S Wales Morris Minor Owners Club

IMG_2644 copy.jpgDoing it together are husband and wife Anthony and Lynne Coles from Cardiff with their 1968 Morris 1000. Lynne works for St John Patient Transport and St. John was attending the event and celebrating their centenary so brought along their 1925 Bullnose Morris.

Visitors came to join South Wales Morris Minor Owners Club Rally at Caldicot Castle and Country Park to help to celebrate 70 years of Morris Minors. The event appeared for the first time this year. Members of the public joined members of the South Wales Morris Minor Owners Club to share the love of these iconic cars.

IMG_2632 copy copy.jpgWallace Neile and Peter Manning from St. Briavels enjoying the sun in Wallace’s convertible. Wallace said: “It is a marvellous day out and I am really enjoying the company. “

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IMG_2649 copy.jpgJeannette Hares, Sarah Cutting, Ashley Jones, Lynne Coles and Eddie Croombs: from the St. John attending and celebrating their centenary with their 1925 Bullnose Morris.

IMG_2661 copy.jpgThe South Wales Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club was established in 1982, and was one of the first affiliated branches of the National Club.  As the name suggests it is a car club for people who own or are interested in Morris Minors and that live in or near to the South Wales region.  They meet at the Pontyclun R F C Club House once a month to talk about thier cars any problems we may be having with them, any car shows that are coming  up :and to plan monthly club drives and:  generally have a good time.

IMG_2666 copy.jpgDave Laviers from Swansea has been a member of the South Wales Morris Owners Club for five years. He is a former 4×4 off road driving instructor. Dave said: “I enjoy owning a convertible but I do only drive with the top down on very warm days.”

IMG_2653 copy.jpgSarah Cutting in the 1925 Bullnose Morris replica WW1 ambulance.

The “bullnose” Morris Oxford is a series of motor car models that was produced by Morris of the United Kingdom, from 1913 to 1926. Named by W R Morris after the city of dreaming spires, the university town in which he grew up, the manufacture of Morris’s Oxford cars would turn Oxford into an industrial city.

St John Cymru is celebrating ‘100 years of being there’ for the people of Wales. Established on 1 March in 1918, the nation’s leading first aid charity was there to help wounded soldiers in World War 1. Over the decades, volunteers have supported Welsh communities through the lows, such as the Aberfan disaster, and through the highs of Wales’ Grand Slam wins. As part of the charity’s centenary celebrations, a replica WW1 ambulance will visit major events and school groups across Wales to highlight the history of the organisation, while also raising awareness of the importance of learning first aid.

Julia Hobbs, Chief Executive for St John Cymru, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting year for us and I hope everyone will get behind our celebrations and share their stories with us. We have set up a special website to capture people’s memories of St John Cymru over the last 100 years and we can’t wait to find out how our volunteers have made a difference to you. With the support of the people of Wales, we can make sure St John Cymru continues to be there.”

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