16th February 2020 – Indoor Meeting, Botesdale

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As Scole Community Centre had double booked the room we held our meeting at our new venue of Parkview Chapel, The Street, Botesdale. We were upset about leaving Scole, but the booking clerk left us no choice but to find another venue for our indoor meetings. Scole was getting a bit small for the amount of members who are now attending meetings, so Scole’s loss is our gain.

Our planned speaker, John Frye, could not attend due to work committments and we hope he will be along to the October meeting. So we invited East Coast Truckers along to talk to us about what they do, as they are our nominated charity for 2020. Jackie Noy gave us an illustrated talk on what happens on one of their annual Children’s Convoy and in 2020 it will be their 30th.

On their 2019 convoy they took 86 children from County Hall in Norwich to Great Yarmouth and on to Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft. Not only do they hold their convoys they also provide special equipment for schools, etc and own two holiday caravans at Norfolk resorts for disabled and under privilaged children and their families. They currently have 300 members of East Coast Truckers and some lorry drivers travel from as far away as Lincolnshire and Scotland to take part in the convoys held on August bank holiday weekend.

A raffle held at this meeting raised £44 and with the refreshment money we added £56-50 to the fund-raising total.

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