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October 2020

Classics at Glemham, 6th September 2020

It seemed strange after so many months of social distancing to find myself packing the folding chairs and club banners into the back of the Midget for the first (and last) car show of the year. Once the picnic was loaded we headed off to Morrisons car park for the first time this year. Most members were already there when we arrived and soon it felt like nothing had changed.

We set off following Graham and Sue in their MGTF for the 45 minute drive from Beccles to Glemham Hall, which is located between Saxmundham and Wickham Market just off the A12. There was a little bit of queuing to get into the grounds, but with 1200 cars booked in (and 200 on the cancellation list) that was to be expected, but it was very well organised with lots of marshals present.

We found the Broadland MGOC stand and parked up as normal, got the banners and the chairs out and enjoyed the first coffee of the day as we watched some lovely cars continue to drive in. It was a while later David was asked to move our cars further apart as we were parked too close together! It wasn’t a problem as we had been allocated plenty of space due to the ‘COVID Secure’ measures in place.

The various car clubs and individual entries were spread over a quite a wide area and it took some time to look at all the cars. The weather was kind and Glemham Hall made for an impressive backdrop.

As well as the cars and motorbikes, there were some stalls selling arts and crafts, trade exhibitors, autojumble and refreshment vans, but no other entertainment like you get at, say, Helmingham Hall or the Country Fair at Heveningham Hall. However, it was a great day to catch up with friends and look at some lovely vehicles, many that we hadn’t seen before. Fingers crossed the car show scene is back to normal next year.

Many thanks go to David for sorting out the Broadland stand with the organisers. To see some great professional photos of the show go to:

Future Club Nights

Hopefully you will have seen the last email updating members on future club nights. With the Government’s rules on social distancing being tightened up again, it is difficult to see how large clubs like ours can legally meet up. David has spoken to Phil at the Acle Bridge Inn and, unfortunately, there will be no club nights there for the immediate future. The club’s traditional Christmas meal there will also not be happening this year. However, you may wish to support Phil and his staff by still visiting the pub and having a meal there (following the current COVID rules). I have it on good authority from Lynne and Peter they felt very COVID safe when they celebrated their wedding anniversary there on the night we went to Base Camp (Happy Anniversary!).

Joyce’s Race for Life

Well I did it, I started off early, met my daughter at 6:30, we were hoping to see the sunrise, as we started our walk along our beautiful beach, no such luck it was very grey, wet and terribly windy, we went from south Lowestoft over the bridge to north, round the docks, past the most easterly point, to Sparrows Nest gardens, so far we had seen one person with a dog and a few squirrels, it was so peaceful, worth getting up early for. We went back towards the town, by then the rain was getting heavier, Wilbur was not amused, over the bridge again, still not seen many people, sensible still in bed.

We finished up doing 11.33 km slightly over what we anticipated.

Many thanks for all your donations, it was very much appreciated, when all the money is in it will total £845 + gift aid so should be over £1000, I really am overwhelmed by everybody’s generosity.

Best regards Joyce

September Club Night – Run to Base Camp at Clippesby Hall

The September club night was a very short run from Potter Heigham to Base Camp bar/café at Clippesby Hall Holiday Park. This was very well attended, with more members turning up than anticipated meaning some, unfortunately, had to eat outside in the patio area. The food (gourmet burgers and speciality pizzas) was very good and the service very well organised.

Thanks go to David for organising the evening.

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