May 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

Our March programme opened with 10 members visiting the Jaguar Land Rover plant at Castle Bromwich on a tour organised by Graham Denny. A most impressive modern high tech manufacturing plant.

At the March Club night we sat down to a splendid carvery with bread and butter pudding and custard for afters, as you know SMGEC members are accomplished “foodies” with the meal receiving high praise. After diner entertainment was provided by Graham Denny with a version of the “Pointless” TV quiz show.  Great fun but sadly no £1000 jackpot was on offer! Mind you, given the scores, I don`t think it would have been in much danger of being won anyway.

March 17th saw us on the road for our early season “Shakedown Run” This year`s destination was Poole’s Limestone Cavern at Buxton. After meeting up at Byrkley garden centre, 13 cars set off on the excellent 50 mile route. The weather couldn’t make up its mind with sunshine, cloud, rain and even snow all making an appearance. The run lived up to its name with several cars being poorly. Problems ranged from quickly fixed brake lights on organiser`s Paul Titley`s GT to Ray Harris`s MGF losing all its gears and having a ride home on the AA`s “truck of shame” Even Roger Wood`s modern MG3 blew a fuse but managed to limp home. After a picnic lunch we entered the Cavern for a 50 minute guided tour, a splendid day at a venue well worth visiting.

The Strawberry Cabin Tea room was the venue for the March coffee morning, with 17 MG`s attending. Peter Wallis`s MGC with newly fitted electric power steering was been test driven round the car park gaining much approval, with one other member already booked in for the same conversion. Happy motoring!


This entry was posted on 30/04/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

April 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

February opened with a film morning at the Red Carpet Cinema when 21 members sat down for breakfast before watching the new release “Stan and Ollie” Surprisingly a very sad story.

Our AGM was held at the Barns Club night on the 7th, Chairman Roger Dudley gave a full report on a very successful 2018 programme. This was followed by a financial report by the Treasurer, Des Barnard, showing that the Club`s finances are in good order. The election of the 2019 committee went through on the nod as all the present committee members were standing for re-election. It was agreed that SMGEC would continue to support The Donna Louise Trust as our chosen charity for 2019.

A group of members attended the MG Spares day at Stoneleigh. I was looking for a set of SS wheel nuts but came away empty handed however Ray Harris was delighted to pick up a starting handle for his newly acquired MG TC. Younger members were mystified as to its purpose so Ray has promised a demo, it’s all in the wrist he says!

The first coffee morning of the year was held on the 21st at a new venue, the Aston Marina near Stone. A great turn out with 15 MG`s in the car park! Over 40 members attended including new members Kevin and Karen Souster, Keith and Christine Timmins, Geoff and Cathy Collier, and George and Brenda Robathan. A warm welcome to you.

On the 24th the Annual Snow Drop run started at Dobbie’s, the early morning  thick mist did not put off the 13 crews and after a few miles the sun broke through on the 48 mile run to Rode Hall. The snowdrops were in full bloom and thanks go to Paul Titley for organising a very pleasant day.


This entry was posted on 28/03/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

March 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

The New Year started promptly on January 3rd with a well-attended Club night at the Barns. Following the meal our event’s organiser, Paul Titley, outlined the programme for 2019. This was no mean task as it is one of the fullest events lists ever put together by the Club. Included are MG driving days, car shows.    , motor sport events, factory visits, and Club Tours with, of course, plenty of Club nights, coffee mornings and pub runs.

The first motoring event of the 2019 season was a Sunday Lunch run on the 20th organised by Paul Titley. For regular readers of this report this will come as no surprise, as SMGEC members and food are inseparable, and as the saying goes “and why not”!  As some of our MG`s are still in hibernation there was a mix of modern and classics  in the car park of  the Bromley Hayes Garden centre where we met up for a pre run coffee. 19 cars then set out on a 25 mile run to reach The Unicorn Inn at Orton- on-the-Hill near Atherstone, where we enjoyed an excellent Sunday lunch.

I am pleased to report that our treasurer Des Barnard, has sent off a cheque for £750 to The Donna Louise Trust, the Charity supported by the Club. This has made our total donation for 2018 up to £1250, so well done to all the Club members for their fund raising efforts for this very worthy cause.

If you are looking  to join a vibrant and fun loving MG Club which welcomes  MG`s of all ages then why not look in on our web site at where you can view the full 2019 programme and learn all about the Club. A warm welcome is assured.

Jeff Darlow

This entry was posted on 02/03/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

February 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

Well by the time you are reading this Christmas will be but a distant memory, here`s hoping that Santa brought you everything you wished for. In Paul Titley`s case his Christmas present was finally picking up his MGB GT after a long, fraught and very, very  expensive re build lasting nearly 2 years! The GT looks splendid in its new coat of Nightfire Red and it is good to see Paul back on the road at last in his own car after a very difficult time.

The Club held it`s Christmas Dinner at the Barns on the 6th December, splendidly organised as usual, by Sue and Roger Dudley. After welcoming drinks and chatting, 38 members sat down to a traditional silver service meal and afterwards carried on dancing late into the night to the music of Phil “the music man” Wellstead. Memorable moments included a spirited rendition of the 12 days of Christmas with the lyrics amended to include MG type gifts!

The night ended early and expensively for yours truly as my Alfa Romeo`s rear suspension collapsed requiring a trip home on the AA recovery lorry! Brian Cooper, sensing an opportunity to lose the Breakdown of the Year award, which in recent years has become his personal property, was quick to record events on camera. I`m sorry Brian, but as I was not in an MG it`s not eligible!

The 2019 programme has now been finalised and is available to view on the SMGEC web site at and includes a wide range of events that I`m sure will make 2019 a memorable year.

Jeff Darlow

Paul's Christmas present!  

Paul`s Christmas present

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