Jaguar Enthusiasts Club



March 2019

The planning meeting took place in early January and now a full programme of events for 2019 is available to view on our website (, so that you can find out what’s on and when.  Changes or additions will always be advised by email where possible.  We hope to see our regulars and some new faces at these events during 2019.


Also at the planning meeting this year’s Charity announced as The Archie Foundation in Aberdeen.  This is a children’s charity whose funds go to improve the health of children.  A presentation by the Charity has been arranged for 12th April, at Kippie Lodge with meal beforehand, so come along and show your support.


Due to the availability of Jim Clark, our February and March evenings had to be swapped around. Therefore, the quiz night originally scheduled for 15th February, will now take place on 15th March, so if you haven’t done so already, book your place(s) for this light hearted technical quiz.


It is with much sadness that we only recently learned that Phil Clarkson, a club stalwart for many years, died a few weeks ago after a short illness.  Phil was an active committee member and official photographer for the club, capturing events such as our Drum Charity day through his camera lens.  Our thoughts are with Phil’s family at this sad time.



February 2019


A good time was had by all who attended the Christmas Dinner at Kippie Lodge in early December. As in previous years, entertainment and sweet treats were provided by Steve and Gladys Williams and our thanks go to both for an excellent evening.  When Steve announced that the quiz was about Scotland, we all thought it would be easy peasy, but that proved not to be the case!  Well done to Deirdre and John Harrington for coming up with the most correct answers (again!).  Getting to be a habit guys.


By the time you read this, our website should have details of the events that we have lined up for 2019, and we look forward to welcoming old and new faces alike at these.  The most important date of the year is the Charity Day at Drum Castle, which as per tradition is on the last Sunday in July – in 2019 this is 28th July, so you can put it in your new diaries now.  The Charity benefitting from funds raised has not been identified at the time of writing this, but rest assured it will be a deserving local one.


Just a reminder that we are primarily a social club but also go along to ‘cars in fields’ days out and hold technical evenings, so there’s something of interest for most folk.  New ideas for club activities are always welcome too, so why not give us a go in 2019.



January 2019


2018’s events were reviewed in summary by Jim Mann at our AGM on 16th November and it was agreed that with the combination of our Region’s programme and the wider Jaguar Enthusiasts outings offered to our Club members, it was a full and varied year.

The Charity Day at Drum Castle, the GRJEC’s main annual event, again proved popular but it was acknowledged that a tremendous amount of effort was required to put it together.  On that point, a unanimous vote of thanks to Dean Sanders was recorded for his almost faultless organisation of this year’s event ….. if only he’d remembered that ‘sort out the weather’ goes at the top of the ‘to do’ list!  Seriously Dean, well done for your hard work in 2018, and for agreeing to take on this event in 2019.

The Committee remains unchanged with Jim and Liz Mann as Chairman and Treasurer respectively, and Ed and Carol Handley as Registrar and Secretary respectively.   Jim, Liz and Carol are standing down next year so volunteers are needed in 2019.  If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact the committee now so that you have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with what‘s involved before the present incumbent departs.  It’s not difficult!

Saving the best till last, Jim presented the Star Award Trophy that the GRJEC won in the category ‘Best Contribution to Community Engagement’.  Many thanks and well done to everyone who contributed to our success.