NMMT Friends member Toby Sears reviews the Noggin n’ Natter meet ups that take place throughout the year.
2019 saw a continuation of the Friends Noggin ‘n Natter lunches which were started as a way of getting Friends of the NMMT out and about in the daytime!
Although not essential to attendance, we are encouraged to air our motors for a ride out around the New Forest with the varying venues giving everyone a chance to attend at least one meeting. Vehicles present can vary from fairly modern future classics, to 50s and 60s models such as the MG C, MG A, Morris Cowley as well as large saloons including Rolls Royce, Alvis, Lea Francis, Mercedes and Riley. These are pleasantly balanced with the odd pre-war such as Austin 7s and Morris Minors (the 1929-34 variety).
As with any meeting of like minds there is always plenty to chat about and friendships are struck as we get to know each other whilst also enjoying a tasty lunch as well as supporting local businesses in the process (apart from the occasional picnic). I tend to get stuck in to tasks during the week so it has been good to have an excuse to slide the roof back or put down the hood before going for a summer drive in the forest. I must admit it has been good to take a rather leisurely and off piste route to get to the meetings via lesser forest roads and get some mid-week miles clocked up to give the cars an airing.
The highlight of the year must have been the day out at Bucklers Hard, which I hadn’t visited since I was a child and as my wife had never been there we spent the entire afternoon looking round everything, topping it off with a cream tea before we set off home.
If you haven’t ventured out to a Noggin then please have a think about trying one in 2020, it’s a great way to unwind and meet new people as well as using our cars. We meet at lunchtime, on the second Wednesday of every month, April to September inclusive, plus the second Wednesday in December for Christmas lunch. We aim to visit a different hostelry or picnic site each month, somewhere within the New Forest.
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