Dorset Group 2020 Diary
January
As from early February 2021 Bull Motif have decided not to carry on with the sale of Austin A30 A35 parts. Below is a statement from Bull Motif. 

BULL MOTIF AUSTIN A30/A35 SPARES

VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT OUR AUSTIN A30 & A35 PARTS BUSINESS

Dear Valued Austin A30 and A35 Customer

At the close of business today the 28thJanuary 2021 Bull Motif Spares will no longer be supplying Austin A30/A35 Parts. We have decided the time is now right to sell the entire stock and tooling of the Austin side of our business to ESM Minors. This is very, very positive for the future of the baby Austin’s. Graham Clayton and his team at ESM are huge Austin A30/A35 enthusiasts and actually own a couple of vehicles themselves.

ESM are an extremely focused company, providing an exceptional delivery service and first class customer service. They plan to add an even greater range of new products to compliment those already available. I am delighted they have decided to take over our Austin business as it will be in very safe hands. We at Bull Motif would like to wish them every continued success if the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every customer that has purchased Austin parts from us over the many years we have been trading. Your custom has been so very much appreciated. Unfortunately, due to regulations regarding contacting customers without authorisation we have not been able to advise anyone before this time about the sale.

All of our existing Austin links and domain names will now link to their new website. The Austin parts business will trade as part of ESM Morris Minors Ltd with the website under the name of Clayton’s Austin A30 and A35 Spares.

ESM CONTACT DETAILS

They can be contacted on telephone number 01580 200203

Email. esm@morrisminors.com

Website www.austina30a35parts.co.uk

Bull Motif will now continue to focus on our extremely successful and growing classic mini spares business and as well as developing other avenues of business.

Kind Regards Mark

MD. Bull Motif Spares

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Well here we are at the start of 2021 and it looks like this year could be very similar to last year. With all of the uncertainty with the ongoing effects of COVID19. Many shows and rallies are already being cancelled or postponed. Even the International Rally is still hanging in the ballance. Fortunately a vaccine has been found and many vulnerable people have already received their first injections. But we still have to wait for the second lockdown period to be lifted. A very worrying time for all concerned. Because of the ongoing situation it has been decided that it would be unfair to charge the Group Members the annual  membership fees. Therefor all fully paid up members will not be charged for the 2021 subscriptions. Anyone who has already paid will be eligible for their membership to be carried over into 2022. It has also been decided that due to not being able to hold a Group A.G.M. that all committee members would be voted back on via an online poll. Most members seemed happy to continue this way, but if you haven't let either Rob or myself know that you are happy to carry on this way then please get in touch. As already stated some shows have already been cancelled or postponed. If you know of an event that has been cancelled then please let us know. I will list the events on here as soon as I here anything. So far these events have been cancelled.  

Netley Marsh Steam Fair

Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show

Message from the Organising Committee.

It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show.

The Working Committee take our duty of care for the public, exhibitors, volunteers, and committee members seriously, and due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we feel we have no alternative but to cancel the Show. We must of course follow the government guidance, and do not wish to put further strain on the NHS and other frontline services.

We look forward to welcoming you all to our next show, to be held on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th July 2022. Cancelling this year's show will give the committee time to prepare a bigger, better show for you.

We thank you all for your support you have all given us over the years. Your continued generosity has allowed us to donate to local charities, thanks again to all our friends far and wide and of course the local communities who have made this show what it is today.

Finally, we would like to thank the landowners for their understanding, along with all our suppliers and the entertainers.

Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza

A statement by Martyn Slater, Chairman

Dated: February 2nd 2021

2021 Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza SHOW CANCELLED

It is with great sadness to report that we feel it necessary to cancel the 46th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza which was due to be held on 6– 8 August 2021. This is one of the hardest decisions that I have had to preside over as Chairman and one that we have not taken lightly. The show normally takes at least 10 months to plan, and with time marching on, we have had to make the decision now. We are all hugely disappointed, as I’m sure many people will be, and feel it necessary to provide several reasons to justify why this decision has been made.

Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK which attracts over 20,000+ visitors from across the country. It is staged on part of a live military base at South Cerney Airfield.

VENUE:

The Duke of Gloucester Barracks have been on complete shutdown and out of bounds for some time now. They have been deployed on various duties connected to the pandemic since the outbreak, and at this time there is no guarantee that the show could even be held on their airfield.

FINANCIAL:

Although we have plenty of exhibitors wanting to attend and a lot of volunteers wanting it to happen, it’s unclear whether the public would have the confidence in attending a large-scale event. The show already costs £200k to stage* and relies heavily on a good gate/public support. The show would incur additional costs in order to comply with the pandemic regulations. It is imperative to protect the financial wellbeing of the club in order for it to sustain for many years to come. The risk is far too great. * We could put on a smaller ‘cheaper’ show but after some deliberation it was decided this was not a satisfactory solution.

LOGISTICS:

Social distancing and face coverings are still likely to be required at the time of the show. The World Health Organisation predicts that social distancing and the wearing of masks will continue until at least next winter. It would be impossible to steward this on such a vast site. Unfortunately, some members of the public (albeit a minority) become difficult and even abusive at the best of times when asked to comply with simple rules. I do not want any of our volunteers to be put in this situation.

HEALTH:

As responsible event organisers we do not want to put anyone’s health at risk including our volunteers, exhibitors, contractors or indeed members of the public and we will not stage a show until it is safe to do so. To host such a large show requires a large provision of emergency service cover, and a lot of assistance from the military base, both of which would drain their much-needed resources. It’s impossible to know what the pandemic will be like in August with the ever-changing situation.

The vaccine is encouraging and the best news that we have had, but with so many people saying that they will not have it, the fears over the interruption of supply, the new variants that are evolving and even efficacy in some age groups; we feel the risks are far too great to proceed in such uncertain times.

I would to like to take this opportunity to apologise for the disappointment that this announcement will undoubtedly cause, but if it’s any consolation we hope to stage some outdoor events (road runs, barbecues, etc.) throughout the year for club members and these will be published in the club newsletter.

Thank you for your understanding, stay safe!

Martyn Slater

Chairman, Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club

South Cerney Country and Steam Fair

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