History of RREC Wessex Section

It’s amazing now to think that the Wessex Section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club was first formed on the 9th December 1969. Which means were 50 years young in 2019.

The Section came into being at a meeting held at the Devonshire Arms pub at Long Sutton near Langport in Somerset. The Section was originally named Salisbury and Area - though this was quickly changed to Wessex reflecting, perhaps, that much of the the area was once the historic Saxon Kingdom ruled by Alfred the Great.

The current catchment area is roughly from Lyme Regis up to Taunton, then up to the M5 to Burnham across and up to the M4 between Chippenham and Swindon, down towards Andover, down to the east side of the Southampton estuary but excludes the Isle of Wight. The boundary then follows the magnificent coastline back to Lyme Regis.

In simple terms we cover the whole of Dorset and part of Hampshire, some of Somerset and most of Wiltshire - but, inevitably, there’s a whole hinterland around our borders that RREC members in other Sections might find enticing. We certainly hope so.

Looking back over the 50 years we appear to have enjoyed an active membership of around 100-150 people - which is certainly smaller than some neighbouring Sections. With so many people being attracted to live in our beautiful and historic part of the world in recent times we have high hopes that membership will grow.

As part of our half centenary celebrations we’re taking the opportunity to make the Wessex Section of the RREC more relevant to the busy way we live our lives today.

So we’ve launched the Section’s first website - which we hope you will find is filled with engaging material and important member information plus full details of all of our events.

And we have a regular emailed Newsletter to keep you right up to date with what is going on in the RREC Wessex Section.

So here’s to the next 50 years.

(Author Brian Palmer - with thanks to Chess Ferrier)