March 2019

Hello campers!
The season has started for real with good weather at Farmer Parr’s even though it was a bit (!) windy. We had about 18 units with an enjoyable social and Valentine’s quiz on the Saturday evening, which was about as soppy as we got!! At Dale Hey the weather surpassed itself, quite exceptional for February, though we still had to move the chairs around to follow the sun! There were 38 units which was brilliant with many members from other sections visiting us as their sections had still not begun. Even the room was warm compared to usual!! On Saturday evening we had a quiz and games night where everyone joined in even if it was just cheering on their team!! The quiz quietened us down a bit; the theme was films, well I discovered that I need to watch a lot more then The Full Monty and Back to the Future!! Sunday was just as good weatherwise with us hoping that it was a sign of things to come; even though we still had to leave fairly early in order to get back before dark – roll on the clocks going forward!!
We’ve just returned from our AGM with 39 units camping and more commuting
We took a quick trip into Knott End on Friday afternoon with a delicious lunch in the lovely café and a brisk walk to burn it off, followed by a visit to the shops. Friday night saw us having a get together with a good chance to catch up – for quite a few it was the first time out this year. On Saturday it was as usual all hands on deck preparing the room and the buffet for the AGM, which saw 78 people sign the book, the biggest number for quite a while. Our charity for 2018 was Guide Dogs for the Blind and we raised the fantastic amount of £3 419.13 – a massive thank you to everyone who contributed, either by donating prizes, taking part in fundraising efforts like the football cards and profits from cream teas, pie and peas etc and of course buying the raffle tickets. We had special guests to receive the cheque – club member Stewart, who trains puppies in obedience, and Dave who brought along his trainee guide dog Dani who was exceptionally behaved throughout the evening. Dave gave an informative talk on guide dogs and the benefits they offer to people with impaired or no vision, giving us a greater understanding of their valuable contribution to society. We did raise enough to “name a puppy” and after not a lot of discussion the winning name was RIBBY which came as no surprise to me as it was the only name I’d been hearing throughout the year.

I must apologise that I did not announce it at the social, but there was a lot going on!
One task at the AGM was electing a committee; this remains almost identical to last year with the exception of secretary; Lilian stood down and I thank her for her valuable contributions over the last twelve months. Our new secretary is an old face –we welcome Mick Kibble back on to the committee; two members have exchanged positions; Mick Corey is the new sites officer and Kevin Barwick is the new equipment officer – well they do say variety is the spice of life!! We also chose a new charity for 2019 which is prostate cancer a very worthy cause I’m sure you’ll agree. There was also a members’ raffle and a stewards’ raffle which was well received by the winners! We also gave out 28 ten meet vouchers to Ribblesdale members who have camped more than ten weekends over last year, one of the perks of being a member!
Once again Claire and her helpers served up a fabulous buffet which everyone did justice to; thanks for all their hard work
Then there was a treat – live entertainment – and I don’t mean karaoke!! We had decided that it would be a bit different to usual and we weren’t disappointed, we were entertained by the talented Katy Halliday who gave a variety of songs to suit all tastes with plenty of people up dancing. Then of course the big clean up!! Sunday was back to normal with everyone aiming to get home before Storm Freya!! Once again a big thank you to everyone who helped make it such a successful weekend, here’s to the next one!!
Our next meet is 8 -10 March at Kirkland and Catterall just off the A6 where the theme for Saturday evening is “Bollywood” please feel free to dress up; we will also be having a jacob’s join. The meet begins at 12 pm. 15 – 17 March is Skipton auction mart, a very popular venue, all hard standing and plenty of room, with a social on Saturday celebrating St Patrick’s Day’ meet begins at 12pm. 22 – 24 March is Petre Arms near Whalley behind the pub ( very handy) with a social in the village hall on Saturday where we will be having a race night – don’t worry, it won’t break the bank!!The meet starts at 12pm. All stewards numbers are in the out and about and the website, which is the best way to find out information about that particular rally such as start time, spaces, condition of the field etc. The stewards are actually on the field so they have all the up to date information. Talking of stewards, there is a change of stewards at our meet at Hatter’s Farm 12 -17 April, the new stewards are Steve and Lesley 07949073657.
Moving on to our THS at Langcliffe, we are celebrating Ribblesdale’s 40th birthday and we are looking for the loan of any photos especially from way back to form a display and a burst of nostalgia!!
See you on the field, Karen B.

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