Club in crisis over dumped CD
Morris Cowley & Oxford owners trying to ‘sort mess’
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@ ntlworld.com
Owners of Morris Oxfords like this one might have one less club to join in the future.