Views on UK car manufacturing: 2 of 3

Following up on the previous article about UK made cars. Here’s the list of such cars. The AA’s list of January this year contains only the volume car manufacturers, while British Built Cars gives a more comprehensive list of 80 manufactures. Here’s the AA’s list, where the first three are British owned manufacturers, while the remainder are all made in Britain. [Photo of 2017 Honda Civic from Wikipedia]

  • Morgan Motor Company Ltd (Aero 8, Plus 8, Roadster, Plus 4, 4/4, 3 wheeler)
  • Caterham Cars Ltd  (Seven)
  • Mclaren Automotive  (570S, 540C, 570GT, 650S, 675LT and P1)
  • MINI – MINI, MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman, in Cowley, Oxford
  • Honda – Civic and CR-V in Swindon
  • Toyota – Auris, Auris hybrid and Avensis in Burnaston, Derbyshire
  • Nissan – Juke, Qashqai, Note and Leaf and Infiniti Q30 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • Lotus – Elise, Evora and Exige in Norfolk
  • Aston Martin – DB9, Vantage, Rapide, Vanquish, and DB11 in Gaydon, Warwickshire
  • Bentley Motors – Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne in Crewe, Cheshire
  • Rolls Royce – Ghost and Wraith in Goodwood, West Sussex
  • Jaguar – F-Pace and XE in Solihull, and F-type, XJ, XF and XE in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham
  • Land Rover – Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque in Halewood, Merseyside, and Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Defender in Solihull, West Midlands
  • Vauxhall – Astra at Ellesmere Port and Vivaro van in Luton

Views on UK car manufacturing: 1 of 3

Our household is considering getting a new car. Not a new new one. A pre-owned and pre-loved one – nicer terms than second hand, don’t you think.

Our current cars are both UK-made Honda’s. The least used one is 18 years old [see photo], and the other is now eight years old, on which we’ve been piling on the miles.

We both have had a variety of UK, French and German company and private cars over the years. Our current cars were bought because they were made in the UK, and it’s our money that paid for them. We’re not saying you shouldn’t buy a non-UK made car – your choice, your money. I noted that John Redwood MP attracted criticism for this recent tweet on buying a UK made car,

He replied to the criticism in The Guardian in THIS article on his blog, in which he says, “The Guardian seemed to muddle up cars made in UK factories with cars made by UK owned car makers.”

I’ve been thinking. Never a good idea

I’ve been pondering whether I should burden readers of this site with my observations on the General Election, and the progress of Brexit negotiations with the EU.

You’ve guessed, I feel sure, that the answer is Yes. I hope not to be pretentious, though can’t guarantee what I write will be insightful, just the impressions of an ordinary guy.

I’ll attempt, with the help of my dear wife, who’s a whizz on Excel, a Brexit negotiations dashboard. Better get working on it now, as negotiations will begin in earnest shortly.

I will, of course, leaven such opinions with local stuff, and quirky finds from the dear old internet.

PS: Not a photo of me.

Surrey Police crime bulletin for Surrey Heath: April 2017: 5th Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Surrey PoliceCrime No.45170042941 – Between 22/04/2017 from 08:00 to 23/04/2017 to 20:00, at Beaufront Road, St Pauls, Camberley. Male has discovered scratches on his door that he believes is someone attempting to gain access to his property.
  • Crime No.45170043183 – Between 25/04/2017 from 23:00 to 26/04/2017 at 10:30, at Martel Close, St Pauls, Camberley. Marks were left on victim’s door as an attempt to break into the property.
  • Crime No.45170043340 – On 27/04/2017 from 12:00 to 4:00, in the vicinity of Carshalton Road, Old Dean. Damage has occurred to allotment property.
  • Crime No.45170043254 – Between 26/04/2017 from 22:00 to 27/04/2017 to 07:30, at Eliot Close, Camberley. Have gone to the location and stolen BMW 3 series convertible parked on the driveway of the property. Nothing has been left at the scene.

This holiday weekend, why not see wondrous bluebell carpets

We passed numerous bluebell woods driving down the Wye Valley last weekend. Much as we wanted to stop and admire their wondrous beauty, getting home was our priority.

There are, however, plenty of places locally to see carpets of bluebells. This holiday weekend is just an opportunity to catch them before they fade. Here are a few suggestions,

Top local choice: Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Rd, Godalming GU8 4AD

Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1LT

Get Surrey’s article on Bluebells across Surrey and where you can see them

Surrey Police crime bulletin for Surrey Heath: April 2017: 4th Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Surrey PoliceCrime No.45170042043 – On 24/04/2017 between 13:00 and 15:32, at Coniston Court, Lightwater. Suspects have forced entry into end of terrace house and was disturbed by the owner of the property. (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170042234 –  On 24/04/2017 between 20:00 and 20:15, at Wimbledon Road, Camberley. Someone has entered unsecured house and attempted to steal a money box, was disturbed, then ran off through the back garden. (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170042237 – On 24/04/2017 between 20:55 and 21:30, at Wickham Road, Camberley. Suspect has entered property through bathroom window, have made an untidy search of master bedroom, left through same entry point by taking 2 boxes of Jewellery. (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170042371 – Between 14/04/2017 from 22:00 to 22/04/2017 at 11:30, at Miles Place, Lightwater. Garage has been broken into nothing taken.
  • Crime No.45170042384 – Between 24/04/2017 from 18:00 to 25/04/2017 at 06:30, at The Lindens, Mytchett. Garage has been broken into overnight and 2 x bicycles to the value of £18,000 have been stolen.