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The Beauford Club

Spring 2017 Issue 109


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Chairman Dennis Following on from the article about making improvements to handling by fitting new bushes, I wrote to a couple of suppliers for their advice. The general opinion seemed to be that new bushes would not make the ride any softer or more comfortable, in fact they might make it tighter or firmer. A lot of manufacturers emphasise the performance benefits of poly bushes, but that’s not really what I’m looking for. Also to change all the bushes would cost several hundred pounds, so I would need to be pretty sure of any improvement they might bring. One firm suggested changing the springs and dampers: ‘if you want a softer ride then a lower rate spring is the answer. Of course you can then go too soft and end up with a boaty ride’. That was a new word for me and the spell checker - Boaty. It seems I would need to know the performance characteristics of the existing springs and dampers, together with the weight on each axle before I can start to think about making an informed choice. This means finding a suspension specialist, and getting some sort of measurement or analysis on the existing parts and then deciding on replacements. So of course I’ve ended up doing nothing about it for now but I have, finally, got round to making a modification to the hood frame that I have been thinking about for some time.

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I have always found it awkward to store the two piece centre section, either in the luggage trunk or behind the back seat. It occurred to me that if I joined the two parts in the centre and then made cuts near the side panels, it should make life easier. I hesitated about doing this until I thought about making the new cuts at a 45 degree angle, which means they naturally find the correct alignment when fitted. I joined the centre with a couple of pop rivets, made the angle cuts and then riveted pieces of steel tube into the cut ends, put filler in the ends and marked N/S and O/S respectively. The middle section is 37� long so it fits in the luggage box and the two side pieces are much easier to store. All in all I’m very pleased with my handiwork.

As I mentioned last time, I will not be at the club AGM this year, but I hope as many of you as possible will make the effort to attend, and I wish you fine weather. Happy motoring Dennis 7


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Club Secretary Liz OVENDEN’S OFFERING We’ve not long been home from our annual “winter” holiday in the sun, and this year, having booked up earlier than usual we managed a two week cruise of the Caribbean. Very nice, although I was slightly restricted because I still cannot walk long distances without getting muscle pains and the urge to walk along clutching my bum cheek! Still it was a nice holiday even though the booked Dreamliner aeroplane did not materialise, which as I said to Thomsons, I believe to be a figment of their imagination. The May Bank holiday comes earlier this year, in fact it’s the earliest it can ever be with the Sunday (day before) being the 30th April and Bank Holiday Monday the 1st May, so this magazine is being sent out a little earlier than the three month gap so that members can have a full run down of events commencing with the Stoneleigh show. Tony and I have just remembered that at Stoneleigh last year we decided to alter the two gazebos so that each of the two backs and the two fronts (I have tried very hard not to refer to them as backsides) should be joined together by sewing tape on to the middle edges where they meet because at present they are zipped together which interferes with the top covers overlapping the frames. Unfortunately, nearly a year has gone by since this decision was made and we really should have done it then because by now we have completely forgotten how we were going to do it. This means that a trip over to the container which houses the club trailer is called for and the two gazebos and bags of covers need to be brought back home to see if we can sort out what is needed. Hopefully we will get round to doing this next week sometime.

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We have yet to bring our Beauford out of its winter storage and this too must be done soon rather than the usual practice of leaving it to the Friday before Stoneleigh but Tony always seems to have something else to do – currently he is finishing off another dolls house for me, a huge affair which we bought very cheaply as an unfinished project and which turned out to have half its bits missing. The intention was to finish it and then sell it on as we really did not have anywhere to keep it. However, where there’s a will there’s a way and another table is in the process of being made for the porch and the new house will sit there. I will need to make a few décor changes to the outside of it as it currently has brick paper and I need to change this to brick fascias which will be put on one by one, a laborious and time consuming task but worth it. Subscriptions As you all know subscriptions were due on the 1st March and I came back from holiday to a nice pile of them, so thanks to all those who either sent me a cheque or did a BACS transfer and my apologies for you having to wait a week or so to get your new membership cards. However, at the time of writing this there are still quite a lot of overdue members and I will be putting a reminder on the front of the envelopes, so those who do not read the magazine straight away will know that there subs are outstanding. Don’t forget it’s £15 for the subscription and another £10 if you wish to remain or go on the wedding listing on the web site. I will leave the wedding listing as it is until after Stoneleigh then anyone who has not paid will have their listing removed. Please also remember that this will be the last magazine you will receive unless subscriptions are paid up. You may also find that when your insurance is due for renewal your insurance company may well ask for proof that you are a member of a car club, otherwise your premium may well be higher. Don’t forget that the club is here to help members locate spares and give advice and if we do not know the answer then we quite often are able to give you details of someone who may be able to help.

