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: 06-02-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Peter Clarke (in chair) plus 8 members. Apologies: Neill Elliott, Ian Gardner, Brian Rive, Roy Woods. Minutes of 05-12-19 were available.
1 PC said the area secretary, chairman and several others were in France for a commemoration, so it had been decided to postpone the AGM until the March meeting.
2 Past events. PC said the Silverstone Social classic car club meet at Weedon Depot was attended by several MVs. The club would welcome members to its other meets in the year. Details on the Silverstone Social Facebook page. There was a good turn-out of MVs at Vintage Stony on New Year’s Day and the town was full of classic vehicles. Mike York said Roger’s Road Run was a great success. PC said it had attracted four MVs from the North Oxon and Cotswolds Area, which had sent a message of appreciation. PC to ring Roger and thank him for his efforts. A new SEM member was so impressed that he offered to organise something similar in the summer. Stoneleigh Militaria was packed and attended by many SEM members.
3 Coming events: PC ran through non-VE Day events in the spring and early summer: Sunday, February 9, talk on Grafton Underwood at Sywell Aviation Museum; Sunday, March 29, MVT safety training day at Armourgeddon; Wednesday, April 1, classic car meet at Earls Barton and on the first Wednesday of the month during the summer; Sunday, April 5, MVT AGM at Coventry Transport Museum; Easter Saturday, April 11, Sywell Aviation Museum opening; Sunday, April 26, National Drive-it Day (Bicester Heritage etc); June 12-14, Wicksteed at War; Saturday, June 27, Transport Day at Abington Park, Northampton; July 4-5, Summer Gala and Historic Vehicle Show at Evesham Vale Light Railway; Sunday, July 12, cricket match at Brixworth, village v a team of recovering service personnel for Help the Heroes; Mike York said there was a talk about Thurleigh airfield at Keysoe Village Hall in April. John Underwood asked if RIAT was on again in 2020. It is and JU was advised to check on the MVT Facebook page. Tim Cross said there was an historic vehicles trial at Sywell on Sunday, February 9. Will Needham added Bloxham Steam Rally near Banbury on June 27-28 attracted MVs and was worth attending. Tony Patrick said there was a monthly car meeting on Tuesday afternoons at Sywell and the museum was open.
4 VE Day events (Friday, May 8): PC ran through events notified so far: Rushden Street Party; Potton Fete (near Biggleswade);Fri-Sat, 1940s weekend at Northampton and Lamport Railway; Fri-Sat, Bletchley Park VE Weekend; Warmington event; Northampton event at Market Square or Becket’s Park; Bugbrooke event; Sunday tea dance at Overstone Park for Help the Heroes (two MVs requested). Steve Myles said there was an event at Crispin’s Club, Duston. John Underwood said Corby and Weldon were planning something and he could arrange a convoy if there was enough interest. Mike York added an event at Molesworth and Newport Pagnell 1940s Day. PC commented that with so many events on at the same time, we would be spread thinly and some members would be obligated to support the event in their own area.
5 PC appealed for guest speakers for monthly meetings. Steve Myles said he could put something together about his service in Northern Ireland and Mike York said he would try to contact an expert on Popski’s Private Army.
6 Christmas meal and quiz: members enjoyed the evening and said they preferred the meal rather than a buffet.
7 NE had asked that PC raise the question: what do people want from the SEM area, are we doing OK; do we need some changes? After discussion it was unanimously agreed that the present secretary and chairman were doing a great job and a vote of confidence was proposed by John Underwood.
8 AOB: Kevin Lamberth said we needed more marshals for Wicksteed at War. Tony Patrick thought we ought to have metal MVT badges, about the same size as AA badges. PC to ask NE to raise this at CoM. PC said he had raised the issue of the MVT area websites with CoM and was told slow progress was being made. Tim Cross offered some free metal tool boxes and these were snapped up.
Date:05-12-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Neill Elliott (area secretary) plus 22 members. Apologies: None. Minutes of 07-11-19 were signed.
