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Welcome to the March Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

 Firstly, apologies for the lateness of this newsletter, February has been a busy time for me and the short month caught me out.

 

Hopefully we’re now past all the snow and we can start getting our cars ready for the, hopefully, sunny summer ahead

 

With the newsletter being late it does give me the chance to mention how many people turned up for the last club meeting. The entire conservatory area was filled, with members overflowing onto other tables. We had a new member come along and I hope we’ll see more of you Geoff.

 

The next night out is the bowling night on the 17th March.

 

I look forward to seeing you all at the next club night on the 4th April.

 

*** Don’t forget if you want to take part in the Drive It day run to Stow Maries you need to send of an entry form, see the Up Coming Events page ****

 

Bob

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Welcome to the February Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas, I think we all had a good time at the Christmas party, Richard put some of us (well me anyway) to shame on the dance floor and John, when Pete tells you not to look at the mirror take his advice.

 
Christmas party 1    Christmas party 2    Christmas party 3
 
I haven't had the chance to use my new club umbrella yet but I'm sure it'll come in useful this summer.
 
This time of year can be quite quiet and the weather a bit unpredictable the committee is looking to start putting things on the calendar and we've already got some ideas that I'm sure we'll discus on Wednesday but if anyone else has any ideas either drop me an email or mention it to one of the committee.
 
Hopefully we'll see you on Wednesday at the Travellers Rest.

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Welcome to the January  Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

 

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas with Father Christmas bringing you lots of presents. At the time of writing this we’re looking forward to New Years eve so I’m doing it while I’ve still got a clear head. The days are now starting to get longer, albeit the mornings are darker, and we can all start looking forward to those long hot summer days out in our cars but I suspect we’ve got some colder months to come before then.

Our first club meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 3rd of January and we’ll be holding it at the Travellers Friend Epping CM16 6PU. A number of members are already familiar with this venue and others can see what’s on offer and give their opinion. The food is good (in my experience) and the prices are reasonable, click here for the menu.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Club Christmas party.

 

Saturday 13th January Christmas party night with Wham Tribute act. Arrival is from 7.30 for Pre-Dinner Reception Drinks with the Evening meal being served at approximately 8 o’clock with wines beers & soft drinks throughout the meal. The house bar will then open at 10.30 and the night ends at midnight.

 

If you’ve booked to stay the night you check in between 1 and 4 o’clock

Three Rivers Golf Club

Stow Road

Cold Norton

Purleigh near Chelmsford

CM3 6 RR

 

Sunday 11th February - MG day at Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire tickets when ordered in advance cost £10.65. If you wish to go Lisa will collect cash on Wednesday evening.

 

Motors by the Moat at Leeds Castle 13th May, cost per car £10. We can book a club stand.

 

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Welcome to the December  Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

 

Firstly apologies for the lack of a newsletter last month, I had a few technical difficulties and was very busy, by the time I resolved them we’d had our monthly meeting.

 

November has been a quiet month from a car events point of view but we’ve taken the opportunity to have a few social events. We had a nice trip to Southend to see the fireworks followed by a good, if a bit slow, meal at the Park Inn Radisson. The 26th saw a good day out in Rochester at the Christmas Market followed by a carvery lunch at the Wharf in Dartford. This is a nice location on the side of a lake with lots of wildlife.

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Six couples visited Thursford 1st and 2nd  Dec for a Christmas themed show at the Thursford Collection. This is a spectacular setting with amazing Christmas light displays in the tress outside and impressive animated Christmas characters inside as well a huge array of colourful lights and decoration. On the first evening we went to an Indian restaurant that not only served good food but had the added benefit of only being about 30 yards to walk from our accommodation. The Saturday night saw us at the Mustard Pot in Yaxley, the size of the meals were impressive and nobody left hungry. Anita did an excellent job of organising both the event and accommodation and I’m sure we’d all like to thank her.

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Ann being amazed by the lights in Thursford

 

 

Wednesday night (the 6th) is not only out normal club night but also our pre Christmas Christmas meal, Lisa has asked if you can be there no later than 7:30 to be seated for 7:45.

 

Instead of our normal raffle we’ve decided to try something different. To raise a little extra for our charity as it’s Christmas we’ve decided on a different format. For those that wish to take part it’s a single ticket costing £5:00 (I’m sure if you really wanted to double your chances they wouldn’t stop you buying 2) I’m told there will be some spectacular prizes.

