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Area 16 Sussex June Newsletter 2017

Area Rep | Published on 6/8/2017

Dear Fellow Area 16 Members.

Next Regular Club Meeting Tuesday: 13th June 07.30pm Election Night at The Gardeners Arms, Selsfield Rd, Ardingly RH17 6TJ. Tel:01444 892328

Election Night – please make Gary aware if you wish to put yourself up for election. Only current members can vote. We would ask you to check your membership status, due to changes in the AMOC HQ ensure you have your new membership card, this will have a DB11 on the front. Anyone is welcome to join area 16 for the evening but only members may vote. Postal/Email votes will be counted if received by 5pm on the 13th June.

A proposal will be put forward at the election night to change future election dates to October/November the purposes being, should I wish to stand down, I would like someone to have time to have a proper hand over, the main reason behind my thoughts, is so that a new representative will get the chance to plan the events for the following year without too much in the diary. Please do let me have your thoughts on this proposal, at this stage; it is purely my personal preference.

Assistant Rep: We sadly lost Jan as our assistant some months ago, it has been difficult to function efficiently without a full team, I thank you for your support and with the position still vacant, hopefully someone will step up on or before election night.




German Tour – It was amazing; sorry to those who didn’t come along, especially to the Powderham’s who unfortunately could not attend due to illness, but thanks to Volker and Elisabeth Gerhard who put together an excellent few days, a full report has been submitted to the AM Quarterly it would be a shame to spoil you with details before that’s published. Everyone enjoyed the tour and if you missed out, as the tour chant advises, READ THE *@^&ing manual (Newsletter) and you won’t miss out again. We look forward to the Gerhards visiting in September and hope that we can arrange a tour reunion of sorts it won’t be the same without the ‘cloggies’ but we will do our best.

Look out for details of next year, which looks at the moment to be September in Anglem.

Croquet afternoon at Peter and Caroline Player, once again Caroline, assisted by her daughter provided us with some excellent treats, thank you so much for all your efforts and well done to Peter on winning the afternoons competition. I feel he may have more practice than the rest of us!

Herstmonceux with JEC, a lovely day by invite of the Jaguar Enthusiast Club saw 15 Astons attending, it was a good day with plenty to see, the observatory had more to offer than I expected, think I will be returning with the grandchildren before long! Thanks to John for extending the invite to AMOC and we look forward to more joint events. 



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, any gate. Send your pictures to me and we will judge the pictures in Nov. so the closing date is October 31st. have Fun

Note:- Arundel Castle event has been cancelled as the organisers have pulled out of this event for this year.


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.

June 11th - Brooklands Museum Display of your Astons June 11th Brooklands AMOC Club Day Brooklands Museum Display of your Astons £10.00 per head entrance to the museum. Other area Astons will be in attendance, please let me know if you are coming along.

June 13th - Election Night – The Gardeners Arms, Selsfield Rd, Ardingly RH17 6TJ 07.30pm. Please make members and Gary aware if you wish to put yourself up for election.

June 25th - Tickerage Vineyard Tour followed by lunch at Blackboys Inn, where we will rendezvous and park cars before tour. Blackboys have a classic car event on this day, of which we will be part of the display. Please let me know ASAP if you wish to join us. We only have a couple of places left for vineyard tour. A menu will be sent out to those who have registered interest as it has been requested that we pre-order.

July 2nd – NEW EVENT – Cavalcade of Transport – Pestalozzi International Village, Sedlescombe. TN33 0UF

See attached flyer for this event, the organisers are having a display of various vehicles with presentation into an arena for each class. It’s a fun day with entertainment, with the usual amenities available. Free entrance for participants, normally £5 for Adults / under 12’s free. The event is being opened by the Mayors of Hastings, Bexhill & Battle.10.00am / 05.00pm.

Please let me know if you will be going to this event ASAP so that numbers can be communicated.



July 4th – NEW EVENT – HARVEYS BREWERY TOUR, 18.30 - 20.45 We are restricted to 25 people so bookings will be strictly first come basis – please email a.s.a.p. to Gary, A cost of £2.50 per person (over 18’s only) would suggest you take the train. We may arrange to meet at the John Harvey Tavern (pub opposite the brewery) for a bite to eat if you would like. Please advise.

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.

29th and 30th JulyHot Air Balloon Festival 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

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.




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.

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:-

June 11th

Brookland AMOC Club Day

Brooklands Museum Display of your Astons. Let Gary know. £10 entry per car.

June 13th

Club Meeting - Election Night

The Gardeners Arms, Selsfield Rd, Ardingly RH17 6TJ. Tel:01444 892328

June 25th

Tickerage vineyard tour with lunch at Blackboys Inn

 Names to Gary ASAP – menu choices will be required and sent to those who have expressed wish to attend.

July 2nd

Cavalcade of Transport – Pestalozzi International Village

Names & Cars to Gary ASAP

July 4th

Harvey's Brewery Tour

Harveys & Sons, Lewes – See above

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

 Registration needs to be in by 15th June

July 30th

Storrington Car Show


August 6th

Waldron Pub 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 it should be a great afternoon. 

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

 Details above

October 1st/7th

Horsham Town -event

 Awaiting details from HDC

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

 Please let Gary know if interested.

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. Please let Gary know if you would like to come along we will hopefully have lunch in a pub after.

 We are looking for ideas for an alternative to the Christmas ‘do’ if anyone would like to put forward suggestions it would be great to hear from you.