South Midlands Microcar Camping Weekend *Confirmed*

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lan Hitchcock confirms that the South Midlands Microcar Camping Weekend, will be held over the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of May 2022

He writes that all small cars and contraptions are invited, and that it will be an informal event, based at the National Trust's Fleece Inn, in Bretforton, near Evesham, where a monthly Microcar Club Night, takes place.

The Inn has an orchard which we may use as the camping area, and to firm up arrangements for those already expressing interest, the Landlord, Nigel, has re-arranged his Orchard-based outside accommodation.

There are probably up to about 20 hook-up placements available, and these will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, booked directly through The Fleece Inn, who will collect the required payments in line with the booking made. Alan is sure changes of mind will not be a problem and he is betting that a few might take an extra night as it's such a timeless place to be. See website: https://thefleeceinn.co.uk/ for contact details. In effect a hook-up plot is to be £20 a night, which Alan has been advised is a good deal for this area.

Trailers are likely going to become a nuisance in the Orchard, not just from taking up plot space, but because other customers are in the Orchard, drinking alcohol. That represents a potential accident that does not need to happen, so, a Parc Fermé has been arranged with the neighbouring landowner, who will store the trailers securely. A one off £5 is asked to cover the one-off access, for the time you are there.

Camping plots are still limited, due to space, but less of a problem as they can be fitted in where there is not a hook-up. Alan thinks that stretches to small campers/converter caravans, really, who can get in for £10 a night, but longer wheelbase campers, even though not hooked up, will need to book in and be allotted suitable space, at a value representative of the space required.

The activity plan remains, as a first event, a relatively simple set of interesting things to do over the three days. It will therefore, be slightly informal, Alan suggests, as we feel our way into what might be a regular event, and our hosts understand how we like to do things.

Regarding road runs: This area is both flat, and has rolling hills, with the Cotswold Escarpment between the two. That means steep hills to get from one to the other. Alan will attempt to go up the easier ones, but to put you straight, last time we did Saintbury Hill locally, several Bonds and a Berkeley had to have a fag break to cool down near the top. (Alan says we're not going up Saintbury this time, but he thinks we might come down it - so you will need brakes!). Alan suggests that most cars are better prepared these days, but just be aware! If we have some puddle jumpers, Alan says we will get around to that on the day!

On Friday, Alan will be arranging a simple and informal, local run out, thus, there will be little in the way timing, allowing folk to arrive as they wish, set up and still come out to where we will be, without great complication.

On Saturday, there will be the main trip out. To keep it simple, Alan has chosen to pass rather more places that can be done in a day, as visitors, thus leaving a choice, based on interest and on budget, to access what might be interesting to you. He also hope that the Evesham Vale and Cotswold Countryside, and architecture, will entrance you, as it has so many people over the years. We will be going through some of the, he quotes 'most beautiful villages in the country' and down lanes that few use. There might be a couple of surprises!

The evening is given to enjoy both The Fleece, and the immediate area. The beer is superb, the food award winning. There is also space to share outdoors, undercover, as well if it chooses to rain.

On Sunday, a similar structure of a road trip, but with an easier routing in terms of returning to Bretforton, for those who need to depart earlier than the trip out finishes. The Cotswold's main roads are good, well signposted in the main, so confusing lane returns can be avoided. Sunday night might well find a residue of those who can chose to return home on Monday, remaining. Could be a right laugh!

Wild card: The monthly South West Midlands Area Microcar Club Night, will be held on Wed 18th May, so in fact, it would be possible for any interested folks, to pitch up on Wednesday and remain on site until the weekend. If this is to be taken up, then Alan suggests that he might well do the same, and be on hand to wave his arms about, 'helpfully'!

Several people have asked about car types. Yes, it is a Microcar event, but this is more about the people and their interest, than a rule to bring a Microcar. In particular, since it is not a 'show', Scooters and Light Cars are welcome, and even big Classic Cars as visitors! The key thing is to try and have some fun with our working machinery. Alan suggests that it is more than likely he will be driving his Fairthorpe, which is not a Microcar! He simply doesn't know, yet!


South Midlands Microcar Camping Weekend - May 2022

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lan Hitchcock is arranging a South Midlands Microcar Camping Weekend, to be held over the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of May 2022. All small cars and contraptions invited.

