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About arkwright

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  • Birthday 04/08/1945

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    dogs, cars, epecially Datsun/Nissan Z series & old police cars
  1. arkwright

    Raglan Engineering - St Anns

    I recall that an uncle of mine was a boss of some sort at Raglan engineering back in the '50's. I remember him saying that they started exporting lathes to the USA and had to change the name from Little John because the Americans used that word for the loo and they couldn't associate it with a lathe.
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    Sir Paul Smith

    Didn't he own 'Just Paul' on Front Street, Arnold as well?
  3. I too knew Stan the cobbler on Winchester St. He was very interested in firearms. I believe he had also been a prison officer and he told me he actually performed some hangings during this time. He always had a good story to tell and I spent many hours listening to him.
  4. I used to live on Sandfield road next to the corner shop. the last occupant of the top lodge was a very old man named Mr Hammond who I believe died there. I think his wife pre deceased him by a few years. As I recall he used to open and close the big wrought iron gates to the park every morning and evening. I think he passed away in the early 1960's but not certain of this now. Every autumn he would collect conkers from the trees at the top end of the park and store them in the old type blue paper sugar bags. He would give us small boys a bag of conkers in return for doing little jobs for him. After Mr Hammond died the lodge stood empty for a few years and I believe it was demolished as it became frequented by undesirables. The field ref 562 .755 in the plan (between the lodge and the railway line) used to be the home of an old brown shire horse which I believe was used by the council to pull a rubbish cart. The horse was usually kept in that field whilst 'employed' and was later retired and saw its days out there. a chap called Jeff who used to work for my Dad swore that he was the horses owner and used to go and sit with it every dinner time and feed it cobs he had got from Sulleys bakery on Front St (left overs from the day before). all the local kids used to take veg scraps, bread etc to feed Jeffs horse. Until we all moved on in life it was always know as Jeffs Horse Field. In post #14 by Local Gel we often used to go and play on the pile of stones which were off the main path to the right in the top corner of what was a big playing field. We were always told they were parts of old statues which had been dumped there. I suppose they've long since gone.
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    Mansfield Fire Museum

    you need to book a visit in advance.
  6. Last months meeting on 13 November was well attended. A large turnout of Subarus ensured that Midland Scoobies won the best club award and an immaculate silver Subaru won the best car. No bikes attended. Decembers meeting will be held from 3pm on Sunday 11 December at the usual venue, Sherbrooke Scout Camp, Mansfield Rd, Calverton NG14 6HP Entry fee is £2 per person as usual and hot and cold food and drinks will be available. If the weather is inclement we will have the use of the Camp Social Centre.
  7. MONTHLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON / EVENING MEET AT CALVERTON NOTTS. We would like to invite you to attend the above meet which will take place on the SECOND Sunday of each month at Sherbrooke Scout Camp, Mansfield Lane, Calverton Notts, NG14 6HP from 3pm onwards (Next Meeting Sunday 13 November 2011) Over the last 6 months our monthly evening meet at this venue has proved very popular and we have been requested to continue into the winter months. To this end we have booked the Camp Centre which as many of you will have seen is a large centrally heated meeting room which has plenty of space. We can still use our usual paddock to display our vehicles and clubs and of course the usual prizes for the best car, bike and club display will continue as before. So, if the weather is inclement we can be inside and warm. You won’t have to go home if it’s dark as we can stop until late. Jacks Snacks will provide hot and cold food at reasonable prices. There will be an entry fee of £2 per person which will be used to cover the hire of the building and heating costs. Signs will be out as usual at the crossroads with the B6386 and the Yellow ‘Event Here’ signs at the camp entrance. Please drive SLOWLY (5mph) down the camp drive (remember the speed bumps) and turn right at the end towards the paddock and camp centre where you will be asked to pay before parking up. Retain your entry tickets which are numbered as there will be a prize draw during the afternoon. I realise that some of you will be parking your precious cars and bikes up for the winter but please feel free to come in whatever you like. We want you to have an enjoyable time and we need the bodies to make the event a success. Many local car and bike forums have indicated that they will attend. Come along for a chat / social and let’s keep the momentum up over the winter months. The only don’ts at this event are NO SPEEDING on the drive and NO WHEELIES. Please turn up and have a great time. Any help, advice or constructive criticism contact us Via PM on this site Date of next meeting Sunday 13 November 2011. 3pm onwards.
  8. Hello All, Well that’s the last evening meet for the year over and done with. I would like to say thanks to everyone who has attended and helped make this event a success in its first year. Wednesdays car the judges would most like to take home was BeeGeeVinz’s red 300ZXTT The bike the judges would most like to take home was won by a Lambretta scooter with almost as much chrome and mirrors as Vinz’ Z. (I must apologise as I can’t remember the owners name but I think he belonged to the Mansfield Road Runners scooter club. The winning entry ticket was held by Wooley from Club DIORI who made off with a bottle of whisky. The Best Club Display was (eventually) won by Midland Scoobies who have consistently fielded the most single marque cars at all events and at last purchased a banner to tell us all who they are! It has been a pleasure to meet so many like – minded car and bike enthusiasts over the last six months. For those of you who are putting your cars and bikes to bed for the winter I hope you will turn out and meet us all again next year. If you are carrying on motoring then read on. During the evening I spoke to a lot of the people present and the consensus was that most wanted to carry on meeting during the winter months. To this end I have spoken to the camp warden and we are welcome on the Second Sunday of each month from 3.00pm until late. If the weather is suitable we will continue to meet on the usual paddock (unless directed elsewhere). If it is cold, wet or anything else horrible then we will have the use of the social centre which is well – lit and has central heating. Remember everything comes at a price and so we will have to revert to an entry fee of £2 per person attending (to cover use of the building, heating and light etc). Instead of paying at the gate, please drive slowly down the drive and turn right at the end towards the social centre where I will expect you to pay before entering the usual paddock on the left. Once again retain your tickets as there will be a prize draw during the evening. I will try to maintain the trophies for the bike and car the judges would most like to take home and also for best club display . ‘Jacks Snacks’ will attend these events and provide hot and cold food and drink. If you are stopping late remember to use him as if he’s not selling then he’ll go home. So, the next event will be held at Sherbrooke Scout Camp, Mansfield Lane, Calverton NG14 6HP from 3pm until late on Sunday 9 October 2011. See you all there.
  9. Notts Car & Bike Show, Sherbrooke Scout Camp, Calverton NG14 6HP Wednesday 28 Sept 2011. NOTE: this will be the last event for this year. Once again there will be prizes for the Best Club Display, and The Car and the bike the judges would most like to take home. Hold on to your entry ticket for the final prize draw. Remember the nights are drawing in so we will start a little earlier at 5pm for those who can make it. I will have the floodlights switched on so we don’t have to close down too early. Stickyfingers will be there selling hot and cold food and drink. Last months Best club display was won by the Mondeo ST Owners Club, the favourite car was a yellow Lamborghini and the favourite bike was a red & white Yamaha R6. A young lady won the entry ticket prize, a Ryobi tool box.
  10. Monthly car and bike show at Sherbrooke Scout Camp Calverton NG14 6HP Just a reminder. The next meeting at Calverton will be on Wednesday 24 August from 6pm, Remember to hold on to your entry tickets as there will be a prize draw about 8.30pm. Last months ticket prize was won by a skyline owner who received a De Walt tool kit.. The trophy for best car went to a Honda Civic and best bike to a Bandit. Best club display was won by the RS Owners club. Come on peeps get your flags and banners etc out, put your club top of the list.
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    Nottingham to Mansfield A60

