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North London MG Club

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North London MG club night are delighted to be part of the Botany Bay ‘family’. As a result, we are one of the few (if not, only) MG club in England to be able to meet every week. Our club night is held every Monday evening from 8.30 pm (except bank holidays), where we meet in the excellent venue of the clubhouse to gather around the bar or sit outside during the summer to have a drink and generally natter It’s not an exclusively male domain though – we have several lady members, and we are delighted to welcome youngsters as well.

The club exists to help MG enthusiasts get more fun from driving their MG’s – but you don’t have to own one to join. If you are thinking of buying an MG we are delighted to provide advice, and can normally find a knowledgeable member to inspect a car and help you make a decision. Our cars (and expertise) run from a 1954 MG TD to modern saloons.

In the clubhouse we have events such as speakers, quiz nights, auction nights, and pretty well anything we can think of to amuse members, especially during the winter months when our cars are not used as much. During the summer we are able to sit outside on the attractive veranda, and we hold events in the grounds – a summer BBQ, and driving skills nights are annual events. We are always open to suggestions from members about what events to hold.

We attend various classic car shows the year, organised motoring runs, drives to various places of interest, classic car meetings, pub runs on Sundays for lunch at a country pub. For those who want to go further we have an occasional foreign trip, and we attend the 24 hour classic races at Le Mans when they are held every two years, and we go to other race meetings and classic car events. We also have members who participate in track days with their MG’s and we even compete in the Monte Carlo Rally for historic cars. In fact, we try to provide something for everyone.

Please browse the site and if you would like more information, contact the Club Secretary, David Hill at david.hill41@blueyonder.co.uk, or mobile phone 07994 156218.

Our annual subscription fee is £32.00 to 31st March (pro rata for a part year) plus £5.00 one-off joining fee.

News (Jan 2016)

We have started a DVD loan scheme in the club. Trevor has a list of available titles, and for a returnable deposit of £2.00, you can borrow a title to watch at home..

There is a report this month in EMG of our tour to Honfleur in April. Ken very generously donated £40.00 of his fee to John & Sandy Pankhurst's charity for assistance dogs - very many thanks Ken.

We have been invited to a talk at Aylesbury MG club on 4th April on classic car theft and it's prevention. Unfortunately, the date clashes with our AGM, so we are seeing if the speaker is willing to come to the club.

DH reported on spoof emails, purportedly from other club members asking for cash in a crisis. These are all cons, and should be ignored and deleted from your PC (unless they're from your club sec, in which case bung him a tenner)!!

Future events

The next formal meeting is on Monday 7th March 2016 starting at 9.00pm (normal club social meetings every Monday – from 8.30pm).

Future Events:

  • Sat 20th Feb. A few of us will be in The Snowdrop Run, starting from Over village hall in Cambridgeshire, and finishing at Oxburgh Hall near Swaffham.
  • Monday 29th Feb - we are having our horse race night at the club, start 9.00 pm prompt. 3 horses will compete in each race, and you will have a chance to bet on the outcome and win real money!!
  • 13th/17th April 2016 - Club tour to Ghent and Bruges. We have now booked rooms at The Hotel Orion in Ghent. This is a family run Art-Deco styled hotel, and comes highly recommended. There's a spa and small pool, so hopefully members will be fully occupied. We are also in touch with the local MG Club and hope to meet up for a meal together.
  • Kimber Run 15th May. This very popular MGOC event starts and finishes at the Donnington Park F1 museum, and entry to the museum is included. Details are in the Enjoying MG magazine.

Previous events:

January 2016

1st. We had 4 cars in the Lord Mayor of Westminster's New Year day Parade - Dave's MGA, Bip's 1966 MGB, Mike's TD and Bob's 'Flying Banana'. The parade started in Piccadilly, went past Eros, down Whitehall , past The Cenotaph and Downing Street to finish in Parliament Sq. The crowds were 5 or 6 deep in places, and we went through several commentary points, where we got good mentions as North london MG Club. I'm told the live commentary on TV was dire though!!

