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Stuart's Christmas Ramblings.

If you weren’t at Ardencote Manor over the last weekend in November you missed Taffmog’s Winter Weekend, possibly the best Morgan social event of the festive season.

This year the Winter Weekend was held at Ardencote Manor, near Warwick which is not too far from Wales. Perhaps because of its central location this year’s event was exceptionally well attended, with over eighty guests booked in. As usual most of us arrived on Friday afternoon and, having settled in, took advantage of the hotel’s facilities or explored the countryside nearby. Jackie had organised a photograph competition which was very well supported with some quality pictures. Geoff Tipler’s entry attracted plenty of comment, but not for its artistic merit. The two pictures that came first and second by popular vote both featured Aeros. However, this year Denis had to make do with second place as the winner was Steven Micallef with a stunning picture of his car.

Denis’s Second Place Photo

And the joint third place pictures were:

Derek and Jackie Wilcox’s Roadster

Chris and Anna Coshers 4/4 in a seasonally snowy Sweden.

Friday evening’s meal was a buffet which was enjoyed by all, especially the Creme Brûlée which disappeared very quickly, leaving some disappointed. The evening was all the more colourful as pretty much everyone was wearing a Christmas jumper, some of which had more flashing lights than the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. As usual, after the meal, everyone got together in the bar and spent the evening socialising, as Morgan people do.

After a hearty breakfast on Saturday most of us went to look around the local, or in Neil’s case not so local, area. With fine, sunny weather the nearby National Trust properties of Packwood, Baddesley Clinton and Charlecote were very popular and a few ventured into Stratford upon Avon. As the sun started to set and the temperature started to fall everyone was back in time for mince pies and warm drinks by a roaring (artificial) log fire.

Saturday evening saw us all looking very smart in formal dress for the main event, held in the Palms Conservatory. Peter Sutherland was particularly dashing in his kilt. In addition to the usual crackers, noisy blowouts and trumpets, someone had put some rocket balloons on the tables and it wasn’t long before they were flying across the room, proving that Morgan owners are young at heart.

Where did that one go?

After the meal Haydn presented the slide show with lots of embarrassing photo’s that some of us would rather forget, this year featuring a lot of “Poor Plumber” Mike Smith. In the past Mike has submitted a lot of pictures of Enid, so this could be considered her revenge. The slide show was followed by the charity raffle and, as usual, everyone was very generous in bringing prizes, and were equally generous in buying tickets. Not that they had much choice when they were being sold by the formidable four: Jackie, Kay, Dianne and Max. Their efforts raised netted nearly £600 for the Hospice of The Valleys, who looked after our member Tom Kiraly during his final illness. The winners of the star prize, a Christmas Hamper, were Phil and Lynne who somehow managed to fit it all into their car. A big thank you to everyone who contributed and bought tickets.

The Star Prize Christmas Hamper.

Christine with her “special” prize. She has a thing about cones. It takes all sorts!

The rest of the evening was taken up with the disco, which carried on into the early hours. The disco this year was very good as the dance floor was never empty, with everyone really enjoying themselves.

Sunday is a bit of an anticlimax, with people drifting off but for some of those who stayed Denis had organised a scenic run up the Fosse Way. This run ended at a marina where he keeps his narrow boat and we were treated to a short cruise on the Oxford canal complete with a buffet lunch. Paul was entrusted with navigating, but found the steering was not as responsive as he had expected and will stick to the Morgan. We eventually made our way back to the warmth of the hotel as the sun was setting. Thanks to Denis and Liz, helped by Gary and Kath, for a memorable and enjoyable afternoon.

Paul takes the helm.

Finally, all this would not have been possible without Haydn and Dianne, and I would like to thank them, on behalf of everybody who came, for their hard work. Here’s looking forward to next year.

As this is the last blog of the year, all that remains is for us to wish everyone a “Happy Christmas and a great New Year”, and remember, a turkey isn’t just for Christmas. 

Stop press: Nine Taffmoggers braved the cold last night to come to the West Wales noggin. As always, a good evening was had by all.

Nigel and I went to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC. Once we got over the shock of the £32.50 admission (no concessions) we spent the day looking at countless trade stands, unaffordable supercars and lots of “haven’t seen one of those for years” cars. Eventually we found the MSCC stand featuring, among others, Brian Miller’s car. The show is huge and, if anyone is planning on doing it next year, it would be worth volunteering for a couple of hours on the club stand and making two days of it.

December’s Diary Dates

Thursday 14th 19.30hrs Xmas Noggin at John and Avril’s. Phone 01656 663773 to let John and Avril know if you will be there.

Wednesday 20th Xmas Dinner 19.30hrs at the Conservative Club, Usk. See our website for details.

Friday 22nd 19.30 hrs Xmas Dinner at The Halfway. Phone Simon & Natalie 01558 668337.

NB. Please let Natalie know by Monday 18th if you are going.

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