Thursday 3rd March 2016 Club Night & 50th Birthday Party
Gary’s Red MGB Roadster reaches its 50th birthday this year and he decided to celebrate the milestone with a Birthday cake. Who were we not to join in the frivolity, so birthday cards and a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday accompanied our usual monthly Club Night at The Green Parrot. Now everyone likes a good party and so it was on this joyous occasion with twenty-eight members seated in the upstairs restaurant for our best attended meeting in the club’s history - bar Christmas Dinner. We had to feel sorry for the lone staff member who’s onerous task it was to serve every one of us - needless to say that he did a sterling job. Such a great night.
New Years Day 2016
New Years Day and a wonderful excuse to start the year off correctly with a Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant! The weather was abysmal but sixteen people braved the rain (and hangovers!) To stamp our mark on 2016. MGs in the car park were few in number, with five MGTFs and one MGB V8, but who in their right mind would want to bring a classic car out in weather like that - unless you had to? The Bill that I was presented with at the end of our meal came as a bit of a shock (to say the very least) but I think that the staff wished to lay up tables for Lunchtime guests and it was a convenient way to shock us into leaving! All was paid successfully.
Thursday 7th January 2016
A great start to the New Year and a return to our monthly Curry Night at The Green Parrot, Perranporth after the break for the festivities. Excellent turnout of members with nineteen people in attendance but only about five MGs in the car park - well it was wet, windy and January after all! Although some of the usual suspects were missing, it appeared that most had survived Christmas and the New Year. One topic under discussion was for a weekend trip to Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford and Beaulieu International Autojumble in Hampshire.You will see from the Diary that this takes place on 3/4 September, so please make a note if you would like to join us.
17th January 2016 Breakfast/Brunch
A very reasonable turnout for the first ‘official’ Breakfast/Brunch of the New Year. The ‘modern’ MGs were in abundance in the car park and their numbers definitely exceeded those of the classic MGs, but then the wether could have been a little kinder to all of us.
Thursday 4th February 2016
Twenty attendees braved the miserable winter weather for February’s Club Night at The Green Parrot in Perranporth. The main item on the agenda for the evening was to proffer the idea of a ‘weekend away’ taking in Haynes Motor Museum and Beaulieu International Autojumble in September. The idea was well received and immediately attracted a show of hands that meant that the ‘motion was well and truly carried’! Since, fourteen members have booked their accommodation near Yeovil and we are all looking forward to taking Cornwall MG Owners on their first ‘road trip’ out of the County.
21st February 2016 Breakfast/Brunch
Numbers are creeping up for our monthly ‘Trevaskis Breakfast’ fix! Back up to eighteen partakers with several of the ‘usual suspects’ having emailed their apologies. We noticed on arrival that Trevaskis is undergoing another building ‘metamorphosis’ with extensions to the entrance, toilets, conservatory and kitchens. It would be very cynical of me to suggest that this has come about by our increasingly well attended monthly Breakfast/Brunches - but I’m going to anyway! Good on yer guys, we’ve paid for the success of Trevaskis Farm Restaurant!
Sunday 20th March 2016 Breakfast Brunch
Our largest attendance ever for breakfast at Trevaskis Farm to ‘inaugurate’ the newly expanded Restaurant and ‘Christen’ the tarmaced and painted car park! Thirteen MGs neatly filled the delineated parking bays and twenty-three were seated for breakfast, including Jackie, our newest member of Cornwall MG Owners. An interesting addition to the morning’s proceedings was the use of a Sound Level Meter to record the Decibels emitted from a number of member’s MGs. Strangely enough, those with sports exhausts returned widely differing results with at least one exhaust system with a questionably high recorded level!
Sunday 17th April 2016 Breakfast Brunch
April sunshine greeted us for our monthly breakfast gathering and the newly block-paved patio in front of Trevaskis Restaurant provided a very pleasant spot to congregate while awaiting ‘latecomers’! The attractive area, however, also provided an ideal play area for local youngsters on skateboards and we collectively pondered the life expectancy of the newly installed plants within the paving! A number of ‘the usual suspects’ were absent, but we still managed to fill eighteen seats at our table. Another great line-up of MGs in our regular part of the car park, which, hopefully will get the ‘tarmac treatment’ in the nearest of time.
