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Due to the many pressures on the organisers of events nowadays it was generally felt that a publication to those interested would be desirable, it is meant :o be historical, informative and to bring points to the attention of club members that affect the granting of permission for land at our Langrish course.
BACK IN 1965
On Monday the 4th May 1965 the club was informed that Garston Farm, our Scramble course at East Meon, was going to be sold. The Club had used the course for scrambles since soon after the War and when it changed ownership from Mr. Cross to Mr. Blacker the Club was still fortunate enough to continue its meetings there.
It now seemed that with the Farm once again changing ownership that there was a chance that we would lose the course. Looking back now we know that there was no reason to panic through this change of ownership and we were fortunate enough to stage the Autumn Scramble in October 1966, the BBC Grandstand Trophy Scramble on the 31st December 1966 and two more Autumn Scrambles, one in October 1967 and the other in October 1968.
By early 1966 the Club had realised that Garston Farm as a Scramble course must be coming to the end of its days. The water authority had built the sewerage works in the corner of the field and long term the old "7" Fir forest had to be felled and the whole hillside replanted with Scotch Fir.
A NEW COURSE IS FOUND
Various courses were looked at, some are still in older members minds but all these had various "Snags" attached to them. One used too much grassland, one had bad car parking etc. etc. Bob Gollner and Nigel Newton were both on Committee in 1966 and during early May both of them appeared to be on to something good in the way of a scramble course although both refused to be "drawn out” on the subject.
Here's how Bob tells the tale of Langrish:
One Sunday both he and Nigel were out on bikes looking round the countryside. They had stopped for a pint and a pie and had viewed Langrish Farm. This they thought would make a good course if only they could get permission. Their thoughts also turned to Ken Hall,one of the clubs stalwarts in the racing field who died on October 9th 1965 after an accident at a grass track meeting. Ken's funeral was at Langrish Church only yards down the road from the now famous course and Ken had lived in Stroud by the "7 Stars".
With these thoughts all coupled together Bob and Nigel approached the owner of Manor Farm, Mr. G. Lambert, and in no time at all things started to materialise. Mr.Lambert was agreeable to the course envisaged and the only thing left to do was to get the course passed by George Allen, the Track Inspector during that era. Bob tells the tale some-