CLUB ACTIVITIES

 NORTH  WALES 2021.

Hi All, Well October saw us on our postponed   trip to North Wales which  had to be cancelled back in March; it was time for North Wales one more time. The run up followed much the same as previous years. Pat and I met John and Nora, on the Brecon bypass just after 10.25am. Then we set off on a rout that John had mapped out which mean a bit off zig zaging, to view some outstanding vistas, (more to follow).

So off we set, travelling up the A470 too Buith Wells where we stopped for refreshments, and to take on fuel, we then set off heading for Rhayader then on to Llangurig then turning on to the A44 for Llanidoes. This where the” fun” started we turned on to the B4518 so we could take in the fantastic views of the Llyn Clgwedog Dam.  But to get there we had to travel on a  narrow and very steep  B  road spending a good time in first gear or standing on the brakes, but when we got there the view was more than worth it. What made it so impressive was the whole day was spent in glorious sun shine and warm weather, and the view of the dam, and looking down the valley, was very impressive indeed, you could just as easily have been in Switzerland .On leaving the dam we set off for Dolgellau, and a much needed pit stop, we left Dolgellau refreshed and ready for the final push on too our hotel for the four night break. We arrived at the very smart Bodelwyddan Castle hotel at 6.15pm. Milage covered by our Ruby on the day was 201miles.

After booking in and freshening up Pat and I made our way too the hotel lounge, for refreshments and meet the rest of our party, before we all went in for our evening meal. It was very nice to catch up with Terry and Ruth Pool and their daughter, Ceri and Gary Ceri’s partner.  Our friends from the Hereford club, Ed and Ann, Frank and Sue, and Roly.

Next day we were joined by Del and Linda, who joined us on a run too Llandudno on the way we passed the castle at Abergele where they were setting up for the next series of” I’m a Celebrity get me out of here”. (Never watch it)  As a bit of a surprise we went too Del and Linda’s son’s school, Ysgol-Bod-Alan.  Where all the pupils are taught in the medium of welsh, Dafydd, Del and Linda’s son is the head there and arranged a warm welcome from all the young pupils, who all seemed very impressed with our “funny looking old cars”. John and Nora’s A7 will be 90 years old soon so all the pupils sung happy birthday to the car, of course they sang the song in Welsh

On leaving the school we made our way to Llandudno, where John, now Dr John preformed a most delicate procedure on Del’s car but the prognosis was not good it was terminal, and Del will need to buy a new part.  

We all then made our way up the Great Orme, A very steep climb, but worth it, but were very windy and cold, people gathered around us and started talking about our cars and most could not believe that we drove our cars up to the top of the Orme. On Leaving the Orme all following John we went down a single track road, stopping at a most interesting Church, where interned there is the grave of the first lady Beatrice Browne to drive a motor car up to the top of the Great Orme, in about 1900? By now time was getting on so travailing through Conwy on the North Wales express way at great speed back to our hotel to get ready for the night.

The next day Wednesday, we were joined again by Del and Linda, who had planned a full day sightseeing tour.  Leaving our hotel at 10.00am heading for Llanlwy, then stopping off at Llansannan,a very interesting village, on too Llanfair Talhaearn,heading for our lunch stop at  the Old Stag Llangernyw on the way there we were treated too some fantastic views of the North Wales coast and later views of Eryri/Snowdonia. The Old Stag inn is a very interesting inn dating back to c.1650.our lunch time” tucker” was very kindly laid  on by Del and Linda. After a pleasant lunch break, we all paid a visit to the village church of St Digain’s, and visited the reputed oldest tree in the UK. I will not say what happened there, but what happens on tour stays on tour,

Leaving the tree we all headed off to spend time in a most interesting museum, dedicated to the 1950s we could have spent more time there but we had to leave, and make our way back to the hotel for more food and entertament.

The next dayJohn had arranged a short run, over to the river Dee, passing through Holywell, Mostyn, and stopping of to have  a very nice coffee and  cake break, at a complex that back in the 1800s was a lead mine. All fed and watered we made our way back to the hotel for our last night together

Friday morning arrived, time to say farewell too our Hereford friends, as they went one way home and, John Nara, and us, along with Terry Pool and Co made our way down the A487 stopping off at the Corris craft centre and coffee stop  we said our farewell’s to Terry and party, then four of us made our way home. Travelling through Aberystwyth, along the coast road, too Carmarthen, Then pulling over too say our goodbye’s, we headed home, arriving home at 6 30pm happy but bushed.

There are a few things that Pat and I would like to say, and that is once again thanks to John and Nora for one more very successful  trip too N. Wales, and  too all the A7 “gang”.

 Quote of the trip.” I have been thrown out off better places than this”

S&P

Tony’s West Wales Tour.

Or my view from the passenger’s seat, by Pat Phillips.

The day did not start well (no pun attended) On Friday Stuart decided to give Ruby a once over ready for the Saturday run, we had been away for a time so when Stuart started to work on Ruby he noticed that he had left the ignition on and it had been on for over a week and a half, and that the battery would not take a charge, and as it was now too late to buy a replacement  we were forced to take my modern car on the run on Saturday.

