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Dunvant RFC 8 00pm
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Agenda and Nominations
CHAIRMANíS ANNUAL REPORT 2013
At the 2013 AGM the Committee were re-elected en masse together with a new volunteer, Roy Miles who was also elected.
Our regular monthly runs which are so well planned by Christine and Alan Broughton started the year on Sunday 24th March. Again with mostly the regulars attending. Please try to put at least one of these Sunday or Wednesday evening runs in your diary for the coming year as nothing encourages the organisers more than a good number of members turning up. If your classic car is not running then please come in a modern car.
We have Sunday lunch runs from October to March on the 4th Sunday of the month and then Wednesday evening runs from April to September on the week after Club night. Dates are confirmed in our monthly magazine.
Again the first big event of the year was a successful tour on 21st April to celebrate Drive It Day which is a day promoted by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs to commemorate the repeal of the Red Flag Act. This year the route started at the Tram Museum in Dylan Thomas Square and meandered its way north into the Brecon Beacons. We drove up the Neath Valley and then climbed steeply out of
Pontneddvechan to Ystradfellte before dropping down the steep escarpment towards Sennybridge. The route finished with us driving south down the Swansea Valley to the finish in Alltwen where we enjoyed a fine lunch at The Butchers Arms. We had 12 cars on the run and 22 of us for lunch. Not the best of weather as it turned out and full marks to Graham for not stopping to erect his hood.
At the beginning of May we staged our annual Singleton Show. We re-arranged the park layout this year as we have had comments in the past from some classic car owners that they would like to be separated from both the loud music and the modern cars. I hope that we pleased those people who came. This year we used three entrances into the park which almost eliminated queuing.
We also change the site of our marquee away from the fair and autojumble, into the west of the park where the classic cars were displayed.
Again we were disappointed with the turnout of classic cars. When we were planning the layout of cars in the park we were struggling to fit in all those who had entered. On the day however there were big spaces, particularly in the classic areas. Less than half the 1960s cars that had entered actually turned up. As the weather was absolutely beautiful we can only imagine what the excuses might be!
This yearís Singleton Show was certainly a pleasant change from last year when the weather was poor to say the least.
Following the show, the annual raid on Kinsale took place after a few hiccups with ferry times and routes because of a deep low from the Atlantic which produced a south-westerly gale resulting in several cancelled ferry sailings. For a complete report on the weeks driving, eating and especially drinking see the June and July mags from 2013.
I donít know what went wrong this year but we were blessed with good weather for most of our events including the annual Museum to Mumbles run in June. The only awkward snag being the interminable roadworkís around LC2 and no left turn signs which most people ignored. After the short run in evening sunshine we all enjoyed food and drink at Castellamare.
Our July barbeque changed this year as our usual club chefs were on holiday so the catering was arranged by Dunvant RFC and it turned out to be first class, with the added bonus of chips to go with the burgers and dogs. Salads also available for the stronger minded.
At the end of July many members of the Club who were also joined by a strong contingent from Kinsale again enjoyed our Summer Rally, regrettably we were again unable to attend as the date clashed with an event in Denmark that we particularly wanted to attend.
The weekend rally started with the now annual Friday evening visit to a local car collection before the fairly serious event started on the Saturday morning from Days Motorpark. After coffee and a bacon roll at Days the rally managed all of six miles before stopping for more coffee in Glynneath. Then onto the mountain road to Treherbert. The driving was followed by a different attraction this year with a visit to Coney Beach at Porthcawl where the young and not so young enjoyed the rides.
Sundayís road run started as usual from Audi Swansea and headed west, eventually arriving at the Gwilli railway where a classic train ride was enjoyed along this preserved railway.
The weekend ended on a high note with a splendid buffet enjoyed by all at the Towers Hotel.
On August 17th, which is a date stuck in my memory, we arranged a classic car show in Carmarthen Town Park at the invitation of the Town Council. We specifically invited a selection of classic cars from the area and also arranged a special display of MG cars celebrating 80 years of the marque. People had agreed to bring a comprehensive selection of models from 1933 up to the MG3 that was borrowed from the factory by the Cardiff MG dealers as it was three weeks before its official launch.