1 NE thanked members who sold poppies for the RBL at two locations in Northampton. A dozen MVs attended and the money collected made it all worthwhile.
2 NE said he needed the mileage totals for the Top Traveller Trophy before the February meeting. This is open to all MVs attending meets and shows anywhere.
3 Peter Clarke said Roger’s Road Run was on Sunday, January 19. Details on website.
4 NE reminded members there was no area meeting in January and that the February one would be the AGM.
5 Tim Hawkes announced that Dean Port’s company Crystal Electronics would be sponsoring Wicksteed at War 2020 and members applauded this.
6 The Christmas meal was served and Secret Santa presents were given.
7 Kevin Lamberth, helped by Vaughn Glynn and Tim Cross, oversaw the Christmas quiz, which was won by Tim Hawkes with a score of 50 out of 68.
8 NE and PC mentioned some Christmas and New Year meetings: Weedon Depot on December 28, Brackley town centre on December 29 and Stony Stratford on January 1. Details to go on the area website.
9 Richard Hall, on behalf of the members, thanked NE and Ian Gardiner for arranging the Christmas dinner.
Date: 07-11-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Peter Clarke (in chair) plus 12 members. Apologies: Neill Elliott, Ian Gardiner, Richard Hall. Minutes of 03-10-19 were available.
1 None present attended Rushden Station at War so no report was available.
2 Poppy selling. Brian Rive reported that it had been busy but wet at Riverside, Northampton. Kevin Lamberth said he thought we were correct to move from Northampton town centre to the retail park. PC said he, Simon Tasker and Mick Ford were collecting at Dobbies Garden Centre, Harlestone Firs. It was quiet to start with because of the rugby final and rain but picked up later in the day. More vehicles were welcome for the 9th at Riverside but two MVs (PC and Tim Cross) were sufficient at Harlestone. Tim Cross said we ought to consider concentrating at Riverside next year. He added the TTS intention to collect at Rushden Lakes was abandoned because of red tape and demands made by the retail park.
3 Remembrance Road Run. John Underwood said donations would be welcomed for the Poppy Fund. He and Judith needed an idea of numbers and PC said he would ask Neill to get in touch. John outlined plans for the day which included the service at Weldon, a trip to Deenethorpe Airfield, an interesting road run and a surprise organised by Tim Webster. John would be laying a wreath at Weldon on behalf of past, present and future members of the MVT SE Midlands Area. An officer from Kettering Museum would be joining us for lunch to get some ideas for a VE Day display next year. PC thanked John and Judith for their efforts. PC said there would be a Remembrance Service at the Grafton Underwood Memorial at 3pm but John’s road run would not be stopping there because of time constraints. Members were welcome to make their own way to the memorial.
4 PC said the next monthly meeting would include the Christmas party. There would be a secret Santa with presents worth around £5 welcomed. Members may abstain and not take part in this. Kevin Lamberth would be doing the quiz. Following a decision made at last month’s meeting, we would not be having a buffet but could choose from the Aviator’s Hot Favourites menu at prices ranging from £11-£14 plus a £1 tip each. PC said he would ask Neill Elliott how to proceed regarding menu choices and paying and would communicate via email alert.
5 PC said Roger Higgerson had been in touch and the famous Roger’s Road Run was on Sunday, January 19, starting at 1030-ish from the Red Lion Truck Stop near Junction 16, the same venue as last year. A late lunch would be available for those who wanted it. PC said the winter run runs had started in the mid-1980s with Steve Gascoigne, the area’s founder.
6 PC said Rusty Waughman, the Lancaster pilot who gave us a fantastic talk earlier in the year was returning on Sunday, November 17, at the invitation of Sywell Aviation Museum. He recommended that members go along to hear this remarkable man, who survived the war, was commissioned and flew in the Berlin Air Lift.
7 PC said there was no January area meeting and the February one would include the AGM when officers were elected.
8 PC said improved communications in the area were being considered with perhaps a Whatsapp group being formed. Pros and cons were discussed and PC read out part of a message he had received from Will Holmes, the CoM’s social media officer, regarding a closed Facebook page. This was being trialled elsewhere and could be a better medium for us than Whatsapp. Email alerts could also continue. The issue was carried forward.
