February 2020 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

With the year-end approaching it seemed a good idea to look back on our activities in 2019. Well, here goes. Highlights included two splendid 4 day trips, the first to the Isle of Man in May followed by a tour of Norwich in September, both adding to the long list of successful trips organised by SMGEC over the years.

SMGEC tries to cater for all our members’ interests, so the programme also included 12 Sunday runs to a variety of venues ranging from Shrewsbury Prison to The Weston Cider Mill, usually meeting up for breakfast before setting off on 50 to 60 mile runs, guided by tulip notes, arriving in time for a picnic lunch, a tour of the venue and ending with afternoon tea. In addition to the Sunday runs we also fitted in three mid-week factory visits to Morgan, Jaguar and the Cosford Restoration Hanger.

Classic Car shows have always been a feature of Club life, so we attended 6 this year including Catton Hall and Cars in the Park at Lichfield.  The bacon butties always proving popular!

Food! You will know that SMGEC members and food are never far apart so in addition to our monthly Club Night meals we also managed to munch our way through 11 coffee mornings and 6 evening Pub Run meals.

The final event of the year was a splendid Christmas Dinner at the Barns organised by Sue Dudley and the Committee, 31 members sat down to an excellent meal followed by music and dancing to the Phil Wellstead sound. We had a surprise visit by Santa bearing gifts for all, some of our ladies even got to sit on Santa`s lap!!!!!

Sounds like your sort of Club? Then why not go to www.smgec.org.uk for more details.

Happy MG motoring in 2020.


This entry was posted on 18/12/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

December 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report


Even with autumn fast approaching SMGEC still had a busy programme for October. Starting with our Club night at the Barns, where we welcomed new members, Steve and Gill Bullock. The after dinner entertainment was a Bingo Night with Paul Titley calling the numbers, great fun. Already looking ahead  to next year`s programme, Glyn John announced a proposed 4day/3night Club tour of the New Forest area in May 2020. This created immediate interest and 17 crews have already signed up, 

Just to show that we are aware that there are other cars than MG`s, Chris Elliot arranged a factory visit to   Morgan Motors at Malvern Link on the 8th. Our party of 25 enjoyed a well conducted tour seeing the production of this classic sports car followed by lunch and a visit to their museum and shop. Nice cars but so very expensive!

On the 17th coffee and toasted tea cakes where the order of the day at the Coffee morning meet at Aston Marina near Stone, as it was my birthday I was given a fine rendition of Happy Birthday to You.

For the last run of the year Charles and Patsie Jarman had laid on a visit to the Cosford Air Museum on the 27th. Meeting up at Dobbies on the A5 for breakfast, we set off on 25 mile run in brilliant sunshine, however the high rainfall of the previous 2 days had left numerous floods on the route. Some crews decided discretion was the better part of valour and made straight for Cosford but a brave band splashed on to arrive safely at Cosford but with extremely dirty cars! Well worth the visit.

Although our M.G. motoring is ended for the year we still have social events including our Christmas Dinner to look forward to.



This entry was posted on 18/12/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

January 2020 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

With 2019`s motoring events completed the November Club night was the venue for the presentation of the SMGEC Annual Awards. With elections very much in the news, we decided to join in the fun and hold our own. So nominations were made and ballot papers issued, although thankfully no electioneering speeches were allowed! With the votes in and counted we had the following results and Chairman Roger Dudley presented the trophies to the winners,

Driver of the Year                 Paul Titley

Co-Driver of the Year            Patsie Jarman

New Comers of the Year        George and Brenda Robathan

Services to SMGEC               Phil and Cathy Wellstead

Chairman`s Award               Joan Elkington

Breakdown of the Year          Roger Wood

Special Breakdown Award      Charles Jarman

Congratulations to all the trophy winners and commiserations to the recipients of the breakdown awards where it seems that yellow MGB`s are to be avoided at all costs. A very enjoyable evening where we also welcomed prospective new members, Andy and Sheila Goode.

There was no SMGEC trip to the NEC Classic Car Show this year as the regular visiting group decided that the cost had become too high for what`s on offer, and as for charging £16.00 to park the car on top of the ticket price, no thanks.

The month ended with 30 members enjoying a breakfast meet at the Red Carpet Cinema, organised by Sue Dudley, most then stopping on to watch “The Good Liar” starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, a very entertaining film.

Looking ahead, events organiser Paul Titley`s plans for next year are well advanced. A 4 day trip to the New Forest in May has already been booked up and a full programme of runs and visits is being planned.

Interested in joining SMGEC? Then why not take a look at our website for details.

This entry was posted on 25/11/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

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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.