East Anglia

H.C.V.S. East Anglia Area Meetings 2017.

Area Secretary. Mike Hickford, 3 Ashen Road Clare, Suffolk CO10 8LQ

Our social meetings will be held on the Second Thursday in each month at Christ Church Hall, School Street, Sudbury,Suffolk at 8:00pm. Unless otherwise stated.

For more information please contact Area Secretary, Mike Hickford. 3,Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk.CO10 8LQ.

A warm welcome awaits everyone. Visitors and guests are most welcome.

Phone on 01787 277963 or email sue_hickford@yahoo.co.uk

Area Secretary: Mike Hickford, 3 Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8LQ
Phone: 01787 277963. Email sue.hickford1@gmail.com


December 14th                  A.G.M. followed by our Christmas Party.
                                                This will be our last night in this hall.

January 2018                      Our Annual Christmas lunch. Unfortunately due to alterations the Cock & Bell can no longer accommodate us and we are currently looking at alternative venues.

February 8th                        This will be the first meeting at our new venue – The Royal British Legion Hall, Cordell Road, Long Melford. Please note – this is the road behind the Bull Hotel. Topic tba

Date for your diary – Please note our Haverhill Rally will now take place on Sunday 1st July 2018




East Anglia area
October meeting.
For our October meeting our speaker was none other than our President and Treasurer John Jackson. He should have been accompanied by his partner in crime Tony Melia who was unable to attend due to illness.
John spoke about the restoration of his two Crossley double decker buses by himself and Tony. The first, an ex-Sunderland bus took then both a total of seven years to complete. John also showed slides which had been taken during the restoration and ending with a bus that looked brand new. As if they hadn’t been tormented enough by the first bus they then went on to restore a second double decker. Although this wasn’t in such bad condition as the first it took about the same amount of time to complete. They must both be congratulated on the excellent work that has been done on both buses and for the attention to detail. Both John and Tony are sticklers for originality where possible. Unfortunately there were no pictures of the second restoration in progress but as most of us have seen the finished article we all agree that it’s magnificent.
Many thanks John for a wonderful talk and best wishes to Tony.
Wheels by Lamplight
Also in October the East Anglia area made their annual trip to the Ipswich Transport Museum on Saturday October 21st for their “Wheels by Lamplight” display. 23 members travelled on Stephens Bedford OB and on arrival were shown into our reserved parking and taken into the museum.
Once again we marvelled at the massive array of mainly  household oil lamps which would have been used in our parents days and indeed in our own formative years. The range was extensive, from small oil lamps that we may have used to find our way to bed up to some of the sophisticated lamps used by the gentry of the 19th century, which were operated by small clockwork pumps. These would have had to be taken to a jeweller for repair if a problem occurred.  There were even a couple of oil fuelled ovens on display with a lady cooking biscuits that some of us sampled.
The display finished at 9p.m. as of course the lamps had to cool down for quite some time before they could be packed away. The small café in the museum did a roaring trade even running out of bread (to one members disgust) until someone went to the shops for more supplies.
The usual stop was made for liquid refreshment on the way home. A good night was had by all. Thank you Stephen for transporting us in your OB.
Mike Hickford

March meeting
Our March meeting on the 9th was a wonderful talk by one of our members, a sprightly 87 year old Tony Melia who related in great detail his working life at Crossley Motors. Over the years he had worked in many different departments from training apprentices to testing bus and coach chassis, mainly across the north off England and including the infamous Snake Pass.
Tony’s memory for detail is incredible as is his knowledge, in fact everyone was so wrapped up in what he was saying that no one spoke during the talk, which must be a first.
There were some very cold winters during and just after WW2, but these vehicles, which later included the Salamander Armoured car, all had to be road tested with the driver sitting in the open.
We do thank you most sincerely Tony for your wonderful enlightening and amusing talk and we hope you can give us another talk on the restoration that you and John Jackson have just completed on two Crossley double deckers.
Mike Hickford

East Anglia Area Annual Haverhill Rally
The East Anglia area once again combined with Haverhill Town Council on Sunday 9th July to hold their Annual Rally on the car park at the rear of the Arts Centre.
The weather was kind to us although cloudy at times but luckily no rain.
Entries arrived thick and fast. A few didn’t turn up but with late entries arriving our total number exceeded 150, from motorcycles, including a rare Scott water-cooled, to an amphibious DUKW.
Commercial entries were up on last year and together with various stalls selling models, tools, bric-a-brac and general useful items, helped this to be one of our most successful shows yet with confirmation from the Haverhill Town Mayor that the show will go on again next year.
We are very appreciative of the Town Council letting us have the use of the car park and the Arts Centre and we thank them most sincerely.
At 11.30 around 30 vehicles left on a 25 mile road run round the local villages, returning about an hour later.
From 1.30p.m. various buses and coaches took rally goers on trips around the town. They were kept busy all afternoon with extra buses added as the queue lengthened.
Inside the Arts Centre a brisk trade was done in the bar and the Bistro. In the theatre bygone transport films were being shown all day for those wishing to rest their feet.
Judging took place during the afternoon and at 4p.m. the Mayor kindly presented the prizes.
Class A for Light Commercials was won by Laurie Cook with his 1941 Morris Z
Class B for Medium Commercials – Stephen Peck’s 1947 Sentinel
Robert Wells to the prize for Class C – Heavy Commercials with his 1972 ERF after travelling all the way from Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
A 1959 Daimler Ferret owned by Tony Brown won the shield for Class D - Military vehicles.
Class E – Buses was won by a 1946 Crossley double decker brought along by Tony Melia and Garry Sharpe.
There were no entries for Class F this year.
John McGlade and his 1956 Thornycroft took the prize for Class G – Recovery vehicles.
Class H - Stephen Golynia won the Phyllis Beeston Shield for Best Bedford vehicle with his 1947 Bedford OB .
Oliver Wilson took the Pre War Car Shield – Class J for his 1932 Sunbeam.
Class K for Post War cars was won by Mike Dawes with his 1970 MG Midget.
The overall winner of the show was Stephen Peck with his 1947 Sentinel and the Runner up was Robert Wells for his 1972 ERF.
The Richard Payne  cup for the Vehicle in Everyday Use Condition was won by Chris Sampson with his 1968 Bristol Rell.
Once again another highly successful day and we look forward to doing it all again next year.
Mike Hickford