Event 28 
The South Eastern Section 
Christmas Lunch
11th December 2016
 The 2016 Christmas Lunch was held at The Holiday Inn Hotel at Wrotham, Kent.  Over 60 people attended and 14 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars were neatly parked outside. Although the day was cold and dull this was a good number of attending cars and thanks must go to the members who drove them to this, our last 2016 event.
Everyone was in a good party spirit, handing eachother Christmas cards and exchanging seasonal good wishes. We have a great bunch of members

in the South Eastern Section, the envy of many other Sections.

Event 27 
The South Eastern Section 
A G M
27th November 2016
 The 2016 AGM was held at the Chart Hills Golf Club. 
Nearly 80 people attended the AGM meeting and 76 were booked in to the lunch that followed.  Over 20 Rolls-Royce and Bentley  motor cars were driven to the venue, all polished and perfectly presented, including two pre war 20hp models with no heaters, side screens or protection of any kind, and it was a cold (but dry) winters day!
The members attending joined the Chairman in thanking the 10 strong Committee for their hard word over the past 12 months and all were voted in for another year. The support for the Committee was much appreciated and with a record 31 events planned by them for 2017, the Section is in good hands.

Event 26 
Dinner at
The Grasshopper Inn
10th November 2016
 
What follows was taken from a conversation Eric Barrass. 
He was asked about the early days of the RREC and
the South Eastern Section in particular.
 
Eric joined in 1958, and became RREC Club Secretary, a position he held for 32 years, he was also the editor of The Bulletin for 26 years. He saw the club grow to over 10.000 members and it was Eric who formed 'Sections' the first in 1965 was ours - called the South Eastern Section. Eric wrote to every member located within 50 miles, calling for a meeting at the Grasshopper Inn near Westerham, Kent. About 40 members arrived and a committee was formed.  We have held a meeting once a year ever since. This event was our 51st!

Event 25 
Lunch at The 
Wallpole Bay Hotel, Cliftonville
30th October 2016
 The Walpole Bay Hotel is a unique place and we were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a 4 course lunch in the Restaurant over a relaxing 3 hours next the sea.   From the moment you enter the Walpole Bay Hotel and Museum, you step back in time to the ambience of a bygone era. This historic Margate hotel was built for discerning guests in 1914, extended in 1927 and is now being lovingly restored by the Bishop family.
The Walpole has a friendly home from home atmosphere combined with a warmth and timeless elegance.  The Edwardian style restaurant and the food served always makes our visit complete. Even a ride in the 1927 Otis trellis gated lift is a gem to experience.
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Event 24 
Lunch at The 
Abbey Hotel, Minster, Kent
16th October 2016
 The Abbey has become a South Eastern Section favourite for a winter lunch. Always keenly priced meals served by excellent staff who are professional, courteous and well dressed.  We filled our usual
space in the restaurant and filled the room with chatter.
A happy afternoon on the Isle of Sheppey with friends.

Event 23 - Lunch at The 
Who'd A Thought It
6th October 2016
 This stylish pub in the heart  of the Weald of Kent was our lunch venue on Thursday 6th October. A restaurant full of members enjoyed a super lunch and with the private parking outside, we are sure to return.  Many Club cars arrived, a few 'other' cars were also used and one member even arrived by train and was collected from the station and ferried to the pub.

An excellent new venue with some most interesting decor!

Event 23 - Lullingstone Castle
25th September 2016
 This has become an end-of-the-summer picnics favourite. This event always gets full support from our members and friends. Look at the photographs to see the fantastic Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars displayed in front of one of England’s oldest family estates, dating back to the time of Domesday.

The present Manor House and Gatehouse were built in 1497 and have been home to the same family ever since. Both Henry VIII and Queen

Anne are known to have been regular visitors. Today it was our turn!

Event 22 - Weald of Kent Golf Club
4th September 2016
 A late addition to the Calendar of Events was added due to the cancelled Continental Rally due to a lack of interest. This gave rise to an opportunity to book a weekend lunch event and the very fine Weald of Kent Golf Club restaurant was choosen. What an excellent choice it turned out to be!
Twenty Four members and friends attended, Club car were directed to our private parking area and as the day was rather dull and cool, an indoor lunch was a good choice as a picnic would have been a cold experience indeed. The four course meal at The Weald Restaurant was of excellent quality with equally good service. I am sure we will return next year.

