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Hello and welcome to the South West Midlands Area of the MX-5 Owners' Club

Our monthly meetings are normally held from about 19:30 on the first Thursday of each month.  Most Members take the opportunity to dine at the venue.  Some even take to drink!

As well as monthly meetings we arrange regular drives and events.  As you will appreciate, the winter months do not lend themselves to open air driving, so January and December tend to get a miss.  There is usually a break for the main holiday month of August. Drives are normally held on the Sunday seventeen days following the monthly meeting.

Apart from the locally organised meetings and drives, Members can enjoy other events and national events.  The club's main site www.mx5oc.co.uk has more details of the national events.

Monthly Drives


Due to the current Coronavirus situation all forthcoming meetings and drives have been cancelled

Check back here for latest updates to this.
17 March 2020

Drives 2020

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As well as monthly meetings we arrange regular drives and events.  As you will appreciate, the winter months do not lend themselves to open air driving, so January and December tend to get a miss.  

Drives are normally held on the Sunday seventeen days following the monthly meeting.

Some ideas for future drives and events...

  • visit to a National Trust or similar property
  • take a picnic
  • treasure hunt
Download useful NOTES - CLICK HERE for organisers and participants.
Organisers may claim 45 per mile up to £100 for doing their run twice. VAT receipts for petrol totalling minimum of your claim, a copy of the run and  a completed expenses form should be handed to the Area Coordinator.

If you are planning a drive and wish to use Tulip Diagrams then CLICK HERE
for the template document

You can download an example Drive Route and modify this if you wish CLICK HERE for ExampleDriveRoute.doc

NOTE: always check the SWM Discussion Forum for latest info on drives

Click here for record of previous drives


Drives 2019 Statistics


Below are the statistics from our 2019 drives that some of you may find interesting.

Number of Drives: 9
Total number of Miles covered: 540 Miles
Average number of Miles per drive: 60 Miles
Total number of cars: 250 MX5's.
Average number of MX5's per drive: 27.7 MX5's
Overall mileage covered (Cars x Mileage): 135,000 Miles
Longest Drive of 2019: 81 Miles to Broughton Castle, hosted by Gavin & David

My thanks to all those who organised drives during 2019, great to see new names coming forward. Thanks too to everyone who attended, we had some great days out.


Drives 2020




February 23rd            Theresa and Ron

The Elgar Route and Other Variations
The First Movement

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2020
Start: Ledbury Rugby Football Club Ltd, Ross Rd, Ledbury HR8 2LP
Time: 08:30 onwards for breakfast, tea/coffee.
Depart: 10:30
Finish: Webbs Garden Centre, Worcester Rd, Droitwich Spa WR9 0DG
 
Distance: 36 miles

Drive Options: On arrival at the Rugby Club, please park at far end of the car park on Right Hand Side of the entrance and walk back to the Clubhouse.

On arrival at the destination, please park in area at far end of the car park away from the main buildings. Look out for other MX5s. Facilities available include the Garden Centre, Homeware & Gifts, Food & Drink. There’s also gardens and picnic areas.

For those who are thinking of maybe having lunch at The Swan after the drive please see attached link to their website. You probably need to book beforehand. https://www.swan-inn.co.uk/

Another place of interest locally are Jinney Ring  https://www.jinneyring.co.uk/   We pass this towards the end of the drive.

Also, Avoncroft Building museum is not too far away. https://avoncroft.org.uk/




March 22nd            Gary and Julie

From Fairview to Great View

DRIVE CANCELLED (to be run in May)


Date: Sunday 22nd March 2020
Start: Fairview Garden Centre, Chapel Lane, Birdwood, Gloucester GL2 8AR
Time: 09:00 for breakfast, tea/coffee.
Depart: 10:00
Midway Break: The Valley, Evesham, WR11 4DS for Coffee etc.
Finish: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Toddington GL54 5DT
 
Distance:42 miles to The Valley, further 22 miles to GWR Toddington.

Drive Options: The aim is to meet at the Fairview Gardener Tea room for 9am. Breakfast baps will be available (Bacon sausage and egg) with a hot or cold drink for £5.50.
As this will be a busy day (Mothering Sunday) for the Tea Room we have been asked if we could leave the Tea room by 10am. Hot drinks will be in Takeaway cups to help with logistics on the day, we are free to walk around the Garden Centre which is highly recommended.

If we could get an idea of the number who will want a Breakfast Bap and if there are any food intolerances that would help Luke and his team in preparing for us.
Please reply to the forum post  here. https://mx5ocswm.proboards.com/post/17498/thread

There is plenty of parking but it would also be helpful if we could double park, it would make for a better photo as well!

