Aston Martin Owners Club - South Australia

Run and lunch at Angus Plains Wines, September 2021

After several months of thanking the ‘weather gods’ for great weather for our Sunday runs, we had no reason to offer thanks on this Sunday 12th September 2021.

The weather through the week had been great with maxima in the mid to high 20s and so Area Rep Terry Jones watched with a sinking heart as the forecast for Sunday got progressively worse each and every passing day. On the morning of the event, the forecast was tragically accurate and we suffered cold winds, a maximum temperature of 14 degrees, squally rain and even hail – the worst by far for the whole year.

With this in mind, Terry was very pleased that not a single member cancelled and we had 18 members/guests in 10 cars assemble on Maryvale Rd, Athelstone. Members Tony & Lynette had organised both the run and lunch and after thanking members for attending, Terry handed over to Tony to talk to the run. Tony advised us that there was a good mix of winding, Hills roads followed by open, straight roads before we reached our lunch destination, Angus Plains Winery just outside Langhorne Creek. He advised the final 1km or so of gravel road was in good condition and it was good to see the owners of all, including the newest, Aston Martins accepting this without even a shrug.

We set off on our 80km run but within a few minutes, the rain hit, followed by small hailstones and a strong, cold wind that persisted. The run took just over an hour and we were all glad to reach the winery and enjoy the warmth of the log fire and gas heaters. We had one problem with the directions, namely where Eckert Rd, as described on the map and run sheets, was signposted Cheriton Rd but this merely delayed our arrival by a few minutes.

Tony, Lynette and other members enjoying the local wines and good company at Angus Plains Wines
Our group occupying a large table in the veranda at Angus Plains Wines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a tasting of the local wines followed by entree and main course of pizzas. Our lunch room was imperfectly shielded from the elements unfortunately but Terry found rotating between the heaters was sufficient to keep toasty warm.

More members enjoying more wine and conversation at Angus Plains Wines

Terry thanked members for attending (including 6 members who met us at the winery) and reminded them that the October event (the Stately Affair between Victoria and South Australia) had been cancelled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria. Fortunately, former Area Rep, Chris offered to organise a run and he proposed the 17th (later changed to the 24th) October as the date. Terry also advised members that he had started discussions with Solitaire (the local Aston Martin dealership) about a premiere screening of the much anticipated (and delayed) James Bond movie, No Time to Die. The movie was now set to launch in Adelaide in mid November and Terry advised he was hopeful we could arrange a black tie event with Solitaire Aston Martin to celebrate Daniel Craig’s last Bond movie.

Members then enjoyed the food and wine tasting and several bought a bottle or two to take home. The weather for our return journey was much milder and the sun even broke through on occasion!  Another enjoyable AMOC South Australia event.

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August 2021 run and lunch to The Winehouse

Good fortune once again accompanied members of the South Australian Area of the AMOC on Sunday August 8th when the regular, monthly run and lunch took place. The weather was lovely, especially considering it was still winter and there had been rain in the days before, and more was promised later in the week.

More cars at Bridgewater Inn
Cars lined up at Bridgewater Inn

 

Members met at the Bridgewater Inn carpark where our cars were lined up for photographs in the lovely morning sunshine – see above. Area Rep Terry Jones welcomed everyone and especially new members Sarah & Russell who were on their first run. Terry handed out run sheets and spoke to the run that, he advised was a relatively simple one that followed the Old Princes Highway, the main route to Melbourne just a few years ago. We first drove through Hahndorf, a popular weekend venue for town-folk and Terry advised that progress would be slow but he hoped the onlookers enjoyed the convoy of Aston Martins that would enhance their otherwise ordinary existences (Terry is of the opinion that an existence devoid of Aston Martins would, by definition, be ‘ordinary’). We continued through Littlehampton, Nairne and Kanmantoo until we reached Monarto when we turned south and headed to Langhorne Creek. Our lunch venue was The Winehouse where we were able to park our cars on the recently mowed lawns at the rear of the venue that allowed us to admire them while dining. Terry had intended the lunch venue would be Bremerton winery but the recent COVID related lockdown had been followed by restricted patron numbers at all venues and this prevented us using this venue. The Winehouse was a very acceptable alternative and many members commented favourably on the premises and food. Many other diners at the Winehouse were seen admiring our cars and why wouldn’t they – on their own they make great viewing but alongside others from the same stable, spanning 60 years of production, they make special viewing.

