COVID-19 guidance as sent from MASC

Message sent by Robert Neil McLeod

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COVID-19 guidance as sent from MASC

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hi All.

I have just received the guidance as set out below regarding club runs and meeting from the club chairman Mark Hall.

Midget and Sprite Club COVID-19 Guidance 10th July 2020

 

The latest advice from the government has been updated, with new in effect from 4th July 2020. Although the changes allow pubs and restaurants to re-open there are strict rules and process that must be put in place and these don’t really support our club pub nights and monthly gatherings. We should also remember that tougher restrictions still exist in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so members in those areas should check on the guidance for their region.

 

Public gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited in law and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules. Guidelines still urge us to avoid meetings of more than 6 people from different households in an outdoor space and two households indoors.

 

Furthermore, Cafés , Restaurants and Pubs that can reopen, will be placed under heavy restrictions to enforce social distancing. Many venues will be operating a pre-book only policy and all venues will be required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises.

 

Given these restrictions at the current time, MASC advises all areas to continue to cancel all social activities and refrain from road runs or any other meets in groups, until further notice.

 

MASC sees no reason not to use your historic vehicle individually, as long as it is safe to do so.

 

The committee will continue to monitor advice from the Government and the FBHVC and will issue further guidance when it is appropriate.

 

Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys.  It is important that large groups of classic vehicle owners do not gather in parks, or places of natural beauty. By all means, use your historic vehicle individually, to drive to the shops or go out for exercise, but only individually.

 

Please remember, as clubs, individuals and organisations, we are all ambassadors for the historic vehicle scene as a whole. Please avoid posting pictures of gatherings of classic cars or cars driving through quiet villages and towns and do not badge them as MASC events.

 

MASC agrees with the FBHVC that at this time it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade our vehicles through the streets and country lanes in groups when many people are still in lockdown within their homes or experiencing hardship or the loss of loved ones. The time will come, soon we hope, but it is not yet.

 

Don’t forget:

  • Check your vehicle over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
  • If you previously declared your historic vehicle as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road. Where applicable.
  • If you didn’t renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away.
  • If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it’s expiry as normal.
  • From England, do not drive across the Scottish and Welsh borders unless necessary, as currently those countries are yet to change their rules.

 

To view UK Government please visit the following sites:

 

 

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jul 11,2020 |

Christmas Lunch 13th December

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Christmas Lunch 13th December

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hi All.

It is hard to think with all that has been and still is going on with the Virus, but Christmas will be on us sooner than we think , So we have made a provisional booking at the Mere Golf Hotel again for a lunch, on the 13th December.  I know we had a couple of issues last year but we are assured every thing will be to our liking, with a four course lunch £26-95 including coffee/ Tea.  If you could indicate to me if you would like to go on to the list, as soon as the hotel is up to full speed i can confirm numbers and get a copy of the menu before we finalise everything.

Thanks .

Neil

 

 

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jul 09,2020 |

Cairndale Hotel , Dumfries 11th to 14th September 2020

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Cairndale Hotel , Dumfries 11th to 14th September 2020

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hi All.

We had another good meeting via Zoom with 11 members joining and a few member missing, but emailing  me to say they had forgot, as every day seems the same these days. Anyway we hope that very soon we can get back to the Kilton Inn, Shelley will speak to them soon to find out when we might be able to again start the club nights there, we will keep you informed as soon as we have any news.

The trip we have planned to go to the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries, 11th to 14th September, the hotel is open for bookings if you would like to go on this weekend, just contact the hotel direct, telling them you are with the Midget & Sprite Club and book your room. they are again doing us a very good deal at £62 per person Dinner B&B per night Tel 01387254111.

We will arrange a route to the Cairndale Hotel missing most M ways with a few stops on route for lunch etc or you could make your own way there. On Saturday we will be having a run to Dumfries House, Prince Charles has spent time and money renovating this property and I believe  it is well worth a visit.

Please let us know when you book just so can record of names going.

Thank you.

Neil & Shelley.

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jul 08,2020 |

Alderford Lake 11th July

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Alderford Lake 11th July

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hi All.

I Have just received this information from Robert Thompson regarding Alderford Lake, Whitchurch , SY13 3JQ meeting on the 11th July.

I enquired about this and was told it’s going ahead. Some members went last year. They are charging this year (I can’t remember if they did last year) £5 per car which admits up to 2 people. Times are 9.30 to 12.30. Cafe open for take aways..
I will be going with Janet.
Rob
Don’t forget for club night tonight we are again going to have a Zoom virtual meeting 7-30pm. look forward to seeing you. ID & Password in last club email.

Neil

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jul 08,2020 |

Club Night 8th July via Zoom

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Club Night 8th July via Zoom

by Robert Neil McLeod

 

Robert Neil McLeod is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Club Night
Time: Jul 8, 2020 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73835573291?pwd=MmxMYzNSU0VYR1NYbG0zVDlwV0dxZz09

Meeting ID: 738 3557 3291
Password: 5TNnvu

Good morning All.