This was the event that brought to a halt our run of luck with the weather that had shone on us for almost all our events. By the Thursday before the show on the Saturday the weather men were starting to forecast a deep low and heavy rain. The Saturday morning however dawned dry but a little grey and we all thought that they had got it wrong again. But no such luck. By 10 oíclock the rain was torrential and I think that we can declare the event a complete washout. Perhaps we will try again! Our August Show Your Car Night was again successful with a good selection of cars and no rain. It was suggested that we should combine the event with the barbeque in July as by the middle of August it is starting to get dark quite early and the time to stand around the cars and chat is limited. We will try to modify the programme in 2014.
This has been a very sad year, at times, as we have lost several long standing club members. Dave and Pam Lloyd who had been members from the early days of the club. Eryl Jenkins who died very suddenly, who had been an enthusiastic member for many years and Frank Marsh who was one of the stalwarts of the autojumble scene. Our sympathies go to all their families and friends.
In November Patrick again arranged a very well supported trip to the Classic Car Show at the NEC. Everyone complained of tired feet and too much to take in during the five hour visit.
For December club night we arranged with Dunvant RFC to lay on a Christmas theme with mince pies and apple pie for those purists who canít stand the former. We even had some members arrive in their festive Christmas jumpers.
On the 2nd January a good group of both classic and modern cars joined us for the Frostbite Run which wasnít really frosty just a bit damp and foggy. A good route around the Gower ending at the Woodman at Blackpill.
On 20th January we again all enjoyed our late Christmas/New Year Party night coupled with a giant raffle. Again the food was first class, some of the evidence being the second and even third helpings. We had an excellent turnout this year with 63 people enjoying the evening including several new faces. Letís hope that the club is again finally growing.
What we need to encourage people to join us is an interesting and varied programme of events throughout the year. So if YOU think that you can arrange an event or would like to try. Please donít be shy. Just start the ball rolling and you never know how momentum will take things forward and before you know it you may be fully involved in running the club. Thatís wishful thinking on my part as I bow out from my role as Chairman for the last five years. I know that some of you think I have taken extreme measures to escape by moving 80 miles away but it honestly was enjoyable, at least most of the time.
With my departure we do need more help to support many of our events. It is really encouraging when we get a get a large turnout of members at our events and will help to grow the club in the future.
I am still a club member and hope to be able to attend many events in the coming year. I wish every success to the committee who will be taking over at the AGM.
Monday March 19th 2012
ANNUAL REPORT MARCH 2012
Monday 18th April 2011
at 8.30. pm at Dunvant Rugby Club
Contact Keith Turner 01792 363830 email@example.com
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2010
The March meeting as always, included the clubís Annual General Meeting. This year though, was a little different following on from the Extraordinary General Meetings in the last quarter of 2009.
A reasonable number of members attended the evening, considering that AGMís are not a popular part of club life for a lot of people.
The existing committee, consisting of John Dorney and Keith Turner, had kept the club ticking over following the resignations last year, working hard to keep the club on an even keel until elections could be held.
John Dorney informed the members that the clubís accounts could not be confirmed at the meeting due to difficulties with the records and the fact that the books etc were with a qualified accountant for proper audit and report. The accounts would be presented at the next club night. The members present agreed this course of action.
Unusually for an AGM, there had been some nominations for election to the committee prior to the AGM. It was agreed to accept all the members who had volunteered, to form a committee.
After members agreement the following members will serve on the club committee:
Adrian Di Francesco, Roger Gale, Leighton Jenkins, Patrick Pattison, Jeff Robbins, Mike Jones and Graham Bentman.
The election of a Chairman and Vice-Chairman followed. Amazing how quiet a room full of people can be when any movement or the wrong word can be construed as volunteering!
John Dorney is now officially our new Chairman, with Keith Turner as Vice-Chairman. The meeting closed in time for a last drink, but sadly the planned talk by Roger Gale had to be postponed. We will have that to look forward to at a future club night.
© The Swansea Historic Vehicle Register 2009