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Two wheeled thrills by all ages at the 2019 extravaganza as we welcome back the Ken Fox Wall Of Death and The Tigers Children’s Motorcycle display Team!

March 2019

 

 

A contrast in two wheeled thrills and excitement  from both ends of the age spectrum will be provided by The Ken Fox Wall Of Death and The Tigers Childrens Motorcycle Display Team.

Ken Fox, the founder member of The Ken Fox Wall of Death is recognised as being the world’s leading rider on the Wall of Death and is the only person ever to take a steam bike onto the wall! Over the years, Ken has taught many others to ride the Wall including Guy Martin in his televised 2016 attempt to break the Guinness Records Wall of Death Speed Record.

Born in Skegness, Ken’s parents had stalls on the Amusement Park and at weekends he would help them. Also on the Park was the Wall of Death owned by Roy Cripsey and his two sons, Graham and Gary. At the age of 13 they took Ken Fox on as a ticket collector and so began a career which was to lead to him becoming internationally known as the World’s leading Wall of Death rider and proprietor and to take him all round the world.

Over the years, Ken has taught many others to ride the Wall but today the Ken Fox Troupe is very much a family affair – the nucleus of the show is Ken and his two sons Luke and Alex.

The Tigers Childrens Motorcycle display team was set up to allow children the opportunity to learn to ride a motorcycle safely and to perform tricks, stunts and jumps in public shows around the UK.  They train every Sunday through the cold winter months ready to perform at public events during the summer months.

The children range in age age from just 5 years old to 16 years old. Although safety of the children is a primary concern,  this does not deter the Tigers from delivering exciting & spectacular shows!

The team is run entirely by the parents of the children with an elected committee, he aim being to include everyone in making Tigers fun and challenging for all of Tiger’s member families.

Come and wonder at the amazing stunts by two diverse and exceptional teams of motorcycle performing artists!  

 

A British transport icon celebrates its 80th anniversary at the 2019 extravaganza

February 2019

 

 

The Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza is proud to announce that it will be hosting 80th Anniversary Bedford OB Get-Together as part of its event taking place on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2019 at South Cerney Airfield, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.

The Extravaganza is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and this is the third time that it has hosted the Bedford OB Get-Together. Indeed, the show has become a mecca for Bedford OB enthusiasts and last year’s event attracted 13 examples making it the largest display of the type at any event in the country.

The Bedford OB was an iconic British built coach chassis used by all sizes of bus and coach operators throughout the country.  It was mainly built as a coach but a small number were built for stage carriage use, mainly on narrow rural routes.  The chassis type was introduced in 1939 but only 73 were built before production was halted by World War 2.

Production of the OB re-commenced in 1945 and continued until 1951 by which time a total of 12,766 had been built  The type was powered by Bedford’s own 27hp 6 cylinder petrol engine or later the Perkins 6 cylinder diesel engine.  Bodywork was built by a large number of different bodybuilders but the overwhelming majority were bodied by Duple of Hendon.

At least 75 Bedford OB’s are thought to survive although not all are roadworthy so if you have a Bedford OB and would like to take part in the 80th Anniversary Bedford OB Get-Together or would like to know more about the event, please contact John Hitchings, Bus & Coach section leader at: bus_coach.svtec@hotmail.com or www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk.

 

A rewarding evening for SVTEC and good causes

January 2019

 

 

 

Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (SVTEC) organisers of the annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza have donated over £25,000 to 38 national and regional charities and preservation projects. The show organisers hosted a special evening at Stonehouse Court Hotel on Monday 28 January 2019 and invited representatives from 38 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 during the hottest weekend of the year. It was one of the best attended shows in the events 44-year history which meant that we are able to invest in the sustainability of our future shows, but also support many worthwhile charities”. 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. I am immensely proud of our team of 65 volunteers. As a way 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 continued “There is so much goodwill in the county. To me it’s the highlight of the year and makes all the stresses and strains of running the show all worthwhile and inspires us all to carry on. 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 Cobalt Appeal Fund, Diabetes UK, The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust, Cotswold Canals Trust, Gloucestershire Scouts, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire 4x4 Response, Air Training Corp, Vale of Berkeley Railway, Event Mobility and the newly formed Wotton & Dursley branch of the British Heart Foundation.

