June Rally Report -Keeler’s Meadow, Sutton, Norfolk
We joined the four other units at Sutton on day two of the rally. Once we successfully negotiated the narrow entrance gate with the help of marshals Roy and Averil, we were served with a most welcome cup of tea and biscuits.
Located on a lovely, fairly level field in very tranquil surroundings, we set up and flag was held. After our meals were eaten, we joined the others in the evening sunshine for a game of Higher and Lower, with drinks of course!
Saturday was an overcast day with rain. We all went our separate ways, some to the coast, others to the nearby church flower festival or into the town of Stalham. A certain husband, who will remain anonymous, managed to close the gate and remain on the wrong side on that first venture off the site! The evening saw most of us again in the marshals’ awning, this time playing Battle of the Sexes, where the questions certainly did not favour the fairer sex!
Sunday saw the return of the sun and the inevitable car boot sale. Sunbathing and eating ice creams filled the remainder of the day.
During the course of Monday, most of us drove to Cromer, but strangely enough did not spot each other!
Roy and Averil organised a boat trip on the Broads on Tuesday. The Boatyard and Museum at Stalham Staithe, only a short drive from Keeler’s Meadow, was where we boarded the Victorian steam launch Falcon, built in 1894. Everyone enjoyed the trip and the opportunity to have a hot drink and wander around the museum after. We held a Boules competition during the evening, which was won by Averil.
After a wet start on Wednesday, we had a coffee morning and again went our separate ways. The sunshine was back when we returned to the site and Suzanne hijacked the ice cream van to come in. That evening was spent drinking cider and getting bitten to death outside the marshals’ van.
The highlight on Thursday was when former members John and Pat arrived for the day. It was so very lovely to see them both looking so well and, over coffee, to catch up on their lives since we last saw them. We all had our lunch at the beautiful Wayford Bridge Inn at Stalham. That evening we all had a rest in our own (or each others’) vans.
The last couple of days were soon upon us and most of us explored either National Trust properties or towns and villages, or revisited place we’d been to previously.
Flag was held at 11:00 am Saturday where thanks were given to Roy and Averil and Allan and Suzanne. The prizes were handed out, quiz winners: Alan and Vera; and lucky van: Alan and Vera (embarrassingly again!). After flag the remaining awnings were taken down ready for the trip back home the following day.
Thanks again to the marshals for such a great rally (hoping that they negotiated the gate better on their way out than when they arrived!)