2017 Natters & Nibbles is back
2017 Natters & Nibbles has moved to a Sunday morning
In 2012 we had the idea to start a monthly classic car coffee morning centred at our workshop, which at this point was located behind our house. Year on year the event has grown in popularity and in 2016 we were overwhelmed with the support that you gave to our gatherings. A huge thank you to everyone who came and gave so generously to our charity pots.
2017 is our sixth year of Natters & Nibbles also known as Bill’s Sunday Morning Classic Cars Cakes & Coffee. Being a small family business we never forget that people and their cars are at the centre of it. We like to make our visitors feel very welcome and anyone who visits our workshop knows the kettle is always on! As part of our extended hospitality we started our coffee mornings. The thinking behind this idea was to provide a destination to drive out to, meet other classic car enthusiasts and to enjoy an informal, casual, lively, fun morning. With our strong family values we have created a gathering that provides something for everyone; Male or female, young or old you have told us that you love our Natters & Nibbles!
We provide the refreshments. We have a fantastic display of cakes and sweet treats and early arrivals may even get a bacon sandwich. All we ask is that you make a donation into one of our chosen charity pots. Last year, thanks to your generosity we raised over £900 for the Alton, Petersfield & District Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For 2017 we have made a few changes. We have moved from a Saturday morning to a Sunday morning. We have also changed location from our home address to our new workshop. The new workshop has ample hardstanding and covered space which is more able to cope when the British weather lets us down.
Maybe make our coffee morning the start to your day out?
Our new workshop is situated right by the Midhants Railway – ‘Watercress Line’ , with regular steam trains passing right by our front door. A short stroll up to the station and standing on the platform will transform you back in time.
Situated close to the summit of “the Alps”, Medstead & Four Marks is the highest station in Southern England. It is a typical country station and it is smaller and more peaceful than the other stations along the line.
The Mid Hants Railway website informs us “The station building has been completely restored from the shell it had become in the 1970’s and now houses a period booking office. The waiting room on the opposite platform contains an exhibition illustrating the history and transformation of the station. The footbridge offers a grandstand view of trains working hard up the long, straight 1 in 60 gradient from Ropley.
The Railway’s Permanent Way, Signals and Telegraphs and Building Departments are based in the former goods yard and this is also one of the Wagon Group restoration bases”
If after visiting our coffee morning you are still wondering how to spend the rest of the day, then why not take the opportunity to see some of the attractions in the area. We are surrounded by many places to go and see and some great walks too. Maybe you could take a drive into the beautiful countryside, taking in the South Downs, the New Forest or the coast. There are several National Trust Properties on our doorstep, as well as Jane Austen’s House Museum in the village of Chawton. The larger towns of Farnham and Winchester are also worth a visit as is the pretty, small market town of Alresford. We can also recommend a large selection of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms if more refreshments are required.
A few more details
Our mornings also give you a chance to see our workshop, see what we do and chat to our very friendly team. You might have a pressing question you need answered; a technical issue, a restoration problem, or a tuning difficulty. Perhaps you would like to have a chat regarding car sales or you are a motorsport fan and would like to find out about where and when we will be racing this year? Whatever your reason for coming we would love to see you and your car.
We specialise in Classic British Cars and have the facilities to carryout all work required on these vehicles; from servicing, safety & MOT checks, restoration, fabrication, engine rebuilds and gearbox overhauls.
Sunday April 30th 2017
Sunday May 21st 2017
Sunday June 11th 2017
Sunday July 23rd 2017
Sunday August 27th 2017
Sunday September 24th 2017
The new Bill Rawles Classic Cars Workshop
Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach, Medstead, Alton, Hants, GU34 5EN (located right by the Four Marks & Medstead Railway station – Mid Hants Railway Ltd ‘The Watercress Line’)
10 til 1
What are our 2017 Charities?
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