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History of the Morris Minor, The Barnsley Branch & the MMOC
Barrie McKenzie stands down as Secretary
At the Barnsley Branch A.G.M. held on 1st February 2018 Barrie McKenzie stood down from the position of Branch Secretary, a position he had held since the 2004 A.G.M. Over the years he held the position his contribution to the club was an integral part of what made the club so popular both to it's members and to the Morris Minor club as a whole. During this time he also became involved with events planning both at branch and national level, making his name synonymous with the Barnsley Branch. In recognition of his many years of dedication to the club the Barnsley Branch awarded Barrie the position of Branch President at the 2018 A.G.M. A Position never previously awarded.
Record visitors to show
The Barnsley Branch Annual rally recorded its biggest number of cars on display for the May 2015 show at Elsecar Heritage Centre, 85 Morris Minors, 40 other classics giving a rather pleasing 125 in total.
MMOC wins best themed stand at Birmingham
The 2014 MMOC stand for the Classic Car show at the N.E.C. Birmingham had a theme of "Dads Army". The stand comprised of a central Church hall structure, un-exploded bomb, Jones' butcher van, Morris Minors and other related classics plus all the staff dressed as characters from the show. The stand scooped the "Best themed stand" award. Then Barnsley Branch members Keith & Christine Haigh were at the centre of the organising team.
Car S.O.S. is a T.V. restoration show on National Geographic who restore vehicles for deserving owners who otherwise might never see their beloved cars back on the road again. The vehicles are spirited away from the owners without their knowledge and returned to them in pristine condition. Series 2 Episode 7 aired on 11th May 2014 and featured a Rose Taupe Morris Traveller.
Barnsley passes 100 member mark
May 2014 sees the Barnsley branch pass 100 members.
Still open all hours
After 28 years Nurse Gladys and her Morris Minor returned to the T.V Screen. This time called "Still open all hours" but with Granville now in charge of the shop after the death both on and off screen of Arkwright (Ronnie Barker). Amazingly the series was filmed in the exact same location of Lister Avenue in Balby, Doncaster, using the same shop. First up was a Christmas special shown Christmas day 2013 followed by the first series first shown on boxing day 2014.
Barnsley Branch meets at the Boatman’s Rest
The first meeting of the Barnsley Branch at the Boatman's Rest in Worsborough took place in September 2013.
Minor Monthly Magazine ends
March / April 2013 is the last ever issue of the Minor Monthly magazine. It underwent a re-design in it's final year becoming a bi-monthly magazine so the name changed to Morris Minor Magazine. In total there were 204 issues printed the first of which was released in July 1995. It remains the only independent and commercially produced magazine that was ever produced for the Morris Minor car.
Barnsley Branch awards 1st ever Bob Beavers Memorial trophy
2008 marks the first year that the Bob Beavers Memorial Trophy is awarded within the Barnsley Branch. It's purpose being two fold. Firstly to commemorate the contributions made to the Branch by the late chairman and secondly to recognise the efforts of an individual who has in the eyes of the Branch's members contributed the most to the club over the previous year. The inaugural recipient of the award was Mr Barrie McKenzie the Branch Secretary at the time.
Final Barnsley JOGLE
June 2007 was the final year of the Barnsley JOGLE. A number of factors brought this event to a close. It was an event organised by the Barnsley Branch of the MMOC. Although the event no longer takes place it still has fond memories for those who took part and is a great example of the friendly atmosphere we still have at the Barnsley Branch. A Brief History The idea of the Jogle Run was born at a Barnsley branch meeting back in 1993 when members were discussing the merits of their Minors and wondering if they would be capable of a long distance run. It was suggested that a suitable enterprise would be to see if they could be driven from John O’Groats to Lands End inside 24 hours. The first run was undertaken by just three Barnsley branch cars who all finished comfortably inside the allotted time. The outing was reported in Minor Matters and there were enquiries if the run would be repeated the following year. The next year, eight cars took part and with increased interest it became an official club event, though retaining its Barnsley Jogle title. Entries rose to a maximum of 32 in 1998 though since then they averaged around the 20 mark. There were 14 Jogle runs in total, over three hundred cars took part in total and thousands of pounds were raised for a variety of charities over the years. To maximize the hours of daylight the run took place as near to the 21st June (the longest day) as was possible to give the cars the best possible chance of completing the event. The run started from John O’Groats at 11.00am on the Tuesday morning and finished at 11.00am on the Wednesday morning. The mid-week run was used to avoid any weekend holiday traffic, once again to give the cars the best possible chance of completing the event. The event also evolved somewhat during its time. The Morris Minor Centre at Oldbury, near Birmingham, stayed open for us until the early hours of the morning giving everyone the opportunity to stop, have a break and freshen up roughly half way along the route before the final part of the journey. Refreshments for both entrants and vehicles were available at the half way stop, most useful to those experiencing “technical difficulties” during the mammoth run. Barnsley Branch members welcomed the completing entrants at Lands End from 4.00am (no one was expected to arrive before then) to check everyone in and to supply tea, coffee and excellent bacon sandwiches. It was always a joyful occasion on the cliff top as the cars arrived and stories of exploits were exchanged, while some chose to stay on for an evening meal together at a local pub.