Ralph managed to arrange a perfect spring evening for our 1st pub meeting of the year.. Many members MGs were in the car park by 7.30 p.m. having enjoyed the beautiful sunny evening drive to the newly refurbished Stanley Gate Inn. The last time we visited it was just another pub; it is now a well appointed country restaurant and the car park was full of customers cars - always a good sign. MG members were happy to stay under the canopies on the patio outside and enjoy the sunset and clear skies - although it did start to get cold afetr 9 p.m. The pub manager was good enough to provide us with a good supply of sandwiches and chips thanks to Ralph's persuasive chat. It was good to see members old and new turning out to make an excellent evening.Our chairman , Nigel , was rather a latecomer arriving at 9.30 but stole the show in his £300 Escort cabriolet with which he and Ray are to take on the Barcelona Banger Rally .
MAY 7TH 2009 - PRINCE WILLIAM INN
With the skies threatening heavy showers to come, many club members opted to turn out in their everyday cars. There was however a good turn out of MGs and the display did draw the admiration of pub goers as they inspected the club members cars. Nigel brought along his Escort Barcelona Banger and Chris also brought his BMW entrant- and they both attracted a lot of attention. With the fading light and drop in temperature, most club members headed inside the warmth of the pub by 9 pm where everyone continued to chat over a drink. (Photos - Andrew Dickenson)
JUNE 4TH 2009 - THE BEACON INN - DALTON
A beautiful clear and sunny evening at the Beacon Inn - our club's base during the early 1980's. The car park was rather restricted with only just room for those cars that turned out, so it easy to see why The Beacon was not a suitable meeting place. About a dozen or so of us turned out to enjoy the sunshine but as the sun set it soon began to get rather chilly. Around this time the pub started its weekly quiz with the locals settling down in their teams. This meant that it was not possible to go inside and have a chat (although we could have joined in the quiz) and in fact just walking through the bar to the toilets felt as though you were intruding on their ritual. This meant that most club members found it rather too cold to sit outside (nesh lot) and everyone headed for home by 9.45 p.m.
JULY 2ND 2009 - MYSTERY TOUR & CHINESE BUFFET
Meeting up at the Stanley Arms in Aughton we headed off at about 8 p.m. for a mystery tour - it was a mystery to everybody even at the end - although I did try to explain at the time why we were parked in strange car parks! The first stop was at the site of our HQ in the 1990s - the Wincot - this bemused the residents of the houses now in the site. Next stop was at the Scarisbrick village hall (HQ until 2004) where the 18 MGs fiiled the available space. Then on to the Red Lion (now known as the Blue Elephant). The manager thought we had all stopped for a meal - sorry to disappoint him as I don't like curry - so it was then on to our destination just down the road for a chinese buffet - with 23 club members and 18 cars it was an excellent evening. - and thanks to Ralph for organising it.
August 6th - Derek & Cath Christian's Yard
Once again a dozen or so members and their cars descended on Derek & Cath's yard to view the collection of cars and mpotoring memorabilia, some dating back to the 1920s. Many thanks again to Derek and Cath, not forgetting Darren for the time and effort in presenting all their collectibles for us to browse round during the evening