23rd April 2023 – Drive It Day

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Our starting point this year for Drive It Day was Cherry Lane Garden Centre at Long Melford. 15 vehicles joined us, with one modern car, as their Morris Minor was in for repair. Chris and Marion were organising the run and they handed round a copy of the route of the run we would be taking. It was shorter than Chris had wanted, as there were a number of roadworks in the area.

We all had time for a comfort break and look round the garden centre, before we headed off, which was just as the rain started. We headed towards Cavendish where leaving the village was a Ferguson tractor on display. We travelled through lots of pretty villages with large greens and some lovely chocolate box thatched houses towards Clare, the route taking us roughly along the Suffolk/Essex border. We did actually enter Essex as our final stop was the Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham, where this year they were celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The rain by this time wasn’t too bad, but most of us ate our picnics in the car or in the Railway building, as it wasn’t very good to eat outside. In total we had 4 Travellers, 1 Austin pick-up, 3 convertibles and 6 saloons on the run. We had two new members join on the day. Members were able to look around the Museum at the Railway and also have a ride on their diesel train to round off our trip.

We held a football card to fund raise for Upbeat raised a further £35. Mary Huggins won the £10 and very kindly donated £5 of her winnings back. Many thanks to Chris and Marion for organising the run. They could have ordered better weather!

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