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2021 The Tees Valley run and BBQ

Report by Sheila Mason


Tees Valley car club invited us to their run and BBQ on Sunday 25th July. There was an excellent attendance from our club. Some of us joined Tees Valley at Coulby Newham and had a pleasant run of 29.4 miles to Beadlam Grange Farm shop, past Helmsley, where the rest of our club were waiting. We all had coffee and cake and had a look round the farm shop, which is well worth visiting, we left at 12 mid-day for the final journey of 26.8 miles.

We went through many pretty villages including Hemsley, Ampleforth passing Byland Abbey, Wass, Coxwold, Oulston, Sherriff Hutton and West Lilling. There was some interesting motorbikes ,that passed us near Ampleforth, all dating around 1920, some of the riders were dressed in leathers but quite a few wore Tweed suits matching the era of the bikes [ pleased to say they did have crash helmets on] Then came the terrifying part of the journey, on entering West Lilling there was a cyclist road event and although all our cars were very respectful of the cyclists a few of them were extremely aggressive and deliberately peddling their bikes towards us.

We were all relieved, after two miles of the appalling behaviour to turn into Gennel House Farm. We parked up and walked round to a lovely, manicured orchard set out with tables and chairs and an open marque, in front of the farmhouse, some parts dating to the 16th century. The hosts, John and Angela Walker were there to great us. John who runs the farm is also a car enthusiast and had his 4 cars on display- an Opal Speedster, MGB Roadster, Porsche Boxster and a Ford Anglia.

John lighted the BBQ and was quickly cooking the burgers, sausages and chicken. While we waited, we were entertained by the Tees Valley Stompers, a 3 piece band of Tees Valley car enthusiasts who are also excellent musicians. The members of the band were John Barton on soprano ukulele, Stan Davison on tenor ukulele and Mark Rees on bass guitar. We were also invited to do a quiz called- “Just for fun- Name these Summer Hits from some of their lyrics. I am sorry to say most of us failed miserably.

The BBQ and delicious home-made salads were served in the large farm kitchen by Angela Walker and her team. We all enjoyed our meal and then were further entertained by the Stompers with everyone’s feet tapping to the music.

We all left the gathering about 5.30pm having had a very enjoyable time and a big thankyou to John and Sandra Barton for organising the event and inviting our car club. I am pleased to say that John and Sandra have recently moved to Brompton and have joined our club as well as retaining their membership with Tees Valley.