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Berks/Oxon/Wilts/Glocs Cruise Sunday 29th May 2011

Post by GazHyde » Thu 28 Apr, 2011 19:54

Having been spurred on by the awesome cruise organised by Ragtop, I am planning something similar. I've picked a date out of mid air, so open for negotiation throughout end of May / June time.

Getting to Snelsmore Common (Meet point)
For those coming from a distance, aim for Chievely Services (A34/M4 intersection) then see map below.

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Part 1 - Newbury to Lydiard Park, Nr. Wootton Bassett (56miles 1hr 45mins)

Would look to assemble at 9.00am at Snelsmore Common, just outside Newbury. Arrival at Lydiard Park (http://www.lydiardpark.org.uk/) between 11:00 and 11:30. There are toilets and a cafe here (confirmed).

This section of the route takes in some fantastic open scenery and open roads. We shall be following part of the repatriation route, so a chance for our own tribute to the UK's armed forces?

Part 2 - Lydiard Park to Brokenborough (18miles 40mins)

Leaving Lydiard Park around 12:15. This would be a shorter drive of around 30-45 minutes to http://www.thehorseguards.com for lunch.

I have booked a table for 10-12 as unsure on final numbers. Sunday lunch consists of choice of 2 different roasts, fish dish and a vegetarian option. Have a look at the website for more details.

So, if people would like to let me know if they are interested. Please advise on better dates, or clashes with any thing else.

2 options currently...
Cruise only (Part 1 and 2)
Cruise (Parts 1 and 2) + Lunch

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Post by GazHyde » Thu 28 Apr, 2011 19:55

Confirmed

1. GazHyde +1 (cruise leader) + Lunch
2. Ragtop + Mrs R (Ron & Gail) + Lunch
3. tribbster (Nick) + Lunch
4. Zedona - (Larry & Penny ) + Lunch

Possibles (to confirm)

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2. Althulas (Mark)
3. Jay (J)
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5. sidtheranger
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Post by Ragtop » Thu 28 Apr, 2011 20:45

Count us in - Ragtop + Mrs R. Both parts and lunch. :drive

Will be good to see you again Gary.
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Post by GazHyde » Thu 28 Apr, 2011 20:54

Glad you can make it Ron!

I may be in need of a little local knowledge... If I remember correctly, your son (?) lives in Malmesbury so your a regular visitor to the potential end point.

We need a good pub for lunch, so was thinking either Malmesbury or possibly Cirencester.

Malmesbury has the advantage of being near the M4, and Cirencester the advantage of the A417/419 so either would make a good exit strategy for people.

If you could have a think that would be great!

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Post by Ragtop » Thu 28 Apr, 2011 22:47

Gail had a lovely meal here - http://www.thehorseguards.com/index.html

Think it had a large car park. Food was excellent. Do you live far from this? Are you able to check it out?
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Post by Dave'z3 » Thu 28 Apr, 2011 23:34

I'm a maybe (need to check with the boss), hopfully with a confirm coming soon. Look forward to seeing you guys again :D You think you'll have your new zed by then Gaz?

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Post by GazHyde » Fri 29 Apr, 2011 13:12

Be good to see you again Dave, added you to the possibles...

Not sure I'm going to change the Zed now. Can't make my mind up, so not rushing... :wink:

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Post by GazHyde » Fri 29 Apr, 2011 13:14

Ragtop wrote:Gail had a lovely meal here - http://www.thehorseguards.com/index.html

Think it had a large car park. Food was excellent. Do you live far from this? Are you able to check it out?
I'll take a cruise over there at some stage this weekend. I can check out some of the roads from Lydiard Park and see if I can plan Part 2!

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Post by Althulas » Fri 29 Apr, 2011 16:53

I would to join the jount but I'm at a wedding the day before, if I can control my beer goggles can I be put on as a possible?

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Post by GazHyde » Fri 29 Apr, 2011 17:07

No problem Mark, will add you to the possibles!

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Post by tribbster » Sun 01 May, 2011 15:29

Put me down as a yes, would be great for this newbie to meet n chat other members let alone have a day out with a cheesy grin :lol: Love a good Blat
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Post by GazHyde » Sun 01 May, 2011 17:44

Hi Nick,

Cruises are a great way to catch up with other Zedites. It's was spurred me on to organise this one!!

Just added you to the list! Will it be just the cruise, or are you coming to lunch as well (as soon as I have found somewhere that is!)

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Post by GazHyde » Mon 02 May, 2011 10:27

Just a quick bump on the thread :wink:

Heading off to sort out part 2 of the cruise and find a pub. It's a hard life... 8-)

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Post by Hard Top » Mon 02 May, 2011 11:48

GazHyde wrote:Heading off to sort out part 2 of the cruise and find a pub. It's a hard life... 8-)
How about this one? Its been a while since I have been there, so don't know what its like now.
Seem to remember a decent size car park though.

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Post by JAY » Tue 03 May, 2011 17:37

put me down as a maybe


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Post by tribbster » Wed 04 May, 2011 09:09

Lunch would be good ! . . . Love the name of the pub !

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Post by GazHyde » Wed 04 May, 2011 09:39

JAY wrote:put me down as a maybe


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Your on the 'possibles' list Jay, hope you can make it!