Event 21 - Great Dixter
21st August 2016
 Great Dixter Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

Event 20 - Doddington Place
14th August 2016
 Doddington Place has been the home of the Oldfield family for a century.  The many-gabled brick house was designed by the Victorian architect Charles Brown Trollope and built around1860 for Sir John Croft of the port and sherry family.   Today the gardens still evoke the Edwardian spirit of the next owner of Doddington Place, Mrs. Douglas Jeffreys (nee Oldfield) who was responsible for much of the architectural detail and layout of the heart of the garden. 

In 1906 the Crofts sold Doddington Place and the estate to General and Mrs. Douglas Jeffreys.     On the death of Mrs. Jeffreys in 1954, her nephew John Oldfield inherited.   In 1985 Mr. and Mrs. John Oldfield handed over the running of the garden and estate to Richard Oldfield and his wife, Alexandra. They had three children, Leonora, Christopher and Henry. Alexandra Oldfield died in 1995.  In 1997 Richard Oldfield married Amicia de Moubray and their son, Edward was born in 1998.

Our thanks to the family for allowing us to park on the lawns and enjoy the beautiful Doddington Place.

Event 19 - Quex Park
31st July 2016
 Quex Park itself is 250 acres of parkland and gardens plus a further 1500 acres of farm land, situated just south-east of Birchington-on-Sea in Kent, England. Quex houses the Powell-Cotton Museum. In the grounds is the Waterloo Tower, a secular bell tower.  The Powell-Cotton Museum is a museum housing three galleries of stuffed animal displays, depicting more than 500 African and Asian animals set against their natural habitats. Further galleries display African artefacts, European firearms, European and Asian weapons, European and Chinese Porcelain and significant archaeological finds from East Kent. Our display of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars was appreciated by many visitors who took the time to ask about the different models and the RREC. A great day.

Event 18 - The Prize Giving
24th July 2016
 
A wonderful venue, a generous host and so many members it was hard to count. Our visit to Guilton Rectory was an excellent choice and the 3 very large marquees gave room for our tea and cake tables, seating for members who preferred to be in the shade as well as generous space for the public address system, the trophy table and the raffle prizes. Over the next 3 pages you will see most of the 50  Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars booked in, the trophy winners and the participants picnics. A  happy day indeed.

Event 18 B - More from The 
Prize Giving 24th July 2016

Event 18 C - YET More from The 
Prize Giving 24th July 2016

Event 17 - Godinton House Picnic
17th July 2016
 
Godinton was its usual excellent backdrop to our cars. It was also a warm, dry day with cloud and sun  in equal measure.
A welcome change from last weeks rain, fog and drizzle! 
There were some beautiful motorcars attending for the first time and quite a few Rolls-Royces and Bentleys we rarely see.  All most welcome too.

Event 16 - Riverhill House and Gardens
10th July 2016
 
Last weeks beautiful sunny day at Headcorn was short lived. Our visit to Riverhill House near Sevenoaks was overcast and down-right dull with persistent drizzle all day. The owners allowed us to use an historic barn so we set up our picnics undercover and carried on. The first few photographs (the bright and sunny ones) were taken a few months ago when we viewed the venue and grass area that we eventually used on Sunday 10th July.
The rain reduced the number of cars and people attending and the photographs tell the story. Another dull English summers day in Kent! But the members that attended had a splendid day and enjoyed Riverhill. We will return in 2017.

Event 15 - Headcorn Aerodrome
3rd July 2016
 
At last a beautiful sunny day. Our visit to the aerodrome, museum and grass runway at Headcorn was a perfect day out. As well as the usual light aircraft taking off and landing,there were  skydivers, training planes with people taking flying lessons and some historic planes including a Spitfire and a Hurricane to not only watch but listen to. And they were thunderously loud.
And then there were Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars lined up along the runway fence! A perfect day

Event 13 - The Willesborough Windmill
19th June 2016
 
Another super picnic in the grounds of this historic Windmill at Ashford, Kent.  The windmill, a white smock mill built in 1869 onto a two storey red brick base with attached miller’s cottage, is now a Grade II* listed building. It incorporates “patent” type shutters in the Sweeps instead of canvas and Sails, and produced enough power to turn four sets of mill stones as well as the maize and oats crushing/cutting machines. Run by volunteers we are pleased to have donated funds to their charity, collected from the RREC members attending today.

