I am pleased to announce that Chris Nickless has been co-opted to the Centre’s management committee. It was a pleasure to welcome Chris aboard at a recent committee meeting. Chris already coordinates the Harte and Magpie noggin that is thoroughly enjoyed by all that attend, he will bring their views to the committee. Chris will no doubt help to extend the scope of our future events: many thanks Chris.

At our recent visit to the roof of the National Trust property at The Vyne, where visitors are asked to mark the back of the new hand-made tiles with coloured pens before they are placed on the building, ThamesMOG member David Allington was so inspired he drew the design of our Thames Valley Centre car badge on a tile. Well done David. It will be up there forever now. Incidentally, I believe David was a member of the Centre back in the 1980s, so it is good to have you back amongst us.

I am pleased to report we have been invited to Richard Thorne’s Christmas party on the night of our normal Noggin at The Novello, on 7th December. So we have decided to hold our Noggin at Richard’s party. The proceedings run from 7 pm. I hope you can join us – please see details below. On behalf of the Centre, I would like to thank Richard and Helen very much indeed.

Please remember that this year we are holding the Harte & Magpies Noggin Christmas meal at lunchtime on the 5th December. Details are on our events page. We hope that you will like to join us to celebrate Christmas.

On December 10th we shall be going to Basildon Park to see it set up for Christmas. Hope you can join us. And also, why not join us for Sunday Lunch at the Harte & Magpies on Sunday 17th December.

Into 2018, the first event in the Thames Valley area is The Phoenix Classic Car meeting event, an impromptu gathering of cars and car folk, from about 8am to 2 pm, where you are likely to see any type, shape, colour and condition of car. Vintage, Veteran, Classic, Hot-Rod they will all be there at some time. So, if you have got cabin fever and want to blow away those cobwebs from your New Year’s celebrations, why not get down to the Phoenix Inn.

Our New Year’s Dinner is being held at the Castle Royle Golf Course on Saturday 20th January. This year’s guest speaker has become famous for finding a rich treasure trove in the Thames Valley area. So why not join us, and hear his story.

Our Monthly National Trust visits in 2018 starts with a visit to Cliveden, on Sunday 28th January, where we can wrap up well and enjoy the winter colourful foliage.

As this is the December edition of Miscellany, I would like to wish everyone in the Morgan world a very happy Christmas, and I hope 2018 will bring you all prosperity and above all good health.

Thames Valley Centre car badges available on eBay - beware

Don’t forget please, as reported previously, a Morgan owner from Australia has brought to our attention that Thames Valley Car badges are for sale on eBay. They appear to be our badges but we would like to point out that these sales are nothing to do with us or our previous suppliers. They are very highly priced, and please remember we can supply Thames Valley car badges new at the nominal club price. If you see any regalia out there and are interested please check with us first. I would like to thank our Australian customer for letting us know about these items.

While on this subject we have come across a website that details fake badges:


Thames Valley Centre pin badges

Our range of super new Thames Valley pin badges are now available. These are available in five colours, similar to our car badges. Orders are taken on a first come first served basis, as always. Please contact David Mansfield, our Regalia Officer, to order pin badges or our car badges. Orders can be made on his telephone (0118 3769752) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..