The event organisers are staunch supporters of Cobalt Health and Diabetes UK. Cobalt Health have actively been fundraising at the show for 17 years, in addition to the cheque presented, a team of Cobalt volunteers staffed the ticket gates and also raised an additional £5,000 over the weekend. The Diabetes UK local patron is one of the shows founding members, the charity sells refreshments on site during the weekend and have raised a staggering £50,000 on site at the show during the time they have been involved.

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 saved his life as no doubt it has done other men who were tested at the South Cerney show last year. They carried out 268 Psa checks on site at the event which 15 came back as amber warnings and 19 as red warnings prompting further investigation for those men. Charity founder Graham Fulford said “Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, 47,000 cases are detected in the UK each year. With early diagnosis there is a high rate of success. The money will help to provide more Psa tests and hopefully save more men’s lives in our county”.

Here is a full list of the charities that benefited from the success of the 2018 Extravaganza.  By joining us at the Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza you will not only have a great day out you are helping so many diverse & worthwhile causes.

Health Charities:

Graham Fulford Trust were presented £1000. The charity promotes awareness of Prostate Cancer. Since 2004, they have been involved in PSA testing and have conducted over 112,000 tests so far identifying cancers that otherwise may not have been discovered.
Cobalt Appeal Fund were presented a cheque for £1,000.00. The Cheltenham based Charity works in collaboration with the National Health Service and other bodies, to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat or alleviate cancers and other life limiting disease/injury. The donation will go towards a 3D Breast Thermography machine to help detect the early signs of breast cancer.
Diabetes UK were presented £1,000.00 to help fund research and provide information for the 4.6million people who suffer from diabetes in the UK.
Event Mobility, based in Tewkesbury were presented £1,000.00. The charity provides access to shows and events for the disabled, elderly and mobility impaired through the short-term loan of electric scooters and manual wheelchairs.
Wotton & Dursley British Heart Foundation were presented £750. The newly formed branch helps provide support for those suffering from heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia. The donation will be put towards CPR training for local children.
Macmillan Nurses at Southmead Hospital were presented £500 in memory of one of the shows volunteers. The qualified nurses support patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment. They also advise on aspects of care when treatment is for comfort and not cure. • LINC Cheltenham – The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund were presented £500 in memory of show volunteer John White. LINC funds items that help improve care and make a stay in hospital slightly more comfortable for patients. They also provide access to a clinical psychologist to help those to come to terms with the illness and its impact on patients and families as well as providing financial help. The donation will go towards a Sanctuary Garden at Sandford Park, Cheltenham to be launched in March.
EPIC – Supporting Children with Epilepsy in Gloucestershire were presented £500. EPIC provides support and social events for over 500 children in Gloucestershire that sufferer with epilepsy, it helps to alleviate anxiety, depression and boast self-confidence by forming friendships with other sufferers. The money will go towards an EEG monitor to record brain wave activity between and during seizures.
Well Child Charity were presented with £500.00. WellChild is a national UK children’s charity based in Cheltenham which helps to get seriously ill children and young people out of hospital by providing adaptations to enable them to return to their families and home.
Sunflowers Suicide Support were presented with £500.00. The charity carries out suicide prevention awareness such as their ‘I Am Listening campaign’ as well as providing support to families living in Gloucestershire who are bereaved by suicide. They offer support packs, Grief Recovery courses and events to bring families together in a supportive environment.
Gloucestershire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre were donated £500. MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The drop-in Centre provides support and advice to those across the county with neurological problems, along with subsidised therapy options and access to High Dosage Oxygen Therapy.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust were presented £500.00. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only charity in the UK fighting for a Life Unlimited by cystic fibrosis for the people who live with it. The donation will go towards funding cutting-edge research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones.
Motor Neurone Disease Association UK were presented £500.00. Motor neurone disease is a life-limiting condition which is difficult to diagnose and for which there isn’t yet a cure. The Association funds and promotes research into motor neurone disease (MND) and provides support to people in the UK who are, or who are suspected of being, affected by motor neurone disease.
Cirencester Hospital League of Friends were presented £500.00. The charity assists in providing reasonable services or provisions for the care of patients in the hospital which are deemed to be ancillary to those provided by the health trust. Their objective is to relieve patients of the hospital who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped, infirm or in need of financial assistance. The donation will go towards a digital X-Ray machine, which the charity has been tasked with fundraising for.
Five Valley Sounds were presented £500.00. Five Valley Sound is Stroud’s Talking Newspaper. They make audio recordings of the news and events in Stroud and surrounding towns and villages and send them out each week to blind and partially-sighted people who want to stay in touch with their local community.