The 2016 visit to The Battle of Britain
Memorial Museum 12th June
Last year this event was bathed in sunshine.
This year it was a foggy white-out.
 
I think 12 motor cars arrived although it was difficult to see! Around 26 people encamped inside and ate their summer picnics in a lecture room. It was a good day with great spirit, added by the Central Southern Secretary, Ted Meachem who drove 200 miles to attend. Thanks Ted.

The 2016 RREC South of England Rally
Just a few photographs of this excellent event
at Bradfield College
 
Over 100 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars were advanced booked to attend and about 30 more arrived on the day.  The morning weather was excellent but in the afternoon the rain poured down forcing a few people to head for home early. After the prize giving, the rain stopped and the sun shone and all was perfect again.

The 9th RREC SE Event of 2016
The Norfolk Long Weekend
Part 1 
31 members drove 17 Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars to Norfolk and visited a Whisky Distillery, A Boat Museum, floated down the Broads in an 1892 stream driven launch and visited Blickling Hall, the house, gardens, Airforce Museum and historic book shop, all in four days.  The sun shone every day and our hotel, The Sprowston Manor gave excellent 4-star luxury accommodation with 5-star private parking, private dining with perfect silver service. It looks like there will be another UK based rally next year but six days rather than four.

The 9th RREC SE Event of 2016
The Norfolk Long Weekend

Part 2  - The Museum of the Broads

This Museum is a gem and the journey along the Broads in a 1892 stream driven launch was an unforgetable experience. The Museum of the Broads is a registered charitable trust which brings the story of the area alive and it certainly did.  A thoroughly memorable day.

The 9th RREC SE Event of 2016
The Norfolk Long Weekend
Part 3  - Blickling Hall

The building one sees today (1616) at Blickling is a rebuilt and enlarged 'replacement' of an earlier house on the site in the possession of Sir John Fastolf of Caister in Norfolk, who made a fortune in the Hundred Years' War, and whose coat of arms is still on display. Later the property was owned by by Thomas Boleyn and later still, the Earl of Wiltshire. This is a very special historic place and the backdrop to our 2016 group photograph.

The 7th RREC SE Event of 2016
The George Inn was our venue for lunch
this time. And a great lunch it was. Set in the village of Trottiscliffe (pronounced Troslee) near Wrotham (pronounced rootam)the sun brought out a myriad of
fine motor cars. One member drove through Teston (pronounced Teeson) and reported long hold ups on the main road through the village so use Seven Mile Lane (pronounced Seven Mile lane) on the way home. A great day and a great meal. Next event  - Our four Day Holiday in Norfolk.

The 6th RREC SE Event of 2016
Lunch at Sweetwoods Golf Club
Holtye, Nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Sunday 20th March ~ Our new members lunch, 56 people
attended of which six were new to our Section and most
welcome.  The weather helped, it was dry, sometimes sunny
and not too cold. There was a wonderful display of Rolls-Royce
and Bentley Club Cars on display in our reserved area which the golfers viewed with enthusiasm.  All who attended the lunch were well served, the food was excellent, the conversation flowed and the new members promised to join us again very soon.  

The 4th RREC SE Event of 2016
Lunch at Hadlow Manor
Nr Tonbridge, Kent
Sunday 28th February and another special lunch. Almost a dry sunny day but not quite! Members attending arrived in their Club Cars. Some spoke of snow fluries and others of rain along the way. There was some sunshine behind clouds which allowed a photographic record to be made. Over 56 people sat down to an excellent meal at this very pleasant venue.  

The 3rd RREC SE Event of 2016
Lunch at Eastwell Manor, Nr Ashford, Kent
Sunday 7th February was bright and dry.  Almost sunny! More and
more cars arrived and about 46 people, attended lunch at this new venue. Excellent parking for the Bentley Continental GT, GTC & GTS (Speed) vairants which out numbered all other models.
Very pretty motor cars.

The 2nd RREC SE Event of 2016
Lunch at The Wealden Hall, Larkfield
Sunday 24th January 2016 was as dull as the last Sunday event but the cars started to arrive bringing our happy members to this historic Kentish Wealden Hall House, a building of great Tudor character.  Despite the dull weather it was a most enjoyable day.

The 1st RREC SE Event of 2016
Lunch at Judds Folly, Faversham
Sunday 10th January 2016 was dull, overcast, cold and wetbut it did not stop our hardy members from driving their Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars to this venue for an excellent lunch.