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Newsletter November 2017

Hi All,

Event Reports:


It was good to see so many of you at the Club Night on what was a very dark and dreary day. I’m sure the 40 who signed in thought it was worth it, with another of Nigel’s fine quizzes. Well done Nigel, many thanks. The quiz was far ranging with many different topics and it kept the room quiet for a good long time. After going through the answers (with lots of ‘I knew that’ and ‘I told you so’), there was the count up and the clear winner was eventually found and yet again David Harrison won again this time ably assisted by David & Diane, well done.

Future Events:

It is a quieter time of year now but we still have some events for you to join in:

Tuesday 5th December – Club Night. General natter evening


Tuesday 12th December – Xmas Meal. At the Golden Cross from 7pm ready to sit down at 7.30pm. I have well over 50 people booked and paid so far but there is still plenty of space in the pub if you would like to join us and the menu is below. The booking form can be downloaded from the club website. 3 courses for £20, Matt has however agreed to a 2 course menu at £17.00 (which still includes the coffee/tea and mince pies). There will be the usual prize draw and every couple will receive a prize!!


1) Oven-Baked Button Mushrooms. In a garlic & mature cheddar sauce, served with rustic bread.

2) Potato & Leek Soup. Topped with gruyere & pancetta flakes.

3) Game Terrine. With toasted rustic bread.

4) Scottish mussells In A Tomato, Chorizo & Paprika Sauce. Served with sourdough bread

5) Bourbon Glazed Chicken Wings. Served with a blue cheese dip

MAINS – All come with honey roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables

6) Traditional Roast Turkey. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, ‘pigs in blankets’.

7) Roast Beef. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, ‘pigs in blankets’.

8) Pan Roasted Sea Bass Fillet. With a lemon cream sauce, with crushed baby potatoes.

9) Butternut, Emmental & Quinoa Roulade. Served on a bed of crushed baby potatoes with a jug of creamy cheese sauce. (V)

10) Beef Brisket In A Mushroom & Balsamic Jus. Served on a bed of creamy mash.

DESSERTS – Followed by Fresh Coffee and mince pies

11) Christmas Pudding. With brandy sauce.

12) Chocolate Brownie. With chocolate sauce and icecream. (V)

13) Spiced Apple Crumble. With custard

14) Vanilla Cheesecake. With raspberry coulis.

15) Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served with custard and a rich toffee sauce.



New Year’s Day 2018 – Chilly Willy Run. I have now booked us at ‘The Oak’ in Upton Snodsbury and as discussed last month we will start from the Golden Cross, be there from 11am ready to start at around 11.30am. I will be setting out the route in the next few days and as ever will offer an alternative route should the weather require it. The Oak have requested that we place a pre-order, so can you please let me know if you would like to join the run (I will be inviting the other local clubs as well) and if you would like to have lunch please choose from the menu attached to the newsletter.

Tuesday 2nd January – Club Night and AGM. I’m sorry this has come round again so soon but it needs to be done. As ever if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda or if you would like to be involved in the running of the Club, then please let me know before the evening and it can be included, also please attend so I don’t have to talk to myself, it will take no more then 15 minutes I promise.

Sunday 25th March – ‘March Madness’ Spring Sunday Lunch Run.


Sunday 22nd April – Drive it Day Run. Nigel is in control this time and he has already booked an end venue, so full details will be available soon but reserve the date.


Tuesday 1st May – British Motor Museum 25th Anniversary Run. 2018 will be the 25th Anniversary of the BMM (formerly Heritage Motor Centre) and I’m planning to organise an event to help them celebrate this date. It’s early days with the planning but hope to get something sorted out as the Museum have no formal celebration planned.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) – St Audries Bay. The deposits for the ‘Week-end away’ have now been paid and Nigel is busy planning for the event to include a run out on the Saturday into Lorna Doone Country. If you are not yet booked for the week-end (I think it is 46 Nigel has on the list) there are a few chalets left but don’t leave it too long, have a word with Nigel.

Tuesday 2nd October – Arden MG Club 30th Birthday. After various discussions with several people who were around at the time (not least John Saunders who founded the Club), I have determined that the first meeting of the Club was the first Tuesday of October 1988, which makes 2018 the 30th birthday. As I missed the 25th birthday I think we should celebrate the 30th next year. I have a few ideas of things to do, so keep the date free.

Other Events:

Sunday 17th December 2017 – Holly Run. Once again the Morgan Three Wheeler Club have invited us to join in their run. The start (and finish) is at the Old Wagon & Horses, Kidderminister (on the A451, post Code: DY10 3NX) at 10am. It will be about 20 miles of country roads and is open to anyone with an ‘interesting’ vehicle. Sunday lunch will be available at the end, however it is advisable to book (01562 701 367) for 12 O’Clock, mention you are with the Morgan Three-wheeler Club.

Spring 2018 – MGCC AutoSOLO. The Midland Centre are looking to run an AutoSOLO next year and are trying to gauge interest. The idea of an AutoSolo is starter competition which is non damaging with only 1 car moving at a time. There is forward motion only, against the clock but precision is also important. No special equipment is required for the car, no special cloths or licences. It is also suitable for youngsters (over 14) and they want to get them involved. If you or anyone you know, especially younger people would like to get involved please let me know and I will collate the replies to pass them onto the Centre Committee. The current plan is to hold the event at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, where there is a lot of space and run-off areas.

18th August 2018 – Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, however they have stated that the hotels are getting booked up so you may need to pre-book as soon as you can.

Other Matters: 

Bloodhound: Mike Green has kindly sponsored the Bloodhound project in the name of the Arden MG Club. The Club name will now be added to the tailfin of the vehicle. Mike had been down to Newquay to watch the first speed trials of the vehicle in readiness to make a challenge on the outright Land Speed Record with a view to breaking the 1000mph barrier. The project is headed by Richard Nobel with Andy Green as the driver/pilot (they currently hold the LSR with Thrust SSC) and they have been using the project to involve schools and generate interest in engineering, so a great undertaking and many thanks to Mike for getting the Club involved. He has been given a certificate which I will upload on the Club website (see the section: ‘Donations & Certificates’). Great, thanks Mike & Jane.


Club 2018 Calendar: At the Club Night there was a general consensus to have another calendar and Norman Large has volunteered to put the calendar together this year and it will be of a similar design to previous years but the reproduction of the photos will be much better!! We hope to have them available for the December Club Night but that is a very tight deadline, so may fall back to the Xmas Meal evening. We are planning to produce 25 and expect the cost to be around £5 to £6, if you would like to reserve one please drop me an email.

I can still provide the Arden MG Club film as put together by Graham Robson, it runs for an hour and includes stills and videos from several past club events. It’s good fun trying to spot yourself. If you would like a copy just let me have an SD card or memory stick (minimum 6 GB) and I will down load it for you.


What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:


The only thing I’ve done this month is take the windscreen apart to see if I can replace the glass that was chipped by a stone on the run down to St Audries Bay back in June (I have previously replaced the whole screen in the car with a second hand one).

Let me know what you have been doing in or with your MG.


My MG: This Could Be You 

I have used all my stories to date, if you would like to be included then drop me a line with your story and don’t forget to include some photos.

Happy MG-ing,