An informal event based at the National Trust's Fleece Inn, in Bretforton, near Evesham, which is where we have a monthly Microcar Club Night. The Inn has an orchard which we may use as the camping area. It has electric hook up points for those that wish them. The CAMRA 'approved' draught beer and cider on tap is excellent, and both the Pub and food has won awards, including their Pies - fighting talk to our Northern chums. It is also the spiritual home of Asparagus (See separate Asparagus Run on 23rd of April). It lies in the Vale Of Evesham, with The Cotswolds spread out to the east and south.


Pub Nights 2022

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list of pub nights that you would normally find on the Diary page, and which has recently been updated. Unfortunately something went wrong when I started on the 2022 ‘Events Diary' and everything disappeared! Hopefully our Web-guru, Mark, will fix it soon...
A reminder to please contact the organisers before attending, to avoid disappointment!

Bristol Club-night
2nd Wednesday in each month. The Major's Retreat, High Street, Tormarton, GL9 1HZ, just north of Junction 18 of the M4, 1st right off the A46 Stroud road, down to the crossroads, right into the village to find a proper local. Always 'Schmitters at this one.
Contact Alan Hitchcock
email
alanbubblecars@hotmail.com
MOC West of England
3rd Tuesday of every month. The Old Thatch, 285 Wimborne Road, Ferndown (Wimborne), Dorset, BH21 7NW.
Contact Roger Clements
tel
07801 641311
email
wwregionalsec.moc@gmail.com
or Peter Houghton
tel
01202 897594
All makes Micro-car meeting by MEC/Heinkel-Trojan OEC Ltd.
3rd Wednesday of each month. The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire and therefore covering (in the broadest sense) Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Wiltshire. Classic car meeting in the summer behind pub.
Contact Tony Yates
tel
07973 448023
email
KaRo.Guy@Outlook.com
East Midlands section of The Morgan Three Wheeler Club
3rd Wednesday of each month. The meeting is held at the Royal Oak, Brandon, just off the A428 to the east of Coventry. Messerschmitt owners and enthusiasts are invited by the group organiser, Malcolm Bull, who is also a Club member and runs a 'very nice' 1957, KR200. This will suit East Midlands Members for whom the Fleece Inn, Bretforton, is a shade too far for an evening trip out!
Contact Malcolm Bull
email
malcolmbull242@btinternet.com
Southern Micro-car Users Group (SMUG)
1st Thursday of each month. Victory Inn, Staplefield. RH17 6EU.
Contact Malcolm Thomas
tel
07860 363003
email
malcolm.thomas888@gmail.com
MOC Southern
Usually 2nd Thursday of the month, The Chequers, but contact Alison Armfield to confirm date, time and location.
email
editorkabinews@gmail.com
MOC Nottingham Area
Contact Colin Burton for details
tel
01623 550782
email
cc.burton@btinternet.com
MEC London/South East Area
Last Tuesday of each month, at the England's Rose, Postcombe, Oxfordshire. OX9 7DP. Just a couple of miles from J6 of the M40.
Contact Tony Yates
tel
07973 448023
email
KaRo.Club@Outlook.com
MOC Caledonian
Contact John Miller for details.
tel
01475 724229
Micro Maniacs Club Leeds-Bradford Monthly Social
Last Wednesday of the month. A regular social get together from 20h00 at: The Railway, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1NR (Tel: 0113 257 6603). For more details, contact: Ray Glendinning
e mail: bubblecarray@gmail.com
 
Tel: 01274 218455
 
Mob: 07977 445694
 


2021 AGM at the Fleece Inn - 30th October 2021

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reminder that after a year's CoviD related break, Members are cordially invited to attend the Club's Annual General Meeting, to be held on Saturday 30th October 2021 at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire, WR11 7JE ( https://thefleeceinn.co.uk/ - Image, courtesy Adam Quellin, shows a painting of the Fleece Inn, on exhibit by the National Trust, at Croome Court, Worcestershire). Hopefully this will not come as a surprise since all should have received an earlier, mailing!

Our late October meeting should benefit from reasonable weather as well as a lighter evening, immediately before the end of British Summer Time. The plan is to start the AGM at 10am, with the intention of having the more 'formal' proceedings first, taking any Reports, reviewing the Club Accounts and electing a Committee to see us through the next twelve months. Copies of the Club Accounts for the years ending 30th September 2020 and 2021, will be available at the meeting. We will then take Any Other Business, detailed in the Agenda, a copy of which you should have received, by e-mail, beforehand. Please let our Honorary Secretary, Tony Yates, know if you have not received copies of the Agenda, or Minutes of the 2019 AGM, and wish to see them, and also any views that you may have on the future direction of the Club.