 

In an attempt to be a bit more eco friendly we’ve decide to have a single Christmas card that will be available for all to sign on Wednesday night, this doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own cards, we’re just trying to help all those time poor members and do a little bit to save the planet (says he driving his global warming generating classic car).

 

Although there’s nothing definite planned currently we’ll be looking to organise a Christmas/New Year run to blow the cobwebs out. If you have any preferences or suggestions please let one of the committee know.

 

Not long now before Santa brings us lots of MG related Christmas presents (hopefully).

 

See you Wednesday

 

Bob

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Due to technical issues there was no Novemebr newsletter

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Welcome to the October  Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

 A view from the bar

A view from the bar at the Hoilday Inn Southend Airport

 

Since the last newsletter we've had a couple of events, the first being the International Autumn Weekender event organised by the Essex MGF/TF Register of the MG Car Club. This was held over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of September and 6 cars from Epping Area attended the event.

 

This was an extremely well organised event attended by approximately 90 vehicles, it started at British Legends garage near Southend Airport and entailed driving all over Essex over 2 days. To avoid lots of vehicles following one another there were 7 different routes which all visited all the locations but in a different order. The real genius though, was instead of using traditional tulip maps, for each location there was a set of grid coordinates. All you needed to do was enter the coordinates on a satnav, set it to take the shortest route and follow the directions. This not only took you down some interesting small roads, not necessarily the same roads as other drivers, to exactly the correct location but it also took care of any missed junctions by re-routing you. It also meant the co-driver was able to enjoy the scenery rather than having their heads buried in a map.

 

At each location there was either a clue to find or a simple game/quiz to play. Saturday night was spent in the Holiday Inn at Southend Airport which the organisers had arranged a good deal with the hotel. This all made for an enjoyable but not too tiring weekend that I would highly recommend if they do it again.

 

Battlesbridge on the 24th saw 6 members’ vehicles attending and was an enjoyable event with good weather. I (stupidly) had double booked the day and attended Duxford with a group of Air Cadets, it was a good day but I think I’d rather have been at Battlesbridge.

 

For those of a technical mind Michael Beswick has written another good article in the club magazine, this give hints and tips and tuning procedures for SU carburettors. Probably not one for the ladies but the lads should enjoy it (oops was that sexist?) :-)

 

Lisa is organising lots of things, these include:-

 

A fireworks night in Southend on the 28th October, it had been thought that we could have fish and chip on the seafront afterwards but Lisa has found a possible alternative at the Park Inn Radisson Palace opposite the pier (click here for the menu) We can discuss this on Wednesday to finalise the plan.

 

The possibility of a Xmas dinner at the Woodman for the December meeting, it would be about £14 a head. Please let Lisa know if you’re interested on Wednesday.

 

Xmas market at Rochester Nov 26th. There’s normally a Park & Ride running from Chatham Dockyard as yet details to be finalized. For a possible meal on the way back I’ve spoken to the manager of The Wharf in Dartford. This is just before the Dartford Crossing, it’s easy to get to and sits on the side of a lake (albeit it’ll be dark)

 

Xmas party Jan 13th, all accommodation has booked and the balance of £29.50 will be due in November at club meeting, cash or cheque. 29 people are going

  

Upcoming events

 

Saturday 28th October Firework night Southend

Sunday 26th November Xmas market at Rochester

Wednesday 6th December (Club night) possible Xmas dinner at the Woodman

Saturday 13th January Xmas party

 

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Welcome to the September  Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

Since the last newsletter we’ve had our first meeting at the new venue, the Woodman Pub. We also had a very enjoyable day out at Frinton.

 

The day out at Frinton started at the usual Little Chief on the A12, the weather was fine and it was a pleasant, uneventful drive to Frinton. On arrival the cars were parked on the main road above the beach and everyone made their way down to the tiny beach area, fortunately the tide had just passed its highest point so as the day progressed the beach area got larger. By mid afternoon there was enough beach to hold a “friendly” rounders competition. My reporter tells me everyone had a good time but some people weren’t playing quite as fairly as they should have, your cards have been marked.

 

Malcolm and myself tried our hands at kite flying, I think the most accurate description of our efforts would be, very poor, could do better. In our defence I think it was the wind that was at fault rather than our abilities (but then I would say that).

