This weekend myself, Angella and Members of the Eastern Region Bentley Drivers Club gathered on a decidedly chilly 28th November at the rather splendid 16th Century listed Tudor house, Seckford Hall in Woodbridge, Suffolk for our Christmas luncheon with a goodly number of members braving the elements in their older Bentleys.
Some of the early arrivals took the time to enjoy the lounge with its welcoming and warming wood burning stove before proceeding to the bar for drinks before luncheon with the usual toasts to Her Majesty the Queen and W O Bentley.
When luncheon was over Eastern Region Chairman, John Godwin addressed the room and proceeded to present the Guy Gibson Award to David Ward, the award itself is a large black toy dog which was first presented on an earlier Dam Busters Tour of 2017 and is given on the spur of the moment for “no particular reason at all,” but well deserved none the less.
A group photograph was taken in front of the Christmas tree with the Guy Gibson Award taking pride of place at the front before returning to the bar again.
On the basis that you can’t have too much of a good thing seven couples had elected to stay the night when the others had departed so continued the festivities until sometime later, including an impromptu quiz on World War Two and I think it fair to say, a good time was had by all.
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Good to see everyone enjoying themselves, and especially good to see the dog who shall not be named!
Indeed, strangely it was considered a little controversial by the younger folk but I tend to think it’s history and that shouldn’t be changed or rewritten.