25th. Joe Studman gave us a very entertaining talk on 'The Life and Times of Samuel Pepys. We had a good turnout of members, and we hope to invite him again in the future.

27th Jan - 3rd Feb. Bob and Toni once again campaigned Bob's MGB in the Monte Carlo Historique Rallye. They completed a difficult rally this year, but could not repeat the sucess of previous years, and finished in 221st position out of 258 finishers.

December 2015

13th - our traditional meal was held at The Papermill in Apsley this year - and jolly good it was too. Food and service both very good. Although numbers were down slightly this year, I think everybody enjoyed the occasion - even though the weather was a bit grey and drizzly, several MG's were evident in the car park. The event was ably organised by John P, who even provided slips to everybody to remind them what they had pre-ordered. Dave told his usual terrible joke (not the same one each year - but equally bad!!). Trevor won first prize in the raffle - and therefore has the honour of organising next year's event.

14th - we did have another film night planned, but it didn't go ahead for two reasons 1) the selected film, Blue Hawii was so dire on a pre-viewing I decided it was too bad to show!!, and 2). not many people turned up at the club (maybe they'd seen the film!!) - however, we may hold another in the future.

21st - we had a good crowd who enjoyed free drinks all evening at our annual, "Last club night before Christmas" event.- Treasurer Ian is persuaded to put money behind the bar for members to have a free night as thanks for participating in events during the year, organising them or just turning up at meetings. We also had bingo with cash prizes (thanks to Dave's 6 quid bingo set from Toys R Us), and a free raffle for some lovely MG badged cushion prizes. We had a few guests on the night, and it was nice to see they enjoyed themselves. Dave also told an awful bingo related joke, something about Yellow 24!! 'Money instead of Christmas cards' raised a nice amount for charity on the night, so thanks to all members for their generosity.

November 2015

1st. Fireworks at the Bay. Club member, Steve Parks was lighter-in-chief, ably assisted by Dave and Ray - entertaining a crowd of over 300 cricket club members. MG club members who attended opted for a meal afterwards at The Robin Hood, which I am told was very good, rather than partake of the BBQ,

7th. Indian meal to celebrate Diwali. 25 members and friends made their way to Event 25 for an evening of food, dancing and a cabaret. I must say, a bit of a mixed reaction - some really enjoyed it, others thought the music a little loud which just goes to show that you can never please everybody. Many thanks to Bip for organising it,.

October 2015

8th. Not strictly a club event, but Dave had the very pleasurable task of ferrying MG enthusiast Don from his house in Goffs Oak to a local hotel for afternoon tea, in Mike's lovely TD. The event was to celebrate Don & Jean's 60th wedding anniversary. In his younger days, Don had owned a succession of MG's including a TD. His son-in-law arranged the surprise trip, and they were absolutely delighted. hopefully, there is a nice report in a Enjoying MG magazine.

19th. Our, now annual conker championship. A good turnout of members in the clubhouse, and some very hard fought contests. The winner - of the Golden Conker - for the next year being Dave, with Trev as runner up.

26th. A new venture was our film night at the club taking advantage of the big screen. After Trev sorted out the connections so that we had sound as well as vision, we settled down with our popcorn to watching that 1959 classic (??) film Expresso Bongo - proving that Cliff Richard looks the same now as he did then!! More film nights to come no doubt, ideas on films gratefully accepted.

Club night

We are one of the very few MG clubs to be able to meet every week. Monday nights from 8.30 (except Bank holidays). The club has a wide range of beers including a couple of decent real ales and soft drinks and coffee. There is also a very nice terrace area, perfect for sitting out on a nice summers evening. Members of the MG club are also affiliate members of the cricket club and can use the facilities at any time. Page back for contact and membership details.

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Some of our members at the club showing off their conkers on conker night

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