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Gloucestershire MG Owners Club
Social Event Run 1st October 2017


The weather forecast for the day was not looking good with threats of 70mph winds and heavy rain, but thankfully the forecast was wrong, it was not too windy and it didn’t rain.
Firstly, I would like to thank Gethin for taking the trouble to drive to the meeting point to donate a raffle prize, even though he was not going to take part as Jan had been taken ill and he had to get back home to look after her, and we all hope Jan gets well soon.
The start of the run this year was from the Gala club car park, where the 19 cars with drivers and co-drivers taking part were all ready to go.

The crews ready for the start


Leaving the car park the course headed towards Maisemore and then took the back roads up towards Hartpury, giving some fine views across to the Malverns. From Hartpury the course then headed north and taking the A438 towards Tewkesbury, and then turning off towards Staunton.
On the approach to Staunton the route then followed the B4208 to Pendock, turning off at Portway  taking in some narrow lanes up towards Hollybush.

View from Hartpury towards the Malverns


From Hollybush we turned onto the A438 travelling towards Eastnor Castle, with the course then heading around the back of Eastnor Castle into some more narrow lanes, and the opportunity for all   to partake in a wheel wash as the cars passed through a small ford!.

Eastnor Castle


Passing the Bromesberrow war memorial we headed back out onto the A417, turning right towards Ledbury and then turning off to follow several country lanes to Dymock. From Dymock the cars then turned towards Kempley, and passing through Kempley Green headed towards Oxenhall Wood.
After passing through the wooded area the route took us along more winding country lanes to Gorsley, and then heading towards Newent we turned off towards Aston Ingham and Clifford’s Mesne, passing through Newent Woods towards the Glasshouse.


From the Glasshouse the final stretch took us through Tayton, Tibberton and the last few lanes through to Bulley, reaching the Junction onto the A40 to Gloucester and finally turning off into the car parking at Stone End Farm, where the cars could be safely parked due to the courtesy and arrangement Wendy and I have with our neighbours, Peter and Trish Smart.


After a short walk from the farm next door, all arrived safely at Stone End Cottage, where the relaxing and socialising could commence. I was very pleased with all the positive comments from everyone regarding the route, and glad that it was an enjoyable run, apart from getting stuck behind a wide caravan and waiting at passing places.


Wendy, as usual had worked hard providing a splendid choice of food, which included Chilli, Chicken Tagine, Vegetable Tagine, and pulled pork in 3 different flavours and followed by a large choice of desserts, with quite a few members coming up for seconds.
Several members donated raffle prizes, and Mo and Jane kindly did their usual raffle duties, raising £74.00 for next year’s nominated charity.


After the event last year several members were keen to see what progress I had made on the re-build of my TD, so a few trips out to the garage were called for.


Following a few hours of everyone eating, drinking and general chit chat, I think we can put the day down as another successful GMGOC social event and both Wendy and I would like to thank everyone who took part, and look forward to doing it all again next year.

Cheers !!

Tucking in

                                                                                

Empty plates

More empty plates

The start of the pudding queue

 

 

 

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