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The George Singer Memorial Fund

ASCO is proud to announce the launch of this fund, which provides an opportunity for all Singer enthusiasts to help raise awareness of the George Singer connection with Kingston Mauward, the place of his birth, by supporting students at Kingston Maurward College, which now occupies the Kingston Maurward Estate on which George Singer’s father was Farm Bailiff.

Given that in the short term the fund value is likely to be modest, the money will initially be used to support suitable students with the provision of relatively low cost items such as transport and the purchase of books and other essential equipment. With your generosity it is hoped greater value grants might be possible in the future.

To make a donation three Payment Options are available:

Option 1: By sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank. Post this to our Membership Secretary, Chris Hayward, 30, Highfield Road, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 2DD.
Option 2:  By Direct Bank Transfer from a UK bank account. The ASCO account sort code is 30-93-20, and the account number 01381613. Please quote ’GSMF’ as a Payment Reference and e-mail the webmaster@asco.org.uk  that you had done so.

Option 3:  Using PayPal, including using a credit card.  Simply click on the PAY NOW Button below., then enter the amount you wish to donate in the ‘Price per Item’ box, but without the ‘£’ sign.  To pay using your credit card, select the ‘Check Out as a Guest’ option. You will receive an e-mail confirming your payment.
When you have made your donation, please e-mail the
webmaster@asco.org.uk that you have done so.

  Thank you.

ASCO has produced a Booklet  ‘A Brief History of the Singer Marque’, which covers Singer from the first bicycles to the last Singer ever made, in both words and pictures.  This was published in the May-June 2012 Mascot but you can see an updated version by clicking on the title.

We have also produced Boo                    klets on The Singer Gazelle and The Singer Vogue, both of which include The Story of the Rootes Group, and The Singer Boats - all by Nigel Hughes - click on the title to view.

If you would like a printed copy of these booklets, Click on the ‘MAIL US’ Button to request details of how to order.

HOT NEWS!!   Ian North and his 1907 Singer have successfully completed their run from Land’s End to John O’Groats to celebrate the Centenary of the ‘Non-Engine-Stop’ run made in 1912 by William Warn of Poole in a 25 hp Singer.  With Ian were three of William’s great-grandchildren, Heidi, Craig and Frank Clapp, Heidi’s husband David and Oliver, the dog and their support team.  Our hearty congratulations to Ian, Heidi and their team  on a fantastic achievement, and thanks to all who turned out to support them.   CLICK HERE for the Story from the Mascot.

GOOD NEWS for anyone looking for an M11 Oil Filter for their Roadster/SM 1500 engine. CLICK HERE for details on how to make yourself a replacement cartridge from a readily available element. A new Link has been added to the 'Singer Sites' page to give access to the Beaulieu list of Singer publications held in their library. Go to Links>Singer Sites.


George Singer’s Birth-Place.

Through some painstaking research we have now located the place in Dorset where George Singer, founder of the SINGER Marque, was born.

At the time George was born, on 26th January 1847, his parents, George (Sen) and Hellen, lived in what is now the Old Manor on the Kingston Maurward Estate in the Parish of Stinsford, Nr Dorchester, where George (Sen) was a Farm Bailiff on the estate.  The house had been divided to provide accommodation for several  estate workers and their families.

Guided visits to the Manor House were a major part of our George Singer Day at Kingston Maurward on 13 September  2013, when we held our Annual Singer Car weekend in the Dorchester area, and unveiled a plaque by the gateway to the house to commemorate the occasion.

CLICK HERE for full coverage of this special event

It is with great sadness we have to report the death of Fred Pursey a long term member and friend at the age of 91. Fred would attend many of our national rallies after parking his caravan somewhere nearby and would circulate quietly chatting to fellow members. In 2015 he finally finished restoration of his 1939 Bantam and it was on the road again after over 40 years.

Despite not being in the best of health in recent years Fred continued the restoration of a 1930’ Singer Coup and had virtually finished the rolling chassis stage.

He was very knowledgeable of the Singers of this period and we will all miss him greatly.

Our sincere condolences to his son Steve and daughter-in-law Marion.

Fred Pursey - 1928 - 2019

Allan Jones