January started the year off with Paul resigning as club secretary after a seven year itch sorry stint, and I was voted in as his replacement. A hard act to follow!
Chris Dencer also joined the committee as we wanted to exploit his I.T skills and he set about designing a new facebook page and website for us.
In February our events calendar was well on its way to being completed with a lot of our old favourites and also quite a few new events including a plan to do some afternoon runs.
Our first inter-club quiz for the year took place and Ashford & Faversham trashed the South east!
March brought good weather for a few weeks and our monthly meeting found us being vexed by Cliff ‘s table-top rally. New comers Laura Sessions & Roy Ingleton won.
April our cars got off the starting blocks when Cliff organised another fabulous run in memory of his son Mark. A whopping £1000 was raised for the Pilgrims Hospice. Cliff had planned that this would be the last run. However it was so successful that he has been persuaded to do it again. So Mark’s Memorial Run will take place on 25th March.
Can I say a huge thank you to Cliff and his family of organisers for all their hard work for such a worthy cause.
In April it has now become tradition to enjoy a film night with buffet at Sellinge Village Hall and last year we watched Senna.
Some of us spent a rare sunny day at Chatham Dockyard, and as the good weather continued Drive-it day was a roaring success as we finished at The Dover Transport Museum.
May was a very busy month and this is when we had our annual games night. Now I know there a few amounst us who feel that maybe you are a little too old to be playing kids games! Can I just say that so much laughter was had whilst remembering for just a few hours what its like to be a child again!
Our first afternoon run was organised by Bob Lester although it was not as well attended as we might have hoped, we had a great time none the less finishing with a pub lunch in Braebourne.
The Faversham show was well attended again, and a few of us attended two other favourites Canterbury Catherdral and Deal.
June monthly meeting saw us hosting our first speaker of the year where our members were enlightened about what it was like to be a woman in motoring in days gone by.
June’s events consisted of The Bucket and Spade run, along with Boughton Aluph fete, Quex Park Classic show, and Bromley Pagent all of which were attended by at least some of our members.
In July we welcomed new members Stan and Shirley Dawson.
This month gave us a few more of our old favourites including The Darling buds, Sheldwych Fete, where Paul won best car, Appledore, and Whitstable.
A new Sunday afternoon South East gathering run was organised by Area Secretary Brian Burnett where scorching hot weather was experienced at the finish by Teston Lock. The day was rounded off by best car prizes presented to Kevin from Whitecliffs, Graham and myself.
Goodwood festival of Speed went with a bang.
July’s meeting is our annual ‘away night’ and this year we enjoyed a very wet and windy evening at the The Pilot in Dungerness. Some of us got together for a slow drive through the countryside where we were joined on our run by a magnificent stag running along the road with us.
Our Infamous Invicta Run completed the month finishing at Gillingham Royal Engineers. This event as you can imagine takes a great deal of organising and my thanks go to Brian, Sue, Joan and Chris for all their contributions to help make it yet another succesfull day. We had to turn a few people away last year as it has become so popular but for me it’s tinged with sadness that so few of our own members joined us yet again.
August gave us another scorcher on the sea front at Herne Bay with 100’s of cars attending and Folkestone Old Timers was dry.
George and Ros hosted another enjoyable, entertaining Gymkhana and yet another hot day was had.
Janet & I organised a treasure hunt and along with selling raffle tickets for entry to The Royal Engineers and Goodwood Revival – Thanks to Dean. An amazing £270 was raised for The Street Children of Sierra Leone.
August also welcomed new members Kevin & Julie Tucker.
September started with Adam & Amy tying the knot.
Our monthly meeting was our annual quiz night where Josh and Paul took the helm as quiz masters.
This months shows consisted of the Mg South East gathering at Aylesford Priory and the “oh so Retro” show.
Goodwood was a gloriously wet revival. Paul Davies & Lee Staples went on their first visit and Lee shocked everyone not just because he cut off his long adorned pony tail but how well he turned out making a remarkable looking ‘spiv’!
Delpha & Roger Pope were also welcomed as new members this month.
In October we hosted yet another speaker and this time we invited Lee Drake to talk to us about his upholstery business. The men of course gathered around to glean what they could from Lee about improving their own pride and joy.
Bob Lester organised yet another fantastic run to mark the end of season, which was arranged at very short notice and finished at The Halfway House. This was our most attended event of the year. Well done Bob. I hope you will do some more this year.
Josh finally got his car through its MOT!
November found some of us putting our pride and joy to bed for the winter.
Our annual Bingo fest was hosted by Sue & Mike and a vote was taken for the charity to benefit from our Christmas raffle.
Cliff Boulton was voted ‘member of the year’ A very worthy winner!
Our second Inter-club quiz took part and Ashford & Faversham did it again marching in with first and third places.
December of course wound up the year with our Christmas Meal. The Halfway house did yet another sterling job at looking after us.
We had an amazing 56 prizes to raffle and a brilliant £213 was raised for the Kent Air Ambulance.
A massive Thank you to those of you that have organised runs, events, quizzes, and games etc and to the committee for all their support and involvement this year.
The club will only thrive with your continued support and participation and I hope that the it will continue to grow with all of your help.