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Newsletter May 2018



The Golden Cross was packed again for another busy Club Night with 51 of you signing the register. We had 3 events to report on, although I have realised I forgot to mention the Malvern Show at the Club Night, there is too much going on!!!!! Starting with the event earlier in the day. Lots of you have told me they very much enjoyed the run to the British Motor Museum and the activities during the day, it was no doubt helped by the fine weather. I’m glad we didn’t go for the anniversary day of the 1st Heritage Run as that would have been the day after and the rain was of biblical proportions, you have got to have some luck sometimes!!!


During the day we were able to show the video that John Horn had taken way back during the 1st Run in 1993 and the video also included the 94, 95 & 97 runs. This video will be available to anyone who would like a copy, just let me have a memory stick (at least 4Gb free space) and I will return it to you with the file included. John was of course with us for the day, as was the founder of the Club John Saunders and I hope to see them again in October when we celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Club. I hope everyone learnt something from the ‘MG Tour’ I gave in the afternoon around the Museum’s MG exhibits.


Before that we had the very successful ‘Drive-it-Day’ Run and Nigel had arranged fine weather for this one as well!! We all set off in good time from the Golden Cross for a scenic and eventless (not like the March Madness Run) run to the Fox in Broadwell. It’s always good to drive down into the Cotswolds and a good day was enjoyed by the 40+ people on the run, well done to Nigel.

As mentioned above, earlier in April Alan and the ‘Team’ had arranged a display area for us at the Malvern Transport Show. We were a bit out on a limb but we put on a great display with 16 cars lined up around the corner. The team did a sterling job cooking bacon rolls for all those pre-ordering, they were delicious, many thanks and well done ‘The Team’. The weather was such that despite taking ages to erect the storm shelter no one sat under it, oh well there might be sun the next time!!!

Future Club Events:

Sunday 20th May – Day at Stratford Races: Nigel has got the tickets for the Races and will hand them out on the day. Please arrive before 11am, where we will have our own dedicated parking area close to the entrance. Nigel will then lead a guided tour out onto the course to explain the fences, then into the weighing room and finally the parade ring. He will also explain the betting system, but don’t blame us if you go home with less money than you came with!! Lunch can be a picnic among the cars or at one of the food outlets inside. Let’s hope this fine spell of weather continues until then.

Tuesday 5th June – Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Friday to Monday 8th to 11th June – Week-end Away: To St Audries Bay. For all those who are booked for the week-end Nigel has got a menu for the Friday and Saturday evenings and St Audries would like to have your pre-order for those evenings. Please see Nigel at the race day, if not he will email the menus to you.


Sunday 24th June – Chilly Willy WARMER Run: This event is now open for booking and as mentioned previously we have a dedicated menu for the day and the Oak would like to have your pre-orders and the deadline for these will be 19th June.

We will of course start from the Golden Cross and bacon rolls & coffee will be available for those in need of breakfast before the run!! The menu choices are as follows:

Chicken, Bacon & Cheddar Salad~ chargrilled chicken, streaky bacon on house mixed leaves & honey, mustard dressing 7.50

Honey Roast Ham, eggs & chunky chips 6.95

Deep filled Quiche, with house leaves & vegetable crisps 7.25

Lunch Battered Fish ‘n Chips, homemade tartare sauce & mushy peas 8.25

Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Baguette 5.95

Cheddar & Chutney Baguette 5.95

Honey Roast Ham & Wholegrain Mustard Baguette 5.95

Coronation Chicken Baguette 5.95

(baguettes are either multigrain or white)


Sunday 1st July – BMC & Leyland Show: At the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. I’m happy to start taking bookings for this show, we will be granted free admission to the show and museum and I hope our display area will be similar to when we visited a show there last year which is close to the Museum and Collections Centre entrances. Please note later MG cars (MG RV8, MGF & MGTF) will be accepted.


Tuesday 3rd July – Club Night: This will be our Show Night Evening. Make sure your car is clean and polished ready for the evening and what will the ‘special’ category be this year? No I don’t know either yet, any suggestions?


Wednesday 11th July – Joint Natter: With our friends in the MGCC Midland Centre, again the meeting will be at the Rose and Crown in Severn Stoke. Lech will lead a run over there starting from the Golden Cross, please let me know if you would like to join him.

Saturday 28th July – Badsey Flower Show: Please note change of date for this show. More details nearer the time.

Sunday 29th July - Chairman’s Picnic: This year’s picnic will be at Buzzards Valley Vineyard.

