Below are the minutes of the MVT's South East Area meetings. The minutes book is available for inspection at area meetings (see Diary dates section).
Date: 02-05-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Neill Elliott in the chair. Apologies: Ian Gardner
1 Sywell museum opening was well attended with 50+vehicles including 25 Jeeps and 18 members. One of the Jeeps was an original four-wheel-steer prototype.
2 Thurleigh is opening on Sunday, May 5. Convoy to start from Irchester at 1000 hours.
3 Gaydon Land Rover event is looking for volunteers to help on May 11-12.
4 The Crouch Recovery Open Day at Market Harborough, May 19, is probably going to be ticket only because of anticipated large number of visitors The complete Crouch collection will be at the Harborough at War event.
5 St Christopher’s Care Home, Abington Crescent, Northampton are asking for MVs for 75 year anniversary. Three Jeeps volunteered.
6 Roy Sharman is giving a talk to the TTS group on life as a National Serviceman and offered to do the same for us at the July meeting.
7 Neil mentioned a request for transport for a USA veteran visiting Colsterworth. He was part of the D Day Pathfinders (already sent by email).
8 On June 5-7 there are 38 Dakotas flying in to Duxford for the DAKS over Normandy Parachute Drops, according to Richard Hall. Will be well worth watching.
9 John Underwood is planning another open day for his museum, provisionally 1000 hours on Sunday, June 30.
10 MVT AGM: When changes were made to the way areas held their money, there was a drop in membership and number of areas. The membership has now started to rise because of the PPLI scheme that comes automatically with membership. In spite of this money is still tight and not as many events can be supported at the moment. The trailer/shop has gone but clothing is now available on line. Following the death of Lord Montague of Beaulieu, who was our patron, James Holland, a prominent historian, has been invited to take over.
11 More events: Chicksands 75, June 13. 13 vehicles attending, meet at Warrington roundabout 1400 hours. NO WEAPONS deac or replica on vehicles.
Croughton, Saturday, June 15. Register by May 1 so if you haven't you have missed it. Details to follow, again NO WEAPONS.
Armed Forces Day Northampton, 3/4 MVs needed on the Market Square. Liaise with Tim Cross.
Chicksands Family Day July 20 1030-1100 hours arrive for 1200 hours start. Liaise with Neil for details.
12 Discussion on communication: It was concluded email was still the best way to communicate within the area but Neil did say it would be very helpful, particularly with event invitations, to have a reply, either yes or no, rather than no reply at all.
Date: 04-04-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Richard Hall, Dean Port, Ian Gardiner. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 13 members. The minutes of 07-03-19 were approved and signed.
1 Neill Elliott highlighted forthcoming events including a Spitfire talk at Sywell on April 14. Sywell Aviation Museum re-opens on Easter Saturday, April 20, and it was planned to arrive in convoy. RV at McDonald’s, London Road, Wellingborough, to leave at 0930.
2 The Bank Holiday weekend of May 4-6 brought a date clash with East Midlands Steam Fair at Rushden and, on the Sunday, the opening of Thurleigh Museum. NE proposed a mini-road run to Thurleigh, details to be announced at the next meeting.
3 Peter Clarke said the Gaydon Land Rover Show was on May 11-12 when the museum and reserve collection would be open to participants.
4 NE said six MVs were going to a D-Day event at Chicksands on June 13.
5 Peter Clarke wondered whether the June area meeting should be cancelled as many members, including the officers, would be in Normandy. Or it could be held at the Earls Barton classic car meet. To be discussed next month.
6 June 15 was Northampton Transport Day show in Abington Park but this clashed with a car and bike show at RAF Croughton, to which we had been invited. Most members preferred the Croughton show. As this was an active base, entry must be applied for – Peter Clarke to post details on the procedure for this on the website and via email. The MVT North Oxon Area was also attending. It also clashed with Wartime in the Vale at Evesham.