 

Click on the picture below for a 360 degree view

 Frinton 2017

 

 

While at Frinton the committee took the opportunity to canvas peoples thoughts and feelings on the new club night venue. This was in the form of a short survey that 13 couples took the time to complete.

 

The results were as follows:-

Did you like The Woodman as a venue?                                              5  YES        6  NO

Did you prefer it to Blackmore Sports and Social Club?                    6  YES        5  NO

Did you feel it was a suitable venue?                                                    3  YES        8  NO

If you ate there did you feel the menu was suitable?                      Of the people that ate there they all liked the menu

 

2 couples hadn’t attended the Woodman and so couldn’t comment.

 

Regarding the question about which charity to support, we hadn’t realised that the previous committee had already spoken to Helen Rollason, we therefore plan to support this one this year and carry peoples suggestions and comment forward to next year.

 

Upcoming events

 

Sunday 3rd September

Frankie's Classic Car & Bike Fest with Vintage Market  (by the time you read this the event will past) 

 

Sunday 17th September

Colchester Classic Vehicle show

 

Sunday 24th September

Battlesbridge 31st Grand Motorbilia Day £10 per car, 

 

 

******  The next club night is Wednesday 6th September at the Woodman Pub and subs are now due.*******  

 

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Welcome to the August   Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

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Don’t forget , this month’s club night on 2nd August will be held at the Woodman Pub NOT Blackmore Social Club.

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At the last club night it was decided on the new venue, hopefully this will work out well and as the old saying goes, “a change is as good as rest”.

 

Recent events

  

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let me know if you think this is a useful feature and I'll try to include more of them.

 

It’s been a relatively quiet month for days out, the 16th of July saw 6 cars at Damyns  Hall Aerodrome for an enjoyable day out that had something for everyone. This was in aid of Mind, a local mental health charity. It was well attended by the public and was an easy to get to event only being in Upminster. 5 cars went in at the start of the event with one turning up at lunch time, trouble getting out of bed? You know who you are.

 

John and Jackie and Dave and Sandra completed the North Coast 500, this involves starting at Inverness going up the east coast of Scotland to John o’ Groats, across the very top, down the west coast and back to where you started from. I’ve been told this was a very enjoyable trip and having done a JOGLE myself I can thoroughly recommend the roads in Scotland as some of the nicest I’ve driven in this country.

 

Coming up

20th August:-  Battlesbridge Custom Culture Show

20th August:-  Club picnic at Frinton

3rd September:-  Frankie's Classic Car & Bike Fest with Vintage Market

17th September:-  Colchester Classic Vehicle show

24th September:-  Battlesbridge 

For more details on these events see the Up Coming Events page.

 

Other News

 

For those of you that haven’t read the latest copy of Enjoying MG (shame on you) one of our members, Michael Beswick, has written an interesting article about his supercharged B. This gives an interesting insight in the trials and tribulations of getting his B running the way it should. If you’re out on a run and a blue streak comes past you at what seems an improbable speed, it’ll probably be Michael.

 

On other matters, the new committee is starting to find its feet, it’ll take a while to get to Andrew’s level but as British Rail used to say, “we’re getting there”. I’ve made a few changes to the web site and I’ll be making some more over the next couple of weeks, any suggestions are welcome and if they’re feasible I’ll try to incorporate them. I’ve added a list of upcoming events, it’s a bit sparse at this time but if you know of a future event let me know and I’ll include it. I’ve moved the pages of previous events to a single button on the menu bar, this gives a drop down menu that you can then choose from. I’m planning to keep past newsletters, they’ll be under a single News Letter button with a drop down list. One suggestion has been to have entry forms downloadable, I think this is a good idea and I’ll look at the best way to implement this. Where possible I’ll be making points of interest clickable, this means if you see something that’s underlined you can click on it to take you directly to the web site.

  

******  Please note:- Subs are due this month ********

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Welcome to the July  Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

  

As I’m sure everyone is now aware Andrew has stepped down from the chairmanship of the club. Andrew has done an excellent job over the years leaving large boots to fill and although I believe he’ll still be helping out with various things, I’d like to thank him for all the hard work he’s put in over the years and I’m sure the rest of the club will join me in that thanks. Taking over from Andrew is no small task and it was felt that a single individual would struggle to do everything he’s done in the past so it’s been decided to share the responsibilities amongst a number of individuals but Andrew has kindly offered to handle any enquires from possible new members etc.

