Late August newsletter

Friday 21st August 2020


Well we are up and running at quite a pace to make up for all the non-meets!

1st of August saw 8 cars visiting Yoland & Roger Browns garden in Brownhills, quite a sight, they have spent 50 years turning a scrap yard into a tiered garden! Some even bought plants for their own gardens. We then went to the Fox and Hounds at Shawbury for a late lunch and 2 other couples joined us.

Our next outing organised by Chris Shuker and Paul was very successful, we were a little anxious about the weather as the 2 days before we had had the thunder, lightning and in some cases flooding, but all was well and the sun shone for us. We started at Hope village hall where Chris had kindly provided tea, coffee, and homemade cakes to choose from. We left with strategic time differences and followed a pre-planned route supplied by Chris. First problem, road closed, but everyone managed to find their way, although “the last car” was allowed to stay on the road! The route took us over the Long Mountain. After a few miles we were joined from a side road by Roger and Sarah, no sign of anyone else! Unfortunately, we missed the turning to Trelystan Church, which is a timber framed building 15th or 16th century and restored in 1856 and 2014. All those who visited said it was very interesting, we are going to make a point of going back sometime to see it. We visited the Redwood grove which is the largest in Europe, there was also a beautiful building with a moat which was in fact a chicken house! A short trip into Montgomery where Sid decided he was starving so back to the village hall for our picnic lunch. The sun was still shining on us, so we were able to sit outside rather than in the hall. The hall was an ideal backup in case the weather had been unkind, but it was also useful for the toilet facilities.

Our next outing was to the Elan Valley with a beautiful run organised by Roger & Sarah. The journey started out dry but then there was an odd shower so a panic ensued with Jonathan and John having to put the hoods up on their vehicles, even though John and Gloria were not in an MG!! However, the rain didn’t last for long. Having never been to Elan Valley before we were really surprised how lovely it was. After being guided into the parking by Roger and Sarah we all managed to park together. After a discussion with some of the others who came after us, they had to make a detour as the road was closed for “white lining” so we were very fortunate. Roger and Sarah took us on a little stroll to the dam, over a bridge and then through a leafy glade to another bridge where we joined the others who obviously could not wait for their lunch! After lunch we followed Roger and Sarah up a steep winding hill to go to the other dam where unfortunately the rain decided to show its face again. It became quite persistent, so we all decided it was time to make tracks for home. We will be visiting again.


If you look on the club facebook site you will see plenty of photos and comments on the runs. I know some of you are reluctant to join facebook but as a “non-believer” I can assure you that all you need to do is sign up and then you can access the club facebook, there is no requirement for you to put info about yourself.


Please note you must pre-book for all these events

Saturday 5 Sept “Sandstone Run”

Meet at a hall north of Whitchurch for coffee and after a short run of 50 miles return for picnic lunch (outside if weather good) cost £10 a car for use of hall. You may also decide to take a walk over the Sandstone Ridge.

Wednesday 23 September “ Shugborough” .

A run to Shugborough Hall NT. Starting from M54 Services at Junction 4, at 10.30am following a route prepared by John and Gloria. You will need to book your place direct with the National Trust (for entry 11.30-12.00). The booking will be available on-line from Friday morning 18th September.

9th - 12th October “Oxford Weekend”

This has always been a very successful week end ,If anyone has not yet booked there may still be a couple of places left .If you want more information contact Peter and Gill on 07866 674755.

Saturday 31st October. “ Autumn Run”

Starting from the M54 Services Junction 4, and finishing with an “optional” late lunch at the Fox and Hounds Shawbury . (a volunteer needed to organise)


Just to remind everyone that we are following the guidance below

1 All events will be limited to 12 cars and entry will be on a first come basis.

2 Entrants will need to register before the event so that there is a record of attendance in case there is a need to “track and trace”

3 If you subsequently test positive for covid you must immediately inform the club.


1. For Sale

A black MGB hardtop “Works style”, offers around £100. If you are interested contact Paul Harrison. (01694 731120)

2. A request for assistance
I live in Coalbrookdale near Ironbridge and I’ve just started renovation of a 1947 MGYA. My interest previously has been in more recent models (MGB) and I have little experience of cars of this era.I am trying to find out if there is anyone locally who owns a YA or YB who I can meet up with and find out what the finished product should look like.Is there anyone in your group who might help me?

Andy Neal
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