Lovely straight road to Langhorne Creek

 

Former Area Rep, Chris and Terry doing the ‘politically correct’ fist bump

The Winehouse had the same practice as our previous lunch venue, Tenafaete Winery, in that a single payment was required and so Terry paid the total bill and members reimbursed him in cash – this was a something of a nuisance but all took it in good spirit and Terry went home with a dented credit card and a wad of cash. Terry thanked all members for attending and reminded the group (if they need reminding) that we were so lucky with our minimal COVID cases in South Australia that allowed us to have our runs almost unaffected. Our colleagues and friends around the world but especially in NSW have been and are still doing it tougher as their outbreak continues unabated and their limited lockdowns appear not to be working as effectively as the early, sharp but short lockdowns that have been used in SA.

Cars lined up at The Winehouse
Members enjoying lunch at The Winehouse

 

After a very convivial meeting, fine food and wine (and craft beer that was available on tap) as well as great company, members departed for home from the historic Langhorne Creek wine growing region that has some fantastic, gnarled old vines on display from the roadside. A great day and a very successful meeting.

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July 2021 run and lunch at Tenafeate Winery

Report of AMOC South Australia Run July 11th to Tenafeate Winery

The weather had been lovely in the days before our planned July run but the forecast was for rain starting on the day of the run and persisting all week. This was more important than for many runs as our lunch destination, Tenafeate Winery had mostly dirt/gravel car parking next to their vines.

 

Members and coffee providers at the iconic Penfolds Winery

Our starting point was the iconic Penfolds Winery in Magill where coffee was served to arriving members and we had undercover parking that was not needed as the weather was dry. Indeed, apart from a few drops toward the end of lunch, the weather was kind to us.

Eighteen members in 10 cars ranging in age from a lovely DB4 owned by members Tony and Angela (that had not been seen before) to Tom’s near new DBS Superlegerra assembled and they were a very impressive sight indeed.

 

Three Vantage V8s with lovely DB4 at the iconic Penfold’s winery
More fantastic cars at Penfolds Winery

 

 

 

 

 

This run took us up Montacute Road and then down the very twisty and aptly name Corkscrew Road, through Kersbrook and onto the One Tree Hill that got its name from a large gum tree that grew there in the 1850s. A short distance along the Gawler Road and we arrived at Tenafeate Winery. We had reserved parking and occupied two tables that had great views of the picturesque Adelaide Hills.

Area Rep, Terry Jones thanked member Frank who organised the run and lunch, and members showed their appreciation with a round of applause.

Some of the group with the Adelaide Hills in the background

The set menu included cheeses, breads, dukka and olives followed by pizzas galore. The wines were varied and good – Terry had the intensely coloured Durif and it went very well with the pizzas.

We left a little before 2pm – the limit set by COVID restrictions – and all present had eaten their fill. Several also bought some of Tenafeate’s wines to take home.

Our next run is planned for August 8th and Terry will provide details via email shortly.

Report of meeting June 2021 at La Tombola

On a cool but dry winter’s evening, 27 members of our Area met at La Tombola Restaurant on Unley Rd to enjoy each other’s company, food and wine, and to  hear of ‘developments’.

We were very lucky to have in attendance our youngest member, James, with parents Mathew and Liz.  James is but a few months old (see pic) and he was VERY well behaved. James attracted a lot of attention from’ older’ members and many took the opportunity to say ‘hello’ up close – we all hope that he continues his ‘membership’ for decades to come.

Maatthew, Liz and our youngest member, James – all well behaved as is expected of AMOC members

After a welcoming drink we ordered our food and then Area Rep, Terry Jones, welcomed everyone, noting the very good turn-out for a mid week winter meet.  Terry reflected that we had been very fortunate in South Australia to have been almost unaffected by the COVID pandemic when most of the other Areas of our International Club had not fared as well and this was very evident from the AM News reports from around the world. He also noted that we were so fortunate to also have, on or doorstep, the lovely Adelaide Hills to drive through and many restaurants & wineries who made us so welcome.

