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VE Day 8th & 9th May 2020

The Club has been contacted and requested to attend the following event.

To be held in Dalton

To help the town celebrate VE day on the 8th or 9th of May or both days if possible.

Pre 1950s exhibits preffered

Dalton is 4 miles away from Barrow. They are looking for vintage cars to parade through the town and exhibit in an area of the town to allow members of the community to get a feel of what life was like during the 1940`s and help celebrate the end of WORLD WAR 2.

Below is an interim program of events a

They would make it even more interesting for members by awarding a BEST TURNED OUT PRIZE

Wellington Dalton

Dalton Cross

If you are able help them out, their little community does not get the chance to celebrate often, and this would give us an ideal way to revive the town and plan other events in the future.

Contact  Dave Taylor                              at                                                             
For more information and to confirm your attendance

VE weekend timetable

Friday May 8th    
RAISE A GLASS TO THE HEROES- people are invited to raise a glass to the fallen heroes of World War II. Pubs around the town will be open to facilitate this. Music and other entertainment will be available at Tudor Square and on the forecourt of the Wellington form 2.30 pm
There will also be a display of vintage vehicles on the car park of the Health Centre.
At the WAR MEMORIAL on Station Road
6.55 pm the Town Crier will read the Cry for Peace
7.00 the Last Post will be sounded
7.10 the Bells of St Mary’s Church will be rung

Saturday 9th May

From 2pm Visitors and residents are invited to bring their own picnic to Market Cross to enjoy 1940’s themed family activities- children’s games, craft stalls, balloon sculpting etc as well as music from the Town Band and a local singer.

During both afternoons Iain McNicoll a local historical interpreter and his friends will mingle  with the crowds dressed in uniforms of the period.
Dalton Castle will be open from 2.30 -5.00pm and will include an exhibition of WW2 related material.
The vintage vehicles will be on display again.
We hope that residents and businesses along Market Street will put out bunting to add to the atmosphere. The Town Council will be sponsoring a 1940’s themed Window Display competition- and we invite everyone to dress in 1940’s style clothing if they wish to.

Sunday 10th May

Church Services on a VE Day theme 
This weekend has been jointly organized by The Town council, the churches, Dalton Community Action Group and the Friends of Dalton Castle.

Run for GREG


Greg Close has been a long standing member of the West Cumbria Vintage Club for a great many years, a regular attendee at tractor trundles and tractor runs around West Cumbria and further a field.

Sadly Greg was diagnosed with a life threating illness in December. A blow to Greg and his family and his many friends. which he has taken in his stride.

Sadly Greg passed away peacefully on Saturday 29th February 2020. Aged 60 years.

As a mark of respect and the esteem Greg is held in. His friends rallied round and arranged to hold a Truck and Tractor run to raise funds to be donated to Gregs chosen charities. The event was organised in around three weeks to take place on Sunday 2nd of February starting from the Risehow Industrial Estate and making its way along the coast via Allonby and Silloth to the White Heather Hotel on Kirkbride Airfield for lunch.

Greg Close Man of the Day

As can be seen from the attached photos the response to the event was staggering with over 140 vehicles turning up and taking part, from modern trucks, classic trucks, modern tractors, classic tractors, mobile plant. cars and motorcycles. Not to mention a great number of followers in modern cars.

Lead Vehicle at Risehow

It was a magnificent site to see the convoy of vehiles making its way to the White Heather Hotel.

Maryport Main Street en route for Netherhall corner

Convoy approaching AllonbySalt Pans

The sum of £6901-80 was raised from entry money, and a raffle prizes being donated by friends and many loacl business, on the day with more money to come,

Trucks & Plant at White Heather for Lunch

Modern & Classic Tractors at White Heather

FENDT tractor about to overtake a couple of SCANIAS

Tractors mean and green ready for the off at Risehow

New Holland holding up the rest at Rieshow

Passing Silloth Green nearly at jounrneys end

Green Drivers plotting tactics




Austin Maxi 1750 cc. To good to scrap, solid enough to be worth saving, dry stored in its shed for quite some time.


Currently located in Millom.  It has not run for some time. I doubt if it has ever been thrashed. It appears to be a complete car

Contact Chris Moore on  01229 772625, best to ring after 17.00 most nights

Workington A.T.C Cheque Presentation.

27th September .

3 Members of the Club Committee, namely Chairman Grahame Calvin, Secretary Jim Bennett, accompanied by Bob Sanderson, attended a presentation of cheques to The Workington Air Training Squadron No. 2199 at their base in Victoria Road Workington.

The Club presented a cheque for £250.00 to the Cadets to go towards purchasing sports kit and training equipment.

During the evening the cadets gave demonstrations of various tasks and drill, also two cadets gave a presentation on their three day Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions, in Lancashire.

Cheques for £1150.00 were also presented by the local Freemasons.

Committee members enjoyed homemade cakes and refreshments.

2199 ATC attended the Rally this year for the first time to raise awareness of their group and activities.

2019 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 20th February 2019. 

65 members and guests convened in the Church Hall at Low Moresby. Noticeably absent were several long term members. Maybe it was the weather or maybe old age, either way they were sadly missing.

As usual the 2019 club-night commenced at 7-30 with the presentation of cheques to the various National and local Charity Groups nominated by the club.

Since the first rally in 1980 the club has now donated £55,183-28p to charity. The total to Cancer Research U.K is now £30,523-00 and to local charities £24,660-28p. I have no idea were the 28p comes from.

Not bad a club who’s first few events were organised in a 50p notebook from Woolie’s.

Certificate is in recognition of the clubs efforts since Rally began 37 Years ago.





Mrs Betty Hayton presenting Leah Mitchell Cancer Research Lead Senior Fundraising Manager who travelled specially from Leeds to collect a cheque for £750.00. Accompanied by Mr George Parker local Cancer Research representative.

