THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JULY 2021

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

July 2021

As the restrictions are starting to be lifted it might soon be all systems go!

NEXT MEETING. Our usual monthly meetings have been restarted at the Crooked Billet in Hook. We had 17 members that turned up at the last meeting with a good selection of Minis, some new faces too. We sat outside as the weather was warm enough – a good time was had by all!
The next meeting will be Wednesday 28th July from about 7pm. We should be able to be seated indoors although if the weather is good we can be outside.

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH. The current venue may be subject to change in the near future. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any Mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your Mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members…..we’re quite a friendly bunch of people. If you have any technical queries about your Minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you. If you are a new member then please do come along.

The Thames Valley Region’s Club Stand at the MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu was a great success. We managed to win the trophy for best club stand AGAIN and this time we weren’t even trying!

Brooklands have announced that Brooklands Mini Day has been rescheduled for 3rd October. We are hoping to have our usual Club Stand at this event and nearer to the date we will be taking names for places.

All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site. From the oldest to the newest, this year’s event will see some of the earliest examples nestling among hundreds of Minis and their variations including vans and pickups. As always Test Hill will be in action in the morning and afternoon.

There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia. This year’s Minis to the Alps expedition is scheduled for 17th – 24th September 2021. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details in CooperWorld or on www.minicooper.org.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency and going from strength to strength ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES

18 July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Although this event is now full it’s worth enquiring from the entries secretary in case of any cancellations. Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

7 August 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

22 August 2021 Brands Hatch Mini Festival

29 August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

19 Sept 2021 West Green House Classic Car Show, Hartley Wintney. RG27 8JB Free entry for cars over 20 years old. Entry from 8.30am – 9.30am. Contact Ken for booking.

3rd October 2021 Brooklands Mini Day. If you would like to attend please let Lorraine or Ken know and you’ll be added to the list.

That’s all for now. Let’s hope we can soon see some familiar faces and cars again.
Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Newcastle & Durham Region July meet

Hi all,

A quick note to let you know that the July club night is this coming Monday, 5th, at 7.30am. As per last month’s informal meeting arranged by Jeff Pratt, the meet will again be at the Dun Cow in Bournmoor (DH4 1DY) rather than the Chilton Country Pub, as advertised in the MCR magazine.  If you know of anyone that’s definitely not getting these notifications, please do let me know and I’ll do my best to ensure that they do. If anyone is still finding that the emails are going into their junk/spam folder please also let me know, as it should be possible to rectify that. Hope to catch you on Monday. Niall. Mob 07881302577

Newcastle & Durham Region monthly meet

Hi folks,

In advance of our monthly meets resuming full time potentially, there’s an impromptu one happening this coming Monday, the 7th, at our old meeting venue of the Dun Cow, Bournmoor, near Chester Le Street, DH4 6DY. We’ll be there from 7.30ish onwards. Look forward to seeing everyone that can make it. Regards, Niall.

MCR IMPORTANT REMINDER National Mini Day at Beaulieu 13th June 2021

Hello Traders,

All of the Admission tickets to Beaulieu have been sold.

Total number is 2500.  We usually have about 3000. So looking good.

As previously stated in every email, you cannot get tickets at the Gate. Covid restrictions.

So if you need tickets, Traders will need to call 01590614614, and state that you are a Trader and need Admission tickets. They will sell them over the phone.

Hope Ok and see you there.

Regards Beaulieu Trade Team

Meetingd

Hi all

After this long covid break its time to start meeting again. The next meeting of the region is planned to be at Caffeine and Machine on the evening of June 22nd from 8pm or whenever you can get there, so see you there.

Nick and Peter

Mini Cooper Register Essex Regional Contact Required

Mini Cooper Register Essex Regional Contact Vacancy.

Niki Halls has had to give up her role as Regional Contact for Essex Region.

My thanks go to Niki for her role over the past few years.

I am therefore looking for a replacement for Niki.

If you are a member of Mini Cooper Register and interested in becoming Regional Contact for Essex Region, let me know.

I can give help and advice to anyone interested in the role which can be held either by an individual or a couple of interested members.

Best regards

Richard Sign.

Regional Co-ordinator

Mini Cooper Register
regions@minicooper.org
07968 307689

Hampshire region update

Hello everyone

As we are already well into May, and almost into June another email seems appropriate.

Thank you to those who replied to my last email. It is good to hear from you and about your activities during the lockdown.