Service Charities:

Gloucestershire Scouts were presented £1,000.00. The Scouts help prepare young people aged 6-25 with skills for life – this donation will go towards sending the Gloucestershire Unit to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in Virginia. 45 Gloucestershire Scouts have been selected to visit America this year along with 40,000 Scouts representing 150 different countries to learn about different cultures.
Gloucestershire and Worcestershire 4x4 Response presented £1,000.00. The charity provides voluntary 24/7 four-wheel drive support to Emergency Services staff and Civil Authorities and other essential service providers in the community, especially during adverse weather. The donation will go towards network radios.
Air Training Corp were presented £1,000.00. The ATC promotes and encourages young men and women that have a practical interest in aviation and the RAF. They provide training which is useful both in the Services and civil life, as well as helping to develop leadership skills. The cadets earn positions of increasing responsibility in a military rank structure, and can qualify for various BTEC awards through the training exercises carried out at their squadrons. The money will go towards expedition equipment.
29th Regiment Army Welfare Unit, Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney, Cirencester were presented £500.00. The Professional and versatile soldiers are deployed throughout the world, all monies donated are invested in to the facilities to make it more comfortable for the families of serving soldiers. The current fundraising is for an onsite cinema.
Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) were presented £500.00. SARA is the largest independent lifeboat service in the UK, second only to the RNLI, with 22 operational inshore lifeboats, 20 vehicles and approximately 200 personnel. SARA operates from four stations located at Beachley, near Chepstow, Sharpness, Tewkesbury and Kidderminster Fire Station, Worcestershire. The need for SARA is increasing with more callouts each year, typical incidents involve boats or persons in difficulty, search for missing persons, animal rescue and flood relief. The money donated will go towards a night vision camera system to transmit from boat to station.

Preservation/Heritage Groups & Community Projects:

