News letter


June/July 2017

Hello campers!
Hope you all enjoyed the recent “heatwave” and that it was not our summer that just passed us by!! I’m just glad that the air conditioning at work was mended in time, the alternative would have been too much to bear!
Once again the THS at Langcliffe was a great success with over 200 units camping throughout the duration. Some campers arrived only planning to stay the first weekend but ended up staying the whole time! We must be doing something right!! The first Saturday was spent putting up the newly extended marquee; with plenty of hands it didn’t take too long, a doddle compared to the old white ones! The bigger job was sorting out the lighting, the bar, etc. Also going up, most importantly, was a new beer tent which of course proved a big success, many thanks to Mick & Mark for the loan of that. Most of us went back to work, then it was all hands on deck for the bank holiday weekend. The fun day opened a bit earlier than usual, this seemed to work well at the hot dog stall, a quick and easy lunch!! It was actually good timing as just as the “crowds” died down, the heavens opened accompanied by a humdinger of a thunderstorm. Thankfully it cleared up in time for the barbecues to be lit then it was back into the marquee for the evening’s
entertainment, once again another excellent performer booked by Deb, she knows how to pick ‘em!!
At the coffee morning on Sunday we had prizes and the  raffle draw which turned out to be a bit like the Claire Pallister show, I got fed up of seeing her walking up waving winning raffle tickets; so did some of the others as they saw their choices being spirited away!! The raffle made just over £300 for our charity Cystic Fibrosis; once again many thanks to everyone who donated prizes, they are always very gratefully received, and of course to everyone who bought tickets. On Sunday afternoon the ever popular cream teas kept us busy for a few hours, while outside the kids’ sports and the appearance of the waterslide kept them busy, thankfully the weather behaved for them!! Thanks to Mick, Deb and Steph for the organising. Sunday evening was of course bingo; once again, big money; once again I didn’t win! Oh well there’s always next time! The last weekend was fairly quiet until Saturday night when lo and behold, Elvis appeared!! Tell you what he’s fair looked after that voice!! Actually it was a fellow camper Trevor who supplied the entertainment, he was also enthusiastically joined by several willing volunteers on the mic. Unfortunately a camper was taken ill and had to be taken to hospital; thankfully he was home soon after but we would like to thank everyone who helped, from getting him to hospital to getting Deb and her unit back home – that’s why they call it the friendly club!! After Sunday’s coffee morning the marquee came down and that was another
Langcliffe THS over. Once again a big thank you to anyone who helped in any way; it’s the volunteers that keep the club and events like this going.
The following weekend was a new venue at Barnoldswick but oh dear, only three (yes 3) units attended and that included the stewards! We don’t know if you like the sites if you don’t come and try them – I can only think the weather forecast put people off, it did nothing but rain all day Saturday! Likewise there was only a small turnout at Parkfold Farm near Bolton, a shame really as the stewards all give up their time voluntarily. We do seem to be a bit thin on the ground for stewards lately with people having to step in to keep the rally open – if you fancy a go don’t be afraid to ask – you can always join a rally and “shadow” the stewards to find out how it’s done, we don’t bite!! Stewards with Ribblesdale camp free – if the landowner wants the stewards to pay Ribblesdale will reimburse them. Why not give it a try, it’s a good way to meet people and put names to faces. Don’t forget, if you’re a member of the BCC, to hand in your green card for this year- for every ten meets you attend you will receive a ten pound voucher which is a ten pound note, and you also get a free buffet at the AGM. We’ve just come back from Horton in Ribblesdale where the weather has reverted to normal; wet, cloudy and then sunny on Sunday when
it’s time to leave
Our next rally is at Lowther Hill Bentham – we had cracking weather last time so let’s hope for the same the rally starts at 12 pm. On the Saturday morning we are looking for volunteers to come to Clapham to help put the marquee up ready for July 6 when the annual Clapham THS starts. As always there will be a warm welcome from Barbara, Graham and their helpers; hopefully the weather will be kind ( no promises!)
There will be all the usual; music, bingo, quizzes, games and all for £5 per night – where else can you get such value!!
Jumping ahead a little, the BCC FOL will be held at Osberton Estate near Worksop over the August bank holiday weekend. It’s a fantastic weekend with live professional entertainment and the Feast Of Lanterns on Saturday evening which is always a wonderful sight. If you’ve never been before come along with Ribblesdale you will be very welcome. Booking forms can be found in the green camping magazine or from Kev the sites officer. If you book before 10 July you can deduct £5 from your fee at the time of booking – if you can’t get your booking form and payment to Kev in time you can always post it yourself, just put Ribblesdale in the section which asks which section you wish to camp with. The theme is wild west so get your cowboy hats dusted off – I know you still have them hidden away somewhere!!
Hope to see you there – and we have been assured there is no chance of flooding as it’s uphill!!!
See you on the field, Karen B.