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March 2017

With the recent improvement in the weather and the clocks having gone forward by an hour, I hope everyone is taking advantage of each and every opportunity to get out and about in their MGs.

This being the report for March, the big event was our only formal meeting of the year, namely the AGM, which saw the committee re-elected en bloc - so you'll have to put up with us for another year! Thanks (I think)! Congratulations to Audrey for being awarded the 'Most Cherished MG' trophy by the committee for her lovingly maintained - and frequently used - MGB GT which she has owned for more years than anyone is brave enough to ask her! Congratulations too to Bobbie for being voted 'Club Member of the Year' by members on the night. I think whisky might have had something to do with it… only kidding Bobbie, it's well deserved! We also agreed to stick with the model of having one fixed meeting a month with other events added to the mix as we build each quarterly programme as it seems to be working out ok.

On the 19th, we enjoyed a near 100% turn out of members for Sunday carvery at our former 'home', the Hunters Inn at Buckbury Longdon. We even had exclusive use of the side room, just like the old days. Thanks to Roly for organising this.

As we are now in the spring/summer months, our May meeting is at a pub with a garden, appropriately enough the Gardeners Arms at Alderton on the 11th from 8pm. Fingers crossed that we'll be able to sit outside…. As Sunday lunches seem to be popular, we've added one to the programme for May. This will be at the Red Hart at Blaisdon, GL17 0AH on the 14th.

February 2017

Just the one meeting to report this month - a social natter at the Tudor House Hotel. This was preceded by a committee meeting at which we agreed the necessary preparations for the AGM which will have taken place on 9 March by the time you read this! We also compiled a list of pubs to visit for Thursday meetings and some Sunday lunches between April and July. We've tried to come up with a combination of old favourites and some new ones, taking advantage of those with gardens as we get further into the summer months. More information to follow in Ann's quarterly diary and on the website in due course. As you will see, Ken and Bobbie have kindly offered to host another social at their home in July and we've also provisionally marked the weekend of 22 September for the annual club weekend away.

The first meeting on our list will be at the Beckford Inn, Station Road, Beckford GL20 7AN on 6th April. I suspect at least some of us will want to arrive well before the 'official' 8pm start to take advantage of the menu! Hope to see you there - and if you drive a rag-top, with the top down! Happy MG-ing!

January 2017

If the first two meetings of the year are anything to judge by, we'll be having very good turn-outs for the events that we plan to put on in 2017. We got the new year off to a good start with our traditional ice-breaker meeting on Sunday 8 January. Despite some last minute cancellations due to ill health we shared a delicious and varied range of sweet and savoury goodies brought along by everyone to share. Two weeks later, on 22 January, we met for a Sunday lunch at the Pheasant Inn at Toddington. Many thanks to Graham for suggesting the venue and for Helen for taking the pre-orders and generally liaising with the pub. At the Pheasant we were briefly joined by Ken who has a lovely twin cam MGA - we hope to see you again soon. Although Gordon and Brenda couldn't be with us in person, they were with us in spirit, sending us a photograph on the day of an MGB and MGA (another twin cam) that were parked on the main road through Funchal, Madeira, as part of a regular gathering of 30-odd classic cars.

For March, we have our AGM planned at the Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury High St, for the 9th and a Sunday lunch for the 19that the Hunters Inn at Buckbury, GL20 6AR (note that this is a date change from the programme that Ann has previously distributed as the original date clashes with Mothering Sunday - probably not the best day of the year to try to book a table anywhere!)

December 2016

We ended the year with a delicious Italian meal at the Elgar Inn at Earls Croome just across the border in Worcestershire. Just for fun and to get into the Christmas spirit, we made this a black-tie event and didn't we all look good in our finery!? This was a return Christmas visit to the Elgar by the club and Bruno and his team didn't disappoint with an excellent menu from which to make our choices, great service and flavour-packed food that was piping hot or subtly chilled to suit the needs of the dish. A big thank you to Roly for making the initial booking and to Helen for collating the pre-orders and deposits, liaising with Bruno and ensuring that he was paid, and for going the extra mile in ensuring that everyone present went away with a lottery prize. A good night was had by all, with not a turkey drumstick in sight. Result!

For our meeting in February, we plan to return to the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St for our usual 8pm start on Thursday 9th.

November 2016

A big thank you (or should that be cheers!) this month to Bobbie and Ken for once again hosting a whisky and sausages evening at their house on the 10th of November. As before, they generously allowed those of us not driving to sample their extensive range of single malts whilst munching on deliciously barbequed sausages and onions. Such a good time was had by hosts and guests alike that there are rumours that this might become a regular event!

January's traditional ice-breaker meeting will take place at our house (contact me if you need to be reminded about directions) on the 8th from 4pm. As usual, bring a plate of something edible to share and whatever tipple takes your fancy. Because of the ice-breaker meeting there will not be a meeting on the 12th which is when we would usually meet. We are also planning to meet for Sunday lunch at the Pheasant Inn, Toddington, GL54 5DT on the 22nd.

October 2016

Our October meeting at the Bell in Bosbury saw a good number of us turn out for an enjoyable meal and a chat. Also during the month some of us travelled up the A46 to visit the Coventry Transport Museum. This free museum is home to a wide variety of cycles, motorcycles, cars, buses, trucks and military vehicles linked by the common theme of Coventry. As well as the static exhibits of old and bang-up-to-date vehicles, the museum’s excellent audio-visual displays also bring to life some of the entrepreneurs who were instrumental in establishing the city’s place in British engineering and motoring history. The museum is on the edge of the city centre and best reached by hopping on the park and ride bus from the Kenilworth Road. A short walk from the museum will take you to the poignant remains of the medieval Coventry Cathedral. Well worth a visit.

December’s meeting on the 8th is our Christmas meal, for which we will be returning to the Elgar Inn at Earl’s Croome. We’ve decided to make it a black tie event, with a 7.30 pm start for pre-dinner drinks. Anyone wishing to come will need to book and pre-order.

If you like the look of what we do, please do get in touch.

September 2016

I write this having just returned from a most enjoyable few days away with 12 other musketeers who travelled to Somerset for this year's club weekend away. We stayed at a hotel just a short drive from Wells and its Cathedral, Bishop's Palace, street market and other attractions. Further afield, some of us visited Glastonbury with its esoteric mix of shops, Glastonbury Tor, various delightful National Trust properties and - being a car club - the Haynes Motor Museum. The weather was very kind to us with rain only beginning to feature on the Monday morning as we were all planning to leave.

Earlier in the month the committee met to put together the programme for the next quarter, which takes us past Christmas, through the New Year and into April.

For our meeting on 10 November, we've decided to do something a little different and, instead of meeting in a pub, will be returning to Ken and Bobbie's for a whisky and sausages evening. After no deliberation whatsoever, and despite it being close to Guy Fawkes' Night, we agreed not to buy fireworks for this event as it took us several years and multiple attempts to get rid of the last lot! A special note for Roger - this meeting will start at 7pm (like the last one did)!

If you like the look of what we do, please do get in touch.

August 2016

Just the one outing to report this month, to the Wheelbarrow Castle near Inkberrow in Worcestershire where a large group of us enjoyed a meal and a natter. This large, family-run pub is well worth a visit, not just for its food but also because of the range of scenic routes that can take you to it. Some of us also made it to the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival on the 21st where an estimated 800 classic cars and motorcycles were on display.

The really sad news to report this month is the passing of Graham Brodrick on August 19th. Graham was a stalwart of the club who served for more years than anyone can remember as club chairman and with that role, monthly report writer for this magazine. In more recent times, he took on the role of technical guru and his ready willingness to share his extensive technical knowledge – and literal ‘hands on’ assistance - has helped most of us over the years to solve tricky and elusive electrical and mechanical problems to get our cars back on the road. His gentle sense of humour endeared him to everyone in the club - though he and I had to agree to disagree on the issue of whether ale tastes better out of a handled or straight glass… We’ll miss you, Graham. Love and condolences to Denise and family.

For October’s meeting, we will be at the Bell at Bosbury, HR8 1PX from 8pm on the 13th. This will be followed a couple of weeks later by a day time visit to the Coventry Motor Museum on Wednesday 26th. Details, as ever, for these and all of our meetings can be found on our website.

Make the most of whatever remains of the summer to enjoy your MGs!

July 2016

In addition to the monthly meeting which this month took place at the Red Lion on the banks of the Severn at Wainlodes, around a dozen of us enjoyed a fish and chip supper on the Cheltenham Fryer. This is one of the themed steam train events run by the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway which operates out of Toddington Station. We were lucky to have a beautiful clear evening which allowed us to make the most of the fantastic views across the vale towards the Malvern Hills. The railway is run entirely by volunteers who, in addition to operating and maintaining all the rolling stock and stations, also provide the at-your-table drinks service. The railway has an extensive programme of events involving diesel as well as steam-powered running stock and is well worth a visit. 

For September's meeting, we are meeting on the 8th at 8pm at the Swan at Staunton, GL19 3QA. If you live in or are visiting the area on the day, it would be lovely to see you there. Fingers crossed for a sunny and dry evening so that we can enjoy the pub gardens! 

September will also see a sizeable group of us take off for our annual weekend away which this year will be at the Crossways Inn at North Wootton which will give us a chance to explore Wells and the surrounding areas of Somerset. That reminds me, I'd better start thinking about a quiz so that I can get the hub cap trophy out of my garage and into someone else's…! 

Happy MG-ing, whatever your model!

June 2016

Our meeting at the Farmer's Arms, Birtsmorton on 9th June was an exceptionally good turn out with food and drink taken outside in wonderful sunshine! We welcomed Roly back from his epic journey around Ireland in his other car, an Austin 7 from the 20's. Also it was good to see Rod and Julie in their beautiful blue 1969 MGB. Later in the month several members ventured over the border to the Oxford MGOC's gathering at Burford Wildlife Park. Six hundred MGs of all shapes and sizes were on display. Well done to the Oxford club for organising the event.

The August meeting is on 11th at 8.00 pm at the Wheelbarrow Castle, Inkberrow, WR7 4LR when we hope that the sun will be shining again to bring out your MGs. See the website for details of all other events.

May 20116

This month's report has to begin with a big thank you and congratulations to Ken and Bobbie who hosted a whisky and sausages evening at their home on the 21st. As well as allowing us to sample their extensive collection of single malts (not to mention the excellent hot dogs with all the trimmings), they also raised over £100 in donations to the Acorns Children's Hospice Trust, a charity that offers a network of care for life threatened and life limited babies, children and young people and their families. A terrific evening in good company with the added benefit of being able to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

Our regular meeting for May must have been one of the best attended ever with almost the entire club turning up at the Swan at Hanley Swan on the 12th. Most of us also chose to eat at the pub and I don't think any of us were disappointed with the quality of the food or the service.

Two days before the Hanley Swan trip the newly constituted committee (welcome Bobbie - two mentions in one month!) met to put together a programme that takes us into October. Plans are also starting to come together for our weekend away in September so if you have an empty diary between 23rd and 26th, get in touch with Helen for details.

July's meeting will be at 8pm at the Red Lion at Wainlodes, GL2 9LW, where we hope to be able to enjoy a warm summer's evening sitting on the banks of the river Severn. As for all of our planned events, contact and other details are on the website.

April 2016

Our monthly meeting for April took place at the Farmers Arms, Apperley. I think it would be true to say that - despite, or perhaps because of, a good turn out - it wasn't the most sociable of meetings that we've ever had since we ended up being split up over various parts of the dining area and public bar. Something to bear in mind when we consider venues where some club members might want to eat before the 'official' start time!

On the plus side, we were able to welcome potential new member Rod Knight from Bishops Cleeve who tells us that he has an early MGB. We're all very much looking forward to seeing it, and hope you'll come back to us again soon, Rod.

