Events - for our members. However, please contact us if you would like to come along as a non-member

View our outline Calendar of Events here

 

April

 

Saturday - Monday 14 - 23 April - Lake District trip - Robert Randall

Lake District Revisited

Mature members of BA7C may remember we used to spend Easter in the Lake District, driving up the motorway on Good Friday and back on Easter Monday. Well, we are going back! But we are taking it more leisurely and missing out the busy Easter period. If you would like to join us for all or part we are arriving 14 April and departing 23 April.

Please fill in the entry form in our newsletter so we know when to expect you.

Where are we staying? Bowness-On-Windermere.

Please make your own accommodation arrangements. Accommodation information can be found here

There are a range of activities, attractions and places of interest to visit in the Lakes which we hope to explore. We will plan each day depending on the weather. This is a lovely area of the country to travel around and share in the local culture.

For those driving Sevens all the way - as we will be - we will take a couple of days to drive up and back, so please contact us if you would like information on our plans for the journey.

Please contact us for more information - here


Sunday 15 April - Spares Shed
- Mike Tarry


Sunday 22 April - Drive It Day

Drive It Day logo

Drive It Day commemorates the 1000-mile trial that was run in 1900 from London to Edinburgh and back. 65 cars started, 35 finished. The FBHVC encourages owners of historic cars to bring them out to show the world, either by joining in an organised event or just driving out locally.

For students of history, details of the original event can be seen at https://goo.gl/kk9lxr which includes links to copies of “The Autocar” which covered the event during the year 1900.

FBHVC plaques are available - see the FBHVC website - here


Tuesday 24 April - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Friday 27 April - Association Archives - Talk by Nick Beck
- The Bull, Hinton - 8.00pm

End of month meeting

Nick is the Bristol Austin Seven Club’s representative on the Committee of the Austin Seven Clubs’ Association and is heavily involved with the A7CA Archive. Nick will tell us all about how the archive started, what’s involved, who is doing what, how the digitisation is progressing, and what gems from the history of the Austin Seven continue to be found.

If you would like a meal before the talk, The Bull starts serving meals at 6.00pm - Menu - here

Please contact us for more information - here


May

 

Friday 4 - Monday 7 May - Early May Bank Holiday Weekend
- Caroline and NickBeck

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend

Caroline has found a lovely campsite two miles from Ledbury - Woodside Country Park, Falcon Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2JN

The weekend will be spent touring the local area, and visiting some of the many interesting buildings, gardens and attractions including the black and white village trail. The weather will probably dictate what we do! There’s Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi, the Cider Museum and Hellens House at Much Marcle, one of the oldest dwellings in England.

Caroline and Nick Beck are exploring camp sites.

Further information from Tourist Information - here

Club members who would like to join us, please contact so that we know how many are interested. There is also an entry form at the back of our March newsletter.

Please contact us for more information – here


Sunday 6 May - North Wilts / Swindon Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Richard Gosden

North Wilts meet

The Prince of Wales pub at Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HT.

They have a large car park and are open all through the afternoon.

Please contact us for more information – here

 


Sunday 6 May - Spares Shed
- Mike Tarry


Sunday 13 May - Downs and Dales - Norman Whitworth

Downs and Dales Run

Norman Whitworth has put together another of his well-researched, informative and enjoyable runs around the countryside of Wiltshire, which he knows like the back of his hand!

Join us for an afternoon’s run on a different route from the Marlborough Downs to the rim of the Salisbury Plain. Total distance from Marlborough to Marlborough is approx. 50 miles, but there are options to cut it shorter for anyone who so desires.

We will meet at 12.00 for a 12.30pm carvery lunch at Marlborough Golf Club, SN8 1DU

After lunch it’s a short trip to Cadley in Savernake Forest where we will stop at Cadley Garage for a nostalgic photo opportunity in front of the old facade and petrol pumps.

It’s then another short hop passing Henry VIII’s Big Belly Oak, and dropping down past the old Midland & South West railway line to Wotton Rivers, full of thatched cottages, under the massive Martinsell Hill and on through New Milles to Pewsey and the Heritage Centre which will be open for us (no charge, but donations please. Expect about 3/4 to 1 hour.)

We then take another short trip to Upavon to pick up the Salisbury Avon and follow it though East Chisenbury to Long Street where we pass under the sign of The Swan pub, one of only three signs bridging the road in the country.