Cotswold Canals Trust were presented with £1,000.00. The Cotswold Canals Trust aims to protect and restore the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames and Severn Canal. The Trust are also restoring the thirty-six-mile navigable route from the Stroudwater Navigation’s junction with the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal at Saul Junction to the River Thames at Lechlade. The money will go towards a new day trip boat.
Vale of Berkeley Railway were presented £1,000.00. The charity aims to reopen the Sharpness branch line to passengers as a heritage railway tourist attraction, rebuilding some of the key structures that once adorned this historical joint GWR & LMS Severn & Wye Railway. The donation will go towards an historic original signal box at Sharpness. They have purchased two historic freight locomotives and hope to run the first passenger trains on the line from Berkeley to Sharpness in 2020.
Woodchester Mansion Trust were donated £500.00. The unfinished, Gothic revival mansion house is located in Woodchester Park, Nympsfield and is one of Britain’s leading independent conservation charities. They run a number of education programmes from Art, Photography and Film courses as well as those studying Construction, Design and Architecture. They also have a number of Stone Masonry Apprentices work on site as part of their course. The donation is being put towards a new minibus, an appeal they have just launched.
Stroudwater Textile Trust were presented £500.00. The Trust is committed to promoting the Stroud Valleys’ rich textile heritage and to celebrate past and present textile practice, craft, and art. They manage Dunkirk Mill Museum and Gigg Mill Weaving Shed both at Nailsworth and provide a wide range of other activities: mounting exhibitions, guided walks and extensive educational programme for both schools and adults.
Nailsworth in Bloom were presented £250.00 to go towards flowers for the town. The band of ‘bloomers’ set up in 2018. They wanted to make the town a lovely place to live and to visit and put a heart back in to Nailsworth community by engaging people of all ages and skills in the project.
Teckels Animal Sanctuary, based in Whitminster, were presented £500. Teckels is a rescue and rehoming centre to care for and rehabilitate homeless cats and dogs. Some have had a difficult past, from abuse, neglect or left abandoned. Others have had owners who are sadly no longer in a position to look after them. Teckels offer boarding services and use any money left over to help run the rehoming centre which costs in excess of £4,000 a month. They never euthanise an animal and believe that all animals deserve the chance of a happy ever after.
The Jenner Trust were presented £500.00. Dr. Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden in Berkeley is a grade II listed 18th century building called the Chantry, famous as the home of Edward Jenner FRS, physician, surgeon and pioneer of smallpox vaccination, and now museum. It’s the house where Edward Jenner, pioneer of vaccination against smallpox, lived and told the world about his work. Less than 200 years later, smallpox had been eradicated, with countless lives saved in the process. The aim of the Trust is to preserve The Chantry, and to celebrate his life, work and achievements as the father of vaccination and the science of immunology.
Dursley Heritage Centre were donated £500.00. The Heritage Centre has assembled a wide-ranging collection of historical items specific to Dursley, with locally-made objects including a 19th Century printing press, Pedersen hammock bicycle and Lister Autotruck. In addition, there are numerous images, documents and memorabilia recording the industrial town of Dursley with a particular emphasis on engineering and R.A Listers. They carry out regular historical walking tours of Dursley. The donation will be invested in to the website to document their exhibits as a catalogued online resource.
Friends of Purton were presented £500.00. The Society is dedicated to protecting the Purton hulks – the largest ships graveyard (86 vessels) in maritime Britain. The collection is in real danger of being lost, in part to the ravages of time, tide and natural attrition, but more pressingly, to the destructive hand of man. They actively carry out archaeological surveying, photography and meticulous recording of each vessel for posterity with the aim to foster the interest of the general public, historians, archaeologists and scientists.
Kingshill House Art Centre, Dursley £500.00. Kingshill House is an elegant Georgian mansion that dates back to 1705. The house received Grade II listed status in 1952, however sadly by 1990 the once magnificent house was derelict, with boarded up windows, blackened walls and shabby interior. However, a group of dedicated volunteers from the Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society worked tirelessly to bring the house back to life. It relies on grants from the local authorities and charitable organisations to assist with the maintenance of this historical building. It operates as an arts centre providing the community with classes, workshops and performances and also offers room hire.
Tallinding Project – Serrekunda, The Gambia (Office/charity based in Cam, Dursley) were provided a donation of £500.00. The Project started as a short-term fund raiser to help with the establishment of a four roomed Nursery School in Serrekunda, based in the largest town in the Gambia, West Africa. However, they soon decided that teaching young children to read and write was far too important to abandon and over the past 14 years the number of children increased. They now have over 1500 students! The children’s enthusiasm for education is evident in their National Exam results. This year sees the first-time leavers (at 16) who have been at the school since 4 years old… some going on to college, some to work – but all of which have had the opportunity of an education and a chance to make the most of themselves! All the money donated goes directly to the school for the purchase of building materials and supplies for construction. It also helps support the wages of the teaching staff, cleaner, caretaker and religious leader.
Friends Ukenited were presented £500.00. The musicians perform at events such as the South Cerney show and donate all money to charity. This donation will go towards ‘butterfly garden’ an educational and therapy project for disabled people in Cheltenham to help learn new skills such as cooking, woodwork and gardening. This donation will go specifically towards a training kitchen.
The Living Memory Historical Association/Wartime in the Cotswolds were presented £500.00. The Association is based at The Old Memorial Hospital Site, Sheep Street, Cirencester and its main purpose is to aid the study of Social History with special reference to everyday life in the Cotswolds during and after the Second World War. They hold an annual exhibition in the shelter and are involved in many other activities within the local community, presenting exhibitions, lectures and providing students with information from the LMHA Archives and collection of artefacts and ephemera covering all aspects of wartime life.
Anne Edwards School, South Cerney had a surprise donation, they have been saving to buy a defibrillator. There are only 2 currently in Cirencester. The organisers presented them with a blank cheque to fully cover the cost of the defibrillator and cabinet! It will be a valuable resource to the community.
South Cerney Playgroup, Cirencester located on the operating base of the event were presented £500.00 to help provide equipment and resources for the children or serving forces personnel.
South Cerney Parish Council were presented £500 to assist with the organisation of their annual South Cerney Street Fair and Duck Race. A free event which takes place on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May.
Combe Mill Society were presented £500. The Mill is the original sawmill and workshop for the Blenheim Palace Estate and is operated as a working hands-on museum by the Combe Mill Society volunteers. The working industrial museum provides visitors a good insight into work life in Victorian times on a rural estate. The Society helps to conserve the Victorian industrial workplace and social history. The donation will go towards the repair of the waterwheel.
Bristol Vintage Bus Group were presented £750.00. The group are an integral part of the South Cerney show and provide free vintage bus rides to and from Kemble Station, as well as throughout the showground. They are a voluntary preservation group based in Bristol who own, maintain and run a collection of vintage buses and associated artefacts, and are experts on Bristol’s bus operating and manufacturing companies.

