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S V V S Summer Picnic - Lakeside View - August 2021] ::

Photos by Bozi Mohacek.


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The arrangements for this Summer Picnic were made by our Publicity Officer Tony Russell. this being one of his many local haunts. However the organising logistics precluded the supply of the usual free glass of plonk and hot dog. The pub is on a small lake used for fishing and they had agreed to let us use their separate adjacent field for our picnic. Regretfully, the weather was also much against us. It had been raining heavily for days before and days after and we were advised only a day beforehand that the field was waterlogged and would not be usable. We were however welcome to use the car park. - which may be a bit of a Squeeze. Already parked aside was a very flash Lotus Evora, the fastest lotus on the road, 400hp, 186mph 3.5V6, at a mere price of 72,000

The car park was a bit small, bit muddy and with puddles. The weather on the day was forecast to be atrocious but remained grey and dull, but dry for duration of most of our stay there. The conditions were not anticipatory of a high turnout but slowly cars started arriving and filling up the carpark. Eventually we achieved 15 proper cars and some moderns. This was a downturn on last visit's attendance of 21 cars. The conditions were also not favorable for a picnic in the countryside but three or four groups people did put on a reasonable show. After about a couple of hours or so a shower did assist in rapid evacuation of SVVS vehicles from the carpark, and their wet drive home, - and subsequently having to wash them before putting them back into mothballs. 


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Some SVVS Members may be aware that for many years The Great SVVS Summer Picnic had been held at Mr & Mrs Chairman's Church Farm. Part of the event was providing each member on arrival with a freshly made free hot dog and providing each Member with a free glass of wine. Similar freebies were offered at other SVVS picnic sites. Church Farm is relatively fortunate to have an adjacent flat mown show field which vehicles can safely enter, negotiate and park. People could picnic adjacent to their cars or use the nearby picturesque mowed duck pond area. In the event of rain there were two barns. One barn had tables and chairs and a carpeted floor, while the other is a more rudimentary big open-air pole barn. To provide these facilities entirely free does take a great deal of organising and lots of hard work to get all the fields, buildings and facilities ready for use. Being a private home, there is no staff to do do these works, so everything has to be done Mr & Mrs Chairman. Some on-the-day work does require help from SVVS volunteers. Apart from Janet and Chas Moody, SVVS volunteers became very short on the ground. So if you are wondering why the Summer Picnic is not at Church Farm, and why no plonk or hot dogs, Mr & Mrs Chairman found having to do most of the work continually themselves, to be somewhat laborious. Perhaps somebody else can take up the mantle or another SVVS tradition will disappear. For things to continue to happen, participation is required! This is a volunteer unpaid club needing your help.

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