Monday, 13 December 2021
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Chairman’s Minor Thoughts
Rally Weekend Report
A big thanks goes out to the committee and the club members that helped make the Rally a great success last month. We were blessed with some fantastic weather and a large contingent of mainland Minor owners that swelled the numbers to almost a hundred cars. Forty-five being Morris Minors and approx. fifty classics. On the Saturday twenty-five cars set out on the country drive to the amazing Wolverton Manor Garden Fair. Arriving at 1pm we avoided the queues on to the site. After squeezing in to the classics area we were able to enjoy the full entertainment and offers available from the huge variety of stalls there. My other half wasted no time in purchasing Christmas presents and gifts while I was quite happy just sitting and taking in the atmosphere of this beautiful location. The Club had a bucket collection and I was pleased to give over £100 to Age Concern, the charity organising the event. They thanked us and invited us back next year. On the Saturday evening Matt and a couple of others members were successful in lighting the BBQ for the campers and although there were only a few of us it was most enjoyable on this beautiful evening sat with music playing as the sun set across the Havenstreet events field.
Sunday Rally Day the weather couldn’t be better. With everything set in place on the Friday afternoon there was only the tables tombola, raffle and merchandise to set up on the Sunday. The committee came into their own with Jonathan and Peter on the gate Barry raffle and tombola Matt on club merchandise, memberships and PA and me on head-less chicken. Also, Danel and Sara, Jamie, Mary and Malcolm helping throughout the day, it all went like clockwork apart from the PA not working but that’s a story for another day. Luckly Dave B had a spare mike and Matt was able to announce most things okay. Talking of Dave B his style and brand of music was perfect for the day and soon had everyone’s feet tapping. So, when he kindly offered to play three sets, I nearly bit his hand off. Thanks, Dave, for your professionalism and kindness hope to see you again next year. Another big thanks to Southern Vectis for the Old Girl open top bus, Phil Hayward (driver) and Paul Robinson (Conductor) for the bus trips packed with punters for the two mystery tours. I never did find out where they went but by the look on the smiley faces, they all enjoyed it, and we raised £275 for the IW Bus and Coach Museum. As the day progressed large numbers of visitors arrived taking full advantage of the lovely day to view the cars. The falconry displays and steam trains were well attended throughout the day and by the size of the queues for the cafe they did very well to. Big thanks to everyone on the day and anyone I missed.
The Old Girl (1939 Bristol K ECW Body converted to open top by Southern Vectis in 1959)
Monday, 27 September 2021
The Committee is pleased to announce that club nights are to resume at the Eight Bells, High Street, Carisbrooke on the third Thursday of each month at 7pm (first meeting on Thursday 21st October). Full details in the Events Diary.
The Eight Bells
31 Carisbrooke High Street
Isle of Wight
Thursday, 29 April 2021
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Saturday, 21 March 2020
Other events including the 2020 Rally remain cancelled.
Below is the advice we have been given by the National MMOC:
Branch and Club Activity
Considering the most recent government information and MMOC branch activity at a local level,
it is the view of the Directors of the MMOC that all branches should also follow the current and
future government advice and take their own measures to locally reduce the spread of this
virus. It is our view that all branches should strongly consider postponing or cancelling their local
monthly branch meetings, rallies and events until the national picture becomes clearer.
This is an unprecedented crisis and requires co-ordinated action by agencies and organisations at
national, county and local levels across the UK. The Directors of the MMOC strongly urge branch
committees to adopt a sensible, proactive and definitive stance and to play their part in tackling
the Covid-19 virus. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), of which the
MMOC is a member, has issued its own guidance to clubs. This guidance can be found at the link below:
In conclusion, our overriding intention is to focus on keeping everyone safe. Many of our club
members are in the highly vulnerable age group likely to be at the highest risk of infection. We
fully accept that there will be significant disruptions and changes to the way our members will
need to live their lives over the next few months as we weather this national health crisis.
We want to ensure that members can spend the maximum amount of time caring for their family
and loved ones at this difficult time. We hope and trust that all members will recognise that these
measures, though extreme, are taken to do our part to safeguard the welfare of our
members. The MMOC will survive this unprecedented national emergency and we hope that all
members will support the Directors, Committee and staff and the importance we are placing on
keeping everyone safe.
The Directors and Committee are working extremely hard to safeguard the interests of our
members in a challenging and rapidly changing environment. We are acting on the best advice
we have access to at the time. Our guidance may change as the national guidance
changes. We are keeping the situation under continual daily review and we expect to issue
further guidance as the situation evolves.