We were also able to hand out the now engraved trophies that were awarded at the AGM. Many thanks to Nick at Tewkesbury Trophies for his excellent work, in particular for replacing the missing club logo with a nicely engraved new one on the trophy for New Member of the Year.

The debacle at the Farmers Arms also taught us that it's not going to be practical to assume that the committee will be able to meet in the hour before the meeting so we'll be going back to holding these on a different night and at a venue where we know we can book a side room. So, if you aren't on the committee but would like to come along (maybe with a view to signing up to it in the future!) watch out for the dates on the club calendar.

Our June meeting is also at a Farmers Arms, this time the one at Birts Street, WR13 6AP, on Thursday 9th, starting at 8pm.

March 2016

It's hard to believe it but another year has come and gone and with it so has another AGM. This is a good place to record my thanks to all of the committee members for their contributions to the well-being of the club over the past year, and also for their commitment to do likewise for another term of office! Thank you too to Bobbie for agreeing to join us on the committee.

As is usual at the AGM, we awarded a number of trophies so congratulations are due to club members as follows: New Club Members of the Year - Gordon & Brenda; Club Member of the Year - Helen (our treasurer); Most Cherished MG - the 'Tyrell Tribe', for their Midget and TF (and for providing 3 generations of enthusiasts to our membership!). Well done to all!

Thanks too to everyone who attended for putting forward suggestions for things to do and places to go during the coming months. We'll pull these together and try to come up with a coherent programme - thank you Ann for making it (virtually…) impossible for me to throw away the suggestion slips this year!

Aside from the trophies, the biggest decision we made at the AGM was to move to a single fixed meeting each month, on the second Thursday. In May, this meeting will be on the 12th at the Swan at Hanley Swan, WR8 0EA, starting at 8pm. We still plan to have a second meeting or social activity each month but not on a fixed day. The first of these will be a whisky and sausages evening at Bobbie & Ken's on Saturday the 21st from 6pm.

Also, for those who haven't done so yet, set aside the weekend beginning 23rd September for our weekend away. Suggestions for a destination most welcome!

February 2016

Congratulations to Roger and Audrey for being the only two club members who turned up to our first meeting in February - I hope we can avoid this happening again, even though you both assure us that you had an enjoyable chat!

Our second gathering of the month was rather better attended, with an almost full house for Sunday lunch at the Hunters Inn at Buckbury on the 21st. There being so many of us, they put us up in what used to be our meeting room, which we had to ourselves - so a sense of déjà vu for some of us. Best wishes to both Barry and Karl for a speedy recovery from the respective ailments that prevented them from making the numbers even higher.

On the 25th, the committee met to put together a programme to take us into the summer months, and to prepare things for the AGM on March 10th. Welcome back, Richard, it was good to see you up and about again.

Our first meeting in April will be at the Farmers Arms at Lower Apperley, GL19 4DR on the 14th. Other meetings and events for April await the verdict of the AGM in March, so check the website for the latest information. As ever, we'd love to see you at one of our meetings, whether you are an existing club member, a resident local who has an interest in MGs or simply visiting our beautiful part of Gloucestershire.

January 2016

As usual, we started off the year with an Icebreaker meeting on Sunday 3 January chez Gareth and Helen. Owing to an oversight by the hosts (not circulating a list at the Christmas meal…), we had little, if any, idea of who was coming or what they were bringing! But in the event, we needn't have worried as the selection and quantity of food worked out just right. Many thanks to everyone for turning out on the first Sunday of the year and for making it such and enjoyable get together.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the meetings on January 14th and 28th saw fairly low turnouts, to the extent that we simply stayed in the bar on both evenings. Best wishes to Karl and Anthea, who have missed a number of recent meetings, for a speedy recovery from all of us.

Meetings in March will be on the 10th and 24th, both at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St. The meeting on the 10this the AGM, so bring some ideas for things we might do in 2016, and if you want to join the committee, this is your chance to do so. Think too about who will be getting your vote for club member of the year…

December 2015

For our one meeting in December we celebrated Christmas in style at the Elgar Inn at Earls Croome where we enjoyed an Italian menu (there's only so much turkey you can eat during the festive season!). Many thanks to Bruno and his team for taking such good care of us, to Roly for suggesting and booking the venue, and to Helen for coordinating our various menu choices.

Meetings in February will be on 11th and 25th at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St.

November 2015

Both of our regular meetings were at the Tudor House this month, with a respectable number of people turning out for both. Ten of us also met up for a very good Sunday lunch carvery at the Hobnails Inn at Little Washbourne on the 15th - many thanks to Helen for scrabbling around to get numbers and a booking (!) when we realised that organisation for this get together had somehow fallen down the cracks…

With a number of members suffering illness at the moment, we send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to full health to Graham B, Karl and Trevor.

Seasons greetings to everyone and a reminder that our first meeting of 2016 will be on Sunday 3rd January from 4pm at Helen and Gareth's, with the usual arrangement of bringing a plate of food to share plus whatever it is you want to drink. Regular meetings on January 14th and 28th at the Tudor House, Tewkesbury High St.

With our AGM less than 3 months away, on 10th March, now might be a good time to start thinking about possible events, pub lunches or venues to meet for 2016 and also, dare I say, to consider joining the committee…

October 2015

We start this month's report with a big thank you to Graham and Denise for arranging our skittles evening at the Village in at Twyning on the 10th. Rachael and Alan took the honours for top scores, with Gordon, Brenda and Graham jointly taking the wooden spoon. Alan actually achieved the double by also taking the prize money for the 'killer' competition.

That night, the club was also formally reunited with a trophy in the form of a hub cab with a three-eared spinner and the inscription 'Tewkesbury MG Musketeers Classic Car Show'. This had been handed to our President, Audrey, by Tim Perry, a local MGB enthusiast (but still not a club member - come on Tim!) on a previous, sparsely-attended club night. None of the existing club members know the history of the trophy and we haven't yet had the chance to go through the club 'archives' to look for any record of it. So, if anyone reading this can shed any light on the subject, please do email us with what you know.

We've also finally settled on a fitting tribute to Margaret & Arthur Martin who, over many years, gave so much to the club. The local Roses Theatre, where Margaret at one time played the piano, has just been refurbished and, as a way of raising funds for the redevelopment, installed a 'wall of fame' which now proudly boasts a plaque with the inscription 'For Arthur & Margaret Martin from their MG friends'. It's high up to the left of the box office if you want to take a look at it.

December will, as usual, only see one club meeting - our Christmas meal which will take place at the Elgar Inn, Earl's Croome on the 10th. Deposits of £10 per person to Helen asap please

September 2015

Our first meeting in September, at the Round of Gras in Badsey, was attended by a select few members as has been the norm through the summer months. However, our second one, at 'home', attracted a bumper turnout even though the evenings are definitely getting darker earlier now. With so many present, we were able to get a good idea of numbers for our skittles evening on 10 October, so Graham B took away the action to confirm these with the Village Inn, Twyning (which conveniently is his local!).

I had intended to provide an account of our club weekend away near Telford, but it was cancelled - or should that be postponed? - due to an acute shortage of couples intending to go!

Meanwhile, we've started scouting venues for our Christmas meal and will need to get our skates on with pubs already taking bookings. The date is already fixed for Thursday 10 December so be sure to keep it free if you intend to join us for the evening. We'll be taking deposits soon too.

We've planned an extra get together in November in the shape of a Sunday carvery lunch at Ye Olde Hobnails Inn, Little Washbourne, GL20 8NQ for the 15th, from about noon. Both of our regular meetings will be at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St on the 12th and 26th. Since the venue is about to undergo a change of management, I hope we won't need to start looking at alternative arrangements. Watch this space…

August 2015

Meetings this month have been less well attended that we’ve become used to of late due to a combination of conflicting holiday arrangements and ill health.

Those who made it along to the Elgar Inn at Earls Croome on the 13th came away with good reports so perhaps we’ll be making another visit to this (fairly) recently refurbished pub. We also welcomed a potential new club member, Neil Short, and his yellow Midget. Hope to see you again soon, Neil!

Our BBQ in the Forest of Dean to celebrate 35 years as MGOC 0709 saw eight stalwart – and healthy! – members turn out. Many thanks to Ann and Trevor for arranging to collect charcoal when it became apparent that the Forestry Commission BBQ in question was not of the usual gas variety but a ‘proper’ one! All reported enjoying the glorious – if atypical – August sunshine and Ann’s commemorative cake complete with MG logo. I’m still waiting for a slice…

On a sadder note, after her brave fight against illness we said a sad farewell to Niki at a beautiful and well attended service at St Denys Church in Severn Stoke village. Our thoughts are with you, Roly.

As usual, many of us had planned to attend the annual Tewkesbury Rotary Classic Vehicle Festival on the 23rd but this was cancelled due to an entirely accurate weather forecast predicting heavy rain for the town. For those other MG Clubs that had also intended to support this charity event, the date for next year’s has been set for August 21st.

Since I’m writing this before our August committee meeting, the venues for October haven’t been set, but meetings will be on the 8th and 22nd. If you’re thinking of joining us for the evening, best email us first.

July 2015

Our first meeting this month took place at the lovely riverside location of the Red Lion at Wainlodes. By pure fluke, a number of MGC owners from Cheltenham had chosen the same venue for an evening run. This was quite handy as Eddie, who handed over his membership fee during the evening, had brought along what is now the only MGC in our club. That said, Ken was also in for a surprise when the new owners of his old MGC turned up with the car in a beautifully restored condition. So, all in all an unexpected MGC extravaganza!

This month we also had a Sunday lunch outing, at another riverside pub but on the other side of the river, the Lower Lode Inn at Forthampton. Before and after the delicious Sunday roast carvery, we took advantage of the glorious sunshine and sat outside to watch the Severn flow gently by.

Notwithstanding the high turnout for both of these meetings, and the fact that we are in holiday season, we also had a good number of members turn up for final meeting of the month at the Tudor House Hotel. It was good to see Barry and Sue who haven't been able to join us for a meeting for some time.

September's meetings are at the Round of Gras at Badsey, WR11 7XQ, on the 10th and the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St on the 24th. The latter meeting is immediately followed by our weekend away to the Ironbridge area for the weekend beginning 25th. If you haven't contacted the hotel to reserve your room for this trip, you'll need to pull your finger out!

As ever, if you haven't been to one of our meetings you'd be very welcome to join us - see our website for details.

June 2015

Our 'away' meeting this month took place at the Royal Exchange, Hartpury where we were able to sit outside and enjoy the weather for most of the evening. We were also pleased to welcome Nick, who had been to a previous meeting back in January, and John and Valerie from nearby Colwall. We hope to see all of you again some time soon!

The second meeting took place as usual at the Tudor House Hotel in Tewkesbury - a smaller turnout but we enjoyed a good natter in the bar.

Our August meetings will take place at the Elgar Inn, Earls Croome, WR8 9DA (you might know this pub by its previous name of the Yorkshire Grey) on 13th and the Tudor House in Tewkesbury on 27th, starting at 8pm. The second meeting will be preceded by a committee meeting from 7pm. In addition to the regular meetings, we have also booked a barbeque pit in the Forest of Dean for Sunday 16th - bring your own food, drinks and chairs and hope for fine weather… keep an eye on the website for further details, or come along to one of our meetings to find out more - you'd be very welcome.

May 2015

Our first meeting in May was at the Haw Bridge Inn where there was a good turn out. This was proceeded with a committee meeting when we concentrated on putting together the summer calendar, planning a Sunday lunch run in July, BBQ and meetings at various pubs in the area.  Due to holidays a smaller number attended the second meeting of the month at the Tudor House Hotel but we were pleased to welcome Eddie as a new member who has a MG C and a 1954 TF.  We will look forward to seeing both of these cars in the future.

