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Castle Combe Action Day – 26th September 2015

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Castle Combe Action Day – 26th September 2015

Saturday September 26th saw Castle Combe race circuit go Mini mad once again.

With an early start to the day and the usual set up of the club stand as quickly as possible to get a brew on and then not shortly followed by bacon butties the sun was soon out.

This year we had a total of 11 cars on the club stand which was great to see, as it gave us all a chance to catch up after a busy year of everything Mini.

2015 saw the first year that Mini World didn’t run the action day for over 20 years, but instead the day was in conjunction with Mini Sport.

The action was as good as ever with plenty of club stands and traders stalls to walk around. As always the auto jumble was busy with some good bargains to be had.

Sitting in the sun on quarry corner whilst enjoying an ice cream from one of the many food stands gave people the chance to watch their favourite little car blast round the circuit or the slightly more relaxed parade lap.

This year we also got to enjoy the drift cars showing off what they can do, whilst burning out their tyres and creating lots of smoke and noise.

All in all another great family fun day out.

Simon and family.

Barrington Court Apple Day – 26th September 2015

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Barrington Court Apple Day – 26th September 2015

On the 25th of October the club took a trip to Barrington court to take part in their annual apple day.

A very good turn out on the day but I think that maybe down to the fact that cider making and tasting was mentioned as part of the advert for the day!!

Barrington Court is set in beautiful grounds and was used in the filming of Wolf Hall and the Six Wives. With its stunning gardens and great history there was plenty to see and do there for both adults and children.

As well as the house and gardens there was also the apple day activities taking place, this included apple collecting, apple pressing, apple juice and cider tasting, painting using apple pieces and lots of food stalls selling anything and everything apple.

Within the grounds there was also local crafts people selling a wide range of handmade pottery, Jewellery, paintings and carpentry.

There were Morris dancers putting on displays throughout the day on the veranda outside the house and a certain Rich Clark decided to be one of the volunteers to go up and join in!!!  Well done Rich for making a fool of yourself!!

All in all a great day out.

Jurassic Coast Minis – Mouth to Mouth – 6th September 2015

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Jurassic Coast Minis – Mouth to Mouth – 6th September 2015

This is an annual run organised by the Jurassic Coast Mini Club from Weymouth to Exmouth in aid of R.N.L.I.

This was the second year we have attended the event and it was a very early leave from home, meeting up with Dawn on route in Melksham at 6.30am (we had planned to stay in Weymouth on the Saturday but with all focus being on North Devon the weekend before accommodation bookings had been forgotten about and all hotels were fully booked).  We arrived in Weymouth for breakfast on the seafront at 8.30am.

Then a short trip over to Bowleaze Cove for the event start in front of the Riviera Hotel where around 80 minis were assembled on the hotel lawn and Len had already arrived.

At 10.00am the run set off for a tour around Weymouth and Portland and then out along the Dorset coast to the runs mid-way break at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary (unfortunately Len and Dawn missed this stop due to a delay on route caused by a large camper van blocking the route).

After a short stop at Sidmouth the run moved on to its final destination at the Exmouth Life Boat Station for a BBQ and a charity raffle (no prizes for Six-Ex members this year).

Again this was a really well organised event and hopefully we can get a bit more organised next year and have a few more members attending too.

An amazing £1134.40 was raised for the R.N.L.I.