7 NE confirmed that the Intelligence Museum at JFC Chicksands would be open during their family day on July 20, which made the trip more attractive for us. Details of booking later.
8 Veterans’ families were visiting Grafton Underwood on September 21 and we have been asked to provide MV transport. More later.
9 Caroline Jackson said the Bedfordshire Steam Rally at Old Warden Park was not on this year.
10 Tim Hawkes said Crouch Recovery at Market Harborough, were holding an open day on May 19, 1000-1700 at LE16 7QE. The collection was also to be at Harborough at War.
11 Tim Hawkes said the recent safety training day at Catterick, at which SEM members helped, was successful and that there would be an Armour Day there on May 3 for wheeled and tracked armour. Marshals with 4x4s were needed for the three-day event.
12 NE read out a controversial article on War History on Line about re-enactors and whether they were a pleasure or a pain. Discussion followed.
Date: 07-03-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Simon Tasker, Roy Shakeshaft. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 13 members. The minutes of 07-02-19 were approved and signed.
1 Neill Elliott went through the local events diary for the next few months. He suggested that for the opening of Sywell Aviation Museum on Easter Saturday, April 20, MVs could meet at the McDonalds in London Road, Wellingborough, leaving at 0945 for Sywell. A convoy to Bicester Heritage for Drive-it Day on April 28 was also discussed; RV point to be arranged at the next meeting. The opening of Thurleigh Museum on May 5 could also be held in conjunction with a road run. Details to be arranged. Richard Hall said the museum would be open 1000-1600 hours and drinks would be available. Several members were supplying WW2 MVs for an event at Chicksands and we had also been invited to the family open day on July 20. It was suggested that more members would be interested if we were given a tour around the Intelligence Museum on the site; NE to look into this.
2 Roy Sharman said a collection at last month’s meeting for a British D-day memorial in Normandy resulted in £52.40 being donated. He showed members a letter of thanks.
3 RS said Rushden Cavalcade on May 4-6 had new organisers, East Midlands Steam Fair, Ring 07877 942533 for an application form. Confusingly the previous organisers, Rushden Historical Society were holding their own event at the station on May 5.
4 RS said he was very disappointed with the amount he collected for the Poppy Appeal in Abington Street, Northampton, due, no doubt to major stores having closed. He suggested some members could collect at the huge Lakes shopping centre near Rushden. After discussion, it was agreed that an invitation from the Rushden RBL would be necessary first.
5 NE introduced guest speaker Gordon Woodhams, MVTSEM member and, at the age of 90, one of our “elder statesmen”. Gordon said he was 12 in 1940 when his school in Alfred Street, Rushden, was bombed by a Dornier, thought to be looking for an airbase. Eight children died but he and his sister survived. He joined the ATC and, when he turned 17 in 1945, he and fellow cadets were taken up for rides in two B-17s, three Ansons, a Dominie and a Lancaster. Just 18 hours after his 18th birthday, he was called up to join the Army and was trained in vehicle maintenance before joining the 13/18 Royal Hussars and embarking for North Africa. He was stationed at Tobruk at a time when there was a lot of Arab unrest due to the creation of the state of Israel. After serving his time, he was shipped to Southampton for demob and had a choice of a new suit or £25. He chose the money!
Date: 07-02-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Dean Port, Andy Speechley. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 20 members. The minutes of 06-12-18 were approved and signed.
1 Roy Sharman said he attended a meeting of the TTS group and problems expected after Brexit were discussed. These included the need for an international driving licence and a green card for insurance. Tim Hawkes added that the MVT advice was that all MVs going abroad should have an Open General Export Licence (OGEL). This easy to apply for online and did not have to be renewed.
2 Roy Sharman said the TTS group was supporting a British D-day memorial in Normandy and SEM members donated money to add to the total.
3 Peter Clarke asked for a show of hands for the Easter Saturday Sywell Aviation Museum reopening and 15 members showed an interest.
