The PWMN Spring pub meets in April 2011 were accompanied by beautiful weather and a draught in East Anglia. For the first time the Network staged three such meets over two weekends. The first of these took place on 10th April at The Bell Inn, Rickinghall, Suffolk where five Minors and Clive Hall's sixties MGB congregated. One of the Minors was making its public debut after a winter long renovation program which had been carried out by the PWMN's youngest member, Andrew Miles.
A week later two further meets took place on 'Drive it Day'. In Cambridgeshire 'The Eltisely' pub was the vanue for the second East Anglian meet while much further south Toby Sears had organised a joint PWMN/VMR meet at the High Corner Inn near Ringwood in the New Forest. The images below tell their own story and it can be safely said that a good time was had by all. All told nine Minors took to the roads over the two weekends with two of the cars making it to both of the East Anglian meets.
Images courtesy of Sylvia Wilkinson, Linda Sears, Chris Lambert.
PWMN member Steve Lewsley had wanted to complete this journey ever since he first acquired his 1931 Minor in the summer of 2008. The original plan being to take a leisurely few days to complete the trip from Kings Lynn in the north to Felixstowe in the south, stopping overnight at local hostelries to sample the hospitality. That this didn't happen was a problem of logistics and so a shorter (one day) circumnavigation was planned. The date was chosen and in order to maximise the social element of the journey overnight stops were planned at each end. Additionally. Steve decided that to give the journey some real purpose he would attempt to raise funds for the local charity EACH (East Anglian Children's Hospice). That he and four other intrepid Minors and crews succeeded can be seen in the photo gallery below and in Clive Hall's report behind the Blue Button.
Three planned pub meets took place in the early autumn accompanied by weather that would have graced mid-summer. The venues were the Bell Inn at Botesdale, Suffolk, the Royal Oak, Barrington Cambs and the Alice Lisle in the New Forest, Hants.with five cars attending each event includied amongst which were eleven Minors. The Bell Inn 'meet' was preceded by an 18 mile run for three of the cars through some of Suffolk's most beautiful countryside which served to wet appetites for both the superb food and real ales on offer. For anyone living further afield, who would like to attend such a meeting and would be prepared to select a venue and act as a regional organisor, please contact the PWMN as full support will be provided. These meets are a perfect vehicle at which to meet fellow enthusiasts and provide an opportunity to examine other Minors at close quarters. Oh, and by-the-way they are great fun!