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Post by GazHyde » Wed 04 May, 2011 18:59

Couple of updates.

Part 1 route has changed slightly, and will be following part of the repatriation route through Wootton Bassett.

Part 2 has been mapped and can now be viewed.

I have booked a table at The Horse Guards in Brokenborough, just outside Malmesbury. Sunday lunch there is a choice of 2 Roasts, a fish and a vegeterian dish. More details on the website, but I hope this is enough choice for everyone eating!

Finally, once lunch has been conquered, those heading East are more than welcome to have a Part 3. This will consist of the same route reversed, and leave you safely deposited at M4 Junction 13 (Newbury). If no one is interested, then I shall just go home instead!

Any questions, just drop me a message!

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Post by Zedona » Tue 10 May, 2011 13:53

Gary
Penny and I would love to join your cruise :lol: please put us down as possibles and will confirm nearer the date so you can book us for lunch.
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Post by GazHyde » Tue 10 May, 2011 17:18

Larry,

It would be great if you an Penny can come. Hoping it's going to be a great route, with great food at the end!

Added you to the possibles list!

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Post by GazHyde » Sun 15 May, 2011 11:54

Bump - 2 weeks to the cruise... getting excited...

Taken the day off tomorrow for a test drive of the full route to iron out any issues.

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Post by Ragtop » Sun 15 May, 2011 18:37

Hope the weather is good for you tomorrow Gary, lots of :sunny

Does the drive round the route include lunch at the pub too. :D
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Post by GazHyde » Sun 15 May, 2011 19:37

It all depends on whether I get up, and get to the start at 9.30am. If I do, and the timings work then I may just arrive in time for a half... 8-)

This is all assuming I don't accidentally oversleep of course.

I may even get time to go and test drive a 3.0 auto Z4 at a garage down the road from me... It's just too tempting not to! Who knows, I may even end up leading the cruise in a Z4 :shrug

I'm not convinced on changing yet, and probably won't...

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Post by GazHyde » Tue 17 May, 2011 12:49

Quick update

Phew, after lots of driving yesterday - the route works really well with some stunning scenery thrown in.

Had a real blast driving it, although got so in to it I missed a turning point and had to turn around :oops: Will need to watch out for that one on the day!

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Post by GazHyde » Tue 24 May, 2011 20:24

Last bump for anyone who hasn't seen this!

Sadly we have lost Dave'Z3 whose engine is sadly beyond repair :bawl:

Will be posting some information on the meeting point for those who have.

Here is hoping for good weather this weekend...

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Post by GazHyde » Fri 27 May, 2011 12:22

Hi all,

I have PM'd the possibles, so if you can respond that would be lovely. I can then confirm numbers with the pub this evening.

I will be updating the top post in a minute to add some details of how to get to the start point. It's relatively easy (I hope) to get to from the Cheively Services on the A34/M4 intersection.

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Post by Ragtop » Sat 28 May, 2011 18:19

Hi Gary

Hoping to be there just before 9am.

Have you got a postcode for Snelsmore Common.

We are meeting Zedona at Clacket Lane services on the way so we will have our own mini-cruise for about hour and a half before we get to Snelsmore Common. :drive

Looking forward to meeting you again Gary.
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Post by GazHyde » Sat 28 May, 2011 18:36

Ron,

I can't find a post code for it!

Head in to Chievely Services on the A34/M4 intersection.

Follow the signs for Donnington Valley Hotel. Turn right on to Arlington Lane (sign posted winterbourne).

At the end of the road turn left, and entrance is a few hundred yards on the right.

I'll PM you my mobile number just in case.

It may just be the three Zeds tomorrow. A couple of dropped out, and not heard back from others!

See you tomorrow

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Post by Hard Top » Sat 28 May, 2011 21:48

Ragtop wrote:Have you got a postcode for Snelsmore Common.
This maybe?

Snelsmore Common Country Park
Wantage Road, Newbury, RG18 9PN
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Post by Ragtop » Sat 28 May, 2011 21:56

Cheers Hardtop all programmed in Sat. Nav. :thumb:
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Post by GazHyde » Sat 28 May, 2011 21:59

NO NO NO

Don't use that post code. It's not anywhere near!

It is on the Wantage Road, but the postcode shows about 4 miles away on Google Maps. It's why I said I couldn't find the postcode first time round.

Use the directions from Chievely services.

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Post by Hard Top » Sat 28 May, 2011 22:08

Sorry Gaz...... :oops:
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Post by GazHyde » Sat 28 May, 2011 22:12

Hard Top wrote:Sorry Gaz...... :oops:
No problems HT...

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Post by tomtj30 » Sun 29 May, 2011 00:29

How frustrating. I live 4 miles from Snelsmore Common, the start point, and I'm staying in a hotel tomorrow night 3 miles from your lunchtime pub.....and I still can't join the cruise!! :head:

I might have to gatecrash the pub if I'm in the area and my other half allows.
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Post by GazHyde » Sun 29 May, 2011 07:29

Hi Tom,

That's a weird coincidence...

If you get permission, you are more than welcome to stop in for chat at the pub!

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