While comparing notes with Steve Bridge about our planned visit to Basildon and its  marvellous Christmas decorations – a Dickens Christmas – I said to Steve, ‘Do you think it is going to snow?’ ‘No’, Steve said, ‘just a little rain.’ ‘Won’t the rain put people off?’ I said. ‘Yes, but the decorations are magical.’ So went our conversation on the eve of the visit. As probable know Steve works there as a volunteer so he had had sneak preview. The rest of course is history.

I was stuck on the M4, so I sent a WhatsApp to Steve. ‘Do you think we should recommend to everyone that it is not a good day for it?’ ‘Can’t help’, was his reply, ‘I am in Madeira enjoying the warm sunshine on the beach.’ He added I should start digging. As it turned out I made to Basildon to find it covered in snow and the main entrance closed. I was only ten minutes late too. Turning round I headed home, not before Roger and Adrienne Prior spotted me leaving. Well done to Roger and Adrienne for making it to the visit too.

If anyone else made it then you have my respect and thanks. Let’s hope our next visit will be a little warmer. If you should hear that Steve is jetting off someone, you may like to check the weather forecast. His timing was impeccable.

You may read this in time to be reminded that we go into 2018, with the first event in the Thames Valley area being 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.

Please don’t forget 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. I fancy doing some beach combing.

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. I hope there will be no more snow: even though it would be quite beautiful.

As this is the January edition of Miscellany, I would like to wish everyone in the Morgan world a fantastic 2018 with prosperity and above all good health.

Sunday 1st January. The Phoenix Classic Car meeting.

Blow away those cobwebs from your New Year’s celebrations and see an impromptu gathering of cars and car folk, from about 8am to 2 pm. You are likely to see any type, shape, colour and condition of car.

The Phoenix Inn is on the A30 at Phoenix Green, near Hartley Wintney, RG27 8RT

Saturday 20th January. New Year’s Meal at the Castle Royle Golf Course – with guest speaker.

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.

Full details of the meal, including menu and cost can be found on our website. http://www.thamesmog.co.uk/events

Sunday 28th January. Walk at National Trust Cliveden.

Positioned on top of chalk cliffs and overlooking the River Thames, Cliveden's gardens and woodlands offer breath-taking views that have been admired for centuries. The spot was chosen by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham in 1666 for its striking view to the River Thames. Wrap up well and enjoy the winter colourful foliage.

Meet in the car park at 11:00. Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS

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:

https://www.morgancarbadges.com/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..