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Gloucestershire MG Owners Club
Social Event & Run
16th October 2016

With heavy downpours over night, the weather wasn’t looking favourable for the social event on the Sunday, and after spending time cleaning up the outside area with mops and buckets on the Sunday morning and a thankfully brief power cut, Wendy and I were finally ready to host the MG social day, and the weather was starting to improve.

I made my way over to the start at Painswick to ensure that I was there early, only to find Dave and Elspeth already waiting in the car park, 45 minutes early. After all the 12 cars taking part in the run, and with one no show, everyone set off from the Painswick car park, turning right to pass through Painswick and then taking the B4073 towards Gloucester with some superb views over looking Gloucester, Robins Wood Hill and across towards Churchdown, as the cars travelled down hill to Upton St Leonards.

 

Starting the run up through the centre of Painswick and past the Church

Passing under the M5 the route then took a left turn to head towards Brookthorpe, and then back up hill along the A4173 towards Edge, and then turning off towards Whiteshill. Taking a right turn the route then headed towards Haresfield, passing by Haresfield Beacon with more superb views over looking the Vale of Gloucester, towards the river and the Forest of Dean beyond.

The view passing by Haresfield Beacon overlooking the Vale of Gloucester

 

From Haresfield the members then headed towards Standish, turning right by the Church into Standish Lane and arriving at the T junction to join the A38. Turning left the members then headed toward Whitminster.  Steve & Marion were spotted turning into Attwoolls, some thinking they were going to buy a tent, but it just turned out to be for much needed coffee stop!


Passing through Whitminster and over the roundabout, the route took a right turn towards Frampton on Severn, passing by the green and over the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. Keeping to the right the route then passed through Upper Framilode, following close to the river course. Unfortunately one of the downsides of having a MG, is that being low down, it is not easy to see over the flood defence walls to admire the river.

The Green at Frampton on Severn

 

The route, continued onwards following the river  and passing through scenic low lying farmland, passing through Longney, Farley’s End, Elmore and Stonebench. Heading out of the country side and passing back over the Canal via the weak bridge at Lower Rea, the members passed through the housing estates of Quedgeley. 

The Bridge at Lower Rea

 

 

From the major road junction at Quedgeley, the drivers turned left onto the A430 towards Gloucester Docks, then turning off to pass through Hempstead Village, emerging back onto the A430 near Llanthony Priory.
Taking the A40 towards Ross on Wye, the route then passed around West Gate and past Over Farm,  turning right towards Highnam. After skirting past Hignham the left turn at Rodway Golf Club took the members down Two Mile Lane, which some may have noticed it is actually only 0.8 miles long. At the end of Two Mile Lane the members turned right onto the last leg of the run, which ended at Stone End Farm, where all the Cars were able to park in the farmyard courtesy of Peter and Trish Smart.


After a short walk every one arrived at Stone End Cottage, where all could relax and socialise with soft drinks available, with various wines and beer brought by those who had supplied their own.
Martin and Vicki, and Pete arrived to join the event without taking part in the run, with Laurence and Jane arriving much later.


Wendy had worked hard providing a splendid choice of Chilli, Chicken Curry and Pulled Pork followed by a large choice of desserts.


Several members donated raffle prizes,  which raised 50 for The Willow Trust.
For some members it was a good chance to see my progress on the re-build of my TD, which involved several trips out to the garage.


Towards the end of the event Brain publicly thanked Wendy and myself for a great day, which was appreciated by us both, and it was mentioned that this event could become an annual event, which we would both be willing to undertake.


A big thank you for Laurence and Jane who stayed till last and helped dismantle the party tent.

Socialising in good company, whilst Dave had a thirst on

 

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