Club Ladies Day

On Wednesday 20th November, it was the ladies turn to have a day out.

After a lot of deliberation, An Easton Bus trip to ‘Christmas at Kew’ was chosen and the tickets booked. As it was so close to Christmas we thought it would be a nice seasonal event to go to.

Due to poor Pam being unable to join us, our Club VP Russell James stepped into the breech to join us.

A tinsel decorated bus picked us up from Harford Park and Ride at 11.15 and we headed off. First stop was South Minns Services and to our surprise we were told there was enough time for a 2 hr stop in Windsor to have a look around.

Of course Windsor being no different from anywhere else, had lots of Christmas decorations up and we stopped to admire the huge Christmas Tree by the entrance to the Windsor Castle. After taking lots of photos we headed back to a Café by the bus Park to get a nice warm cup of Tea and slice of Cake !!






On the Bus again we were taken to Kew Gardens, very well organised Bus parking allowed us to get off by the gate and after a bag search, we headed into the vast gardens.

A walking path lead us around Kew.  It was an absolute horticultural delight, with so many trees and Christmas light displays in every Christmas colour you can think of !!


A Café and gift Shop half way around provided a warm up as by then the time was getting late and the temperature was dropping, good job we were all wrapped up warm….. I was very glad that I remembered my gloves !!  Although it added to the Christmas atmosphere, we were glad to warm up on the bus to go home.

A definite visit if you have the time……it was Magical !!


Merry Christmas Everyone, Hope to see you all in 2020 !!

Marie-Anne Read

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It’s one of those things that no matter how hard you work at something………the weather always rules the day in the end.

5 intrepid Rover Club Members set out at the crack of dawn to defy the odds and set up our Charity Rally Site on Sandringham’s Vista.  Assembling gazebo’s in the damp conditions, then taking shelter, to await the arrival of our 49 entrants.  Sadly only 13 were brave enough to make the journey.  We sat and marvelled at the the colours in the sky at 11.30am, as the clouds parted and the sun finally came out !

Visitors at Sandringham included several dog walkers and also we had a few visitors from the 2 coach loads of people who came to visit Sandringham House, Museum and gardens.

Our Selection of brave entrants included…….

1 1970 Cadillac, 1 P4, 1 P5 3ltr, 3 P6 1 SD1, 4 75 Moderns, 1 Mercedes and 1 MG ZT.

The best news, despite the weather, the Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club was able to present a cheque for £650 to our chosen Charity of St Martins Housing Trust on the day. The cheque was accepted by St Martins CEO Jan Sheldon.

The Prizes were sponsored by Glen and Marie-Anne Read and the well deserved winners were …….

Modern Classic

1st   –  Peter Cane with 1984 SD1

2nd  –  Michael Cushion with 2000 75 Modern

Cherished Classic

1st  –   Mick Ruston with 1973 P6

2nd  – Mark Watson with 1968 P6

Due to Adrian Tytherleigh being the only entrant to turn up in the Vintage Classic, he was presented with a 1st Prize.

This year our top award was our Wish List Car. Entrants were asked to vote for the car they would most like to take home, if they could In the end it was a draw and CEO of St Martins was asked to choose between the 2 cars with the most votes…….

The Winners were

1st   –  Mervyn Hardingham with 1962 P5 3ltr

2nd  – Michael Cushion with 2000 75 Modern

Huge thank you to everyone who donated money and to all who came on the day.




Club Display at Blickling – 1st September 2019

It was a privilege for the Club to put on a display of cars at Blickling Hall on Sunday 1st September.



Sixteen Club Members arrived early to park on the drive in front of the Hall, a prime position, not usually enjoyed by many.

There was lots of interest in the cars on show for the visitors to the Blickling Estate. Our Club had a good selection of Rovers of all ages. The earliest were 3 P4’s, then 3 P5’s, 4 P6’s, including an open top, an SD1, a 216 Convertible and up to the latest 75’s, of which we had 3. One member arrived in his second car, a Sunbeam Alpine, to complete our display.



The weather was good and members had time during the day to look around the Jacobean Hall, as well as enjoy the gardens and parkland walks. A few members also took time out to sample the hospitality of the local pub, the Buckinghamshire Arms.

Thankyou to our Club President, Gareth Phillips for arranging such a wonderful Visit.

Janet Cane –  Secretary


Stonham Barns

Stonham Barns – Sunday 18th August 2019

A cloudy day met all of us this morning as we all set out along the A140 to Stonham Barns…….no one had warned us about the queues of traffic !!…… but we waited and waited, until the staff ushered us into the event a few at a time.

Glad to get our cars driving again!  we found our pitch for the Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club over on the far side of the field and parked up……. but due to a strict booking policy, our patch had only enough room for 10 cars…… full to the brim, 2 of our other members (late arrivals due to traffic) sadly had to take their parking space among the other 1,000 cars that were descending on the event.



The day was drafty, but sunny and with so many cars to view, (some extremely stunning classics among the vast number of entrants).  All our members took turns and went off to investigate the vehicles that had joined the rally.

I can personally say, I have never seen such a diverse mixture of classics ever and would have loved more time to look around……..but then the rain came, a sharp heavy shower, that left us all sitting in our cars, steaming the windows up !!!….then the sun came out again !!!! Time for the microfiber cloths !!!!

I would highly recommend this event for the club next year….

Thanks to Janet (our Club Secretary) a table was booked at The Four Horseshoes, Thornham, which was only a few miles up the road. Trying to avoid the queues of traffic, we took the scenic route and along the road we met a Vintage bus coming the other way !!!!!

(how often does that happen….errm NEVER!!!) Onward we went to the Pub…..

A truly delightful meal awaited us all, lots of conversation and giggles too……..

Apologies to the people who left early……. but…..the patrons of the Horseshoes sat outside waiting for us all to leave in convoy…….

VA Va Voom……….

Marie-Anne Read – Chairman

Paparazzi – Janet Cane !!


Holt Railway Transport Day 7th July

On a lovely Sunny Day our Club Members attended the Annual transport Day at Holt Railway. A lovely turn out of alsorts of vehicles, 450 to be exact ! Classic and Vintage buses offering rides around Holt, a few Vintage lorries, and LOTS of  Classic Cars of every make and model you could imagine.




An added bonus was the Railway trip on the railways exceptional trains. With a choice of either Diesel or Steam, a timetable of a train to Sherringham or a bus to Holt every 30mins we were spoilt for choice.

With Sherringham offering Morris Dancing displays, Fish and Chips and shopping ensuring no one went home uninspired or hungry !

This event really is fabulous and if next year you are looking for a special day out, I can highly recommend it ….watch our events calendar next year members.

Marie-Anne Read  –  Chairman


Spit N Polish Evening

A joint social evening with the MG Club on Tuesday 23rd July 7.30pm at the newly opened Boddica Hotel.

A great evening was enjoyed by all who managed to brave the temperature’s on the hottest day of 2019 so far.

Among our members car’s were a P4, 3 P5s, 3 P6s, SD1 and 2 75s.



The MG Club had several lovely cars there too, with 11 Pre 1980 MG BGT models and 8 Modern MG’s.



With several members winning on the raffle and (Despite rumour’s) there was Beer at the Hotel Bar !!!

Our Club’s winning Car, voted by everyone who attended was Terry Reynolds with his expertly Spit N Polished P4.

Thankyou to you all for a great evening !

Marie-Anne Read

NNROC – Chairman