I see a few people were out and about on drive it day, including Denis, Richard and Roz. I was out for the first proper drive in my Elf to get some fuel and a few miles under the belt. The Elf finally completed the running period and had the suspension set up. All ready for Prescott hillclimb. Prescott was a wet, but enjoyable event. Sadly spectators were not allowed. The entry was all mini and quite large. This combined with a number of non competitive fun runners made for a busy day. Paul Holloway and I were the only competitors from the region, although Mark Feetham was there as a non competitive fun runner. I didn’t see anyone else, but if I missed you; sorry.

Beaulieu is progressing well. Over 2000 tickets have been sold and I have already received 18 entrants for the concours. Club stands number 18, some with large numbers of attendees. So on that subject if you fancy parking on a Hampshire region stand, please let me know. We need to have at least 5 cars to make it worth while, but we will have a nice spot I’m sure!

Helpers are still needed as well, so if you fancy helping out, please drop me a line. I have tickets here for those of you who have already offered your services. If you haven’t picked up your ticket please make contact so I can hand one over. As the first real mini show it looks like it could be busy, I certainly hope so. Fortunately Beaulieu is a large venue and outdoors and with plenty of room so all should be ok.

The cold weather has not been good for alfresco dining, but things should improve in the next week or so, although only for groups of up to 6 indoors. Sally has looked at the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge for a one off meeting in their outdoor marquee, they are pretty well booked for a while. Having said that Sally is meeting a few friends there in a week or two, so will be reporting back.

Please let me know what you have been upto in the last few months. I may even put some copy into the magazine!

Hope to see you all soon.

Tony and Sally.

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER MAY 2021

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

MAY 2021

As the restrictions are starting to be lifted we may soon get back to some sort of normality.

NEXT MEETING. We are restarting our usual monthly meetings at the Crooked Billet in Hook on Wednesday 26th May from 7pm onwards. We should be able to be seated indoors although if the weather is good we can be outside.HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH. The current venue may be subject to change in the near future. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any Mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your Mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members…..we’re quite a friendly bunch of people. If you have any technical queries about your Minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you. If you are a new member then please do come along.

Ken Hunter has booked the Thames Valley Region’s Club Stand for the MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu on 13th June. Places are going fast so don’t delay. Contact Ken or Lorraine or simply reply to the Facebook post on our region’s page

Brooklands have announced that Brooklands Mini Day has been rescheduled for 3rd October. We are hoping to have our usual Club Stand at this event and nearer to the date we will be taking names for places.

All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site. From the oldest to the newest, this year’s event will see some of the earliest examples nestling among hundreds of Minis and their variations including vans and pickups. As always Test Hill will be in action in the morning and afternoon.

There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia. This year’s Minis to the Alps expedition is scheduled for 17th – 24th September 2021. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details in CooperWorld or on www.minicooper.org.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES

13th June 2021 Beaulieu National Mini Day

TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulations are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

7 August 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

22 August 2021 Brands Hatch Mini Festival

29 August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

19 Sept 2021 West Green House Classic Car Show, Hartley Wintney. Free entry for cars over 20 years old. Entry from 8.30am – 9.30am. Contact Ken for booking.

3rd October 2021 Brooklands Mini Day

That’s all for now. Let’s hope we can soon see some familiar faces and cars again.
Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu 13th June 2021 IMPORTANT REMINDER

Hello Traders,

This is to confirm that our National Mini Day is scheduled for Sunday 13th June 2021.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the ticket number has been capped by Beaulieu so entrance is by advanced ticket only and no tickets at the gate.

Book advanced tickets at discounted rates via:-www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/mini-cooper-register-rally, or follow the links on our MCR website and go to the Beaulieu website.

All Traders’ MUST have an entrance ticket each.

Traders who booked and paid for Stalls last year will have their booking carried forward to this year.  There is nothing to do, but please ensure that you have your Stall Confirmation Slip, Vehicle Pass and Beaulieu Entrance Tickets.

There are still Trade Stalls available.

Stalls are 5m X 5m and cost £54, including VAT. Payment via PayPal or Credit Card.

Traders can book Stalls, Vehicle Pass and Entrance Tickets via the MCR Webpage

www.mincooper.org  ,and then follow the ‘MCR at Beaulieu’ link.

 

Remember no entrance tickets at gate and Book now.

Regards

MCR Beaulieu Team

beaulieutrade@minicooper.org