ELLESMERE College is gearing up for the return of a popular charity classic car rally which promises to be ‘bigger and better than ever’.

It will once again be the historic setting for the annual Classics at the College event which attracts many well-preserved cars from across the country and raises money for Hope House Children’s Hospice in Oswestry.

Organisers of the event on Saturday, June 1 said spaces for cars are sold out but people can still attend the school grounds and there will be more entertainment than ever as they aim to beat their previous fundraising totals and collect £5,000 for the charity.


Julie Kirk, a support for learning teacher, said: “Ellesmere College is proud to be able to support Hope House because we are moved by the superb work in supporting young people and their families, bringing fun and enjoyment into their lives through the most difficult of times.

“We are excited to hold our sixth classic car rally this year, it is always great fun on the day, with plenty for the whole family to do.

“We are hoping to be bigger and better than ever this year, with refreshments, stalls, live music, bouncy castles and an inflatable assault course, as well, of course, as the many beautiful classic cars on display, against the backdrop of Ellesmere College’s spectacular buildings.

“We do have a huge amount of space on the grounds so we welcome people to come straight here to exhibit their cars – they can turn up even if they haven’t booked, the more the merrier.

“The challenge is on, once again, to beat our fundraising total each year.”

Among the cars taking part will be last year’s vintage car winner – a 100-year-old Salmson model VAL3, restored and driven by Nigel Coulter, from West Felton, near Oswestry.

The first event in 2018, organised alongside David Sears, from the Shropshire MG car club, raised £1,600.

Attendees can take part in a two hour drive from Hope House in Morda to Ellesmere College where vehicles will be displayed and where entrance for spectators is free.

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David said: “For those travelling from Hope House, it’s a privilege to meet some of the children at the hospice – the children and the car owners love it.”

Vicky Bradbeer, area fundraiser for Hope House, added: “Thank you to Ellesmere College and the Shropshire MG Club for continuing to organise this wonderful event.

“We’ve been delighted to see Classics at the College become an annual fundraiser, which grows in popularity every year.”