Chairmans Chat - Magazine Issue 88

Hello to all member's old & new , itís the start of a new year already and another successful show season over and done with, new shows in various parts of the country have been tried and tested for the first time this year with very good reports, and its a thumb's up booking for next year's show calendar by the member's who attended these shows. So if you fancy a change from your regular shows in your area you havnít got to go to far out for something different it makes a nice change as well.

WICKSTEED PARK - As many of you are aware that the guild committee had received a letter from the managment at Wicsteed park explaining many new changes were taking place and that one of them is the price of a camping & caravan pitch plus the field rental for the weekend was going to rise to full price from January 2017,this meant that their was no concesstion in the price for our weekends that we attend for our AGM & ALL GRANADAS TOGETHER.

We have been looking around for an alternative place that offers the same facilities but we need to be in the same part of the country, so we need to be central. I have been out and about looking for a suitable site but to my surprise there isnt many site's that can cater for car club rallies or want to entertain car clubs, some of them dont evan have half the facilites that we get at Wicky. The plan of attack was to approach Wicky Park management with the figures that attend our weekends hoping we can get a deal from them. They held a meeting on the 10th of October and the decision to give us a deal was granted,Its going to cost us more for the field rental and camping but we did the maths and given the choices which isnt great the guild committee have decided to stay at Wicksteed Park. In this and future Mag issues we will publish the AGM & ALL GRANADAíS TOGETHER dates & priceís, also we will publish on the Guild Website and Facebook page.

We have now moved the date for our AGM a week later than usual to 30 July and also the same for All GRANANDAS TOGETHER weekend to 24/25 Sept as it makes it a lot easier for families with the school summer holiday break up. So the long & short of it is that we are still at Wicksteed park. Thank you to everbody who came to us with suggestions of a possible venue for the Guild but when I looked into them and spoke to the site owners it didnít suit our needs .

Please do not forget to renew your Membership with us as, its easy to forget it this time of year other wise your Membership will cease.


Write ups for the mag and the Guild Website please we need your input of shows, restorations, bits & pieces, pictures, etc. We are touching the 200th member now so thereís got to be something happening out there, not everybody is into the Facebook pages and I know itís full of bits of info, evan if its retro ads & pictures send to the Mag Editor John Kempson. The Guild Magazine is very expensive to produce so we need to get our moneys worth out of it. I know you might think that im always moaning but its my job and the committees to keep the lights burning in the Guild window as many people follow us from the distant corners of the globe as you know, so keep up the very good work that you do, promoting the Guild in your own way.


MARTIN ECOTT runs our Website, he would like your pictures that you have taken at show's or of your own car so that he put them into our gallery section. For sale or wanted (free for Members) - just send your enquiry to him and he will do the rest for you.


As you may know we have a Facebook page that can be very interesting the amount of information that be found on there, if you want get onto it, get yourself accepted by CAMEL BOXALL or RICHARD GARRETT and the world is your oyster. As many of you know weíve been on Facebook for 4 year's and has been very successful in bringing people together sharing pictures and experiences, and visitors at shows joining through face book the Guild. Many new friendships have been made reinforcing the Granada as a magnet to the general public and stirring many fond memories that we often hear on the show circuit.


A few Calendarís are still availible so donít forget to get orderís in £5.00 EACH see ad in the Mag please. On the subject of donít forget im still looking for you Granada Mk1 or Mk2 if you have not been on yet, IT'S your turn, im not worried about your dent or your paint and please donít think that your car is not good enough, your Granada is your Granada.


CAMEL BOXALL is our agreed value insurance officer and is recognized by most classic car insurer's. He is up to date with the current price's and their true agreed value. Many of you have taken the opportunity to have your Granada valued by him and been pleasantly surprised by his valuation so if you have not tried him out yet give him a call. Please note: the valuation is only valid during the time you are a member of the Guild.


JOHN KEMPSON is the Mag editor and would like your articles, write ups on any show's you went to over the last year - with piccyís please. And do not forget your car is the star feature. Every Granada has a story to tell so come on and tell us please & send some picture's as well, it make's a great read. If you have anything you want to advertise - all free to members.


RICHARD GARRETT is the your man if your looking for that part or info of who's got what, or if you want to get rid of any bits he maybe able to help you with people who buy spare's to stock them to sell on.


We are still going to stock mugs, pens and key rings but we have been in contact with clothing companies that are keen to supply our club with T shirts, Polo shirts and Fleeces. The deal is members will be able to contact the company and place orders. Payment will be direct to the company supplying the items. See GUILD ONLINE CLOTHING STORE items can be purchased via their online shop.

Thatís enough from me, Hope you had a great Christmas

Your Chairman

Bryan stone