9 AOB: PC said he would like the area to have a greater presence at the Shuttleworth Military Pageant next year. Will Needham said there were First and Second World War vehicles parading this year but there was a growing appreciation for post-war vehicles. Entrance was free for a vehicle and two occupants but pre-booking was necessary and a start should be made in March. PC thought a short road run from the Warrington service station near Olney would be a good idea.
10 John Underwood wondered whether the Duxford Military Show was still running as it would be worth visiting. (Later an internet search revealed that the show’s Facebook page was last updated in 2014 and there was nothing on the Duxford calendar)
11 Kevin Lamberth proposed a minibus trip to the National Arboretum and Chelsea Hospital.
Date: 03-10-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) plus 14 members. Apologies: Simon Tasker, Robin Woods, Richard Hall, John Denney. Minutes of 05-09-19 were signed.
1 Diary dates: Peter Clarke outlined the memorial service at Woodend, near Blakesley, on Sunday, October 6. MVs to be assembled by 1130 for the 1200 service. NE said Rushden at War was on October 19-20 at the station. Wartime at Wansford, near Peterborough, was on October 5-6.
2 Poppy collection: Tim Cross said last year receipts in Northampton Town Centre were well down with the closure of major stores including M&S and BHS and the lack of footfall made the venue not viable in his opinion. After discussion, members agreed and it was decided to support the poppy selling at Rushden Lakes. Caroline Jackson said the Milton Keynes Homebase store was always keen to have MVs outside and George would be there again with his Ferret. Ian Gardiner said he would approach the Homebase store at Riverside, Northampton, with a view to having a few MVs outside. Peter Clarke said he would support this. Poppy collection this year is on November 2 and 9. NE said he would send out an email later explaining this.
3 Poppy Road Run: NE said John and Judith Underwood were once again hosting this, starting with bacon butties at 0930 at East Carlton before the memorial service at Weldon, then a run back to East Carlton and lunch. We would not be attending the Grafton Underwood service this year due to time constraints. Email to come from NE.
4 Wicksteed at War: NE said a meeting of the organisers and the park had been held and Steve Crook, from Harborough at War had joined the team. The date is June 12-14, with Friday being the education day.
5 Safety day: Kevin Lamberth said there would be an MVT safety day at Armourgeddon on March 28 or 29.
6 NE said events for 2020 would also include visits to Desborough and Twinwoods airfields.
7 Christmas party: Three options on food were available for the December 5 meeting: cold buffet, Christmas meal or a hot meal from the Aviator menu. After discussion, the menu hot meal was decided upon, although NE is to ask the Aviation if the Christmas meal could also be available so Ian Gardiner could have his Christmas pudding. Kevin Lamberth was compiling a quiz and there would be a secret Santa with members bringing gifts of around £5.
8 Caroline Jackson said Harlington Church, Bedfordshire, was having a 1940s display to mark the launching of a book, Memoirs of an Evacuee, on November 9-11. Memorabilia was needed for the display.
9 Caroline Jackson said the Coffee Hall suburb of Milton Keynes was having an event on November 11 with 700 schoolchildren expected. MVs were welcome to assemble at 1000 hours. Contact George Jackson for details
10 Will Needham said MVs had been invited to a Young Farmers’ rally at Clifton Reynes, near Olney, on May 30.
11 Event reports: Peter Clarke and Will Needham said Stoke Bruerne at War was much improved this year with more footfall and stalls in the MV display field. NE said the Victory Show was very enjoyable with an impressive number of tracked MVs and GMCs. NE and Peter Clarke had received messages of thanks for our part in the Grafton Underwood reunion. The Americans thought the ride around the old airfield was the highlight of their trip. Steve Myles said the visit to Thurleigh Museum went well with plenty of tea and cake. This was despite him going the Twinwoods Airfield at first by mistake. Richard Hall had sent his thanks for the turn-out of 15 MVs.