    A Mansfield estate agent, Arthur Holder (used) to live in a house opposite the Table Top Tree. He wasn't short of a bob or two and his gardeners used to trim the tree. I doubt he's still alive and wonder if any relatives survive him there, however someone still trims the tree.
  12. Notts car and bike show JULY event. Hello everyone. The next evening meet will be held at Sherbrooke on Wednesday 27 July from 6pm. The burger van will be present and soft drinks will be available but no bar on this occasion ( my fault, - administrative breakdown). Two judges will ‘volunteer’ for the evening and a small trophy will be awarded to the car and the bike they would most like to take home. A trophy will also be awarded for the Best Club Display. Hold on to your entry tickets as each one is numbered. At 9pm a number will be called and the winner will receive a valuable prize. Junes event was a bit wet but we still had about 50 cars. The car trophy was awarded to an immaculate Austin Allegro. The bike trophy was not awarded as none turned up, probably due to the weather. The Best Club display was won by Drive It Or Ride It.co.uk with a very impressive turn out. The raffle prize, a nice tool kit, was won by a member from the Notts RS Owners club I hope to see you all there, help make this the top event in Notts. We have the top venue.
  13. Notts car and bike show JUNE event. Hello everyone. The next evening meet will be held at Sherbrooke on Wednesday 22 June from 6pm. The licensed bar and burger van will be present. Two judges will ‘volunteer’ for the evening and a small trophy will be awarded to the car and the bike they would most like to take home. A trophy will also be awarded for the Best Club Display. Hold on to your entry tickets as each one is numbered. At 9pm a number will be called and the winner will receive a valuable prize. I hope to see you all there, let’s make this the top event in Notts, it’s already the best venue.
  14. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2011. From now on the meetings at Sherbrooke will be held on the 4th Wednesday of each month starting in June. Thanks to everyone for your support so far. The reason for the move is to avoid a clash with the Griffins and to get an extra show into each month, hopefully increasing attendance.
  15. Hello peeps The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4 May, We hope to see you all again after last months great turn-out. Bring your friends and let's make it bigger and better. Remember: let us know what you think, comments, suggestions and constructive criticism is appreciated. We have already received requests for a second monthly meet. e-mail: nottscarshow hotmail / co /uk