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Hello to all our Midland Centre members, and welcome to the Midland Centre's new website. After more than 10 years operating with the previous model, we felt it was time to renew and refurbish our website with the intention of making it cleaner, easier to navigate, and more relevant to today's mobile communications world. With that in mind, we have reduced the presentation size of the pages to make them more useable on tablets and mobile phones. We hope you will like this new format.

Your Midland Centre Committee has been hard at work to produce some events for you throughout 2019 which we believe you will find interesting, and details of these can be found in the 'Events' page - see menu bar above. We have tried to offer a mix of sporting and social events, some of which have been developed under the control of regional Clubs, and we thank these Clubs for their continued enthusiasm in operating events for the benefit of MG owners. We couldn't do it all without them.

Midland Centre 2019 CalendarYour Centre Committee has also been working to produce our annual printed calendar, which will soon be winging its way to all Midland Centre members as an accompaniment to the March edition of 'Safety Fast' magazine. Please keep your eyes open for it, and please let us know if you don't receive one for any reason. This will contain an abbreviated version of our 2019 web calendar, but displaying the more important Centre events, together with details of 'Natter' groups and MG clubs around the region, so there should be one within easy reach of most members' locations. If you are not already a member of a local group, we would recommend that you join one as they can offer a variety of benefits, not least sharing your hobby with fellow MG enthusiasts.

There will also be a list of Centre Committee members and contact details, so you should always be able to contact one of the Committee if you have any questions or queries.



 
New Venue for the Kilsby MG Club
The Kilsby MG Club has moved to a new location. Formerly based at The George public house, they have now moved to Daventry Golf Club, Norton Road, Daventry, NN11 2LS. Contact details and meetings nights remain as before, and may be found on our Natters page.

Midland Centre AGM & Committee for 2019
The Midland Centre held its AGM on Monday 21 February at its usual location, Somers Sports & Social Club in Halesowen, and we have to say that it was a very productive meeting. Yes, the attendance was down a little on previous years, although we recognised some familiar faces. But best of all, we gained two new recruits to the Centre committee – yes, TWO. I think we’d call that a result. To be fair, one of these people was a returning committee member – David Wood, formerly MD of Luffield Cars in Loughborough and previously sponsor of the MG Car Club’s Luffield Speed Championship. David has agreed to re-join as a full member after a couple of years in the background, and most recently has been assisting the committee with development of a new website and resurrecting our quarterly newsletter, for which his Dealership marketing experience is invaluable. And while we’re on the subject of websites, please do remember that our website is available to any of the Midland Centre groups shown in our Natters list for the purpose of publicising events, so if you have anything taking place through the year which you think would interest members around the region, then please let us know and we will publish details.

Our new, new committee member is Jane Parry. Some of you who have modern MGFs or TFs may recognise the name as she is also Secretary of the MGF Register committee, so now wears two hats. A brief profile of Jane can be found on the Committee page of the Register website. Jane brings with her considerable experience of various aspects of the MG Car Club, together with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm. We welcome both David and Jane to the fold, we hope they will find it an enjoyable experience, and would like to express our thanks to them for agreeing to join us.

Other than that, there was the usual round of questions and answers, and the current committee was re-elected. Thus, our Officers remain as  - Chairman, Martin Price – Secretary, Paul Hollingworth – Treasurer, Brian Osborn. Full details of the new committee will shortly be found on our new website – see address below.

So, our committee looks forward to 2019 with renewed vigour. We already have a number of events scheduled – see the ‘Events’ page on the new website - and we hope to introduce additional events as the year progresses, so please do keep an eye on our on our website for further details, and we will hope to see some of you and your club members at our events during the year.

Autosolo Events 2019
For some time the Midland Centre has been looking for a site to run an Autosolo. This is a forward only version of an autotest ideal for unmodified road cars, they must be driven to the event and have an MOT, although this can vary depending on the regulations. The rules allow for a passenger as young as 12 and a driver aged 14, though not in the same car!  Curborough is the venue we have in mind, and the MGCC already has an invitation from the Cannock and District Car Club to compete there. If you want a fun day out then visit www.cdcc.org.uk or see them on Facebook. An ideal opportunity to exercise your daily driver and still get to work on Monday morning.   

