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Welcome to the Area 16 Sussex July Newsletter

Area Rep | Published on 7/26/2017

Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Regular Club Meeting Tuesday: 11th July 2017 7.30pm

The Coach and Horses, School Lane, ( Danehill), Haywards Heath, RH17 7JF. Tel: 01825 740369

Thanks to those who attended the Election Night –

With 33 members and 15 Astons in the car park a good social evening was had at our election night, there were no volunteer’s or nominees to take on the role as Area 16 Rep, I put myself forward to continue the role. Voting then took place and along with the proxy votes received, I was voted in to continue as rep for the next period, with a unanimous vote being carried, I will remain the area Rep for the next period. I would like to convey my thanks to all our members for there support. I am also very pleased to announce our new assistant rep Mike Bowman, who very kindly volunteered to assist Area 16 in some events, and again was voted in unanimously, I am sure our members will join me in thanking Mike for coming forward. The area is only successful due to the members who support the club, without them, the club area would not succeed.

It was proposed that the election night date be changed to Oct / Nov in the future, this will allow any incoming Rep or Assistant to plan for the next season’s events rather than coming in part way through the year, this suggestion was passed by all the members who attended and by some E mail responses.


Brooklands AMOC day was a great success with approx. 70 cars attending. We had good weather and were grateful for the shelter being available for lunch. It was great to see people from our neighboring areas and beyond. It has been nice to see members including their families in the day.

Tickerage Vineyard tour – an excellent turn out at Balckboys Inn where we had 12 cars display in the local classic car show held at the Inn. Walking across the local cricket ground to the vineyard where we received a warm welcome from Anthony and his wife Zena supported by their daughter, the history of the family run business was very informative followed by some sparkling wine tasting on the patio, I am sure a few orders were placed. Returning for to the Inn for some lunch did prove a little frustrating as the service was rather slow due to the sheer number of people attending the show, in true area 16 form, this did not dampen the spirits.

Cavalcade of Transport – A new event which we attended with 7 cars on display, I could not attend myself, but judging by the pictures, a good time was had by all.

Harveys Tour – 13 members joined the tour of Harvey’s brewery in Lewis, lots of heritage to see and an excellent tour given by Miles Jenner going through the complete process of brewing the excellent Harvey’s ale finishing in the final bottling and keg filling room for some very enjoyable sampling of a number of different ales, with plenty on offer, a big thank you to the designated drivers. If you get the chance to take part in this tour, I would definitely recommend it.

Coming up soon:

NEW: July 15th – Cars in the Park – Eridge Horse Trials & Country Market


We have been asked if some Astons can support this event, has various classes of cars attending. Go to this link to find out more details,

Please contact sally-Ann Tibbles on 01435 872469 or 07747694343

Or E Mail her on if you intend to go, mention you’re with Aston Martin Owners Club. Should be a fun day

Arrive from 10am – Display until around 3pm, free admission if you pre-book with Sally.

July 16th - Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS

A popular event last year, excellent surroundings and a good classic car show, the Priory enjoy the Astons and will normally put them pride of place for the public to see. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day. Please let Gary know if you intend to come. Please arrive between 8.30am and 9.45am. to be parked. A block booking has been made for this event. Collect your Pass at the gate on arrival.

July 29th and 30th Hot Air Balloon Festival – WE NEED MORE ASTONS – we have 8 interested so far, this should be quite a spectacle to see, so come and join us.

On behalf of Eastbourne District General Hospital Please register your interest ASAP. Car entry £5 per day or £8 for 2 days, free entry to pedestrian’s / public, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity and it would be great to have a varied display to support the hospital. Cars will need to be in attendance before 10am and leave after 5pm you can choose which day you want to attend. Also an evening display would be great. Evening performances with live music from 5pm – 10pm (car can remain on site if you wish).

See this link for all the details:-

Please let Gary know as soon as possible if you wish to attend, registration need to be complete by 15th June. WE NEED MORE ASTONS

Names so far: if you are not listed and are going, please let me know.

Allan McCormack

Roberta and Bharat

Jan Dunk

Gary & Liz

Peter Powderham

Mike Bowman

Roy Swallow

Peter & Jean Brown

Gate Photo-bombing Competition

Area 16 are running a fun competition for the summer, this being Gate Photo-bombing. The idea is that the best or most original picture taken with your Aston in front of a gate, the gate can be any gate, celebrities’ house gate, castle gate, farm gate and any gate. Send your pictures to me and we will judge the pictures in November so the closing date is October 31st have Fun

Area 16 POLO SHIRTS & Caps

If you would like to order anything please let us know as it requires a minimum number of items before we can place an order, we do have a few request so hope to put in an order very soon.

We have a small stock of Navy/ Grey/ Summer Blue polo shirts with our logo embroidered on them, sizes available are S,M, L, XL these are of good quality and are ONLY £20 Each, if you are interested in other colour’s or items such as shirts, fleeces, rugby shirts or caps, please contact Gary.

Polo shirts men’s and ladies short sleeve £20

Polo Shirts with long sleeves £25

Short Sleeve shirts £30

Long Sleeve shirts £35

Caps £10

or £15 with suede peak.

Please look at our area on the web site for newsletters and pictures

Gary Wigzell (Area Rep) E Mail

Area 16 planned events for 2017:

With all the events mentioned below please email with your intentions so we can coordinate arrangements.

August 6th – Waldron Car show

Rotary have asked if we will go along to the Waldron Village Car Show and Fete, Cars must arrive by 11.30, show starts at 12 and finishes at 4. With Hog Roast, Tea, Coffee, Cake stall and plenty of stalls to look around and live music it should be a great afternoon. 