Welcome Back to KaRoscene

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elcome Back. Did you miss us? Our humblest apologies for going AWOL since December 2020, and not for CoviD-19 related reasons!

As you know, we are a small club, run by Messerschmitt Enthusiasts for Messerschmitt Enthusiasts. We are all volunteers, devoting as much of our spare time as we can to the Club and even fettling our ‘Schmitts (I wish!). Some of us don't have much time to spare, with family often having to come first, and some of us lucky ones, even have full-time jobs!

Anyway, excuses aside, we are back and hope to continue keeping Members and friends informed with the latest Messerschmitt related news, on this, the one and only ‘official' Messerschmitt Enthusiasts' Club website.

Finally, we would be delighted to share any stories or photographs that you might have through KaRoscene, and if you feel that you would like to contribute in any other way to the running of the Club, please get in touch. The easiest way is to e-mail your contributions to: editorial@messerschmittclub.org or get in touch with either our Club Chairman Mark or Club Secretary Tony.


<< 2020 Club AGM - Postponed >>

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embers are advised that the Club Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled to be held on Saturday 24th October 2020, at Fend House, Pebworth, has been postponed. It was confirmed several weeks ago, that Fend House could not be made safely available for our meeting in October, due to COVID-19, and now, with the latest round of restrictions, all legally enforceable, any face-to-face meeting would impracticable and mean that most of our membership would be disenfranchised!

Our current plan, therefore, is to delay our Club AGM for at least six months and look at the possibility of holding it around Easter next year. You may recall that our 2015 AGM was held over to the March of the following year, although for a completely different reason!

We will continue to review the COVID-19 situation and advise members again, early in the new year, the agreed date and location of our Club AGM. The likely date will be after the 28th March 2021, when the clocks go forward, and we hope to be able to use Fend House. We will also look at alternatives to a fully constituted AGM, as necessary, to ensure that the Club can continue to operate as normal. In the meantime, all Committee Members, as listed here: “Club Committee", will continue in their posts unless the Secretary is informed otherwise.

If you need more details concerning the AGM, the Club, or have any other queries and indeed, if you would like to join the Committee and help in any capacity, please let our Secretary, Tony, know as soon as possible (by e-mail to secretary@messerschmittclub.org) or 'phone 07973 448023.

As last year, we will not be asking for subscription renewals for 2020/21 until after the AGM, whenever that takes place, and only then if recommended by the Treasurer and agreed. The last time we requested subscription renewals was at the beginning of 2012 and Club Membership has continued on a rolling basis ever since!


Welcome our new Club Vice President

Our new Vice President with his KR200, presentation mat and card.Our new Vice President with his KR200, presentation mat and card.

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ur Club Treasurer of more than forty years standing, finally managed to retire at our last Club AGM, held at Fend House, Pebworth, on the 26th October 2019!

To mark the occasion and his forty two years continuous service to the Club as its Treasurer, Graham was presented with a brand new Messerschmitt floor mat and a card signed by all those present. It was a remarkable day for many reasons and not only the fortitude of those who made it along, including Graham, who battled through severe flooding, often needing detours to avoid the deepest flood water and blocked roads, around Pebworth, just to be there!

We were delighted that having just 'retired', Graham agreed to be co-opted back on to the Committee and therefore able to support the rest of us with his wise council. Initially 'without portfolio', following a poll of Committee Members, we are pleased to confirm that Graham has agreed to become our Club Vice President, something of a new position in the Club, and which still needs to be defined, although the Secretary has promised Graham will not be at all arduous, nor carry any particular expectations! Graham with his KR200, a keen supporter of Drive-It Day, will continue as the Club's 'Nominated Contact' for the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).

Graham's departure from the rôle of Treasurer has left a vacancy on the Committee, which it was was agreed that the Secretary, in an acting capacity, would take on until a suitable candidate comes forward.

If you need more details, click Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary) or e-mail Tony at Secretary@Messerschmittclub.org and don't forget, if you would like to purchase a mat of your own, follow the various links to spares that you will find in KaRoscene, to place an order!