Date :05-09-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) plus 18 members. Apologies: Ian Gardiner, Simon Tasker. Minutes of 01-08-19 were signed.
1 NE ran through some forthcoming events which included the Victory Show and Stoke Bruerne at War this coming weekend.
2 John Denney confirmed that three veterans and a coachload of relatives were expected at Grafton Underwood on Saturday, Sept 21. All MVs were welcome and should be at the airfield memorial by 10.30am for an 11am service, then on to Grafton Village Hall for lunch before being split into four groups to take the vets and guests around the area and airfield.
3 Richard Hall outlined the Thurleigh Museum open day on Sunday, Sept 29, 10am-4pm. There would be parking for MVs and tea and cakes available. The museum had a new management team and had been revamped. Later NE confirmed there would be no road run to the museum, but we should meet there.
4 Wartime in Wansford was on October 5-6.
5 Peter Clarke said on Sunday, October 6, the 75th anniversary of a collision of three B-17s near Blakesley was to be marked by a service at the Woodend memorial at 11am. MVs were welcome to attend. An exhibit telling the story of the tragedy is in the Sywell Aviation Museum.
6 John Underwood said he would again organise a Poppy Road Run on Sunday, November 10, starting at his house at East Carlton, near Corby, and taking in a service at Weldon and run around the Deenethorpe Airfield perimeter track.
7 NE said Rushden Lakes would like some MVs as part of the RBL poppy selling effort and the TTS group was organising this. George Jackson would be selling poppies at Milton Keynes. NE would see what help we could give to Kettering . After discussion about the poor state of Northampton town centre, it was decided to once again support the town’s RBL this year and review the situation for next year. Tim Cross will liaise with Northampton RBL and the council.
8 NE asked members about Christmas party arrangements and, after discussion, the consensus was to stay at the Aviator. NE to get examples of menus and prices for both hot and cold meals.
9 Harborough at War: members thought the first show was very good but that there were lessons to be learnt, for instance the huge size of the arena, lack of covered space for a Saturday night bar, MV parking and stalls placing. NE to convey our feedback to Steve Crook. Andy Speechley said more re-enactors were expected next year which would fill up the arena more.
10 There was a good turn-out for John Marchant’s 92nd birthday and it was great to see John driving his Bren Gun Carrier. It was decided to invite him to the Christmas party as our guest, George and Caroline Jackson to pick him up if he can come.
11 Andy Speechley said the Tanks, Trucks and Fire Power show went with bang – literally! It was great to see main battle tanks flat out in top gear.
12 NE said last Sunday’s Harrington Museum open day was well attended but there was disappointment that the promised food did not appear until very late in the afternoon when many had gone home. A convoy of seven vehicles left Wellingborough but three became separated towards the end and made their own way to the museum. NE said the airfield memorial had been taken away for repair, the cost being met by the museum.
13 Andy Speechley said the future of operations building at Grafton Underwood was under threat from the site’s owners and there were moves to preserve it.
Date: 01-08-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Ian Gardiner (chairman) plus 15 members. Apologies: Neill Elliott. Minutes of 05-07-19 were signed.
1 New member Karl Dickens was welcomed.
2 RIAT: Kevin Lamberth showed some pictures of the air show.
3 Chicksands D-day dinner: Richard Hall added his impressions of the evening (reported in the July minutes)
4 St Crispin Care Home: The MVT was presented with £25 as a thank-you for attending this event. Roy Sharman said he was pleased to talk to veterans at the home and was impressed with actor Kevin Whateley’s reading of poems.
5 Harborough at War:IG had a list of volunteers for marshalling duties.
6 Harrington Museum road run, August 31: IG said details would be released via an email shot.
7 John Marchant’s 92nd birthday: Peter Clarke said John had invited us to his farm on Sunday, August 11. John hoped to have his Carrier running.
8 Grafton Underwood veterans visit, September 21. IG said vehicles were required. More details later.
9 Thurleigh Museum visit: IG said a road run had been proposed. Will Needham wondered if a visit to the nearby Twinwoods Museum could be incorporated into the day. Details tba.
