A Classic Day Out

Fancy a day out - Sunday 11th June 2017 is our 3rd Classic Cars Cake & Coffee date

Sunday 11th June 2017 is our 3rd Classic Cars Cake & Coffee date

 Sunday 11th June 2017

This coming Sunday, the 11th June is our third coffee morning date of 2017. A huge thank you to everyone who supported our April and May gatherings. We have had a phenomenal number of classic cars turning up and your response has been so positive and uplifting. As we say the natters and nibbles is only a success because you come!! We provide the venue and the refreshments but it’s you that makes it a hit.

Fancy a day out on Sunday 11th June 2017 at Bill Rawles Classic Cars Cakes and Coffee

We provide the venue and refreshments and our guests create the atmosphere

Enjoy our refreshments and make a small contribution to our 2017 charities. Maybe meet up with some friends, make some new acquaintances and share stories, tips and tales. It also gives you a chance to have a chat with our team, look at what we do and maybe find the answer to something that has been troubling you regarding your vehicle.

What are our 2017 Charities?

Have a day out and all we ask is you make a small contribution to our 2017 chosen charities

Collecting for our chosen charities

The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice – Having had a fair few friends and family members requiring the excellent services and support that this hospice provides to our community we felt that anything we can collect will be so gratefully received. For over 35 years the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice has been caring and supporting patients, families and friends who have been given the worst possible news. The hospice needs over £20,000.00 a day to be able to give such an exceptional standard of clinical care and support. We agree with the Hospice strap line……Because everyday is precious.

Alton, Petersfield & District Multiple Sclerosis Society – last year we raised over £900 for this charity. It has been chosen because Bill’s sister, Angie, has Multiple Sclerosis and we have witnessed the life limiting effects this illness causes.

Thank you to everyone who helped raised over £900 at our 2016 events

Thank you to everyone who helped raised over £900 at our 2016 events

The Treloar School for Disabled Children  – This is a local school for young people with disabilities. The Treloar Trust provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. Our eldest sons girlfriend, Beth, is a teacher at this college. We know the dedication, skills and patience that are required to enable these young people to reach their full potential and of course this all comes with a cost.

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Billy Monger crowd funding – A fellow Ginetta Junior Racer with Jack Rawles who on Sunday 16th April 2017 suffered life changing injuries in an F4 car at Donington Park, after being involved in one of the most horrific crashes Motorsport has seen.

 

Make it a Classic Day Out

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To make it a day out in your classic car, after your stop off at Bill Rawles Classic Cars, Cakes & Coffee you could go on to enjoy the rest of the day in our surrounding area. The area has a lot to offer from walks in the beautiful countryside; refreshments in pubs, tea rooms and restaurants; tickle your cultural side with museums, national trust houses and the Watercress Steam railway line. On Sunday 11th June 2017 there are several events you may like to join in with.

Chawton Open Gardens

Sunday 11th June 2017

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2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death, and Hampshire Cultural Trust is working with Jane Austen House Museum and many other partners across the country to celebrate Jane’s creativity and talent. Jane Austen spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels.

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, take a walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen as her beloved village and home, opens its gardens.

The grounds of both Chawton House Library and Jane Austen’s House Museum will open, as well as many other charming gardens around the village. Visitors to this beautiful part of the county will also be able to take a walk from Chawton to Farringdon, a walk that Jane is certain to have taken on a regular basis.

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Ropley Open Gardens

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On Sunday 11th June 2017 eleven gardens in the centre of Ropley are opening to the public to help raise funds for the rebuilding of the fire damaged St Peter’s Church and for The Rosemary Foundation, a local hospice at home service.

Tickets cost £5 for entry to the gardens and can be bought on the day from the Parish Hall in Vicarage Lane, Ropley (sat nav info SO24 0DU) or in advance from The Courtyard Shop

Enjoy the gardens and then have tea and cakes in the Hall or a glass of Pimms in one of the gardens. Plants will be available for sale in some of the gardens.

 War on the line

Sunday 11th June 2017

 

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Why not come along to our coffee morning and take advantage of our offer for you to leave your classic car in the workshop car park and wander up to the Medstead & Four Marks railway station.

