Minting Classic Motor Show

Minting Classic Motor Show

Minting Classic Motor Show
Sunday 8th September 2019

Today’s ride would be to Minting to attend their Classic Motor show, held in aid of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. We were blessed too with a fine sunny morning and the prospect of a super early Autumn day. Joining Ride Leader Tim Newbery at Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre were Rob Cook, Rob Whitworth, John Ambler, Alan Hockham, Barry Jordan and Chris Owen. We welcomed a new member, Jason Bartup who had been in touch earlier and wanted to join us on the ride. Great to have him along. Reg Bagshaw would be attending the DS Smith Charity ride in aid of St. Barnabas Hospice. We wish him well.

After a short detour to allow Tim to collect his cycling helmet, our ride would initially follow a familiar route to Halington and Raithby, ascending to the Bluesone Heath Road at Cold Harbour Farm. The reward of course being a swoop down Red Hill, although with caution, as Barry had previously noted a good deal of loose gravel. Through Goulceby and Green Lane taking us to Hemimgby and then another descent into Minting, arriving on schedule a little before 11.30 am and in time to explore for an hour or so.

We had hoped to meet up with Cycling UK Lincoln and were pleased to find Andy Townhill still at the show with is fellow club members. Time for tea and cake (some of us could vouch for the very fine Carrot Cake!) and then a wander around the exhibits which included classic and vintage cars and vans, tractors; and back at the Sebastopol Inn, a collection of classic motor bikes. Something for everyone and great to chat with the enthusiastic exhibitors. Barry was happy to take many photographs (see Barry’s Facebook Page). Free entry but members donated monies to the Air Ambulance, a worthy cause.

Minting itself has an interesting history. Perhaps most famous for its two Benedictine Priories given by Ranulph de Meschins, Earl of Chester before his death in 1129. It began as a land grant to the Abbey of St. Benoit Sur Loire at Fleury and included the Manor and Church at Minting. In later times, Minting almost had a railway station, which might has transformed the village. It was proposed that the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway Company build a line through Minting but it never came to fruition.

The Sebastopol Inn was actually unnamed until after the Crimean War (1853-1856) when, according to legend, a local soldier who was celebrating his safe return with friends fell into a dyke and drowned. The Horncastle coroner during the inquest referred to "this brave infrantryman from Sebastopol" The name stuck and was later adopted as the sign.

Refreshments taken and with the time approaching 1 pm, the club remounted for the continuation to Donnigton on Bain. Glorious Wolds countryside whilst crossing the Roman Road between Great Sturton and Sotby. The Roman Road connected Lincoln and Burgh le Marsh, giving direct access to the Lincolnshire Wolds. From Market Stainton, a short route to Stenigot (where Barry would head for home) and to another hot drink at Donnington on Bain.

Chris didn’t fancy the scenic route up to Welsdale Top so also departed for home whilst the remainder enjoyed the ascent to the Bluestone Heath Road before continuing back to Hubbard’s Hills and Louth. Rob Cook very kindly invited everyone for tea and coffee and friendly chat and discussion. Nearly 36 miles for the Louth Contingent, 39 miles for Barry and rather more for Jason. Great to have him along and we very much hope to have his company again soon.
(Thanks for the photos Barry).

 

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