Area Secretary. Mike Hickford, 3 Ashen Road Clare, Suffolk CO10 8LQ
Phone on 01787 277963 or email email@example.com
HISTORIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SOCIETY
Haverhill Historic Transport Rally and Road Run
Organised by the East Anglia Area HCVS.
Sponsored by Haverhill Town Council
Sunday 9th July 2017
March 2016 – Stephen’s Annual Holiday
Early on Maundy Thursday Stephen & Jackie plus 17 left Long Melford for the journey to Swanage in
Dorset where we made our way to the Purbeck Hotel and Louisa Lodge our base for the holiday.
On Friday we spent the day getting to know Swanage. Some of the party took the opportunity to
travel to Poole or Bournemouth, while the rest of us soaked up the sun.
On Saturday we spent the day at Bovingdon Tank Museum. Fortunately this is mostly inside as it was
a very wet day.
On Sunday we took the steam train to Corfe Castle for a wander around the village or to visit the
Monday saw us travel to the village of Tyneham which was evacuated during the war for the military
to use as a firing range. Only the school and the church remain intact but a very interesting time was
had by all. We then continued on to Dorchester for lunch and a little retail therapy.
The next day saw us reluctantly say goodbye to all at the Purbeck and to start the journey home. We
stopped for lunch at the lovely village of Chawton, the home of Jane Austen, where unfortunately
we didn’t have time to visit her house, so that’s on my list for a return visit.
Many thanks Stephen for a lovely weekend. You certainly picked a good hotel.
The Holiday Mob!
The April meeting of the East Anglia Group was particularly interesting. We were entertained by a
local signwriter Wayne Tanswell.
He explained and demonstrated to us the six basic strokes used to make up all letters and numbers.
Signwriting always looks a daunting task but his demonstration actually made it look quite easy
although only one person was brave enough to have a good try at it.
Wayne mainly works locally but he met a lady one day who asked him to do some work for her.
When he asked where she said Zambia at a game lodge. He has been back a number of times; in fact
he now goes out there to teach the locals. He has also done work in other countries including Dubai
Wayne also teaches signwriting locally and is holding an exhibition of his stunning artwork in Bury St
Edmunds in May for the third year running.
If anyone needs any signwriting, Wayne can be contacted on his home number 01787 370882,
mobile 07974 032004, or on his website www.waynetanswell-signwriter.co.uk
Very many thanks Wayne for an interesting evening.
What more could you want? A beautiful warm spring evening, a group of friends, an abundance of
classic vehicles and a visit to Mark and Ruth Vines collection of vehicles that they have restored.
After parking in the nearby chapel car park and admiring the Mercedes, Sunbeam Talbot, Hillman,
MGA and Riley vehicles that had arrived, we awaited the arrival of Stephen with a mini bus full of
members that he had collected en route.
Mark and Ruth had arranged the vehicles around their meadows for us to view. Mark then went to
describe each vehicle in turn starting with a unique road roller that had been converted to diesel in
the 1930’s and was now in better condition than when new. We then viewed two living vans; one
even had the coke stove alight. Mark had been careful not to let us near the next vehicle until we
had looked at the two living vans, but finally we were allowed into his piece de resistance – an early
showman’s caravan they had restored which can only be described as fabulous and that doesn’t
really do it justice. The cut glass mirrors inside (Ruth told us that the more cut glass in your van, the
higher you were regarded, and there is a great deal of cut glass in this van) and the wonderful
woodwork was an inspiration to all who went up the steep steps to view the inside.
Ruth has dressed the inside of the van beautifully, you would have thought that the family who lived in it
were about to take afternoon tea. To pull his living vans and showman’s caravan Mark has restored
a Scammell Ballast Tractor, again immaculate.
He then went on to show us his cars, firstly a 1952 Ford Prefect and his Model Y Ford – the first
vehicle he acquired and indeed the car he and Ruth used for their wedding. His other vehicles on
show were an MG CGT which although tidy is to undergo a Mark transformation. Also on show was
an exquisite MG BGT belonging to his father and an immaculate Series ½ Jaguar E type belonging to
In one of his workshops Mark is currently restoring an MGA fixed head coupe, which if you had seen
it before he started the restoration you would have said was only fit for the scrapheap. This is being
painstakingly restored. Beside it is the rolling chassis finished with Marks usual attention to detail.
After our guided tour we made our way back to the chapel where unknown to us Ruth and family
had laid on a most wonderful spread of food.
A wonderful evening was had by all. We cannot thank Mark, Ruth and family enough for putting on
such a well organised night for us
Thank you very much Mark and Ruth.
Mark Vine talking to members of HCVS during a visit to his premises
With Long Melford Church as a back drop, a beautiful view to the south and a gorgeous sunny evening what could be better than a road run of just over 30 miles around some local villages. So on Thursday 9th June over 40 people in 17 vehicles, including a Bedford CF, 4 Model T Fords (although 1 was a replica) a vintage Rolls, a Bentley Sports, a Sunbeam (Talbot) Alpine, an RM Riley, MGB GT, MGC GT, a Spitfire, a Vauxhall E type and a Hillman Super Minx Convertible to name but a few, assembled on the green for a chat before setting off.
Following tulip style directions all arrived, yes all we didn’t lose a single one, at the Thatchers Arms at Mount Bures, where we were met by our treasurer in his Morris Commercial C8 15cwt military truck.
A room had been set aside for us and we sat down to a grand array of sandwiches and chips with our drinks. Simon Webb was appointed spokesperson and thanked Sue and I for organising an enjoyable evening.
SUNDAY 10 TH JULY 2016 10a.m. – 5 p.m.
HCVS EAST ANGLIA AREA 50 TH ANNIVERSARY - HISTORIC TRANSPORT RALLY AND ROAD RUN
Our Annual Rally and Road Run, sponsored by Haverhill Town Council, will be held on the Arts Centre
car park in Haverhill, post code CB9 8AR.
During the day a road run of approximately 25 miles will take in local villages before returning to the
For further details ring Area Secretary Mike Hickford on 01787 277963