4 Steve Myles promoted an open day at the American base at Croughton on June 15 and six members were interested.
5 Tim Hawkes said the MVT safety training day would be at the Help the Heroes rehab base at Catterick, Yorkshire, on March 24. All were invited to attend.
6 Tony Patrick suggested a few meetings at Sywell on Sundays and at the Earls Barton classic car meet.
7 Peter Clarke said the RBL had invited all those who helped with the Poppy Appeal to a thank-you meal at the Conservative Club, Billing Road, Northampton, on Saturday evening (February 9). Kevin Lamberth and Tim Cross were going.
8 Tim Hawkes said he had attended planning meetings for Harborough at War, which was proceeding well. The Crouch Collection of up to 70 trucks were to be there along with rare machines from Armourgeddon.
9 Richard Hall said the long-time curator of the Thurleigh Museum was very ill and he had joined a new committee to keep the museum going, with support from landlord Palmer Sport. The museum would reopen on May 5 and 15 members showed an interest in attending. Richard was thanked for helping this important museum to keep going.
10 Tim Hawkes said those on the D-day tour would need to arrange their own public liability insurance, as the MVT’s PPLI did not apply.
11 Neill Elliott joined the meeting and gave his annual report. He was pleased with the way the area had progressed and mentioned highlights such as Roger’s Road Run, Armistice Road Run, Wicksteed at War and guest speakers, including Lancaster pilot Rusty Waughman, who attracted an audience of 110. More members had joined the area and he thanked Ian Gardiner, Peter Clarke, Tim Hawkes, Kevin Lamberth, Tim Cross and John Underwood for their particular support. The depth of help proved that it was not just the secretary carrying the area. 2019 would be a big year for green machines with VE-day celebrations and Harborough at War.
12 Neill Elliott was re-elected secretary, Ian Gardiner chairman, Peter Clarke webmaster, all unopposed and unanimous. Kevin Lamberth volunteered to be deputy webmaster.
13 Neill Elliott said we ought to be mindful what we posted on social media in the name of the MVT and not bring the club into disrepute. Other area secretaries he had met were having trouble over this.
14 Tim Hawkes reported on the fall-out from the Laycock at War issues and said the club had agreed with the Charity Commission a set of guidelines for future MVT shows.
15 Tim Hawkes said he hoped that the club shop would be available soon on line.
16 Kevin Lamberth said if any members wanted pictures of their machines from Roger’s Road Run, they should email him with the machine’s make and registration number.
17 There were four entrants in the area’s Top Traveller Trophy for the most miles covered in an MV to and from shows in 2018. Fourth was Neill Elliott (Dodge Weapons Carrier) with 55 miles, third Peter Clarke (Land Rover Lightweight) with 1,024 miles, second Brian Rive (Jeep) with 1,151 miles. Winner was Ian Gardiner (GMC) with 1,845 miles, most of them on the Red Ball Express run.
Date: 06-12-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: None. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 19 members. The minutes of 01-11-18 were approved and signed.
1 NE welcomed new member John Boyes who has a Willys MB.
2 Guest Vaughan Glynn from the RBL said Northampton had raised a record £134,000-plus for the Poppy Fund.
3 Tim Hawkes said the MVT’s membership database had been moved to a company in Northampton which was now dealing with all membership inquiries and he hoped for a big improvement in service.
4 NE reminded owners of Allied WW2 vehicles to enter the MVT’s Wilkinson Sword mileage competition and said that Brian Rive would have easily won last year had he entered. Only UK mileage is allowed. He also reminded members of our own Top Traveller trophy for vehicles of all ages. Mileage to be produced at February’s meeting.
5 Peter Clarke said there had been no change in the area’s temporary website saga as plans for a revamp of the MVT’s website structure were behind schedule.
