January 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

With the last of the year`s Club runs being held in October and with some members cars being laid up for the winter, the Club`s activities turned to indoor events.

The November Club night at the Barns saw the highs and lows of the year being rewarded with the presentation of trophies and awards at the Annual Awards Night. Congratulations and commiserations go to this year`s winners,

Breakdown of the year                              Brian and June Cooper, again!!!!!!

Newcomers of the year                             Alan and Karen Wild

Driver of the year                                     Jeff Darlow

Co-driver of the year                                Gill Barnard

Services to SMGEC                                   Des and Gill Barnard

Chairman`s award                                   Jeff Darlow

Special breakdown award                          Roger Wood

The winner of this last highly prized award is chosen by the previous year`s winner for no apparent logical reason!

A group of members visited the NEC Classic Car Show, it gets bigger every year but with the cost of a ticket, petrol, parking ticket and lunch time pie and a pint coming close to £60, certainly not a cheap day out.

November closed with a well-attended coffee morning at the Red Carpet Cinema followed by viewing the film “First Man” the story of Neil Armstrong`s moon landing.

Looking ahead, planning is well in hand for a very full 2019 programme. Already included are a 5 day tour in May to the Isle of Man and a 4 day tour to Norfolk in September. The full year`s programme will be available to view on our web site in January and for details please contact our events co=coordinator at <events@smgec.org.uk>

Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 01/01/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

December 2018 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

The October Club night at the Barns was Film Night. Steve Smith, from his extensive film collection, screened 2 motoring episodes of “Look at Life” from the 70`s and a very rare 1931 silent film of the MG Abingdon factory.

On the 14th Renton and Helen Ward planned a run starting from The Coton House Stables with delicious bacon butties and coffee before setting out on a 35 mile route to the National Memorial Arboretum. 17 cars set out but the weather gods decided we had enjoyed too much sunshine this year and proceeded to dump enough rain on us to float a boat! We splashed through the puddles to reach the Arboretum and   then decided to enjoy a leisurely lunch and re visit the grounds on a better day.

Brian and June Cooper hosted the October coffee morning at Denstone Farm Shop which was well attended, with some members stopping on to enjoy lunch. SMGEC members need little encouragement if lunch is on offer!

Our last run of the season was the Twilight Run organised by Roger and Maureen Wood, meeting at Dobbies on Gailey Island, 15 cars set out on a 62 mile run through Staffordshire to arrive at The Roebuck Pub at Draycott in the Clay for lunch. Could some sort of pattern be starting to emerge? The route took us through Cannock Chase, spectacular in the golds and browns of autumn. A great MG road run, good food and fine company, everything that SMGEC stands for.

To round off 2018 in fine style our Xmas party is planned for the 6th December at the Barns, with a silver service dinner followed by dancing to the disco of Phil “the music man” Wellstead.

Wishing a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all.

Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 15/12/2018 by Jeff Darlow.

November 2018 Enjoying MG Magazine Report


September`s programme opened with 7 cars visiting a new venue, The Stafford Cricket Club Classic Car Show, organised by Chris and Lesley Wilkins, which was followed by 6 cars attending the Eccleshall Town Show with Roger and Maureen Wood organising the day.

The monthly Club night at the Barns was well attended and after dinner we enjoyed a novel evening of indoor curling organised by Paul Titley, in order to spare blushes the scores will remain unpublished!

A popular event was held on September 9th when 16 cars took part in a fund raising run in aid of The Donna Louise Hospice for Children, our chosen Club charity. Starting with coffee at Weston Park, Roger and Sue Dudley took us on a splendid 65 mile drive through Shropshire to arrive at Dudmaston Hall where the NT provided us with a dedicated picnic area. A highly enjoyable day was had by all and importantly £280 was raised for The Donna Louise Trust.

The last pub run of the year saw Richard and Susie Homer take 9 cars to The Greyhound at Burston for an evening meal and drinks.

The month ended on a high point with 13 cars taking a 4 day trip to Yorkshire which was superbly organised by Des and Gill Barnard. The “Moors and Dales Days Away” saw us staying for 3 nights at the excellent Feathers Hotel in Helmsley then taking daily planned drives through the marvellous Yorkshire countryside to a range of towns and attractions, all on Tulip route notes by Des and Gill. Yorkshire offers some of the best driving roads and scenery in the country making this a trip to remember, made all the better by the sunny weather.

For details of future events contact our events co-ordinator on <events@smgec.org.uk>.



Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 15/11/2018 by Jeff Darlow.

October 2018 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

On July 22nd SMGEC held our annual BBQ run planned by Phil and Kath Wellstead along with Tony and Jan Clarke. 12 cars met up at the Strawberry Cabin at Manor Farm for coffee and breakfast before heading out on a 58 mile run through Warwickshire and Staffordshire to finish at Prestige MG at Rugeley, where owners Nikky and Andy Dewar laid on a warm welcome for us to eat and drink at leisure.

The 24th saw another of our popular evening Pub runs, this time to The Star Inn at Copmere End. Hosted by Chris and Lesley Wilkins, 12 members sat down to an excellent evening meal.

The August club night at the Barns at Huntington was well attended, after the meal Brian and June Cooper who have managed to lose their MG keys on three occasions were presented with a pair of giant 12 inch key fobs to hopefully prevent another mishap!!!

On August 12th, 12 cars visited a new venue, The Whittington Barracks Car Show held at the Staffordshire Regiment`s Museum near Lichfield. Meeting again at the Strawberry Cabin it was only a 5 mile run to the Museum. The forecasted rain kept down the entries but the Museum was well worth the visit with a guided tour of a recreated WW1trench system, a WW2 air raid shelter with realistic sound effects and the extensive display of the Regiments history. Thanks to Roy and Jane Hunt for really interesting trip.

The month closed with a coffee morning at the Denstone Hall farm shop and another successful evening pub run to The Oakley at Brewood where Richard and Susie Homer hosted 20 members to an excellent evening meal.

For details of future events contact our events co-ordinator on <events@smgec.org.uk>

Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 15/10/2018 by Jeff Darlow.

September 2018 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

Hello All,

I am the new Club secretary for SMGEC as Steve Smith has stepped down from the post. Thanks go to him for his time as secretary.

SMGEC had two excellent runs in June, on the 10th Alan and Karen Wild took 11 cars on a splendid run through Staffordshire to arrive at the Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. We embarked on a narrow boat for a 45 minute guided tour of the historic lime stone caverns. Back on dry land we enjoyed an excellent Sunday lunch to complete the day.

On the 24th 10 cars led by Peter and Janet Wallis travelled to The Bicester Flywheel Festival. The brilliant weather allowed us to enjoy the day in full, classic cars, track runs, classic aircraft displays and a full flypast display by the BBMF. A wonderful day and one definitely in the calendar for 2019.

July`s Club night at the Barns was “Cruise Ship Night” hosted by Roger and Sue Dudley. Members entered into the spirit with fancy dress and singing led by Paul Titley on the organ with a buffet supper completing an enjoyable evening.

On the 7th July 16 cars attended Cars in the Park at Lichfield, organised by Roger and Maureen Wood. The gazebos gave great shade and with bacon butties and cakes on tap a grand day was had by all.

The coffee morning at Brykley garden centre was well attended. John and Val Ravenscroft came in their new toy, a Lotus Elan FHC, not an MG, but such a pretty car!

The month ended on a sad note with news of the passing of club member Lesley Morgan after a long illness, our thoughts are with John and family at this sad time.

For future events contact our Events co-ordinator on events@smgec.org.uk.                     

Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 15/09/2018 by Jeff Darlow.

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