July’s meetings are at the Red Lion, Wainlodes, GL2 9LW on Thursday 9th, and on 23rd we will be back at the Tudor House Hotel.  Meetings start at 8pm and are completely informal, so if you want to come along and join in please do – you’d be most welcome.

April 2015

A quiet April for the club with just the fortnightly meetings at the Tudor House Hotel taking place during the month.  We have however added two MG TFs to the Musketeers’ stable.  First off the grid was Gordon who went off to London to pick up a grey 2010 model with just 19,000 miles on the clock.  He reports that it’s fitted with ‘an embarrassingly loud set of stainless steel sports exhaust pipes’, adding that ‘I shall have to learn to live with them’…   Somewhat closer to home, father and son Roger and Michael travelled to Evesham to snap up a somewhat neglected 2003 Cool Blue

limited edition car.  With the kind of TLC that Roger and Michael are able to bring to the party, I’m sure it will soon be back to pristine condition.  Michael meanwhile is also trying to work out how he can also hang on to the Midget that they jointly own…

June’s meetings are at the Royal Exchange, Hartpury, GL19 3BW on 14th and the Tudor House Hotel, High St, Tewkesbury on 25th.  Meetings start at 8pm and are completely informal, so if you want to come along and join in please do – you’d be most welcome.  With any luck, the weather should be good enough to drop the hoods on all the TFs that the club is now accumulating.

March 2015

Aside from the second Thursday of the month meeting at the Tudor House, we had an a good turnout on the 22nd for a most enjoyable Sunday lunch at the Rose and Crown at Earls Croome - a beautiful timber-framed country pub that we have visited several times before, and well worth going to again.

On 26 March, we squeezed into our usual meeting room at the Tudor House for our only formal meeting of the year - our AGM, for which we had an almost 100% turnout! Following the review of the year, thanks all round and a financial report we elected a new committee for the coming 12 months. As predicted, it looks suspiciously like a clone of the outgoing committee! Ann was, once again, voted Club Member of the Year by members (we might need to rename the cup if this continues…), and Rita was awarded the Most Cherished MG plaque for her immaculate MG TF. For those who weren't at the meeting and coughed up their membership fees on the evening, these are now due and are the same as last year.

With spring and summer now upon us, we begin to hold one of our monthly meetings away from Tewkesbury town centre. May's meetings will take place on the 14th, at the Haw Bridge Inn (GL19 4HJ) and on the 28th at our 'home' venue, the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St. Both meetings start at 8pm, but if you want to sit in on the next committee meeting you would be most welcome - it immediately precedes the meeting on the 14th and starts at 7pm. If you live in the Tewkesbury area and own or are interested in MGs, it would be great to see you.

February 2015

Well, we started off the month with a bang (literally) as Ken and Bobbie kindly hosted a BBQ and fireworks evening, coupled with a whisky tasting extravaganza. Many thanks to Ken and Michael for safely lighting all the fireworks, to Helen for buying all the food, and a special thanks to Ken and Bobbie for generously sharing their extensive malt whisky selection with those of us who weren't 'designated drivers' for the evening (sadly, I was!). It was also lovely to see three generations of the Tyrrell family at the event.

Both of our February meetings were held at the Tudor House Hotel and we were able to welcome a couple of new members who live in the Forest of Dean - welcome Gordon and Brenda, we hope you enjoy being part of the club.

April's meetings, on the 9th and 23rd, will both be at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St, starting at around 8pm. By then, we will have the 2015/16 committee in place, which might look suspiciously like the 2014/15 one unless a coup is in the pipeline… If you live in the Tewkesbury area and own or are interested in MGs, it would be great to see you there.

January 2015

As usual we started off the new year with an ice-breaker event on the first Sunday of the year.  Once again, Gareth and Helen hosted the event which took the form of a bring-and-share supper following the model that we instigated this time last year.  A good time was had by all and it was a great opportunity to find out what we each had been doing over the holiday period.  We also managed to come up with an additional event for the programme, as Ken and Bobbie kindly offered to host a fireworks and whisky evening at their home on Sunday 8 February.  I’ll report on how this went in due course. 

The first meeting of the month took place at the Tudor House Hotel.  Turnout was low, but since it happened just a few days after the ice-breaker, that’s not too surprising!  Those present were able to welcome a potential new member – if you’re reading this, Nick, we hope to see you again soon! 

Our second meeting met with a much stronger turn out and was preceded by a committee meeting.  The committee worked out the programme for the next few months – many thanks to Ann for distributing this to the club so promptly after the event – and set out the agenda for the forthcoming AGM. 

Meetings in March are: 12th at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St; Sunday lunch on 22nd at the Rose & Crown, Severn Stoke, WR8 9JA (if you plan to come to this please email so that we can provide numbers to the pub); 26th AGM at Tudor House Hotel. 
If you live in the Tewkesbury area and own or are interested in MGs, it would be great to see you at one of our meetings.

December 2014

We had just one meeting in December - a close to 100% turn out for our Christmas meal at the Swan at Coombe Hill. This proved to be a an excellent choice of venue with tasty, piping hot food and good service. Many thanks to Helen for organising the evening, including a raffle prize for every couple (including those who couldn't make it!). And commiserations that she wasn't able to make it herself on account of being laid up following surgery. Get well soon Helen!

Both of our February meetings will be at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St on 12th and 26th. We hope to see you there!

November 2014

We had a very large turnout for our first November natter meeting, and last 'away' venue for 2014, at the Anchor Inn at Eckington. This turned out to be very useful since it gave Helen the chance to collect everyone's deposits and menu choices for our Christmas meal which will take place at the Swan at Coombe Hill on December 11th.

The second November meeting was at our 'home' venue, the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St, where we enjoyed an MG Trivia quiz courtesy of Richard. It's surprising how the number of obscure and accurate facts you can dredge from the memory banks is offset by the number of 'obvious' answers that you think you know that are actually wrong!

As usual, we will kick off the new year with an afternoon ice-breaker gathering on Sunday 4th January. If we're lucky with the weather we'll include a fireworks 'spectacular' to start off the year with a bang!

Both of January's meetings will take place at the Tudor House Hotel, GL20 5BH, on the 8th and 23rd. Following a suggestion from club members, meetings now start from 8pm but this is taking time to take effect so if you're a newcomer to our meetings don't despair if you don't see any MG enthusiasts when you arrive promptly at 8pm. If you call or email in advance to tell us you are coming we'll be sure to be there on time to greet you.

October 2014

The club highlight this month was an outing to the Jet Age Museum in Gloucester.  This fantastic addition to the Gloucestershire museums circuit is located on the edge of Gloucestershire Airport in  the appropriately-named Meteor Business Park (GL2 9QL).  About 25 of us, which included some ‘extras’ (ie. non-club members who joined us for the evening), were treated to a private tour by a group of enthusiastic and highly-knowledgeable volunteers who took us around the exhibits including cockpit tours of Vulcan, Gnat and Hunter aircraft.  One of the newest exhibits is a reconstruction of the cockpit of the famous Horsa assault glider, which is being built to the original plans, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Europe in 1944/5 by airborne forces. The highlight of the visit for most of us was probably the opportunity to hear Ken Plowman’s first-hand account of what it was like to pilot this aircraft during WWII.  Many thanks to Roly for suggesting this visit and for making the necessary arrangements. 

We held our first meeting this month at a new venue for us – the Yorkshire Grey at Earl’s Croombe. Quite a low turnout which was reflected in the rather sparse number of people there who had nothing to do with our club! 

Meeting two of the month took place at the Tudor House Hotel and was preceded by a committee meeting at which we agreed venues for meetings up until the end of March 2015, including the AGM, and also settled on a venue for our Christmas meal on December 11th – the Swan at Coombe Hill.  This will be our only meeting in December.  

If you live in the Tewkesbury area and either own or have an interest in MGs, we’d love to see you at one of our meetings.

September 2014

Wow!  Just returned from a terrific few days away at the Brook Meadow Hotel near Chester, where 14 club members attended this year’s club weekend away.  It was particularly nice to catch up with Keith and Linda (former Club stalwarts) who travelled from Yorkshire to be with us for the weekend.  Most of us took advantage of the hotel’s proximity to the local train station which put us in easy reach of Chester and Liverpool, while a couple went off to explore the North Wales coast and the Wirral by car.  The food at the hotel was excellent and the staff very attentive.  Even a 4.30 am fire alarm on Sunday morning (caused, we think, by some insomniac smoking a cigarette near an open door) couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm, and with such a lot to explore in the local area, there was even talk of a return visit next year, which would be a first!  For the record, Bobbie (with just a little help from Ken) narrowly pipped Ann and Trevor to the quiz ‘trophy’ – a fluffy red squirrel that we’ve named Einstein; with so many correct answers, I’ll have to try to make it harder next time...!

Earlier in the month, we had a very good turn out to our natter at the Beckford Hotel, and were particularly pleased to see Richard back on his feet following his accident.  Rather fewer attended our second September but it was the evening before our weekend away, so perhaps to be expected!   

November’s meetings will be at The Anchor Inn, Eckington, WR10 3BA on the 13th and The Tudor House, Tewkesbury High St on the 27th.   

If you live in the Tewkesbury area and either own or have an interest in MGs, we’d love to see you at one of our meetings.

August 2014

Both of our meetings this month were, shall we say, lightly attended but those present at the Drum & Monkey and the Tudor House had a good 'natter'.

We began the month with a Sunday lunch on the 3rd. On what turned out to be a glorious August day, the more energetic members parked at Odda's Chapel, an Anglo-Saxon chapel in the care of English Heritage, and walked along part of the Severn Way from Deerhurst to the Coalhouse Inn at Apperley. There we joined the rest of the group for a splendid lunch - many thanks to the pub for accommodating so many of us in one sitting and coping so well with the diversity of orders! Note that if you plan to visit this lovely riverside pub it only opens on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, Richard continues to prove the unluckiest club member when it comes to motoring accidents. This time he has been laid up in hospital with more broken bones than most of us would care to think about, after a competition car lost control at a MIRA event at Nuneaton that he was attending. Get well soon, Richard!

October's meetings will at the Yorkshire Grey, Earl's Croome, WR8 9DA, and the Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury, on the 9th and 23rd respectively.

If you live in the Tewkesbury area and either own or have an interest in MGs, you'd be very welcome to join us at one of our meetings, so do please come along.

July 2014

The Rose & Crown at Severn Stoke provided the venue for our first meeting of July, with a good turn-out of members and some visitors. 

On the 12th of the month we had an excellent social evening of skittles at the Village Inn in Twyning.  Many thanks to Graham and Denise for organising this, and to Roger’s and Maurine’s grandchildren for sticking up and saving the knees and backs of the adults!  Despite our best efforts, we were unable to finish all the food that had been laid on for us and ended up handing it around the pub!

The committee met just before the second club meeting at the Tudor House on the 24th In addition to working out a programme that will take us into the new year, we agreed to alter our usual meeting time to 8pm (from 8.30) in response to a number of requests from members. 

September’s meetings will be at the Beckford Hotel, GL20 7AN on 11th and the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St on 25th when we will be holding an MG-based quiz courtesy of Richard – so, you have plenty of warning to get revising!  A sizeable contingent of us – at least 9 couples - will also be descending on a hotel near Chester for our annual weekend away from 26th.

If you live in the Tewkesbury area and either own or have an interest in MGs, you’d be very welcome to join us at one of our meetings, so do please come along.

June 2014

In June we had an “away” evening meeting at the Pennyfarthing at Aston Crews which included a visit by two owners of MGC’s, one red and one black.  They had seen our report in the MGOC magazine and decided to come along, so it does work!  Interestingly the black MGC Downton (very rare) had previously been owned until 2013 by Ken, one of our members,  It has now been superbly restored to concourse condition by its present owner.

