Wiltshire, North

North Wiltshire Area

The necessity for a North Wiltshire Area meet was borne out of the fact that the county is 54 miles deep and the traditional Wiltshire meeting point was some 40 miles away. Research revealed that the ratio of members and cars were split fairly evenly on a North, South basis divided by the A4 which bisects the county almost at the half-way point.

The North Wiltshire area greets any member who lives on or about the A4 or North of it and is situated anywhere from Marlborough in the East to Chippenham and out-lying villages in the West.

The area meets every second Wednesday of the month at 20.00 in the Jolly Tar public house, Queens Road, Hannington, SN6 7RP. During day-light saving and if the weather is kindly the meet is earlier in the car park at 19.30 for 19.40 to have a short pre-meet Blat on the country roads which the pub is the gateway to.

To get there follow the B4019 either from Blunsdon or Highworth and take the junction by the Freke Arms (named after the former estate owners). This will put you on a minor un-numbered road to Hannington. The Jolly Tar is approximately one mile on the left hand side.

The car park is large and some of it is laid to shingle. The entrance speed bump is Seven friendly having a ‘Sump Gap’ in the middle.

The Jolly Tar was a farmhouse until 1855 and was once owned by the Freke family as part of the Freke Estate. The estate broke up in 1922. In those days the right hand side of the building now the Lounge was a bicycle shop.

The Jolly Tar in question is Captain Willes Johnson who married the widow of Colonel Freke.

The Pub offers local ale from the pump and serves a selection of freshly made food up until 21.00. Last food orders should be considered no later than 20:45.

The members that attend the area meet are quite an eclectic bunch coming from all corners of society. Cars vary from an R500/R400 to 1.6Ks, SVs & a Series 4.

Discussion during the evening meets does not just centre on cars. Wives and girl friends are welcome.

You will also find a wealth of Seven knowledge both general & engineering amongst the area members.

The North Wiltshire area has the luxury of Castle Combe circuit on it's doorstep & is instrumental in organising a club presence at the Autumn Classic which is usually held the first weekend of October.  Tickets for this event attract a reduced ticket price if purchased in advance. 

So if you live on or North of the A4 why not give us a try? Just contact Geoff Brown: E - [email protected]  or  T -  01793 876465.

When and where we meet

The area meets every second Wednesday of the month at 20.00 in the Jolly Tar public house, Queens Road, Hannington, SN6 7RP. Take the B4019 from either Blunsdon or Highworth then at the Freke Arms on the 'S' bend either turn left (from Blunsdon) or right (from Highworth). Follow the unclassified road for approximately one mile until Hannington where you encounter an S bend. The Jolly Tar is on the LHS just after the second (right hand) bend which then leads uphill to leave the village. For further info: [email protected]

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