Complying with all Covid-19 Security Obligations, A Posse of Oxfordshire Region Members Enjoyed a Great Drive to Runnymede

Complying with all Covid-19 Security obligations, a posse of Oxfordshire Region Members, many with their partners, in 6 great Jaguars, enjoyed a great drive out to Runnymede. The route took them past many famous locations and very good views. not least with multiple crossings of the River Thames.

Our Original Plans had had to change thanks to Covid-19

In 2019, the JEC Oxfordshire 'went large' to complete the year's programme with a Barbeque for 40. We were always determined to go 'bigger and better' in 2020 with a County Drive and Boat Trip. But then the Pandemic struck !!

As a result of fears of Covid-19 2nd spikes, and the associated continued social distancing obligations, it was impossible for the boat company to provide a suitable craft, for the present numbers, at a price that the Region could afford. So we will definitely do that in 2021 to recoup our deposit...

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But an event still tooK place, if on a smaller scale

So, on Thursday 17th September, a number of stalwart region members from across the county, many with their partners alongside, came together at Nuffield in Southern Oxfordshire to wend their way - along a carefully chosen scenic route (even if there were a couple of unintended route 'variations') - to Runnymede besides the Thames and near the Magna Carta, John F Kennedy and Air Forces Memorials. The latter has the most phenomenally panoramic view of London.

There we consumed our picnic lunches whilst chatting, at a somewhat higher volume, to bridge the > 2 metre separations between us all,

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A Great Time Was Had By All, Passing Through Some Excellent Locations

It is interesting what can be packed into a 10:00 to 16:00 day, even if it is difficult to capture photographs whilst driving !!

Proceeding through Nettlebed, with its 17th Century Brick Kiln, to Henley and Marlow, with its bridge and the UK Sailing HQ at Bisham Abbey, we proceeded to Pinkney's Green and White Waltham, with its wartime airfield that was home to the Air Transport Auxiliary. Progressing onwards to Ascot, under (!) the main straight of its famous racecourse, we then arrived at the - again famous - Wentworth Golf Club and thence onwards to Virginia Water, the M25 junction with the A30 and Runnymede.

Our route home was slightly more direct via the Albert Bridge, with views of Windsor Great Park, a certain Castle, Frogmore Royal Mausoleum, Datchet, Eton (and a certain school), Dorney (the home of UK Rowing and site of the 2012 Olympic's equestrian and field sports events), Maidenhead and then back to Nuffield (home of Lord (William) Morris, of Morris Motors and considerable charitiable donations e.g. college and hospitals).

Then it was all too soon time to say distanced goodbyes and wend our various ways home.

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And will we do it again ?

Absolutely we will ! After all we've got to get to Runnymede (or one of the other 5 French Brothers boatyards) for our boat trip in 2021.

We will look forward to seeing you then ...

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