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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!!!!!

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Happy MG motoring in 2020.


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.

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.

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