6 Tim Hawkes said he had attended two meetings with the Harborough at War organisers and was encouraged by the arrangements. As well as the show site, the town was holding events and wanted vehicles to take part and parade. We would be allowed to dig holes and trenches on the show ground. The event was being supported by Armourgeddon and Crouch Military,
7 Tim Hawkes said that the MVT training days in 2019 were likely to be in the north and south of the country and not at Armourgeddon.
8 After a buffet meal, Kevin Lamberth held a quiz of 37 MV and aircraft-related questions and was applauded by members. Tim Cross took the answer sheets home to mark them and here are the results:
Winner - George Jackson 32
Tim Hawkes 28
Peter Clarke 26.5
Stephen Myles 23
Ian Clayton 20
Will Needham 18.5
Roy S 15
John Boyes 14.5
Richard Hall 11.5
Dean Port 7
G Woodhams 1.5
9 NE reminded members of Roger’s Road Run on January 20 and said the next meeting would be the area AGM on February 7.
Date: 01-11-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Ian Gardiner, Tim Hawkes, Martin Sansom, Matt Smith, Roy Sharman, Tim Cross. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 13 members. The minutes of 04-10-18 were approved and signed.
1 NE said Ian Gardiner, Tim Hawkes and Martin Sansom were at Market Harborough for the first meeting of the events team for the big military weekend in August, 2019. The MVT was helping with organising MVs for the event. Tim Hawkes to report back at the next meeting.
2 NE said he had signed up to daily emails from a website called War History on Line and he recommended this to members.
3 NE reminded members about Rusty Waughman’s talk at Sywell on November15 about the Berlin Airlift. This was being organised by Sywell Aviation Museum and there was a £5 entrance fee.
4 NE recounted the saga of his importing a 1942 Dodge WC51 from Norway and the hurdles he had to overcome. He hoped to have Weapons Carrier on the road soon.
5 Peter Clarke said Roger Higgerson had been in touch regarding Roger’s Road Run, which was to be on January 20, 2019. He said the run had its origins in Steve Gascoigne’s green lanes outings post-Christmas and therefore dated back to 1986. Details were on the area website.
6 Peter Clarke said a sale of uniforms donated by Northampton Army Cadets raised £17.99 for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and showed members a receipt.
7 NE promoted the Christmas buffet, quiz and Secret Santa on December 6 and members present who were going paid £10 per person. Peter Clarke to email membership with a reminder and to ask for names.
8 NE said he was pleased that the area was thriving due to a team effort which included road runs, poppy collections etc. He would welcome more ideas for events or speakers.
9 NE promoted Operation Poppy in Northampton Town Centre on November 3 and 10. George Jackson said he would be displaying in Milton Keynes. John Underwood said he had attended with three other MVs the launch of Corby’s Poppy Appeal.
10 John Underwood said he had bought a 1941 Matchless and had already broken it.
11 John Underwood outlined details of his Armistice Road Run on November 11. Weldon RBL had received a grant and were putting on a display and lunch at Weldon Village Hall.
12 George and Caroline Jackson recommended an event at Brooklands, Surrey, on November 18.
Date: 04-10-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Roy Woods, Simon Tasker. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 23 members and guests. The minutes of 06-09-18 were approved and signed.
1 Neill Elliott introduced our guest speaker Ria Jefferies who spoke about wartime rationing in the home. Ria provided several tasty treats including specially blended wartime coffee, carrot and parsnip cake, and pumpkin scones and tea. She spoke about keeping chickens, the community pig, the WI Jam Busters and the Women’s Home Guard. Ria received well-deserved applause from members and guests. We charged everyone £3 and, due to the good turn-out, our speaker’s fee was covered.
2 NE said he would ask Peter Clarke to send out an email to members about SEM events.
3 NE highlighted Poppy selling in Northampton town centre on November 3 and 10, from 10am.
4 John Underwood mentioned his Armistice Road Run on Sunday, November 11, and handed out flyers.
Date: 06-09-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Tim Cross, Richard Hall, Kevin Lamberth, Roy Woods, Ian Gardiner. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 11 members. The minutes of 02-08-18 were approved and signed.