Tuesday 7th August – Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Saturday 11th August – Brailes Show

Sunday 19th August – MG TC 70th, Magnette 60th & MGB 50th Birthday Celebration: To celebrate Helen’s TC’s 70th birthday, Fred’s Magnette 60th and my MGB’s 50th birthday we are going to have a run to Nuffield Place. Book the date on your calendars.

Tuesday 4th September – Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Sunday 23rd September – Heritage Run Revisited: To replace our annual run I’m going to use one of the previous Heritage Run routes for a day out. Have you got the date in your calendar?

Tuesday 2nd October – Club Night: Arden MG Club 30th Anniversary Celebration. Graham Robson is going to make up a montage video to show on the night, so it would be good if everyone could send me their favourite photo of their car to include in this video.

Tuesday 6th November – Club Night: Guest speaker with a talk titled “Vintage Bentleys in the Roaring Twenties”

Tuesday 4th December – Club Night: Social gathering at the Golden Cross.

Tuesday 11th December – Xmas Meal: At the Golden Cross.

Other Events:

Classic Car Pub Meet –The Bell, Alderminster: I’ve been sent details of this new classic car pub meet to be held every second Thursday from May through to September, 6-8pm. Admission is free and there will be an outside bar and BBQ in the garden. They would love to see some MGs there, so if you are free on any of the dates please drive over to the Bell, I might see you there.

Wednesday 23rd May – Coffee Meeting: MGCC Midland Centre meeting at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSPONED further details later.

Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd June – MG Live: MGCC major annual event with racing at Silverstone.

Sunday 10th June – Midland Centre Touring Run: Details soon.

Sunday 10th June – Ratae Run: Around the quiet roads of Leicestershire
with the South Leics. MG Club. Starting at the White Horse, Broughton Astley, and finishing at Deene Park, east Northants.

Sunday 17th June – MGCC AutoSOLO. This event is has been cancelled due to illness of the organisers but they hope to run the event next year.

Sunday 17th June – MGs in the Park: Run by Oxfordshire MGOC at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford Oxfordshire OX18 4JP, the event starts at 10.00 and gives you a full day to enjoy Pride of Ownership, Cotswold Run of 25 miles, a selection of top Trade stands and MG Owners Club stand and a team from Swavesey. We have more attractions to announce shortly, but of course there is lots of entertainment to be seen in the Wildlife Park itself.

Entry this year to the Wildlife Park will once again be free for MG’s and their Drivers, whilst Passengers will received the discounted rate of £11.50 each, Children and Seniors £8.00 each. Just to confirm, OMGOC do not charge for your attendance, we are there to add to your fun. Over the last few years we have had between 500 and 600 MG’s coming from all parts of the country making our event the largest club event of its kind and certainly one of the biggest gatherings of MG’s each calendar.

Sunday 1st July – Cotswold Caper: Run by the Gloucestershire MGOC. On the run of almost 100 miles you will see the fabulous Cotswold Hills and this year we’ll also explore the Malverns. We start and finish this year’s run at Seasons Conference Centre in Cheltenham. The entry cost is unchanged at £25 for a Rally Plaque and Route Guide book. We are restricting the number of entries to 150 this year, so be sure to get your entry in. More details and an entry form can be found at:

Sunday 29th July – Midland Centre Summer Day Out: Being held at the Midland Automobile Club’s ‘Classic Nostalgia’ weekend at the Shelsley Walsh hillclimb venue. They have arranged discounted tickets. A good event if you are not going on the Chairman’s Picnic.

Sunday 5th August – Classic Vehicle Event: This year follows the huge success in 2017, from 11.00 onwards at Wootton Wawen Social Club B95 6AY. You would be most welcome if you have not already committed, and entry is FREE. Last year we had 40 plus vehicles and around a dozen motorcycles, so we are hoping for another good turnout again.

Sunday 12th August – Harrogate MGOC, Northern National: Pateley Bridge, entry fee £5.

Saturday 18th August 2018 – Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, there are only 6 places left, so a quick response would be required.

Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th September – Cotswold Airport Revival Festival: They say lots of things will be going on over the week-end at the airport, check out their website if you are interested.

Other Matters:

GDPR – I’m sure you are all getting thoroughly fed up hearing about this, so I hope this will be the last mention of the dreaded 4 letters. Thank you for your understanding to everyone who has replied to me and a final warning, this will be the last Newsletter you will receive if you have not given the Club permission to hold your details on our data base.