Club Chairman Graeme Calvin presenting Graham Thompson Operations Manager from Blood Bikes with a cheque for £150.00.






Ted the Tractor Trundler aka Vice – Chairman Ted Biggins presenting cheque for £265.00 to Mr V Meadows from St Bees Lifeboat.

Man of few words Trevor Johnstone presenting Colin Mc Bride representative for Distington Old Folks with a cheque for £150.00,






Ian Simpson Committee member presenting cheque for £300.00 to Sophie. Sophie gave a brief explanation of what it takes to keep the Air Ambulance going and how money is used. 

Representatives receiving cheque’s from the committee members in 2019.

The meeting followed the usual format with the club chairman opening welcoming everyone. The minutes of the last AGM in 2018 were read and accepted.

Reports on the clubs activities were given by the Chairman, Secretary Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Rally Organser.

The club committee were all re-elected to serve for 2019 .

The evening drew to a close with the drawing of the raffle and large portions of the usual homemade Pie & Peas being served.



Details of confirmed Club-nights to be held in Moresby Village Hall in 2019.

All Club-nights start at 8-00. Raffle and Drinks available. Finish at 9.30 ish.

Summer & Autumn Club Nights 2019.

September 16th. Ladies Night.  (Cumbrian Dialect) By Tommy Coulthard & Friends, everyone welcome.

October 16th. The New West Cumbria Water Project By Luke Johnston.

November 29th. (Friday) Note change of date. Local tractor runs and shows.

January 15th 2020. My Holiday Trip to New Foundland. by Dr Andrew Butler.

February 19th 2020. Annual General Meeting. Presentation of Charity Cheques, Pie & Pea Supper & Renewal of Subs for 2020.


W.C.V.C. 2019 Outdoor Events.

Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st September. Cumberland Trunk Run. Starts at Keswick 9.30am. Vintage & Classic Commercial Vehicles Road Run Around Cumbria. Details from G Calvin Club Chairman.

20th November. Christmas Social  Whitehaven Golf Club. Roast Dinner & Music by Dennis Westmorland.

December 26th Teds Tractor Trundle, 10.00 am for leaving St Bees Car Park 11. 00 am.

Details of all above events from Jim Bennett or email the website.

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Details are correct as of 24/03/2020

Cumberland Trunk Run. Saturday 26th September 2020. Leaving Keswick at 9.30am. Classic and Vintage Vehicle Road Run Around Cumbria. Details from Graham Calvin or Website.

V.E Day Dalton in Furness details on calender Pre 1950 vehicles.

11th & 12th April 2020 Cumbria Easter Rally Kirkby Stephen Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QT details from   

07769 949 788


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Annual Rally

A Very HOT 38th Annual Rally – 7th July 2019.

West Cumbria Vintage Club 38th annual rally took place on 7th July 2019. The was held at Hayescastle Farm at Distington. The weather was exceptionally hot, warm and dry there were over 400 entrants from as far away as Kent, Ayrshire, West Yorkshire, attracting about 5,000 visitors. As well as all manner of vehicles, there were over 60 trade stands, 18 charities, marquees with models and collections, local crafts, and refreshments. Added to this was a Pipe Band             , also a very fine mobile bar did a good trade as did the ice cream vans, a gymkhana and a fun fair all of which  kept everyone entertained. Activities commenced in the Auction Filed t 10-45 with a sale of tools, equipment, vehicle spares, machinery etc.

Battle of the Cases. Will it start or wont it. It did evntually

 This one started first time. 

To encourage young people to attend there is now a Quad Bike Driving Agility Competition, held in the early morning competitors coming from local Young Farmers Clubs.

Tractor Section 2019

Car Section 2019

Throughout the day there were many spectators in attendance enjoying the exhibits and stalls.

The day drew to a close with the Prize giving and drawing of the annual club raffle.

Thanks go to all that helped to set up the event, stewards in the car park and on the field, and especially to those who helped clear the field and return in to a fit state for animals.

Now that the dust has settled its time to start planning the 2020 rally which will be on Sunday 5th 2020. Same place, same time.

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Early Sunday morning Peace before the Storm. Late Sunday Evening all done and dusted for another year

Boxing Day Tractor Trundle

Teds 26th Boxing Day Tractor Trundle 2019

Tractors Old and New as far as the eye can see

First pit stop at Marion Reids

Thanks go to everyone who turned out on a blustery Boxing Day to Ste Bees carpark, for Teds Annual Tractor Trundle around St. Bees.

Jim presenting Marion Reid and her helpers with a bouquet of flowers for providing refreshments                   

Most Original Tractor Cup  Benny Steele with his International

Benny Steel recieving trophy for Most Original Tractor from Committee Member Ken Slater

Best Turned Out Tractor Cup  Robert Greggains with his David Brown

Best Turned out Tractor Winner Robert Greggains

Best Other or Commercial  David Roper with his Ford Transit Pick Up

David Roper receiving trophy for Best Other Vehicle from Marion Reid

The number of participants this year was 48 tractors old and news and 10 others including an odd cars, and a few commercials

Old tractors having a short rest


Thanks also for the refreshments and hospitality at both our usual stops. And also to the guys of the R.N.L.I. who I am told were serving tea and coffee at the start point.
Ted Biggins, Ken & Joanne Slater, Marion Reid & Helpers, George Butler & Helpers.
Members of St Bees Lifeboat.

The collection bucket for St Bees Lifeboat made £222-00 many thanks to you all.

It goes to a very worthy cause as the St Bees Lifeboat relies on donations to keep things going, turning out and saving lives in all weathers. It will be very much appreciated.

See you all again same time same place next year.