We hope you are all well as another month passes and you can still not get to the Kilton for club night, hopefully September my see some changes and we can again get together, in the meantime I am setting up a Zoom meeting as our first attempt had 13 members join in and I think went quite well, so if you feel like giving it another go this is the details to join as above.

As you might have seen in my last mail, I had a member complain about me putting info out about  events of interest  that come my way. I still feel and thank you for your support it is in this time, very important to keep in touch.       So i will be continuing to send out any information that i feel would be of interest to members and you can decide if you then think if is being organized in a safe way within the current guide lines that are constantly changing day by day. Hopefully before the end of the you and the dark night are on us we can again get on with some organized car runs.

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th July on Virtual Club Night.

Neil & Shelley

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jul 02,2020 |

Manchester Run 5th July( Sorry event full)

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Manchester Run 5th July( Sorry event full)

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hello All.

I have just received a email from John Rhodes , he sent me the us the invite to the Manchester Airport Runway event message as below at the end of my speech.   I know quite a few of you will be very disappointed that you will not be able to go we are now on the reserve list.

There is one member, Alan in Wales that will be rubbing his hands as he has been giving me quite a lot of stick for putting out the information on this event to you in the first place , as he considered I was being irresponsible and that as area Rep I have the duty of care to take into account, I feel I also have the duty to keep members informed of interesting event that drop on my desk. I’m sorry if another’s have felt the same way as Alan.  Members that will have read the long list of regulations could see the great care that was being taken for this outside event at Manchester Airport and members can decide if it is a safe place for them to go.  In view of the all changes now taking place in the  opening of many shops- pub and the like, I felt this was an event we could all looking forward in a safe environment. In this strange times we are in, I have always given careful thought to what we do as a club and have stuck to the Government guidelines to stay safe. We can look forward to soon getting out as the current situation change and more event open.

.Best Wishes Neil .

Hi Neil,

First the bad news. I am sorry to tell you that we are unable to take anymore entries. So I will put you and your friends on the reserve list and if we get any drop out before the day I will contact you.
Answering your first question each entrant has to have a pass issued by RVP. I think the idea is our show is a dry run for staging these types of shows under the Covid-19 restrictions.
Sorry about that Neil.

Kind regards,

John

 

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jun 29,2020 |

Concern regarding the Manchester Runway event

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Concern regarding the Manchester Runway event

by Robert Neil McLeod

As a follow on to our invite to Manchester Runway on Sunday 5th July. I have just received the following email, which might help with any concern you might have regarding this meeting.

Hello Neil,

If any of your members have concerns about Covid-19 let them read this email (copied below) from RVP MD Peter Hampson.

Kind regards,

John

Hi John,

No problem whatsoever, I can fully understand your Committee Members concerns – It’s been a very difficult time for all of us. As such let me do my very best to provide some re assurance below:-

The Runway Visitor Park re opened in full accordance with UK Government guidelines on 1st June.

Prior to re-opening The Runway Visitor Park (RVP) Management (Manchester Airport) and all tenants had to undertake comprehensive COVID 19 UK Risk Assessments which were reviewed and duly accepted by independent Health and Safety staff – again in accordance with Government guidelines

It is a Park (as per its name) and designated / licensed as such. It is not a museum.

The only part of the Park which is currently open is the outside grass areas, footpaths and car parks.

Strict Social distancing measures are in place. Above and beyond what is required. There is signage detailing the procedures in place throughout the park. This is supplemented by Public Address announcements. Indeed, this is far greater than you would probably find at other Parks or public venues which are now open.

There are no mass public gatherings. Entrance to the facility is strictly controlled and monitored by personnel and CCTV.

The Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police are meeting in the Park each and every day as a rendezvous point. (The NHS / Military Covid test facility is in an Airport car park adjacent to the Runway Visitor Park – Similar measures are in place at both facilities).

It is an outside venue and very easy to ensure the current 2m distancing rules are adhered to throughout

The main indoor venue at the Park (The Concorde Hangar) is currently closed as are the aircraft exhibits.

For your additional information and not previously discussed in our event planning :-Local Government and Health and Safety officials reviewed the Indoor venue yesterday and have now accepted the appropriate Risk Assessment and Operational procedures (adhering to 1 m + Social Distancing Measurers from 4th July. Hence my later than anticipated response.

The officials make the decision to open the Park and the venues not ourselves or the Park Management. They only give approval once they are totally satisfied that appropriate measures are in place.

The above does not affect your event as the event was planned on the 2 m distancing rules and as being outside with people arriving in cars – the same as they would at any other Park or shop/ zoo?

As per other low key events which have taken place at the Park. Risks have been assessed, procedures established and approval given.

The Park Shop is open in accordance with UK Government guidelines (Since 15th June) , again with strict measures in place ( plastic screens, masks, only 2 persons in at a time, frequent cleaning, hand sanitizers etc.)- Government COVID 19 Risk Assessments were submitted and approved.

A similar process was undertaken for the food area which has been given approval to open as a takeaway on 4th July. The same also applied to the toilets. Which are open with a strict and frequent cleaning and sanitation process / procedure in place.