He did however note that we were not immune to loss and that in the last 6months, we had lost two of our longest serving and most loved members in the form of Pam Dyson-Harvey and Phil Moore. We had said our collective farewells to Pam at an earlier meeting but this was the first time we had been together as a group since Phil had passed and Terry asked Chris Harris to say a few words about Phil’s life. Chris told us of their friendship and of Phil’s modesty despite being the Australian Sporting Car Champion back in the 70s. Everyone who met Phil noted on his ‘trademark’ smile, good humour, love of cars, food, wine and family. We drank a toast to Phil’s life and the impact he had left.

Terry then advised of upcoming events including the Stately Affair and advised that rooms were running out quickly (19 of the allotted 25 already taken) and he encouraged members thinking of attending to not delay in booking at the Lyndoch Hill Hotel. He also called for anyone interested in organising a run to ‘put their hands up’ as there were a few slots left in the year that he had yet to organise.

Finally Terry briefly advised members on the outcomes of the Resolution signed by all members present at the same meeting 12 months earlier and the AGM votes that we had lodged approximately 3 months earlier. Terry advised that our Australian Representative, Bill Griffiths had been reinstated as a member of the Committee of Management (CoM) to which there was much applause and that Peter Saglietti had been voted on the CoM also. He advised this was good news as Peter had been charged with reviewing of the Articles of Association that contained the offensive clause that allowed the CoM to expel any member from the Club at any time without giving the member an opportunity to defend themselves. Terry also advised the former Chairman had been voted out and that the new Chairman was Anthony Oade and this was also positive. Terry did note however there were some areas of concern including that 2 CoM members who had been voted off the CoM had been co-opted back onto it by Anthony and that the CoM had effectively increased in size to some 24 members, many/most of whom were not elected.

Members enjoying the good food, wine and conversation at La Tombola

Recognising that most members weren’t overly interested in the ‘politics’ of the Club and not wanting to spoil their evening further, Terry ended the discussion at that point but advised he was happy to answer any questions members might have on a 1 to 1 basis later.

 

More members enjoying the evening

The food and wine we received next was excellent and the conversation flowed freely. Through the large glass windows of the Restaurant we noticed the forecast heavy rain had arrived and that the view was now decidedly wintery. We departed for home at approximately 9pm

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Report of run to Saltram Winery May 2021

After a week of perfect mid 20s weather, our planned run & lunch on Sunday May 2nd was undertaken in somewhat cooler (20degree) temperatures though we were fortunate to have a lot of sunshine. Twenty one members in 11 cars ranging from Phil’s 1960 DB4 to Tom’s new Superleggera assembled at Hazelwood Park in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide at 10.30am.

SA and NSW members assembled at Hazelwood Park

Area Rep Terry Jones welcomed all and advised our numbers were lower than expected because he had received apologies from 6 members in the previous 2 days, one couple suffering reactions from the COVID vaccine they received just 2 days earlier! Terry then particularly welcomed six visiting members (Michael & Jane, Paul & Lisa, Greg and Chee Mei) from the NSW branch of the AMOC. The local SA members were very impressed that our NSW colleagues had driven over from Sydney (a distance of approximately 1000 miles) in their Aston Martins (the oldest being a DB5) stopping along the way in Broken Hill.

Phils DB4 and Michael’s DB5 at Hazelwood Park, both raring to go

Terry handed out run sheets and advised our visitors that we were just a few hundred meters from the Hills that afforded good views (in the rear view mirror) of the City of Adelaide and suburbs right down to the beach. He also advised the initial part of the run would be on twisty, narrow, hilly roads but later, as we approached the Barossa Valley, the roads would become straighter and faster though the scenery was still lovely.

We set off at 11am, travelling via Greenhill Rd through Summertown and Uraidla then onto Lobethal and Cudlee Creek, an area badly burned by bushfires just 18 months ago – and where the fire damage is still evident. We progressed through Mount Pleasant finally ending in Angaston approximately 100km and 90min later.

Members gathered at Saltram winery enjoying a lovely lunch and glass of wine in an old wine barrel cellar

We had reserved car parking at Saltram winery from where we ambled to the old barrel cellar that was reserved for our lunch that comprised a very generous serving of platters of local Barossa fare and pizzas. Saltram has some lovely wines and we sampled a few including a tawny port to complete our meal. There was much conversation and Terry was congratulated on the run and lunch venue and we left, very full, some 3h later. Many members took advantage of the 30% price reduction we were offered on cellar door sales – Terry bought a few bottles of Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon and he observed many others were buying the Tawny port – either a good choice!

