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The official Forest of Dean Land Rover Group Newsletter
March 2012
Be On Your Guard
Owners of Land Rover Defenders need to be taking extra care of their property as they have become very popular with car thieves. One member had his 110 stolen from outside his house. It was a well planned theft because the 110 was not visible from the road and unless you knew the area you would have no idea how to get to it. Without a tracker or a load of blood, the police will just give you an incident number. The moral is keep it locked and at least a steering lock fitted. It may not stop them but they may just take next doors instead.
What's Happening
Ivan has got his mystery drive coming up on the 25th March, it should be fun.
We are meeting at The White Horse, Soudley at 9.30am. There will bacon or sausage rolls and a cup of coffee available at £1.50.
Easter weekend is the Convoy for Heroes at Prestwold Hall, Leicester. Last year it was great fun, probably because the weather was fabulous for camping. This year they promise to have more entertainment plus more traders. Anyone interested in going along and joining in, the forms can be found on line at Covoy for Heroes. The run up is about 120 miles and should take about 2hrs30min.
Ivan has now booked the places for the Festival of Transport in Coleford Easter Monday. It would be good if we can fill all the places, contact Ivan if you would like to enter your wagon and have not given your name to Ivan yet. Remember places are limited to 12. If you like meeting people and seeing some cracking vehicles, it's the place to be.
The Group is now booked into the new Eastnor Land Rover Show. It is being held during the August Bank Holiday weekend 25/26th. 8 vehicles and 16 persons have been booked in. Again if you wish to take part let Ivan know. In the past it has been a great weekend in a great location. In the past members have won awards for their Land Rovers. There is free camping for members attending the Groups stand from the Friday till Monday 12 noon.
There are the local shows coming up which are great value for a day out looking at Land Rovers and other vintage machinery. Jim has more info on these as he is a regular visitor. You can go to these as a seller if you wish, Jim will the info.
We will be arranging some Green Lane drives on a Sunday. Usually about once a month once the weather improves. Spaces on these are very limited. We aim for them to be non damaging but it cannot be guaranteed.
Children's Opportunity Centre
This year is the 30th year of its being. To celebrate the fact they have set themselves a target of £30,000 to raise through events of any kind. I am sure we can come up with an activity that will raise some towards this figure.
Anyone with an idea please let me know, I'm sure we would be game for anything as long as it is legal and fun.
I was at their 30th Birthday party a few weeks ago and they are passionate about the services they provide. For those members who may not be fully aware of their activities please have a look on line. I wait with bated breath.
Who's Up For It
During the summer a weekend camping could be arranged for the outdoor minded members. Anyone interested please let me know and I can put that in motion. Some activities can be arranged and a group BBQ on the Saturday evening. It would be a family affair, so bring the wife and kids along.
Any suggestions for a day out. If you know of a particularly interesting or picturesque place worth a run out to, let Ivan know.
I am desperately in need of some input from members for the Lurgy. If anybody has carried out an unusual job on their wagon and found an easier way of doing it to crossing the Gobi desert in a Land Rover series1open back with no water, we would like to hear it. I want to increase our photo gallery together with a seasonal photo competition. There will be 3 sections, gents, ladies and under
16. The photo must depict the season and have a 4x4 included, it does not have to be your own and it can be funny. It must have been taken by the entrant.
The 3 winners will appear in the next issue of the Lurgy. The first one is to be in by Sunday 1st April. Sorry this one is short notice but the next one will give you 3 months to capture that world beating frame. Format needs to be a jpeg file emailed to me. So get those cameras clicking. Judging will be by the members so anyone can enter. So happy snapping.
There are contact details within the web site but as a reminder here they are
Mike Miles. 01594 827032.
Ivan Brown. 01594 810238.
Jim Willett. 07186 290702
I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting on the 21st March.
Mike Miles (Chairman)



The official newsletter of

The Forest Of Dean Land Rover Group
Chairmans Say
Here we are, another year over and a year older!  What sort of year have we had?

It may not seem it but the Group has been quite busy taking part in shows, road runs, green lane days out and even a weekend in North Wales. In May we held our own fun weekend.

Not forgetting our monthly meeting held at the White Horse Soudley It has been a productive

year for fund raising on behalf of The Childrens Opportunity Center in Coleford.

We have had a skittles night if not producing great skill allowed members to make fools of themselves including myself, a fun night had by all. It all culminated with the Christmas Party

meeting with Grand draw, quiz and buffet.

