Archive for May 5th, 2013

BAPS Walk May 5th

May 5, 2013

Starting from Havant’s BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, or Hindu Temple, this was a 10 kilometre walk that went along the Billy Trail as far as the ESSO garage on Hayling Island and back to the Temple at the rear of Havant railway station.

Before setting off.

Before setting off.

This was a charity walk, with the funds raised being split between their own charity,  KIDS, which is the national charity working with disabled children, young people and their families across England, and one of my own charities, Smile Support & Care.

The weather was warm, but with a slight cooling breeze, and made for a very pleasant and unhurried walk.

About to leave the walkers.

About to leave the walkers.

Elaine and I walked to the half-way point and then returned home.

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Classic Vehicle Show May 5th

May 5, 2013

Early this afternoon, Elaine & I visited the Classic Vehicle Show and Autojumble that is a regular feature at the Hayling Billy public house in Elm Grove, Hayling.

We were met by Dave Smith who kindly escorted us while we looked at the many interesting cars and motorbikes.

There were many old cars present, with many old manufacturers, such as Triumph, Austin and Morris, represented, as well as several different models of Ford, Rover  and Vauxhall cars.

Also in evidence were a number of people selling car parts and books, together with other accessories in the Autojumble section of the pub car park. Here I was able to buy something for my daughters 1971 VW Camper Van!

Ford Consul.

Ford Consul.

Austin Mini.

Austin Mini.

Triumph Herald.

Triumph Herald.

Entente Very Cordiale May 4th

May 5, 2013

The parish hall of St.James’ Church, Emsworth, was the venue for the bi-annual visit of the Twinning Association¬† from St. Aubin-sur-Mer, which lies in the Calvados region near one of the Normandy D-Day beaches.

We were met by the Chairman of the Emsworth part of the Twinning Association, Hazel Willard, and introduced to several of the guests.

After talking for a while, the evening proper began with a very nice buffet supplied by local firm, Fresh Catering, after which Hazel gave a welcoming speech, in English, which was translated by one of the members from Emsworth. I then gave a short speech in French which seemed to go down quite well. That was a great surprise to me, as my Fench is not very good. Thanks must go to Google Translate! At the end of my speech I made a presentation of a small clock set in glass with the Borough crest to the Deputy Mayor of St. Aubin.

Entertainment during the evening was provided by the ladies of the Devil’s Dyke Clog Dancers and the Fishbourne Morris Dancers.

The evening finished with singing, firstly from the Emsworth members, then by the French and, finally, all joined in.

Giving my speech in French!

Giving my speech in French!

Presentation of the clock..

Presentation of the clock..

The Dancers.

The Dancers.