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Curling Sunday 4th February

Posted by Joe & Mary on February 14, 2018 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Not a well known sport but with a new Curling Rink near Tunbridge Wells (the only one in England) it seemed an obvious thing to try & perfect for a winter trip for the club. 16 of us went & were split into 4 groups of 4, 2 groups per lane, the instructor tried very hard to give us a clue as to what to do, most of which we promptly forgot!! we were advised to wear warm layers, they supply the shoes (just as well or none of would have been able to stand up on the ice) it is very slippery!!! Olympic standards we were not, but over the course of 4 games spread out over 2 hours, some of us even managed to get a stone somewhere near the spot or whatever the target is called (to much celebration & arm waving) also some of the members got very competitve & loud even though they did not have a clue what they were doing. A really enjoyable afternoon & it looks like we will be going again, with a nice little coffee bar & possibly organising lunch beforhand. Perhaps a good idea to challange another club to a game.

Awards Evening 2018

Posted by Joe & Mary on January 24, 2018 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Although 12 of the members were on holiday in different parts of the world, we still had 18 present on Monday the 15th January, 10 of us had a curry beforehand and all agreed it was brilliant, the restaurant has just been voted number 1 in Dover and 2nd best Indian in South East Kent, well done Namaste. After going through a few potential runs for the year we gave out the Awards, Cobweb Run Shield:- Rick & Julie, End of Season:- Buster & Marie, Farthest Travelled:- Ken & Silvia, just beating Ian & Jackie by 22 mls, the extra award this year was a photo of a garage door in Deal, this was "the must get it out more" award presented to Paul Roberts who hasn't used his lovely MG Midget for 18 months. The premier award, The Secretaries Trophy for member of the year, was won this year by Jackie Steggle for her hard work organising trips to Warners, sorting parking places, tables in the restaurant & in the Ballroom for the evening shows, congratulations Jackie & thank you for everything you do.

Christmas Get Together 2017

Posted by Joe & Mary on December 17, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Our get together come Christmas Party on Saturday 16th was at Cin Cin's Wine Bar Deal, from 15:00 Brian the owner opened just for our club, with 26 attending after a few dropped out due to illness, with nice surroundings a simlpe finger buffet and background music (not to loud) the Whitecliffs members still seemed to make one hell of a noise, mostly coming it must be said from the Thanet contingent with a certain member from Finglesham holding his own very well, we all seemed to think the same thing that it was nice to have the opportunity to talk to everyone during the afternoon, which is not always possible at a Dinner & Dance, having said that the ladies do like the chance to have a dance occasionally as well, Buster & Marie sowed the seed of meeting for Christmas drinks, Mary & Myself just thought it would be nice if we could have somewhere to ourselves, fortunately with one phone call it was organised, some of you did seem to drink rather a lot, something Mary frowned on, she doesn't agree with the Devils Brew as she calls it, so single handedly is on a quest to rid the world of all beverages containing alcohol. We have sent a thank you to Brian for stepping in at the last minute. We wish you all a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year. See you in January.

End of Season 2017

Posted by Joe & Mary on November 17, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This year our End of Season Run was a little different from usual, starting at The Great Danes Hotel Maidstone, although a large Hotel with a wedding show on they still looked after us very well, with a parking area & plenty of tea, coffee & biscuits also an allocated area for us to sit, we were really impressed, starting out of our usual area we travelled to Sussex & the lovely Ashdown Forrest, taking in some completely different roads, unfortunately no-one had time to play Pooh Sticks due to an accident near Frant, causing all navigators to scratch their heads when ushered by the Police in completely the opposite direction to the route provided, after frantic phone calls to Mary & myself most got back on route ok. The finish at The Ostrich Robertsbridge was still a fair drive from home, so we had lunch earlier than we normally would so as to enjoy the drive home in daylight.

We are now looking forward to Rick & Julie's Cobweb Run in the Spring.

WARNERS 6 - 9th OCTOBER 21017

Posted by Marie & Buster on October 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (2)

22 of our members went to Warners at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. Some of us travelled down the day before and stayed overnight, whilst the rest drove down on the Friday. Once we were all at Warners it was the familiar meet up in the bar!! time for a chat about our travels and what we thought was in store for us over the weekend, especially as it was billed as a '60's weekend'!!
Friday evening we all met up for our meal, Warners food is always very good and offers a wide range of choices, to suit everybody's taste. It was then time to find our allotted table in the hall and enjoy the nights entertainment. Lots of dancing and drinking throughout the evening, until gradually couple by couple everyone went to bed.

After breakfast a few of us decided to pop into town to the only Fancy dress shop on the island. Marcus, Cathie, Rick, Julie, Steve, Jayne, Joe, Mary, Buster and I parked up in the co-op car park. Went off to find the shop only to discover that the owner was away until 11.35, so we all went off shopping in the nearby high street and bagged a few bargains. Back at the shop no-one came so Joe and Mary stayed but the rest of us by this time feeling a bit chilly decided to go back to our cars, whilst there man came over and introduced himself as the MG club secretary that had sent Marcus a route for us to follow tomorrow. He now was unable to join us for the run, but wished us all the best for a great run out to finish up at the Needles.

