This walk at Hengistbury Head started at 11.00 am with around 36 people at the start from the Hiker Café.  We were joined at various points on the route by other members of 1020 ending with well over 45 people. The walk was organised by David Cresswell who received a replacement kidney just about one year ago and was his way of saying thank you. We have another member, Barrie Churchill who is waiting for another kidney but was unable to join us due to not feeling well; he sponsored me to do the walk in his place. Unfortunately, earlier this year we lost Graham Simms, another member of the club to renal failure; he also was remembered on this walk.Setting off from the Hiker Café, we crossed the first field and dropped down onto the beach; following the tideline all the way round to the beach huts at Mudeford. Coffees and ice creams were the order of the day before re-starting the walk along the much easier tarmac road and returning back to the café. The weather was kind to us and the walk proved to be very enjoyable. Thanks go to the Cresswell family and to all of the 1020 members who turned up on the day. Sponsorships and donations went very well and will be added to the proceeds of our Christmas lunch raffle and the result of an auction of some very good prizes at both the December meeting and the Christmas lunch.

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Dave Cresswell stepping out along the beach


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34 members and guests made the coach journey to Oxford for this visit. Both the bus  and Morris museums are on one site and proved to be very interesting. The museum exhibits are maintained by a group of 20 volunteers who work 2 days a week providing the labour and expertise to care for the vehicles, they are supported by a small 'backroom staff'. In the early afternoon we travelled to Nuffield Place, the home for 30 years of Lord and Lady Nuffield. As William Morris he started out repairing and making bicycles then moved on to making motor cycles, this project failed and he returned to bicycle manufacture  and then on to cars, the rest as they say is history. At one time he was thought to be the richest man in the world but was a true philanthropist and gave away most of his fortune. He donated a fortune to Guy's Hospital, set up the Nuffield Trust and hospitals and produced the 'Iron Lung' (used in the treatment of polio victims) in the Cowley factory,these were then donated to every hospital in the UK and the Commonwealth. The house is definitely worth a visit, it is a time capsule with everything as it was when the Nuffields lived there. The property and grounds are now in the care of the National Trust who maintain the house as it was and have now embarked on an ambitious program to return the gardens to the state in which the Nuffields, (very keen gardeners) left them.

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Lord Nuffields workshop, situated in his bedroom


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35 cars were booked in for this run, starting from the Hamworthy Sports Club we followed a 30 mile route through Dorset lanes to our lunch venue at the White Hart pub in Bishops Caundle. We were very well received and enjoyed an excellent lunch. After lunch the second section of the run, 35 miles returned us to the end of the route, however a group of members took the opportunity to divert from the planned route and visit the Barn Cafe at Lytchett  for afternoon tea and cakes. Our thanks go to Dave Bailey and George Parrott for planning this run for us.

The next road run will be the Winter Run on Sunday February 12th 2017

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Arriving for our lunch stop


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A very well attended meeting for our monthly Club Night. October is the month in which we mark the formation of the club and this is the 32nd anniversary of that event. It is also now our practice to hold our Annual General Meeting on this club night. Following the re-election of the existing committee the meeting agreed that we continue with our support for our existing two charities; the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Macmillan Caring Locally. Both charities had representatives at the meeting - to keep members abreast of their current activities and each to receive a cheque for £1000.00, proceeds of our Athelhampton day together with a donation from club funds. It was further agreed that we donate the proceeds of our Christmas lunch raffle to the Kidney Patients Association, this being to support two of our members who are presently receiving care for renal problems and in memory of a member who passed away this year from renal failure. The award for Club Member of the Year was presented to Gillian Hales for her help with our monthly raffles and her continuing support for the club. After the closing of the AGM we were treated to slices of our traditional birthday cake and the evening was rounded off by a short quiz.agm4-large

Gillian Hales receiving the Charlton Shield from Heather and Bill Charlton

35 cars were booked in for this run, starting from the Hamworthy Sports Club we followed a 30 mile route through Dorset lanes to our lunch venue at the White Hart pub in Bishops Caundle. We were very well received and enjoyed an excellent lunch. After lunch the second section of the run, 35 miles […]

A very well attended meeting for our monthly Club Night. October is the month in which we mark the formation of the club and this is the 32nd anniversary of that event. It is also now our practice to hold our Annual General Meeting on this club night. Following the re-election of the existing committee […]

A group of 22 members and guests met at Poole Stadium for a night of Greyhound racing. Preceded by a two course meal the 12 races which followed kept us on the edge of our seats. There were winners and losers through the evening but all present agreed that it was an enjoyable night out. […]

Roger Hunt kept the members enthralled with his presentation covering the Peking to Paris rally. Starting with a short video showing the harshness of the terrain Roger continued with a short talk. Following a short break the evening continued with a slide show (magnificent photographs) with Roger talking over the sound track. The duration of […]

Our big charity day, again held at Athelhampton House in really good weather was a great success and provided a great opportunity to meet old friends and make some new ones. The atmosphere around the grounds was brilliant with the New Forest Dixieland Jazz Band playing for us. We thank our trade sponsors for their […]

June 6th – Club Night – Race Night. Another opportunity for members to choose and support a horse. We ran eight races and the evening provided a lot of sometimes noisy fun with very vocal support, by the members, for their chosen horse. We will almost certainly run another race night next year. June 18th […]


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