Herald - Issue 458

30th May 2024 • The HERALD • Page 77 v INDEPENDENT, LOCAL AND PROUD v CLASSIC CAR CLUB - ‘ENJOY DRIVE OUT DAY RALLY ’ Austin A30/A35 Owners’ Club, Southampton and New Forest Group On Sunday 28th April, the club held its annual ‘Drive Out Day Rally’. It was a damp start, but as the morning progressed the weather improved to the relief of event participants. e drivers assembled in a car park on Calmore Industrial Estate at around 10am. Each driver paid an entry fee and was supplied with the route instructions. At 10.15am the event started on its journey taking the drivers at a gentle pace along the Wiltshire and Hampshire border. ey nished at Whinwhistle Fishery Cafe at West Wellow. e money collected at the event will be added to the money raised at the charity auction night. It will be donated to Street Angels, the club’s nominated charity for 2024. e club chose its Drive Out Day the week a er the national Drive It Day so that members could attend both events. e club is always happy to welcome new members that are owners of any make of classic car, not forgetting those enthusiasts who appreciate them but don’t have one of their own, to come and meet the club members with a view to joining. Members have a range of classic vehicles enabling the club to include all enthusiasts. ey continue to enjoy the friendly, social atmosphere at the monthly meetings as well as the monthly cafe meet ups. Every evening meeting includes a ra e with many members leaving with a prize or two. e club holds many events throughout the year with speakers on various topics, picnics, quizzes, car meets, club drive days and an annual charity auction. Forthcoming Event: The 13th June meeting will be Bob Smith with ‘A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That’. Why not drop in for a taster visit, a tea or coffee and share any of you classic car experiences with members? You will receive a warm welcome. Meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month, starting at 7.30pm, at Netley Marsh Community Hall, Woodlands Road, SO40 7GE. Do go along and meet them. ‘LIFE’S TOO SHORT – PUT SOME MILES ON IT’ Drive Out Day Rally Taking Part in a Student Film about Late Diagnosis of Autism by Gary Robertson I saw a post on a local autism Facebook page; a student lm crew from Solent University were looking for adults with a late diagnosis of autism to take part in a lm. I live quite an isolated life so I decided to take part and put my name forward. I wasn’t diagnosed with Autism until I was 53. I had a meeting with the lm crew in Hythe Library and they asked a lot of questions which I was ne with answering as I’m quite an open person and a week later they contacted me about lming. e lming took place over 4 sessions. First a three hour interview about my life which was quite emotional at times and a lot like the session when I went for my assessment for autism. Secondly lming me at home, then lming me watching a lm, as they wanted to show me enjoying one of my hobbies and nally an hour being interviewed driving around. So it was about ve and a half hours lming to create the ten minute lm. I didn’t realise how stressful it would be and at times I wondered if I’d made the right decision. I got quite emotional talking about my life, especially the last 10 years where I have struggled with mental health issues although it did lead to my diagnosis so something good came out of it. A er lming I was still in two minds about allowing the footage to be used. I had given control of my life to strangers and I didn’t know if that was a good idea or not but I need not have worried, Charlotte the director is also on the spectrum. The student film crew from Solent University setting up A few months later the lm was posted to me. I was quite moved and gobsmacked as this was me seeing myself as others see me. I hope the lm gets a wide viewing although I’m aware that the issue of late diagnosis is paramount and not that I’m the spokesperson or poster boy for autism awareness, I didn’t do it just for me. I also hope that anyone who sees it has a better understanding of us or if they are thinking about, in the process of, or just getting their diagnosis they’ll see it’s a positive step forward and gives a better understanding of how our lives have been shaped. Titled A Late Discovery hopefully the lm will be widely seen and be received positively, it is available to watch on YouTube: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=3ogpcTPa_Ls. I’d like to thank Charlotte, Luke, Mark, Holly and Archie for allowing me to retain my dignity during the process. MUSIC MAKING AND SHARING Music Making and Sharing takes place on the 3rd Saturday of the month (15th June and 20th July) from 2pm to 5pm at Calmore Village Hall, Pauletts Lane, Calmore SO40 2RS. e cost is just £5 payable at the door. e group welcome and encourage musicians to go along to share their musical skills and are open to listening to other peoples’ musical enthusiasm – with the instrument of their choice and the genre they like. If you compose your own music, they would love to hear it. Or perhaps you would like a space for presenting/ trying out pieces you are going to perform elsewhere, including a music exam. You need to take along your instrument, music and equipment including a music stand if you require one. ere is a piano. If you are a singer and require accompanying, please take your accompanist along. Anybody who would like to play/sing a couple of pieces to non-judgemental fellow musicians is welcome. All levels of ability are welcome (professionals to beginners). e meetings start with a brief musical warm-up and then they take turns in playing and listening to each other. e space is open for experimentation, risk taking, and appreciation. ey welcome adults, young people from age 16, and supervised children. Website: www.musicmaking.uk Sale in Romsey Abbey United Reformed Church in Romsey will be holding a sale on Saturday 15th June from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Abbey Hall. ere will be gi s, cakes and jams and a ra e. The Waterside Veterans Co ee Club is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10am at Fawley Royal British Legion, Exbury Road, Black eld, SO45 1XD, with their next meeting scheduled for Saturday 15th June. All veterans, serving personnel, their families and dependents are invited to attend and enjoy the usually good humour, refreshments and occasional visiting guests. If you would like further information on this great venture please do get in touch by calling Lucy on: 07979 673343 or emailing: wvcc@btinternet.com WATERSIDE VETERANS COFFEE CLUB

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