At Netheravon we climb past the airfield onto Salisbury Plain before dropping down to Everleigh.

Again we climb for great views to Wilton Windmill, Crofton Pumping Station, Wolf Hall and back to Savernake and Marlborough.

Knowing the numbers of our party will increase our chances of a table in the window for lunch - magnificent views. So, please submit your completed entry form as soon as possible.

Please contact us for more information - here


Tuesday 15 May - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Saturday - Sunday 26 May - 3 June - North Devon Run - Hilary Fitch

North Devon Run

Please join us in your Austin Seven for an informal and relaxed week long holiday with exciting driving over some of the steepest roads in the country. As well as driving our Austin Sevens, we may also dabble our feet in the sea at Lee Bay, ride on the water operated Cliff Railway at Lynton/Lynmouth, or walk the stunningly beautiful coastal pathways. Come for a single day or as many as you can – just as long as I know who is coming when – otherwise you might get left behind at the campsite.

The 1 in 4 hills are definitely why we come to this area, but other things of interest are Heddon Valley, Watersmeet, Lynton, Lynmouth, Exmoor, Tarr Steps, Holnicote Estate, Porlock, Wimbleball Lake and anything else that takes our fancy.

All you new participants will be pleased to hear that our campsite has full facilities, including free hot showers, hot water at washing up sinks and basins and a well equipped laundry. It also has special facilities for the disabled and a family wash/shower room.

The camp site is Channel View Caravan & Camping Park, EX35 6LD - further information from - here

Other accommodation available from Tourist Information Office, Lynton. - further information from - here

Please indicate on the entry form in our newsletter how many nights camping you require and I will book it for you - Hilary Fitch. If you are staying at a B&B or hotel also please tick how many days you are attending so that we don’t leave without you.

Please contact us for more information - here


Thursday 31 May - East Of Bristol Lunch Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Ian Moorcraft

East Of Bristol Lunch Meet

Butchers Arms, 22 Bath Road, Bristol BS30 9DG on A431 halfway between Longwell Green and Hanham.

The pub opens at 1pm. It is one of the few remaining "old style" pubs and lunchtime is usually very quiet and for that reason rolls need to be ordered the day before - ring Lee or Zena on 0117 960 7285 (no other bar food available because the pub has no kitchen.

If you are a new member or have only had your Seven for a short time, this is a great place to get advice on anything to do with running and maintaining your car, many of us have over 50 years experience with Sevens.

Please contact us for more information – here


June

 

Sunday 10 June - Visit to Aerospace, Bristol
- Dan Cole and June Price

Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol opened in autumn last year at Filton Airfield to celebrate the city’s century-long aviation history. Further information - here

Our group booking is for 11.15am and please meet in the main reception entrance. I suggest you allow plenty of travelling time to be sure of arriving for 11.15am. If you are extra early, you can always take advantage of the café for a coffee beforehand. Having checked out a couple of options for a short A7 run in the morning, I now think that it is not realistic to do any convoy travelling in this urban environment.

The group rate is £15.00 per person to include a guided tour of approx. one hour.

The tour provides a detailed look at the main exhibition in the 100 year old historic hangar, from the early days of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company through to the present day, with a range of exhibits showcasing Bristol engineering and technical achievements. It concludes with a visit to the new, purpose-built Concorde Gallery, where we will jump the queue for priority boarding on Concorde Alpha Foxtrot – the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to fly.

After the tour you are then free to revisit any of the exhibition areas and/or use the café and depart at your leisure.

Please use the form at the back of our April Newsletter together with your cheque

Please contact us for more information – here


Sunday 17 June - Spares Shed
- Chris Roberts


Tuesday 19 June - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Saturday - Sunday 23 - 24 June - BA7C Rally

Rally 18

The Annual Rally will be held at the Atwell Wilson Motor Museum, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0NF.

Camping will be available on site from Friday afternoon until Monday morning at a flat fee of £15.

Water and loos are available, and arrangements have been made for us to use the showers at the Calne Leisure Centre, a four-minute drive up the road, for £2.50 per person. BBQs and stoves are permitted in the camping area, and dogs are welcome on a lead.

Blackland Lakes Camping, next door, is open if you prefer a more organised campsite, or there is a hotel in Calne and B&Bs locally.

On Saturday afternoon Norman Whitworth will be leading a run through Wiltshire, which will include a visit to the REME Museum at Lynham. On Saturday evening we will enjoy a “bring your own” picnic/bbq supper - and there’s a pub within walking distance if you’re thirsty. There are pubs that serve food within a short driving distance.

