How we started
The Weald Classic Vehicle Club was formed in 2015 from the small Burgess Hill U3A Classic Car Group instigated and led by Fred Bone and Jeff Cooper in a corner of the Weald Public House. ( the name was selected because of the Sussex Weald but fitted very appropriately with the name of the Pub.) Meeting once a month on a Tuesday evening. At this stage the group did not have any Classic cars. We invited Bob Martin the landlord to bring his 1950’s Vincent Black Shadow and give a talk on it which he kindly did, (Hence the reason for Vehicles and not cars in the title). We are pleased to say within our club now there are vehicles such as A Coach, Steamroller, Fire Engine, Bicycle and many Motor Cycles with ages ranging from the early 1900 to the present day.
After a short number of meetings we did attract a number of classic cars and it was suggested we did a Classic Car show and the Shoreham Airshow was selected. On requesting a stand at the show the requirements required, were to produce a constitution and public liability Insurance to be submitted with the application that as a U3A Group we did not have it was then voted to form The Weald Classic Vehicle Club. We elected a committee, and agreed an annual subscription to cover Insurance and promotional material including our own Website,mthe club has grown from there, we are proud to boast some of the best Classic Vehicles in Sussex within our membership.
It was very unfortunate that due to the tragic Hawker Hunter crash, the day we were due to go the event was cancelled. We have however attended and organised many shows since with the major annual event being Classics in the Town in partnership with Burgess Hill Town Council plus Town Day in St John’s Park and the Duck Fair at Worlds End.
The Club is open to all Owners, Enthusiasts and Supporters everyone is welcome.
Our Club flourished, meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Weald Public House, with theme nights such as vehicle related presentations, Quiz nights, Race nights and Bonnets up. We instigated a Monthly Breakfast and a Monthly Drive and Dine and we support Marquees at Spencers, Brmm Brmm Brunch and other events organised by our members Ian and Ann Spencer at their home in Ticehurst throughout the year that are very well supported. Our annual Xmas lunch and post Xmas Dinner are also well supported.
It was unfortunate that in February 2020 the Brewery decided to close the Weald and we had to find a new home. After considering various venues it was decided to adopt the Woolpack Inn Burgess Hill with an enthusiastic welcome from Lance the Land Lord of the Woolpack, a strong supporter of classic cars himself.
It is unfortunate that after one meeting at our new home the Woolpack Inn the Corona Virus struck and all meetings and activities have been cancelled until further notice. We have however been holding a monthly Virtual Zoom meetings on club nights and thanks to our supporters in the Jaguar Enthusiast Club, a number of members have taken on Lockdown projects as in a 1930’s Triumph Dolomite and a 1967 Austin Healey Sprite that have been repaired, tided up for sale for their owners. Our 2019/2020 year and our annual subscription has been extended to September providing there is some improvement in the Corona situation. Our AGM is also delayed until it is safe to hold one.
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