2010 Club Events
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Annual Planning Meeting and 'Pose' - March 2010
Report from Vernon Mortimer
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Held traditionally over the first weekend in March near the impressive Cheddar Gorge, this event reviews the previous year's activities, enables plans to be made for the coming season and encourages an early exercising of Speedsters and Spyders after their winter slumbers! Some members arrived in the area ahead of the weekend to enjoy the Somerset air - and also stayed on when the weekend was over, using it as a stop-off on the way to other things. So, as a Club event, what did we get up to?
As has become the custom in recent years, the pre-APM meal took place in our own area of the restaurant of the Premier Inn, next door to Club HQ. 'Locals' met up in the bar with members staying in the hotel and then moved into the restaurant for food chosen from a simple but varied menu. It was the company and chat we were really there for, after all!
Bleary-eyed from the previous evening's activities we assembled on the Sunday morning in the car park at Winscombe Community Centre, where we shared parking space with an equally bleary-eyed band of helpers who had been to an Anniversary Dinner there to celebrate twenty-five years of the Centre and were now back to clear up! However, our usual Amesbury Suite was set out for us and not affected by their labours. More members arrived to join those already in the area, which added a Spyder to the Speedsters - as well as other forms of transport which will remain anonymous A display of Speedster and Spyder related material included the updated Club Scrapbook - and the range of Club clothing on display led to more members being 'correctly dressed' for the new season ahead!
The business part of the Meeting then got under way and one of the first decisions was to increase the range of clothing by adding new colours and a quality T-shirt option which led to a further increase in orders! Although unable to be present, Webmaster John Mercer had submitted a report which led to much discussion and will hopefully see some changes in the appearance of the site. John always welcomes more info and pictures of members and cars to reflect the activities of the Club and so maybe increase membership when other Speedster and Spyder enthusiasts see what they are missing!
Technical Guru Len outlined some of the highlights of his year with regard to contact with Club Members and others - and also led a discussion on the 'correct' registration of Speedsters and Spyders. If not adhered to, this could lead to real problems for owners in the event of a random police check or an accident. Tony handed out copies of the proposed Events Calendar for 2010 and some amendments were made to the traditional pattern of official Club support for some events. This is not intended to be a formal and complete record of what was discussed, the Minutes will naturally be presented at next year's APM.
The traditional APM buffet lunch then followed and concluded with the handing out of the Route Sheets for the afternoon 'Season Opening Pose' through the local countryside. These Sheets contain the route instructions (in case the convoy breaks up, although we try to wait for those 'cut off' by intervening traffic) and details of historic or otherwise interesting facts about places along the route. This year we headed generally south, skirting the Somerset Levels and Battle of Sedgemoor sites, to Burnham-on-sea (always good for impressing the locals and early holidaymakers licking ice creams and building sand castles), then back clinging to the edge (literally) of the Mendip Hills to Club HQ for tea, cake and the inevitable chat before waving farewell until the next time.