CHERISHED VEHICLE & FARM FUN DAY
THE 2016 EVENT IN WORD AND PICTURES
We estimate that about 3000 adults people were present at the Chippenham Lions ‘Cherished Vehicle and Farm Fun Day’ on Sunday 5 June on the Allington Farm Shop field.
This was the fifth year we had held this event in conjunction with Allington Farm Shop and we were able to build on the success of the previous years to deliver an event which had something for everyone - the cars, the fairground, the craft, charity and trade stands, farm animals and farm demonstrations. And this year we added a circus workshop and a dog event.
We had had a week of fickle weather on the lead-up to the day, however the forecast for the Sunday looked good for us.
Cherished cars started to arrive from about 9:00 and by 9:30 there was, what appeared to be, a never ending stream of vehicles of all types - classics, kit cars, muscle cars, working vehicles and rare breeds.
By 10:30 the sun broke through and we could not have hoped for better with sun and blue skys to give us the fifth year in which we have been blessed with good weather.
Everything was nicely in place when the doors opened to the general public at 11:00 and the event was then formally opened by the Chippenham Mayor, Councillor Terry Gibson.
The show has built up over the years with ever more visitors, traders and cars and we estimate that we had about 270 cherished vehicles and 62 stall holders. An increase of about 30 to 40 percent all round.
The cars themselves, as usual, were meticulously turned out by their proud owners and the perfect weather conditions allowed them to be seen at their best. Amongst the individual entrants were many owner’s clubs represented by marques as diverse as Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Citroen, VW and kit cars. Indeed, many clubs now use the event as a scheduled club meet. It gave a good opportunity for the owners to meet old friends and to make new ones, to exchange technical information and to reminisce.
This was the second year we had run the 'The Bob Astwood Memorial Trophy' for a cherished vehicle which has the greatest appeal to visitors and to exhibitors alike. The trophy was awarded to Keith Harmer of the Bristol Austin 7 Club for his special based on a 1936 model. The cup was presented by Bob’s partner Pam Ponting. Last year we had had a classic winner and this year a colourful special and it showed the diversity of vehicles present on the field.
It was a wonderful day all round and the Chippenham Lions are very grateful to all those who attended and we hope they all had a good day. It was a hardworking day for us and the culmination of many months of preparation and all Chippenham Lions are proud to have been part of it especially as it has now become an established part of Chippenham life. The event was run for charities and initial indications are that the income could be in excess of £11,000 and all the money raised will go to Lions Charities - local, national and international.
The date for the event next year is Sunday, 4 June and we look forward to seeing you there. .... Martin Horton
You can see a rather fine video of the event made by one of our vistors, Ian Tapping:
Caroline Blake Tries Out Some Of The Driving Skills Of The 1947 Bentley MK VI Tourer
The Citreon Specials Club Make Their Usual Colourful Splash
Chippenham Lions Club Members Surinder Malhotra and Byron Hughes Are Seen Here With The Mayor, Councillor Terry Gibson and Mayoress, Councillor Sylvia Gibson At The Official Opening Of The Event
Christine Jennings, Sue Gilbert, Barbara Hearn And Olga Tucker At Work In The Lions Tea Tent
Gabrielle Horton Tempting You With 'Wine Or Water'
Ferret Racing Was Popular
Mr Cuffy Gave Family Rides
A Mass Descent Of The Fun Slide
Great Concentration At The Circus Workshop
The Lacock Art Group Attracted Interest With Their Display
Pam Ponting Awards Keith Harmer Of The Bristol Austin 7 Club With 'The Bob Astwood Memorial Trophy' For The Most Popular Cherised Vehicle In The Show
The Most Popular Cherished Vehicle For 2016 Was An Austin Special Hamblin Cadet Based On An Austin 7, 1936 Model
3,434 @ 2Jun 2014
2,263/3,690 @20 Aug 2014
3,392/5,470 @10 June 2015
3,587/5,790 @ 6 Oct 2015
4,631/7,298 @ 6 Jan 2016