Saturday 23rd April 2016 Lerryn Fun Day
St Georges Day and a glorious April day for our first outing of 2016 to Lerryn, near Lostwithiel, for a ‘fun day’ in aid of Lerryn Community Association as a precursor to the creation and opening of a community Cafe on the village green. We took ten MGs in convoy from Fraddon in beautiful sunshine, if still a little chilly, but the opportunity to drive with tops off was too good an excuse to miss. Unfortunately a combination of SatNav errors and route suggestions from a number of sources led to three cars being ‘lost’ on route! Gladly the drivers of the ‘errant’ vehicles knew their way and ended up first to the village green!
Thursday 5th May 2016 Club Night
Our first visit to our new venue for our monthly Club Social Nights at The Quintrell Inn, quintrell Downs near Newquay, and what a fantastic evening. Not only do we have the security of a large car park to accommodate our ever growing numbers and a room to ourselves, but we had excellent food and waiting staff who couldn’t be more helpful and attentive to our needs. We did nearly fill the room with twenty-six people, but there is more space available and it appears that the usual clientele disappear around the time we arrive, so we have the place to ourselves! This might just become our year round venue if our welcome continues.
Sunday 15th May 2016 Breakfast & Toy Museum Run
The sun came out - and so did the numbers of Cornwall MG Owners for our May Breakfast/Brunch and trip to the Moseley Toy Museum. So many attended breakfast that we were pulling tables from here, there and everywhere to accommodate everyone. Twenty-six sat for breakfast and I lost count of the number of MGs we had parked in the car park. Our Lunchtime trip saw us drive in convoy up the A30 to Redruth before turning back on ourselves and back down the Redruth bypass and on to Tolgus Mount and the Museum. What a fascinating place and so little known about. A real childhood time capsule full of model trains, Dinky, Corgi, Bayko and Meccano. A ride on the Mineral Tramway was an unexpected pleasure.
Sunday 22nd May 2016 Cream Tea Run
What a superb afternoon out in the glorious Cornish lanes. Our friends, Alan & Jo Bradley from Surrey, asked to meet up with Cornwall MG Owners and Gary didn’t disappoint by devising a wonderful route through the narrow twisty lanes out of Falmouth, Gweek, Mawnan Smith and on to Goonhilly, Mullion and The Lizard for a sumptuous cream tea. With thirteen MGs in convoy it was inevitable that we were going to get split up, but we all made it to the end point. Alan was impressed by the speed at which we managed to proceed and yet still manage to keep within the Cornish hedges! These Emmetts really do need teaching a thing or two. Our guests were very happy to have spent an afternoon in our company.
Sunday 29th May 2016 Hayle Brass Band Fun Day
They said we were in for rain and we thought the event was at Hayle Rugby Ground - neither was correct! The sun shone and the Rugby Club was full of ‘car-booters’. It turned out that the event was on The Recreation Ground and was in aid of Hayle Town Band, who played throughout the event and we shouldn’t have been confused with the Rotary Club’s event which didn’t materialise for the second year. Mind you, the numbskulls who parked their cars 180 degrees to everyone else wouldn’t have been admitted to the Rugby Club! A good day out, however the Burger Van needed a lesson in time management and the Ice Cream van was conspicuous by his absence, thank Heavens for Mr B’s just down the road!
Thursday 2nd June 2016 Club Night
Another fantastic turnout for our monthly Club Night, they said we could seat 28 in our ‘club room’, well we managed to get 29 in with a seat to spare! It was a pleasure to welcome Alan, a gentleman on holiday from Vancouver, Canada, who owns an MGB GT and a factory MGB GT V8. We met Alan while waiting to set off on our ‘Cream Tea Run’ the other week, so it was nice to have him join us for our monthly gathering. It was also great to see David back with us after his brief, and we pray successful, stay in Hospital. The staff at The Quintrell Inn were exemplary in their attention in spite of having had a stressful day with hoardes of holidaymaker's in this Bank Holiday week.
