News letter


March 2018

Hello campers!
Well we’re getting back into the swing of things – each meet so far has had double figures despite the typical British weather; wet and windy most of the time! There has been an odd glimpse of the sun but I think it was just teasing us, it didn’t stay out for too long. The cold must have numbed the senses at Dale Hey – there were quite a few false calls at bingo, much to the relief of the eventual winners!

The 2nd – 4th March was our AGM, but the great British weather excelled itself and one of the most important weekends of the year was canceled because of the snow – many of us couldn’t even get our caravans out never mind drive to the venue!! The meet at Astley Green Colliery Museum was also cancelled but for a very different reason; Sky TV were there making a documentary and there was only enough room for about four vans – I know that sometimes we only have small meets, but not that small!! Pity really; we could have had a chance at our “fifteen minutes of fame”; as long as they got my good side!!

Now the dilemma – when and where would we have the AGM? Various suggestions were made, the sites officer Kev got busy and arranged a meet at Petre Arms near Langho – almost like old times! Friday night we spent in the pub (like I said just like old times!!) A good atmosphere and very friendly landlords. Saturday was of course spent preparing for the AGM arranging the room and preparing the buffet. As usual everything ran like clockwork – a huge thanks to everyone who gave up their afternoon to help. Then back at 6 for the AGM when it rapidly filled up. The evening kicked off with a representative accepting a cheque for cystic fibrosis for £3 125.55, and she explained about how the money would go for research into new treatments, backed up by a member who explained that her granddaughter was using a new drug which was having a vast improvement, so a big thanks to all who helped with donations, organising events, and buying tickets to make this fantastic amount. Our new charity for 2018 is Guide Dogs for the Blind – I hope you all give your usual brilliant support to this fantastic charity.

The AGM also produced some changes to the committee – the chairman and secretary both stepped down; many thanks to Mick and Jeanne for all their work over their term of office. So here goes – the committee now consists of: Karen Barwick – chairman; Debbie Hinds – vice chairman; Carole Johnson – treasurer; Lillian Lloyd – secretary; Kevin Barwick – sites officer; Jimmy Sutcliffe – regalia officer; Mick Corey – equipment officer; Claire Pallister – catering officer. There are still posts vacant for music presenter and social secretary; anyone is very welcome to have a go, maybe do a social here and there, there will always be help available. The AGM was followed by the social, the by now famous buffet and the raffle which raised £114 for our new charity. Once again any donations of raffle prizes will be gratefully accepted.

16 -18 March we are at Skipton Auction Mart –this is a joint meet with Nelda but there is plenty of room! The meet starts at 12pm; it is all hard standing close to Skipton town center with its market, castle, shops, canal basin and more.There is a social on Saturday night where of course everyone is welcome, and be assured that there will be water available all night – standpipe at the ready!!
Then we come to Easter – no I haven’t got my dates mixed up – this year we have managed to get a THS at Lytham which starts on March 23rd – but STRICTLY NO ARRIVALS BEFORE 2PM . The school does not close until lunchtime so there is no way that anyone can arrive before then – you will not be allowed in, no exceptions. But not to worry you have 10 days to enjoy yourselves! On the first Saturday there is a get together and on the Easter weekend there will be all the usual events – socials, coffee morning, Easter bonnets, decorated eggs and cards and of course the raffle and the bingo, hope to see you all there. The follow on meet starts on the Tuesday at Gibralter Farm Silverdale a beautiful site with views over Morecambe Bay. Hopefully the weather will be kind – but if you have any doubts about the field it is always advisable to contact the stewards – that is why their numbers are published!! By the way the steward has a new number; she lost her other phone in Australia ( a good excuse to go back and look for it I would have thought!!) so the new number is 07377531126.

Moving on we have another THS at Victoria Park Southport which encompasses the May day bank holiday and of course the Spring Bank holiday at the end of May is our fun weekend at Lodge Barn Langcliffe with entertainment, stalls, socials, games, cream teas and plenty of sunshine (hopefully!!) We will be looking for donations and help in running the meet so watch this space!!
Well that’s about it for now,
See you on the field,

Karen B.