Social Evening Update

Unfortunately as the lifting of restrictions won’t take place until the 19th July, the first social meeting planned for the 14th will not now take place. Instead we should be able to meet at the Aviator on 25th July 2021.

Look forward to seeing many of you then.

The Aviator is open

The Aviator at Sywell has re-opened and has confirmed the club’s booking of a room for the mid-monthly meetings. They would expect members to arrive from 1930 (7:30 pm) and the dates booked are –

  • Wednesday 14th July
  • Wednesday 11th August
  • Wednesday 8th September
  • Wednesday 13th October
  • Wednesday 10th November
  • Wednesday 8th December

All is, of course, subject to the Government making no changes to the planned “road map” out of restrictions.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Future Events

The Social Committee had had its first, virtual, meeting of 2021 and they are developing plans for the remainder of the coming year and into next year. They welcome suggestions from members.

A “rerun of the not run” 2020 2021 Rose of the Shires is being planned. This would be a much shorter (35 – 40 mile) run for members only.

2021 AGM

Hi Everyone.

Thanks for all of you that attended the virtual AGM on the 31st March. Let’s hope this is the first and last virtual AGM event!  But  given the current situation it was great to note the extent of what we had been able to achieve over the last year. If you have not seen the details, the report produced by Ade forms part of the AGM pack.

I should also like to thanks the retiring members of the committee; Val Arnold, who has supported the club in various roles for many years, and Roy Brawn, for all their work in helping run the club. We do welcome a new member to the committee in Richard Atley, and we thank him for his support, and look forward to his contribution.  Jo Tibbs has kindly agreed to step into the role of Treasurer, and Penny and Anthony Reading will remain on the committee. I will remain as Chairman and Ade as Vice Chairman, changes to committee roles and posts will be published in due course.

Some further extracts from the AGM are detailed in the Newsletter.

Thanks are also due to Anthony Reading who maintains the web page, Ken Banfield without whom there would not be a Newsletter, and Mary Medhurst who stores the clubs equipment. I would also like to thank all the members without which there would not be a club.

We will as we have been mentioned be having an open forum when we can meet again, and I would like everyone to have a think if they can help the club as fresh ideas are always welcomed. Both Ade (Lunn) and myself confirmed at the AGM we would not be standing as Chairman and Vice Chairman again at the end of this year. So everyone’s thoughts as to the running of the club, events to attend, etc etc will be most welcomed.

We will be trying to organise an event for club members to replace the ROS 2021, possibly running again a route from previous years, given the current situation we do not have a date for this, but will keep everyone informed.

We are looking to hold a further Club zoom meeting on the 21st April starting at 19:30, all are welcome and hopefully some of our members foreign shores will be able to take part, The details are below, I will also send out the details again nearer the time.


AGM Update

The 2021 AGM will take place on Wednesday 31st March 2021, starting at 20:00.

As unfortunately we do not expect to be able to meet at The Aviator, the AGM will take place on Zoom, the meeting login details will be sent with the AGM papers nearer the time.

Given the limiting factors of Zoom whilst there will be opportunity for questions, we will look to hold an open forum, at a club meeting when we are all allowed to meet again.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Zoom please speak to a member of the committee, but Zoom, if you have not used it, is a computer meeting, able to operate on almost any computer or smartphone.

If anyone would like to join the Committee and is unsure please again speak to a member of the Committee.

Annual General Meeting 2021

The lockdown restrictions imposed by Government, to try and reduce the transmission of Covid 19, which may run into March 2021, means a Zoom AGM meeting is the only  practical plan.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 March 2021.  The More Graffiti newsletter will have further information along with  the  Agenda,  minutes of  the 2020 meeting etc.

Any members who haven’t used Zoom or are experiencing problems with doing so are asked to contact one of the Committee for any help required. If you don’t have a web cam it is still possible to join in, the other attendees just won’t see you, and you should be able to see and hear us.

2021 Rose of the Shires

Up-date 6th January 2021

A on-line meeting of the club’s committee was held on the evening of 5th January 2021. This meeting was planned before the Government’s announcement about a further lockdown on Monday evening.

During the meeting, and after extensive conversations the committee decided to postpone the Rose of the Shires Run planned for May 16th 2021 until May 15th 2022.

The reasoning for this decision was the uncertainty, that by May, an event such as the Rose of the Shires would be allowed, The venue for the proposed start and finish is not currently open and may not be until well into March so leaving little time to find another venue if necessary.

We will start, as soon as we are able, planning for the Rose of the Shires to be held on May 15th 2022.

If the situation changes during the year and runs can be arranged then we would plan to hold a small club only event along the lines of the Rose of the Shires, ie a run of 60 plus miles around the county, but without the attendance of other clubs and entrants.

This is regrettable, but the committee felt that is was best to make the decision early rather than having to pull the event close to the planned date.

The Rose of the Shires WILL be back in 2022, put May 15th 2022 into your diaries.

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.

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.


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.