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THE SECTION RALLY - TO NORFOLK
6-12 September 2009

Rally plaque   Arriving at Houghton Hall

Members started to arrive at the Barnham Broom Hotel, situated some ten miles west of Norwich, from about 2pm on Saturday 6 September. The distances from our 'patch' varied from 180 to 230 miles with some of our regulars joining us from Lancashire and Yorkshire. David and Anne Steel, who had organised the week, were on hand to give out the usual rally plaques, pens and other information needed. The group, some 78 members and friends met for the first time at a reception just before dinner.

Day one was a visit to the famous cathedral in Norwich with a guided tour followed by lunch in the new refectory and an organ recital.

Day two was a drive of some 35 miles to Houghton Hall, normally closed to the public on Tuesdays, but opened specially for our group and to have photos of our cars in front of the magnificent building - originally the home of the first Prime Minister of England, Sir Robert Walpole.

Day three was a free day with many members going to see Sandringham House or enjoying the facilities at the Hotel which included its own golf courses, spa and swimming pool.

Day four was spent on the Norfolk Broads with a sandwich lunch provided while we enjoyed the passing scenery.

The last day was a drive to Walsingham, a unique village started in Medieval Times which became a place for pilgrims for many years up to the reign of Henry VIII after a 'vision' was said to have taken place in the Abbey.

In the evening of the last full day we had the Gala Dinner where all the ladies were looking pulchritudinous. We were graced with The Dean of Norwich Cathedral and his wife at our dinner table and presentations were made to thank the organisers, David and Anne, for all their very hard work in preparing for the rally and making it run so smoothly.

Most departed after breakfast on Saturday morning with the thought of meeting up again in twelve months time at our next annual rally in Ireland.

Tony Leach - Section Chairman


Barnham Broom Hotel   Barnham Broom Golf Course
Barnham Broom Hotel and Golf Club.
Norwich Cathedral   Cathedral organ   Walsingham Abbey ruins
Norwich Cathedral.   The Cathedral organ.   Walsingham Abbey ruins.
The group at Houghton Hall
The group assembled at Houghton Hall.
Houghton Hall   Norfolk Broads
Houghton Hall.   The Norfolk Broads.
Mississippi River Boat
Our cruise was on the Mississippi River Boat.
The Broads   Little Walsingham
The Norfolk Broads.   Little Walsingham.
Taverham Band   Last night Gala Dinner
The Taverham Band entertained.   Last night Gala Dinner.
Photos: Ian Burt