Sunday 5th June 2016 Wings & Wheels at St Mawgan
What a fantastic day out and a superb event at Newquay Aviation Heritage Centre at St Mawgan. Organised by Rover Enthusiasts (South West) Club, thirteen MGs assembled at Fraddon car park before proceeding in convoy to AeroHub 2 where a multitude of classic cars and aircraft greeted us. We were joined by Andy and Sarah Smith in their superb 1963 Rally prepared 135bhp MGB Roadster. This car has such provenance that Sir Stirling Moss and Roger Clarke had both driven the car and it is maintained by Brown & Gammons for rallies to this day. We were soon joined by an MG TF to bring our compliment to fourteen MGs on the day, quite the largest single club entry. Well done to everyone for their support.
Monday 6th June 2016 Crantock Memory Cafe
Crantock Memory Cafe is an organisation that provides support for members of the local community with age related memory loss. Their network is staffed by volunteers who try to stimulate their guests memory by providing group events focusing on a particular ‘moment in time’ that they can relate to. Follow up sessions provide ‘quizzes’ where members can recall their experiences from previous sessions. We were asked to provide a number of classic cars as a stimulus for their session on ‘cars and motoring’. We were able to give members short runs up to West Pentire and back as a ‘thrill’ to enhance their experience of this particular themed session.
Friday 7th June 2016 Truro Day Fundraising Evening
Truro Day is being held on Sunday 11th September this year and Cornwall MG Owners will be exhibiting six cars and our Club display on the day. Unfortunately last year’s event was cancelled due to predicted gales (that never materialised) so we are looking forward to this years event. The Fundraising evening was held at The Alverton Hotel in Truro and there was a Pasty Supper (pasty in a paper bag) and a large Raffle followed by music from The Motown Pirates. The Band was excellent and soon had a full dance floor. On a personal note, the lead singer performed a number of ‘Northern Soul’ tracks that brought back many memories and had me singing along very qiuetly!
Saturday 18th June 2016 MG GS Launch
Falmouth Garages in Penryn invited us to the launch of the new MG GS and it gave us an opportunity, not only to test drive the new MG, but also to make acquaintances with owners of the MG3 & MG6 and prospective purchasers of the new car and introduce Cornwall MG Owners club to them. Several owners expressed the now defunct cry that they weren't accepted as ‘proper’ Mgs, so we had to put that myth firmly to bed and assure them that they would always be welcome as members of our club. Numbers attending appeared to be thin on the ground and Falmouth Garages must have had a lot of food left over by the end of the day. But we hope that orders for the SUV MG made up for the remaining food!
Saturday 25th June 2016 Gwennap Village Fete
It has been a few years since we last visited Gwennap Village Fete, but it is well attended with plenty to see and do. The weather did look as though we were going to be in for a wet day, but in the end the rain kept off and a good event was had. A few of us were kept entertained by a chap with two ferrets that he had sourcing through his outer garments. One was extremely friendly, but the young albino had a propensity to nip fingers, apparently, so he was left alone! A Silver Band played during the day to keep the visitors entertained while there was an ‘avenue of side stalls’ to relieve them of their available cash!
Sunday 3rd July 2016 Portreath Bakery Breakfast/Brunch
This venue has been added to our monthly Diary as an additional venue for our extremely well attended Breakfast/Brunches. Portreath Bakery have a number of retail outlets throughout the region for their bakery items and Pastys and their Cafe on Willson Way, Pool, Redruth provides a welcome change from our usual venue later in the month. There is ample car parking space in front of, and to the side of the building and the space indoors is light and airy. The breakfasts were large, by any standards, and there was more than enough Toast to go around! No one was tempted by ‘The Devils Challenge Breakfast’ at this visit, although some have threatened to attempt it during the Winter months!
