New Forest Centre Dinner Dance 2016

New Forest Centre Dinner Dance 2016

New Forest Centre Dinner Dance 2016

Where have the weeks gone this year, I am miles behind on event reporting, so here we go for 2016.

This was our 9th year at the ‘Hotel Miramar’ where we celebrated the past seasons events, and awarded the prizes to the members for their hard work in the centre, and the Concours.
We also planned to have a great evening as well whilst doing it, with friends and colleagues.

Our guests this year were our ‘National Chairman’ John Keener, and our ‘Vice President’ Joe Cox. This year our ‘Centre President’ Peter Healey was on holiday, but we hope to see him next year.

As usual we started at 3pm with ‘Afternoon Tea’ in the Lounge, where 46 members relaxed and caught up with friends. Our centre is very wide spread, and this event starts the new season, and gives everyone the chance to see what is on offer through the year.

Colin & Sue Dimbylow ‘Clubman of the Year’

Colin & Sue Dimbylow ‘Clubman of the Year’

The main event started at 6.30pm and was held in the ‘Garden Room’ which has its own bar and gives access to the dining room. I gave my customary welcome to all and thanked our guests for coming along. We had 7 tables to seat 60 people, which worked very well and the food and service was excellent as usual, with the table wine flowing well.

Our trophy awards were presented by John Keener and went to:-

Quiz/Competition Jim & Rowena Palmer
Concours Sprite Keith & Pauline Hall
100 David & Sheila Green
Roadster Alan & Pauline Bromfield
BJ7-BJ8 Liz Coomber
Jensen Healey Jim & Rowena Palmer
Rev-Counter Articles Sally Jackman
Newcomers David & Sheila Green
Restoration of Year Roger Jackson
Clubman of the Year Colin & Sue Dimbylow


The Jersey Group receive the Salver

The Jersey Group receive the Salver

In June the New Forest Centre led by David Tofts & Jo Barratt invaded the ‘Jersey Festival of Motoring’ with a selection of 15 cars from our club. During the days of the event, there was a car show, and our group were awarded a Silver Salver for ‘Best Club Car Stand’.

We took the opportunity to gather a few of the members that went, and John Keener presented the Salver to David Tofts on behalf of the group.

Our raffle is always well supported by both Sponsors and our members, and we thank them all very much for their continued support which enables the event to progress and grow year on year. Our lead sponsor was again Bill Rawles Classic Cars, and was backed up by Ahead 4 Healeys and Rawles Motorsport.

David & Sheila Green 100 concours winners

David & Sheila Green, 100 Concours winners

After the raffle the Disco commenced, and the dancing continued until late, after which a few hardy souls repaired to the bar.  Sunday morning brought a calmer day, so after a good breakfast people either said their goodbyes, or went for a stroll along the prom before heading home.

Whilst the pen is flowing, 2017 is a ‘BIG YEAR’ for our centre, as we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of what we now know as the ‘New Forest Centre’.  Our Dinner Dance is already booked for the 18th February at the Miramar, so get those rooms booked. We also have a special day at ‘Bucklers Hard’ on 15th July, so watch the press.

Our committee have aimed, within our 3 year plan, to give the members as much benefit as we can in providing special events. This has been welcomed by the members, and the gaining of some terrific sponsorship will enable us to provide that extra something in 2017, so we trust we can continue the theme in future years.

Now, which event is next to write up!!


Jim Finch

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