For information the people who run the Catering Facility previously operated at the Manchester Nightingale hospital Catering facility.

The same as other Parks people – do visit in small family groups in line with the government guidelines.

Visitors to the Park may bring their own outdoor seating and lay a blanket on the grass to stay on their “territory “others bring chairs and do the same thing. There are park benches all separated by 5+ m. People do walk around the park (similar to other public parks) – there is actually a one way system in place for this and signage throughout.

Where people queue, such as toilets, they do so in a responsible manner adhering to signs and government guidelines.

Your group – would be parked by you own people to meet your own needs. We have agreed to that and added some further distance guidance.

People would be able to “picnic” at their car, they may have socially distant chats – in line with government guidelines.

Unlike other facilities (public parks) we control the numbers at entry. As such we can (and have) stopped access should it be deemed necessary. Example being that Social distancing measure would be difficult to achieve.

I’m sorry, it’s a long answer to your questions. However, as can be seen from the above a considerable amount of work has gone into making the facility safe and putting in place appropriate mitigation throughout – actually above and beyond government guidelines.

This work continues with the various authorities to further enhance these measures. Indeed, please let me know if you would like to see any other measures established for your specific event?

I’m more than happy to discuss the above with you or any members of your Committee should you wish.

Hope this helps – Best Regards

Peter

Peter Hampson

Managing Director
TTL Manchester Airport
Runway Visitor Park

 

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jun 28,2020 |

Manchester Airport Runway classic car show 5th July

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Manchester Airport Runway classic car show 5th July

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hi All , I have just received this email as below and have already email John to say we will have quite a bit of interest from our members and will let him know numbers very soon, so if you would like to join in please let me know ASAP.

Neil

I am John Rhodes and I am the Events Manager for Manchester Historical Vehicle Club. With the forthcoming relaxation of Pandemic lockdown, this week I was contacted by the Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Park to see if we would go along and put on a Classic Car Show for them on Sunday 5th July 2020. We have agreed so here are the arrangements if you and your members would like to attend.

Venue: The Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ

Date: Sunday 5th July 2020

Time: 11.00hrs to 15.00hrs (Cars please arrive at 10.00hrs)

Registered Drivers and one passenger will have free entry to the event.

Indoor toilets and takeaway catering is available on site (including hot / cold drinks and ice cream)

Government guidelines on social distancing will be applied throughout the Runway Visitor Park. Following a recent announcement they are being reduced to 1metre with 2metres being applied where possible.

No dogs / animals are allowed in the Runway Visitor Park except guide dogs or similar for special needs.

If you would like to attend please let me know A.S.A.P. preferable by email to john.rhodes19@ntlworld.com

I hope to see you there. John Rhodes, MHVC Events Manager

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jun 27,2020 |

Lanes Run to Brixworth Country Park with Central Area – new date?

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Lanes Run to Brixworth Country Park with Central Area – new date?

by Andrew Parrott

Hello

Dave Sewell from Central Area is looking to re-arrange the Lanes Run from Sharnford to Brixworth for a Sunday in August. Plan would be for two Areas to meet up at Sharnford and follow a scenic route ending at Brixworth Country Park. Limited facilities would be available at Brixworth Country Park but the toilets will be open and the cafe will be providing a takeaway service.

Clearly we need to adhere to any social distancing regulations in place but in principle would you like to take part in this event? If so, which Sundays in August would you prefer?

Can you let me have an answer by Wednesday next week (1st July) as I’d like to give Dave an idea of numbers for Central’s next monthly meeting.

Kind regards

 

Andrew

MASC Northamptonshire Area Rep

 

Reply to Andrew Parrott | Jun 26,2020 |

Leighton Hall & Zoom club night

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Leighton Hall & Zoom club night

by Robert Neil McLeod

Hi All .

Hope you are all still keeping well. As the Zoom virtual meeting seemed to go quite well with 13 tuned in , thought i think one or two had trouble getting in, we will be giving it another go on the 8th July again at 7-30pm near the time i will send out more info , that is unless things change and the Kilton inn is open which at the moment does not look likely.

I have just received the below message thought it may be of interest  .

Leighton Hall

So they are open to clubs having organised trips/afternoon out to the Hall but would need to be some point after the 4th July when hopefully hospitality will start to all open up again. As a club you could meet there for an afternoon & park cars up on the terrace in front of the hall. They can organise for tea/coffee & cake from the tearooms if required. They would then allow people to have picnics on their own on the lawns, access to the gardens and woodland walk. Lucy said a rough idea for cost is something like £12 per person which would include the tea & cake.
It could be a great afternoon with possibly just about exclusive access to the grounds & some fantastic photo opportunities in front of the hall with the cars.
I’m in no way linked to the hall but just feel for them seeing as they have had all events cancelled this summer which must mean that they’ve had a massive hit on their income.
Anyway, just thought I’d this send on (Lucy’s phone number in screen dump below) as thoroughly enjoyed the Lanes Run last year and if you did contact them & managed to organise.

Reply to Robert Neil McLeod | Jun 19,2020 |