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Register 40th Anniversary celebration weekend - Somerset 12-13 July 2014

The Somerset Weekend to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Magnette Register formation started at 10am on a bright warm day at the revised and enlarged Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford.

A great turnout of 14 Magnettes arrived together with Warren Marsh’s MGA and Roger French’s Gilbern Genie, as his Magnette was unable to make the trip, 4 other Magnette owners also attended without their cars due to ongoing restorations.


The cars ranged from 1954 ZA through to later 1958 manufacture ZBs and Varitones, drivers converging from Maldon in Essex, Tenterden in Kent, Northampton and Oxford areas, it was a wonderful collection.

The first 3 to 4 hours were spent chatting, going around the enlarged museum and enjoying the culinary delights of the new café in the museum, in glorious weather.

At around 2pm the cars took to the road for a 20 mile trip through the Somerset countryside with the promise of a traditional cream tea served in vintage china, with the atmospheric village hall in High Ham, Near Langport. Bridge rolls, scones, jam and cream and fruit cake, set up on cake stands all served with fresh tea poured from proper tea pots, into vintage cups and saucers, very nostalgic and reminding us older folks of a different age.

The whole experience was very in keeping with the period charms of the Magnettes, even some of the locals joined in, to add to the character.

With the weather turning slightly less clement people drifted off to their B & B’s before meeting up in the evening at The Pipers Inn in Ashcott at 7 to 7.30 for a carvery evening meal, with the evening taking on the usual banter and merriment, this culminated in a light hearted 'feely bag' competition. It is amazing how different peoples’ perception of what they think is in the bags, is great fun.

Sunday weather was cloudy and a little cool, as the Magnettes gathered at the Bishop’s Palace in the City of Wells, this is adjacent to the Cathedral right in the centre of Wells, fabulous surrounding and location. Staff at the Palace made us really welcome and made life so easy, it was a great pleasure.

Organised trips around the Palace revealed its history, and highlighted the numerous phases of development over the centuries, and the reasons why things changed during that period.

The opportunity to investigate the delights of Wells proved too much for some and the Cathedral is a fascinating building to look around, the famous clock (said to be the oldest working clock in UK if not Europe) created a lot of interest.

During the day the weather improved and about midday temperatures rose as the sun came out to complete a very successful weekend. Thanks to all who made the trip, and also many thanks to Rosie for organising the Afternoon Cream Tea in the village hall and for the use of her vintage china collection, a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

Text by Trevor Jones, photos by Clive Webb and Stephen Tickell

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