1. Woolbridge 55th Anniversary Tour

    December 5, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    woolbridge-55-picThe Woolbridge Motor Club was formed in 1960 by employees of the Atomic Energy Establishment at Winfrith, and the Army Gunnery School at Lulworth.  An ancient bridge in the village of Wool, mid-way between these two establishments, gave the club its name, and is featured in the club’s badge. In the early years, the club promoted road rallies, then autocross, and, from the late 1970’s, speed hill climbs, car trials, 4x4 trials, classic trials, autotests (grass and tarmac) and navigational events.

    The club held its 55th Anniversary Tour this year with a non-competitive event starting at Wiscombe Park in Devon and finishing at Athelhampton House in Dorset.  The event was raising funds for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and at 10.00am the first of the 73 cars was waved off the line.  The run would take them through a multitude of narrow lanes, towns and villages with a useful lunch stop about 40 miles into the route.  By 4.30pm the majority of cars were lined up in the sunshine on the rear lawn of Athelhampton House.

    The club would like to thank everyone who took part on the day.  Tony Freeman was delighted to present a cheque for £1,500 (which included a generous donation by Paul Trowbridge and his friends) to DSAA volunteers Pam Eamer and Ron Bishop.

    Photographs taken on the day can be found on the club’s website: http://www.woolbridge.co.uk/galleries.html

  2. Events Supporting Our Charity

    December 2, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Don’t forget to check out our online events calendar for events taking place over the next couple of weeks that are either in aid of the charity, or that we are attending with a stall!

    • Wilsonatorgator Christmas Lights Switch On
    • Meet Santa at Blackdown Garden Centre
    • Saffron’s Skydive
    • Yuletide Celebration
    • Exford Christmas Fayre
    • Rumwell by Candlelight


    There are more than likely to be events taking place across Dorset and Somerset which we are unaware of. If you are organising an event in aid of us, please contact the office on 01823 669604 and we will be happy to help you promote this.

    To view all events on our online events calendar, click here.

  3. Tennis Treasures

    by Lara Lucas

    cheque-presentation-08-08-16In 2015, Adele and Pete Coles, who were both in their early sixties, sadly passed away within eight weeks of each other.  Adele was the long term secretary of Wiveliscombe Tennis Club and Pete, who was a builder by profession, was the main contributor of rebuilding the new clubhouse which stands there today.

    In their memory, friends from the tennis club decided to purchase a memorial bench which they wanted to place at one of the most beautiful spots within the grounds; overlooking the tennis courts and hills to the south.  Collections from family and friends, together with a generous donation from the club, far exceeded the cost of the bench so the couple’s children Tina and Jason decided that the remaining funds would be donated to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as it was a charity close to their parent’s hearts.

    Tina visited our head office with Ivor Griffiths; a long standing tennis club member and family friend to hand over a cheque for £200.  Tina said, “The family are delighted that they have been able to follow what would have been the wishes of Adele and Peter and make this donation to a worthy cause.”


  4. Rumwell by Candlelight

    December 1, 2016 by Lara Lucas

    Families are invited to Rumwell Farm Shop and Cafe's Rumwell by Candlelight -sm 6free candle lit shopping experience with food tastings and festive music during December.

    The Candlelight event will take place on Thursday, December 8 from 5pm until 8pm to raise money for two charities.

    Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop, explained: “The shop and cafe will be lit by hundreds of candles during the event, which makes it such a unique, festive experience.

    “We are hosting Rumwell by Candlelight this year in aid of Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (S.U.R.E) and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. There will be collection buckets throughout the shop for people to drop their change into.”

    People who attend the event will receive a free mulled wine and mince pie on arrival. The Somerset Hills Ladies choir, Absolute Pitch and HOPE, the S.U.R.E choir will be performing Christmas carols throughout the evening.

    Anne added: “There will also be the chance to try lots of tasty food items made by our staff in our bakery and in our jam kitchen.

    “Regional suppliers such as The Lyme Bay Winery, Bramley & Gage, Grown Up Marshmallows and House of Sarunds will be on-site too, offering visitors samples of fruity wines, liqueurs, gin and tonic, marshmallows and fine chocolates. Admission and parking is free.”

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