Members' Contact Details

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i everybody! Our current Membership list has been running for about 13 years now and we have become increasingly aware the some Member's contact details, may have change in that time, and we haven't been informed!

Recently, Member Kimberley Bryce, who lives in California, has been in touch requiring assistance with a Messerschmitt KR175. Kimberley used the web-site contact form, but unfortunately, her contact details, stored on-line, appear to be out of date and our reply to her message was rejected!

If Kimberley and anyone else who thinks their contact details (e-mail, postal address and 'phone number) may now be different to those that they registered when the first joined, could get in touch and give us their updated details, we would be grateful. Making sure that your contact details are up-to-date will ensure that you don't miss out on Membership mailings and also, that you can still log-in to the Club web-site, should you wish.

In addition, please get in touch if you are not sure whether you are still a Club Member or not, and we will check with our database. This would be useful since Club Membership has continued on a rolling basis, without requiring annual renewal, for several years now!

To get in touch, click here: 'Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary)' and leave a message or e-mail Tony direct at KaRo.Club@Outlook.com.


Coronavirus (COVID19)

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s a responsible, Historic Vehicle Club we are committed to following and passing on the latest UK Government advice and regulations concerning events and public gatherings, pertinent to our members. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact, with other people should be avoided for foreseeable future and people across the UK are being urged to stay at home and only leave their house for essential supplies, to care for others and for one form of exercise a day. At the present time, these restrictions may also be enforceable by law. Although the latest list of Club, Microcar and related Events for 2020 has been published in KaRoscene (click on Diary link above), you will note that it ends with March! The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has advised all clubs, that in addition to their monthly meetings, to cancel or postpone and events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice. At present, FBHVC has recommended the cancelling of all events and meetings for the months of April, May and June 2020 and as volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision. If in doubt, please contact the person listed in connection with the Event or Pub Night, that you are interested in.

Should restrictions be updated or lifted, we will be adding events and revising details of existing events, such as September's National Microcar Rally, as necessary, during the course of the year, so do come back and check from time to time. If there are any errors or if you know of or are involved in organising any events that would interest MEC members and are presently scheduled to take place then please let us know (e-mail editorial@messerschmittclub.org or send to Mark, Tony or Alan).

Considering other services offered by or through the Club, at the present time, we understand that Schmittparts continues to operate as normal and that the Club's Messerschmitt floor-mats, which are in plentiful supply, along with steel floors, manufactured and marketed on behalf of the Club, can be ordered by clicking on https://schmittparts.myshopify.com/. Please check with our Parts Manager, Rylawyn, who operates Schmittparts as a private venture, regarding details and any current restrictions concerning delivery or collection.

Finally, we would be delighted to share any stories or photographs that you might have though KaRoscene, to help brighten these dark times. Please e-mail them to editorial@messerschmittclub.org or send directly to Mark or Tony.


The *NOSH* Lewknor, 12th January 2020

*NOSH* January 2019*NOSH* January 2019

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ere we are again the New Year has just begun and weather permitting, time for the Club's Annual 'Curtain Raiser'! As ever, we will be gathering at 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' Lewknor, for our traditional, post-Christmas *NOSH*, lunchtime, Sunday, 12th January 2020!

'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' is located at Lewknor, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and finding your way there could not be easier! Look for Junction 6 of the M40, at the foot of the Chilterns and head towards Watlington on the B4009 (that's heading left after leaving the motorway, coming from London, or right, coming from Birmingham). The first turning on the right after leaving the motorway, takes you into the village of Lewknor and to the door of the 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel'. Try and arrange to arrive at around opening time (12 noon) to have the best choice from the pub's excellent menu and a comfortable seat (go to http://www.theleathernbottle.co.uk/ for more information and to view a 'sample menu'!).

I have had a look at the sea weed by the back door, dusted off the crystal ball and peered into its foggy innards to see what the weather has in store for the next week or two. At present, the relatively mild spell in the south looks like continuing, much like it was 12 months ago! The local, Lewknor forecast for the 12th January, suggests light cloud; a possible glimpse of something sunny; a temperature of around 8°C; a chance of rain early on and a gentle south westerly breeze – also much like last time! Whatever the weather, it should be a perfect day out, and we are usually lucky!!

If you need more details, click Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary) or e-mail Tony at KaRo.Club@Outlook.com. If you get lost on the day, 'phone Tony on 07973 448 023 or the pub on 01844 351482.


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