There are four dates which are open to MG Car Club members. Entry fees are around £30 per driver -

17 February - The 'Windy Oak' PCA

22 April  -  The 'Easter Bunny' PCA

3 November  -  The 'Guy Fawkes Revenge' PCA

28 December  -  The 'Stuff The Turkey' PCA

Other events may be open to MGCC members, but may not be held at Curborough. Anyone interested in taking part in any of these events should contact the Cannock & District Car Club directly. Their website contains details of entry forms and regulations.

MG Live 15-16 June 2019
The MG Car Club regrets to announce that MG Live has been cancelled until further notice. Please visit the MGCC website at - www.mgcc.co.uk - for further information.

Midland Centre Summer Day Out at 'Classic Nostalgia' Weekend, Shelsley Walsh - Sunday 16 June
Members who received the 2019 printed calendar in their March edition of 'Safety Fast' may have spotted an entry under 'July' referring to a 'Summer Day Out' - to be arranged. We are pleased to inform members that this has been changed, and is now being brought forward into June.

With the MGCC's 'MG Live' having been disappointingly cancelled for this year, hopefully to be resurrected in 2020, this leaves a gap in the calendar for June. In the past few years, the Midland Centre has liaised with the Midland Automobile Club, owners of the famous Shelsley Walsh hill climb track in Worcestershire, by offering members the opportunity to join in with its annual 'Classic Nostalgia' weekend. This event, thought of by some as a 'mini-Goodwood Revival', has over the years seen many famous cars, drivers, and motoring personalities in attendance.

With the event this year falling on the same weekend as MG Live, the Centre had previously avoided promoting Classic Nostalgia. However, with the Silverstone event now off the calendar, we have recommenced discussions with the MAC to offer our members a replacement event. Discounted ticket prices are available, together with allocated MG parking. For further information on the event, please visit the MAC website at - www.classicnostalgia.co.uk To purchase tickets, go to - www.shelsleywalsh.com/events-1/classic-nostalgia-car-clubs-2 and follow the links, then enter 'MG Car Club' and your membership number when prompted to do so. If there are any problems accessing either of these websites please let us know. Otherwise, we will hope to see you there, and let's hope we have a fine weekend-weatherwise. (Please note: the MGCC Midland Centre is not the organiser of this event, and is acting purely as a source of information. Discounted tickets may be available to other Car Clubs).

Tickets are available for both the Saturday and the Sunday of the weekend. However, the Midland Centre will only be in attendance on the Sunday, June 16.

MG Day at Middleton Hall June 16th
R
oger & Fran Bragger, members of the MG Car Club and the MG Octagon Car Club,  invites all MG owners to a day out at Middleton Hall near Tamworth, Staffs. This will be a chance to gather in the Glade, where you can chat about your cars and enjoy a picnic. There will be a barbeque and light refreshments also available in the glade. You can look at the hall itself and learn about its history from 1245 to 1845.  It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  It has been the home of two of the foremost British Naturalists, Francis Willoughby and John Ray.  It has a medaieval lake, a walled garden, and a 16th Century jettied building.

With a Lottery Grant the newly extended Peel Museum dedicated to Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister and founder of the Police Force, is on the first floor and well worth a visit. Guided tours are included and will be available for all of the buildings and collections. The hall and its grounds are alongside the Middleton Lakes, an RSPB site, which is now fully open and is one of the biggest reserves in the Midlands.  We have arranged for guided tours for those interested in the nature of the area. A 10-Piece Brass Ensemble from the Amington Brass Band will be playing amongst you, in the afternoon, giving you a chance to listen to some wonderful music, whilst having your picnic in the grounds of these wonderful buildings.

The price for the day will be £15 per car for up to two passengers this includes your plaque, entrance to Middleton Hall and any tour you choose to go on, which will be posted to you at the beginning of June. Any profit made goes to the Peel Society towards the rent and upkeep of the museum.  For more information, contact Fran Bragger on 01827 54692 or email frances.bragger@sky.com  fAs we have had up to 70 cars attending on this day, early booking is advised.

Midget Register Road Run 1st September 2019
The Midget Register has announced that its 2019 Road Run will take place on Sunday, September 1st, starting at the Fosseway Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, and finishing at Claydon House & Gardens, just south of Buckingham. The entry fee is advertised at £26 but is not explicit as to whether that is for 2 people in one car or per person.  Claydon House is a National Trust property, so entry to the house is free for NT members (don’t forget your cards), or at a discounted cost of £6 for non-members, and the event entry fee of £26 includes entry to the gardens. For further details, visit the Midget Register website - www.midgetregister.com/events/mgcc-midget-register-road-run-2-2-2/?eID=16770e

 

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