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Mendip Meander 2017

  • Rose & Crown Hinton Charterhouse (map)

Mendip Meander 4-  Sunday May 21st 2017

Sunday May 21st saw the fourth running of Geoff Sutton's Mendip Meander when 13 crews assembled at The Rose and Crown Hinton Charterhouse for the annual leisurely tour of around 25 miles wherein we are prescribed to follow some easy map instructions and collect a little matter of 50 clues whilst traversing the given route. The cars varied from the Maslen's 1937 Morris Eight Tourer (4 up - all the more eyes to spot things), Dave and Jill Hansford,s lovely Austin Healey 3000, the Argyle's smart BMW Tourer, Austin Healey Sprite, Dave and Donna Williams in their Mk 4 MG Midget, Ken and Sarah Binstead in their rally MGB,  and Richard and Lesley Batt in their VW Jeans Beetle name but a few. Geoff had obviously had words with weather gods as the day was warm and sunny and those who could drive round with open top cars, did so.

We assembled from 2 pm onwards. Myself with Cathy Dyer in Ford Focus were the first to depart and we made our way following Geoff's Tulip diagrams towards Iford Manor looking for (hard seats with dates on), and ( rulers of the waves) and other sundry clues.

Fortunately we spotted the statue of Brittannia on top of the bridge over the stream at Iford, so she was obviously the ruler of the waves. We turned right after the bridge and climbed the hill towards Westwood where we spent some time counting the number of small posts at the road junction. We then traveled down towards Freshford, where some pedestrian exercise was needed by Cathy to discover a clue we had missed before we arrived in Freshford looking for three more clues. After a while these were eventually traced and we set forth through Limpley Stoke and up Winsley Hill to turn left past Hartley Farm Cafe and through the lanes towards Monkton Farleigh.

Geoff had been very kind and had given us trip meter readings in order to narrow the search for the clues down to a small area of road. We arrived at the finish of Section 1 and felt that we had  most things. 

The next section took us through Neston and then to Gastard and we enjoyed the pleasant countryside whilst keeping our eyes peeled for roadside clues. The next section took us through Lacock and then up Bowden Hill to the finish just short of Sandy Lane. We were then given a fairly direct route to the finish at The Barge Inn at Seend back we had to find the answer to three more clues that were to be tie deciders. These were actually needed once more.

We arrived at The Barge feeling that we had done the best we could and had failed to find one answer but whether the others were correct remained to be seen. 

Over the next half hour or so everyone arrived and Geoff soon had the results worked out. The Maslen's and Mike McNulty with eagle eyed Mark Dunkerley as navigator had tied on 46 points out of 50. There was an interesting tie decider and eventually The Maslen's came out on top. 

Many thanks to Geoff for all his hard work in putting on a very enjoyable and satisfying event and also to the staff of The Barge Inn for looking after us so well and feeding us all in quick time.


Start: Rose & Crown, Hinton Charterhouse, BA2 7SN

Finish: The Barge, Seend Cleeve, Melksham SN12 6QB

Entry Fee: £8/car

Entry by contacting Geoff Sutton on gsu180 at hotmail.co.uk

Make a note in your diary to join us for the fourth Mendip Meander which will be run in the afternoon of the date above. The first three were well received and proved to be fun social events for those taking part.

The format will take crews around the countryside on an unhurried, untimed drive to areas that they might otherwise not visit.

The route to be followed is described in a straightforward form - mainly by tulip diagrams. To provide a competitive element crews are required to look out for certain features along the way which relate to the list of questions given at the start. The crew able to interpret the clues and answer the most correctly will be deemed the winners. The event is classed as a treasure hunt so no special vehicle insurance is required but entrants should make sure that they are covered by their own policy for this type of (non speed) event.

The event will start at the Rose and Crown at Hinton Charterhouse and finish at the Barge Inn at Seend where the afternoon’s experiences can be compared. Food and drink will be available at the start and finish venues although this will be up to individuals to arrange.

Crews may leave the start at any time between 2pm and 3pm. The total length of the drive will be about 20/25 miles and should take a couple of hours .

As mentioned above this is not a high speed competitive event but rather one for the family to join in with. Husbands, wives, partners, offspring, friends etc. are all welcome.   The entry fee will be £8 per car to cover paperwork and permit fees. Details of how to enter are given below. Look out for updates in future issues of“News and Forthcoming Events” emails.

                   Mendip Meander 4-  Entry applications

There is no entry form or pre-payment for this event but in order to prepare sufficient paperwork and to forewarn the kitchen at the finish venue of the numbers likely to be requiring food it will be helpful to have the following details from prospective entrants:-

1.  Names ofdriver / passenger(s)

2.  Number of people likely to be eating at The Barge.  Serving begins at 6pm.

     Menu can be found at www.bargeinnseend.co.uk/home

Supply of this information does not imply a commitment.

Entry fees will be collected at the start.

No club membership is required and any (roadworthy!) vehicle may be used although owners of interesting vehicles may like to give their pride and joy an airing.

 If you plan to take part please email the details above to me at gsu180@hotmail.co.ukorgsu180@supanet.com .

 Thank you, Geoff Sutton