1 Neill Elliott offered the area’s condolences to Brian Rive, his mother and his sister on the unexpected death of Brian’s father John, who often accompanied Brian to meetings and events. He had sent a card on behalf of the area and Ian Gardiner is using his GMC is to take John’s coffin to Kettering Crematorium.
2 NE said the Silent Soldier had been generously purchased on behalf of the area by Dean Port. Peter Clarke was asked to liaise with Dean to get the Silent Soldier to Stoke Bruerne and Gaydon shows.
3 NE said there were several MVs at the RBL’s Henlow Fun Day but they were not from our area.
4 John Underwood said the Poppy Road Run would be on Sunday, November 11. We would meet at his house at Carlton, near Corby, for breakfast before leaving for the service at Weldon. We would then have a road run before heading back to Weldon where the RBL was putting on lunch for us. After lunch would be another run, probably to Grafton Underwood Memorial. More details later.
5 NE said Poppy selling would again take place in Northampton town centre on Saturdays, November 3 and 10. Tim Cross was liaising with the council and RBL. Caroline Jackson said George Jackson would be selling poppies in Milton Keynes and those in that area could join him.
6 Peter Clarke promoted Gaydon Military Show on Sunday, September 30, and said he had located a layby near Weedon for us to meet before leaving for Gaydon at 0830. NE to arrange MVT insurance cover. Tim Hawkes said he would pass PC’s contact details to the show organiser.
7 NE said there would be a speaker at the October meeting who would demonstrate Home Front cooking and provide treats for us. After discussion, it was decided to charge £5 per head to cover the speaker’s fee and food. Members were urged to bring partners and guests.
8 NE said Rusty Waughman, the Lancaster pilot who gave us a terrific talk earlier in the year, was returning on November 15 to relate his part in the Berlin Air Lift. The admission would be £5, with proceeds going to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Sywell Aviation Museum was organising the event, as the subject was aircraft-related.
9 Brian Rive said he enjoyed the Victory Show, particularly the aircraft element. NE said there was a para-drop from a Dakota.
10 Tim Hawkes said there had been little progress on arranging an event at the Cambridgeshire home of a Lottery winner and it was probably too late for this year. After discussion, Martin Sansom volunteered to look into using the venue for a 2019 crank-up event.
11 NE asked who was interested in the Chicksands D-day event next year when 4-6 period vehicles would display during a reception for veterans. Enough volunteers came forward for NE to make a definite commitment to Chicksands.
12 Tim Hawkes reported on the Laycock at War “Nazi” controversy, which caused headlines in national papers. After investigation the MVT found that 90 per cent of the allegations were untrue but nevertheless the Charity Commission became involved and wanted answers to certain questions. TH forecast that there would be drastic changes to the MVT’s German re-enactor policy next year.
13 Tim Hawkes and NE promoted a large event at Market Harborough in early August next year which would involve a showground and the whole town. TH said that as there was no Wicksteed at War in 2019, some of the inertia could be diverted to Market Harborough.
14 Peter Clarke explained why he was forced to create a new, temporary area website, pending the MVT’s overhaul of the main website, which could include satellite sites for areas.
Date: 02-08-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Tim Cross, Gary Stock, Alan and Linda Farren. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 19 members. The minutes of 05-07-18 were approved and signed.
Date: 05-07-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Ian Gardiner, Neill Elliott, Tim Cross, Mike York, Tony Patrick. Present: Peter Clarke (webmaster) and 11 members. The minutes of 05-06-18 were approved and signed.
Date: 05-06-18. Venue: Wicksteed Park. Apologies: Ian Gardiner, Tim Cross, Simon Tasker. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 20 members. The minutes of 03-05-18 were approved and signed.
Date: 03-05-18. Venue: Aviator, Sywell. Apologies: Tim Cross, Gary Stock, Ian Gardiner, Steve Smith. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) and 19 members. The minutes of 05-04-18 were approved and signed.