The on thing that stands out is the fact that we are a very social group and I think quite a few members enjoy the social side of the monthly meetings. This is great because our ethos is

an interest in Land Rovers. We have recently accepted members who own and drive other 4x4

vehicles, this has lead to some friendly banter. It’s not their fault that they have not seen the light or perhaps they have!

What does the next twelve months hold, well we have already started planning some events.

The list will be posted on the web page and are also available at the meetings. Please ask

what is happening and if you wish to take part in any let Ivan know early as numbers may be limited. I look forward to seeing more new faces join the group and more out and about.

The years activities will be covered later in the newsletter.

All that is left for me to say is A belated Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Our Charity Fund Raising
Once again our charity was The Childrens Opportunity Center in Coleford. For those who do not know of it. It is a center that gives respite to families who have a child that has a disability This pretty much covers anything that puts families under strain. It provides a safe and

friendly environment for the children while giving the rest of the family a break knowing that

their child is in safe hands. Due to the recent recession government has removed some of their funding so every little helps.

During the past year Jenny Miles has been doing various things to raise money. The obvious is the monthly raffle. At shows we have attended she has run a Tombola stall these raised in excess of £300. There was the raffle for the limited edition print which raised £70.

Smith Kline Beecham donated drinks which were used in the tombola’s and some were sold to raise money. She also bought a bulk supply of Cadbury’s cream eggs again sold to raise money. We are still eating the one’s left over. Members attending the shows also helped on the stall.

The year culminated with the Grand Draw at Christmas. This raised £100 on the night.

We would like to thank all the local businesses that donated prizes also members who donated.
Fun Weekend
This was organised by Jim and gave members the chance to get their 4x4’s dirty without

the damage. Everyone had fun although the weather could have been kinder. Camping in rain is never great fun when you have children with you. Saturday night saw Marc appear with his trusted BBQ, hot dogs and burgers were in plentiful supply and the amber nectar flowed. A good night had by all. Thank you very much Marc. I would also like to thank Steve Clarke for providing the toilets for the weekend.
Vehicle Shows
Ivan organised stands at The Coleford Festival of Transport. It was well attended by members and their vehicles. I don’t remember what the weather was like but I understand it was a very good day.

Later in the year members went to Tradegar House Show near Newport. The weather was not kind at all but I understand it was a good day.

We were also represented at Bromyard gala and Herefordshire Country Fair. I organised the show stands on behalf of Herefordshire 4x4 response which were attended by the 8 who are members of both. Bromyard is a two day event and we camped from Friday night to Sunday, and a great time was had at both shows.

Two land Rovers from the Group took part in the Convoy For Hero’s and helped break the world record.
Road Runs
Earlier in the year we joined with the Vintage Power and Tractor Group for their annual forest run. This has become a firm favourite with members and non members alike. The 2011 run was a little more challenging than planned as the weather had been very wet prior to the run. This made it very slippery and heart stopping in a few places. Even so a great day was had and raised £670 for charity. One thing to note, we first joined in with this run 3 years ago and there was about 40 tractors and 10 Land Rovers, the last one saw about 25 tractors and 30 Land Rovers.

We had a run up to Gaydon to the museum. We were well received and had a great day.

27th December 4 Group members joined the Classic Vehicle Ross Roadies Group for a road run around Herefordshire, again for charity.

31st December 3 members joined with Vintage Power and Tractor Group for a road/forest track run around the forest another good day and a chance to relax after the Christmas festivities.
Green Lane Trips
Several Sunday green lane days were arranged and led by Ceri These as far as possible are non damaging days driving known lanes. Nothing special is needed for these days and are a good introduction to driving green lanes. Thanks for that Ceri, much appreciated.

In October we had a weekend driving green lanes in North Wales. We started in LLangollen on Friday night/Saturday morning  and finished in Devil’s Bridge on Sunday evening having spent Saturday night in Dolgelleu I only managed Saturday morning breaking the rear propshaft and poor Des had a failed clutch on Sunday and had to be recovered. Fun was had by all. Des provided the routes so thanks for that Des.

Finally Jim arranged a green lane day for Boxing Day. 13 vehicles turned out for a good day, unfortunately a couple suffered some minor damage. It was good to see SI, S11, S111, 90, 110 and Disco 1 plus some Mitsubishi’s
Other Events
In between members went along to various Land Rover Shows and Clear Outs.

We will be making a presentation to The Childrens Oportunity Center later in January, I will keep you informed.
All in All a full year and I hope something for everyone or at least most members. Please remember we can arrange an event to suite any level, come out and have some fun in 2012.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make these events happen, without your help and skills they would not have happened. So once again a big thank you and lets have a fun and safe 2012.
Mike Miles (Chairman)