As I write, optimism remains high for an end to lockdown on 21st June although we might perhaps still be wearing masks at the AGM! It’s great to know that members are meeting in small groups and were out and about on Drive-It-Day.
Our formal programme of events will start in July and the organisers are busy with the detail. There has already been talk about the theme of the Garden Party on 25thso let’s hope we have good weather. There is also much enthusiasm for the Sutton Hoo event on 1st August and the Orwell Boat trip on 17th. It will be wonderful to meet everyone and see extensive lines of Mogs in the car park.
I’ll keep you posted on all the details via email as usual.
Meanwhile, remain sane, safe and well as lockdown eases.
The general mood of optimism continues and the Anglemog inbox is getting busier. I have circulated the suggested draft itinerary for July onwards and the event organisers are busy making arrangements for us. If you missed the email, the itinerary can be downloaded from our website, just click the grey button
I’m sure many members are now making plans for the summer months and when we are all able to meet again, there will certainly be lots to talk about!
Over the last few months, the jungle drums have been busy and I’m aware of quite a few changes, especially regarding car ownership!!
Meanwhile, remain sane, safe and well as lockdown eases.
As I write, there is more optimism about. The sun is shining, we have a four-step plan to lift lockdown by 21st June and I’m beginning to receive emails about events.
I’ll keep members updated with news about the potential future events via my email missives and whilst I still have nothing to report now, I’m hoping that things will have changed by the summer.
Meanwhile, stay sane, safe and well.
Regrettably, I still have nothing to report. However, I know that many of us have had or will be receiving “the jab’” and for me, it’s the first step in looking forward to better times.
I managed to find a legitimate reason to use my car for a short while in a brief period of sunshine. I’d almost forgotten how good it is to drive on nice, almost empty country roads staying in third gear, just to listen to the rise and fall of V8 burble. I just hope that this sound can be reproduced within electric cars of the future!
Meanwhile, back to reality, stay safe and well.
You won’t want further comment around the circumstances we find ourselves so suffice to say, I still have nothing to report and looking forward to better times. Meanwhile, stay safe and well.
Happy New Year!
I hope that Christmas was the best it could be under the circumstances and as I write there is optimism that 2021 will be more normal than 2020 so I’m looking forward to the possibility of enjoying and celebrating club membership.
I still have nothing to report (except snow is playing havoc with my build programme) but hope it won’t be too long before the Committee can meet to agree a programme for 2021. Meanwhile, stay safe and let’s all look forward to resuming Anglemog activity asap.
Once again, I have little to report and as I write we have just entered the second lockdown. My decision to delay the AGM has been favourably received so let’s hope it will be possible to meet by April next year, at the latest!
It is interesting that there appears to be more new joiners to MSCC in our patch than I have seen in previous years and those that have responded to my welcome email have alluded to the fact that lockdown gave them an opportunity to reflect on some of those long-term dreams and make them a reality…..
When things are more normal, I will propose that we hold a “welcome noggin” andinvite all these new owners to come along to meet us and each other.
My thanks go to Dave Waite and Helen Eaton who are examining the potential for alternative meeting places such as village halls and are thinking about different ways we might have refreshments. This might augment the noggin arrangements we had at the Fox and Raven. I sense more discussion and proposals on the topic of noggin meeting venue will be on the table again for the delayed AGM!
Meanwhile, it’s good to stay positive in these challenging times and I agree with Colin Thornton’s remarks in last months Miscellany about belief in the possibility of enjoying and celebrating club membership next year.
I have nothing by way of activity to report. However, in September I introduced the idea of delaying our AGM due to ongoing COVID restrictions and sought feedback.
As you know, I wish to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have his or her say under usual conditions and all feedback received on the suggestion of delay has been supportive, so our committee members and I will continue in role until it is possible to safely meet indoors. If the present situation looks to be continuing beyond April 2021, I will investigate the possibility of conducting a virtual AGM via Zoom with the aim of having a new Centre Secretary and duly elected committee in place within 6 months of the delayed AGM. Our treasurer will circulate annual accounts as at November (as usual) and they can be ratified when hopefully, we meet again under one roof for the AGM.
Meanwhile, the committee members and I will continue to consider events that might be possible keeping in mind prevailing government rules and guidelines.
We continue to follow MSCC and Government guidance and it’s great to be able to report on COVID compliant events attended by some Anglemoggers.
On Sunday 23rd August, Anglemog members were invited by local Jaguar clubs to take part in a Car Meet at North Weald airfield, near Harlow. The event replaced the cancelled Classic Car Day which in previous years has been held at Hyde Hall, the Essex RHS garden.