Our second meeting in June was at an old haunt of ours, The Hunters at Longdon, where a good turnout of members had an enjoyable “natter”.

August’s meetings are due to take place at the Drum & Monkey, Upton upon Severn, WR8 0QP on 14th and on 28th we are planning a river walk and pub visit in Worcester,  please contact us for full details.

If you live in the local area and either own or have an interest in MGs, you’d be very welcome to join us at one of our meetings, so do please come along.

May 2014

This month’s first evening social meeting saw a good turn out at the Wheelbarrow Castle, near Inkberrow in neighbouring Worcestershire. 
Some of the club also turned out to support Breakfast at Twyning on Sunday 18th.  This informal charity fundraiser is organised by the Austin Healey Club but is open to all classic car marques and takes place on the village green a number of times each year. 
Our second evening social saw us return to the Hunters at Longdon after a long absence following the pub’s closure.  
July's meetings are due to take place at the Rose & Crown, Severn Stoke, WR8 9JQ on 10th and back at the Hunters, GL20 6AR, on 24th.

Meanwhile, Ann is updating the cars page on our website following various changes in ownership over recent months so let her have any information that you’d like her to include.

If you live in the Tewkesbury area and either own or have an interest in MGs, you’d be very welcome to join us at one of our meetings, so do please come along.

April 2014

This month we had a couple of well-attended social meetings at the Tudor House and also managed a committee meeting to put together a list of activities and venues that takes us into September.  Details to follow as we firm up arrangements. 

In addition to the usual socials, most of the club turned out for a most enjoyable Sunday lunch at the Queen Elizabeth in Elmley Castle, just across the border in Worcestershire.  We didn’t bother to arrange a run, since it’s a lovely drive to this picturesque village pub whichever route you take around the base of Bredon Hill.  I doubt that many of us had much energy to do anything in the afternoon having relieved the table of the weight of food that was placed on it!

Those of us planning to go to the club weekend away in Ellesmere Port in September have made our bookings but there’s probably still time to add in a few extras – if it helps to persuade anyone, the hotel is in easy striking distance, by car or train, of both Chester and Liverpool!  Many thanks to Karl for doing all the legwork in coming up with a list of options and making the initial provisional block booking with the hotel to secure the best rates.  

June’s meetings take us to the Pennyfarthing, Aston Crews, HF9 7LW on 12th and the Hunters Inn, Buckbury/Longdon, GL20 6AR on 26th.  Both start at 8.30.  If you haven’t been to one of our club meetings, please do try to come along, you’d be very welcome.

PS. I should have mentioned in last month’s notes that subs are now due if you haven’t already paid – expect a gentle reminder from our treasurer if you weren’t at the AGM!

March 2014

 

Well, that’s another AGM done and dusted!  The committee was re-elected with a couple of changes.  So here’s an appropriate point to thank David for his contribution over the past few years as he stands down, and to welcome Anthea, Roly and Richard onto the team. 

 

We had an unusual social event at the start of the month as Tony and Jackie Martin – son and daughter of our late members Arthur and Margaret - arranged a garage sale for club members.  Arthur had – typically and very generously – asked that they arrange such an event with the proceeds going to club funds.  The committee is now considering how to use the money in a way that commemorates Arthur and Margaret and the contribution they made to the club.  And many of us are now putting Arthur’s old tools and other bits and bobs to good use.

Later in the month, Trevor arranged a trip to the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon where we spent an hour on a guided tour with a very knowledgeable guide, followed by some free time to wander around the various exhibits.  Although several of us had been there before, there’s always something new to explore and it made for a good run out for us.

 

 

 

May’s meetings are at the Wheelbarrow & Castle, nr Inkberrow, Worcestershire, WR7 4LR on the 8th and at our old haunt, the Hunters at Buckbury/Longdon, GL20 6AR on the 22nd.  Both start at 8.30 but there’s a good chance that some of us will arrive early and at before the meeting.  If you haven’t been to one of our club meetings, please do try to come along, you’d be very welcome.

February 2014

February got off to a shaky start with our committee and social meetings on the 13th being cancelled because of road closures due to flooding.  Our second attempt at both meetings at the Tudor House Hotel on the 27th was much more successful, with Roly and Richard joining us on the committee and a potential new member meeting with us for the first time.  We hope to see you again soon, Eddie!

By the time you read this, we will have held our AGM and published the programme for meetings into the summer months when, once again, we will be aiming to have one ‘home’ and one ‘away’ meeting each month so that we get the chance to try out some of the fantastic pubs in the local area.

We have decided to push back our Sunday pub run scheduled for 23rd  March to 13th April so that we don’t have a weekend clash with a club visit to Gaydon which we’ve now arranged for Saturday 22nd March.

Socials in April are on the 10th and 24th, starting at 8.30.  Both will be held at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High Street, with a committee meeting starting at 7.15 on 24th.  

January 2014

Our club’s activities for 2014 got off to a good start with our traditional ice-breaker event on January 5th.  For a change, this year we did away with the run and had a later afternoon start, meeting up at Gareth & Helen’s for a Dutch supper.  Opinion was unanimous in thinking this was a much better arrangement than in previous years, so I expect we might try it again!  Pity we were once again thwarted by the weather in our attempts to use up the 2012 fireworks.  And I hope the neighbours didn’t mind the street being full of MGs of various ages and types…

Both club meetings took place at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High Street and were well attended. 

 

Our 13th March meeting is also our AGM; start time is 8.30 as usual.  Check our website for details of venue and if you’re interested in any of the committee roles please speak to one of the existing members.  Our other March meeting will take place on 27th March, but we haven’t yet arranged a venue so, again, check the website for details.  On Sunday 23rd March we will be holding a Spring Equinox Run followed by a pub lunch.  Details to follow.  

Finally, now that we have all broken in our new diaries, a reminder that this year’s club weekend away will begin on Friday 26th September 2014.  So, although we haven’t arranged anything other than the date, make a note of it now so that it doesn’t come as a surprise when we start looking at options once the warmer weather makes its appearance!

December 2013

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope Santa brought you something that will help you to continue enjoying your MGs.

Our one club meeting in December was the Christmas meal that 17 of us enjoyed at the Oak, Defford.   The revelry was aided by the presence of the local Probus Club in the same room, along with a 3 piece band playing Christmas music to help the festivities along.  Thanks to Helen for making the arrangements and for organising a sweep-stake in which everyone was guaranteed a prize – even those who couldn’t make it at the last minute.  Thanks too to Craig and his team at the Oak for an excellent meal.

Our February meetings, on 13th and 27th, will take place at 8.30 at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High Street.  There’s a small car park behind the hotel, or on-street parking in front.  On the 27th, you’d be very welcome to join us earlier, at 7.30, if you want to see what’s involved in being on the committee – yes, we are on the look-out for some new blood!  

Events planned for the new year are a visit to Gaydon (thanks to Trevor for taking this on) and a skittles evening at a suitable local hostelry.  

November 2013

This has been a quiet month for club activities beyond the regular meetings, both of which took place at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High Street.  In addition to these we have had a committee meeting which mapped out activities to the end of March 2014 (a month that also includes our AGM).  Many thanks to Ann for getting the new programme issued to members so swiftly following the meeting. 

Club morale has taken a bit of hit with the sudden loss of Arthur Martin following a brief illness.  His willingness to share his extensive technical knowledge – and tools - has come to the rescue of many a club member over the years.  This was just one facet of his generous personality and his presence at club activities will be missed by all.

Our first meeting of 2014 will, as ever, be an ice-breaker event but this year we have decided to do something different, namely to skip the run and to meet a bit later in the day so that we can (at last) let off the fireworks that have been languishing in safe custody at Graham and Denise’s since November 2012 (no, that’s not a misprint!).  The ice-breaker will take place at Gareth & Helen’s house at 4pm on 5th January, with club meetings at the Tudor House Hotel on 9th and 23rd of the month.  

 Merry Christmas and an MG-rich New Year to all! 

October 2013

The first weekend in October found 10 of us on our annual autumn weekend away, this time to Bournemouth.  With such excellent weather, we were able to visit many of the local attractions, including Corfe Castle, Swanage Railway and Brownsea Island where a National Trust volunteer guide left us far more knowledgeable about red squirrels than we were before.  Many thanks to Karl for carrying out the initial research on potential venues and for placing the holding reservations with the hotel.

Our first meeting in October took place at the Royal Oak in Defford.  Those who chose to dine there before the meeting were so impressed with the food that they convinced the rest of us that this should be the venue for our Christmas meal this year.  A quick check with the manager confirmed that they could accommodate us, and in the spirit of striking while the iron is hot, we made the booking then and there!  One less thing for the committee to sort out…

For our second meeting we met at the Tudor House Hotel in Tewkesbury.  With lots of members away for various reasons, this must have been one of the least-well attended meetings for some time – there were just five of us present, but we had a good natter in the main bar all the same.

Our Christmas meal, mentioned above, will be our only December meeting and will take place on the 12th from around 8pm If you are planning to join us, do please let us know so that we can notify the pub.  Our first gathering in 2014 will be the traditional ice-breaker (with or without a run) on 5th January. 

September 2013

There was a good turnout of regulars for our first meeting this month which we held at the Gardeners Arms at Alderton.  Most of us took advantage of the excellent menu before congregating in the cosy bar area for a chat.  Second meeting was held at The Tudor House Hotel in Tewkesbury and again this was very well attended.

For November we hope to be at the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High Street on 14th and 28th but it might be advisable to ring and to confirm venue nearer the time.  The committee is also meeting this month not least to finalise arrangements for our Christmas meal on 12 December.

August 2013

Our first August meeting took place, as planned, at the Crown at Hallow in Worcestershire.  Despite being a bit further away from ‘home’ than most of our meetings, this was a well-attended gathering which started indoors but finished in the pub garden, such has been the state of the weather this summer!   With our usual venue for the second meeting each month now officially ‘closed for refurbishment’ we returned to the Tudor House Hotel on Tewkesbury High St this month and found the new management very welcoming.  As a result, we have booked the room here for one meeting each month up until the end of the year (as usual, check website for dates).  At this meeting we also welcomed another potential new club member who, we hope, found some common ground with our existing Midget aficionados.    

During August, the committee also held a meeting to decide the club programme up until January.  We also set the date for next year’s club weekend away in September!  The entire meeting was completed in around 35 minutes, which had less to do with efficient chairmanship than it did with the decision (not made by the chairman, I should add!) to hold the meeting in the garden on one of the cooler evenings of the month!

On 18 August, a number of club members attended the annual local classic vehicle festival organised by Tewkesbury Rotary Club.  This event saw around 500 classic cars and motorcycles from a wide spectrum of motoring eras descend on the local school’s playing fields for the day.  We spotted large contingents of MGs from Oxfordshire and Worcester Clubs who were literally ‘flying the flag’!

On the first weekend in October, some of us are off to Bournemouth for this year’s club weekend away.  Meanwhile, regular meetings for the month are set for the Oak at Defford (WR8 9BW) on 10th and Tudor House Hotel (GL20 5BH) on 24th Start time for both is around 8.30pm We hope to see you there with your MGs.

July 2013

July’s meetings do seem to have been blessed with sunshine and we’ve managed to spend most of our meetings out in the fresh air – it also means there’s no excuse not to get those MGs out on the road where they belong!  Our first meeting in July took us to a very well attended meeting in the garden of the Beckford Hotel, where we enjoyed a pleasant evening in the pub garden.  As well as club regulars, we were also joined by a couple of past members and a couple of potential new ones; we hope to see all of them again. 

Our second meeting proved to be a bit more of an adventure since we discovered, late in the day, that our usual venue, the Hunters at Longdon was closed…  A bit of quick emailing around members and a note taped to the door of the closed pub resulted in another good turn out at the last minute alternative venue – the Drum and Monkey, which is just a few miles further down the road where we were made most welcome.

