40 people came to listen to the inside stories of the Tour de Lard 2
trip, enjoy a glass of wine, and the barbecue (in the rain).
Alan Clarke, the CEO of Jubilee House gave a brief history of the
charity and its work helping children and young adults with severe
learning difficulties and providing respite care. He surprised everyone,
including the Tour de Lard team members by giving the up-to-date
collection total – slightly over £25,600. It will go higher, because
the Reliant Robins are being sold and the proceeds paid to the charity.
The money raised is approximately equal to the annual net income
ofJubilee House and will mainly be used to provide a high tech bathroom
/washroom. If anything is left over, perhaps some tablet computers,
equipment, for the sensory room and garden.
The village hall had been prepared by Steve Pettyfer and Elspeth
Gutterridge with a route map, many photographs and extracts from the
messages sent home during the trip. John Dingemans had made an excellent
PowerPoint presentation of photographs and there were separate smaller
slideshows for people.
The Lardies each gave some of their recollections of the trip – in no
particular order, the frightening of Charles Gutterridge, the escapades
of mad boys 1 and 2, Chris Hill being held over a river to fill yet
another bottle of cooling water for the car. The demon bumblebee, how
Nigel Darken came to love his poorly handling motorcycle again after one
day in a Reliant, Brian Littlechild’s exploding rear tyre – replaced
very quickly in France on a Saturday afternoon, finding a local
newspaper reporter in the middle of France and then being recognised as
being in the newspaper on the way back. Charles and Chris, having told
everyone they would limp back from Col de la Bonette with an overheating
engine and not need help, were then unable to flag down Steve Pettyfer
and Dave Manchester in order to get some more water, having used all
available supplies! The wooden suspension modification to Thunderpig2,
telephoning the wives on the day we succeeded, on a spectacular moonlit
night in the French Alps.
It was an accident of omission that the brake failures were not
A very enjoyable evening, with people not rushing away and we raised
another £70 for Jubilee House.
Thanks to all those who helped set up, provide parts of the display,
prepare the salads, obtain the wine, clean up and came to listen.
Thanks, above all, for all the donations from the village and turning
out to give us a great send off and welcome return.
Clarke from Jubilee house thanked the Lardies for their magnificent
contribution to Jubilee House and presented them with a special card.
you Lardies and we look forward to your next adventure.