April's guest speaker Rusty Waughman with SEM members after his talk
Date: 05-04-18.Venue:Cirrus Room, Aviator, Sywell. Apologies: Simon Tasker and Martin Samson.Present:Neill Elliott (secretary) and around 100 members and guests. The minutes of 01-02-18 were approved and signed.
1 Neill Elliott outlined some pending local events, including Drive-it Day at Bicester Heritage, Rushden Cavalcade, Earls Barton classic car meet and the MVT AGM at Coventry.
Date: 05-10-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell. Apologies: John Denney, Simon Tasker, Tim Cross, Heather Bailey, Richard Hall. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary) plus 17 other members. The minutes of 07-09-17 meeting were approved and signed.
Date: 07-09-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell. Apologies: John Denney, Simon Tasker, Tim Cross, Martin Sansom, Tim Hawkes. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary) plus 18 other members. The minutes of the 03-08-17 meeting were approved and signed.
Date: 03-08-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell. Apologies: Ian Gardiner, John Denney, Richard Hall. Present: Neill Elliott (chairman) plus 17 other members. The minutes of the 06-07-17 meeting were approved and signed.
Date: 06-07-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell. Apologies: None. Present: Ian Gardener (secretary) plus 23 other members. The minutes of the 06-06-17 meeting were approved and signed.
Date: 06-06-17. Venue: Draughty tent, Wicksteed Park. Apologies: Simon Tasker. Present: Ian Gardener (secretary) plus 22 other members.
Date: 04-05-17. Venue: Carpetbaggers Museum, Harrington Airfield.Apologies: Ian Gardiner, Peter Clarke, Garry Stock, George and Caroline Jackson. Present: Neill Elliott (chairman) plus 20 other members.
Date: 06-04-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: George and Caroline Jackson, Martin Sansom, Andy Speechley. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 20 other members. The minutes of 02-03-17 were approved.
Date: 02-03-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: George and Caroline Jackson, Ross White. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 18 other members. The minutes of 02-02-17 were approved.
Date: 02-02-17. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Richard Hall, George and Caroline Jackson, Gary Stock, Andy Speechley. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 19 other members. The minutes of 01-12-16 were approved.
Date: 01-12-16. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: None given.Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 22 other members.
Date: 03-11-16. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Richard Hill, John Denney, Steve Smith, Martin Sansom. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 14 other members. The minutes of 06-10-16 were approved.
Date: 06-10-16. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Peter Clarke, George Jackson, Caroline Jackson. Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 18 other members. The minutes of 04-08-16 were approved.
Date: 01-09-16 Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Neill Elliott, Andy Speechley Present: Ian Gardiner (secretary), plus 15 other members. The minutes of 04-08-16 were approved.
Date: 04-08-16 Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome.
Date: 07-07-16 Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Apologies: Ian Gardiner, Richard Hall, Tim Hawkes, John Denney. Present: Neill Elliott, chairman, plus 12 other members.
Date: 07-06-16 Venue: a leaky 12x12 tent, Wicksteed Park in a thunderstorm. Apologies: Simon Tasker, John Denney, George and Caroline Jackson, Present: Ian Gardiner, secretary, Neill Elliott, chairman, plus 16 other members.
Date: 05-05-16 Venue: Aviator, Sywell Apologies: None. Present: Ian Gardiner, secretary, Neill Elliott, chairman, Caroline Jackson, treasurer, plus 18 other members.
Apologies: John Denney, Tim Hawkes. Present: Ian Gardiner, secretary, Neill Elliott, chairman, Caroline Jackson, treasurer, plus 17 other members.
Present: Ian Gardiner, secretary, Neill Elliott, chairman, plus 13 other members.
Members were notified of various local shows worth attending (see Diary Dates section).
Kevin Lamberth gave an illustrated talk on his recent visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps in Poland and was thanked by members.