Club needs new venue for its charity 4x4 rides

Press day at Rougham airfield for the 4x4 show.
Press day at Rougham airfield for the 4x4 show.
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A LAND Rover club that raised £10,000 for charity this year is looking for a new fund-raising venue.

Suffolk Land Rover Owners’ Club (SLROC) helped to create two off-road courses at Rougham Airfield and has raised money there and at Suffolk Show by giving rides in members’ cars.

But Rougham Estates, which owns the airfield, has announced that it will not be organising shows there in 2012 while it reviews the situation, though the venue is still available for hire.

SLROC’s show co-ordinator Dean Hendricks said: “It was all local charities who benefited. It’s a real shame we’ve lost that extra bit of fund-raising because we were making about £1,000 at each event there.”

The club has other off-road driving venues but none offer fund-raising opportunities, except the annual Suffolk Show.

Sixty club members were at Rougham’s first 4x4 show in May to marshal the public driving on the off-road courses and to give rides. Mr Hendricks said: “Everyone I spoke to said they were looking forward to next year and that’s not going to happen now.”

He said staging such an event was beyond the club’s means.

Mr Hendricks said he had proposed the off-road courses to the estate’s owner Sir John Agnew, who died earlier this year. He said the estate funded heavy machinery but club members gave their own time to shovel soil and check the venue was safe before each event.

The off-road courses are approved by the land skills training organisation Lantra and comprise a ‘green lane’ style drive through the airfield’s former bomb dump and a more technically demanding handling course on the airfield.

Anyone with a venue used for public events at which the club could create an off-road course for fund-raising should contact Mr Hendricks at noozeteam@slroc.com.