Sudden illness of our Chairman
I got a shock on the 13th March this year when I was rushed to Kingston Hospital with a suspected heart attack. Mary and my family were most concerned and so were the Trustees of this Society.
Something like this can happen at any time (2315 in my case) on any day of any month. I presume that I am a key member of ADORRS and questions were being asked as to who would run ADORRS if things did not go right. Fortunately the attack was very mild and I was back home within a week. Weakened by the attack and the stay in hospital, it took a good month to get into some sort of routine, but I had to think of safety, so driving the bus was out for the time being. I really took things easy so some restoration has had to take a back seat. I am gradually getting back to normal, driving occasionally now and some restoration. I think I am worth a few more productive years!
Thank you for your support! Ray Le Mesurier -Foster Chairman
During the Autumn and Winter we are at Milland most weekends. Phone to check if someone will be at the barn if you can come. 02083984624
PRESERVATIONITIS - the yearning to restore something to its former glory. Ultimately its reviving memories in a more permanently visual way.
I guess it all started for me some fifty-five odd years ago when I started renovating my fleet of scratched and chipped Dinky toys, cars, vans, buses and coaches on a wet day in the fifties. Tins of enamel paint, wet and dry paper and brushes were sourced from the shed - dining room table taken over for a few days. Everyone had to eat off trays with the smell of paint wafting around! Well, most of the repainted fleet still survives today. In later years attention was given to doing up real motor bikes, cars, vans, minibuses and even buses and coaches. Sadly only a few of them survive today.
The big question is will what I help to preserve today with my fellow restorers, still be around in fifty years time? Who knows!
One has the choice in the world of preservation, you can restore a vehicle
to its former glory and display it in a museum for all to see, or keep the
vehicle on the road as a working vehicle, thus enjoying the sights and sounds
and the experience of travelling around on it - I prefer the latter!
Being part of a team of willing workers, I guess it means one can do whatever and walk away when you have had enough, yet to return another day.
Well, our group are lucky to have undercover facilities to restore vehicles,
funding coming from the
Initially hours of chatter, order of work, how to do the job, whats missing, what needs replacing, who can do what, all these things have to be decided before you start restoration.
You start doing one job then find you have several more on the go after investigation, one gets filthy dirty at times, tools parts and bodies all over the place, but as time goes on, bit by bit it all starts to come together and you see light at the end of the tunnel, so if you have any time to spare come and join in and have some fun, there's no pay but the joy of one day seeing and travelling on a vehicle of yesteryear that you have helped to save is a very rich reward.
We have arranged to receive the buses at about 3 pm and they will depart about 4 pm. Tea and biscuits will be available. Significantly, the 50 - 60 guests will want to see progress on 462 and look at other buses at the barn. Hopefully the nice lady who runs the horses at the Farm will show a couple of Andalucian horses to our guests. If you have time please come along and help, or at least come and join in the fun.