On the last Sunday in May, the
happiest place in Hampshire must have been the home of our member, John Lovell,
where the 16th Annual
Vintage Event took place on a beautiful, hot, sunny day.
HMG had its usual pitch, along with HIAS, and Tony Yoward and John Silman
did brisk trade in book sales; listened to people’s tales and reminiscences
about mills they had known or their families who actually worked them.
Elsewhere hundreds of curious ‘event-goers’, young and old, drank in the
sights afforded by the myriad collections of rural and domestic bygones, dolls
houses, vintage lawn mowers, rollers and yes, even sack trolleys, vintage
tractors, commercial vehicles, classic cars and motor cycles, housed in barns,
sheds, on table tops or in the field. A
pair of Shire horses, tethered amidst the motorised farm vehicles were unfazed
by the clamour of engines, hoots, comings
and goings, and total admiration of all the humans there.
At noon in the marquee, Professor Ray Riley spoke to us about “Portsmouth
and The Corset Trade”. Tony had his
Sunbeam rally car there, complete with photographs, certificates and many
stories to go with them!
Lovell is one of those rare people: a quiet man who is very active and caring in
his community and generously throws his
home, and vast collections, open to the public every year for good, local,
causes. This year the proceeds were for
The Wessex Cancer Trust, dedicated in the
memory of Sylvia Barnes MBE. John also
has a passion for helping to re-home German Shepherd Dogs through an
Vigil who also had a stand at the Event.
you, John, for your kind hospitality to all comers, and for helping us enjoy a
day in rural bliss once again. Roll on