Sunday 17th July 2016 Breakfast & Wadebridge Wheels
For the second year running, our monthly Trevaskis Breakfast/Brunch has coincided with Wadebridge Wheels at The Royal Showground so an earlier than usual breakfast slot was booked so that we could leave in convoy, picking up members on route to the event. A stunningly glorious day in Cornwall and it was only going to get hotter! Unfortunately, there was an accident on the Atlantic Highway just after the Padstow roundabout and the Police had sealed off the road, so we had to make a 20 mile diversion to get to Wadebridge and our sincere thanks go to a young Lady in a silver Citroen who acted as out ‘tour guide’ as the lanes got narrower and narrower until grass grew in the middle of the road!
Tuesday 2nd August 2016 ‘Jazz in the Park’
Our Annual visit to support Crantock Classic Car Club saw a smaller display than usual this year, mainly due to the miserable weather encountered, it did, however, give us an opportunity to use our event shelter, if only to get out of the rain! This event always attracts many visitors, especially those on holiday in the area, and we see many familiar faces from one year to the next. I know that it’s a cruel thing to say, but we did have a giggle watching the wind thwart the attempts of many stall holders in erecting their tents and gazebos. We definitely made a ‘right decision’ when we bought our Coleman ‘Event Shelter’ as it is easy to put up and the side walls can be changed from side to side.
Saturday 6th August 2016 Pendeen Rally & Man Engine
Pendeen Rally this year was held later than usual to coincide with the ‘arrival’ of The Man Engine. Usually held at the beginning of the year, in cold and damp conditions, it was a real change to be warm and dry and the 40ft high ‘Man Engine’, that had been touring Devon and Cornwall to celebrate Tin Mining’s Heritage, attracted thousands of visitors to Geevor Tin Mine. The spectacle as the automaton raised itself above the ‘spoil heap’ behind the mine’s surface workings was simply awesome. The event was supported by the M/C recounting tales of Cornwall’s mining history and a choir singing traditional Cornish songs.
Sunday 7th August 2016 Ruan Minor
Following on from our trip to Pendeen, the Grade Ruan event at Ruan Minor down on the Lizard peninsula saw us again bathed in sunshine for an excellent rally. This event returned last year, after a period of absence, and has been restored to its former glory with a packed program of events, a large contingent of classic cars, tractors and motorcycles, together with countryside displays and heavy horses. Once again, Cornwall MG Owners displayed a large number of member’s cars which attracted great interest from the visitors. It is good to see that this event has been reinstated in the Cornish calendar of events and is one we will return to, weather permitting, next year.
Saturday 13th August 2016 Carnhell Green Rally
This event has grown over the years, it was a large event when it was held down Gwinear Road, but then its relocation to the present site took ‘a hit’ in attendance numbers, but has bounced back into one of the largest events in Cornwall. The organising committee work extremely hard to ensure the smooth operation of the event and numbers of classic cars, vintage commercial vehicles, motorcycles and working displays has subsequently increased over recent years. The parade ring is surrounded by stalls of interest to all and many items of memorabilia are on offer. As a club, we don’t usually put on a display, but there are always many MGs to see in the large collection of classic cars on display.
Sunday 14th August 2016 Par Rally & Pinnock Tunnel Run
After two years at Par Beach approach, this year’s event was held behind Cornish Market World and what a beautiful venue for an event. A glorious day greeted us and hundreds of classic cars continued to arrive throughout the morning and early afternoon. With the expansive Market building close at hand, food options were abundant even if the opportunity to sit in a Pub garden for a beer and roast dinner was not! Mid afternoon, we filed out of the venue and down to the entrance to the Pinnock Tunnel where we were again afforded the chance to drive the mile long tunnel to Fowey Docks. For those who have not attended this event before, it is well worth adding it to your diary for 2017.
Saturday 27th August 2016 Penryn Fair Day
Penryn Fair Day is always held on the Saturdau before August Bank Holiday Monday, so you can put that date in your calendar for next year now! Cornwall MG Owners always display a large number of member’s cars and we are always thronged by large numbers of interested visitors asking about our cars and the history of MG. The number of previous MG owners recounting tales of their days behind the wheel of the iconic British sports cars is pleasurable to listen to and we always try to cajole them into ‘returning to their youth’ and get involved in the MG ‘way of life’ once again. We have participated in Penryn Fair day for seven years, so it is always an honour to be asked to return.