Saturday morning arrived and we were off down west too meet up with the West Wales Austin 7 members, when we arrived at the car park on the A40 at Penblwyn, Peter was already there in mum and Dad’s Ruby, and we were soon joined by more A7 owners, it was very nice too meet Terry Poole and his family, and Pam Hunt who we have not seen for over two years now, also there were our club members from over the border Jason and family in there pearl Ruby. After a good chin wag it was time for the off.

We were lead off by Peter, following the signs too Tenby, then onto Pembroke, through the   town centre, over the Cleddau Bridge, then on to Llangwm, and our lunch stop at the Cottage Inn. Where Stuart and I  were joined at our table by Bev and Denise.  It was very nice to catch up with Bev and Denise, over a very enjoyable lunch.

After lunch most of us trooped down to the St Jerome’s Church in the village of Llangwm which has under gone a comprehensive restoration. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Pam who helped secure the funding. We were then given a most interesting talk and video into the history of the church, and its Medieval passed.  It was soon time too say goodbye too every one and start to make our way home. Stuart and I would like to thank Tony and Pam, for organizing a very interesting day out.

Pat Phillips

BRYNGARW 2021

Pat and my take on our Rally.

Well, at last it looks like thing are moving in the right direction. What with 2020 being a lost year, for Pat and me, with no shows too attend, and me having to Shield, it was a long year.

But this year,  at last we are back in action  thanks to the hard work of John in making sure that we met all the requirements, like track  and trace for the 2021 BrynGarw Rally. And as usual on the Saturday we had the drive out, and we were joined by our friends from the Hereford club, and this year two couples from the Cornwall club, they had been staying down on the Gower for a week, so Pat and I met up with them a few times and showed them the delights of the Gower.

Saturday’s pre rally run saw 9 sevens leave the rally field and then heading along the Ogmore Vale passing Nant- Y –mol and this is where Pat and I had a bit of trouble with Ruby, on the long climb up the Bwlch, half way up our Ruby started running on three spark plugs  then two, so we pulled in and let the other cars pass us, but John and Harry stopped to help out and it was then decided that a spark plug was playing up or a HT lead, after a bit of head scratching all sorted out. “Thanks” on reaching the top of the Bwlch we caught up with the rest of our group, and we then had a well deserved ice cream  which we had to eat quickly as the weather  was so hot, that the ice cream was melting all over our hands. Time to leave, but mentioning no name two cars refused to start, but after John was seen attending too all the cars problems were all off, travelling  down towards Maesteg, and then back for our B.B.Q. Once again organized by our B.B.Q Chef Arthur. Thanks must also go to Gareth for making up the B.B.Q. grill. At short notice.

Once again the pre rally B.B.Q. was well attended, in fact there seemed to be more in attendance than past years. A very pleasant evening ensured with everybody enjoying good company, a warm evening, and a few glasses of wine. The “mozzie’s” also had a nice time feeding on us.

Sunday, rally day, and once again the weather gods were kind to us. And by 9.30 am the sevens were turning up thick and fast, I think people were just glad to be able to get out and about again, it was also nice too catch up with a few members  we have not seen for a long time now.  Also it was nice to see our friends from the Midlands club and a few members of the Cornwall club, this was their first visit to our rally and they all seemed to have had a great week end at our rally and a nice week on the Gower.

It look like this will be the last club rally that John Williams will be organizing, John has decided to step down, after many, many years as our rally secretary.  Pat and I would like to thank John and Nora for all the hard work they have put into our rally over the years. Who fancies becoming our next rally organizer? Please form an orderly queue.

Once again our rally seemed to go too fast and was soon at an end, for one more year. I would like to thanks the club member who helped out on the day, and made our rally great successes.

STUART

DRIVE IT DAY APRIL 2021

Met at Margam Park entrance layby A48 11.00am. Only three cars to start, Peter Hales, 1929 Chummy, Brian Davies and Dot, 1956 A35, John and Nora Williams, 1931 A7 RL saloon.Weather bright sunshine with cool wind.Peter led us off towards Pyle, turning left up lane towards Tondu,Bedford Park, Cefn Cribbwr, through Pen-y-Fai to Newcastle overlooking Bridgend. Newcastle Bridgend is the remains of one of the castles built by the i2 Knights of Glamorgan. Walked through castle grounds with views of Bridgend.On through Bridgend to Southerndown and St Bride’s Major. Down single lane track to Castle- upon- Allen. Nora and I had not been there for years, and had forgotten what a beautiful place it is. Through the ford, which was still quite high, in spite of the  lack of rain recently, on through real Austin Seven lanes to ST Quintin’s Castle, another of the 12 Knights of Glamorgan castles, Llanblethian, Cowbridge, where we were joined by Jan and Harry Hales in their Triumph,. for our picnic lunch stop.On down through Cowbridge and through Vale of Glamorgan to RAF St Athan Air Museum. Unfortunately the museum was closed. Farewells to Brian and Dot, as they headed home to Blackwood, whilst Peter led us back through the coast lanes to St Brides, Bridgend and on to Porthcawl, arriving home 5.0pm.A massive thank you to Peter for planning a super route, beautiful driving, grand weather and most importantly the best possible company.See you all at Bryngarw, Nora and John