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Gloucestershire MG Owners Club
3rd Annual Social Event & Run
 Sunday 23rd September 2018


For the 3rd year running we were hoping to hold the event as a garden party, but as usual the British weather had other ideas, with a very wet weekend forecast we decided to hold the event indoors again.
As predicted Sunday morning started with constant rain and the planned run looked as if it would be a very soggy event, however as the start time approached the rain eased off and by the time I made my way to the starting place at Stone End Farm, the rain had stopped and the weather was beginning to look favourable for the run.
Tony and Jane Childs, together with Richard and xxx Ward were already waiting at the start when I arrived and by 11.30 all the 15 of the cars taking part in the run were assembled and ready to go. Unfortunately Phil and Pam Gundy’s MG developed a fault on route to the start and they had to return home, but would join us for lunch later on.   The weather had now improved so much that several members decided to risk doing the run with their roofs down.

 

Members gathering at Stone End Farm

As the cars left the start for the 41.4 mile long foray into the forest, they turned left onto the A40 towards Ross-on Wye, and then turned left into  Oakle Street and  onto the A48 towards Chepstow. After a few miles the route took a turn right and passed through Grange Court and Northwood Green on the way to Flaxley.


Passing Flaxley Abbey, the route then took the cars up Pope’s Hill, and passing through part of Littledean, and then headed south to Upper and Lower Soudley, after which the route passed the Dean Heritage Centre, taking the scenic route through the forest to Blakeney. On reaching Blakeney, the cars briefly went along the A48 again, but were soon heading back into the forest towards Parkend. At Parkend the route then took a right turn onto the B4234 towards Lydbrook.

After travelling along the B4234 for 4.1 miles through some scenic forest and passing Cannop Ponds, the route turned right onto the A4136 towards Gloucester. Passing down Plump Hill and reaching the roundabout on the edge of Mitcheldean, the cars then headed up Abenhall Road back towards Flaxley. Upon reaching Flaxley again the route then passed through Blaisdon and back onto the A4136 to Huntley. At Huntley the cars were back on A40 and on the home leg, but with another section around a couple of country lanes before arriving back at Stone End Farm, where all the Cars were able to park in the farmyard courtesy of Peter and Trish Smart.


After completing the run in fine weather, it started to rain again as the last few cars arrived back.
 Whilst most members were making their way through the forest, it was good to see John and Mo Childs arrive together with their daughter. Janet Rose arrived shortly afterwards and we were all awaiting the return of all the members taking part on the run.


Gradually, members started to arrive back and the house soon began to fill with the returning members, including Phil and Pam.


Very soon everyone had helped themselves to the drinks provided or drinks  which they had provided and were staring to socialise and finding themselves a place to at one of the tables set out in the dining room and lounge areas.

 

Liz trying to open the window (or was she trying  to escape !)

As usual, Wendy had worked hard providing a splendid choice of Chilli, Chicken Curry and Pulled Pork followed by a large choice of desserts and Cheeses and Biscuits and soon everyone was tucking into the food. 

 


It was good to see John enjoying the event

Many members donated raffle prizes, and the following raffle raised a total of £96.00, which Derek Newman made up to £100.00 (thank you Derek). Sue suggested that the proceeds of the raffle should go to a Charity of Wendy’s choosing.  Wendy has now donated the £100.00 to the Genetic Disorders UK Charity, which is a charity for improving the lives of those affected by genetic disorders.

 

The selection of puddings ready and waiting

After the lunch some members were keen to see the 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. We look forward to seeing you all again next year and are already hoping for better weather.


We would also like to thank you to Rob, Myn, Jane and Teresa who helped with some of the washing up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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