3rd & 4th September 2016 Haynes/Beaulieu ‘Weekend Away’
When I put forward the idea of a ‘weekend away’ I wasn’t sure what the reaction of members would be, but I shouldn’t have been so apprehensive! Seventeen members left the Cornish sanctuary and headed for Sparkford and Beaulieu over what would be a fun-filled weekend of good humour and laughs in abundance - not to mention some interesting classic cars thrown in for good measure. Our Saturday evening meal at the Sparkford Inn was just one of those occasions that occur, maybe once in a lifetime, and it may never reoccur however hard we try to recreate it. We will organise a similar ‘weekend’ in 2017 to take in two further Museums further ‘up country’, so don’t miss out on this one!
Sunday 11th September 2016 Truro Day
Last year’s Truro Day was cancelled at the last moment, so we were fired up to participate this year with the biggest single display of the event. Ten MGs, our event shelter and a Triumph Stag, graced Boscawen Park on an overcast Sunday in September. With our MG flags fluttering in the stiff breeze, I’m pleased to say that we did Cornwall MG Owners and the MGOC proud. As always, visitors to our display were courteous and inquisitive and we were able to ‘nurture’ the next generation of classic car enthusiasts by allowing the youngsters to sit in our MGs and have their pictures taken and then walk away with a club lapel badge - grab ‘em while they’re young and before they’re seduced by the MX5!
Sunday 18th September 2016 Breakfast Run
A day of mixed fortunes and opportunities - or just going on a wild goose chase? Breakfast/Brunch at Trevaskis Farm Restaurant was a great success in September with twelve MGs in the car park on a beautiful autumn morning. After breakfast we headed to Falmouth to rendezvous with other classic car owners who were gathering to fulfil the wish of an owner with a terminal illness to attend a classic car event. Having given ourselves indigestion, we rushed over to the assembly point to find the place empty, they’d departed ahead of schedule and we missed them by around ten minutes! I understand that the turnout was excellent and the beneficiary was overwhelmed by the response - our thoughts were with him, none the less.
15th - 16th October 2016 Cornwall Motor Show
This is the third year of Cornwall Motor Show held at Heartlands. The weather on the Saturday was dismal (to say the least!) And the turnout of classic cars was poor, but to be fair, unless we had given our word that we would attend, we would have stayed at home and kept dry! Sunday coincided with our monthly Breakfast/Brunch so, after an early meal, we proceeded in a convoy of ten MGs down the A30 to Camborne East offslip and then to Heartlands. Once again, Cornwall MG Owners provided the largest single display of any classic cars and our attendance was much appreciated. For some reason several of the main dealers were conspicuous by their absence, I trust customers remember that in their future purchase!
Sunday 20th November 2016 Breakfast/Brunch
And so to the last Breakfast/Brunch of 2016. This monthly event has grown significantly over the past twelve months and, once again, we had to keep asking Trevaskis Staff to ‘add’ another table as we had run out of places! We ended the season with twenty-four enjoying breakfast and we have been offered the ‘new extension’ to the restaurant for our exclusive use for 2017. This Sunday also saw the first ‘outing’ of Lance’s gorgeous Iris Blue MGA. I am please to tell all Cornwall MG Owners members that dates have been booked at Trevaskis for the whole of next year, so please remember to mark the third Sunday in each month in your 2017 Diaries with ‘IMPORTANT - Breakfast/Brunch’!
Christmas Dinner Saturday 3rd December 2016
What is there to say? The photographs speak for themselves! A simply wonderful evening in the company of fifty of the most fun-loving, humerous, generous people, all brought together by their love of a little British sports car manufacturer. The Quintrell Inn staff did themselves proud with wonderful food, convivial atmosphere and an attitude towards their customers simply second to none. A big thanks to our Landlord Steve and big-hearted members for donating such astonishing prizes for our Raffle which raised ‘copious’ funds to reinvest in our members club. I can only dream of the future successes for Cornwall MG Owners as we move forward into a New Year, building on our present membership.