10 Christmas buffet: There was some discussion about whether a Christmas restaurant meal at a different venue would be preferred. IG said he would get prices for the traditional buffet so comparisons could be made. Kevin Lamberth was volunteered to compile the quiz.
11 AOB: Tim Cross mentioned a RBL Poppy Walk in Northampton on August 18. Details to be put on our website. Roy Sharman said he had visited the International Bomber Command Centre at Lincoln and recommended it. He had also been to a 40s weekend in March, WAPR, which was at first very hot and dusty and then very wet, and the Biggin Hill Museum.
12 National Service: the last in our trilogy of National Service features was a Ministry of Information film which showed a raw recruit eventually becoming a tank commander in BAOR Germany. Roy Sharman was invited to comment on the film’s authenticity!
Date: 05-07-19. Venue: Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome. Present: Neill Elliott (secretary) plus 17 members. Apologies: Ian Gardner.
1 D-day: Tim Hawkes said Brian Rive’s Jeep never left his garage and Andy Speechley’s Scout Car didn’t make it to the coast but there were 600 MVs on Arromanche beach and all but one got off before the tide came in. The Bayeux parade saw 50,000 people turn out. NE said he visited Utah Beach, spent D-day at St Mere Eglise and spoke to veterans. Gearbox problems meant his Dodge had to be towed to the port and trailered back from Portsmouth.
2 Chicksands D-day dinner: NE said period vehicles arrived in convoy and were well looked after at the base. A donation of £100 was made to the MVT.
3 Croughton: John Underwood thought the show had potential.
4 Armed Forces Day: NE said it was an excellent day, thanks to John and Judith Underwood and his report and pictures are on the area website.
5 NE wondered if the area should buy a projector but Kevin Lamberth said he had two which we could borrow at any time.
6 NE flagged up the Chicksands Family Day but as this clashed with RIAT, it was decided not to attend this year. Tim Hawkes said the MVT was taking 40 MVs to RIAT, including five from SEM.
7 NE said we had been invited to join the TTS group at Podington for Bug Jam on July 26-28. Camping is available.
8 Harborough at War, August 3-4: One of the organisers, Steve Crook, explained the event had been in the planning for 18 months and he thanked Tim Hawkes and the MVT for acting as consultants. Andy Baker was bringing his MVs and a helicopter and the show would also feature the Crouch Collection, Rob Bailey, and tanks from Armourgeddon. MVs were encouraged to drive through the town. 150 MVs had been booked in. Tim Hawkes said volunteers were needed for two hour stints on both days, NE to collect names and pass on.
9 NE said we had been invited to John Marchant’s farm at Old Stratford on August 11 to help celebrate his 92nd birthday.
10 NE said we had been invited to attend Harrington Museum open day on August 31 with possible a road run from Sywell.
11 Richard Hall said the Thurleigh Museum was holding an open day on September 29. Again a road run was a possibility.
12 Roy Sharman said he was very disappointed with the amount raised for the Poppy Appeal in Northampton town centre last year, as the closure of major shops had reduced footfall. He had approached Rushden Lakes shopping area and they were happy to have MVs collecting there.
13 Guest speaker and veteran SEM member Roy Sharman (pictured) explained how the National Service scheme worked from 1945-60. This was a period which included the Cold War, trouble in Palestine, Malaya, Cyprus and Kenya, the Berlin Air Lift and the Korean War. However, his National Service, from 1957-59 was relatively quiet. He was sent to 5 Royal Tank Regiment at Catterick for basic training before being posted. Others in his draft went to Germany, Malaya or Hong Kong but he was sent to Bovington, Dorset. At that time there were 32 Armoured Regiments, now there are six. He wore the 9th Lancers cap badge and generally had a happy time with two hot summers. He was promoted L/Cpl and eventually took over the base carpenter’s shop. Roy brought along items of equipment and webbing and demonstrated how to bull-up boots with a candle, hot spoon and spit and polish.
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.