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Newsletter September 2019

AGM – Tuesday 7th January 2020 – IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:

Alan, after 8/9 years has announced that he is going to stand down from the post of Events Sec at this coming AGM, so we will need a replacement!! This has made me think it is time for a change, I have come to the conclusion over the last few years that 10 years is probably long enough to be running the Club. It is now drawing to the end of my ninth year as Chairman, so I think this a good time to be looking at the succession plan for future years and for someone with new ideas and enthusiasm to come forward and continue to progress the Club. The Club keeps getting bigger, which is great but maybe it needs a new approach in the way it is run, so please all have a think about the future you want for the Club and how we can achieve it. I would be very pleased to discuss this with anyone, so let me know your thoughts.


Back to the normal run of the Newsletter, firstly my apologies again for missing the previous 2 Club nights, August was the only time we could get to Denmark, however the September holiday was arranged to see the start of the Spanish 'Grand Tour' cycle race, La Vuelta, which started in the local town to where we stay in Spain, so a golden opportunity to see the event and ride a stage of a Grand Tour. The opening stage, for anyone who didn't watch it was a 'Team Time Trial' where the whole team ride together against the clock, this photo is of the Team Ineos, the only team from GB.

Only one event to report on, The Wellesbourne Lions Classic Fun Day. Although this was not billed as a Club Event a good few attended and displayed under the Club Flag & Banner. Nigel reported that it was a good day and from the photos sent by Clive there was plenty of sunshine. Should we put this Show into the Calendar for next year?

Future Club Events:

Organising the Future Events:

In view of what has been said above, I'm going to try a new way of organising the calendar and how we arrange events. With this Newsletter is a list of potential events for 2020 (this list is not exhaustive or cast in stone, if someone wants to add an event, great and if no one is interested in an event then it can be removed), as you will see the column on the right hand side is titled 'Organiser'. The idea is for people to volunteer to organise an event, just let me know and I will put your name against the date. If no one volunteers then the event will not happen. Remember the task of organising an event need not be onerous and there are plenty of folk in the Club to seek advice from and to assist with the running of the event, in fact it would be helpful to have a group to assist on the day, if required. Scroll to end to view.

Sunday 13th October – Malvern Festival of Transport:

Everyone has got their tickets for the Show, just be there before 11am, however after consulting the weather forecast Alan & The Team have decided NOT to offer bacon butties, so take the appropriate actions or there are food outlets in the Show.

Friday 18th October – Skittles Night:

We are now fully booked for the Skittles Night but for those who are going, it is at the Butchers Arms in Mickleton. Be there from 7pm and we will start skittling as soon as we can. Around 8.30pm the hot self-service buffet will be ready, with a choice of Steak and Ale Pie, Beef Lasagne (Gluten Free) or Chicken Coq au Vin, served with Chips and peas. Those who have been before will know parking can be in short supply, so car sharing would be a good idea, have a look on the website to see who is booked and if you know someone lives near you or on the way, then see if you can arrange lifts. If anyone needs to know who lives near them or phone number please ask me.

Tuesday 5th November - Club Night:

Social gathering at the Golden Cross. There will be the postponed talk/demo on the project to fit electric motors and batteries to the MGB. They will bring one of these cars with them, probably the red one.

Tuesday 3rd December – Club Night:

Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Tuesday 10th December – Xmas Meal:

The full details about the Xmas Meal are on the website, however the menu for the Golden Cross is as follows:

Christmas Fayre Menu


Home Made Leek & Potato Soup Topped with Carrot Crisps,

Served with a mini loaf.

Oven-Baked Mushrooms. In a Creamy Garlic Sauce, (V)

Served with garlic bread.

Duck & Port Pate,

Served with mini loaves.

Prawn Cocktail with Marie Rose Sauce,

Served on a bed of lettuce and farmhouse brown bread.

Vegetable Spring Rolls, (V)

Served with a sweet chilly dip.

BBQ Chicken Wings,

Served with a garlic dip.

