East Anglia Picnic - Norwich - Sunday 18th August

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East Anglia Picnic - Norwich - Sunday 18th August

Postby Chinchilla_lady » June 17th, 2019, 3:57 pm

It has been a few years since we had a Wildie East Anglian picnic, shall we have another? We had a look at Felbrigg Hall picnic area today, looks really good.

Anyone interested........
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » June 17th, 2019, 4:27 pm

You can count us in as long as it’s August :bounce: Can’t do July or Sept due to wedding, DDs birthday treat and holiday.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » June 17th, 2019, 4:36 pm

I was talking to F. about my summer visit the other day and we decided the beginning or end of Aug (to avoid carnival week when the roads get clogged up).

Do you have to belong to the NT to access Felbrigg? Is the north coast a few miles too far for anyone coming for the day?
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » June 17th, 2019, 4:54 pm

We could collect up to two Wildies from Norwich station and return them thence after the picnic. :D
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » June 17th, 2019, 4:59 pm

August is good for us too. Picnic area and loos are available without NT membership, parking for non members is 3.00 all day.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby aero280 » June 17th, 2019, 8:52 pm

It's a nice thought, but probably too far for me in a day. The car is showing 3 1/2 hours from here. A train would be longer - 4 hours from here to Norwich. I'd have to go into Euston and out again from Liverpool Street.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby StokeySue » June 17th, 2019, 10:56 pm

I can do it quite easily from Liverpool Street

Expect to be around, except 30/31 Aug when I’ll be in Leamington Spa
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » June 19th, 2019, 9:42 am

Dosent have to be Felbrigg if any one else has any ideas.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » June 19th, 2019, 11:31 am

I also wondered, if the final number consists only of retired people, if it needed to be a weekend. Trains are sometimes dodgy on Sundays. It would be nice if working people could come though! I have just agreed to have GD for various dates in Aug. I think that sometime during the first two weeks would be best for me but not the 8th.

Chinch, I don't think you like to travel far do you?
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Herbidacious » June 19th, 2019, 11:45 am

I think it's a tad too far from south London (2 hours 43 by fastest train route plus drive at the other end) but I am away beginning and end of August anyway.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » June 19th, 2019, 1:50 pm

Thats right, once again we have a cat who needs regular meds, so allowing for time to eat, drink and be merry an hour from home each way is our limit. Good job we love her.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Pepper Pig » June 19th, 2019, 2:06 pm

I might be able to come if I can combine it with picking my mother up in Oundle and depositing her with my aunt in Fakenham for the day. But don’t hold your breath!
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby WWordsworth » June 19th, 2019, 8:39 pm

If I'm still not working then and the train works I might just pop in :)
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » June 21st, 2019, 7:16 am

Afraid I’m now booked for 3 August. DD has plans.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 22nd, 2019, 9:38 am

I have been looking at my pennies and if all was well with those and my health then I would probably have considered combining the picnic with a weekend away. But neither are guaranteed so I am afraid it is a no from me. Shame as the suggested location looks superb.

I hope the kitty is on the mend! :luv:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » June 22nd, 2019, 10:26 am

Tezza :hug: although it would’ve been lovely to see you again your health must come first ... you mustn’t over tire yourself ... and of course finances can only stretch so far ... if you ever head this way at any time, that will be justification enough for a Wildies get together :tu: 8-)

Or maybe when you’re up to it, a few Wildies nearer to you might decide to bring their kites and a packed lunch to Dunstable Downs ? ;)
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 23rd, 2019, 1:54 am

What a lovely idea suffs, especially if it's a day like Friday when I went with my mum. The sky was full of hand gliders. There is the NT cafe and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. They even have an indoor area where dogs are allowed now. A lovely place.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » June 23rd, 2019, 10:42 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:What a lovely idea suffs, especially if it's a day like Friday when I went with my mum. The sky was full of hand gliders. There is the NT cafe and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. They even have an indoor area where dogs are allowed now. A lovely place.


When you're feeling up to it why not start a thread and see if anyone else in the area is interested ...
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby TeresaFoodie » June 23rd, 2019, 11:00 am

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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Zosherooney » June 23rd, 2019, 5:07 pm

Sorry but it's too far for us, have a great time whenever it happens. :luv:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » June 30th, 2019, 8:51 pm

Just wondered if we were any closer to organising this. It looks as though those interested are Chinch, Suffs, StokeySue and PP with aero and Herbi thinking it a bit far to travel.

Dates we can't do are 3rd (is that 4th as well)?, 8th, 30th, 31st. Cromer carnival is 16th - 23rd and I won't come then as it gets too busy. I think that leaves weekends 10/11 and 24/25 bank holiday) unless 4th is any good.

Thoughts? I would like to organise my stay before too long.

Looks as though we could probably consider both weekends and weekdays.


PS. Rail travel isn't always great on Sundays.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 1st, 2019, 5:11 am

I could do 4th although as I’m away from home on the 3rd I won’t be able to cook anything in advance for the 4th ... what about a weekday ? ... looks as if we’re more flexible then ....

Either of those two weekends would be ok too
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 1st, 2019, 8:37 am

I would be interested, but can't do either of the first two weekends … Any Wednesday in August would suit me too .
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby StokeySue » July 1st, 2019, 8:41 am

I can do both those weekends. At the moment August is pretty clear apart from the final weekend of 31 Aug/01 Sept
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » July 1st, 2019, 10:45 am

We are o.k for any weekend in August, cant do anything during Carnival week, and Mondays are out for me as I am on Cattery duties.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Seatallan » July 1st, 2019, 11:06 am

I'd better not commit to anything at present but hope you all have a fab time. :wave:

Tezza- love you & Suff's idea! :tu:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2019, 10:25 am

Right, listen up folks ...

