As we are the Iceni Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club (Norfolk and Suffolk), it was decided that we should try and have a related run to the Iceni tribe. So on 20th September 2015 we had “The Boudicca Run” compiled by Tricia and Jimmy Loades. The run was to roughly follow “The Boudicca Way” which is a footpath that runs from Norwich Railway Station to Diss Railway Station. We were to end our run at Langmere.
Four Morris Minors and one modern car met up at Tesco Supermarket at Harford Bridges, Norwich for the start of the run. Members were then handed round a copy of the route of the run which also had some clues to look out for on the way.
We travelled through Stoke Holy Cross first passing the Roman Town at Caistor St Edmund’s, then on through Shotesham and Saxlingham Nethergate. The run took in some lovely Norfolk countryside and passed an old World War One airfield near Pulham St Mary and the Pennoyer Centre. One of the old hangars here had been dismantled and taken to Bedfordshire and is still in use today.
When we arrived at our destination of Shoreland’s Wildlife Gardens and Blacksmith’s Cottage Nurseries at Langmere, we met up with Penny Robinson with her recent purchase of a Morris Minor. Penny joined us here as she only lives around the corner! Also there were members of the Skoda Club who were having lunch at the exhibition centre.
Here again we had a flypast by Maurice Hammond with his Mustang, he must have been following us around this year! During the afternoon we had a tour of the Wildlife Gardens by the owner Ben Potterton. Ben told us of the work he does at Langmere. The work he does there is to preserve endangered wildlife from around the world. He told us that he also takes in older and injured birds and animals that other Parks and Zoo’s don’t want.
In his collection he has some 40 plus year old cranes. He also has some pygmy monkeys that he lets roam around the gardens and he also managed to call one of them down for us to feed on a banana. It was a very interesting afternoon as Ben took us round the Gardens and told us a story of why some of the animals were there. It was well worth a visit.
Thank you to all those that came along on the run and supported the Branch.