The Mid Hants Watercress Railway website invites you to “transport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the ‘Blitz Spirirt’.

An Adult all day fare of £18 gives you unlimited train travel, allowing you to hop off at each station to explore period displays, music, dancing, vintage vehicles and stalls selling retro wares. War on the line is as much about reliving this period as enjoying the rush of the steam train

 Lots of places to visit on our doorstep

Hinton Ampner

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There are many places you can drive on to after being at our coffee morning. Why not explore our surrounding Hampshire countryside, offering great views and iconic country lanes meandering through fields and taking in the South Downs National Park. For a longer trip the New Forest and South Coast are only a stones throw away. The list of things to do is endless but here are just a few ideas to extend your day out in a classic – please feel free to suggest any ideas in our comments box too:-

Hinton Ampner

The Vyne

Uppark House and Garden

Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collection

Afternoon tea at Avington Park

Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens

The Alresford Millenium Trail

Selborne Common, The Zig-Zag and the Lythe butterfly walk

The South Downs National Park

West Wittering Beach

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Brooklands

Milestones Museum

The stunning gardens at West Dean

Weald & Downland living Museum

West Wittering Beach is only a beautiful drive away

West Wittering Beach is only a beautiful drive away

 Where to eat?

If your day out in a classic car involves finding somewhere to eat here are a few local pub recommendations:-

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The Bush Inn, Ovington – SO24 0RE – Situated on the banks of the River Itchen – A fabulous walk along the river which runs behind the pub gardens.

The Woolpack Inn, Totford – SO24 9TJ – A country Inn nestling in the picturesque Candover Valley.

The Hinton Arms, Cheriton – SO24 0NH – A reputation for fine food, fresh fish, superb daily specials, great service and expertly kept real ales.

The Tichborne Arms, – SO24 0NA – A quiet thatched rural pub, set in the South Downs National Park, known for its real ales and good food.

The Flower Pots, Cheriton – SO24 0QQ – The Flower Pots Brewery is just across the pub car park and supplies its full range of specially brewed beers to the Flower Pot Inn.

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The Globe, Alresford – SO24 9DB – Sit in the pub garden and enjoy the array of wildlife habitating Alresford Pond.

The Thomas Lord, West Meon – GU32 1LN – Described as a great place to eat, drink and relax. A beautifully restored traditional village pub, close to the historic market town of Petersfield. It offers an excellent range of real ales and a menu of mouth watering meals.

The Yew Tree, Lower Wield – SO24 9RX – This pub is situated 5 minutes from the workshop. Set in the glorious Hampshire countryside, opposite a charming, chocolate-box pretty cricket pitch. The pub serves good food, good wine and an interesting range of ales.

The Sun Inn, Bentworth – GU34 5JT – This pub is hidden away down a country lane. A very pretty, flower adorned and unspoilt rural free-house, dating back to the 16th Century.

 

 

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The Grey Friar and Cassandras Tea Cup, Chawton, – GU34 1SB – This pub and tea room are situated right opposite to Jane Austens House. A 16th Century pub where you can while away the hours with a great pint and a good homemade meal. Cassandras Cup is a typical English tea room, with traditional and speciality teas, coffees, scones, cakes, light snacks and hearty homemade meals.

The Selborne Arms, Selborne – GU34 3JR – Set in the same village as Gilbert White’s House. A perfect location for a meal, a drink and a walk up Gilbert White’s Zig Zag path and onwards over the Hangers Way. The menu is said to offer traditional and innovative dishes.

The Horse and Groom, Alresford – SO24 9AQ – This Grade II listed building lies at the heart of Alresford town centre. As long ago as 1550 locals piled into this pub to discuss equestrian matters. Recently refurbished, this historic old building is smart and welcoming. Alresford is one of the UK’s finest spots for a weekend stroll.

Ye Olde George Inn, East Meon – GU32 1NH – Another delightful 15th Century coach inn. A beautiful historic building with the River Meon running by the side. From this pub there are delightful walks along the South Downs Way.

The Chestnut Horse, Easton – SO21 1EG – This pub has a warm, welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. A real country feel, with beams and a log fire. The food is locally sourced and the staff are very friendly. Sit in the rear garden amongst the flower beds and enjoy the tranquillity of the Itchen Valley

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