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If you wish to pay your subs directly into the club’s bank account, details are as follows: HSBC Sort Code 40-39-11 Account 82095203 The Beauford Club Please insert as a reference your membership number or name (number is better as we do have a couple of members with the same name) All membership cards are in individual names not company names. Or if you want to carry on sending cheques then that is fine just make cheques payable to The Beauford Club and if your details (address, phone number email, etc) have changed then please let me know Beauford Registrations/Tale of Woe I have not heard anything more from the owner of the car which was the subject of the article in the last magazine apart from the fact that he was getting a quote from a Beauford builder to see how much it would cost to strip it down and make it IVA compatible. Thanks also to our member in Belgium who sent in a rather lengthy but very detailed account of how European law currently stands on the registering of cars and this I have passed on to the owner concerned, but if anyone else is interested then please let me know. If I hear anything more from the owner I will let you all know. Be aware that Beaufords which are built on the continent or in Ireland may not be legal to operate in the UK. If you are considering purchasing one of these, then it is important to consider that they may have to be re-registered as a Beauford and be subject to an IVA inspection Shows - 2017 The Complete Kit Car magazine has recently published a list of shows which may be of interest to readers so thought I would list some of them below our regular shows which I thought would be suitable for Beaufords and see if anyone is interested. I will bring a copy of the list to Stoneleigh 10


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Sunday 30th April/Monday 1st May – National kit car show, Stoneleigh As already mentioned in the last edition, we have been given the same pitch as last year, opposite to Hall 3 (cattle sheds) just off Avenue M on 6th Street. There is a map in this magazine to show the show layout and where the club stand is. As usual Tony and I will bring the club trailer over to Stoneleigh about 2.30 pm on the afternoon of Saturday to set up the stand. Unfortunately this year Dennis and Maureen will not be attending the show as they will be in Australia and Ken and Carol Price will also be on holiday, because as previously mentioned the May bank holiday is earlier than normal and a lot of people thought it would be the following week. This does mean that Tony and I will not be able to set the stand up on our own so we would very much appreciate any help that members in the area could give. Just turn up in your “every day” cars and tell them on the gate that you have come to help set up the Beauford Club stand. A minimum of four or five people are needed to set up the gazebos. On Sunday and Monday as usual we will have tea and coffee available plus lunch for those who attend the show. However, the bad news is that our breakfast chef, Ken, will not be at the show. I have not decided yet but there is every possibility that I may buy some bacon to make sandwiches for the early members as I know some have travelled a fair distance and prices in the showground are disgusting. I think I forgot to mention in the magazine last year, but we do have our own Beauford auto-jumble where members can bring any spare or surplus to requirement parts to sell or swop with other members, and provided it is not raining we usually have a table outside the gazebo with these parts on it. The other thing I need to mention is that we said at the AGM last year that we would have a “Best loved/nicest” car competition on the Sunday, whereby members and the general public could vote for the car they liked the best.

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The only stipulation is that the car and owner have to be on the club stand at 4.30 on Sunday to collect their prize which has been purchased at great expense and will be much sought after. We just need to work out the easiest method of voting (only one vote per member) which will be anonymous (no cheating please) Regarding the AGM I would please ask that if anyone who comes on Sunday could attend the meeting at 3.00. It is only just under an hour long, but members’ input to the Club is very welcome. I would also like you all to think about whether or not you would like to become a member of the Committee. This would only involve as much or as little as you are willing to do but the perks are that you get free membership, worth at least £15! ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Beauford Club will be held at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 30th April in the Warwick Hall Conference Centre, NAC Stoneleigh AGENDA 1. Apologies 2. Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting to be approved 3. Chairman’s Report 4. Treasurer’s Report 5. Secretary/Membership Secretary’s Report 6. Editor’s Report 7. Webmaster’s Report 8. Election/Resignation of Committee a. Chairman b. Treasurer c. Secretary/Membership Secretary d. Editor e. Web master f. Committee Members 9. Club Activities – different shows to attend 10. Club facilities (improvements/changes) 11. Any other business 12


