashing turnout of 110 people. We were lucky enough to obtain the services of David Richmond-Coggan as our Guest Speaker who gave a wonderful audio-visual presentation on the historical aspects of the RLNI. All the proceeds of our Raffle then went to the RNLI. It should be mentioned that first and second raffle prizes, which were cash, were subsequently also  donated  to  RNLI by winners!

The Beehive, Woodhatch

 :: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2011 ] ::
Our first meeting of the year took place again at the Beehive. The New Year dawned crisp, sunny but cold which may have accounted for the relatively smaller than usual turnout of older vehicles in the car park.  Fair-weather Members came in moderns and hid them round the back in embarrassment. Kicking of tyres in the carpark was relatively minimal but the bonhomie in our bit of the bar was great fun. It seems we consumed most of the pub's cooked lunches as the wives had a  day off.

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