Welcome Back to KaRoscene

W
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.


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.


<< 2020 Club AGM - Postponed >>

M
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.

O
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

H
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)

A
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

H
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.


<< 2019 Club AGM - Saturday 26th October 2019 >>

M
embers are cordially invited to attend the Club Annual General Meeting, to be held on Saturday 26th October 2019 at Fend House, Pebworth, Worcestershire, CV37 8XQ, home of the Messerschmitt Foundation of Great Britain (MFGB).

Following last year's successful format, our 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. We will then take Any Other Business, so please let our Honorary Secretary, Tony Yates, know of any items that you feel should be brought to the AGM.

One Committee change that we are obliged to notify you of, is that our long-serving HonoraryTreasurer, Graham Taylor (over 40 years in post!), will be retiring this year. We are actively looking for his replacement and accepting nominations to this important position on the Committee.

The meeting is expected to end by lunchtime, but if you wish to stay on, I am sure that less formal discussions will continue and of course Fend House has a fascinating archive, as well as a number of cars and other exhibits, on display. Please bring along your own lunch if you wish and note that Fend House has a fully equipped kitchen, including a microwave oven. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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.

Furthermore, if you wish to attend the AGM, also please let our Secretary, Tony, know so we can look out for you on the day and indeed, if you are unable to attend, so we can record your apologies in the Minutes. Hopefully, the late October meeting will benefit from reasonable weather as well as a lighter evening, immediately before the end of British Summer Time!

As last year, we will not be asking for subscription renewals for 2019/20 until after the AGM 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!


Schmittparts

W
e are pleased to announce that the Club has formed a partnership with Schmittparts a private venture set up by our Parts Manager, Ryalwyn Garner, to advertise and market a growing range of specialised parts that he has sourced privately, for your Messerschmitt. Ryalwyn will also list parts that have been exclusively developed, sourced and manufactured by and on behalf of, the Club, on Schmittparts, which can be reached by clicking on https://schmittparts.myshopify.com/. Leading the way, naturally, are the rubber Messerschmitt floor mats for which the Club has become renown. With a recent change of manufacturer, the mats are lighter, easier to handle and have already met with customers' approval. You will find the ordering process on Schmittparts simple and easy to understand and with PayPal offered as standard, payment and delivery becomes straight forward.


>> NOSH - 6th January 2019 <<

*NOSH* 2017*NOSH* 2017

I
t is that time of the year and as usual, weather permitting, we are aiming to gather at 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' Lewknor, for our traditional, post-Christmas *Nosh*, lunchtime, Sunday, 6th January 2019!

'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 quick look at the weather trends for the next week or two and the present, the relatively mild spell in the south looks like continuing. The local forecast for the 6th January suggests light cloud, a temperature of around 8°C and a 20% chance of rain. 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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