Social Scene Report - TRaction Issue 338

Social Scene Report - TRaction Issue 338

Derbyshire Dales Group

Magazine issue: 338

Author(s) of report:

Alan Ford/Jim Tully

Hi all, yet again.

Despite my previous promise not to bother you further and to hand my biro over to another willing volunteer– well, volunteers for the highly lauded position of ‘Scribe’ seem to be in short supply. Covid to blame again, I suppose?

Our dry April was a strange month: the old saying has it that April showers bring May flowers – we had lots of sunny weather to the end of April, but very few showers. What price May flowers this year? The clear skies and very cold nights meant our Derbyshire gritting services were hard at it, causing the ‘official gritting season’ to be extended well beyond the end of March. So much so that ChrisT appointed himself as Salt-Meister, issuing regular reports of when and where our roads had been treated.

Our Sunday Club Run was organised by Jim & Chris T. What follows is Jim & Chris’ report, pretty much in their own words:

Our Derbyshire Dales Drive It Day run commenced on the bright, sunny, but cool morn of the 24 April at ToadHole Furnace (or, as we know it, The Amber Hotel). Nine cars proceeded from there via the White Peak borders to Crich, Cromford, Hartington – with a rest stop – and the periphery of the Dark Peak and coffee for some. Here we picked up the waifs and strays that didn’t make it to the Amber, including Alan, Penny’s friend, in a well-maintained black MG TC. Inclusive club or what!!!

Onward, to Warslow and the Mermaid, to the Paul Rey memorial and viewpoint. With scattered cloud casting dark shadow enhancing the maleficent brooding aire to the glorious view of the Roaches. What a difference a week makes. With much viewing and photo taking later, off to a coffee stop on the A53 - or not, as a difficult landlady pointed at the door saying” Get out of my pub!!” (vis: East Enders circa 2010 BBC )

“Ladies and gentlemen to your cars” and Macclesfield Forest, over more swooping, curvaceous and scenic roads respecting the “newly clarified” rights of the lycra clad men and women from the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire and other nucleated counties.

Through the glade-studded forest adorned with picknickers, the stoic TR Derbyshire Dales people “power (or lack of) drift” into the Leather’s Smithy pub car park and LUNCH .

The car park concours did not take place due to staff shortage. My apologies; anyway Alan’s 3A would have won, again. Good luck at Stafford Alan!! However, landlord John & co. provided great food reasonably priced. It is definitely worth a second visit.

On behalf of TR Derbyshire Dales members and friends we would like to thank ourselves for supporting the “Child Line” themed Drive It Day.

Unusual suspects on the day:

Barry & Hazel TR6, Ian & Ryan TR6, Dave & Gwen TR10, Dave & Linda TR10, Dave & Val TR10, Phil & Jenny TR6, Peter & Carole TR6, Alan TR3A, Roger & Chris TR6 hard top, Penny TR5, Alan MGTC, Jim & Chris TR10


The TR10 is an ambulatory vehicle of the genus TR - advantageous modernist post millennium and Y2m compliant . That which the “man (person) on the Clapham Omnibus“ would yearn for!😱

Diary dates

Wednesday 13th July – Club Night – The Hurt Arms,

Sunday 24th July – Sunday Run, organised by John Browett & Peter Callender

Saturday 6th August – TR Register, East Midlands 50th Anniversary Celebrations at the Manifold Inn. More Details on our WebPages.

Wednesday 17th August – Deferred Club Night – Special event organised to celebrate the end of TS2’s UK tour, in lieu of our August 10th Club Night. As always, see our Webpages.

Derbyshire Dales Group

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