Ribblesdale BCC Newsletters
Welcome to our new website! Yes, that’s why it’s been unavailable recently – it’s been revamped. Thanks to Kevin for getting the ball rolling – and we now have a new webmaster, Hannah Kibble has agreed to take over the running of the site from the previous webmaster Steph. Welcome aboard Hannah!!
After a brilliant new year meet the season swung into action in late January at Rolls Royce then we had a new venue at the Canberra Club Salmesbury which was quite well attended despite atrocious weather; this caused the following weekend’s rally to be cancelled but we were back on track at Dale Hey. Our AGM was held at Langho, we had quite a disappointing turnout, only about half of our usual numbers, one of the longest things to read out was the apologies for absence!! Those who didn’t manage to make it missed out on the usual fabulous buffet and the excellent live entertainment in the form of a Cilla tribute act. Thanks to everyone who helped at the venue. After raising over £3,800 last year for prostate cancer our new charity was chosen as North West Air Ambulance for 2020. As always, a big thank you to everyone who donates raffle prizes, and those who organise all the different things we do to raise money, it is greatly appreciated; any donations for prizes are always greatfully received. The committee for this year is mainly unchanged with just a couple of new members – our new sites officer is Stephen Raistrick, and as already mentioned our new webmaster is Hannah Kibble.
I’m writing this sat at home ( yes, I did say at home!) as Kevin as been ill for most of this year with a couple of stays in hospital, it seems that it may be a long job, hopefully we will be out when he is more mobile, thank you for all your good wishes.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel our rally at West Bradford 13 -15 March; this is not due to the weather but we do not have a steward – we do say that no steward, no meet, and in this case it has proved to be true. I hope this is a one off as it would be a shame to have to cancel meets because of this – all stewards of Ribblesdale meets get free camping, that’s worth something! Lancaster Auction Mart starts at 2pm and Skipton Auction Mart at 12 pm; both venues are hard standing so even if the weather is rubbish nobody’s going to get stuck! Skipton has a change of steward, the new steward is Dorothea 07717177463.
3 – 15 April we are once again at Lytham for Easter at our very popular meet with all the usual events ; hope to see you there. This year the school does not end until lunchtime so there are STRICTLY NO ARRIVALS BEFORE 3PM PLEASE DO NOT ABUSE THIS, IF YOU DO TURN UP EARLY YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.
For those of you who are lucky enough not to have to go back to work you can move straight from Lytham to Victoria Park, Southport where there is always plenty to do and you are assured of a warm welcome.
Moving on to the Spring Bank Holiday we are at Langcliffe where we hope to repeat last year’s brilliant success; we are looking for people to help run various things, if you can help please contact the committee. Finally for now a big thank you to all the members who are keeping the club running while we are out of action.
See you on the field soon(ish)
Sorry if it’s seemed a while since the last newsletter but we’ve been waiting to see if we could get a replacement for our cancelled meet at South Shore. I’m pleased to say that we have found one – it will be at Great Birchwood Warton near Lytham, still close enough to see the Illuminations. The meet starts 15th October; due to the short notice it can only be a five day meet but never fear! Campers will be allowed to stay on until 24th under the management of the site. Many thanks to our secretary Mick Kibble for finding and arranging this meet at such short notice, it is greatly appreciated.
Now, to catch up – our meet at Connonley was quite well attended but the weather was not too good; hence no one felt like dressing up Hawaiian style – we were all gathered together for the communal barbecue when a couple who had come all the way from Scotland arrived in all their finery! Oops! We quickly scurried back to our vans to don grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and garlands!!
The following weekend was the BCC FOL at Spetchley Park near Worcester. There were 13 units camping with Ribblesdale who all willingly joined in the seaside theme as I am sure you will have seen the pictures. Thank you to Anne and Eric who raised £28 for our charity with their wonderful display of the cartoon where people were encouraged to have their photos taken – the car even had a personalised number plate! There were lots of very favourable comments, thanks to everyone who joined us.
The FOL was a resounding success; as always there was a chance to catch up with old friends, lend a helping hand and most of all enjoying yourselves. There was a vast variety of entertainment, ranging from Gabriella the Story Telling Ukranian Lady, Rich Sheehan, a fantastic comedy vocal impressionist – quite a good singer too!- who kept us all splitting our sides with his superb impressions. We also had over the weekend singer Tony G, the CCC Band with a brilliant Last Night of the Proms, singer “Hump” and an Oompah band from Manchester of all places! And of course the lighting up on Saturday evening an absolutely fabulous display as always .Many thanks to Sylvia, Cliff, Kath, Alan and all their helpers over the meet; another successful FOL under the BCC’s belt. Next year we are at the Turnpike Showground where the theme will be Dad’s Army and Allo Allo – why not make a holiday of it by visiting the pre and post meets!
After the FOL it was off to Dinarth Hall where Julie, Karen, Ian and Hilda were ready to welcome everyone. There was plenty to do – Rhoss, Llandudno, Conway, Colwyn Bay to name but a few places. A bit of advice here –if you donate anything to a charity shop, make sure you go through the pockets first; you never know what you might find, like a condom!! Wrapped, thankfully!! Never find any fivers though! And it put us off purchasing the jeans!! The first Saturday was the famous Goldwing parade in Llandudno – very busy but well worth a visit with a brilliant atmosphere and plenty of noise. Some of the bikers camping on our site gave rides after the coffee morning on Sunday for a donation to our charity, a big thanks. Unfortunately that was our holiday over , so the next weekend we visited our new THS at Askem in Furness. It’s a lovely flat field with good public transport links to Scotland, the Lakes and Lancaster area. Numbers were a little disappointing but everyone who joined us enjoyed themselves, especially as the stewards made bacon butties and cake plates ( not both together!!) There was also entertainment in the clubhouse and lovely walks on the estuary shore. We are running the meet again next year so if your appetite has been whetted come and join us. We’ve just returned from Rufforth sports field, once again bacon butties for breakfast ( I like these stewards!!) and the added attraction of the York balloon fiesta – not only hot air balloons but tribute acts from Freddie Mercury, Abba, Take That, the Beatles, Dolly Parton, stunt riders and a brilliant funfair which when all lit up at night made a fantastic atmosphere. There was a get together in the room where we even got to see the fireworks through the windows!
4th – 6th October we are at Knight Stainforth near Settle; unfortunately the restaurant is not available on Saturday evening but can be booked for Friday. 11th – 13th October we are at Astley Green Colliery near Leigh and then on to our “ emergency venue” at Great Birchwood. Following on from there is our Hallow’een and Bonfire meet at Farmer Parr’s where we will be having a Hallow’een social with fancy dress, decorated awning, and best pumpkin, the following weekend we will be having fireworks and the bonfire followed by a social. Our club FOL is 5th – 10th November at Dale Hey where the theme is Christmas Carols and it is cryptic, should be interesting!
There are still a few places left for our Christmas meal at Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick 23rd November there is camping available 22nd – 25th November for more information contact Pauline 07377531126.
Even though the nights are drawing in and it’s coming up to Christmas ( it must be – we’ve got mince pies and Family Circle biscuits in at work!!) there is still plenty of camping left!
Hope to see you on the field,