Sunday Lunch run to The Furzedown Hotel – report by David Johnson
Meeting at Roy’s car park at 10.30am, twenty keen members turned up looking forward to a planned route to Furzedown Hotel for lunch, stopping off at Moulton Nursery en-route.
First of all the weather forecast wasn’t exactly as promised, however it was dry. What could go wrong? Well within 2-3 miles we reached Salhouse Village to find road closed follow diversion. With ten cars following a vermilion red B, and a necessary change of route I decided to drive through Panxworth (road closed diversion), follow narrow lane to Ranworth Broad, passing The Malsters pub on right. The next few miles went to plan until 1 1⁄2 miles from Moulton St Mary Nursery and yet another closure – but fortunately 50 yards other side of the nursery.
Hip, hip, hooray – we’ve arrived 11.15am. Mark, Bev and Charlotte met us for coffee en-route. We were served at our reserved tables with some very nice cakes and scones and some members/keen gardeners wandered round the excellent display of plants, not forgetting the cheese shop.
Off we set on the final leg of our journey taking us through Freethorpe and Halvergate, across Acle Marshes to the Acle Straight.
Everyone was keen to sit down to yet another enjoyable meal followed by a brisk walk along the prom by some.
Thanks everyone for turning up.
March Club Night
The March club night at the Bridge Inn was held in the restaurant again. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best room for a meeting as those who arrive later end up at the individual tables/booths around the edge of the restaurant.
However, that probably mattered less at this meeting as most of the evening was given over to Julie from the East Anglian Air Ambulance who gave a very interesting talk about the service. Having already been to the headquarters at Norwich Airport for a previous cheque presentation I learnt a lot more about the EAAA from her engaging presentation, and even discovered that the helicopters are painted yellow because they were originally sponsored by the AA. After the talk David thanked Julie for giving up her evening to come to the meeting and presented her with a cheque for £500 from proceeds from last year’s Heritage Run.
There was no time for a formal meeting afterwards so David was unable to welcome Graham and Susan Brown, who own a MGTF, to the club but we hope they found us a friendly bunch.
Sprite 60th Birthday – 26th August 2018
The Austin Healey Sprite is 60 years old this year. To celebrate, the Midget and Sprite Club are holding a birthday party at Wroxhall Abbey Hotel, Warwickshire – Website here .This is open to all MG Midgets and derivatives as well. Tickets are £10 per car (£15 after 31st May 2018). Members from BMGOC attended both the Sprite and Midget 50th birthday events and these were both very enjoyable. If you are thinking of attending this show please contact me.
7th Centre 81 Classic Car Run plus Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival – 8th July 2018
Our friends at Centre 81 are holding their 7th Classic Car Run on 8th July. It will start at Cromer and finish on Great Yarmouth seafront as part of the Wheels Festival. Entry is free but donations are obviously welcome. To enter please complete the online form – Here
Classic Car and Restoration Show, NEC
A small group of members drove to the NEC last Saturday for the Classic Car and Restoration Show.
This is a smaller event than the NEC classic car show in November, but the consensus amongst the Broadland MGOC contingent was that it was all the better for it. There was certainly enough to keep us interested for the 6 or 7 hours we were there, and it wasn’t overwhelming like the other show can be. There didn’t seem to be the crowding either, but an email I received after the event said that they had broken records with 28,151 visitors over the 3 days.
There was a great balance between car clubs, traders, demonstrations and the odd classic car TV celebrity. We did see Fuzz Townsend from Car SOS, but Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead were also there, along with the team from Goblin Works Garage. Of the 159 car clubs present we did find a Norwich classic car club present. Graham did try to interest them in the Heritage Run but it was clear from the condition of the cars present that they didn’t drive them anywhere!
The other area which attracted our attention was the car auction and sales area. There was one scary moment for Graham when he put his arm up to point at something just as the gavel came down on a sale – for one moment he thought he’d bought a car!
A great day out with some excellent company.
FOR SALE – MGB Wind Deflector
Alan Whitwood has an MGB wind deflector for sale in as new condition. He believes it is a MGOC or Moss item. RRP is £250 – Alan is asking for £175 ono. Please contact Alan on 01692 651333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St George’s Day Run/Drive it Day 22nd April 2018
Hopefully everyone saw the email explaining that rather than organising our own St George’s Day/Drive it Day Run this year, it has been decided to take up North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club’s invitation to join them on their run from Sheringham to Holkham Hall in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. An entry form was attached to my email.
The meeting point is Sheringham Station car park. Cars can park up from 8.30am but you can arrive up until BMGOC’s departure at 10.00am. Entry on the run is a minimum donation of £10 and entries have to be in by 14th April.
Refreshments are available at the start and finish, but we plan to eat somewhere after the event.
If you enter this run please let David know so he can arrange a parking area for the club with the organisers.
Stody Lodge Classic & Vintage Car Event – 13th May 2018
Stody Lodge are holding a Classic and Vintage Car Event to coincide with their spectacular May flowering season. Registration or pre entry isn’t required. We plan to use the event as an excuse to use last year’s Heritage Run again, as there are several members who never got a chance to drive the route as they were volunteering on the day. Starting point will be Caister Lifeboat Station, Caister-on-Sea for 10:30am. Please let David know if you are going so we can print off sufficient route books.
April Club Night, Bridge Inn, Acle – 4th April 2018
The April club night will see us hold our AGM. Hopefully, everyone is happy with how the club is being run and with any luck this shouldn’t take too long as afterwards there will be a quiz organised by Carol Oliver.
Notice of Broadland MG Owners’ Club AGM
4th April 2018, Bridge Inn, Acle at 8.00pm
1. Update of Club and Charity accounts to date
2. Nomination of main charities to receive money for the year
3. Variation of permanent charities receiving money for the year 4. Subscription rates for 2018/19
5. Items previously notified to the chairman prior to the AGM
6. Election of Officials
7. Date of next year’s AGM
2018-19 Club Membership and Subs
Please note that club subs are due by the end of May. Although subscription rates are to be discussed at the AGM, I have no reason to doubt that they won’t remain the same as last year (if this is not the case I will send out another email after the AGM).
To greatly assist club administration please fill out the membership form, Here – even if nothing has changed from last year. The form and subs should then be passed to Jenny at the next couple of club nights (will have some hard copies of the form for those members who haven’t got a printer) or posted to:
Mrs J Clark
3 Addison Road Gorleston Great Yarmouth NR31 0PA
If you don’t intend renewing your membership please drop me an email at email@example.com as this will save time sending out reminder emails.