Terry reflected after the event that we are very lucky to live in a country where COVID has not drastically altered our lives and this is very evident when reading the AM News that has few reports of events from other Areas of late.  We are also lucky to have such good food and wine from a world-leading wine region (the Barossa Valley) on our doorstep.

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April 2021 run and lunch at Woodstock

At approximately 10am on a cool and overcast day, some 12 cars with 18 members and guests assembled at the carpark outside the Burnside Shopping centre. One guest, Tom, drove his recently acquired Superlegerra DBS V12 that was outstanding in its Hyper Red livery – both will be very welcome on future runs (assuming Tom wants to join our Club). Another guest, Mark was somewhat surprised as he was not aware he was joining us on the run until the very last minute. Mark’s son Liam had contacted Area Rep Terry Jones more than 12months earlier about the possibility of driving in an Aston Martin on the occasion of his father’s 60th birthday but those plans were shelved due to the emerging COVID 19 pandemic. A year down the track, Terry contacted Liam and arranged for both of them to join us for our monthly run & lunch that was a secret until the moment Mark saw the assembled group. As it happened, it turned out well because Mark’s birthday was the April 11th, the date of the run. Because Aston Martins rarely seat more than 2 in comfort, Mark first drove with Terry Jones in his 1974 AMV8 and then with former Area Rep, Chris in his V8 Vantage for the return leg and son Liam did the reverse.

Members standing in front of their cars at the starting point on an overcast morning

The route called for us to exit the carpark and drive up Portrush Road to the start of the Freeway but roadworks on the Freeway caused considerable comgestion and delay on Portrush Road and the lower part of the Freeway that we either had to endure or take the alternative route up Greenhill Rd. Most decided to take the planned route and we endured very slow progress for the first 15minutes or so but once we got past the Heysen tunnels, progress was much better. We exited at Stirling and travelled down Milan Tce to Mylor then through Echunga to Flaxeley and on to Meadows. From there we took Brookman Rd, Range Road and Wickham Hill Road that took us over the ranges to the floor of the valley and onto to Woodstock Winery. Wickham Hill Rd is a lovely way to descend from the hills due to its many sharp turns that are reminiscent of the Alpine roads (in miniature) where the closing scenes of Italian Job were filmed. Terry suggested singing ‘The Self Preservation Society’ on this part of the drive in memory of the classic Mini movie that also featured a DB4 Aston Martin.

 

Four lovely Aston Martins parked on the lawns at Woodstock
More lovely members cars on display at Woodstock winery

Arriving at Woodstock (one of our official sponsors), we again parked on the lovely grassed area under the old gum trees and chatted amongst ourselves, some taking photographs, most enjoying a complimentary glass of bubbles (or Moscato for those who preferred this tipple). There had been brief spells of sunshine during the drive but overall it was quite overcast though we were fortunate not having any rain.

 

 

We moved inside to enjoy a feast of platters with all manner of meats, cheeses and pickles and Woodstock also catered for the vegetarians among us (thanks guys). A few more wines were consumed including a very nice Montepulciano that Terry thought vastly better than the Italian version of this wine he had tried a few years earlier. One of the major foods we were treated to was a German pizza style food called Flammkuchen that was served with a variety of toppings including dessert topping – all seemed to enjoy the food and several members advised Terry they thought the meeting was a great success.

Members old and new enjoying the food, wine and conversation at Woodstock

At Woodstock we were also met by members Richard Dyson Harvey, Jennifer Garton and Amanda & Darryl who moved to Darwin a few years back but who were back in Adelaide for a brief spell – it was very good to catch up with them again. Accompanying Richard were two Victorian members, Richard and Bronwyn who were made very welcome. We were also lucky to have two new members join us, David and Sandra in their recently acquired V12 Vantage S – another beautiful car in our lineup (see photos). Our group of now 30 odd filled 3 large tables in the restaurant that is just recovering from more than 12 months of depressed trading because of the pandemic and it was great to see a return to more normal operation. The staff were excellent and the Flammkuchens kept coming until we could eat no more. We gradually departed to wend our way home after a lovely long lunch.

