April 2020 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

February was a busy month for the Club with a range of activities, starting with a coffee and film morning at the Red Carpet Cinema at Barton Marina where after a good natter we viewed the new David Copperfield film.

The well attended Club night at the Barns on the 6th was our AGM. Chairman Roger Dudley reviewed our activities in 2019, which all agreed had been most successful. Our treasurer, Des Barnes, presented the Accounts which showed the Club`s finances to be in sound order. As all the existing committee members were willing to stand for another term their election was unopposed. It was also decided to continue to support Donna Louise as our chosen charity.

Despite the appalling weather a few members attended the MG Spares day at Stoneleigh, which gets larger each year, although busy my impression was that there seemed to be a lot of looking but not much buying going on, however I treated the GT to a new overdrive switch.

The Third Thursday coffee morning was held at the Aston Marina at Stone where nearly 30 members gathered for a breakfast natter, all except yours truly who first went Byrkley Garden Centre instead, much to the amusement of all, especially Brian Cooper. By the time I got home my cup of coffee had involved an 82 mile round trip!

The first run of the year on the 23rd was organised by Paul Titley to visit the Snowdrop Gardens at Hopton Hall in Derbyshire. The recent rain meant a last minute shortening of the route from 50 to 32 miles, keeping more to main roads to avoid flooding. Although cold the sun broke through and we had a most enjoyable day, finishing with soup and cakes for lunch in the tea room.

This entry was posted on 28/03/2020 by Jeff Darlow.
 

March 2020 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

The New Year got off to a prompt start on the 9th with our Club Night at the Barns. After dinner and a post-Christmas natter, Events Organiser Paul Titley ran through the planned programme for 2020. There is certainly plenty to look forward to, with Club nights, runs, factory visits, coffee mornings, pub meals and away day trips all on the agenda. It promises to be yet another packed year for the Club with something of interest for all. Paul is one of the few SMGEC members who is not retired and where he finds the time to put it all together is remarkable.

For the first outing of the year Paul had arranged a Sunday Pub lunch at The Cottage Inn at Filongley near Meriden. What is it with SMGEC and food! After meeting up at the Strawberry Cabin at Hints for coffee we set off on a 20 mile run to arrive at the Inn where we enjoyed a splendid meal of truly gigantic portions. As heavy rain was forecast most members` MG`s remained tucked away with only 6 braving the elements but the company of the 40 members and the meal more than made up for the missing cars.

I`m sure that most of the cars will have come out of hibernation in time for our traditional Snowdrop Run in February, this year returning to Hopton Hall near Matlock. Hopefully the weather will be kinder than on our last visit in 2015 when we very nearly got snowed in!

Happy MG motoring for 2020.

This entry was posted on 02/03/2020 by Jeff Darlow.
 

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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