Wednesday, 3 April 2013

A Big Thank You to the OxMog Members & Noggin Team

The Victoria Arms at Old Marston. The OxMog Noggin Venue

Yesterday (2nd April) I was given the privilege of attending the OxMog April Noggin and making a Photo Slide Presentation to the members about my Around Britain's Coast Roads trip fund raising for Help for Heroes.

I would like to offer my personal  Big Thank You to everyone for attending and making it such a memorable evening for me. 

Thank You also for allowing me to give an overview of my next Fund Raiser when I drive the route of the 1900 Thousand Mile Trial which was one of the first ever car ralleys ever held. During examination of my novel collecting tin you expressed the wish to make some donations providing the magnificent and welcome sum of £47.49 towards my £3000 target.

Some of the very large audience in their meeting room 

Me in full flow explaining about the unusual Collecting Tins ready for my 1000 Mile Rally in May.

 The River Cherwell runs along the meadow behind the Victoria Arms on its way to join the Thames at Oxford.

 The Pub from the Car Park.

 The original Building where Oliver Cromwell once sat by the fireside.

The Terrace Patio in the Sunset. 

The only Morgan in the Car Park.

Borrowed from Wikipedia.
The Victoria Arms (known locally as the Vicky Arms) is a public house on the eastern bank of the River Cherwell at the end of Mill Lane close to Old Marston, northeast of OxfordEngland.[1]
There was once a ford across the Cherwell here, in use since the 12th century. An inn was originally constructed during the 17th century and was then rebuilt in 1840.[2] It was closed in 1958 and bought by the Oxford Preservation Trust in 1961. Publicans Fred and Ruby Elkins took over the buildings and operated the pub as a Free House. During this time they added extensions to the old buildings. They also operated the small wooden line-ferry across the Cherwell for many years prior to the opening of the link road. It was later leased to the brewery Wadworth's, refurbished, and reopened in 1986.
The pub is especially frequented by people out punting during the summer.[3] It is possible to moor punts in the grounds of the pub. There was a line-ferry across the river here until 1971, when the Marston Ferry Road was built just to the south.[2]
The Victoria Arms featured in the Inspector Morse television series a number of times. Most notably, Morse recited part of the A. E. Houseman poemHow Clear, How Lovely Bright here in the final episode of the series.[4] A line from the poem was used for the title of the episode "The Remorseful Day".

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