Woodchester Mansion Trust was a recipient of a donation when SVTEC it held its Charity presentations for 2016 at Fromebridge Mill on 10 January 2017. Liz Davenport and Ray Canham attended the presentation, which was made by Chairman Martyn Slater and Vice-Chairman and Show Manager John Keedwell. It is humbling to be recognised in this way among such worthy causes as the British Heart Foundation, McMillan Nurses, the Cobalt Unit and Sue Ryder – but we are grateful for the notice that members of Club have given to the Mansion.
The Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club was formed over 40 years by a group of enthusiasts who work to preserve vehicles and engines in working order and to exhibit them both to other enthusiasts and to members of the public. Over the years their shows have grown significantly and the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza is now the biggest steam and vintage show run entirely by volunteers.
Starting in a small way in 1975 on the playing fields at Stonehouse with three full size steam engines, the show now boasts over 70 full sized steam engines every year at its present home at South Cerney airfield, courtesy of Duke of Gloucester Barracks.
The Club is run by a small number of volunteers but they are a significant charity fund-raiser, making donations to local and national charities. This year they will be staging the 43rd Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza on 4 - 6 August. To find details both about the Club and the Extravaganza please visit their website – www.svtec.co.uk – or find them on Facebook – and support the Extravaganza on the first weekend in August.
The picture (by SVTEC member John Rogers) below shows Liz Davenport and Ray Canham receiving the cheque from Martyn Slater (left) and John Keedwell at Fromebridge Mill.