SOC Treasure Hunt (aka where do we find lunch??)

It started at the area AGM in February; “anyone have any ideas on events we can do this year?” said our great leader Bill…. It was then I piped up that a car treasure hunt could be fun as Tony and I had done them a few years ago when we worked in Groby, back then we had one every year and they were really popular and fantastic fun.

So the idea was born, but we had also volunteered ourselves to set one for the area for this year. So the planning began.

First we had the challenge of finding a weekend where most of us were going to be available and then there was the route, questions, place to finish were we can feed everyone and park all the cars, let alone try and make it amusing!!

Up take for the event was good, although I do recall some saying that we could be responsible for several divorces in the group should our little event take place (thank fully all members are still shackled to their better halves). We settled on a date only to find a few days later it did clash with another pre-booked event, re-arranging was not easy but we eventually had the honour (I think anyway) of taking over Drive It Day for the area and putting on our little event.

We decided to run a modified version of a previous one that we had kept from 2006, there were some changes – the end location was one as the original pub that was is now a gourmet restaurant that didn’t really see themselves as a the watering hole for 10 or so thirsty Stags after a run through parts of Leicestershire.

The day arrived and in all we had 8 Stags taking part with Doug on his own following a willing Paul and Elaine.

We set out from our Leicestershire monthly N&N pub off into the unknown, well it was for some who didn’t read the first set of instructions!!! The route included some lovely villages, passing the beautiful park in Market Bosworth and a gated road just to make things a little interesting for the passengers too.

They were challenged with finding the number of the house called Treacle Warren in on route, the colour of the 3 kisses on the barn wall and the phone number in the phone box in a small village. They were also given a bag to fill with items they needed to scavenger on their way around, or as most did, in the pub car park at the end!!! Lastly was a nice easy sheet of general knowledge questions, and yes naming all the cars and drivers from Wacky Races is easy!!!

All arrived at the end point a lovely pub in Higham on the Hill for a wonderful lunch (best carvery I have had in a long while) thanks to Helen and all her staff at the Oddfellows Arms.

Frantic marking (felt like a school teacher) later Tony and I had our winners, congratulations and first prize to Steve and Bernadine, second to Ian and Fran and third to Lesley and Roger. The booby prize (nice new sponge to wash the car with) went to Bill and Kate.

Prize Giving

Prize Giving

All had a great time and hopefully someone else will set it next year!!!

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