Now off to the Donkey Sanctuary and have a hot drink and snack, oh and to have a look at the donkeys! When we left it was decided to go to the Garlic Farm, well what should have taken not very long, Rick turned it into a Marathon!! Lots of the roads in the area were closed for road works, but businesses were still open for business, but Rick just kept on going and going and going, eventually he did decide to go down one of the roads and we finally made to the farm! phew.... we went straight to the sample room and began trying all different types of garlic in various pickles etc... it was then off to purchase some in the shop!
It was then off to Oasis for a look around and more coffee, after which Rick, Julie, Steve and Jayne returned to Warners whilst Marcus, Cathie, Buster and myself went off to visit Ryde, for chips and a walk along the pier. After getting some chips we walked along the pier only to be followed by so many sea gulls chasing and squawking at us for a chip, which Marcus finally gave in and gave them some! He was then repaid with a nice dollop of gull droppings on his trousers! On our walk we saw a nice blue Renault 4 GTL, some fishermen and a hovercraft taking off!!! We then found a very good fancy dress shop and managed to buy all the items we needed, thankfully!

Back at Warners it was time to start getting into our costumes ready for a night of the swinging 60's! On our way downstairs a couple were just coming out of their room when Buster and I walked passed and I heard the man say " Hey Love the Band for tonight have just walked past!" we couldn't but laugh all the way down the stairs, where we met more people who said "Oh is it Fancy Dress tonight?" again more laughter! But the best was yet to come, when we walked into the bar area and saw our other MG friends who absolutely burst out laughing at us two in our costumes! I'm still not quite sure why... maybe the photos will help?........ The smiles continued all the way into the dining room, for all of us that had dressed up! Don't think they quite knew what to make of us all........ Once we finished dinner it was off to the hall, and the dancing, photos and drinks began, it was a very good evening, finishing with Marcus, Cathie, Buster and I drinking 'shots of Sambuka' - 8 in all........ We then retired to bed couple by couple, once in our room tho I got a phone call from Marcus to say that they were continuing the party in Rick and Julie's room if we would like to join them!! No thanks we just wanted to sleep!!!!





On the Sunday morning after breakfast we all set off on the run that the MG club (from the Isle of Wight) had given to Marcus, nice little road trip around parts of the island, stopping of at the Barns for a bit of shopping, and then going onto the Mouse pub, where some of us stopped for a coffee and sandwich, whilst others continued to the Needles. Larry and Penny met up with a niece that they hadn't seen for some years, so that was a very nice surprise for them and her. Once we got to the Needles it was off to the coloured sand for me as I wanted a keepsake of our time there! sad I know.... Once we'd had enough there, Marcus, Cathie, Buster and I decided to go and find the Botanical Gardens, to have a look around, once there we discovered that it was better to sit in the lovely sunshine and have a nice hot chocolate or coffee and a chat about last night! Back at Warners for our last evening, some thought about dressing up again, but quickly decided not to! I think much to Buster and Marcus' disappointment! The group Union Gap were excellent, the best group of the whole weekend. In the morning, after breakfast it was time to say our goodbyes and make our way back home.

It has been the most memorable Warners weekend Buster and I have had, so we wish to give Jackie a very big Thank You from us especially as you got us in at the last minute, Thank you again.  :)

Also a very big Thank You to all our MG Friends as without you all, it wouldn't have been so much fun!  :D
Marie & Buster 

Dover Regatta

Posted by Joe & Mary on August 29, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

With the best weather for an August Bank Holiday for 48 years. Just one of my anorak facts. This is a totally free event sponsored by Dover Harbour Board, with numerous exhibitors, bands one of which was working it's way through the decades of pop music, Lesley & Mary were dancing, always a very strange thing to do when sober I feel, with different competitions taking place on the water & the Dover & Deal Lifeboats doing a display. The car show side was organised by the Dover Transport Museum, as a result there seemed to be a more varied selection of cars, buses & lorries, remarkabley out of 150 + only 3 MG's, numerous motorbikes & a guy on a motorbike (sadly I don't know his name) who had just literally got of the ferry that day after completing a round the world trip, which took him 18 months (see photo's) he was raising money for the British Legion, all of this followed by Spitfires flying over. As Dover, Deal & the Old Timers at Folkstone are our local larger events covering the Whitecliffs area, it seems a shame so few of the club attend.  

Bat & Trap @ the Dog & Duck

Posted by Joe & Mary on August 29, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

 28 members & a few friends attended our August club meeting, we rushed through the agenda leaving more for the September meeting, as the aim was to play Bat & Trap with a BBQ hence the different venue. After some brief instruction from the Landlady we eventually managed to organise ourselves into four teams of seven, after a while we started to get the idea, so when we do it again which I am sure from the response from everyone there we will, we will be a bit more competetive, followed by the BBQ, a really good well attended evening, thank you Buster & Marie.

