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 https://www.thedonnalouise.org/ 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.

August 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report

The June Club night was our Summer Party with a Mamma Mia holiday theme. The evening, planned by Roger and Sue Dudley, was a great success with an excellent buffet accompanying the Abba music playing in the background. But oh dear, whatever has happened to our summer?

Undaunted by the weather forecast 14 crews set out on the 9th from the Strawberry Cabin Cafe for this year`s Charity Run. Organised by Roger and Sue Dudley, their 75 mile route took us to our destination, the National Trust`s Hidcote Gardens, which turned out to be absolutely packed with visitors. Word of SMGEC`s visit must have got around!!

Undeterred, after queuing, we eventually got parked but in small groups. Having enjoyed our picnics we then toured the extensive gardens with our Chairman Roger driving a mobility scooter as he is on crutches following a nasty fall and unable to drive his MGB. The run raised £250 for our Charity, the Donna Louise Trust.

We had planned to attend MG Live at Silverstone on the 16th but it`s late cancellation meant a free weekend so a few members joined the MG Octagon Club meet at a very damp Middleton Hall.

The June coffee morning was again well attended at the welcoming Aston Marina near Stone.

The second run of June saw 12 crews on a visit the Lion Salt works at Northwich in Cheshire. Planned by Stewart and Clare Collins a splendid 55 miles run ended at the Works where the reserved parking allowed us to display our MG`s and enjoy our picnics. The tour of this fascinating works was conducted by experienced guides who made the workings of the plant come to life. A splendid day and well worth the visit.

Hoping some “hoods down” summer weather will start soon!!!!


Parked up at the Lion Salt Works

This entry was posted on 06/08/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

July 2019 Enjoying MG Magazine Report


Having returned from Australia on April 28th we joined 12 others on a 40 mile Drive it Day Run to the historic Wroxeter Roman City, organised by Graham and Denise Denny.

May started with a meal and natter at a well-attended Club night at the Barns.

This was followed on the 4th with 7 cars led by Peter Wallis attending the popular Donnington Historic Festival. Parking track side we watched the exciting racing and also viewed a fine selection of cars in the pits.

On the 5th   a good turnout of 16 cars attended the popular Catton Hall Car Show. Organiser Paul Titley laid out the Club`s pitch before putting on his chief`s apron and producing delicious bacon butties for all.

For our 2019 oversees trip we had chosen a Scenic Tours package to The Isle of Man. Led by organisers Peter and Janet Wallis, 14 cars drove to Liverpool on the 15th to spend the day exploring the Albert Dock before staying overnight at the Ibis Hotel. A smooth morning ferry crossing took us to Douglas. Based for 4 nights at the excellent Ramsey Park Hotel we spent 5 days touring the Isle visiting some of the popular tourist spots and enjoying some great driving roads. As the TT motorcycle races followed our visit, the 39 mile course was laid out and a blast round the course was much enjoyed, quick but not a 135 mph lap! Another smooth return ferry crossing ended a most enjoyable and highly recommended trip.

The month finished with a visit arranged by Charles Jarman to Edwin Tippers Farm near Lichfield, home of the Annual Tulip Car Show, to view his collection of interesting vehicles. The group then took the short run to The Foresters Pub at Yoxall for an enjoyable meal and chat.

Jeff Darlow

Have you spotted the deliberate mistake? Better with cars rather than plants I got tulips mixed up with lupins oops!!!!

This entry was posted on 08/07/2019 by Jeff Darlow.

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