 

Because of the above and the combined new committee only having been in place a short while, this will be a brief newsletter with more details in the next one.

 

During a meeting of the new members, over an enjoyable fish and chip dinner at the Prince Albert pub, a number of ideas were put forward, these include:-

 

A club BBQ at a different location, it was felt that the Blackmore Club venue wasn’t ideal anymore and it would allow all members to enjoy themselves.

 

Lisa has organised a Christmas party at Three Rivers Golf Club for Saturday 13 January 2018. Cost £55 with a group booking discount of £5 per person therefore the cost will be £50 per person with the tribute band Wham. Deposit £10 per person. Accommodation is available for 8 rooms including breakfast at a cost of £825 for all the rooms. This was an excellent event last year which everyone enjoyed, help no doubt by the inclusive drinks all evening. 

 

It was discussed and decided as a good idea, to get individuals (not committee members) to take ownership of organising an individual event. This would share the workload and inject new ideas into the event calendar.

 

It was decided to keep club subs as they are at present, £15pp and are due this month, and look into the possibility of an alternative venue for our monthly club nights.

 

I’m looking into the possibility of a club email account that could be used for all club communications including allowing people to submit suggestions for future events.

 

More details about new things will be in next month’s newsletter.

 

Recent events

 

Battlesbridge Classic car show       

Once again this was an excellent show with lots of different cars on display, ranging from the more traditional cars such Morris Minors to a large number of American vehicles and everything in between. As usual there was a good auto jumble, lots of music (a bit too much given the location of the club stand) and some excellent food, my personal preference being Wok and Roll who serve some very tasty noodles.

 

Cressing Temple

This was only attended by 3 cars, Ann and Pete, Sue and Mick and Malcolm but was a good show having plenty of stalls including a small auto jumble  and car boot sale in a  nice setting, it wasn’t too far and a very reasonable £5 entry.

 

Bromley Pageant

4 cars attended (too hot to handle though, and all left early) - Good show, small auto jumble

 

Maldon

7 cars attended. Great weather and excellent show

 

Coming up

 

Walton on the Naze Car Show September 10th – We’re looking for a volunteer to organise this.

 

Paul & Tracy are looking at Battlesbridge for 24th September and will let everyone know once we have more info.

 

Angelia is looking into a Cream Tea boat trip at Broxbourne during October - TBC

 

Lisa and Tracy are thinking about a picnic on the beach/park in August (date to TBC)

 

If anyone has any ideas for events or days out please let us know and as mentioned above we’re looking for people to organise these events.

 

Bob

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Don’t forget , this month’s club night on 2nd August will be held at the Woodman Pub NOT Blackmore Social Club.

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At the last club night it was decided on the new venue, hopefully this will work out well and as the old saying goes, “a change is as good as rest”.

 

Recent events

 Damyns Hall 

Click on the image above ↑↑ when the new page opens use your mouse to move around or click on the buttons in the bottm left corner, iPad and iPhone users can use the touch screen.

let me know if you think this is a useful feature and I'll try to include more of them.

 

It’s been a relatively quiet month for days out, the 16th of July saw 6 cars at Damyns  Hall Aerodrome for an enjoyable day out that had something for everyone. This was in aid of Mind, a local mental health charity. It was well attended by the public and was an easy to get to event only being in Upminster. 5 cars went in at the start of the event with one turning up at lunch time, trouble getting out of bed? You know who you are.

 

John and Jackie and Dave and Sandra completed the North Coast 500, this involves starting at Inverness going up the east coast of Scotland to John o’ Groats, across the very top, down the west coast and back to where you started from. I’ve been told this was a very enjoyable trip and having done a JOGLE myself I can thoroughly recommend the roads in Scotland as some of the nicest I’ve driven in this country.

 

Coming up

20th August:-  Battlesbridge Custom Culture Show

20th August:-  Club picnic at Frinton

3rd September:-  Frankie's Classic Car & Bike Fest with Vintage Market

17th September:-  Colchester Classic Vehicle show

24th September:-  Battlesbridge 

For more details on these events see the Up Coming Events page.

