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Welcome to the Bury Mini Club Website

                                           THE GENERAL INFORMATION

We meet on the last Thursday of every month at “The Manger” in Bradfield Combust. This public house is on the A134 Bury St Edmunds to Sudbury road, about 4 miles outside Bury. The meetings usually start at about 8.00pm and are very informal and we have the chance to chat over a (soft) drink about our latest upgrades, engine problems, Mini runs, club stands at local events and all other Mini related matters.

We have a trading post where you can sell or buy bits and pieces. Advertising is at no cost to you. Click on the trading post page to see what’s there.

If you have an interest in the car and want to think about joining before committing, just turn up at the next meeting or event to parade your pride and joy, along with the rest of us.

You may want to follow the links to other sites on the next pages, some may be of interest to you.  Thanks for looking.

The latest updates to the site are noted below with the date of the update, what page & a summary of what the update is. Updates will be left on for a while.

Date               Page                          Update details

 

21/12/14        Home                              Update general.

04/05/14        Trading Post                 Mini Rose for sale- really nice!

                                                                 Automatic Mini for sale.

                                                                                  Mini trailer and tyres for sale      

THE LATEST MINI TO COME ONTO THE MARKET:          Check this out: There is a 1970 Mini Minor Mk III for sale. Daniel’s late Grandfather from South Africa restored this Mini. Details are HERE, with contacts if you are interested.                                                                                                        

21/12/14         Future Events               More 2015 events added.

 JOINING in 2015.

We will be putting together a programme of events we will be attending in 2015 shortly. If you want to become a member of the club and be involved in the events, please fill out the 2015 membership form available HERE. The cost is staying at £15 per year for a single membership and £18 for family membership. This cost relates to £1 per month plus £3 (or £6 for family membership) to cover insurances for our meetings, web site and runs.

We had 37 paid up members in 2014, and are looking for a few more in 2015. If you want the special offers, please fill in the membership form - thanks!

If you join the Club, you will get a membership card and we have a parts club account at Motorspares. To qualify for the discounts they offer, just present the membership card at any of their shops. There will also be reduced or free entry to some of the shows we will attend.

THERE ARE WEB SITES OF OTHER CLUBS ON THE CONTACT PAGE:

The Norfolk Mini Owners Club, East Anglian Practical Classics, POSH Mini Owners Club, Essex Mini Club, Safmini, The Mini Register (Free to join) and a new club, MiniClubUK.

 

WHICH IS THE REAL COUNTRYMAN!!  THE PHOTOGRAPH BELOW SHOWS JUST ABOUT 50 YEARS OF PROGRESS!

                                                     SUFFOLK RUN 2014

Well, that’s it for the Suffolk Run 2014, the tenth and last but it has been a good effort by all concerned. As expected, the proliferation of events now taking place in April has impacted on the Suffolk Run as only 61 Minis were on the run, the lowest number since we started and 35 down on last year.  Consequently we were down on profit but still made a respectable £675. Details of the expenses and donations can be seen by clicking on THIS LINK

Many thanks to all those regulars who have supported us over the ten years and the total raised over those years is £7,000.  Well done all!

We have to commiserate with Kevin Curtis who only travelled a few miles before experiencing that well know Mini problem of wanting to go no further! Glad that Kev got home OK.

There were other breakdown problems before the run started - but the best said about that the better - at least the Ka made the trip!

Many had a go at the observation quiz but there were only 3 in it at the end. Hard luck (yet again) to the Allitt family and John and Sally Butcher, but the clear winners with 18 correct out of the 19 were Keith O’Gorman and partner. Very kindly, they donated the prize of £25 to the Aldeburgh Charity. Thanks and well done! For those who want to know the answers, they are at this link.

Thanks to the Mini owners from the Leicester area who made it all the way to Ram Meadow and to Aldeburgh, where they had a field day with draw prize winning!  Thanks guys and well done.

As far as the Best on show was concerned, there were votes for 27 of the Minis and MINIS on show, which shows that the individuality of the little car has wide and varied appeal.

In third place, a previous winner and always smartly turned out (car as well as owner!) was Brian Mateer’s Riley Elf. Second was the recently excellently restored Pick Up of Les Winkworth and the winner was the superb Mini 40 of Les Brooks. Well done Les and thanks for your support over the years.

We will be checking out what the Children’s Ward would like in respect of gifts and it is likely that we will donate £300 worth to them, £200 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and £200 (which includes the observation prize money) to the Aldeburgh United Charities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the page links below for information.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

CONTACTS

TRADING POST

 


You may be aware that there are a lot of people upset by the increasing size of the so-called MINI - amongst other modern vehicles. Classic and Sports Car magazine have had a number of readers writing in to show photographs of old models that were thought to be big, dwarfed by cars like Nissan Micra’s (yep, they’re not that small). One photograph shows the new MINI Countryman being much larger than the old Volvo Estate, which was thought to be huge.
A gentleman with a bit of time on his hands decided to make a cardboard cut-out of a classic Mini and see if he could fit it in the new Countryman.
He did it - see the link below!   You may not understand the writing but the message is there!!
BELOW ARE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF A FEW OF US AT THE BURY MOTOR SHOW AT NOWTON PARK.
This was 2013, we attended again in 2014 and we are entered for 2015 - put 21st June in the diary!