On 28 July a small band of us managed to meet up for a very pleasant picnic lunch followed by a walk around the beautiful gardens of the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor near Chipping Campden. 

For our first September meetings we hope to see you at the Gardeners Arms in Alderton (GL20 8NL) on 12th and at the Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury on 26th.

Since we seem to be having a proper summer this year, there really isn’t an excuse not to keep those MGs running and used!

June 2013

June saw a number of us taking advantage of Oxfordshire MGOC's annual arrangement with the Cotswold Wildlife Park but although a number of our club's cars were spotted amongst the assembled MGs, the owners somehow managed to elude one another for the day!  On the following weekend a couple of us managed to make it to the Big Pit Museum in Blaenavon to meet up with members of the Luton & Dunstable MGOC who were on a club weekend away to Symonds Yat.  The museum, which is free to enter you only pay £2 to park the car - is well worth a visit.  The underground guides are ex-miners who are very knowledgeable and full of anecdotes about the workings of the now-extinct deep mining industry in Wales.  The static museum displays are also not to be missed.

Our first meeting of the month was at the Royal Exchange in Hartpury.  This recently refurbished pub manages to achieve a good balance of providing a comfortable dining experience whilst retaining a welcoming bar for those who only want a drink.  The garden, which has a huge covered decked area, has stunning views across open countryside.

Our regular 8.30 pm meetings in August will be at The Crown, Hallow (WR2 6LB) on the 8th and at an as yet undecided venue on the 22nd.  Some of us will also be attending the local Rotary club's Classic Vehicle Festival at Tewkesbury School (GL20 8DF, just off junction 9 of the M5) on Sunday the 18th.  As ever, you're very welcome to join us at any of our get togethers.

May 2013

Our monthly meetings in May took us to two ‘away’ meetings, the Hunters being unavailable.  The Bell at Bosbury is a lovely pub opposite the village church and the Rose & Crown in Severn Stoke is a picturesque black and white pub with what looks like its own village green at the front.  Both are very welcoming if anyone feels like giving them a go. This month, fourteen of us also indulged ourselves with a fish and chip supper on the ‘Cheltenham Fryer’, a steam-hauled train on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – a very enjoyable way to spend a bright spring evening and of supporting a worthwhile heritage project run by volunteers.  

Planned events for July include a run out to see the National Trust’s gardens at Hidcote Manor on the 28th and our regular 8.30 meetings at The Beckford Inn, on the A46 Cheltenham/Evesham road (GL20 7AN) on the 11th, and at the Hunters at Longdon (GL20 6AR) on the 25th.  You’re very welcome to join us.

April 2013

Our walking treasure hunt around Tewkesbury on 7 April was very well attended - a fact no doubt helped by the absence of rain and wind for a change! At the end of the walk, we retired to the Nottingham Arms on the High St to quench our thirst and indulge in an excellent Sunday roast lunch which left us all too full to walk any further... Trevor and Ann took the prize of a ball of Tewkesbury's famous mustard for being the 'hottest' team by getting more answers right than anyone else. 

On a sadder note, the club turned out in force to pay their respects to Margaret whose illness took her from us. She leaves us with fond memories of the many and varied club events she hosted, with Arthur, in the garden of their home and of her magnificent piano playing whenever the opportunity presented itself at our club weekends away. 

The (re-elected) committee met on 16 April and took on the challenge of creating order out of chaos. I'm talking about collating the various suggestions for club events into a coherent programme of events that takes us through to the autumn (I can't believe I've just written that given that summer has barely begun!). Anyway, we did it and you can find full details, as ever, on our web site.  Regular June meetings are at 8.30 pm at the Royal Exchange at Hartpury (GL19 3BW) on the 13th and at the Hunters Inn at Longdon (GL20 6AR) on the 27th. We're also hoping to meet up with some of the Luton & Dunstable MGOC who are visiting our area over the weekend of the 8th and 9th.  Keep those MGs running and used!

March 2013

Once again we have held our AGM, this year on 14th March at The Hunters Inn, when Gareth agreed to continue as Chairman for a further year. The present committee will also continue to serve with the addition of Karl. Gareth reported on the events of another successful year, and suggestions for future events were discussed. The award for the most cherished MG was given to Graham C, the new member of the year to Tony and club member of the year to Ann. The club venue was an important subject for discussion and it was decided to return to The Hunters at Longdon but in addition to resume our "away" meeting on the first meeting of the summer months starting in May.

Our May meeting dates are Thursday 9th at The Bell, Bosbury and 23rd at The Hunters, Longdon. For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up to date events calendar, please email.

February 2013

On Valentine's Day we held our meeting at the Hawbridge Inn where we enjoyed a topical quiz cleverly devised by Helen.  I am sure we are now all much more knowledgeable about the facts surrounding this date in the calendar.

By the time you read this we will have already held our AGM when we will be planning and looking forward to another successful year for the Tewkesbury Musketeers.

On Sunday 7th April we are planning a walking Treasure Hunt in Tewkesbury followed by lunch.  Our regular meetings will be held on Thursday 11th and 25th April at The Hunters, Longdon.  For further information about this event and meetings, or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

January 2013

We opened our 2013 calendar with our annual Ice Breaker run on the first Sunday of January.  Richard organised a pleasant run around the County - once again magically finishing up so that we could impose on Gareth and Helen for their hospitality - many thanks go to them.

The rest of January was quiet as usual with nothing more than our regular meeting, this time at The Hunters – very much like old times for many of us.

The big topic of the moment is where shall we hold our regular meetings, the favourite at the moment is The Hunters but this has yet to be confirmed.  In the mean time please email before travelling to confirm the venue.

Now March is a very important in our calendar as it is the month when we have our AGM, which will be held on 14th March at The Hunters, Longdon.  If you are interested in your local MGOC club then this is the meeting you mustn’t miss!  Apart from the AGM there will also be a regular meeting on Thursday 28th at 8.30pm. For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

December 2012

By the time you read this we will be well into 2013, but the Musketeers are still reflecting on the fact that during 2012 we still managed to increase membership – we can’t be all that bad after all!  And so, if you haven’t decided on your New Year resolutions, why not make one of them a visit to your local MG club, there’s still plenty of room for more!  As I reported last month we are searching for a new base for our regular meetings and at the moment we haven’t resolved that problem – I’m sure we will shortly.

Anyway we finished off 2012 by having a Club Christmas dinner at Theoc House in Tewkesbury, where we all put on silly hats enjoyed a very jolly and convivial evening.

Meeting dates for February 2013 are Thursday 14th when we hope to have a skittles evening (time and place to be confirmed) and Thursday  28th any time after 8.30.  Please contact us for full details.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

November 2012

Once again in November we gathered at Arthur and Margaret’s to celebrate the dastardly deeds of Guy Fawkes!   The weather wasn’t kind – heavy rain and strong wind spoilt the firework display, however the bonfire was one of the best ever – mainly due to Ken and Richard’s wood scavenging trip!  Catering was up to the usual high standard, with enough soup, burgers, hot dogs and Parkin to keep us going for another year.  Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening a success.

The Boat House in Tewkesbury has fallen out of favour with many members and so quite where we will make our regular meeting base will have to be resolved quickly in the new year.  In the meantime keep watching this space for details. 

January 2013 meeting dates – the date for our Ice Breaker run this year is Sunday 6th January finishing in time for lunch – contact us for more information.  The regular meetings in January are on Thursday 10th at The Hunters and Thursday 24th at a venue to be arranged, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

October 2012

I promised last month to let you know how we got on in Weston – well for those of us who are not familiar with the place it was quite an eye-opener!   Anyway, the company was excellent and Gareth’s quiz was up to the usual standard and what with another from Bobbie the weekend whistled by.

In mid-October we went for a Sunday run through the Forest of Dean, the weather was good and Tony’s route showed off the spectacular autumn colours of the forest at their best.  Of course we finished the run at a convenient inn for lunch, The Kings Head at Birdwood, which provided fitting end to a lovely day out.

Our October meetings took us to The Hunters and the Boat House.  The Hunters was very much like a blast from the past for many of us, now the meeting room is available again it would make a useful place to meet if it weren’t a little off the beaten track.  As for the Boat House – well watch this space!

We have just one meeting in December and we have combined that with a seasonal Christmas Dinner.  If you would like to come, please contact us for details.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

September 2012 

Unlike previous years, and taking into account the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Boat House, we are continuing with “away” meetings throughout the winter months.  And so it was that for our September away meeting at the Duke of York at Birtsmorton wasn’t the last of the year for once. Again this was a new venue for us, and a good number of members not only found it, but enjoyed a good evening there.

We closed September with our usual meeting at the Boat House, where the floodwater was lapping the edges of the car park!   But that wasn’t quite the end of our meetings in September, as I write this we are just preparing to go to sunny Weston-super-Mare for our annual Club weekend away, I’ll let you know how we got on next month.  During November we will be having our traditional bonfire at Arthur and Margaret’s and, something we haven’t done for sometime, a treasure hunt.  All are welcome at both events, but please contact us before you travel.

Our November meeting dates are 8th, an away meeting; please contact us for details, and 22nd at The Boat House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.  

August 2012

I actually made it to our August away meeting!  MG powered as well and whether it was my presence or not, the weather for the first time this year was kind to us, and apart from the odd mosquito, it was very pleasant to sit and chat out in the warm evening air.   For those interested we were at the Gardeners Arms at Charlton near Evesham.

No sooner than we are all getting used to the convenience and space the Boat House offers us, it seems our future there is very uncertain – because the future of the Boat House is uncertain.  So it was with great trepidation that we approached the Boat House for our last meeting of August, but for the moment all was well.  For the time being we intend to have our regular meetings at the Boat House on the fourth Thursday of each month, but please contact us to make sure before you travel.  As for our meetings on the second Thursday of each month we have decided to carry on the away meeting theme until the end of the year. Watch this space! 

Our October meeting dates are 11th, an away meeting; please contact us for details, and 25th at The Boat House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

July 2012

Our away meeting in July took us to the Swan at Hanley Castle. Once again the balmy summer evening we were expecting ended up much like a gloomy October night!   One thing we can count on is the attendance of the dedicated members who make it all worthwhile. 

However, our regular meeting at the Boat House, where by the way there is not only plenty of parking space but plenty of meeting space too, was blessed by good weather and attendance.  Not only new faces but also the welcome return of some members we hadn’t seen for some time. 

Our September meeting dates are 13th, an away meeting; please contact us for details, and 27th at The Boat House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

June 2012 

June started with an enjoyable picnic and bbq in Arthur and Margaret’s garden to celebrate the Royal Jubilee and for our away meeting we went to the Fleece at Bretforton. The weather was awful and the Fleece is more suited to the outdoor life but despite that a hardy core of Musketeers braved everything and made an evening of it.

Next up was a Murder Mystery evening aboard the steam train from Winchcombe.  Who did it remains a mystery for me but the able detective on the train made some “significant” arrests before the evening was out!

Our August meeting dates are 9th, an away meeting; please contact us for details, and 23rd at The Boat House, Tewkesbury where, by the way, there is plenty of parking.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar email.

May 2012

Our first meeting in May was an away meeting this time at The Plough Inn at Ford.  A venue that many of us have driven past lots of times but never darkened the doors of – well now we know why!  The highlight of the evening was the presence of a well-known TV presenter but of course not forgetting the most important people there – us.

As the blossom was out we took the opportunity to take to the roads around the vale of Evesham for another Sunday jaunt. Thanks to Alan for organising the run and lunch venue.  

To accommodate the new Chairman’s busy schedule there has been an important change to our meeting schedule, for the first time in many years we are now going to meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.  This will probably confuse a number of people, and so if you are unsure please contact us before you travel. 