Rosemarie Nelson reports…..a very respectable nine Morgans attended, together with one “guest” – the owner of a smart 1955 Jaguar XK120. The airfield was chosen as it gave the opportunity to get together in safe, socially-distancedsurroundings. Indeed, in line with regulations, cars were parked more than 2 metres apart and as the day was very blustery and rather chilly, we’re sure that any germs must have been blown far away!
Just over 100 vehicles attended, including TRs, Morgans, Bentleys, a Peerless and obviously lots of Jaguars. Snacks and hot drinks were available from a red double decker bus/cafe and in some cases, these supplemented our picnics.
North Weald airfield is a base for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance and one of their representatives was present to receive a cheque for £600, from donations made on the day. All members agreed that it was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and a great chance to meet up with friends, with the added bonus of being able to watch the little planes taking off and landing on the airstrip not too far away from our parking area.
On Saturday 7th September I decided to give my car a run to Snetterton to see the Morgan racing. There were very few spectators so social distancing wasn’t an issue and it was nice to be doing something that felt almost “normal”. With the greatest respect to our racers, I’ve seen more exciting races! It was the MGBs that provided the action which was so enthusiastic that one ended up on its roof! (Pictures on the website). It was nice to meet up with some Folkmoggers and particularly good tohave a socially distanced chat with Vic Champness, the only other Anglemogger I met.
You'll be sorry to learn that John Hayes has had his Roadster t-boned. Thankfully, John was not hurt but his car has been seriously damaged and is now back at the factory. Apparently it was a clear dry day and John had his lights on but white van man said....."I didn't see you - Your brakes are good, mine aren't". John appears to be taking this calmly. This stoic approach impresses me as those of you attending an October weekend a few years ago may recall that I was apoplectic all weekend.......and that was only a dented wing!
Thinking ahead, it seems unlikely that our usual AGM will go ahead in November unless the outlook on COVID restrictions change significantly. Whilst some Centres are making use of the MSCC Zoom facility to hold noggins and meetings, my present thinking is that an AGM via Zoom maybe too much of a challenge for Anglemog and I wish to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their say. So with member support, I’m thinking of postponing until it is possible to safely meet indoors. We can still circulate annual accounts to be ratified at a later date and all standard agenda items, including election of officers, could be suspended until we can all meet again under one roof. This will probably coincide with increased club activity so the new Centre Secretary and Committee would have fresh impetus. Your feedback on this will be appreciated please.
On Saturday 7 th September I decided to give my car a run to Snetterton to see the Morgan racing. There were very few spectators so social distancing wasn’t an issue and it was nice to be doing something that felt almost “normal”.
With the greatest respect to our racers, I’ve seen more exciting races! It was the MGBs that provided the action which was so enthusiastic that one ended up on its roof!
It was nice to meet up with some Folkmoggers and particularly good to have a socially distanced chat with Vic Champness, the only other Anglemogger I met.
Regrettably, nothing much to comment on.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to report on a COVID secure meeting at North Weald Airfield next month and look forward to the proposed event at Glemham.
We must obviously continue to follow MSCC and Government guidance and like many other centres, some members are meeting socially in small groups of friends. I'm not receiving any feedback that Anglemog members wish to do anything much more than this at present but will continue to take soundings.
On a happier note, it has come to my notice that Geraldine and John Goodman will be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on the 5th September and I’m sure you will all wish to send them congratulations and good wishes.
Another month has passed and there appears to be some light at the end of the lockdown tunnel. The leisure industry is stirring and whilst it might be possible to enjoy some Anglemog meetings outside before the end of summer I judge that we may be some months away from indoor lunches and noggins. I will keep everyone updated on potential events via the usual emails but of course, we will continue to be subject to Government guidelines prevailing at the time and I'm also very conscious that members will want to make up their own minds and proceed at their own pace when deciding on events they are comfortable attending.
From a personal perspective, I'd like to attend some outside events over the coming months and hope that it might be possible to hold our AGM in November.
Do please consider the role of Centre Secretary. I will be stepping back in November. A replacement is needed. I'll be happy to discuss how the role could work for you!
We are halfway through the year and I’ve driven my car just four times! Hopefully, this will increase dramatically during the second-half as there are now signs that the lockdown is beginning to ease and I sense that cars are being readied for the “all clear”.
Unfortunately the only news to report is bad news as it has been my sad duty to let everyone know that Chris Drew died on 26th May. Chris was an absolute Morgan enthusiast owning both 3 and 4 wheels. The funeral was on Saturday 13th June and it was such a shame that the lockdown restrictions rendered a procession or line of honour of Morgans impossible. However, Jane appreciates the support from Anglemog friends and intends to see us all when restrictions are lifted. I just hope it won’t be too long before I can announce something under the heading – “in the headlights”.
It’s National Drive It Day and we can’t go out due to lockdown and COVID-19, but there is no stopping AngleMog - here’s our Drive It Day pictures!