What Have You Done With Your MG This Month:

This is great, lots of you have sent stuff in this month, here goes in no particular order:


Andy Bourne sent me these photos taken on Drive-it-Day, he was a bit concerned about the homeless person sleeping in ‘our’ Memorial Shelter at GWR Toddington!!

He also sent me this photo of one group enjoying their picnic at the British Motor Museum during the 25th Anniversary Run Day.


Helen & Mike took the ‘TC’ down to The MG Era Day at Brooklands and despite the pouring rain they enjoyed the day. I was really impressed to see they were the only car with the roof down!!

Alan has been very busy with his Magnette and sent this photo of the new seats that he has installed, I think they look fantastic, just right for a wedding later in the year, well the 7th September to be precise and my daughter Jennifer would like half a dozen MGs to make up a convoy from Welford Church to Warwick House in Southam. The wedding is at 12.30, so if anyone would like to join the convoy please let me know.


Here is an interesting clip sent by Clive, it is from Car SOS but is it the car that needs saving, who is that in the background?


In the last Newsletter I asked for anyone with a ‘big’ car birthday this year to let me know and this has brought a great response as well:

Phil Bawn sent me this photo of a very special Anniversary Cake, congratulations to them. 50 years, well done.

Trevor Flint is very proud that he has owned his MGB for half it’s life which is 40 years this year. Here are a couple of photos before and after restoration.


My MG:

This is a very sad tale, so be warned, however if you are looking for a Rubber Bumper MGB Roadster with history make sure you read to the end.

“Last November I received the devastating news that I have Motor Neurone Disease (MND). This is a progressive degenerative condition of the nervous system leading to muscle wastage and eventually muscles that stop working altogether. There is no cure and currently only one prescribed drug and that will only slow the deterioration by between 3 and 6 months. It is life limiting in every sense. Since I started using the drug in February my condition has deteriorated rapidly. My right arm is useless and my left is weakening. My leg, core and back muscles have also weakened significantly to such an extent that walking and standing are difficult and I must use a wheelchair when going out. Getting up stairs is difficult and will soon be impossible so we are in the process of adapting our home by installing a wet room in the garage so that I can live on the ground floor.

The impact of this disease is that I have retired from work earlier than planned and have had to retire from all of the activities that I used to do; Golf, cycling, skiing and finally driving.

I’m not sure if there is a formal forum for advertising cars for sale through Arden MG but if this is possible I would be grateful if you could circulate the details of my car, known affectionately as “Morris”.


Morris is an MGB Roadster and was first registered in December 1975, registration number LRA 520P, colour Orange. I have owned him since May 1979. In the time I’ve had him, I have had 2 partial rebuilds, wings, quarter panels, door skins, cills etc and also fitted a reconditioned engine and new petrol tank. The MOT expires in April 2019. Current mileage is 85400.


For the last couple of years I have taken it to Tanworth Garage, Tanworth in Arden and before that to Arden Autos in Alcester, both of whom have done a great job of keeping the car on the road.


Like all MG owners I’m sure, I have a folder full of receipts going back years!

As you might expect, Hazel and I were shocked when we first received the diagnosis but the support network of NHS and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has been first class. We are very much living in the moment and making the best of every day. Very recently we went to Vietnam for 2 weeks and had a great holiday. Bearing in mind that Hazel was pushing me in a wheelchair it was just the right place to go because the people are so friendly and helpful!

We are being as open as possible about my condition as we think it is important to raise awareness of a little known condition. Sadly, the more involved we become in things MND, we are discovering how random the disease is, with young people with all their lives ahead of them being affected. Consequently, I would be grateful if you could share this post with the club members.

I am at home a lot more now so if anyone is interested in giving Morris a new home, I can easily arrange for a viewing.

I’ve been a member of Arden MG for 13 or 14 years and one of the first dates that I took Hazel on 12 years ago was the Treasure Hunt as was, now rebadged as the Quiz on Wheelz. We’ve had a great time on subsequent quizzes, even winning once and setting it the following year (and coming up with the Quiz on Wheelz name – ed), Drive It Days, Club Meetings and the splendid Heritage Runs. We will miss all these and the many people who we have become friends with.

We have challenges ahead but owning an MG for nearly 40 years has already gone some way in preparing me!

With best wishes for you, Caroline, the members and the Club.


Contact Details: 07710873105

Hazel and a group of my friends and family are helping people who have Motor Neurone Disease - please take a look.

I’m always looking for your MG story to tell in this section of the Newsletter, so please send me some words and photos of why you have your MG and your MG story to be included.

Safe MGing