Classic Cars and Coffee at the Kilton

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Message from Mini Cooper Register

Classic Cars and Coffee at the Kilton

by Mike Bennett

Hello

You are receiving this email as a member of the Mini Cooper Register based in the Cheshire region.

The Midget and Sprite Club have invited us to a Classic Cars and Coffee morning on the 14th of April from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Kilton Inn on the A50 near Knutsford (Warrington Rd, Hoo Green, Knutsford WA16 0PZ).

This will be an informal get together of classic cars and their owners and coffee will be available, there is no need to book, just turn up. For those wishing to stay on, the Kilton does serve lunch.

The meetings will continue on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

As we are not represented in the Cheshire Region, I hope that this event will prove to be a useful way of getting to meet other members in the area.

Cheers
Mike Bennett

Reply to Mike Bennett | Mar 31,2019 |

Mini Cooper Register – Essex Region

Message sent by Niki Halls

Message from Mini Cooper Register

Mini Cooper Register – Essex Region

by Niki Halls

Happy Friday!

Hopefully with the weather improving, some of you will be getting you cars out from their winter storage and taking them out for a spin!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday 1 April at The Hawk in Battlesbridge and let’s hope it is open this time!

Maybe some of you would be interested in arranging an event for the group, I did put a message out on facebook but didn’t get any takers, maybe let me know what kind of things/events you would be interested in doing and I will arrange something.

Our facebook page is Mini Cooper Register – Essex Region, it would be great to see more people join and add photos of their cars too.

Best wishes, Niki

 

 

Reply to Niki Halls | Mar 22,2019 |

NOT the latest Thames Valley Newsletter

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

Message from Mini Cooper Register

NOT the latest Thames Valley Newsletter

by Lorraine Hampson

Hi all,

Many apologies for the absence of the March/April newsletter.

Since the crash and demise of the MCR’s website server which also stopped the email system working, I have been unable to access the website, forum or email system. The new-fangled server decided that I was trying to “hack” the system as I had too many unsuccessful login attempts and therefore blocked my IP address and also that of my mums!

However, I’m now “back in” but there won’t be a newsletter this month.

Hope to see you at Brooklands on Sunday 24th March and if not maybe at the local Thames Valley Region meeting on Wed 27th March.

Lorraine Hampson thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Mar 21,2019 |

Catch up with all the news from the Annual General Meeting here

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 17 MARCH 2019

Mini Cooper Register, founded in 1986, continues to be a strong, successful club.

Committee reports

  • Membership up by 3.3% in 2018 over the previous year
  • Total membership now stands at 2,092
  • A financial surplus and reserves for a rainy day
  • CooperWorld, which has been running at 68 pages, nominated for an award for the second year running
  • Active regional structure with new contacts recruited
  • A developing club shop contributing to the finances
  • Subscriptions, which only cover CooperWorld magazine, held at 2018 levels despite increased production costs
  • Club now VAT registered

IT news

  • New IT systems being introduced covering:
  •  Booking of trade stands at Beaulieu
  • Car registers which have been transferred from Lavenham Press
  • Mini Sport members discount
  • Regional mailing system which is GPDR compliant
  • Details of 1,878 cars held on the registers giving members access to their own details through the “My Car” drop-down on the website
  • Website members area now has 416 people registered

Communications

  • Increased activity on Facebook with more people interacting with news items and events
  • National Mini Day has had 34.3k unique views compared to 22.4k in 2018
  • The Twitter account has been rationalised to make it more manageable with a small loss in followers, which now stand at 2,672

Annual Awards

To be presented at the National Mini Day at Beaulieu on 9 June.

  • Editor’s Award – Robert Young
  • Regional Award – Kent Region
  • Big Value and Personality – Justin Ridyard
  • Don Moore Award for Services to MCR – Peter Moss

Web Site Outage

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Message from Mini Cooper Register

Web Site Outage

by Mike Bennett

Dear Member

We have had a significant outage with the club website and email system, regrettably, it caused considerable inconvenience, not only to our members but also to the members of the committee that use the facilities to run the club, specifically to Paul our editor who heavily depends on the emails for the production of CooperWorld.

Without going into too many technical details, the problem started when the server crashed intermittently, just like the problem with an elusive misfire, there could have been a number of causes for these problems and numerous steps were taken to isolate the issue and fix it. Then the server crashed and could not be restarted. The engineers replaced numerous components but, in the end, it was irreparable and a new server was built and installed. The email system restarted and worked well but the website could not be re-instated due to the way in which the new server had been built. The engineers attempted to resolve this but brought down the email service in the process. After a while, it became apparent that this situation was not going to get any better and a new company was found to host a server and they built a new one that had the advantage of being a later model and using newer technology. The new contract also provides for them to manage the hardware and operating system and automatically switch to new hardware should the same problem occur in the future.

With the new server available, the club’s website and email system have been restored and are now operational.

This has been an intense and at times very frustrating episode and I am sorry that it has caused so much inconvenience, but on the positive side, we now have a better platform for our internet technology.

 

Mike Bennett

Webmaster

Reply to Mike Bennett | Mar 14,2019 |