June news

Chairman's Message and provisional list of potential future events.

For the full newsletter, please go to http://s522029234.websitehome.co.uk/temporarydata/Newsletter158_Jun20.pdf

Welcome Essex Thameside members to our latest newsletter. Everyone's lives are still largely being affected by the challenging times caused by Covid-19 but, as I write this, things are improving. Our NHS has performed amazingly, and has coped with the pandemic. The number of cases is dropping on a daily basis. It certainly looks as if we have turned the corner, and some of the restrictions we have been under are now being relaxed by the Government. However it will be a fair time before life returns to normality or at least something close to it. The JEC has asked us not to drive in groups or convoys at this time and to remember that, as a club, we are all ambassadors for the classic car scene as a whole.

We have been fortunate to have another month of good weather. As we are now able to drive around more freely, I have re-taxed my XJ8 and can take pleasure in driving a Jaguar again. I can't wait for the time we are able to attend shows etc. but, at this time, we are unable to say when we will be able to resume our monthly club meetings or attend any events. The next 'arranged' national JEC event is the Summer Jaguar Festival which has been rescheduled for 21-23 August; we will have to wait and see whether it is possible for this event to take place.

I know that several of our members have been busy doing maintenance, repairs and improvements on their Jaguars. You will find some members’ articles in this and future monthly newsletters.

If you are not already doing so, please take a look at our main JEC website at www.jec.org.uk. You will find a lot of information on the website. The JEC also have a Virtual Jaguar Festival Show Field (https://jecpodcast.co.uk/virtualshowfield).

Here, if you wish, you can post your favourite photo of your Jaguar with a brief description of the car and event. Of course, please don't forget to look at our region’s website at www.jecessexthameside.co.uk

Around 12 of our members purchased a 'Stay Home Rally Plate', and photographed their cars at home with the plate. The profit from the plates are being given by the plate makers Dragonfly to NHS charities. You can see the photos of the cars at our region’s Facebook group and in this newsletter. Our Facebook group now has 23 members; if you would like to join us, please let me know and we will add you.

Once we are allowed to undertake events in some format or other, we will arrange as many such events as we can. Meantime, I hope you enjoy our newsletter, and driving your Jaguars whenever the opportunity arises.

Graham Cook

Provisional Diary

COVID-19 update: all events prior to August 2020 have been cancelled. The following events are unconfirmed and may also be subject to change or cancellation.

Tue 4 August - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Sun 16 August - Classic Car Show at RHS Garden, Hyde Hall, Rettendon Common, CM3 8ET

21 to 23 August - National JEC Summer Jaguar Festival, Newby Hall, Ripon, N Yorks, HG4 5JA. (new date)

Mon 31 August - JEC Essex Thameside fun run to Burnham-on-Crouch Quay Day

Tue 1 September - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

4 to 7 September - JEC Essex Thameside Peak District Tour to the Makeney Hall Hotel

Tue 6 October - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

[Sun 18 October - International Jaguar Spares Day, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZ]

Tue 3 November - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Sat 21 November - Christmas Dinner Dance, Ipswich Hotel, Old Langford Road, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JD

Tue 1 December - Christmas meeting with quiz and special raffle, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club