Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

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January 2017

The Club’s AGM was held on Friday 18th November 2016, when the current Club Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were unanimously re-elected for a further year.  The team supporting the Committee in organising events will be boosted with some new recruits who have already helped out in 2016.  The Chairman reviewed the GR JEC Club’s year, noting that attendance generally in 2016 had improved on previous years and it was hoped that this trend would continue in 2017.  The charity day at Drum was again a success, the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team receiving the sum of £4,500 coming largely from sponsorship, a remarkable amount given the current local economic climate.

 

In the week following our AGM we were delighted to learn that the JEC ‘Spirit of the Club’ Award for 2016 had been awarded to our Chairman, Jim Mann.  The presentation took place at the National JEC AGM held on 26th November.  Jim was quick to thank the members of the GR JEC Committee and other loyal supporters for their contributions to the charity work in which the GR JEC is involved.  At the Christmas Party on 10th December at Kippie Lodge (picture attached), Jim brought the trophy (and amber coloured contents!) so that we could all share in his success. 

 

GR JEC is always on the look-out for ideas to entertain our members and raise funds for charities.  Looking for something new to do in 2017 and have some ideas for events? 

November 2016

 

The Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 18th November 2016 at Kippie Lodge in Milltimber.

 

The Chairman reviewed the year’s activities, noting that overall attendance at events had seen an improvement on previous years and it was hoped this would continue in 2017.  Additionally, several of the new members were taking an active part in the Club’s activities, and they had been made very welcome.  The charity day at Drum was again a success, the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team being the beneficiary of the sum of £4,500 coming largely from sponsorship, a remarkable amount given the current economic climate in the area.

 

The current Club Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary were unanimously re-elected for a further year and the team who support the Committee with organising events and providing support where necessary will be boosted with some new recruits.

 

The remaining event for 2016 is the Christmas Dinner being held at the Balmoral Room, Kippie Lodge on 10th December.

 

The Club are always on the look-out for new ideas to entertain our membership, involve ourselves in charity work and promote the Club, so if you are looking for something new to do in 2017 and have some ideas for events, why not join us at the planning meeting in late January.  This meeting (the date and venue for which will be available on this website) sets out the programme for 2017and is the ideal opportunity to put your ideas forward.

October 2016

 

Seventeen members and guests braved the horrendous weather in October to spend “an evening with Rob Jenner” and were thoroughly rewarded for their attendance as, after dinner, Rob related tales from his early car experiences – Triumph as opposed to Jaguar – and kept the audience enthralled as he wound his way up to the present day and his fondness for the X350 and XJ40 saloons.  We are very grateful to Rob and Letitia Mace for making the journey north to Thainstone House in such terrible weather and it wasn’t much better on the Saturday when they drove back to Berwick.  As well as tales about his own car experiences, Rob was adept at diversifying his stories to weave in other elements of his life experiences and engaging his audience with questions and anecdotes.  Whilst Rob had an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of his cars and their registration numbers, it was Letitia who kept Rob honest about dates and chronology – it’s an age thing Rob! 

 

Our next event will be our Grampian Region AGM, which is to be held on Friday, November 18th, at Kippie Lodge since our usual AGM venue was seriously damaged back in the floods of January 2016 and does not look like re-opening any time soon.  We hope to see as many of you along as possible.

 

July 2016

 

Our Club week-end away in April took us to Coul House Hotel in Strathpeffer in the Scottish Highlands, via a leisurely run through lovely Strathdon and Speyside. 

Our hosts, Stuart and Susannah Macpherson, ensured a good time was had by all.  Their two “assistants” made sure all the formalities were undertaken correctly (a Yorkie sitting on the check-in desk watching the forms being completed, and a black Spaniel patrolling the coffee lounge to ensure any shortbread crumbs were quickly removed).  Pictured are some of the cars with the listed building of Coul House as the backdrop – there were members and wives there too, but everyone opted to stay out of the rain!

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