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Beccles Rally 25/26th August

The annual Eastern Region Rally took place again this year, brilliantly organised by Jane Neale. A record 26 boats turned up and on the Saturday we were treated to free cocktails by Pedros Restaurants, so generous, followed by a BBQ. Rain on Sunday did not deter us from the usual tea and cakes in the afternoon and a dinner was held in the Waveney Hotel later with entertainment by a mind reader. Spooky. We have booked for next year.

The next event will be a guided walk by Keith and Carole Rowe on Sunday 7th October. Please contact them for further details. The Christmas party will go ahead on 1st December. Details to follow.

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Brundall Boat Show 19th May

The second Brundall boat show took place in excellent weather and everyone was pleased with the attendance despite a wedding. The club had a space just outside the NYA office and Linda Varney and I talked to both existing and prospective members. Three new ones signed up on the day and we expect others to do so soon. Other events over the weekend included a Broom Boats hog roast and a club BBQ on the island.

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Eastern Region Fitting Out Supper 28th April and Beccles Rally

61 people attended this year's fitting out supper at Coldham Hall. We had an excellent meal followed by a talk by Dr John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority. A lively question and answer session took place afterwards, given such controversial  topics as river tolls and railway swing bridges. I think he got the message and is willing to meet us again. Brian Wilkins, chairman of NSBA, also spoke. Seven people from NYA and three from Broom Boats, including their new General Manager, Peter Reeve were also there. NYA have already made a donation to club funds and gave a free antifoul for a boat up to ten tons as a prize for the evening's raffle. Broom Boats gave a free valet as a prize.

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2018 Plans Eastern Region


This year's fitting out supper will be at Coldham Hall on 28th April. Please place your orders and pay in full direct with Coldham-01508 538366. There will be two guests, Dr John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority and Brian Wilkins, who is the Chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association(Green Book) so we should expect an interesting evening. Broom Boats will provide a water taxi leaving at 6.30pm and we will have all the moorings at Coldham. Jane Neale will also organise a raffle to create some funds to go towards the admin of local events. Donations of prizes would be appreciated. Before anyone asks the club constitution states clearly that all regional events have to be self financing.

There will be a fitting out cruise starting the day after the supper, same as last year, probably to Woodbridge and maybe beyond and anyone is welcome to join us.

The Brundall boat show will be on 19th May but as Broom Boats are not exhibiting we will be in the midst of things at NYA/Tingdene. Help from members similar to last year would be appreciated.

Friday 8th June to Sunday 10th John Ogden is running a beginners cruise in and out of Lowestoft/Yarmouth to encourage inexperienced members to try out the sea, maybe a look at Scroby Sands and at LOW speed. Please contact John if interested:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It must emphasised as always that members are responsible for their own navigation and safety and the suitability of their boats.

On June 11th we are setting off on a trip to London via Lowestoft and Harwich and via Ramsgate on the way back. You are welcome to accompany us on all or part of this but it is not an organised event.

It is hoped there will be Broom BBQ in July.

Robert Middleton is unable to run a Wells cruise but can forward his preparation plans to anyone who would like to take over.  Please contact him if interested: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Peter and Elaine Ward are to run another East Coast Cruise leaving 21st July, details to follow.

The Beccles weekend will be Saturday 25th to the Sunday 27th August and details will follow nearer the time. Again it is likely there will be a cruise of some kind immediately afterwards.

Keith and Carole Rowe have offered to do another of their famous walks in September. Details to follow.

The AGM weekend will in be in York this year 19th/21st October.

Finally there is a provisional booking for a Christmas party at RNSYC.

Last Eastern Region News 2017

Firstly does anyone who was there have any photos of the MBM trophy presentation at the Christmas party? I have lost mine and we need one for the website. Details and photos from the winning entry should also be on the website soon.

Secondly the Fitting Out Supper 2018 will be on 28th April at Coldham Hall and our guest speaker will Dr John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority. This is thanks to Jane Neale complaining about the unreadability of bridge height clearance boards and one thing leading to another. He says he has a soft spot for Broom boats having received help and advice from Martin Broom when he first became involved with navigational matters. Let's see. He sends out regular briefings about BA work here- 

So lets all be well informed and open minded before we meet him. Information is also available on the BA website. Further details about the event to follow next year.

Lastly I wish you a Happy Christmas.

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