Where do I start to tell you about this weekend-OK start from the beginning.
We were invited to speak at the Anglia Support Group in Norwich so we put Louis in the Kennels and set off on the fast train.
We had to get to an idyllic countryside location, luxury guest accommodation and a host of top-quality amenities, Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club provides a stylish backdrop for travellers to Norwich. Housed in a stately 16th-century English manor, our rooms and suites offer a rare combination of historic elegance and contemporary comfort.
We were here to attend a Charity Night in the marque so we arrived and changed and walked through to the vent.
B&B Charity Ball
Julie Sapey is a member of the Anglia Asbestos #Norwich support group, and she has worked tirelessly to raise funds for local good causes following her mother’s #mesothelioma diagnosis in 2013. Julie will be hosting her popular May Ball at Sprowston Manor on Friday 12 May in aid of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group.
With the Auction and Raffle £6000 was raised and Julie gave me a lot of advice for my own Charity Night in the autumn.
Saturday we had breakfast and packed the cases. We were met by Brian Wallis, Evelyn and Joe and we were given a wonderful tour of the Broads .
We travelled on the Reedham chain ferry
The Reedham Ferry is a vehicular chain ferry which crosses the River Yare in Norfolk. It crosses the river near the village of Reedham, forming the only crossing point between the city of Norwich and Great Yarmouth and saving users a journey of more than 30 miles. The current ferry was built in 1984 and was designed and built at Oulton Broad by the late Fred Newson & the present owner David Archer. The ferry can carry up to 3 cars at a time and can carry a maximum weight of 12 tonnes.
There has been a crossing at Reedham since the early 17th Century. The original ferry was called Norfolk Horse Ferries UNDER STABLE the horse drawn vehicles were the main users of the ferry boat.
The Archers came to Reedham Ferry early in 1949 and proud to boast we are still here now after 3 generations.
The Iferry-boat in 1949 was still being hand-wound across the river Yare until early 1950 when the ferry became motorised.
We were shattered when we booked into our new hotel and had a dinner.
Sunday we were met by Terry and Sally and set of for a tour of Norfolk to the coast of Cromer where we met their family. Vicky and the twins who taught Ray how to catch crabs.
They really wore us out it was heaven to get back to the hotel and have a cup of tea.
I’m so grateful to all the touring thank you so much xx
So for the purpose of the trip on the Monday we went to Astons office. What a wonderful bunch of people. I was able to meet Mesowarriors I have known for many years and it was great to be able to hug old friends and now new.
So many questions were asked and I could answer everything. I asked 2 nurses if they thought I answered well as I do worry about giving clear honest Information. They were happy that I was all correct x
I have recieved a lovely email from Brian :-