Our July meeting dates are 12th, an away meeting; please contact us for details, and 26th at The Boat House, Tewkesbury where, by the way, there is plenty of parking.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

April 2012

At the end of April all the “petrol heads” in the club travelled to Malvern to visit the Morgan Motor works.  It was fascinating tour greatly enjoyed by all those who went and very nice to see a successful local business carve out such a specialist niche in the market.   I’m also glad to report that none of our Club members have defected to that marque!

A few days later was our first run of the summer season, which covered new ground for us.  It was organised by the “Evesham Four” and took us from Broadway to Broad Camden along new byways to end at the Baker’s Arms where we enjoyed an excellent Sunday Lunch.  Thanks once again to Graham for organising the run and lunch venue.

Our June meeting dates are 14th, an away meeting, please contact us for details, and 28th at The Boat House, Tewkesbury where, by the way, there is plenty of parking.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

March 2012

Once again our AGM has been and gone, this year on the 22nd March at The Boat House.  We were glad of the space the Boat House gives us, as it was the best attended AGM we have had for many years.  The big news is that after 3 very successful years as Chairman Trevor handed over the Chairman’s reins to Gareth with the rest of the committee remaining much as before. Special thanks go to Ann and Helen who have the very onerous duties as Secretary and Treasurer – where would we be without them!  As for the silverware, Richard picked up the awards for both the owner of the most cherished MG as well as Club Member of the year and the New Member of the year for the first time went to a quartet – the Evesham Four who are a great addition to the Club.  And of course a big thanks goes to everybody for making the club the success it is – we are a friendly crowd, and so if you have an interest in MGs why not drop by one Thursday evening for a chat?

May sees the return of our “away” meeting schedule for our first Thursday meeting of the month when we travel out of Tewkesbury, for details of where and when please contact us by phone or email. 

Our May meeting dates are 3rd, an away meeting, please contact us for details, and 17th at The Boat House, Tewkesbury where, by the way, there is plenty of parking.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

February 2012

February seems to be one of those months when nothing much happens – well I can only report that it lived up to it’s reputation!  Well almost - it gives us the chance to look back over the last year, think about events for the forthcoming year and prepare for our AGM.  All the old favourites will be in the calendar including - due to its popularity - holding one of our monthly meetings at an “away” venue during each of the summer months.  You will have to wait until next month to discover what changes the AGM may bring, meanwhile we look forward to another successful year for the Tewkesbury Musketeers.

By the way, if you read this each month and have wondered what sort of people we are who keep going on about MGs come and have a look. You’d be most welcome, and with summer just around the corner it’s the ideal time to try one of our “away” meetings where you can enjoy the open air and chat about – amongst other things – MGs, with like-minded people.

Our April meeting dates are different this month.  There will be no meeting on the first Thursday but instead we are doing a run followed by lunch on Sunday 1st April.  Get in touch for details if you are interested.  The next meeting will be at The Boat House, Tewkesbury on Thursday 19th.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

January 2012

We opened our 2012 calendar with our annual Ice Breaker run on the first Sunday of January.  Richard organised a pleasant run around the north of the County - once again magically finishing up so that we could impose on Gareth and Helen for their hospitality - many thanks go to them.

The rest of January was quiet as usual with nothing more than our regular meeting at The Boat House (upstairs if you haven’t been before) – a venue which gives us plenty of room to welcome new members! 

Now March is a very important in our calendar as it is the month when we have our AGM.  If you are interested in your local MGOC club then this is the meeting you mustn’t miss!  The AGM will be on Thursday 22nd March starting at 8.30pm.  There will also be a regular meeting on Thursday 1st at 8.30pm.  Both meetings will be held at The Boat House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

December 2011

By the time you read this we will be well into 2012, but the Musketeers are still reflecting on the fact that 2011 was the best year we have had for a long time based on the number of ‘new faces’ who have come to our meetings and events and supported the Club.  Such has been the influx we have had to move our regular meeting place to a larger more spacious venue! 

We finished off 2011 by having a Club Christmas dinner at The Beckford, when we all put on our finest – hopefully there will be a photo to prove it, and enjoyed a very jolly and convivial evening. 

Meeting dates for February 2012 are provisionally – Thursday 2nd and Thursday 16th at our new venue, The Boat House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  As the venue is only provisional please contact us before setting out for up-to-date information.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please  email. 

November 2011

Once again in November we gathered at Arthur and Margaret’s to celebrate the dastardly deeds of Guy Fawkes!   The weather was kind – no rain and not too much wind, the fire and fireworks went well as did the soup, burgers, and hot dogs with no reported cases of gastric enteritis or burns – perhaps the medicinal qualities of Margaret’s Parkin had something do with it?  Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening a success.

The big issue at the moment is where shall we hold our regular meetings?  During the year our membership has grown to such an extent that the Tudor House no longer has a suitable large room for our meetings – just the sort of problem we like!   For the interim period we are thinking of splitting our meetings between The Boat House in Tewkesbury and The Hunters at Buckbery.   I am sure this will be resolved quickly in the New Year, in the meantime keep watching this space for details especially if you would like to join in.

January 2012 meeting dates – the provisional date for our Ice Breaker run this year is Sunday 8th January finishing in time for lunch – contact us for more information.  Just one regular meeting in January on Thursday 19th provisionally at the Boat House, Tewkesbury – but please check before setting out because it may be at The Hunters, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

October 2011

Writing this little piece in October you always get a nasty reminder that Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time again to wish all our members and readers of this column Seasons Greetings!

The last weekend in September was our annual weekend away and this year we ventured overseas – but we didn’t need passports, as our destination was the Isle of Wight!  The weather was exceptional and the company excellent!  The rich heritage of the island meant we were never short of something to attract us – one of the best being a visit to Osborne House, which everybody enjoyed.

As for December meetings, we will be at The Boat House, Tewkesbury on the 1st and having a celebratory Christmas dinner on the 15th at an alternative venue.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

September 2011

September saw the last in our series of “away” meetings for this summer.  They seem to whiz by and continue to be very popular – perhaps we should continue the theme throughout the year?  Now there’s a thought!  Anyway the venue for September’s meeting was the Beckford Hotel - not surprisingly at Beckford!  A big thanks to all our members who have supported these meetings over the summer and made them the success they are.

Later in the month it was back to The Tudor House for more of the usual Club night chatter and banter, and I am glad to report, that the recent influx in interest in our Club is making the meeting room there look a little on the small side!

There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd November as it’s so close to a major event, bonfire night.  Once again we will be celebrating this event with barbeque, bonfire and fireworks at the usual venue. We will be meeting on the 17th as normal at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

August 2011

For our August “away” meeting we returned to the Hunters Inn at Buckberry, a popular location that attracted one of the best turnouts of the year – perhaps we will be seeing more of the Hunters in the future?

Later in the month we set off once again to the Forest of Dean for a picnic, but this time, we augmented our visit with a trip to Hopewell Colliery Museum, one of the last privately owned coalmines there.  The owner, a very jolly chap, took us on an entertaining walk through his mine whilst relating many amusing anecdotes as he went.  For the picnic we travelled on to the New Fancy View site and for once enjoyed excellent weather and company of course!

Meeting dates for October are: 6th and 20th at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

July 2011

The great advantage of our summer  “away meetings” is that they take us to places we would otherwise never think of going to!  So it was the July meeting that took us to the Rising Sun at Hartpury – some found it easy to find others a little more difficult – my excuse was that it wasn’t where the map said it should have been!  Once we got there a surprising number had already arrived – how did they do that?  Anyway the warm weather gave us the opportunity to stand around in the car park and pick over each other’s cars and have a jolly good natter – just what an MG meeting is all about.

It was nice to see new faces at our second meeting of the month at the Tudor House – as always, anyone with an MG of whatever age, or just an interest in MGs, is very welcome to come along and see what we get up to.

One hot, sunny Sunday in July some of us boarded a steam train at Kidderminster and had a lovely three course lunch whilst enjoying the beautiful countryside on the way to Bridgenorth.  There we had a short break to stretch our legs and have a closer look at the engine before retracing the route back to our cars and home.  

Meeting dates for September are: 1st – an “away” meeting so please contact us to find out where we are meeting and 15th September at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  Right at the end of September we are off to the Isle of Wight for the weekend – our first overseas trip for some time!  For more information please email.

June 2011

Our second away meeting of the summer season took us back to the Swan Inn at Staunton where, unbeknown to us, we were not to be the only club meeting there that evening – we shared the venue with a party of clog dancers!  Never mind – there was still a very good representation of MGs and once again old friends whom we hadn’t seen for some time at a club meeting came along.

One very wet Sunday in June we met up for a delicious roast lunch at a Newent garden centre before going on to the Three Choirs Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting.  Due to the weather it was a shame that we had to hurry past the fields of vines and lovely views to get inside to hear about the wine making, but I am sure that we all learnt a lot.

Later in the month it was back to the Tudor House in more conventional surroundings, which gave us plenty of opportunity to chat away about all things MG. 

Meeting dates are: 4th August – an “away” meeting so please contact us to find out where we are meeting and 18th August at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

May 2011

Our first away meeting of the summer season confirmed how popular these events on our calendar are - and everyone arrived in a MG!  As an added bonus, it bought out several new faces and the reappearance of some old friends.  The venue was not too far away at the Farmers Arms, Birtsmorton, for once the weather was good, the cars were on show, and the company was excellent, which all combined to make a very enjoyable evening.

Later on in May we spent a more historical and educational evening with a private guided tour of Tewkesbury Abbey. Thanks to David who organised the event and our host for the evening, John Badham.  He certainly knew his subject and how to entertain an audience - we all came away knowing a lot more about this famous landmark.

Meeting dates are 7th July – an “away” meeting so please contact us to find out where we are meeting and 21st July at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email. 

April 2011

With Easter and a wedding being uppermost in peoples minds for most of April – both of which had very little to do with MGs, all things MG in the month of April took a backseat - which we all know is a squeeze in most MGs!

Despite all those distractions we had a couple of meetings at the Tudor House and we are all looking forward to the summer months when we will repeating the successful formula of previous years of holding our first meeting of the month at an “away” venue.  If you were planning on coming to one of these meetings please contact us before you travel to make sure you have details of the meeting venue.

Meeting dates are 2nd  June – an “away” meeting at The Swan, Staunton, and 16th  June at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

March 2011 

We held our AGM on the 24th March at The Tudor House, we had a very good turnout and all the usual matters were discussed, and thankfully, Trevor volunteered to occupy the Chairman’s seat for yet another year.  The committee remains much as before, but many thanks go to Karl who has stepped down having organized many enjoyable events over the years, and a warm welcome to the committee goes to Gareth, who I am sure will make a worthy replacement.  Also, a big thanks goes to everybody for making the club the success it is – we are a friendly crowd, and so if you have an interest in MGs why not drop by one Thursday evening for a chat?

May sees the return of our “away” meeting schedule for our first Thursday meeting of the month when we travel out of Tewkesbury.

Meeting dates are 5th May – an “away” meeting at the Farmer's Arms at Birtsmorton, and 19th May at Wetherspoons, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

February 2011

February was a quiet month excepting a wonderfully wet Sunday when we met up with members from the Exeter MGOC whom we had previously met when visiting their county a couple of years ago, we were also joined by some members of the Gloucestershire MGOC.  Richard organised an interesting run through the Cotswolds stopping mid-way for lunch and a chance to chat with our visitors.

April meeting dates are Thursdays 7th and 21st, both to be held at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

January 2011

For the first time our Ice Breaker run on the first Sunday of January fell foul of the calendar and the freezing weather.  And so the decision was made to wait awhile until things improve – weather-wise that is, and to aptly rename it for one year only, the Pot Hole Swerve!   To find out when, keep watching!

Instead of the run we all limped sedately to the Swan at Birlingham for lunch, which was a nice venue.