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Hollowell Steam and Heavy Horse Rally, Hollowell, Northants Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd July Our summer holiday is now booked and we will not be away for this show so I have been on their web site, www.hollowellsteam.com and downloaded an exhibitors entry form. There is no mention of any charge for exhibiting and it is a lovely show. Entry for visitors is £10 adults, £8 OAP (that’s us) and £5 for children. Not sure if exhibitors have to pay this or not. If anyone fancies joining us then please have a look on their web site and let me (Liz) know. CRASH Box and Classic Car Club Historic Vehicle Gathering, Powderham, Devon Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th July I have now received information regarding this event which is the 44th Historic Vehicle Gathering to be held in the grounds of Powderham Castle This year the charities they are supporting are Pancreatic Cancer UK, The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment Foundation and MIND in Exeter and Devon and last year they raised £10,500. Again, this year they are encouraging people to attend the show in period dress (not compulsory) and having been to this show before I can attest to the fact that it is a good one. Details are available at www.historic-vehiclegathering.info Final entry closing date is 30th June. Annual Transport Rally, British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry Saturday 15th July I (Liz) have recently been on to their web site and telephoned them to be told that the British Ironworks Centre has grown and improved even more than last year and that there is even more to see now, including the Angel which has been made from all the knives collected by the police in the knife amnesty which happened last year. I am really looking forward to seeing this, along with all the other exhibits on show. Since writing the above I have now received details and entry forms for this show. There is a vehicle entry fee of £5 which includes complimentary lunch, tea/coffee and a special gift, which forms part of the 13


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exhibitor pass. By visiting the web site www.britishironworkcentre.org.uk and clicking on Events page an online entry form can be completed and entry payment made, or it can be posted back to them. The deadline for booking is 14 days before the show (end June). Alternatively I will have some booking forms with me at Stoneleigh. Peterbough Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show, 2nd and 3rd September Hopefully this year the weather will be kinder than last year for this small but friendly show, a short walking distance to the centre of town and their beautiful cathedral. If you are interested in attending then please let me know and you will also need to register on line at www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents and then follow the link to the show Other Shows courtesy of Complete Kit Car Magazine, with something for everyone: Motor Show Ragley Hall, Warwickshire on Bank Monday 29th May. A two day show (Sunday and Monday) but CKC Mag will be there on Monday and free access is available to readers who bring their cars by emailing your name and registration number to adam@performancepublishing.co.uk to obtain a free pass. London to Brighton Kit and Sports Car Run, Sunday 4th June. Taking the scenic route from Mercedes-Benz World London to Madeira Drive Brighton. Details available from www.classicmotorevents.co.uk Bristol Classic Car Show, Saturday/Sunday 17th and 18th June held at the Bath and West Showground, Somerset BA4 6QN. www.bristolclassiccarshows.com A big classic car show for the West country.

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Father’s Classic Day Out Sunday 18th June at Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire ST4 8JG. A great outdoor classic car show that welcomes kit cars. Book in advance via www.classicmotorshows.co.uk Classic Motor Show, Sunday 9th July, Hatfield House, Herts AL9 5AE A great outdoor classic car show that welcomes kit cars. Book in advance via www.classicmotorshows.co.uk Classic Motor Show, Sunday 16th July, Walsall Arboretum, W. Mids WS1 2QA A great outdoor classic car show that welcomes kit cars. Book in advance via www.classicmotorshows.co.uk Castle Combe Summer Festival Saturday 22nd July, Castle Comble Circuit Wiltshire SN14 7EY A new version of the kit and retro action day and an event for all types of cars with a dedicated space for kit cars clubs www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk Kent’s Kit, Custom and American Car Show, Sunday 23rd July at Aylesford Priory, Kent ME20 7BX. A summertime gathering with a dedicated kit car display area. www.kentskitcustomandamericancarshow.co.uk Nostalgia Show, Sunday 30th July, Beaumanor Hall, Leicstershire LE12 8TX A great outdoor classic car show that welcomes kit cars. Book in advance via www.classicmotorshows.co.uk Classic Motor Show, Sunday 13th August, Braemore House, Hampshire SP6 2DF A great outdoor classic car show that welcomes kit cars. Book in advance via www.classicmotorshows.co.uk Classic Motor Show, Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, Knebworth House, Herts SG1 2AX A two day show (Sunday and Monday) but CKC Mag will be there on Monday and free access is available to readers who bring their cars by emailing your name and registration number to adam@performancepublishing.co.uk to obtain a free pass.

