Shropshire Group’s Report for TR Action 334 – Roger Critchley
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Nigel Hardy. Nigel had been an active member of the Shropshire Group since 2016 when he joined us with his TR5. Subsequently Nigel and his wife, Jo, purchased a TR6 and a TR7. He maintained all of the cars in exceptional condition and they were used regularly at Group runs, events and at shows.
Nigel was one of the friendliest people you could hope to meet and was liked by all. He will be sadly missed. He passed away, suddenly, on Monday 18th October whilst he and Jo were returning from a weekend away to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Our thoughts go out to Jo and the family.
We have also been advised that Robert Wickstead died recently and our sympathies go to Deb and the family.
Autumn has been a busy season for the Shropshire Group and Club Nights at The Fox and Hounds in Shawbury have been well attended.
Our Wild Wales Run was originally scheduled for 29th September but nobody could obtain enough petrol to fill their TRs! The fuel situation quickly stabilised and we were able to hold the run on Wednesday, 13th October. We set off with 13 cars from Battlefield, Shrewsbury travelling through Ellesmere and Llangollen to the Ponderosa Café at the summit of The Horseshoe Pass. Here we were joined by a further 9 cars which had driven across from North Shropshire. All 22 cars took a circuitous route to Bala for lunch. A popular place was the Fish & Chip café where the size of the portions took everybody by surprise. Nobody was able to clear their plate! We returned to Shrewsbury by driving over the Berwyns. There was a marvellous sight in my rear-view mirror of 21 TRs stretched out across the hills behind me. The total distance covered was 108 miles.
Saturday 6th November was the day of our Autumn Run. 23 cars (21 TRs, a Citroën DS and a Porsche) met at Emstrey, Shrewsbury and drove to Arley Arboretum via Ironbridge and Bridgnorth.
It was Market Day in both towns and our procession of cars through both Market Places was welcomed by waving shoppers. Arley Arboretum is to be recommended and the colours of the trees, at this time of the year, are magnificent. We must visit again in the Spring. Our drive back took us through Bewdley and the Wyre Forest – an abundance of Autumn colours. The run finished with lunch at The Plume of Feathers on Wenlock Edge. An excellent run and no cars lost!
Our next outing will be on Sunday 6 th December which will be our Turkey Trot Run to Weston Park Christmas and Craft Fayre followed by our Christmas meal at The Fox and Hounds in Shawbury.
Shropshire Group wishes all readers of TR Action a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.