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 Weekend Away

Devon Valley Holiday Park, Shaldon

Friday 7th June to Monday 10th June 2019 

We have had another very enjoyable weekend away, this time to Devon Valley Holiday Park in Shaldon. It was a wet drive down on Friday but Saturday & Sunday were much better with lots of sunshine. The Saturday 'Run Out' was to Slapton Sands, the beach that was used and the practice ground for the D Day Landings and there is a Sherman Tanks that was dragged out of the sea and is now a memorial to those who perished during the run up to D Day. Sunday was another run out, organised by the Torbay MGOC, who are a new Club and struggled with the route instructions which were challenging but they were very hospitable and Cornish Pasties and Pork Baps were enjoyed at their normal venue of Dainton Park Golf Club. Saturday night was a bit of a Party' night thanks to Mike for bringing the party goodies. It was roofs down for those that could as we left, although the rain came long before we reached home. Many thanks to Nigel & Stephanie for all their hard work arranging the weekend for us, well done.

Here are a few photos from the weekend:













Drive-it-Day Run

Sunday 28th April 2019

The Golden Cross to Southcrest Manor Hotel



This year's run was very ably organised by Richard & Fiona, they even managed to get some sunshine through the day. They set out an excellent run through some lanes we have not been down before, with some fantastic scenery. We had our own parking area when we arrived at The Southcrest Manor Hotel and Richard & Fiona were already there to direct us where to park. The Sunday Lunch was very good and was supported by several quizzes (I had no hope with the plant questions I'm not a gardener!!). There were winners and there were prizes, however there was a tie for the 'Guess the Number of Eggs in the Jar' challenge and the tie breaker brought the same result so Mike Jones & Christine Large shared the jar, Mike passed it around at the Club night. A great day out thanks Richard & Fiona.
















 Malvern Transport Show

Sunday 7th April 2019


I'm told this went well, especially the bacon rolls (well done 'Team'), with a good few cars making a good display to show off our new banner and of course Richard Avery has become the Club's new 'recovery service', great sign.

Many thanks to Norman for the photos. 

















March Madness Run

24th March 2019

The Golden Cross to The Henley Golf & Country Club 


There was the usual start at the Golden Cross which was basking in spring sunshine (how do they keep arranging the sunshine???) and a super run of nearly 50 miles through quiet Cotswold lanes to finish at The Henley Golf Club. At the golf club they had organised a dedicated parking area for us and a private room for a very good lunch. Well done, everyone enjoyed it and no one ran out of fuel!!
















A big thank you to Alan &'The Team' for a great day out.



Guest Speaker

March Club Night

"In Praise of the Turbo Prop"


I think everyone who came to the Club Night enjoyed the talk by Patrick about his time in the RAF flying Hercules (Lockheed C130K) Aircraft (remember never call them planes!!), which was after working for the other Lockheed (Automotive Products). Patrick has a connection to MG having bought a 'B' new in 1969 (which he considers to be the best model year, still with leather seats but ones that reclined, does everyone agree?). The main advantage of the Turbo Prop aircraft is their short take-off and landing (STOL) ability, as well their low level flying capability, this was demonstrated with a short video showing the 'food relief drops' at Addis Ababa during Operation Bushel in 1985. He finished with some anecdotes about his time flying Andovers on the 'Royal Flight' but best to keep them to ourselves!! A great talk and we presented Patrick with the £60 takings from the evenings raffle but this was very generously increased to £100 by Mike Green and will be presented to Parkinsons UK as his wife is a sufferer.




 AGM & Club Night


8th January 2019

After the AGM we had 2 presentations, David had looked through the registers for all of last events (including Club Nights) to tot up who had attended the most and he found no less than 5 people with the same number of attendances, in alphabetical order: Fred Bury, Alan Cleobury, Paul Dunster, Steve Entwistle and Nigel Hook. In order to present an award it was necessary to have a 'draw' to decide the winner, so the five names were put into a pint pot and Dawn drew out Nigel, who was given the bottle of Champagne, well done to all and thanks for supporting the club so often. The second presentation was a thank you, which we like to do. A lot of work was put into making the Club's 30th Anniversary go so well and one of those jobs was to come up with the idea and produce the coasters that everyone received. It was very difficult to think of something different for this recipient as he is in the field of PR but a friend of mine has a laser cutter and he was persuaded to spend a lot of time to produce an image that could be laser cut. The final image was made up of 3 layers laid over each other (thanks to Chris Jarman for producing it) and I was able to present this to Norman Large, with many thanks from the Club.








Chilly Willy Run 2019

New Year's Day

The Potting Shed Café to The Golden Cross


Over 60 people and 35 cars, two thirds of which were classics or MGs which is great to see in the middle of winter, there was even a TC.  It was a bit busy at the Potting Shed Café, we had many more people than I booked for and they had not reserved all the space promised but the coffee was very good.  It was a good place to start from though and we enjoyed a nearly 30 mile scenic drive along lanes not normally used and the weather was kind to us and very mild.

As ever the Golden Cross put on a very good lunch, very hot, plentiful and tasty, despite the restaurant being full and us overflowing into the bar area.  It got a bit rowdy later when Graham in the 'naughty corner' (Fiona's comment) started letting off the balloons but all in good fun.

I hope you all enjoyed the day, thanks to Lech for assistance setting the route and Norman for the photos.