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Newsletter October 2017

Hi All,

Event Reports:


Just before the October Club Night we were invited to attend the official opening of the Memorial Retreat that we sponsored at Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. This turned out to be a very enjoyable afternoon out. We had a dozen MGs lined up against the fence at Toddington Station, which meant a good sized crowd to hear the interesting and poignant speech by Canon John Mead (who is a director of the Trust) about the importance of memories. Richard then said a few words before removing the rope to open the retreat. We then had plenty of time to inspect and discuss the retreat, which was resplendent with the Arden MG Club Heritage Run Rally Plate (kindly supplied by Nick Godfrey’s company Central Scanning) before jumping on the train for coffee and biscuits and a ride to Cheltenham station and back. As you can see from the photos the weather was kind to us with the sun shining. Thanks to everyone for attending and allowing GWR to use the day for further promotion.


At the club night we were joined by Nicola Edwards, the community fundraiser for Shakespeare Hospice. She treated us to a brief explanation of the vital work carried out by the hospice despite receiving only 7% of their revenue from the Government, so all the funds donated are essential to complete all the work they do. She gave us an invite to some of their future fundraising events like the ‘Firewalk’ on 3rd November at The Bell in Alderminster, Bath Christmas Market Coach Trip on 1st December, ‘The Santa Fun Run’ (5K) on 9th December at the Stratford Rec and to sign up to ‘Wear Your Jolly Jumper’ during December, please check for further information. Nicola was very pleased to receive our donation cheque for £400 which was from surplus club funds.

Future Events:

Friday 27th October – Skittles Evening. At the Butchers Arms in Mickelton. Start time is 7pm, however it is now fully booked, should be a good evening.

Tuesday 7th November – Club Night, Quiz. I have persuaded Nigel to put together another of his quizzes, so will be a lot of fun, don’t miss it.

Tuesday 5th December – Club Night. General natter evening


Tuesday 12th December – Xmas Meal. As requested at the club night I emailed out the Menu for the Xmas Meal along with the booking form, however I attach the booking form with this newsletter or you can download from the website. Here is the menu to whet your appetite:

Xmas Meal - Tuesday 12th December 2017 – 7pm for 7.30 sit down


1) Oven-Baked Button Mushrooms. In a garlic & mature cheddar sauce, served with rustic bread.

2) Potato & Leek Soup. Topped with gruyere & pancetta flakes.

3) Game Terrine. With toasted rustic bread.

4) Scottish mussells In A Tomato, Chorizo & Paprika Sauce. Served with sourdough bread

5) Bourbon Glazed Chicken Wings. Served with a blue cheese dip

MAINS – All come with honey roasted parsnips and seasonal vegetables

6) Traditional Roast Turkey. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, ‘pigs in blankets’.

7) Roast Beef. With goose fat roasted potatoes, stuffing, ‘pigs in blankets’.

8) Pan Roasted Sea Bass Fillet. With a lemon cream sauce, with crushed baby potatoes.

9) Butternut, Emmental & Quinoa Roulade. Served on a bed of crushed baby potatoes with a jug of creamy cheese sauce. (V)

10) Beef Brisket In A Mushroom & Balsamic Jus. Served on a bed of creamy mash.

DESSERTS – Followed by Fresh Coffee and mince pies

11) Christmas Pudding. With brandy sauce.

12) Chocolate Brownie. With chocolate sauce and icecream. (V)

13) Spiced Apple Crumble. With custard

14) Vanilla Cheesecake. With raspberry coulis.

15) Sticky Toffee Pudding. Served with custard and a rich toffee sauce.


New Year’s Day 2018 – Chilly Willy Run. This year we will be back to the Golden Cross for the start for the usual bacon rolls and tea or coffee. I’m still planning the end venue but put the date on your calendars and bring the New Year in driving your MG.

Tuesday 2nd January – Club Night and AGM. I’m sorry this has come round again so soon but it needs to be done. As ever if you have anything you would like to add to the agenda or if you would like to be involved in the running of the Club, then please let me know before the evening and it can be included, also please attend so I don’t have to talk to myself, it will take no more then 15 minutes I promise.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Mon 11th June 2018 (3 nights) – St Audries Bay. Nigel has started to collect the deposits (£20 per person) for the St Audries Bay Week-end, if you have not given your money to him yet he needs to receive it by the November Club Meeting very latest, so he can pay the funds to St Audries Bay. Cheques made payable to Arden MG Club. As a taster to keep us interested he has written the follow:


St Audries Bay weekend. 8th to 11th June 2018.

On Saturday 9th June I have a planned visit to The LORNA DOONE country.

From Porlock to Lynmouth via the DOONE valley.

FACT, FICTION or a bit of both. YOU decide! Here are some facts:-

R. D. Blackmore’s Romantic Novel “LORNA DOONE” was first published in 1869.

A stirring tale of Romance set among a Gang of Hated, Feared and Bloodthirsty Robbers.

They were called the DOONES who captured a pretty girl called LORNA.

They ravaged the Countryside around Exmoor in the 17th century committing Rape, Murder and Robbery, ultimately being brought to Justice by a farmer called Jan Ridd.

But did the DOONES exist? A question often asked but never conclusively answered.

So what do we know:-

Blackmore spent most of his life on Exmoor, after he finished school he became a Lawyer until illness forced an early retirement. He turned to writing combining it with Market Gardening.