Club BBQ 23rd July

Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Paul & Jilly our more sensible & staid members (who am I kidding) organised a BBQ for the club, with music played by Scott his son, on his vinyl collection, kept everyone entertained with music going back to Prince Buster mid sixties, the only thing missing was a strange sickly smelling smoke in he air I can remember from a real dive in Margate I used to visit, The BBQ nearly made up for that, Jilly's son Jack did us proud with his cooking, with all the girls dancing and Marcus showing the way for the men, very impressive, Burgers, sausages & meat balls supplied by Paul & Jilly, everyone brought along a pudding or salad, I think everyone over indulged, a great afternoon & evening. Thank You Paul & Jilly

Nurburgring 25th June

Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever since us both driving my MG around the Nurburgring in 2011 Mary & Myself have always wanted to do the Ring Taxi, in fact we put it on our Bucket List, this is a BMW M5 standard except for racing tyres, and always driven by a professional racing driver who knows the track inside out, we stayed in the Hotel an der Nordschleite at Adenau, 5 miles from the entrance to the circuit, but only metres from the track, the Hotel is where all the petrol heads stay, so the car park was full of Motor Bikes & various heavely tuned cars, a garage just down the road with a pump selling               102 octane fuel and a constant queue of Porche's etc. waiting to fill up, this in itself made good spectating. Sunday morning we went to the circuit early so as to watch the very interesting array of cars going through the barrier to do their lap, in the car park we started talking to a bunch of English lads who had set themselves the challange of buying cars for £250 only, driving to watch Le Mans 24 hour, then through the Alps & Stelvio Pass back to the Nurburgring & driving the circuit, they only lost one of their 6 cars along the route with a broken cam belt. Perhaps this is something we ought to do!!! I am sure the Ladies in the club would love it!!! So to our turn in the Ring Taxi WOW, Mary sat in the front so she could brace her feet on the Bulk Head, to save strain on her back, with 450 B.H.P. at his disposal the driver was a very cool character, telling us the names of the bends, the lowest & highest points sometimes while doing in excess of 150 M.P.H. The car's handling & brakes were astounding, we did 13.2 miles in 8mins 27secs, an average speed of 93 M.P.H. with 73 bends AWESOME!!!

Some of the things we have done this year

Posted by Joe & Mary on July 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

On 7th May 5 cars went to Leeds Castle, a beautiful setting with the grounds to walk around & the Castle, a very good show, really busy with long queues to get in, but everyone said it was fantastic once the weather warmed up.
On the same weekend 2 cars went down to Cowdrey House in Midhurst, a show with an organised run beforehand, and with loads of Supercars going in the opposite direction to Goodwood, quite an unexpected spectacle.
Tenterden on 14th May Rick, Julie, Marcus, Cathie, Buster, Marie, Mary & myself attended this very laid back weekend, organised by the ZR/ZS/ZT/ register, there after all those Z's I'm feeling quite sleepy, no entry fee you just had to register when you turned up, with discount in the cafe and beautiful weather, a good day out, with a nice drive back across country, where Buster , who knows the area well said he wondered where I was going, I think he has the job of leading next time.
Saurday 27th although one of our local shows only 3 cars attended Rick, Julie, Peter Cross in his dazzling Diamond White car, Mary & myself, due mainly to several couples being on holiday in Yorkshire (a seperate report to follow on that one) and a couple of illnesses, agood and busy show, the best it has been so far, Rick sold a lot of garage shelf bits, with a few from me, we made £38 to go towards our yearly charity, well done Rick.
June 4th several cars did The Bucket & Spade Run, always popular, starting at Challock with a run across country to Ramsgate, with a wide assortment of cars a really interesting car park at the end.
July 2nd saw the Teston Lock picnic organised by the Maidstone MG Club, it was a smashing day out, we met at The Halfway House Challock, the meeting place of Ashford & Faversham MG Club, Steve,Jayne, Kevin, Jayne, Frank, Lesley, Larry, Penny, Mary & myself attended & with other clubs invited, 3 cars from Gravesend MG Club, there were about 20 cars altogether. The route to Teston was a very pleasant 35 miles and we were greeted by Brian who had been saving a parking space for us (not easy for that amount of cars) on a very busy day, a pretty park with the Lock & the Oast on the hill, then came the dreaded Pride of Ownership Competition judged by official judge, Norman from Ashford was 3rd, with Graham in his lovely Red car from Ashford 1st, when the judge said 2nd place is car reg PWL 756 J, there were suddenly the words "thats my car" "thats me" "thats my car" and Kevin had 2nd place, he was well made up. As we left later I looked at Kevins car and it was highly polished, and a few marks in the paint on the rear seal had been touched up, So someone had taken it more seriously than they admitted too, a really enjoyable day out, thank you Maidstone.