MAINS – All served with roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables

Traditional Roast Turkey,

Served with roast potatoes, stuffing, ‘pigs in blankets’ and topped with a proper Yorkshire Pudding.

Roast Beef,

Served with roast potatoes, stuffing and a proper Yorkshire Pudding.

Salmon in a White Wine Sauce,

Served with crushed new potatoes.

Mushroom, Spinach & Truffle Pie, (V)

Served with creamy mash and gravy.

Slow Roasted Belly Pork,

Served on a bed of creamy mash potato.


Christmas Pudding.

With brandy sauce.

Chocolate Brownie,

With chocolate sauce and ice cream.

Spiced Apple Crumble,

With custard

Vanilla Cheesecake,

With raspberry coulis.

Sticky Toffee Pudding,

Served with custard and a rich toffee sauce.

Fresh Coffee and Mince Pies - £2 Per Person,

Please order and pay on the night

We have booked the Restaurant for the evening and bookings will be entered in order of receipt (last year we overflowed into the main pub, so the earliest bookings will be seated in the restaurant). The cost will be £20 per person for the 3 courses, or £18.00 for 2 courses, please note coffee (or tea) and mince pies are not included but can be ordered on the night at £2. Entry into the raffle is included. To book please let me now your selection from the menu, or send me your completed booking form (Paul Dunster, 24 Emmerson Ave, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9DX), cheques made payable to ‘Arden MG Club’ (they will not be presented until end of November). As in previous years we will try and group the tables as per your requests.

Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Chilly Willy Run:

Yes our traditional first event of the year will be running again on New Year's Day. As last year's event was getting too big, this year it will be just The Arden MG Club but I hope a lot of you will join me to start the New Year with a tour of the Warwickshire countryside and lunch. The start will be at the Golden Cross, arrive from 11am and we will depart around 11.30/11.45. More details soon.

Tuesday 7th January 2020 – Club Night and AGM:

At the Golden Cross, see above for more details.

Weekend Away 2020 – Dorset – Friday 12th June to Monday 15th June:

I sent round a leaflet about the Weekend Away for 2020, which I will soon add to the website to download the pdf. Nigel has received a number of bookings, so it will be another good weekend but Nigel needs to have the deposits (£50 per couple) at the November Club Night at the very latest.

Other Events:

Nothing to promote this month.

Other Matters:

I'm pleased to say that the offer from Dusty to gave away a boot rack for a MGF/TF was taken up and Phil will no doubt be showing it off on his car.

Club Clothing:

A number of people have asked me about another order for the Arden MG Club badge clothing. I'm happy to collate some orders and send it off, the more stuff we order the better chance we can avoid the carriage charge. If anyone is interested in having any of the items, please check on the Club website and let me know what you would like. Depending on the response I will set a deadline at the next Club Night.

2020 Arden MG Club Wall Calendar:

I hope you will all be pleased to know Norman is all set to start putting a calendar together for next year, which will be in the same vein as previous editions to show photos from Club Events in 2019. I have had a suggestion that with all the artistic people in the Club we should offer the chance for them to produce an artwork that can be used in the months when there were no events. If you are interested in putting something forward, which needs to be Club or MG based, please let me know and we can reserve space for you, however be aware we need the artwork in good time to have the calendar printed for sale at the December Club Night.

We are going to produce 25 calendars again, so if you would like to reserve a copy please let me know, as ever 'First Come First Served'.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

We were in Spain again at the right time to see the Classic Car Meeting in the town, here is one of the MGs parked in the crowd. It looked very good, although the interior colour scheme was a bit garish!!

Guess the Car Competition:

I was pleased to receive several replies to this quiz, the first correct answer came from Phil B, with only a little help. Graham was next but needed a lot of help and Lech was correct with his first attempt but a little slow in sending. Dusty also had a try. Thanks to all of you. The answer of course is Terraplane, made by the Hudson Motor Co.

This month, Phil has sent me another one for us to guess at, this time all we need is the make of car but more info if you know it, would be welcome. Send me your guesses as soon as you like again a bottle of Old Speckled Hen for the first correct entry.

Happy MG'ing