“Minors on Tour 2017 will be in the Brittany region of France, from Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June 2017. This coincides with the school half-term holiday and the late May Bank Holiday. For this, our 35th Minors On Tour trip, we have a brand new team of four organisers – Helen and Pete Cosslett, and Chris and Helen Kinloch.
Hopefully by blending ‘old’ and ‘new’ we can get that balance that makes for a successful team. All the past MOT’s have been fun and memorable even when we got wet and then drowned,but the traditions of previous MOT’s have been unique to the car club and we would like to carry on those traditions in much the same way. However we would welcome ideas for future events or anything that may enhance the MOT experience, so please get in touch with your suggestions.
We are returning to the Chateau de Galinee where we had such a successful visit in 2011. Since then, the facilities have been expanded and the owner, Catherine Vervel, and her team are very much looking forward to welcoming “those lovely Morris Minors again” and, of course, their owners! Château de Galinée is a quiet, family-run ‘Castels parc’ offering a relaxed atmosphere, modern, well maintained facilities and above all a lovely air of spaciousness, with wide grassy pitches. As well as the play area, there are simply acres of space for the children to let off steam and an attractive, modern pool complex with superb water slides and a beach with sun loungers. There is also a superb new indoor pool complete with jacuzzi type jets. The site has a modern bar and restaurant where WIFI facilities are available, a small shop and launderette – in fact everything for a complete holiday!
Nearby you will find that the charming resort of St. Cast, with its soft sandy beach is ideal for soaking up the sun and there are many delightful coastal walks in the area. The pleasant towns of St. Malo, Dinard and Dinan are all within easy reach and well worth a visit.
The camp site is situated 20 miles west of St Malo and about 2 miles from the coast. They will provide camping pitches, tents and a variety of mobile homes, all at different rates. Minors on Tour have negotiated some small reductions including no booking fee. The usual events will be planned, including “Le Drive” and “Le Quiz” and we hope to arrange a visit to an oyster farm and a vineyard amongst other activities. We have been given exclusive use of a room inside the castle for our activities. During the week there will be a celebration meal, the price for which is included in the administration fee
If you wish to enter MOT and do not have internet facilities, please send your name and address and a SAE to Chris and we will forward the necessary forms to you.
As usual we will be supporting charities, although these are yet to be decided. There are many worthwhile charities that we could support, and so the plan for the future is to have different ones for each year. During the year we will be looking for suggestions for which charities we should support for MOT 2018.
We are pleased to say that the registration fees for 2017 will remain the same as 2016. The fees also include a handbook, rally plaque and sticker for the driver, drinks at several social events, admin costs associated with arranging the programme, registrations, certificates and a contribution to recce costs for future MOTs.Plus, for 2017 we will also provide a little extra surprise!
Registration fees for 2017 are:
Morris Minor and driver £36
Passenger 17 years and over £27
Passenger 5-16 years £11
Under 5’s: no charge
We have reserved camping pitches with electricity. The price will be 17 EUR a night for a car and tent/caravan. Taxes are not included.
Also, we have reserved a selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom chalets/mobile homes located around the camp site. As there are many different specifications for the mobile homes, we will not be arranging reservations for pitches or accommodation. The campsite has waived the booking fee for accomodation, prices as shown on tarif list, but there will be a smaller charge than of 5 EUR a week for bedlinen. The plan is to book direct with the site, but not for the next couple of weeks as the site is closed and you will not get any response if you try so please follow instructions below.
We wish to welcome all MMOC owners who wish to partake in next year’s MOT and would like to encourage members to fill in registration forms from the MOT website and send to Chris Kinloch at Beech House, Little Orchard Court, Andover. SP102NY.
Once the form is received he will advise when it is possible to contact the site. When you book, make sure that you let the camp site know that you are attending MOT, as we will be coordinating visitor numbers with them! If you would like to have a mobile home/pitch next to friends, then it is suggested that you both book at the same time and make that request to the camp site
.Please dont hesitate to contact us with any queries
Heres to a successful MMOC overseas trip.
Best wishes Pete ,Helen ,Chris and Helen .October 2016.
Please download and print off the Registration Form below and post back to Chris and Helen at the address shown on the form. You will NOT be registered until they have acknowledged receipt of your form and the trip fee. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept bookings from non-MMOC members.
MOT Clothing Form
To book your accommodation, visit this page http://www.chateaudegalinee.com/en/70/availability-reservations/ and follow the links. It isn’t a very straightforward or helpful system I’m afraid, but we can’t really do anything about that. If you can’t manage a booking via their online system, you can ring them and they apparently have English speaking staff who can take a booking by phone.
These are the two charities that MOT will be supporting this year
The railway children is a charity that helps look after children who are forced to live on the streets .They provide protection and opportunities for those children who have no one to turn to and nowherelse to go.Every year thousands of children across the UK, India and East Africa run away or are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect.
Reaching a child as soon as possible is crucial to getting to children on the streets before an abuser can, and before they become entrenched in street life. They race to get to children before the streets get to them. This year, Railway Children celebrates 20 years of fighting for children alone and at risk on the streets.The founder of ‘railway Children talks about their work:-“ During that time, we’ve reached more than 275,000 children in India, the UK and East Africa.
We know there is still so much more to do. Millions of children still live alone on the streets where they suffer abuse and exploitation. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’. They run away or are forced to leave home, where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They find themselves living on the streets because there is nowhere else to and no one left to turn to. The problems they face on the streets are often even worse than those they endured at home. Every day we fight to change their story.
Railway Children race to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can. Our pioneering work enables us to get to street children before the streets get to them.”
Every 90 seconds someone in the uk dies through suicide.the samaritains is a charity set up in 1953 which aims to help people going through emotional distress by providing a confidential 24 hr helpline .In 2014, Samaritans received 5,100,000 calls for help, by phone, email, text, letter, minicom, Typetalk, face-to- face at a branch, through their work in prisons, and at local and national festivals and other events. Samaritans volunteers are trained in counselling skills and as such they are non judgemental, empathic and congruent. By listening and asking open questions, the Samaritans volunteers help people explore their feelings and work out their own way forward.
Samaritans do not denounce suicide, and it is not necessary to be suicidal to contact Samaritans. In 2014, nearly 80% of the people calling Samaritans did not express suicidal feelings. Samaritans believes that offering people the opportunity to be listened to in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and make emotional health a mainstream issue.