The rest of January was quiet as usual with nothing more than our regular meetings at The Tudor House.

Now March is a very important in our calendar as it is the month when we have our AGM.  If you are interested in your local MGOC club then this is the meeting you mustn’t miss!  The AGM will be on Thursday 24th March starting at 9.00 pm.  There will also be a regular meeting on Thursday 3rd at 8.30pm.  All to be held at The Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email. 

December 2010

We ended 2010 by doing something we had forgotten about for a number of years – we had an end of year Celebration Dinner!  Well it was our last meeting of our Thirtieth year, and so we all thought it would be a good idea.   We all put on our finest – hopefully there will be a photo to prove it, and enjoyed a very jolly evening at The Tudor House.

February 2011 meeting dates – Thursday 3rd and Thursday 17th at our usual venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

November 2010

Once again in November we gathered at Arthur and Margaret’s to celebrate the dastardly deeds of Guy Fawkes!   The fire and fireworks went well as did the soup, burgers, and hot dogs with no reported cases of gastric enteritis or burns – perhaps the medicinal qualities of Margaret’s Parkin had something do with it?  Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening a success.

Another year has flown by and here we are into another new year, as usual we will be looking to create an interesting calendar with a mixture of events to appeal to all tastes – keep watching this space for details especially if you would like to join in.

January 2011 meeting dates – the provisional date for our Ice Breaker run this year is Sunday 16th January finishing in time for lunch – contact us for more information.  Regular meetings on Thursday 6th and Thursday 20th at our usual venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

October 2010

Writing this little piece in October you get a nasty reminder that Christmas is upon us once again and it’s time again to wish all our members and readers of this column Seasons Greetings!

We had a very good turn out for our first meeting in October when Trevor organised a plant identification quiz followed by gardening question time.  Well done to Gareth for getting the most answers right.  The second meeting was not so well attended due to holidays, etc but it is encouraging to see the occasional new face and returning past member at our meetings. 

December 2010 meeting dates – there will be no regular meetings in December, only our Christmas Dinner at The Tudor House, Tewkesbury on Thursday 9th.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

September 2010

With the summer evenings fading September was the last opportunity for an ‘away’ meeting for the year. The Drum and Monkey was our selected venue, and, as with all these ‘away’ meetings was as popular as ever.

The last weekend in September was our annual weekend away and this year we once again ventured to Wales - not very far this time, the foothills of the Brecon Beacons was the destination.  Plenty to see with the heritage of South Wales on the doorstep, steam railways, coal mines, waterfalls and caves being just some of the delights on offer.  As usual the company was excellent! 

November 2010 meeting dates include a bonfire party on Saturday 6th plus our regular meeting on Thursday 18th at our usual venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  There will be no meeting on Thursday 4th.   For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

August 2010

August turned into a very busy month for the Club.   Not only did we have a very enjoyable away meeting at the Penny Farthing at Aston Crews, a regular Tewkesbury meeting and the most important event of the year so far to celebrate 30 years of the Musketeers!   Gareth & Helen (with the help of Alan) arranged an adventurous run, Audrey baked a cake and we all ended up having a picnic within site of Broadway Tower.  The first two pages of the run were great fun but the omission of page three left us all lost!  The picnic was interrupted by the man from the Gloucestershire Echo complete with camera, he took numerous pictures, the one of Audrey and the cake appeared a few days later in the paper.  All in all a good day, a few too many wasps being a real pain for some!

October 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 7th and Thursday 21st at our usual venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please  email.

July 2010

A very quaint location close to the church in Ledbury was the chosen venue for our July away meeting.  The Prince of Wales is one of the oldest pubs in the town and retains many of its original features, which judging by the turnout, are much appreciated by the membership!

September 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 2nd which will be an away meeting at the Drum & Monkey, Upton on Severn and Thursday 16th at our usual venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  Plus, later in September our annual weekend away takes us back to South Wales.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

June 2010

Our June away meeting was far away at the Tunnel House Inn at Coates near Cirencester. Despite the remoteness of the location it was pleasing to see so many members make the trek to this historic place at the head of the canal tunnel.

Later in June our regular Thursday meeting was supplemented with an “educational” walk around Tewkesbury.  Many thanks to Helen and Gareth for that, I’m sure the walk did all those that took it a power of good! 

August 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 5th which will be an away meeting at the Pennyfarthing Inn, Aston Crews and Thursday 19th at our usual venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  Plus we have a short run followed by a picnic scheduled for Sunday 15th August; the finishing place will be Broadway Tower but for details of the starting point please contact us.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please  email.

May 2010

Our first away meeting of the season was as popular as always when we went fairly local to the Coal House at Apperley

But on May 15th we celebrated the Tewkesbury Musketeers 30th anniversary in real style – see the photos to prove it, with an evening of elegant dining and jazz aboard the Orient Express – well almost!  For Orient Express read the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway steam train, just as elegant I’m sure!  We puffed gently back and forth from Winchcombe to Toddington dining on the way – a great way to spend an evening.

July 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 1st which will be an away meeting at The Prince of Wales in Ledbury and Thursday 15th at our new venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30. For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

April 2010

With the Easter festivities taking over the early part of the month not much time was left for MG based activities.  However we did manage to squeeze in an outing to Ledbury for Sunday lunch which turned out to be quite entertaining!  Anyway it gave us the opportunity to blow a few cobwebs out of the machinery. 

June 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 3rd which will be an away meeting at the Tunnel House Inn, Coates, and Thursday 17th at our new venue, The Tudor House, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.  

March 2010

We are now established in our new regular meeting spot, The Tudor House, in Tewkesbury, where we have sole use of a meeting room off the main bar area.  Not only can you enjoy an evening in a very historic atmosphere but also our meetings aren’t bad either!  Feel free to pop in and see us – we don’t bite.

Thanks to Bobby & Ken for organising our winter skittles evening, this time at the Railway at Ripple and of course to Anthea for the raffle.  A jolly time was had by all, and for once Alan didn’t win!

We held our AGM on the 25th March – in our new venue of course, all the usual matters were discussed and thankfully Trevor volunteered to occupy the Chairman’s seat for another year.  Our secretary Ann was voted Club member of the year, Audrey collected the Most Cherished MG cup and David the New Member of the Year Trophy.  A big thanks goes to everybody for making the club the success it is.

May 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 6th, our first away meeting of the year, at the Coal House Inn, Apperley and then on the 20th at The Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury any time after 8.30 pm.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.  

February 2010

The weather seemed to take over February but it did give us the chance to fill in the events calendar for coming months with a mixture of old favourites and new ideas.  Holding the first of our monthly meetings at an “away” venue during each of the summer months remains popular and if anyone would like to know where and when just drop us an email or phone.

The big news of the month is that we have found a new venue for our regular monthly meetings, The Tudor House Hotel, in Tewkesbury.  It must be some time since the Club last held meetings in our home town!   If you’ve not been to a meeting before it’s the time is right to come and see what we are about, whilst enjoying the surroundings of this historic hotel.

Due to Easter being at the beginning of the month there will be just one meeting in April on Thursday 22nd at our new venue, The Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

Janaury 2010

We opened our 2010 calendar with our annual Ice Breaker run on the first Sunday of January.  With plenty of frost about it really lived up to its name.  The route took us on a scenic trip around Bredon Hill and thanks to the frosty weather and water cascading across the road a number of truly ice breaker patches of slush caught out the unwary.  Once again we imposed on Gareth and Helen for the organisation and their hospitality - many thanks go to them.

The rest of January was even quieter than usual as the snow put paid to our first meeting of the month. But this month – March, we have our most important event of the year – our AGM on the 25th.   If you are interested in your local MGOC club then this is the meeting you mustn’t miss.

March 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 4th & the AGM on the 25th, at the Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

January 2010

We ended our year with a jolly evening at The Hunters with sausage rolls, mince pies and a seasonal raffle courtesy of Anthea, plus of course all the usual friendly banter you get at a regular Musketeers meeting.

By the time you read this we will be well into 2010 and thinking of how best to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary!  If you are a regular reader of this column and have any memories of the early days of the Musketeers please do let us know.  Much planning will be going into events this year so watch this space for details, especially if you would like to join in.

February 2010 meeting dates are Thursday 4th & 18th any time after 8.30, please get in touch for more information on the venue.  Also, for more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

December 2009

Another year has flown by and here we are almost into another new decade  - a belated Happy Christmas to everybody as the Musketeers look forward to an exciting new year – which we believe, is our thirtieth anniversary!  Much planning will be going into celebrating this event so watch this space for details, especially if you would like to join in.

In November we held what has now become a calendar fixture, our bonfire and barbeque at Arthur and Margaret’s.  The weather was much kinder than last year and, despite having been stored for 12 months, we finally managed to use the fireworks left over from then.  Thanks to everybody who helped to make the evening a success.  

On the first Sunday of January we will be having our Ice-Breaker run and lunch.  Other meeting dates for January 2010 are Thursdays 7th and 21st at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30.  For more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

November 2009

Our big adventure for 2009 took place over the second weekend of October when 20 intrepid travellers made the trip all the way to Castle Ashby in Northampton for the weekend!  Most made the way there in their MGs but I was left with egg on my face, as I was one of those who didn’t – the Black Beast refusing to co-operate and run reliably was left at home.  It is an area of the country that none of was familiar with, however it turned out to be a most agreeable venue with many fascinating attractions within easy reach.  A jolly good weekend was had by all, to such an extent that a repeat visit seems a strong possibility.  Thanks to all those who were involved in the organization.

There is only one meeting in December 2009 and that is Thursday 10th at the Hunters, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

October 2009

A quiet month with many members away on their holidays, and I for one missed the September away meeting, which was at the Kings Head at Norton.  According to all reports this was again well supported.  And by the way, with the long autumn nights upon us now is the time for a change so why not come along to one of our meetings and see what we get up to – you may be surprised!

Meeting dates for November 2009 are different as we thought we would have our bonfire party on Saturday 7th and once again Arthur & Margaret have stepped up to host it, which is instead of the usual Hunters meeting of course – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 19th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

September 2009

The File Mile House at Duntisbourne Abbots was the away meeting destination for August. The weather was as usual high up on the agenda – not bad for January but awful for August!   Despite all that, all those who found their way there voted the away meeting format a success.

Later in the month the weather was much kinder and we once again enjoyed Arthur and Margaret’s hospitality for a delightful summer evening barbeque.   Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to two of our most stalwart members, Keith and Linda, who have decided to leave glorious Gloucestershire and move to Yorkshire.  We wish them good luck in their new home and thank them for all they have done for our club over the past years.

Meeting dates for October 2009 are Thursday 1st, which is a pub run instead of the usual Hunters meeting – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 15th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

August 2009

Our luck held! On a lovely early July evening we held our entire meeting outside at the Swan at Staunton.  Once again an excellent turnout of both members and their MGs, which must tell us something about the popularity of moving our meetings around the county – watch this space for further developments.

It is becoming something a habit for us to visit cider making establishments.   Last year a very small family run affair near Ross, but this year the opposite end of the spectrum when we visited the Westons cider factory at Much Marcle.  Our wonderful summer weather put paid to the planned pre-visit picnic but an interesting place all the same – especially the product tasting.

Meeting dates for September 2009 are Thursday 3rd, which is a Summertime pub run instead of the usual Hunters meeting – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 17th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

July 2009

June seems to have flown by so it feels a long time ago when we held our second Summertime pub run meeting on the first Thursday of the month. This time our destination was the Anchor Inn at Eckington.  Again this proved a popular alternative to our regular meeting and attracted a very good turnout.  With a bit of luck our next meeting will match the “Summertime” theme and allow us to sit outside and soak up the evening sun!

