About this website

Alan Wooding holds a specially commissioned Royal Delft pot after he was named Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Dutch Press Awards.

Retirement from full time work can be stressful for anyone thinking that their active life is over… but by simply treating it as a new beginning, it can make life a truly exciting experience.

Leaving work enables anyone prepared for the change – or maybe a challenge – to enjoy a completely new adventure. 

By joining a local organisation such as the U3A (University of the Third Age) and travelling with new found friends on organised holidays – both at home and abroad or even on a day trip – it not only broadens the mind, but can create a whole new lifestyle choice, companionship and learning.  

I hope you enjoy this website as much as I have had creating it.         Alan Wooding  

How to contact us 

"The cold never bothered us anyway!"... with apologies to Disney’s Frozen



Email: alan@always-on-the-go.co.uk

Facebook: Alan Wooding

Twitter: @wooding_alan

Phone: 0781 459 6927

Since retiring I organise and lead weekly walks for Bedford U3A - no matter what the weather! - in and around Bedforshire. I am also an active member of the Footprints Walking Group.



About the editor

Enjoying time with my wife Jo at Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side

Leaving school in 1962 at the age of 15 to become an apprentice compositor, I left a completely changed printing industry in 1991 with a change of direction to become the Sports Editor for the Biggleswade Chronicle.

However I had already spent more than 20 years writing and reporting on motor sporting events for the Premier Newspaper Group along with specialist national magazines, Autosport and Motoring News.

Over the years I have travelled widely and began writing travel articles in 2001 and was proudly named Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Dutch Press Awards at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in London's Pall Mall.

With my interest in motoring racing, I was also responsible for creating the SDC Racing Team for a Bedford-based construction company back in 1975 which operated for more than 20 years with enormous success.

Having also raced myself on limited funds, I finally switched to the cheaper off-road Autograss championships where I campaigned two Spectra-Minis with moderate success over several seasons.

Although I officially retired from full time work in November 2012, I have continue to supply and edit travel articles and features and theatre reviews for up to 22 JPiMedia (formerly Johnston Press) websites covering Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire parts of Cambridgeshire and sometimes Sussex.  

Premier Newspaper Group weekly publications: Milton Keynes Citizen; Bedford Times & Citizen; Luton Herald & Post; Biggleswade Chronicle; Dunstable Gazette; Hemel Hempstead Gazette; Leighton Buzzard Observer; Luton News; Warwick Courier; Northants Telegraph; Berkhamsted Gazette; Northampton Chronicle & Echo; Thame Gazette; Leamington Courier; Bucks Herald; Lutterworth Mail; Rugby Advertiser; Harborough Mail; Daventry Express; Banbury Guardian; Tring Gazette; Buckinghamshire Advertiser.

And on the odd occasion, the following JPiMedia publications: Eastbourne Herald; Crawley Observer; Worthing Herald; Littlehampton Gazette and the Midhurst & Petworth Observer. 

Besides the Premier Newspaper Group, I have also had many travel features published on the following two websites:

and http://ruthbrindlefeatures.com

Enjoying time with 'Harry Potter' and 'Willow' star Warwick Davis.

Heading for a win in the Class One final at the East Anglian Autograss Championships

My passion for motorsport saw me become a regular member of the St Neots Autograss Club where I entered two Minis

Having arranged a sponsorship deal to create SDC Builders Racing Team, my first driver was talented South African Trevor van Rooyen who won a total of 33 races in his first full season of competing in the UK. He raced a Little Staughton-built Formula Ford 1600 Royale-Minister RP26 and won two of the three 1977 British Championship titles. He was only beaten to a third championship crown by Nigel Mansell who took the title by a single point in the very last race although Trevor ended the year as Silverstone's 'Driver of the Year'.

Pictured with friends at the Tsitskamma National Park along South Africa's Garden Route

One of my favourite places in Europe is the Netherlands, especially the bulb fields around the Keukenhof Gardens close to the little town of Lisse

The stunning Dorset coast has always been a family favourite

Email address*