I am saddened this month to see that our Chairman is retiring. I thought he would go on forever with GVEC (rather like Mrs Doyle!). When we founded GVEC we thought that there was a limited appeal and if we got 20 members we would be doing well. As you know we have vastly exceeded this. We have also made a name for ourselves under Mike’s Chairmanship for the annual show which many people in the town look forward to and of course raising money for local charities and causes. We will miss his skills in arranging drives and other events.
All the best in your retirement Mike and dont forget us.
Chairmans Chat ( Sleeping Pill) October 2022
MANOR PARK August Show
This year’s August show was the best attended, since the shows began. The money raised has now been divided between the clubs chosen charities. The GVEC committee would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who were able to support the show, it was the best GVEC member’s turnout since the clubs incorporation, and also the best supported show by the public and exhibitors.
Your committee had a debrief meeting on the 8th September after the GVEC Car Show in Manor Park in August. The outcome of the meeting is published on the clubs web page. The financial report from the show is available and the details of the distribution of the profits, with details of the amounts allocated to the chosen charities.
Car & Coffee Meet was held on the 2nd Sunday of the month in September due to it clashing with other events. The turnout for the Car & Coffee monthly meet was very good.
The next car & coffee meet as also been changed this will be on the 2nd Sunday 9th October. I am sure by now you are all aware that the new venue for the meet is the Fickled Mermaid Forester Way SK23 0RB.
September Weekend Away
GVEC members set off on Thursday 15th to Norfolk for the club’s annual weekend away. Each year GVEC have had a weekend away the middle of September visiting different regions of the UK. Previous places of interest we have visited are Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Northumberland, Wales, Lake District, Ireland, and Scotland.
This year our visit was to Norfolk, unfortunately we had to cancel our visit to Sandringham where we had booked afternoon tea; I was able to find another venue to replace this thanks to club member Jane Crowther. The Weather was mixed and we had a couple of days with on & off showers but this did not put a damper on our weekend. Unfortunately one of our members broke down and the car had to be recovered. They arrange to stay at the hotel an extra night and had the car recovered on the Tuesday, they were able to join club member for 2 of the days visit.
One of the days was a visit to the Transport Museum and later that day a visit to the private collection of transport “Caister Castle Car Collection”. The collection covered bikes, cars, even prams. What an incredible collection and worth a visit if you are in the Great Yarmouth area. One of the days was a visit to East Ruston Vicarage Gardens, the most famous private gardens in the UK owned by two gentlemen who are avid classic car collectors. The replacement venue for Sandringham was a visit to a Wildlife Garden, this was well received by the members and the wildlife varied from Crocodiles, warted pigs, parrots, snow leopards, tiger’s monkeys and much more. Our return journey was the day of the funeral for Queen Elizabeth ll.
Ford Day 18thSeptember Report by Dave Swallow
Ford Day in Blackpool and Ford Meet at Squires Cafe, Leeds.
Both events have huge turn on outs, with a great atmosphere and are well recommended for anyone with a Ford / a fan of Ford.
Squires has two yearly events with trophies to obtain. A show and shine competition and camping Dave will be attending the 2023 event and if anyone wants to camp with me and my friends, they’re very welcome to do so. We can arrange a convoy on the Saturday afternoon. This will be for their season opener in May.
Blackpool is on the prom, right next to the North Pier. Although a rather wet day they had a great turn out for their 25th year running (with the exception of Covid). Another great event on the Ford calendar and both Dave & Becky attended. Again we will be back next year if anyone wishes to attend with us.
Manchester Transport Museum 25th September Report by Steve Kimber
Due to the lack of interest from members for this event, it was decided to cancel the event.
Halloween Drive and Lunch 30th October Fancy dress is encouraged and dressing you car is also encouraged details will be emailed once we have the venue confirmed.
Car & Coffee Meet 6th November at 10am at the Fickled Mermaid Forester Way SK23 0RB.
Remembrance Sunday 13th November GVEC meeting and presenting wreath at Glossop cenotaph at 11am followed by a short drive and lunch,
Personal Message from the Chairman of GVEC to all Members October 2022
After deliberating for quite some time and looking at what I feel would be the best interest of the club and the members, I have taken the decision after giving a lot of consideration to my position as Chairman, of the Glossop Vehicle Enthusiast Club, which I am one of the founder members.
It is with regret that I feel it is time for me to step down from the post of Chairman and retire. I have been deliberating over this decision for the past 6 months and I feel that I have not been able to fulfil the role of Chairman to the maximum; I promised I would when I was appointed. In the last 27 months since my move from Glossop to the East Ridings of Yorkshire, I feel that I cannot offer the total support from the organising of events, attendance on drives, route planning plus all that goes with running the club that I said I would give from the incorporation of the club.
Attending committee meeting is becoming expensive with the cost of fuel. As the club gets bigger the committee feel that more meetings are required and if I am to Chair this club as the Chairman, it is my belief that I should attend all committee meetings with exception of illness / holidays.
The club is very close to my heart and I enjoy every minute I spend on chairing this great club. I feel that as I cannot support the drives or be involved in the events, due to the distance I now live from Glossop. I am now of the opinion a new Chairperson should now take over Chair of the club.
I will miss everyone and everything about the club, that I was instrumental with the late Cliff Proctor, also Steve Kimber, Peter Shaw and Eric Pass in getting the club formed.
The club has grown from strength to strength since its incorporation and I hope this will continue for many years to come. I have some great memories and met some fantastic people and this has made my decision even harder.
However, as I cannot give the club the support I feel that the Chair should give. I can no longer give 100%. It is not possible for me too both financially and practically travel to attend events, drives and meetings as I have in the past, which I miss greatly, not just for the events and drives but the social aspect of catching up with what I consider are like a family and have become friends and the members who are the backbone of the club. It is the members who have become part of my enjoyment in chairing this club.
From the end of the clubs calendar year, (February 2023), I will be retiring from the post of Chairman and from any active roll on the committee. I will of course step down as soon as a Chairperson is approved and assist until the end of the clubs calendar year.
I will remain a member of the club and follow with a passion the events and all other activities. I do hope to join the club on some events during the following years, especially if there are events coming over to this side of Yorkshire.
I would like to thank all of you for your support for me as your Chairman and your continued support for this great club.
I am sure your committee will appoint a new Chairperson to take over the club, who will be capable of chairing and continue to grow and move this club forward. I will of course work with the new Chairperson once they have been appointed and assist in any way I can.
Sincerely Yours Mike Radcliffe
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