Aside from all 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.

 

A post 2018 show message from the club chairman

August 2018

 

 

 

I am immensely proud and grateful to our teams for all their hard work both during the weekend and on the build up to the show. To lay on an event of this magnitude with the quantity and quality of exhibits is no mean feat and takes a lot of commitment and dedication by all involved. As well as raising money for local and national charities the aim of the event has always been to celebrate our unique transport heritage, in the hope that we can inspire the younger generation to get involved in the preservation of historic vehicles. Each year we strive to make the show even bigger and better with the quality, quantity and array of displays. We are incredibly grateful to all our exhibitors for their continued support. We are receiving fabulous feedback, many hailing it as the best yet.

What’s more, a new traffic management strategy worked seamlessly, resulting in an easy passage for those exiting the site.

Look at what you missed if you couldn’t join us for the 2018 extravaganza………!

  • A live arena featuring non-stop classic vehicle action.
  • A magnificent steam arena where the full size steam engines are put through its paces, complimented by an arena for demonstrating their miniature cousins.
  • 70 full size steam engines.
  • 30 miniature steam engine.
  • Nearly 1000 classic cars from the early years of motoring up to modern classics, including over 70 classic American cars and 30 visiting car clubs.
  • 370 motorcycles and scooters.
  • 80 bicycles from 1903 – 1980.
  • 230 tractors.
  • 60 buses and coaches.
  • 315 commercial and emergency vehicles.
  • 130 military vehicles.
  • 70 light industrial trucks.
  • 50 vintage caravans.
  • 90 stationary engines.
  • Over 50 flying model aircraft.
  • An animal & countryside area actively promoting animal conservation and traditional crafts with its fun and educational displays from ferret racing, bee keeping and Punch & Judy to falconry displays and horse logging, even dancing sheep!

We look forward to welcoming you all to the 45th annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza which will return to South Cerney on the 2nd to 4th of August 2019.

Martyn Slater
Club Chairman

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