His novel of LORNA DOONE was based on local knowledge and tales that were told to him about the area. It is also known that in the troubled times of the Monmouth Rebellion, a band of Outlaws did indeed inhabit one of the Glens of Exmoor.

The Ridd family still farm on Exmoor to this day. It is recorded that Jan Ridd’s father was often seen drinking in the Ship Inn in Porlock. (Jan is West Country for John.)

On his way home from Porlock Market to Oare he was ambushed and killed by a “Band of Robbers” (said to have been the DOONES) at the top of Porlock Hill near the spot where the Exford Road meets the A39.

As you descend down the hill to Oare on the right is Parsonage Farm a scene of Murder by (the DOONES). Blackmore actually write his “LORNA DOONE” at this farm. Just down the road is Oare Church where you can see the Window through which CARVER DOONE is alleged to have shot LORNA as she was being Married to Jan Ridd.

Jan Ridd’s Grandfather was Rector of Oare Church from 1809 to 1842. Oare is the Parish of the Ridd family. A John Ridd is recorded as being Church Warden in 1914 to 1925.

Down the road at Malmsmead is the ancient Pack Horse Bridge over Badgworthy Water (pronounced Badgery). The track opposite follows the River to Hoccombe Comb after a 2.5 mile walk the ruins of buildings, the homes of a band of Robbers, said supposedly to have been occupied by the DOONES in the 17th Century and now known as the DOONE Valley.

Nearby still stands the Robbers Bridge said to have been the scene of a lot of the DOONES Robberies.

There was a Garrison at Minehead where Troops were sent out to fight the DOONES.

In the little Church in Watchet is the grave of Lorna’s mother.

FACT or FICTION – Everything seems to fall into place from Blackmore.

Which will YOU choose it to be – that is the question!!!


Other Events:

Sunday 17th December 2017 – Holly Run. Once again the Morgan Three Wheeler Club have invited us to join in their run. The start (and finish) is at the Old Wagon & Horses, Kidderminister (on the A451, post Code: DY10 3NX) at 10am. It will be about 20 miles of country roads and is open to anyone with an ‘interesting’ vehicle. Sunday lunch will be available at the end, however it is advisable to book (01562 701 367) for 12 O’Clock, mention you are with the Morgan Three-wheeler Club.

Spring 2018 – MGCC AutoSOLO. The Midland Centre are looking to run an AutoSOLO next year and are trying to gauge interest, I have attached an invitation for the event, if you would like to get involved let me know and I will collate the replies to pass onto the Centre Committee.

18th August 2018 – Coast to Coast. If anyone is interested in this event I can email a flyer, however they have stated that the hotels are getting booked up so you may need to pre-book as soon as you can.

Other Matters:

If you would like a copy of the photo/video presentation Graham Robson put together for showing at the Quiz on Wheelz evening, just let me (or Graham) have a memory stick (minimum 6Gb) and we will download the file for you to enjoy. It is good fun trying to spot people you know and of course yourself. All the photos and videos have been shot on the Heritage Runs and other Club events.

What Have You Done in Your MG This Month:




Several of us were spotted at the MGCC Production Car Trial at Burton Dassett. Fred was actually taking part with his son in the white ‘NG’ (and he let Tom beat him again!!!). David Witham was there to marshall, so used his white MGB to get there and I was assigned to the same test as David. It was a lovely day, there are great views over the Warwickshire countryside from up at the top of the hills.

Alan Cleobury was also out and about in Maggie and sent this report:


Friday the 29th September saw MAGGIE ( & Us) head towards Norwich for the Final Magnette event of the year (now known as the Lou Shorten Tribute Weekend) – Lou & her husband John set up their MG Specialists Spares Business back in the Sixties & have been instrumental in keeping many Magnette Alive today – Sadly Lou passed away a couple of years ago – But John still makes varies panels etc.

We decided to avoid the M42 & M6 south & instead went via Warwick/ Southam & picked up the A45 & eventually joined the A14 towards Cambridge _ so a comfort break was called for & it would have been rude not to call into the MGOC at Swavesey ( much “lighter” – Wallet wise of course we then followed the A11 to Norwich.


Saturday saw a good number of Magnettes arrive at the Shortens Home in Lenwade for “open House” & Buffet Lunch. Saturday night saw 20 or so Magnetteers get together at the Wensum Golf & Country Club for an Evening Meal ( Quiz – Provided by the Cleobury’s & we believe enjoyed by all!!) + There were various presentations & Julia & I were awarded the “ Magnetteer of the Year” Cup ( for services rendered to the Magnette Register)

Sunday saw do a run out to see “Liz” at Sandringham (unfortunately she knew we were coming & did a “runner” – although allowed us allocated parking (but not in sight of the House!)

All in all a Great W’kend – Good to catch up with so many Magnetteers (Friends we have known for 16 years!) MAGGIE did nearly 500 miles over the days ( the most she has done for a long time following her “transplant”) She has earnt the Cup & deserves a rest – Especially after acting as Mobile Catering truck for our “Malvern Classics + Bacon Baps at Malvern.


Well done Alan, a well deserved award.

My MG: This Could Be You

I have used all my stories to date, if you would like to be included then drop me a line with your story and don’t forget to include some photos.

Happy MG-ing,