Meanwhile plans are forging ahead for our club weekend away in the early Autumn together with a number of more local events.  If you would like to join us on any of these please contact us or just turn up at one of our regular meetings.

Meeting dates for August 2009 are Thursday 6th, which is a Summertime pub run instead of the usual Hunters meeting – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 20th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

 June 2009

With May upon us it was time for the first of our series of Summertime pub run meetings. This time our destination was the Coal House at Apperley.  It is a long time since I had been there and it is still a popular venue on the banks of the river Severn, and best of all we had nearly a full turnout of members!

At our regular meeting at the Hunters we welcomed two prospective new members, however we seem to have lost the use of our regular meeting room, which may mean we have to look for an alternative venue.  Watch this space!

Meeting dates for July 2009 are Thursday 2nd, which is a Summertime pub run instead of the usual Hunters meeting – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 16th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

 May 2009

To start the month off we woke ourselves up with a guided Ghost walk around the alleyways of Gloucester.  To many of us, even though we were all locals, the jolly guide and her ghoulish companions gave us insight into the history and areas of the town we had not seen or heard of before.  All very spooky and but very informative at the same time.  A good - if a little bit jumpy at times – evening was had by all, thanks Ann for suggesting and organising.

To finish the month off and to give the MGs an airing Karl guided us on a run through the lanes of south Worcestershire to finish for lunch at the Berkeley Arms.  Much enjoyed by all - thanks Karl.

Meeting dates for June 2009 are Thursday 4th, which is a Summertime pub run instead of the usual Hunters meeting – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 18th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

April 2009

March is the time for our AGM and once again a near full house attended this event.  Many thanks went to Arthur who has held the fort as Chairman for the last year and a big welcome to Trevor who has taken over the reins as Chairman.  The Club “silverware” went to Roly as new member, Barry for most treasured MG, and to Helen as Club member of the year.  The rest of the Committee remains unchanged, so all we have to do now is formulate an interesting calendar of events for the coming year.  Watch this space!

Meeting dates for May 2009 are Thursday 7th, which is the first of our Summertime pub runs instead of the usual Hunters meeting – if you would like to join us please call for more information - and Thursday 21st at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

March 2009

Our annual dinner is now well established as a February event in our calendar and this year we were back at our base The Hunters Inn.  Thanks go to Arthur for organising yet another successful occasion, to Ann for the very professional table decorations, to Anthea who once again ran the raffle and of course not forgetting all the members who attended and made it the grand occasion it was.

 Meeting dates for April 2009 are Thursday 2nd - which will be held in Gloucester as we are going on an organized Ghost walk around the town – if you would like to join us you would be very welcome and all the details are on our website, and Thursday 16th at the Hunters as normal, any time after 8.30.   In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email. 

 February 2009

For once the weather was with us, and our annual Ice Breaker run on the first Sunday of January lived up to its name for the first time for a few years.  Many thanks go to Gareth and Helen for the organisation and their hospitality afterwards.

The rest of January was quiet as usual but next month – March, we have our most important event of the year – our AGM on the 19th.   If you are interested in your local MGOC club then this is the meeting you mustn’t miss.

Meeting dates for March 2009 are 5th the 19th at the Hunters, any time after 8.30. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email. 

January 2009

We ended our year with a jolly evening at The Hunters with sausage rolls, mince pies and a seasonal raffle courtesy of Anthea, plus of course all the usual friendly banter you get at a regular Musketeers meeting.

By the time you read this we will be well into 2009 and thinking ahead to the Annual Dinner and the AGM  -  more later on those!

Meeting dates for February 2009 are 5th and back to the Hunters on the 19th. In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

December 2008

We know how to pick the weather!  Our annual bonfire, barbeque and fireworks party coincided with a very wet and windy November night but nevertheless, it was a cheerful group of Musketeers who braved everything and made this event a memorable event – but not for the best of reasons.  Anyway we’ve still got some fireworks left, which maybe we will use to celebrate the New Year.  Once again a big thanks to Arthur and Margaret for the use of their garden and generous hospitality, and also to everyone else who helped to make it happen.

It’s a long time since we had a film show at one of our meetings but thanks to Roly he changed all that.  We all enjoyed a film made at the 1965 Targa Florio motor race held annually for many years around the roads of Sicily, one of the entrants being a prototype MG Midget which equipped itself remarkably well against the likes of Ferrari and Porsche.

Meeting dates for January 2009 are our Ice-Breaker run on Sunday 4th and back to the Hunters on the 15th.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

November 2008

The first weekend in October saw a large contingent of the Musketeers head to Exmouth.  The weather wasn’t up to much but that didn’t dampen our spirits at all.  That was thanks in no small part to the efforts of Exeter MGOC who not only supplied details of a local run to occupy us on Saturday but also royally entertained us on the Sunday to a trip across Dartmoor finishing at Widecombe for lunch.  Once again, thanks very much Exeter MGOC, next time you visit the Tewkesbury area we look forward to returning the hospitality.

The last weekend in October saw us enjoying a game of skittles at Chaceley – thanks to everybody for coming and making it a success and to Arthur for the organisation. 

Meeting dates for December are the 4th at the Hunters, and of course in the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our up-to-date events calendar, please email.

October 2008

September means barbeque time and so after an absence of a year or so a very select band set off for our old haunt in the Forest of Dean.  The weather on the first Sunday of September was less than promising but apart from the odd very wet patch under foot umbrellas weren’t needed and a jolly time was had by all.

Our meetings have seen a surge in new faces, well two or three anyway, including some long lost members.  However, there is plenty of room for more and if you are looking for something to pass the time on these long autumn nights why not come along and see what we get up to!

Meeting dates for November are the 6th and the 20th at the Hunters, our Fireworks spectacular on the 8th and of course in the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please email.

September 2008

Our August “away meeting” was held at the Yew Tree at Chaceley Stock where the brave were able to sit outside for a change!  We had an excellent turnout including a number of potential new members.  Later in the month Gareth & Helen organised a run (not so well attended), followed by an evening trip on the steam train from Toddington to Cheltenham.  While we ate our fish and chips with plastic cutlery is was most amusing to draw alongside a train full of smartly dressed “elegant diners” enjoying a sumptuous meal with all the trimmings.  We were all jealous but kept asking ourselves who was having the most fun?

 

Graham and Alan's MGs at the Fish and chip run

Meeting dates for October are the 2nd and the 16th at the Hunters and of course in the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please email.

August 2008

The idea of our “away meetings” was that it would be nice in the summer to enjoy the great outdoors while the weather allowed and sit and chat in the open air.   So far this summer we haven’t managed the outdoor bit once!  Nevertheless we had a jolly good turnout for our July away meeting at the Glasshouse Inn near Newent with most members able to give their MGs an airing.

On Sunday 7th September we are having our barbeque in the Forest of Dean – if you would like to join us just give us a call and we’ll let you know the ‘secret’ location.   Other meeting dates for September are the 4th and the 18th at the Hunters and of course in the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please email.

July 2008

June seemed to have been a busy month.  Our first meeting was another away evening, this time at the Chase Inn at Colwall on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills.  Sadly the expected glorious June evening wasn’t to be – so no sitting in the garden enjoying the views and a nice pint.

Thanks go to Steve & Claire for organising our second major event, a run around the lanes of Herefordshire ending at a very rural farm where a truly scrumptious cream tea was had.  After that came short chat given by the proprietor on the secrets of cider and perry making – and then of course the tasting!   After all that I decide a very discerning palette is needed to fully appreciate the art of the farmhouse cider maker – definitely an acquired taste!

Provisional meeting dates for August are the 7th, which will be an “away” evening so please contact us for details if you need them and the 21st at the Hunters.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please email.

June 2008

It seems a while ago now when we had our first “away” meeting of the summer.  It didn’t rain but it was too cold for sitting out – what do you expect of May 1st!  This time we ventured not too far to the picturesque Mount Inn at Stanton, and a jolly time was enjoyed and best of all, the meeting was very well attended.

Karl has done his stuff and sorted out the Club Autumn weekend away, which this year will be in Exmouth on the first weekend in October – plenty of room for latecomers should you dare to join us.  Provisional meeting dates for July are the 3rd, which will be an “away” evening so please call for details if you need them and the 17th at the Hunters.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please call, email, or for the very latest news visit our new website.

May 2008

On our last meeting in April we hosted members of a local Triumph owners club at the Hunters.  It turned out they weren’t quite as “local” as we had expected, some travelling from as far a field as Brecon.  Anyway, we had a very good turn out with much well polished machinery in evidence in the Hunters car park and the inter club chatter lasted until closing time.

At the beginning of the month the newly elected committee met for the first time.  Most of the meeting was spent discussing and planning forthcoming events with the result that the calendar for the coming year is now available.

Provisional meeting dates for June are the 6th, which will be an “away” evening so please call for details if you need them and the 20th at the Hunters.  On Sunday 22nd we are meeting for a picnic lunch, followed by a run to Ross-on-Wye for cider tasting and cream teas.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please call, email, or for the very latest news visit our new website.

April 2008

The social highlight of our year, the Annual Dinner was held this year at the Hunters, a near full house enjoyed a very good night.

The AGM held on 27th March was once again well attended and gave out a very positive and upbeat feel to the future of the Club.  Important changes to the Committee will breathe new life into the Club ensuring that we have another action packed year.  Arthur takes over from Linda to do his stint as Chairman for the coming year and is replaced by Trevor as Vice-Chairman.  The Club silverware this year went to Simon for the “most cherished MG”; to Steve & Clare for “New Club member”; and Ann was voted “Club member of 2007/8”.

Our events calendar already has some exciting entries and will be expanded over the coming months with the ever-popular favourites remaining. 

Provisional meeting dates for May are the 1st, which will be an “away” evening so please call for details if you need them and the 15th at the Hunters.  In the meantime, if you would like more information about any of our future events or a copy of our new events calendar, please email for the very latest news.

February 2008

Hi everyone, not much to report this month, but as I write this we are planning our January run which will take place on the 6th.  Also coming up is the Annual Dinner on Feb 23rd.  Don't forget to get your photos to Helen in time for our Cars and Kids evening on Feb 7th.  She is also still eagerly awaiting your reports for the new web site!

We have an “MG drive” planned for March 6th, you need to be good with the dice not the driving!  The AGM is on March 27th.

January 2008 Ice-breaker run

Some of the MGs that took part in the annual ice-breaker run on 6th January.  This year it was very successfully organised by Keith and it took us from Tewkesbury around the Gloucestershire countryside via Newent and back to Gareth and Helen's.  Arriving back very cold we enjoyed some of Helen's delicious onion soup and a "take and share" lunch.  A good way to start the year!

January 2008

Sorry everyone I don't know what happened to last months' report it must be lost in cyber space somewhere.  So here it is.

Well didn't we have a wonderful time in Wales, true the weather wasn't too kind to us but we didn't care.  Everyone made their way to the Gower on the Friday in time to book in and get ready for dinner.  Saturday we explored the area and made a start on Gareth's Welsh quiz.  In the evening who will forget watching The England rugby team put the  French out of the world cup.  Sunday most of us went to the Botanical gardens.  Our thanks to Karl and Helen for organising the weekend.  Suggestions on where to go next year will be gratefully received.

The answers to the quiz were revealed on our next club night and the winner was Bobby, well done and thanks to Gareth for compiling it.  This was followed by Gardener's question time and in the chair was our own Trevor.  As well as the questions Trevor brought along 20 cuttings for us to name, ha ha, this was won by Margaret.  Some of us didn't even recognise things which were growing in our own gardens, I promise to do better next time.

 Don't forget there is no meeting on January 3rd instead there is the January run on the 6th finishing at Gareth and Helen's for a shared lunch.

Our next club night is on January 17th with a skittles night planned for the 19th. As our planned venue hasn't recovered from the floods, we are at the moment looking for a new one.

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