Members and Guests (including birthday boy Mark) enjoying the platters, wine and conversation

 

Jennifer, Amanda, Richard and more members with Flammkuchens galore

 

 

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March 2021 run & dinner

The weather in the days before (and after) the planned March event had been perfect with maxima in the mid 20s, cool evenings with a few rainy days earlier that reduced the need to water the gardens.

This was the first time the AMOC SA had held a mid week evening run and so Area Rep, Terry Jones watched with baited breath as the acceptances rolled in. In the end 19 members attended the run in 10 cars and a further 2 members joined us for dinner at the Loca Vore restaurant in Stirling.

The drive was deliberately kept a little shorter than others (some 50km) due to the earlier dusk now we are approaching the end of daylight saving.  The roads contained a mix of twists and turns with some straighter roads that allowed us to stretch our cars a little and enjoy the lovely Adelaide Hills.

 

Area Rep Terry Jones spanning two fantastic 1970s AMV’s owned by himself and Assistant Rep, Terry Holt at the starting place, Tregarthen Reserve car park The sundrenched vines make a great backdrop

We started at Tregarthen Reserve, just outside Summertown where Trevor Shepherd (long standing BDC member) came in his DB7 to say hello to comrades he has known/met over many months/years. The drive took us through Uraidla, Carey Gully and Balhanna where we turned left onto the Onkaparinga Valley Rd travelling through Oakbank. We then circled back through Nairne and Littlehampton, skirting Hahndorf before crossing under the motorway, through Aldgate and then to our final stop in Stirling. We had one minor ‘mishap’ on Junction Rd where one member carried straight on instead of stopping, turning right, crossing the railway line then turning left in order to stay on Junction Rd but no harm was done except to the navigator’s ego!

 

AMOC members chatting at the Loca Vore car park after a perfect drive in the afternon sunshine. Cars range in age from 1974 to moderns

We had the balcony area of the Loca Vore to ourselves and conversation flowed freely as always. A few members took the opportunity to complete Ballot Papers for the upcoming AGM elections to the Committee of Management and these were photographed and emailed directly from the restaurant – the wonders of modern communications! Chris Barron advised of progress with the Stately Affair developments and called for members to advise him of their intentions to attend. He advised that, while this was still 6 months off, bookings needed to be made asap.

Area Rep Terry Jones enjoying the wine and conversation with members. The food and wine were excellent as was the service.

Our meals were served and most enjoyed a glass or two of local wines. Terry greatly enjoyed the vegetarian burger with a glass of Hills Sauvignon Blanc and it appeared that all were enjoying their meals too.

Our next run & lunch will be held on Sunday April 11th when we will revert to our normal morning start with lunch finish.

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Report of February 2021 run & dinner at Stanley Bridge Hotel, Verdun

On a very pleasant evening after a warm 33degree day, some 24 members and guests assembled at the Crafers Primary School carpark for the first event of the South Australian Area of the AMOC for 2021.

Area Rep Terry Jones handed out run sheets and advised the run for the evening was almost identical to the run last February but that this year we would be able to see some new growth that is replacing some of the burnt trees that resulted from the Cudlee Creek fires of early 2020.

 

Cars and members awaiting route instructions at Crafers Primary School car park

Terry lead the group of Astons onto Piccadilly Rd heading south across the motorway toward Mylor. Most members followed the route directions through the lovely Adelaide Hills but a few decided to follow Terry instead. This turned out not to be a good idea as Terry became distracted by a phone call from AMOC UK and he missed the left turn onto River Rd. Not much time was lost fortunately and Terry and others rejoined the group almost at the rear but places were recovered later, when turning right into Tanhamera Rd (because of a mistake in the route directions that advised turning left instead of right – oops). Fortunately no-one was unduly confused and the group gathered a few miles later at the Stanley Bridge Tavern in Verdun after the 75km drive with the setting sun glistening on the Hills. We had reserved car parks (‘guarded’ by a brightly dressed local) that allowed good photo opportunities and, after a little discussion of the route, we walked into our private function room for a complimentary glass of Adelaide Hills bubbles.