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Regalia/Spares

Non Member A. Beauford scroll £25 B. Flying ladies £165 C. Heavy chrome badge £25 D. Blue/chrome badge £20 E. Sew on badge £2 F. S/steel bumper end tube £5 G. Bumper end tube caps £10 H. New type key ring £5 I. R/ board strip end caps £1.25 J. Lapel/tie/cap pin £3 K. Old style key ring £3 Headlamp rims pair £55 (not shown)

Members £20 £150 £20 £16 £1.50 £4.50 £9.50 £4.50 £1.00 £2.50 £2.50 £40

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Postage £0.75 £10 (incl insurance) £2.50 £2.50 £0.54 POA POA £0.75 POA £0.54 £0.75 £5.00 (pair)


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Editor Owen I don't ever seem to stop these days in my day to day life & today is no exception –this may turn out to be the warmest day of the year so far but I am inside doing my duty compiling this latest club magazine to ensure it is delivered to all members before the Stoneleigh show weekend. I am pleased to have received a couple of articles that will feature in this edition however I do need more for the future. Liz & I have talked about my plans for the next 12 months as my home life is about to get very very busy. She is hoping that I will continue to be editor . I don’t have an answer to this question at this time but I can say that an increase in support from all members to compile future magazines will determine my future. Enough about the future, just what have I been up to ( car related ) in the last few months?. Well I guess you could say I have gone from an amateur car painter, prepared to do small scratches & repairs to now full body work re-spraying It all started before Christmas 2016 when I decided one of my wedding cars was becoming too uneconomical to repair, plus Michelle & I have decided to scale down our collection of cars over the next few years. We currently have 4 Beaufords in use plus an un-built Beauford Kit with a rover V8 power unit & auto gearbox. I haven't decided what to do with this kit yet but I had planned to add it to our fleet of cars over the next 18 months but its amazing how plans can change in such a short space of time –in fact I am considering selling the project as it is with many additional items to go a long way towards building it. I currently have the Stoneleigh show in my calendar to attend this year & if I do make that decisions then more details will appear at the club “auto jumble” . Our other cars include 4 Daimler DS420 Limousines which are terrific pieces of British engineering but sadly over time they need a lot of TLC. One of these cars we have sold & it is beginning a new life in Holland and another ( my longest owned) has already had lots of structural welding but I decided it needs so much that its only options are a full rebuild with lots of new panels. It does have a lot of wedding jobs booked out over the next 2

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years so my best option was to have my other Daimlers painted to look exactly like the one no off the road. I had a few painters to choose from but I also had experience from a couple from work they had done for my before –Our Classic Mini & my Beauford build 2 years ago. A mixture of poor finishes, prices & availability of these painters led to my final decision however I was not prepared for one to agree to take the job on then only to find that once he got the car in his unit that it was “too big” . My final option was to take it on myself. It may not be a Beauford but the principles I have learned about spray painting still apply to any Beauford owner who may be considering a re-spray. This picture was taken 3 March 2017 when me & my car was used on set for filming an episode of the Police drama George Gently. Parked next to my Daimler is Inspector Gentlys Rover as used in the series

I had already invested in a compressor a few years ago & with the addition of 25 meter rubber hoses & water traps & High Volume Low Pressure spray guns I though I was ready to take it on. However at 6 meters long I had to get this right as bad painting will show. YouTube is clearly my friend as if I need to learn a thing or two about just about anything then this a an excellent source of information & “how to” demonstrations. Clearly preparation is key to any car spray painting so removal of bumpers, lights, chrome work came first followed by masking tape & masking paper. This took hours to do right as I did not want to paint the black roof of the car but I did want to change the very large lower sections 19


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from silver –including rust bubbles to a lovely Diamond white. I took the decision to use my palm sander with 80 grit paper to break down the silver & the rust bubbles. What this revealed was that a previous owner had used in my opinion too much filler instead of welding back in good metal. This stage of my preparation took 2 days to get right but at least now I had good metal & flat finishes ready to take base coats of white primer to ensure that the silver does not affect my final finish. Before loading up any paint to “shoot” at the car I needed to degrease the whole car with a special anti silicone fluid but once done I was ready. Masked up with my face mask to protect me from fumes I was ready & thinking it was such a large are to cover I decided to use my larger gun with a 1.7 needle. Yes it covered the large areas quickly & efficiently but once dry it was evident that the finish was too harsh so my smaller gun would be necessary for the colour I flattened back the primer with 600 then 800 paper & was ready to for the Diamond white colour coats. As I has painting in a sectioned off part of my garage & subject to outdoor temperatures & humidity I had to watch the weather forecasts very close so I could spread my spraying on the best weather days. My first attempt was the bonnet that was previously black & that I had removed from the car so I could reach other parts of the wings etc. Once I had 2 coats laid onto the bonnet it was time to be patient for it to dry sufficiently to be flattened for more coats. What I found was that my smaller gun with only a 1.0 needle did give a smoother finish but I had sadly suffered some water contamination & “orange peal”.