We’ve been having a chat about the Picnic and have come up with a bit of an idea and I've run it past Chinch ... as it looks like just a small select group of folk we’ve already met several times :luv: , we could offer to host it here at our home ... in the garden if fine and inside if wet ... that way folk coming by train could share a cab from the station to here (about a tenner each way) and we have accessible ‘facilities’ etc and just about enough seats if Chinch brings her table and a few camping chair thungimmies ... what do you lot think?

The difficulty for us is that OH’s work-days in August are difficult to plan as other folk have children on school holiday so he has to cover quite a bit, and the likelihood is that if we hold it at another venue I’d have to attend on my own and he’d miss out which would be a shame. If we held it here even if he had to work he could hopefully be back by 3pm so at least he’d see everyone and partake of a few treats.

f you’d rather not we really wouldn’t be offended I promise, and as long as no one falls in the pond ;) or advertises the picnic on Fbook or posts photos of the house it’ll be fine... quite happy for photos in the garden to be posted as long as people aren’t expecting Sissinghurst :shock: :lol:

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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby patpoyntz » July 8th, 2019, 10:40 am

How I wish I lived a bit closer to you Suffs....it sounds like a wonderful idea. I’d just love to meet everyone and see your garden.....
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2019, 10:48 am

patpoyntz wrote: and see your garden.....


It's not usually at it's best in August ... but what the heck ... :lol:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » July 8th, 2019, 11:08 am

Sounds an interesting idea. Having already had a sneak preview I can divulge that your house is very clean and tidy so you are very brave! Just one thing, people coming from afar might want to see the sea.

If the dates work then it would be great.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby StokeySue » July 8th, 2019, 2:01 pm

Well, we don’t see the sea at Felbrigg either

It’s a very generous offer and I think a garden party would be a lovely idea.

Pencil me in. As I said I’m pretty flexible

With a small and select crew we probably ough to do a bit of coordination of foo?
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Pepper Pig » July 8th, 2019, 2:31 pm

I’m afraid I can’t confirm either way until the last minute. Hope to make it though.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 8th, 2019, 2:55 pm

What a wonderful offer Suffs :hug: :hug: :hug: …..Did we settle on any preferred dates ? Given enough notice, there's not many days I can't do, apart from the first and second Sundays (4th and 11th). I do have other commitments, but none of them are set in stone. Last time, Sue and I travelled up on the train together. :tu:

edited to amend my availability … :oops:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby StokeySue » July 8th, 2019, 3:03 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:Last time, Sue and I travelled up on the train together.


Yup, looks as if the direct trains will be running in August
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » July 8th, 2019, 4:04 pm

Sounds great for us too, food ideas anyone?
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2019, 4:10 pm

3rd and 4th weekends are good for us :tu:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 8th, 2019, 4:26 pm

StokeySue wrote:
PatsyMFagan wrote:Last time, Sue and I travelled up on the train together.


Yup, looks as if the direct trains will be running in August


And £10 each way, most days and times … not worth buying a rail card ;)
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby StokeySue » July 8th, 2019, 5:28 pm

I have a rail card, since I don’t drive, but yes
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » July 8th, 2019, 6:40 pm

I think the 3rd weekend is bank holiday - don't know if it makes any difference. I will have to try and juggle as the diary is filling up and I will need to check with my 'hotel'! The week from 30th Aug is much less busy!
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2019, 6:48 pm

Bank holiday weekend is the fourth wknd which is 24/25 August :D
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » July 9th, 2019, 6:50 am

Oh yes! :oops: Sometime between 17th & 21st would be best for me subject to whether I can make staying arrangements.
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 9th, 2019, 7:57 am

Sunday 18th Aug is good for us
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 9th, 2019, 9:49 am

I can do the 18th :bounce:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby StokeySue » July 9th, 2019, 10:46 am

Sunday 18th works :)
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » July 9th, 2019, 1:14 pm

Works for us too. :D
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 9th, 2019, 2:04 pm

That looks like everyone who is able to confirm this far ahead ... shall we go for 18th then?

Chinch can you Edit the heading to include the date and then we can ask the Mods to make it a Sticky :D
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby earthmaiden » July 9th, 2019, 2:30 pm

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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 9th, 2019, 2:35 pm

As for food :

I’ll volunteer to make some scones and a loaf of fresh wholemeal bread, and maybe a savoury quiche or pie or something like that ... or maybe sausage rolls perhaps?

We’ll also do tea and coffee of course ...

We can provide cutlery crockery and glassware too so no need for disposables :tu:
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby Chinchilla_lady » July 9th, 2019, 4:07 pm

suffolk wrote:Chinch can you Edit the heading to include the date and then we can ask the Mods to make it a Sticky


I cant remember how to do it! Nothing I'm trying is working.....help.

Will anyone want crabs (steady ladies) I will find out this years prices if required and do the crab run on the day.

I was thinking of doing the Piedmont peppers as usual, scotch eggs (but not if there are sausage rolls), potato salad, tomato salad, green stuff. And a cake ( not my trusty lime and coconut :lol: :lol: )
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Re: East Anglia Picnic 2019

Postby suffolk » July 9th, 2019, 4:10 pm

If you’re doing Scotch eggs I’ll do something other than sausage rolls. I love scotch eggs :chops:

Church I think you can edit by going to the first post and clicking on edit then you should be able to change the thread title ... if it doesn’t work we’ll have to call on the Mods for help
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