Thanks to all 27 people who turned up for the Christmas meal - an excellent meal at the Manger. All current members will be contacted in the new year about 2015 membership and the first meeting of 2015 will be February 26th. Thanks to Shaun for the callendars and a few of the photos will appear in “Members  cars”.                   

      News-sHEET               november 2014

 

 

 

Memberships and Finances:  

 

This will be the last News-sheet of 2014. Thanks to all those members who turned up to meetings and events and to everyone on the email list for (hopefully!) reading the news and not just putting the letter into the recycle bin. If there are those of you on the email list who are not members and don’t want to receive it, please let me know as I will take you off the list. I know there are some who just like to keep in touch and it costs noting to send an email, so I will keep sending them out to the group unless I hear differently.

Membership fees for next year will stay fixed at £15 for single and £18 for family membership. I will email you a membership application form next January as our first meeting in 2015 will be 26th February.

As reported last time, our total membership for 2014 is 37. The current account still has £1,436.81 in it, the same as reported in the October news-sheet. Should anybody wish to see an interim account concerning the finances, please ask Richard. A balance sheet will be prepared at the end of the calendar year for inspection at the February 2015 meeting.

 

 

Events:

 

Thanks to Chris for giving me the dates of various events, which will be added to the “Future Events” section of the website -  www.buryminiclub.co.uk.

Please let me know of any others that you know of that are of interest to you or may be of interest to others. We need to put them on the website and decide early next year which ones we want to attend as a Club. A contact website is useful, if you know of it.  

 

The last club event will be the Christmas lunch and will be held on Sunday 14th December at the Bradfield Manger – sitting down at 1.00pm.

It is not too late for those of you who haven’t put your names down to join us, but I must have the final numbers before the end of November. I can provide a copy of the menu, but it is on the Manger web site as well.

Presently we have 27 people for the meal and can all of you please let me have your £20 per person (5p to club funds!) either at the November meeting (27th November) or before the end of the month.

 

 

For those of you who can’t join us and can’t make the November meeting, may you have a splendid Christmas and may 2015 be a good year for you.

 

 

 

Other:

 

 

The first Club meeting of 2015 will be on 26th February.

 

 

Many thanks to Jack Mason who took a great selection of Photos (not all of Minis!!) but if you want to take a look - hit HERE. Thanks again for your nice comments Jack.

We think the event has been successful over the years but are aware of the large number of events and the fact that times are hard (whatever our politicians say) and it is not possible to attend every single one. We are only a small Club and are happy this way but hope we have provided a few of you with a bit of pleasure over the last 10 Aprils.

There are a few photographs of the run below and thanks to Les Chenery and others for these.

 

 

Opposite is a photograph of me presenting Leigh from the Childrens’ Rainbow Ward with a £100 voucher for HMV for DVDs, a £100 voucher for the Early Learning Centre and £100 voucher for Wilkinson’s toy department.

 

We have already received a thank you email from Aldeburgh United Charities and a letter of thanks from the East Anglian Air Ambulance for their £200 donations, so thanks to one and all for your efforts.

 

       NEWMARKET 2 COUNTIES SHOW 2014

                                                                                                   

      News-sHEET               november 2014

 

 

 

Memberships and Finances:  

 

This will be the last News-sheet of 2014. Thanks to all those members who turned up to meetings and events and to everyone on the email list for (hopefully!) reading the news and not just putting the letter into the recycle bin. If there are those of you on the email list who are not members and don’t want to receive it, please let me know as I will take you off the list. I know there are some who just like to keep in touch and it costs noting to send an email, so I will keep sending them out to the group unless I hear differently.

Membership fees for next year will stay fixed at £15 for single and £18 for family membership. I will email you a membership application form next January as our first meeting in 2015 will be 26th February.

As reported last time, our total membership for 2014 is 37. The current account still has £1,436.81 in it, the same as reported in the October news-sheet. Should anybody wish to see an interim account concerning the finances, please ask Richard. A balance sheet will be prepared at the end of the calendar year for inspection at the February 2015 meeting.

 

 

Events:

 

Thanks to Chris for giving me the dates of various events, which will be added to the “Future Events” section of the website -  www.buryminiclub.co.uk.

Please let me know of any others that you know of that are of interest to you or may be of interest to others. We need to put them on the website and decide early next year which ones we want to attend as a Club. A contact website is useful, if you know of it.  

 

The last club event will be the Christmas lunch and will be held on Sunday 14th December at the Bradfield Manger – sitting down at 1.00pm.

It is not too late for those of you who haven’t put your names down to join us, but I must have the final numbers before the end of November. I can provide a copy of the menu, but it is on the Manger web site as well.

Presently we have 27 people for the meal and can all of you please let me have your £20 per person (5p to club funds!) either at the November meeting (27th November) or before the end of the month.

 

 

For those of you who can’t join us and can’t make the November meeting, may you have a splendid Christmas and may 2015 be a good year for you.

 

 

 

Other:

 

 

The first Club meeting of 2015 will be on 26th February.

 

November news-sheet is at the bottom of this page - finances for the 2014 season will be published soon.