The Tea Rooms Website is https://www.facebook.com/The-Fairview-Gardener-The-Tea-Room-415349875189204/

There is a midway stop at the Evesham Country Park (now known as The Valley, more a shopping park than a country park if you haven't been before!) Take a break here for coffee and cakes and look to depart again around noon.




April 19th            Lance and Alan

TBA


DRIVE CANCELLED


Date: Sunday 19th April 2020
Start: TBA
Time: TBA
Depart: TBA
Finish: TBA
 
Distance:TBA

Drive Options: TBA




May 31st            Gary and Julie

From Fairview to Great View


DRIVE CANCELLED


Date: Sunday 31st May 2020
Start: Fairview Garden Centre, Chapel Lane, Birdwood, Gloucester GL2 8AR
Time: 09:00 for breakfast, tea/coffee.
Depart: 10:00
Midway Break: The Valley, Evesham, WR11 4DS for Coffee etc.
Finish: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Toddington GL54 5DT
 
Distance:42 miles to The Valley, further 22 miles to GWR Toddington.

Drive Options: The aim is to meet at the Fairview Gardener Tea room for 9am. Breakfast baps will be available (Bacon sausage and egg) with a hot or cold drink for £5.50.
Hot drinks will be in Takeaway cups to help with logistics on the day, we are free to walk around the Garden Centre which is highly recommended.

There is plenty of parking but it would also be helpful if we could double park, it would make for a better photo as well!

The Tea Rooms Website is https://www.facebook.com/The-Fairview-Gardener-The-Tea-Room-415349875189204/

There is a midway stop at the Evesham Country Park (now known as The Valley, more a shopping park than a country park if you haven't been before!) Take a break here for coffee and cakes and look to depart again around noon.




June 28th            Karen and Ian

TBA

Date: Sunday 28th June 2020
Start: TBA
Time: TBA
Depart: TBA
Finish: TBA
 
Distance:TBA

Drive Options: TBA




July 19th            John and Henry

TBA

Date: Sunday 19th July 2020
Start: TBA
Time: TBA
Depart: TBA
Finish: TBA
 
Distance:TBA

Drive Options: TBA




August 23rd            Gavin and David

TBA

Date: Sunday 23rd August 2020
Start: TBA
Time: TBA
Depart: TBA
Finish: TBA
 
Distance:TBA

Drive Options: TBA




September 13th            Theresa and Ron   Note change of date.

The Elgar Route and Other Variations

Date: Sunday 6th September 2020
Start: Gupshill Manor, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5SG
Time: 09:15 onwards for breakfast, tea/coffee
Depart: 10:30
Midway Break: Elgar’s birthplace, The Firs, Broadheath, Worcester, WR2 6RH
Finish: Hanbury Hall, School Rd, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7EA
 
Distance:60 miles

Drive Options: On arrival at Hanbury Hall continue along the drive towards reception. Before you reach the car park you will see the drive up to the Hall on the LHS. Bear left to head towards the House. Weather permitting; we will park on the grass to the Right and Left of the drive. Please drive carefully here; this is also the pedestrian access to the Hall. Once parked, please go to Reception to check in. NT members go free. Non-members should tell Reception you are with the MX5 Club to obtain the Group Rate. It’s £8 each to go round the gardens and £11 each to visit the Hall as well.

If you would like to visit a local craft centre, the Jinney Ring is located 1.4 miles from Hanbury Hall. The address is Hanbury Rd, B60 4BU. It’s 1.4 miles from Hanbury Hall. Turn Left out of Hanbury Hall and continue along School Lane until you reach the T Junction. Jinney Ring is located immediately right of the junction.




October 18th            Jeff

TBA

Date: Sunday 18th October 2020
Start: TBA
Time: TBA
Depart: TBA
Finish: TBA
 
Distance:TBA

Drive Options: TBA




November 22nd            Gerard & Frances

Abbeycwmhir Dressed for Christmas

Date: Sunday 22nd November 2020
Start: TBA
Time: TBA
Depart: TBA
Finish: The Hall at Abby Cwm Hir, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6PH
 
Distance:TBA

Drive Options: A particularly fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, The Hall has a wealth of original features including; 23 fireplaces; roccoco, stained glass and vaulted ceilings; gothic windows and shutters; Maw and Co tiled floors; slate slabs; and a magnificent billiards room.

The most unique Christmas spectacle in the UK. The Hall has all 52 rooms decorated for Christmas. Trees and room designs include; china and glass; Disney; transport; nutcracker; crochet; The Nativity; books; chess; russian dolls; knitted figures; casino; and music.




December Sunday 13th             No Drive this month

Christmas Meal at Gupshill Manor

Venue: Gupshill Manor, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SY, 01684 292278
Time: 12:30 for 13:00 sit down

Please pay the deposit to Penny by the October meeting and the balance in full by the November meeting.
Dress Code: Smart as you like but NO Jeans please