November 2019 Club Night, Acle Bridge Inn – Minutes by Jill Smith
Thirty three members turned out for the November club night, which began with a talk by David Coombes, a representative of the Big C charity appeal, who gave an interesting insight into the workings of the charity. The talk was then followed by a cheque presentation of £500 from proceeds of the Heritage Run.
David (Johnson) then ran through some forthcoming events:-
Menus for the Christmas club night meal on 4th December need to be with David as soon as possible.
Sunday 17th November – Clive has kindly organised a Sunday lunch run to the East Coast Restaurant at Scratby. The meeting point will be the usual Roys of Wroxham car park at 10.00 am.
It was discussed whether to increase the entrance fee for next year’s Heritage Run to £25 or leave it at £20. It was decided to leave it at £20 and maybe increase it the following year.
Wednesday 8th January – Centre 81 have invited the club to a coffee morning at their premises on Tar Works Road. The meeting point will be The Waterways on North Drive. Steve will send an email with definite arrangements.
Sunday 1st December – Rita has reserved some tickets for My Rock Choir, which is performing at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft. Ticket prices are £5. Please let Rita know if you would like a ticket.
Wednesday 1st January – The New Year’s Day run to The Old Ram at Tivetshall – price is £20 for a 2-course meal.
New Year’s Day Run to the Old Ram Inn, Tivetshall St Mary
Broadland MGOC’s traditional New Year’s Day Run will be a return visit to the Old Ram Inn at Tivetshall St Mary. Please let David know your food choices from the menu below before the 14th December, along with a £5 per head deposit. We will meet at around 10.30am at Nottcutts Garden Centre, Daniel’s Road, Norwich, NR4 6QP for coffee before going on the run to the Old Ram (we will be sitting down at 1.00pm).
Turkey, bacon and leek pie with herb mash, buttered vegetables and gravy Steak and kidney suet pudding with Duchess potatoes, buttered vegetables and gravy Luxurious fish pie with buttered vegetables
Creamy wild mushroom risotto
Homemade chocolate brownie with a warm chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice-cream Vanilla cheesecake with a mixed berry compote
Jam steamed sponge pudding with custard
Ice-cream or sorbet selection
£20 per head for 2 courses including tea and coffee
Sunday Lunch Run, 17th November 2019
Despite all the dull and damp weather lately, we were lucky to have a dry day for the Sunday lunch run to the East Coast Family Restaurant at Scratby. Meeting up at the usual Roys of Wroxham car park, it was good to see so many MGs present, including Ray and Molly’s recent purchase.
We set off following a very clear set of route instructions and made our way along some lovely country roads eventually coming out onto the coast road just outside Cromer. We then headed back down the coast to a coffee stop at the garden centre at Overstrand. “Time for a brew, a pee and a pew” the instructions informed us! Once refreshed we continued along the coast road through Bacton, Walcott, Happisburgh etc. all the way to Scratby.
We arrived at the restaurant bang on time and once parked up we joined the other club members who had travelled straight there. The young serving staff were very well organised and food was good and plentiful.
Many thanks go to Clive for organising a great run out.
NEC Classic Car Show, 8th – 10th November 2019
4 members from the club made their annual pilgrimage to the NEC for the 35th Classic Motor Show. For those who don’t know, this is the biggest classic car show in the UK and this year it attracted more than 71,000 visitors over the 3 days it was on.
Learning from past experience, we tried to explore the 5 massive halls in a methodical order starting with Hall 1. However, it took a little while to get our bearings and then it was a bit of a hike to get from where we were to Hall 1. Then the plan to walk round each hall in an organised manner went out of the window just by the way the exhibits and stands were arranged! Although we didn’t get to see everything we did have a good go.
There were several classic car TV personalities at the show over the weekend giving talks etc, but due to our limited time we didn’t attend any of the live stage events. However, we did spot Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers amongst the crowd, the two guys from Shed and Buried filming something and Tim Shaw from Car SOS (Fuzz was also there). And despite the thousands of visitors there we also bumped into former BMGOC members Neil & Brian Turner and David Mann – it was good to see them.
As we were visiting the show on Remembrance Sunday
there was a 2 minute silence observed at 11am and the whole exhibition centre went from the usual hubbub of these large events to a hush, which was quite moving. The exact opposite happened at the end of the day when the organisers announced that the show had officially closed and all the owners sounded their car horns – it’s quite a noise!
We keep saying it, but one year we will attend for the whole weekend as there is too much to see in one day. A great day out with some great cars and great company!
January Club Meeting – Change of Date
Please note that the New Year’s Day Run will incorporate the January Club meeting.
BMGOC Christmas Meal, Bridge Inn, Acle
As usual, the December club night will also be the BMGOC Christmas meal. Please arrive for 7.00pm, sitting down at 7.30pm.