CLUB RUN TO MT ANNAN
At last, fine weather, and it was obvious that Club members were keen to get out and about and catch up after four months of cancelled events. This was evident with 21 members attending.
Our meeting place was The Australian Botanic Gardens at Mt. Annan with crowds of people enjoying the Spring sunshine. We found a shaded area with a picnic table and conducted our meeting with some spirited discussion regarding the Historic Vehicle Scheme (full details will be in the Minutes of the meeting).
President Merv welcomed everyone and two new members, Laurie who arrived in his lovely 1955 two-door and Rick, who has two Travellers coming from the UK. Great to meet you both and learn of your interest in Morris Minors.
We then travelled the very short distance to our lunch destination at The Wild DragonFly Cafe at Flower Power Garden Centre.
A very busy Cafe and the staff handled the numbers extremely well. The menu offered a great range of dishes and everyone appeared to enjoy their meals.
Great to see Sue and Kevin after quite a break making the long trip from the Central Coast. A lovely catch-up with everyone and look forward to our final run for 2022 on 10th December.
About the Gardens
CLUB RUN TO THIRLMERE RAILWAY MUSEUM
The weather gods were shining and the forecast showers didn’t eventuate. A good turn out for the day with Terry Booth attending his first event this year, bravely travelling in his convertible, with the top off.The group met at Camden Showground (with Robert and Robin heading directly to the venue). It was great to see three Morries, Ken and Amanda, Terry, Tony and Brenda with three Minis, Andrew, Dennis and Lynda and Steve and Denise. The rest are in daily drives but always in the spirit of the Morry run. A leisurely drive over Razorback dodging potholes and giving Tony’s side valve lots of encouragement, regrouping in Picton and then on the Thirlmere. A great crowd at the Museum with a very large representation of Model A Fords. Into the Museum, book tickets for the 1 pm train ride, eating lunch and catching up before boarding the train. The beautifully restored 27-class engine had three carriages in tow and how wonderfully well are the carriages restored. Comfortable seats, beautiful timber work and lots of good company. Off to Buxton, passing Couridjah crossing and station, then everyone alighting to watch the engine being shunted for the trip back to Thirlmere. A “speed” meeting was held in the under-cover dining area, I think it was a record, 25 minutes, almost back to the days of Paul and Kate Turner for those who remember them on Committee. A most enjoyable day, the group dispersed, some for coffee, others to buy pies (which I am informed were delicious) and heading home, dodging potholes once more. Our next event will be on 24th July (Sunday) and will be at Lakeside Restaurant at Penrith Lakes complex. More details will be sent out next week. Stay warm, stay well and thanks to everyone who came and made it a most enjoyable day.
Video from the day is below.
Information on the 3801
CLUB RUN TO THE OAKS
At last, a lovely sunny day for our first run for 2022. Due to the poor condition of the roads none of our classics made an appearance however Steve and Denise, Dennis and Lynda (new members) and Merv and Heather arrived in their MINI Cooper S collection. After a quick catch up the group headed up the hills to The Oaks arriving at the Wollondilly Heritage Centre and Museum to a warm welcome with a lovely morning tea of home made scones and other goodies. Our tour host, Trish, then escorted us to the Drill Hall and gave a brief explanation of how the Centre came about and now operates. We then watched a video on the “disappearance” of Burragorang Valley in the 50s, to make way for the water storage in the Warragamba Dam. Some interesting film of families moving out of the Valley and also some footage of the building of the Dam. Trish explained the residents were quite poorly compensated for losing their properties, some having been in families for many generations. We were then free to explore the rest of the buildings which is quite an excellent collection of local history and other items from around the 50s and tributes to local men who served in World War 1 and World War 2. Before leaving we had a meeting and Minutes will be sent out to all members. We then made the short trip up the road to The Oaks Pub for lunch. A varied menu at reasonable Pub prices and everyone appeared to enjoy their choice of meal. After more catching up, the group went their separate ways heading home. Our next event is planned for Sunday 15th May which is National Motoring Day. Destination to be advised. Stay safe.
Missed the event? We cant share the pub meal, but you can get a great insight into the Wollondilly Heritage Centre in the video link below.