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by Lorraine Hampson



A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. 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.

NEXT MEETING – Please note that there will be NO regional meeting on 27th November because of the Christmas meal on Friday 29th November and there will be NO December meeting as this falls on Christmas Day! Therefore, the next meeting at Hook will be on Wednesday 29th January 2020.


There is still time to book for The Thames Valley Region’s CHRISTMAS MEAL!! This is on Friday 29th November at The Crooked Billet in Hook, 7pm for 7.30. The price is £22 for two courses or £27 for three courses. A £5 deposit will be needed in advance and also your menu choices. A copy of the menu has been published on the MCR forum and also on our region’s Facebook page. If you need one sent to you then contact Lorraine or Clive.

If you managed to get to The NEC Lancaster Classic Motor Show then I hope you enjoyed it and visited the MCR’s stand which was impressive, as always. The Restoration Show at the NEC in March is useful for ideas, information and stocking up on essentials for your Minis

If you’re quick then there is still time to book your room for the MCR’s social weekend in Bournemouth on the weekend of 24th – 26th January. If you’ve never experienced this weekend then you don’t know what you’re missing! Contact: Josh Bromage or phone 07950 753299

Clive has had some new Thames Valley Region car stickers made so you can pick one up at the meetings in Hook.

The date for next year’s Thames Valley Tour has been announced by Terry and Helen Schraider. This will be 19th July so make a note of this.

From gearknobs and clothing to stickers and badges, you can find celebratory Mini 60th Anniversary items in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.


1st Sunday of each “summer” month: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach, Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

1st Sunday of each “summer” month: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

1st January 2020 New Year’s Day Classic Gathering, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge Not just Minis but plenty of interesting cars to look at. If the weather is favourable it may be quite busy!

25th-26th January 2020 MCR Hinton Firs weekend, BournemouthA social weekend filled with fun and frivolities, not to be missed! Contact: Josh Bromage 07950 753299

27th – 29th March 2020The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show is the show to attend to kick-start the classic car season. Whether you are looking to ignite your passion to a finish restoration project or simply want to reminisce with family and friends over the beautiful completed classic cars on display, you should join us at the NEC Birmingham in March.

The event brings together 1000+ cars on display, 150+ car clubs representing a wide variety of marques and models; 250+ exhibitors and autojumblers including restoration companies, services providers and product suppliers; car auction, celebrities, car competitions and practical workshops on restoration skills.

29th March 2020 Brooklands Mini Day We hope to have our usual stand at this event. More details to follow.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you at the Christmas meal. The weather hasn’t been too kind recently but enjoy your Minis anyway, Winter is just around the corner and some cold weather is predicted!



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