 

Other News

 

For those of you that haven’t read the latest copy of Enjoying MG (shame on you) one of our members, Michael Beswick, has written an interesting article about his supercharged B. This gives an interesting insight in the trials and tribulations of getting his B running the way it should. If you’re out on a run and a blue streak comes past you at what seems an improbable speed, it’ll probably be Michael.

 

On other matters, the new committee is starting to find its feet, it’ll take a while to get to Andrew’s level but as British Rail used to say, “we’re getting there”. I’ve made a few changes to the web site and I’ll be making some more over the next couple of weeks, any suggestions are welcome and if they’re feasible I’ll try to incorporate them. I’ve added a list of upcoming events, it’s a bit sparse at this time but if you know of a future event let me know and I’ll include it. I’ve moved the pages of previous events to a single button on the menu bar, this gives a drop down menu that you can then choose from. I’m planning to keep past newsletters, they’ll be under a single News Letter button with a drop down list. One suggestion has been to have entry forms downloadable, I think this is a good idea and I’ll look at the best way to implement this. Where possible I’ll be making points of interest clickable, this means if you see something that’s underlined you can click on it to take you directly to the web site.

  

******  Please note:- Subs are due this month ********

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Welcome to the July  Edition of Epping Area MG Owners Club Newsletter

  

As I’m sure everyone is now aware Andrew has stepped down from the chairmanship of the club. Andrew has done an excellent job over the years leaving large boots to fill and although I believe he’ll still be helping out with various things, I’d like to thank him for all the hard work he’s put in over the years and I’m sure the rest of the club will join me in that thanks. Taking over from Andrew is no small task and it was felt that a single individual would struggle to do everything he’s done in the past so it’s been decided to share the responsibilities amongst a number of individuals but Andrew has kindly offered to handle any enquires from possible new members etc.

 

Because of the above and the combined new committee only having been in place a short while, this will be a brief newsletter with more details in the next one.

 

During a meeting of the new members, over an enjoyable fish and chip dinner at the Prince Albert pub, a number of ideas were put forward, these include:-

 

A club BBQ at a different location, it was felt that the Blackmore Club venue wasn’t ideal anymore and it would allow all members to enjoy themselves.

 

Lisa has organised a Christmas party at Three Rivers Golf Club for Saturday 13 January 2018. Cost £55 with a group booking discount of £5 per person therefore the cost will be £50 per person with the tribute band Wham. Deposit £10 per person. Accommodation is available for 8 rooms including breakfast at a cost of £825 for all the rooms. This was an excellent event last year which everyone enjoyed, help no doubt by the inclusive drinks all evening. 

 

It was discussed and decided as a good idea, to get individuals (not committee members) to take ownership of organising an individual event. This would share the workload and inject new ideas into the event calendar.

 

It was decided to keep club subs as they are at present, £15pp and are due this month, and look into the possibility of an alternative venue for our monthly club nights.

 

I’m looking into the possibility of a club email account that could be used for all club communications including allowing people to submit suggestions for future events.

 

More details about new things will be in next month’s newsletter.

 

Recent events

 

Battlesbridge Classic car show       

Once again this was an excellent show with lots of different cars on display, ranging from the more traditional cars such Morris Minors to a large number of American vehicles and everything in between. As usual there was a good auto jumble, lots of music (a bit too much given the location of the club stand) and some excellent food, my personal preference being Wok and Roll who serve some very tasty noodles.

 

Cressing Temple

This was only attended by 3 cars, Ann and Pete, Sue and Mick and Malcolm but was a good show having plenty of stalls including a small auto jumble  and car boot sale in a  nice setting, it wasn’t too far and a very reasonable £5 entry.

 

Bromley Pageant

4 cars attended (too hot to handle though, and all left early) - Good show, small auto jumble

 

Maldon

7 cars attended. Great weather and excellent show

 

Coming up

 

Walton on the Naze Car Show September 10th – We’re looking for a volunteer to organise this.

 

Paul & Tracy are looking at Battlesbridge for 24th September and will let everyone know once we have more info.

 

Angelia is looking into a Cream Tea boat trip at Broxbourne during October - TBC

 

Lisa and Tracy are thinking about a picnic on the beach/park in August (date to TBC)

 

If anyone has any ideas for events or days out please let us know and as mentioned above we’re looking for people to organise these events.

 

Bob