After the meals had been ordered, Terry addressed the thirty members present (including two visiting from Victoria) and he thanked them for attending and hoped they had enjoyed the run. He also proposed a toast to ‘absent friends’ with Pamela Dyson Harvey, long standing and much loved AMOC member who recently passed away, in the forefront of all member’s minds. Terry then read the email from Richard Furse, AMOC UK, and members were very happy with the message it contained concerning the reinstatement of Bill Griffiths as Australian Rep.

Cars lined up with Gary Rushton’s DB7 to the fore

Members settled down to the 2 course meal and lovely Adelaide wines that met with the approval of most and the conversation flowed freely. Terry asked Chris Barron to advise the group on the Stately Affair that was in the early stages of planning.  Chris outlined the proposed event that was primarily for Victorian and South Australian AMOC members (though a few NSW members often attended) and he asked us to give serious thought to attending the event in the first week in October.

Cars neatly parked in reserved carpark at the Stanley Bridge Hotel, Verdun with Terry Holt’s Vantage to the fore

The meeting came to a close at around 10pm and members wended their way home via the nearby motorway.

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Report of Christmas event and AGM 2020

On Saturday December 12th, a good turn-out of some 40 members and friends attended the South Australian AMOC run and lunch with the AGM thrown in as a ‘bonus’.

Richard Dyson Harvey organised the whole event including the morning coffee & cakes at Woodstock Winery in McLaren Flat, a run and finally lunch at the Three Brothers pub in nearby Macclesfield – THANK YOU RICHARD.

Thirteen isnt unlucky if you are counting Aston Martins – these parked on the lawns at Woodstock Winery

 

What a great line-up in the shade of the old gum trees

The day was a warm one (34 degrees) but the shade from the large gum trees at Woodstock provided a welcome relief from the direct sun. The coffee and cake was very tasty and the staff made us all very welcome. Our cars were parked on the lovely grassed area to the side of the restaurant and they made a great sight (see photos).

 

Chris’s traditional Christmas shirt is an eye-grabber – is this the cause of the mirth on this table?
Keith sporting a new haircut, with Helen, Rhonda & Stuart enjoying the event

 

Cintra, John, Martin & Angie, Kent & Pat look like they are enjoying themselves too
Smiles all around from Annette and Harley, Chris and Min and look at the old wooden upright supporting the roof. It would have seen a lot of people enjoying themselves since it was erected circa 1841
More smiles from Matthew’s table.  Why are they focussed on the digital devices?
Phil & Chris, James & Karina, Gary and Richard also appear to be enjoying themselves and why not – we are so fortunate to be able to get out in our cars and to enjoy good food, wine and company in 2020

 

Area Rep Terry Jones called the meeting to order at 11.30am and he started by providing a ‘year in review’ in which he outlined the eight events we had been able to hold ‘in person’ and the one ‘virtual’ event. Given the pandemic situation that affected so many AMOC areas interstate and overseas, we had much to be thankful for this year. The main event that had to be cancelled was just a month earlier (November) when the whole State was locked down just 3 days before the event date and unfortunately this was a combined one with the local Bentley Driver’s Club and so both clubs missed out. Terry was very sorry about this as he had put in a lot of work organising it but he advised the work wouldn’t be wasted as this was one event he would definitely resurrect in 2021.

The most important function of the AGM was the next item on our agenda – that being the election of the Area Rep for 2021. Terry had already advised members that he was nominating again and that other members who who were also considering nominating were to advise the Returning Officer of their intent. The previous Area Rep, Chris Barron agreed to act in that capacity and he advised no-one had nominated to that time and none responded to his call from those members present and so Chris asked members to vote via a show of hands if they were happy to endorse Terry Jones for the next 12 months. There was an overwhelming vote in favour and no votes against and so Terry was confirmed as Area Rep for the next 12 months.

Terry thanked everyone for their support and promised a full calendar for 2021, subject to restrictions that might be imposed courtesy of COVID.

We were able to try a few of Woodstock’s lovely wines before members departed on the run and finally lunch. Terry Jones was unable to attend the lunch but Assistant Area Rep, Terry Holt took photos and reported that it was a very convivial meeting with lots of good food and company. THANK YOU TERRY H.

 

A final word from your newly elected Area Rep – MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our members

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