A picnic at Chiddingstone Castle

Sunday 2nd July

organised by Guy Talbot


 Our picnic took place on the main lawn in front of Chiddingstone Castle, which can be traced back to the early 16th century. We had 18 Bentleys lined up facing the Castle and set up our picnic tables behind the cars so we were able to overlook the breath taking views of the North Downs, whilst other visitors to the Castle had a wonderful view of all our Bentleys which they could also freely walk around as well.

Chiddingstone Castle origins date back to the 1550’s in the heart of the village of Chiddingstone; itself dating back to the 14th Century and nestling in the beautiful rolling Kent Weald. The Castle is set in 35 acres of grounds including a lake, a rose garden and magnificent woodland and houses a stunning collection of Egyptian and Buddhist artefacts, Japanese armour and beautiful Jacobean paintings.

Amongst the members present, it was a real pleasure to welcome David & Gill Humfrey and Jeff & Francesca in their vintage 4.5 litre’s, also Richard & Lynn Sutton came in their exquisite dark green MK IV, and Arthur Cambell-Walker arrived in his delightful Derby R Type two-seater Special. Particularly noteworthy, also was Ken & Marion Needham’s recently restored S3 and Brian & Sally Tatton’s S2. Stuart & Christine, with their friends Beryl & Terry, surprised us all by turning up in their beautiful new Mulsanne, a really impressive motor car.

Of course Turbo R.s, Brooklands, Arnage, Azure and Continental GT’s and Flying Spurs abounded, but it would be to long to cover ever one who attended, but I would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member, Alan Adams and Rebecca who were attending their very first Bentley event in a Continental GT3. A warm welcome to you both and we hope to see you at other meetings in the near future.

 Harry & Melodie, Colin & Jean Lightman, Guy & Lynne Talbot, Julian & Rita Seymour picnicking by Harry's Motor car

Really, Chiddingstone Castle was a wonderful venue for a picnic and on such a beautiful day it was a day to be remembered by everyone who attended.