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Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic #1

Dear member

Your committee has over the last few days been discussing how we respond as a club to various scenarios, caused due to Coronavirus. Obviously the Health of the Membership is the Highest Priority to us all.

Following the advice from the Government in particular.(Paraphrased)

  • Everyone should avoid gatherings with friends and family, as well as large gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres.
  • By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions and over 70’s must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”

We are taking the following action, there will be no formal club meeting until at least the end of May (March Sundays Meeting, and Wednesday and Sunday Meetings in April and May). If members wish to gather at The Aviator on those dates/times that will be a personal decision, but there will be no formal club activity. We will advise further going forward as I would imagine the advice will develop.

In respect of events that have been booked such as the 29th March Brampton Halt lunch, then this must be a members own personal decision if they wish to attend. (Equally although a few months away the Wansford Fish and Chips Evening). Events such as Hollowell, Kimbolton etc, assuming they are not cancelled will again be a members personal decision if they attend.

We will try our best and keep up with events as they are cancelled and notify people, and in particular if we hear The Aviator is closed. We will look to post messages on the clubs Facebook Page and email members with any updates, as they happen.

At present we have not cancelled the Rose of The Shires run, and will be making a decision in the next few week, to see how the situation develops.

It’s very unfortunate we are having to make these decisions just as (hopefully) the weather is starting to improve, but everyone’s Health is the prime concern.

We are awaiting to see how thing develop but will be looking at membership fees once thing return to normality.

Best Wishes to Everyone and Stay Healthy

Gary on behalf of the Northants MG Owners Club Committee.

Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic MOTs

MOTs set to resume in England, Scotland and Wales from 1 August

On 30 March, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing.   Lockdown restrictions are easing, and all drivers with an MOT due from 1 August are being urged to book an MOT test. This is a legal requirement.
Drivers who have an MOT test due before 1 August will still be granted the 6-month extension. For example, if your MOT is due on 31 July, it’ll be extended to 31 January 2021.
But even if your vehicle is exempt, you should take it to the garage immediately if you notice something wrong. You can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.
A few garages UK-wide remained open during the outbreak to conduct essential repairs. Now, 90% of garages are open across the country. Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “As people return to our roads, it is vital that motorists are able to keep their vehicles safe. That’s why as restrictions are eased, from 1 August MOT testing will again become mandatory. Garages across the country are open and I urge drivers who are due for their MOT to book a test as soon they can.”
If you’re vulnerable or self-isolating and your car needs a repair or your MOT is due, contact your local garage. They may be offering safe pick-up and drop-off services.  

Keep your vehicle safe to drive

You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.

Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and read the rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

The Club’s AGM

AGM Report – from Gary Cunnington

If anyone who was not able to attend the AGM wants any further information, I will be happy to provide an update.

Thanks to all those members that attended the AGM on the 11th March at The Aviator Sywell.

The key points from the meeting were as follows.

The Committee has decided moving forward to keep the AGM simpler and hopefully shorter.

The aim of the Committee has been to deliver on the changes which came out of last year’s members survey. The committee also looked at where club funds were being spent, and importantly how we could save funds

The Club received a Thank-you from “The Air Ambulance Service” in January this year in recognition of the £19678.97 that has been raised by the Club over the years. Thank-you to everyone.

Ade Lunn provided a report on all the events that had been organised by the club during the last year both social and car events.

Val Arnold ran through the Financial Report.

Jo Tibbs gave a report on future events.

As a result of reviewing the club’s insurance and having to pay on a per individual basis for Insurance and the Federation of Historic British Vehicles Clubs membership. The Committee have decided to review the membership fees. The revised fees are as follows Single Membership is £17.50 but joint Membership for another person living in the same household is a further £2.50 (so £20 per couple). All members of the club will be covered by the club’s liability insurance.

Awards

The Committee have decided moving forward to present some awards at the AGM and others at an event to be confirmed later in the year.

Syd lapper Memorial Cup —- Clive and Jenny Waddingham

Romany Shield—— Gary and Pam McCarroll

Candid Camera —– John and Marie Burton

Clive Waddingham Award—- Richard Atley The Clive Waddingham Award is a new award and can be awarded for anything decided by the Committee.

Thanks were given to the existing Committee – Ade Lunn, Val Arnold, Jo Tibbs, Tony and Penny Reading, Roy Brawn.

The Social Committee Jo Tibbs, Dougie Brown, Margaret Banfield, Penny Reading Chris Cunnington and Bruce Ward.

Ken Banfield for being the Editor of My Graffiti

Tony Reading for work on the Web page.

Mary Medhurst for storing the club’s equipment.

Online Membership Renewal

The on-line membership form is now available as from tonight’s AGM. Go to the site main menu and either click on Subscriptions or Join Us and then Subscriptions.

On completion and submission of the form you will receive an email telling you how much to pay and how to pay.

Breakfast Meeting

Northants MGOC members at Wilton Locks for the first breakfast outing.

Some 16 members met at the “Potting Shed” at Wilton Locks Garden Centre for breakfast on Sunday 28th July. It wasn’t the best of weather with continuous rain (what happened to the “scattered showers” Radio Northampton?). There was a fantastic choice of breakfast platters with most opting for the “Gardener” or the “Head Gardener”. Following the breaking of the fast there was a short run produced by Gary back to Overstone Manor (the Aviator wasn’t available). As it was there weren’t many takers for the run and the Overstone Manor was very crowded.