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Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza event organisers
 donate nearly £25,000 to charities

Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (SVTEC) organisers of the annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza have donated over £25,000 to 35 national and regional charities.

The show organisers hosted a special evening at Stonehouse Court Hotel on Tuesday 15th January 2018 and invited representatives from 35 charities to attend a presentation.  

Martyn Slater, Chairman of SVTEC said “Last year nearly 20,000 visitors flocked through the gates of the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza making it one of the best attended shows in the events 43year history. This meant that not only are we in a great position to invest in the sustainability of our future shows, but also support many worthwhile causes and charities like those here tonight”.

The show which takes place at South Cerney Airfield is the biggest event of its kind ran entirely by volunteers, without them, the show simply couldn’t run. As a way to incentivise the team to reward them for all their hard work and commitment to the event, each section leader nominates a charity to be a beneficiary from the profits raised.  

Martyn Slater continued “Nothing could prepare me for the immense sense of pride and humility I felt at our charity presentation evening when 33 of the 35 chosen charities attended to accept their cheques. Each recipient was given the opportunity to say a few words about their respective causes. It is our hope that we are in a position to do something similar for many years to come.”

The largest donations went to LINC (The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund) in memory of event volunteer John White, Diabetes UK, Event Mobility, Cotswold Canals Trust, Vale of Berkeley Railway, 29th Regiment Welfare and Cobalt Health.

The event organisers are staunch supporters of Cobalt Health, the charity has been actively fundraising at the show for 16 years, in addition to the cheque presented, a team of Cobalt volunteers staffed the ticket gates and also raised an additional £5,000. A spokesperson for the charity said “the event is a great platform to promote the work of Cobalt, plus the money donated tonight and what was raised on site over the weekend helps us enormously with providing the best possible access to diagnoses equipment for cancer and dementia patients in the county”.

Jim White, Chair of the Trustees of Cotswold Canal Trust felt humbled to receive such a fabulous donation, especially after hearing about all the other worthwhile causes. He said “We are grateful again for this donation. The money received will go towards a specially adapted trip boat with disabled access that we hope to launch on the Stroudwater Navigation next year”.

Meanwhile Howard Parker from The Vale of Berkeley Railway will put the donation towards the cost to purchase, transport and installation of an historic original signal box in the Clubs name at Sharpness. It was interesting to hear of the progress the volunteers have made since the Clubs’ inception in 2015 including uncovering the original station platform and building. Whilst it is a massive undertaking to re-open a railway line, they have purchased two historic freight locomotives and hope to run the first passenger trains on the line from Berkeley to Sharpness in 2020.  

Another charity The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust which promotes awareness of Prostate Cancer was nominated when a Rally volunteer had a Psa test which showed a high reading. Ultimately the test might’ve well saved his life. Charity founder Graham Fulford said “Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, 10,900 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year - that's one man every hour.  But success rate is high with early diagnosis. The money will help to provide more free Psa tests and hopefully save more men’s lives”. In 2018 the charity hopes to carry out free on-site checks at the showground.

Stewart Edgar, Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Hermiston, Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Workshop Manager Nigel Leppard for Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service collected a cheque on behalf of The Fire Fighters Charity.  A charity that supports injured, ill or psychological support to the UK fire community. The Grenfell Tower tragedy brought to the forefront of our all our minds the life-and-death risks that firefighters take in their line of work, and the often-long-lasting psychological effects. Like most charities in the room, it receives no government funding. Stewart Edgar was humbled and privileged to accept the cheque of the charities behalf. 

The Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza is an annual event which returns to South Cerney Airfield, near Cirencester on the weekend of Friday 3rd August - Sunday 5th August 2018 and is the largest show of its kind still run entirely by volunteers.  Each year the show features the popular Steam Arena, with non-stop steam demonstrations and literally thousands of vintage vehicles from classic cars, tractors, commercial vehicles, vintage bus and coaches, motorcycles, scooters, traction engines, miniature steam, industrial trucks, military vehicles, caravans to emergency vehicles. Plus a Countryside Arena featuring dog shows, ferret racing, rare breeds, animal conservation, alpacas, shire horses, horse logging, falconry displays to children’s pony rides.

The shows goal has always been to give the best value for money family day out in Gloucestershire, with something for all of the family to enjoy. The show has evolved allot over the past 40 years, but the mission remains the same - to inform, educate, entertain and celebrate our unique transport history and the preservation of historical vehicles, and plans for the 2018 event are well underway.

Cheques were issued to the following charities:

Health Charities: Cobalt Health, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, EPIC – Supporting Children with Epilepsy, Event Mobility Charitable Trust, Sunflowers Suicide Support, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Graham Fulford Fund/Prostate Cancer, James Hopkins Trust, Gloucestershire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, LINC Cheltenham - The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund, Sharp Life Learning for disabled, Tree of Hope ‘Molly’s Fix Me Fund’, The Big Appeal, Dance for Life, Designability and Five Valley Sounds, Stroud’s Talking Newspaper for the Blind and visually impaired.

Service Charities: 29th Regiment Welfare Unit, The Fire Fighters Charity, RAF Air Cadets, Army Benevolent Fund, Severn Area Rescue Association, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire 4x4 Response and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

Preservation/Heritage Groups: Cotswold Canals Trust, Woodchester Mansion, Vale of Berkeley Railway, Friends of Purton, Wartime in the Cotswolds and Bristol Bus Group.

Community Projects: Dursley Heritage Centre, Kingshill House Arts Centre, South Cerney Parish Council, The Tallinding Project, Gambia

Aside from the beneficiaries above, numerous other animal and welfare charities were also represented on site during the event weekend raising funds and awareness of their respective causes.  Stand space has been provided to Gloucestershire-based charities to get involved.

The event tries to be as ethically responsible as possible, and realises that this is not completely possible with the carbon footprint of the larger Steam and HGV engines. The Chairman is actively seeking a local ‘Green’ Cirencester-based charity or community project to team up with for a green initiative. He would welcome any suitable ones to step forward.



Bus Tabletable 2018

The bus timetable for the free vintage bus shuttle from Kemble Railway Station and Cirencester to the Extravaganza showground. The Kemble Station service is designed to connect with trains from either Stroud or Swindon. The service also picks up visitors to the Extravaganza at all designated bus stops between Kemble Station and South Cerney Village. All of the bus services are operated free of charge using privately owned vintage vehicles and the show committee are most grateful to the owners for providing their vehicles for these services.

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Cotswold Tourist Information

 

 

ITEMS FOUND AT THE EXTRAVAGANZA 2017, TO CLAIM,
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Coop Bank Debit Card
NHS Tax Credit Card
Toys R Us Store card
Gents Specs- Black/Silver Frame
Ladies specs- Black Frame
Gents Specs- Silver Frame
Specs Case empty- Grey "Boscha"
Gents Specs- Silver/Black Frame
Helmet safe key
Caravan type keys on ring
Specs case- Blue "Bouriois" with 2 specs and cash
Trekking pole- Red / Black handle
Girls shoulder bag "Cowboys" with cash
Baby Shoe - White "Adidas"

 

Entry to the Extravaganza is via Northmoor Lane GL7 5QD only, please follow road signs.

Disabled parking available adjacent to Main public entry gate. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times, please clear up after your dog. This is a greenfield event, suitable outside clothing and footwear should be worn.

Please note the time of earliest entry each day is 10:00 am.
Latest entry is 4:00 pm and the event closes 5.00 each day

Do not shut your dog in a vehicle. If we note that a dog is looking distressed we will take appropriate action to protect the dog’s health


 

 

 
 
   

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