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The SVVS Christmas Social

  ::[ SVVS Christmas Social - Hand-in-Hand, Box Hill - December 2008 ]::
One of the newer events which was added to the SVVS calendar a few years back continues to be a great success. The Christmas Social is get together to which ladies could come along with their husbands without having either to listen to boring talks on old cars or having to stand in drafty car parks watching husbands kicking tyres. Lovely grub was laid on by the pub and they must be complemented on the quality and the quantity. Great fun  was had  by all,  with a turnout  of  over  50  people.

Bentley at the Star, Lingfield

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield  - October 2008 ] ::
Lovely sunny day with quite respectable turnout of proper cars which as usual filled the car park. We had a couple of new visitors to the venue and a couple of new cars. Regretfully nobody seems to have done a write-up about the meeting so there are no details of who owned what. The lovely green Bentley is not in the current Vehicle Register. Fortunately Tony Oakes who lives locally took out his gas-guzzler Kraut-mobile and camera,   so at least there is a  pictorial record of the event. 

Inn-on-the-Pond, Nutfield

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Inn o/t Pond, Nutfield  - Sept. 2008 ] ::
It always seems to be a nice day when we visit the Inn-on-the-Pond, whatever time of the year we come. Some 15 proper cars lined up in the car park of the above-mentioned hostelry adjacent to Nutfield marsh. Many repaired indoors to await their Sunday lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, followed by enjoying a plate of fruit crumble. The weather was fine so a number of member families sat outside in the nice autumn sunshine. The rest hung onto their drinks kicking old tyres.

Mohaceks at the Plough, Bletchingley

    :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Plough, Bletchingley - July 2008 ] ::
The ever-popular meeting at the Plough on the A25 in the village of Bletchingley is one of our best attended meetings. The pub lets us park on the grass bank, that is, if they remember to cut it. This time it was done only the day before so there was much hay underfoot and on underside of cars. Quite a successful evening as many passers-by can see our massed ranks displayed high up on the bank. Thankfully the rain had  kept off this year  although  thunderstorms  had been  threatened. 

Harveys at Dog and Duck, Outwood

:: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Dog & Duck, Outwood - July 2008 ] ::
The Dog & Duck is located on Outwood Hill in Surrey not far from the Outwood Windmill. A slightly reduced turnout of members which is becoming quite traditional for this venue, which is a shame because it is practically always a lovely sunny day when we come here. Must have been a nice day for Michael Harvey to have taken his mollycoddled Morgan out of the cotton wool and drive the full half mile to the pub! Probably got a serious  wash thereafter.  Chinese motorbike  there  too.

Big Band Concert at Horne

    :: [ SVVS at the Midsummer Big Band Concert, Horne - July 2008 ] ::
SVVS Members attended the Midsummer Big Band Concert at Church Farm in Horne beside the lovely St. Mary's Church. The concert was in aid of church funds and attendance was open to the general public. Overall some 300 people came and enjoyed a pleasant evening listening to a raunchy big band 'The Milestones', while sitting in a pleasant countryside field, watching the sun go down,  and having a lovely picnic. Some 20 SVVS 'proper' cars were there, which is a good turnout.

Hornet at Six Bells, Horley

     :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2008 ] ::
No problems with suspected murders at the pub, as was the case a couple of years ago, so the pub was open and serving beer ! However we did not have quite the usual turnout expected for this venue which is generally quite well attended. Main problem was the weather which had been very threatening throughout the day, but in the event the evening remained generally dry. Hence  only  the  usual  hardy  Members  were to be seen. Notwithstanding, quite  nice  machinery  normally  turns  up.

Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2008] ::
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 always at the very least good or otherwise brilliant.  Could do with more like it! This also seems a popular place for unveiling new cars.  Lovely  visiting  Fiat  509 ,  Chrysler  Touring and a Derby  Bentley.

Morgan at Plough, Smallfield

:: [SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Plough & Furrow, Smallfield - May 2008] ::
This is a new date and time for this venue. It has been bought forward and to lunchtime, but as it is located very much at the eastern edge of our catchment area, it does seem that it falls off the radar to many of our Members. Nice refurbished pub serving meals. Notwithstanding, not a bad turnout of locals with a preponderance of classics. It was interesting to note that colour-coding the SVVS badge to the car colour has caught on in a big way. Interesting Morgan and a Traction joined us.

Skimmington Castle, Reigate

 :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2008 ] ::
As is traditional, our summer evening season started with a visit to the Skimmington Castle, a pleasant olde worlde pub hidden on Reigate Heath. The landlord 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 cars  were  ours.

Wellhouse Inn, Coulsdon

:: [SVVS Lunchtime Meeting  -  Wellhouse Inn, Coulsdon  -  April 2008] ::
One of the new venues which nobody seemed to be able to get to. Very olde-worldey beamed pub with a historic well. Seems it was the original St. Margaret's well from which the local area Mugswell is named. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book but dates to a Celtic/Anglo Saxon settlement. Pretty poor turnout but it must be said that the weather did not help. Grim low black thunder clouds and it absolutely deluged cats and elephants all morning. However by mid day, -  blue skies and warm. 

SVVS 40th Anniversary Dinner

       :: [ SVVS Dinner - Russ Hill Hotel, Charlwood - February 2008 ] ::
The Annual SVVS Dinner was held at the Russ Hill Hotel and was again a great success having been attended by over 121 Members. This was a new venue for the Society and the general impression is that it was every bit as good as the previous years. The highlights of the evening were a brief talk by Fraser Clayton on the history of the Society, this being our 40th Birthday, and an amusing talk by Anne Chance who at 64 decided to learn to ride horses,  so as to go on a cattle drive in Montana.

New Year's day at the Beehive

 :: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2008 ] ::
Our first meeting of the year took place again at the Beehive which had been extensively modernised since the last visit. The weather was wet and cold and the turnout of proper cars was quite poor. Because of the weather many others came in moderns and hid them round the back in embarrassment. Kicking of tyres in the carpark was minimal. We were also responsible for the consumption of most of the pub's cooked lunches as many members took the opportunity to give wives a day off.

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