Sunday is the static rally - cars can arrive from 9.00 am, with judging starting at 11.00.

Entry fee for the rally is £15 per car, which includes two tickets to the Motor Museum which now, of course, houses the Jack French Garage, which will be of particular interest to all A7 Special owners.

The Rally Entry Form is included in our April newsletter.

Please contact us for more information – here


Friday 29 June - Pre Beaulieu Concours - The Bull, HInton
- to be confirmed


July

 

Sunday 1 July - North Wilts / Swindon Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Richard Gosden

North Wilts meet

The Prince of Wales pub at Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HT.

They have a large car park and are open all through the afternoon.

Please contact us for more information – here

 


Tuesday 17 July - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Sunday 22 July - Spares Shed
- Mike Tarry


Thursday 26 July - East Of Bristol Lunch Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Ian Moorcraft

East Of Bristol Lunch Meet

Butchers Arms, 22 Bath Road, Bristol BS30 9DG on A431 halfway between Longwell Green and Hanham.

The pub opens at 1pm. It is one of the few remaining "old style" pubs and lunchtime is usually very quiet and for that reason rolls need to be ordered the day before - ring Lee or Zena on 0117 960 7285 (no other bar food available because the pub has no kitchen.

If you are a new member or have only had your Seven for a short time, this is a great place to get advice on anything to do with running and maintaining your car, many of us have over 50 years experience with Sevens.

Please contact us for more information – here


August

 

August - Piddle in the Hole Run - Phil Parsons
- to be confirmed


September

 

Sunday 2 September - North Wilts / Swindon Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Richard Gosden

North Wilts meet

The Prince of Wales pub at Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HT.

They have a large car park and are open all through the afternoon.

Please contact us for more information – here

 


Sunday 9 September - Spares Shed
- Mike Tarry


Friday - Monday 14 - 17 September - Shitterton Run - Hilary Fitch


Tuesday 18 September - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Thursday 27 September - East Of Bristol Lunch Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Ian Moorcraft

East Of Bristol Lunch Meet

Butchers Arms, 22 Bath Road, Bristol BS30 9DG on A431 halfway between Longwell Green and Hanham.

The pub opens at 1pm. It is one of the few remaining "old style" pubs and lunchtime is usually very quiet and for that reason rolls need to be ordered the day before - ring Lee or Zena on 0117 960 7285 (no other bar food available because the pub has no kitchen.

If you are a new member or have only had your Seven for a short time, this is a great place to get advice on anything to do with running and maintaining your car, many of us have over 50 years experience with Sevens.

Please contact us for more information – here


Friday 28 September - Talk by Jack Peppiatt
- The Bull, Hinton - 8.00pm

End of Month Meeting

A talk by Jack Peppiatt describing, with the assistance of slides, the epic journey from Buenos Aires to New York that he and four friends undertook in three Austin Sevens in 2013. More information to follow.

If you would like a meal before the talk, The Bull starts serving meals at 6.00pm - Menu - here

Please contact us for more information – here


October

 

Sunday 14 October - Forest of Dean Run - Charlie Miles


Tuesday 16 October - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Sunday 28 October - Spares Shed
- Mike Tarry


November

 

Sunday 4 November - North Wilts / Swindon Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Richard Gosden

North Wilts meet

The Prince of Wales pub at Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HT.

They have a large car park and are open all through the afternoon.

Please contact us for more information – here

 


Tuesday 20 November - Committee Meeting - The Bull, Hinton 7.45 pm


Sunday 25 November - Spares Shed
- Mike Tarry


Thursday 29 November - East Of Bristol Lunch Meet
- lunchtime meet - 1.00pm - Ian Moorcraft

East Of Bristol Lunch Meet

Butchers Arms, 22 Bath Road, Bristol BS30 9DG on A431 halfway between Longwell Green and Hanham.

The pub opens at 1pm. It is one of the few remaining "old style" pubs and lunchtime is usually very quiet and for that reason rolls need to be ordered the day before - ring Lee or Zena on 0117 960 7285 (no other bar food available because the pub has no kitchen.

If you are a new member or have only had your Seven for a short time, this is a great place to get advice on anything to do with running and maintaining your car, many of us have over 50 years experience with Sevens.

Please contact us for more information – here


December

 

Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day Run
- to be confirmed