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This meant sanding back with 600 & 800 again to remove the poor results before more coats were applied. One this I was please about was than I did not seem to have a single run on the bonnet or anywhere on the car that I had spent hours preparing & spraying. I did however have more orange peal effects as more coats went onto the car which meant lots of vigorous flattening by hand with 1000, 1500 & 2000 grit wet/dry paper. From first coat of primer to last coat of colour has taken me 2 weeks due to other commitments & weather but the results look amazing. My once black & silver car now looks identical to the one I have chosen to take off the road for major rebuilding. However I noticed a 4 inch curtain run on the passenger door from the final coat of paint. I did not want to flatten & repaint the whole door so a little trick & had seen on YouTube came into effect. This consisted of a small amount of filler prepared & skimmed over the run, very thin & allowed to dry. This revealed the run in all of its horrific splendour but also allowed me to flatten it without harming the correct level of paint around it. Patience & lots of hand sanding later down to 2000 grit has produced an amazing result removing the run. Now all I have to do is machine the whole car with G3 paste & a white mop head, then buff before another machine polish with G10 finishing compound using a black mop head. The following page is a selection of pictures of the car as it is now –I have not had the time to put it back together but I am extremely happy with my results & I have saved myself over £1500 doing it myself. “nowts Impossible”

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Passenger side view buffed with G3 compound only. The results so far look amazing. Who’d have thought I could do this in my semi open garage at home?

Front view with chrome-work removed & lights masked

Removing the masking tape & sheeting has revealed minor overspray that will be easily removed with a careful pass of thinners

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A Better ride Following the article in issue 108 concerning a "harsh ride" A.Henneman, from Brussels Belgium would like to offer some pointers on what to do to improve on the Beauford car performance undercarriage wise. Suspension Alignment. this is a very important matter, to be checked is the wheel alignment, mainly the front wheels if the rear axel is of a rigid design. see sketch below. this for "Toe in & Out" as well as for the "Camber" If the "Toe in" is too much it will result in too much wear on the tires on the inside of the tire, so will excessive "toe out", also it will increase the fuel consumption in either case. Basically, these adjustments are based on the origin of the drive train, in case of my Beauford it is Ford Cortina MK 5, 1979 Series. For optimum adjustment it should be around 0°04' . With a total (both wheels) of 0°08' or there about. the "Toe in" on the rear axel on the Beauford should be dead centre and to be completely parallel to the front shaft. since they are fixed shaft type.

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This action will improve drivability, wear and tear on the from tires, as well as reducing unpleasant performance of the undercarriage. See sketch below; If a car has an independent rear shaft suspension the "Toe in" should be per Wheel at around 0°11' or for the two wheels at around 0°22'

The Camber should be negative but not too much for the front wheels, but nearly zero for the rear axel. Too much camber will also result also in excessive wear on the inside of the tire. Following the different undercarriage details, if one has never changed out the different silent blocks and connections, the rubber is usually worn out and will have too much play or total failure, rubber ages badly with time, Ozon, leaking exhaust fumes etc.

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The most solicited part is the rear connecting arm (is the connection between chassis and rear axle) this will really create a lot of noise and result in the fact that the rear axle is no longer continuously parallel with the front wheels, see sketch -

This is generally a list of the bushes in a Cortina suspension that over time will fail & need replacing. Doing this will improve the handling characteristics of the car and there are plenty of suppliers to chose from with a simple internet search.

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Please note that the connecting arm also has a connection to a torsion bar not shown in this sketch see details below for this item based on the Ford Cortina

Item 24 is the torsion bar front wheels and assembly 12 is the interconnecting rod, the items 13 can be purchased separately. (all these bushings can are made from PU rubber better than the natural rubber having a much longer live time)

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Item 14 is the anti roll bar as mention above, where as the item 6 is the interconnecting arm lower side, important bushes are items 2 & 3 (upper connecting arm) as well as items 7 & 8 (lower connecting arm). For the anti roll bar, depending on the state of the natural rubbers, could be replaced if there is too much play, this concerns items 11,12 & 13. Again most important is to having the wheels checked out for alignment by a professional company using the laser type equipment (latest version). Always demand a print out of the alignment report/action And where needed, replacing the different blocks and mounting Bushes.

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And Finally Texting for the over 40's and 50's. Kids have all their SMS codes like WTF, LOL and PMSL etc so here are some for the more mature person ATD -at the doctors BFF -best friends funeral BTW -bring the wheelchair HGBM -had good bowel movement WTL -where's the lubricant ISMSA –I’ve S*** myself again WTFMT -Where the F*** my teeth

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To Advertise here Contact Liz.ovenden@beaufordclub.org.uk

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