Club in cri­sis over dumped CD

Morris Cow­ley & Ox­ford own­ers try­ing to ‘sort mess’

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A long-es­tab­lished club is in cri­sis af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a com­puter disk con­tain­ing its mem­ber­ship list has gone miss­ing. The Morris Cow­ley & Ox­ford Own­ers’ Club may be forced to close its doors if it can­not con­tact its mem­bers.

How­ever, the club has now put out an ap­peal for any­one who might be able to help to come for­ward.

Founded in 1979, the club caters for the Se­ries II-IV Morris Ox­ford and Cow­ley sa­loons built from 1954-1959, and 1960 in Trav­eller es­tate form.

The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion fol­lows the death of Derek Andrews, who es­sen­tially ran the club. It is un­der­stood that Mr Andrews’ fam­ily threw out the mem­ber­ship CD and other doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the club, which has not held an AGM since 1987.

‘Derek did rather hold his cards to his chest, although there had been some dis­pute about this over the years,’ ad­mits club spares of­fi­cer Richard Monk, who as tem­po­rary sec­re­tary is try­ing to ‘sort out the mess’.

He has al­ready man­aged to trace 100 names of peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with the club. He adds: ‘We can only ask for any­one who has been involved with the club, or has an in­ter­est to get in touch.

‘It ap­pears that this CD is some­where in land­fill near Trow­bridge. I know there should have been copies made but there is no point in be­ing wise af­ter the event. We can only look to the fu­ture.’

Talks have been held with the 6/80 and MO Club about a pos­si­ble takeover or merger. Spokesman for this club, Neville Holmes, says: ‘We were very sorry to hear about the sit­u­a­tion. We are putting the sug­ges­tion of a tie-up be­tween the two clubs to our mem­bers and expect a pos­i­tive re­sult. We cater for the MO Morris Ox­ford which was re­placed by the cars the other club looks af­ter, so it would be a log­i­cal pro­gres­sion for the clubs to join forces.’ Nick Larkin

Any­one wish­ing to help should email Richard Monk at richkaty1@ ntl­

Own­ers of Morris Ox­fords like this one might have one less club to join in the fu­ture.

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