Sept 15th – 17th – Isle Of Wight (IOW) car shows – If you wish to join in this weekend extravaganza you will need to let us know a.s.a.p We have secured a booking at The Bourne Hall Country Hotel

Cost for the weekend is £4 entry to show (must be prepaid) by contacting Victor on the number on the flyer attached.


Sept 23rd – Area 16 Black Tie Gala dinner & Entertainment

The venue, Wiston house, see link for pictures, or Google Wiston House Images, is booked, the dinning room is in preparation, the music is planned, rooms are available, all we need is you!!!!

In a break with tradition, Area 16 have found an exciting and exclusive new venue for our annual Black Tie Dinner event. And it’s in September so not long to wait.

A historic Foreign and Commonwealth Office owned, Grade 1 listed venue, that is not open to the general public. Set in its own 6,000 acre grounds, Wiston House has a fabulous history and grand rooms to match.


We have engaged "Sight "n' sound" for your entertainment during the meal and to get a healthy crowd dancing the night away in the Wiston House Great Hall until late.

We also intend to hold a very special Auction with some ‘money can’t buy’ prizes on offer. You may receive a separate email asking for your help here. But we hope to have some really special prizes.

Tickets are £85.00 per head. Rooms from £80.00

How to book your accommodation 

The rooms are priced based on size and location as follows: 

£160 Character Double Room, all are in the main House 

£160 Twin Room, both are in the main House 

£140 House Double Room, all are in the main House 

£120 Grounds Double Room, all are located a short walk from the House 

£80 Single Room, some are in the main House 

These prices are inclusive of Full English and Continental Breakfast and VAT. 

Room Bookings can be made by telephone to our Reception Desk: 01903 815020 or by e-mail to Please mention your with the AMOC Gala dinner.

Finally we have a maximum of 90 guest spaces due to the size of the formal dining area. So book early to ensure your place.

To book your Gala Dinner place, please make your payment of £85.00 per head before August 25th via BACS payment to the area 16 club account. 

Sort Code:  40-20-09

Acc No:  01670727

Acc Name: Sussex Area 16

Please use Ref:  Gala Your Surname

Send E mail to:  or text to 07802 273959 to book your place.  

Or send a cheque paid to "Sussex Area 16" to Gary Wigzell, 2 Rowan Walk, Crawley Down, West sussex, RH10 4JP.

Friends of Area 16 members & family are welcome.

Don't forget to call Wiston House to book any accommodation. Their direct line is 01903 815020. Please mention AMOC Gala dinner.

We look forward to sharing this remarkable venue with you and keep our fingers crossed for great weather.

October 27th We have tables booked for Murder Mystery Evening This will be held at the Powdermill Hotel, Nr Battle, East Sussex. The price per person is £45.00 which includes a glass of Prosecco or soft drink on arrival while you meet the actors, 3-course dinner including coffee and the murder itself.  If you wish to attend and have not already put your name down please let us know a.s.a.p. The hotel are offering special rates for those attending wishing to stay overnight.

November 18th – CURLING - Curling at Fenton’s near Tunbridge Wells. Prompt 10am start. We have 24 places available, first come basis please let us know if you are interested. £20 per head this includes video, tuition and two hours on the ice (yes real ice) dress appropriately for great fun. We will select a pub nearer the time to visit after and have a well-earned meal for those who would like. Names so far:

Gary Wigzell

Liz Wigzell

Paul Philips

Sarah Woods

Trevor Ralph

Amanda Ralph

Mick Newson

Mike Bowman

Sylvie Bowman

David Battle

Cathrine Battle

Bharat Nayee

Car shows -There are several car shows that are listed below, we have listed so you can put in your diary if you want to attend. Details will come out to you nearer to the event via the monthly newsletter.

If you want to add any event that you would like the club to attend please do let us know.

See Below for Calendar of events:-




July 11th

Club Meeting

The Coach and Horses, School Lane, Haywards Heath RH17 7JF. Tel: 01825 740369

July 16th

Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS Phone: 01323 844224

July 23rd

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre (Cars between 1955 /1992)

Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT

July 29/30th

Eastbourne Balloon festival


July 30th

Storrington Car Show

Storrington recreation Ground, Hurston Lane, RH20 4HH.

August 6th

Waldron Pub car show


August 8th

Club Meeting

The Black Rabbit, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PB Tel:01903 882638

August 13th

Rye Car show


August 26th

Festival of Transport


August 27th

Festival of Transport


August 28th

Bexhill 100


September 8th - 10th

Goodwood Revival


September 12th

Club Meeting

Sussex Ox, Milton Street, Polegate, BN26 5RL. Tel:01323 870840

September 15-17th

IOW Trip


September 23rd

Gala Dinner

Wiston House,

October 1st/7th

Horsham Town -event


October 10th

Club Meeting

The Countryman Inn, Countryman Lane Shipley, RH13 8PZ. Tel:01403 741383

October 27th

Murder Mystery Evening - Powdermill Hotel

Powdermill Hotel, Powdermill Lane, Battle. 01424 775511

November 5th

London to Brighton run - Jack and Jill Clayton gathering and lunch


November 14th

Club Meeting

Blackboys Inn, Lewes Road, Blackboys, Uckfield TN22 5LG. Tel 01825 890283

November 18th

Curling at Fentons

Fentons, Frant, Tunbridge Wells.01892 826004 £20.00 per head

November 18th

Curling at Fentons

Fentons, Frant, Tunbridge Wells.01892 826004 £20.00 per head