For the latest information concerning MGCC Midland Centre events, such as changes to event dates and/or times, please check for details below.
MG enthusiasts of all ages are welcomed to the Centre and its Natters, including members of other clubs such as the MG Octagon Car Club and the MG Owners Club, irrespective of the model of MG owned. Please visit our 'Natter Venues' page for details of a group in your area.
For more information about the Midland Centre and our events, please click on the links shown in the Menu on the left of the screen.
Midland Centre Events in 2018
We have recently been filling in more dates on our Calendar of Events page. Please view the page and see what's taking place around the region during 2018. Amongst numerous events, the Midland Centre is operating the following
23 September - Autumn Trial at East Lodge Farm, Bromsgrove B61 7EF
(Please note that entry is free for spectators at our Sprints & Trials, and often for other events, too, so please check with organisers beforehand).
These are in addition to a multitude of day runs and other social events being organised by the various MG groups and clubs around our region. Please visit our Calendar of Events page and see what's available to you during 2018. And please visit the page regularly to see what else has been added as we go through the year. We will hope to meet some of you at some of these events.
North Leics. MG Club Charity Donation
North Leicester MG Club recently made a donation of one thousand pounds to the Steps Conductive Education Centre, which is based in Shepshed, near Loughborough, in Leicestershire. .
Started in 1994 by four local families, Steps now provides support to more than fifty families who have children with conditions which affect their motor skills, such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. The system of conductive education employed at the centre was pioneered at the Peto Institute in Hungary, where some of the Steps staff have trained and gained their qualifications.
The donation was made possible by the success of the North Leicester MG Club’s Charnwood Caper Classic and Sports Car Run in May 2017. Steps had been nominated by the club’s members at their 2017 AGM to be the beneficiaries.
This year’s “Caper”, held in May 2018, saw over ninety cars taking part, and generous sponsorship by local MG dealership, Bishop & Bishop of Wigston, has ensured that a substantial donation will be made in early 2019 to another local charitable organisation.
Presentation of the cheque was made by North Leicester MG chairman, Colin Readwin, when supporters of the charity attended a “thank you” buffet at the Steps centre. It was received by the charity’s patron and trustee Rosemary Conley CBE DL, who outlined the history of Steps and the work undertaken by them.
Following the presentation, guests were given a tour of the Steps facilities. These are based in a former school, which was purchased in 2006 and substantially refurbished and adapted in 2007. The project was supported by ITV Central News, and involved 130 local companies who supplied over half a million pounds worth of goods and services free of charge.
For information about Steps and the work they do, visit www.stepscentre.org.uk.
The Centre makes an annual award of the California Shield to the most successful natter in the Midlands area. The award originated from a goodwill visit by a bunch of southern Californian MG enthusiasts to the UK in 1970, the California Cup from the same folk is still keenly contested at MGLive in the Autotest every year. For 2017 the shield went to North Leicester MG club. Rick Willoughby, chairman of 2016 holders, Kilsby MG club, presented North Leics chairman Colin Readwin with the much prized shield at their natter on 20-06-18. North Leics run the highly successful Charnwood Caper, an event that regularly sees 90 plus entrants and in addition to being a sociable day out in the Leicestershire countryside generates substantial funds for charity. As noted above, their 2017 event raised £1000 that was recently presented to STEPS who help fifty families with children who suffer cerebral palsy or Downs syndrome. Worthy winners indeed, natters like this and the subs of their members are the lifeblood of both the Midland Centre and the MGCC itself.
For information about the North Leicester MG Club, visit www.northleicester-mg.org.uk.
Midland Centre Autumn Trial 23 September 2018
Our 2018 Autumn Trial will be held on Sunday, 23 September, at East Lodge Farm near Bromsgrove, location of our previous 'Taster Trial' events.
The necessary entry forms are now available to download and print out under the relevant month on our 'Calendar of Events' page - see menu on left - which also has details of other events that will be organised during the remainder of this year.
Midget Register Road Run 2018
Midland Centre Regalia Supplier
Ready to order that new item of summer clothing, or a new hat to protect your head from the sun?
The Midland Centre has joined with Kimber House and several other CRBs in appointing Top Signs, based in Hexham, Northumberland, as our 'regalia' supplier.
They have an excellent range of clothing items, and you can order a number of different Club logos, be it to show allegiance to your Centre or to your Register, and prices are very reasonable. If you ask them nicely, they may even be able to 'customise' your clothing for you.
So before you go off and purchase your clothing from another Club or website, take look at what we have to offer. Just click on the 'Regalia' button in the left-hand menu, and follow the links from there.
Members' Contact Details
Are your personal details correct at Kimber House?
It cannot have escaped most peoples notice that much more correspondence and general communication in business is being conducted via the medium of websites and electronic mail, and this will only increase in the future. Clearly, the use of email makes it easier, faster and (as importantly) cheaper for clubs like the MGCC to communicate with its members. However, this can only be successful if members' details at Kimber House are accurate and up-to-date. In the recent past, the Midland Centre Committee has undertaken its own checks on personal records, and has uncovered numerous inaccuracies, particularly with email addresses; for example, full-stops in the wrong place, spaces between characters where there should be none, hyphens instead of underscores, etc., etc. On that basis, the Committee would recommend that all Midland Centre members check their own personal details with Kimber House to ensure that their records are accurate, especially any email addresses. Just as importantly, please don't forget to notify Kimber House if any personal contact details change, for example if there is a change in internet service provider which entails a new email address.
Are you in the correct Centre?
We are finding that several MGCC members who should have been allocated to the Midland Centre have actually been placed in another Centre, such as the South-West or Anglia. Members are free to ask to be allocated to a specific Centre if they so wish; however, some may not be aware that they are currently in the wrong one. If you are unsure, and wish to ensure that you are in the Midland Centre, please contact Kimber House and ask them to verify this for you.
For further assistance, please contact Membership Secretary Liz Allsworth on 01235 849734 or via email - email@example.com
As some of you may know, the MGCC Midland Centre organises four principal sporting events during the year – two Trials and two Sprints. The Spring Trial is held at Lintridge Farm, near Ledbury, and the Autumn Trial is held at Burton Dassett Country Park, near Gaydon, Warwicks. Both the Spring Sprint and the Summer Sprint are held at Curborough, near Lichfield.
For all these events, we always need the help of volunteer marshals. Marshalling is not an onerous task (as long as the weather is good!), and many people who volunteer find that they enjoy the event(s) and return in the future.
For those of you who are more local to the event locations, and have people in your groups who might be interested in assisting at any of these events, please ask them to contact the Midland Centre's Chief Marshal, Simon Morris, on - firstname.lastname@example.org
Without the help of volunteers, these and other similar events cannot take place, so please give it some thought.
Please see our 'Calendar of Events' and the 'General Information' pages for more information on the year's events or to read previous news items. Don't forget to let us have details of any MG-related events you would like to have displayed on this site.