SMGEC Visit to Isle of Man 2019 - Enjoying MG Article

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This entry was posted on 19/11/2019 by Des Barnard.

November 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

The last day of August saw Roger and Maureen Wood taking 7 cars to display at the Eccleshall Show, with much to see and do they enjoyed a good fun day out.

The September Club night was well attended. For entertainment, Renton Ward had laid on one of his obscure “name the celebrity” picture quizzes which resulted in much head scratching. Yet again the winner was Janet Wallis, too much time reading Hello magazine Janet!!!!

The main event of September was the 4 day Norfolk Away Days tour organised by Phil and Cathy Wellstead. On the route down the group stopped off at MGOC headquarters for a guided tour. Based at the Sprowston Manor Hotel 14 MG`s and their crews enjoyed a packed itinery of driving and sightseeing including visits to Eley and Norwich Cathedrals and much more.

The Third Thursday coffee morning found us at Denstone Farm Shop where we were delighted to be joined by Ken and Dorothy Beamond, Ken has been very poorly for some time and not able to attend Club events so it was great to see him up and about again.

On the 21st SMGEC had 12 cars in a Classic Car display at the Huddlesford Heritage Gathering at the Lichfield Canal Cruising Club Marina. This is primarily a canal boat meeting but also includes a classic car show. Des and Gill Barnard are both MG and narrow boat enthusiasts and they organised our visit. The glorious sunshine added a bonus to a splendid day with cars, boats, club displays, live music and much more to enjoy.

No monthly report would be complete without SMGEC members eating out! So a visit to The Red Lion at Hopwas was arranged by Renton and Helen Ward where 25 members enjoyed their meals and a good natter.

This entry was posted on 28/10/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

October 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

SMGEC has supported Donna Louise Hospice as our Charity since 2001, so we were delighted to welcome their representative Chris Belyavin to our August Club night where he gave us a detailed presentation of the work that the Charity carries out with children and young people. Our treasurer, Des Barnard, then presented Chris with a cheque for £750.  Chris in turn presented the Club with a “Donna Louise Hero” certificate in recognition of our total donations of over £15000.

On August 4th we visited the MG Car Club`s sprint at Curborough Circuit near Lichfield.  12 cars met up at the Strawberry Cabin Café for coffee before setting out on a 30 mile run to the track. There we enjoyed a group picnic and watched the track  action before moving on to Mabel’s Tea room at nearby Curborough Craft Village to end the day with afternoon tea and cakes.

The August Coffee morning at Byrkley Garden Centre was well attended, as usual, for a good club natter.

August 18th saw 10 cars and crews attending the Lupin Farm show, organised by farmer Edwin Tipper. This is without doubt the best show of the year with hundreds of cars, motorcycles, commercials, military vehicles and much more on show. It has great atmosphere and as a bonus over £15000 was raised for charity.

The Swan at Whiston was the venue for the last Pub run of the year organised as usual by Richard and Susie Homer, 24 members sat down to enjoy the meal and company.

August ended with an invitation from South Staffs MG Club to join them at their Mallory Park Race Day Picnic, 5 cars attended on a scorching hot day to enjoy the racing and to join  50  other MG`s on a lunch time track drive. 

Happy MG motoring.


Des Barnard presenting the cheque for £750 to Chris Belyavin of Donna Louise, our chosen charity.  

This entry was posted on 06/10/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

September 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

We were pleased to welcome two new members, Matt Garfield and John Laban, to our July club night at the Barns, they add a MGB and the first MG ZR+ to the fleet. After dinner Peter Wallis put on a splendid presentation DVD of our recent trip to the Isle of Man complete with matching soundtrack, very professional!

On the 7th we joined other car clubs at an old favourite, Cars in the Park at Lichfield. We put together a   good turnout of 14 MG`s for this charity event including Glyn John`s newly restored MGB which attracted many admiring looks. The usual bacon butties from Paul and his ladies got the day off to a good start and the fine weather gave plenty of opportunity to view the cars and enjoy an ice cream.

The monthly coffee morning returned to the popular Strawberry Cabin at Hints with a good turnout enjoying coffee and a natter.

July`s main event was The Cider Run on the 21st arranged by Phil and Cathy Wellstead along with Tony and Jan Clarke. After meeting up at the Granary at Weston Park for breakfast, 13 crews set out on an enjoyable 68 mile run to the Weston Cider Mill at Much Marcle, making a halfway coffee stop at the Larch Barn at Cleobury Mortimer. After a group picnic and a visit to the Mill and shop a 60 odd mile run home completed a fine day out.

The month ended with an evening pub run to Ye Olde Dun Cow at Colton organised by Ye Olde Brian and June Cooper! These pub meets are very popular with SMGEC members for whom good food and good company are an important part of our Club life.

 Interested?  Then why not take a look at our website for more details.


Parked at Weston Cider Mill






This entry was posted on 09/09/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

SMGEC becomes a Donna Louise Hero!

At the August Club Night, the members were treated to a presentation by Chris Balyavin from the Donna Louise fundraising team who explained all the recent developments at the Donna Louise. This hospice, based in Stoke, provides care and support services for children, young people and their families across a wide area of Staffordshire and South Cheshire. See for more information.

Stafford MG Enthusiasts Club has supported the Donna Louise for many years since the formation of the club. After the presentation, Chris presented the club with a certificate recognising the club as a "Donna Louise Hero" for raising in excess of £10,000 for the charity over the last 10 years. The club also presented Chris with a further cheque for £750, bringing the total donations to Donna Louise since the formation of the club in 2001 to over £15,000, with a further £1,600 being donated to various other charities.

SMGEC Donna Louise Hero Certificate

This entry was posted on 10/08/2019 by Des Barnard.