A Thank You on Behalf of Robert and Rita Dunnett 


Unbelievably it's been a year since we lost mum and dad, and sadly due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the Coronavirus, I am only now completing my role of executor in sorting their estate. As you may know, it's a very long, frustrating process, complicated by the emotional pulls of dismantling your parents' home of the past 43 years. We have also been unable to hold a "celebration of life" with their extended family and friends that we had initially planned for last September - which would also have been their 60th wedding anniversary, but because of the "lock downs" we've not been able to do this. One pleasant surprise, however, is that my two daughters have signed up to do the "McMillan Mighty Hike" in July in memory and celebration of their grandparents and will be walking 26 miles from Long Melford to Flatford to raise monies for that fantastic team of people who helped my mum and dad so much. Should any members wish to support them, I've attached the "just giving" link, 

but please, no obligation (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thedunnettduo).

 As a result of the above, we have been unable to extend a huge "thankyou" to all the SVEC members who sent such kind messages following the loss of mum and dad only six weeks apart, and also those who made my parents so welcome over the many years they were members - especially those who assisted my mum, particularly in the latter years, when her mobility was so difficult. Their kindness enabled them to enjoy and attend the many events the club hosted, and as well as attending events in dad's many classics (the Austin A40, Sunbeam Rapier, Austin Westminster and latterly his Honda Concerto). They loved the events they attended, the road runs, fetes, but were always especially fond of the Harwich event, and Helmingham Hall, where dad was in his element talking about all things "motoring" for the whole event!.

 Fortunately, dad's Honda Concerto found a home with a fellow enthusiast in Nottinghamshire and has gone to live alongside a 1974 Toyota Crown and Ford Zephyr Mk1. Although the Honda was in excellent condition, the new owner last reported that he was cleaning the seat runners with a toothbrush, and re-greasing them with the correct Honda grease! - It's obviously a very loved motor car - something dad would be so pleased about.

The SVEC has been a really important part of mum and dad's lives over the past years, being instrumental in keeping them both active, interested and motivated to attend, support and enjoy the many activities organised. Many of the members were also very good friends and supported them in enabling them to continue to enjoy the club, and I just wanted to express my huge gratitude to all of the SVEC members who have gone above and beyond to have made this possible - my parents' lives were very much the richer for their kindness - for which I will always be grateful.

Kind regards

Mark Dunnett