Hi to you all
So that I can make this just a little festive I have had to use an older program so,......
Firstly, I would like to apologise for the those of you who receive this newsletter via e-mail that may not receive the yuletide pictures .  Also to those of you that may not even be able to open this, although if you can't open it you won't even know that I have apologised.
Christmas Party.
Friday 12th December at Ozzell Bowl St.Austell.  We start bowling at 7.30pm please be there by 7.15pm.  The deposits have been paid and the remaining 12 per person will be required on the night, in cash please.  Unfortunately, if I have your name down and you can't make it with out finding a replacement you will still need to pay the full 12.
We look forward to seeing you there.
2nd Christmas Party
This has been provisionally booked for Saturday 28th of February.
The Venue is Carninow Barn again and is a Murder Mystery Evening.  Those who attended one earlier in the year will remember how much fun it was and how good the food was.  Again it will be 20 per person and payment will be needed February 3rd 2004 but numbers will be needed by January 7th 2004.
New Venue
A vote was taken on whether to stay meeting at the Rock in Roche or to look for a larger meeting place as we have swelled the ranks this year.  It was decided that we will now meet at the Victoria in Roche.  One of our long standing members has been able to arrange this.  Thank you Nick.  As soon as this newsletter comes of the press I will be writing to the Rock and thanking them for allowing us to take over their premises and making us welcome.
Andrew and Chris excelled themselves on our recent Quiz evening.  They provided a very professional array of questions in a very organized fashion. Theresa,Anthony, Terry and Suzie were the outright winners.  Thank to the organisers and everyone who took part. We will repeat this event again.
With a break down and a lights failure on the way to the Ferry many off us went over with more than just crossed fingers.  The crossing wasn't the smoothest we had encountered and those of us that did manage to sleep most of the crossing counted ourselves lucky.
We arrived in Roscoff and most off the minis disembarked together, those that claimed they didn't here the tannoy drove off the ferry and shot up the wrong road.  They then did a U-turn on a one way road and joined the group where they were then placed in the middle off the pack..
We set off with the very worried Darren leading to Morlaix where we had a coffee and caught up with the latest from Alex.  Leaving Morlaix we we're lead by the newly discovered speed freak Theresa.   At the next stop some off us had a look at a very pretty church yard and got the run down of the French burial rental system. 
The next stop was at the Chateaux Roche.  Unfortunately we weren't able to get a good look as it was about to be closed for lunch, but we did get to take some photos of the minis with a lovely backdrop.  We then left lead by Norman to a couple of villages which were unfortunately shut. We then decided to make our way back to Roscoff for some duty frees.
Its a good job the roads were quiet.  An open dual carriageway seem to have meant free for all.
Even the more sedate drivers  blew the cobwebs from their minis.  Having arrived in Roscoff we headed for our now usual wine bin and then drove into the town were we found that this was also shut so we continued to the ferry.  We then said our goodbyes to Alex but, through his tears of sadness at our leaving he managed to lose a contact lens.  You had to be there to see it but picture,several Bumpstart members on their hands and knees crawling around a  Tarmac Ferry Terminal  looking for the missing lens.  A serious situation (how was Alex going to drive home) but funny trying to avoid looking at the total eclipses on display.
A superbly smooth short crossing brought us back to Plymouth. (Not) I can't mention to much about this as several people are still feeling the affects.

Shepton Mallet Christmas Show
A must for Mini Owners Christmas Presents
Please meet at ASDA Bodmin to leave at 8.00am. I do know of some members that will be meeting us at Cullumpton Services(Mac Donalds) for approx 9.15am.  Entry is 6 for adults, but, I have a letter with me that will give us a discount making it 4 each for Adults and Children aged 11- 15 just 2 each. That is cheaper than the advance discount tickets. I only received this letter on Saturday Evening.  Unfortunately due to a family bereavement I have not been able to type a newsletter until now. This means that if you want to take advantage of this offer I will need money by Saturday Evening. (06/12/03)
If you can't get the money to me personally if you post it to me on Friday morning, I should receive it  by Saturday,I can post the total Monday morning and should receive the tickets by Thursday.
Please post to J.Phillips.  Merlins Tor, Fowey Cross, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. PL22 0JQ.  Cheques to J.Phillips.  Any Problems give me a ring.   
That's about it for now, I'm sure you've all got plenty off others things to turn your attention to.
Next meeting Wednesday 7th January 2004 at 8.00pm at Victoria Inn, Roche.
Tel 01208 872347
  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   
  Jean and Malc.