April 2019
Hello campers!
Well the clocks have gone forward meaning we can look forward to longer weekends! Woo Hoo!!! Our Bollywood meet at Kirkland and Catterall was a quiet meet probably due to the bad weather forecast but we still enjoyed good company and good food – you all missed a good curry!! We were also introduced to Quingo, a combination of quiz and bingo, which was very entertaining once we got the hang of it! Thanks to Lisa for hosting that; we just have to remember how to play it! That weather forecast was nothing compared to the following weekend at Skipton – lucky Kevin was working so I roped Steve in to help site the units; I also told him that I didn’t think we would be busy because of the weather – wrong!! 29 units braved the elements; I really had to stay inside so that my paperwork didn’t get soaked or blown away (honest!) but couldn’t say the same for Steve, every time he took his coat off someone else arrived! Needless to say I declined to swap places! Thanks Steve. The social had an Irish theme with it being St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish quiz. I’m glad I was the quizmaster because I wouldn’t have known half the answers – the internet is a wonderful thing!! Langho was also well attended with some new faces and a few old ones. Steve again helped to site up but the weather was not half as bad as the previous weekend; he really did earn his beer over those two weekends! On Saturday evening we ran a race night in the village hall which was good fun and didn’t bankrupt anyone, and helped to put us in the mood for the following weekend when we ran a sweepstake for the Grand National. We were at Lancaster Auction Mart for this one, and after watching the race (nearly won – not!) I discovered that the quiz that had been promised had been left at home ( this one was a lot easier than the Irish one) so we fell back on to good old bingo; the winnings almost got into double figures!!
We had a new venue at Hatter’s Farm near Knott End , a very peaceful site about a three mile walk into Knott End, but the ferry to Fleetwood was not running so of course we retired to the pub! Someone mentioned chips so a stop off was planned on the way back; guess what – the flipping shop was shut! To round it off so was the charity shop! Anyway Lesley and Steve (yes, that Steve!) had organised hot dogs so they cured the beer munchies, it was just a bit too cold to sit out once the sun started going down but we made good use of Kev and Gail’s awning. Then there was Easter – a fantastic turnout of 184 
units and as always smoothly run by the stewards including young Xavier who is being trained up quite nicely! On Friday evening there was the ever popular bingo with the biggest houses paying £140 and £110!! Well worth it for some lucky players! During the evening Lucy and her family ran a raffle and tombola to raise money for Pendleside Hospice which looked after Lucy’s great granddad Richard Wylde, a former Ribblesdale member who sadly passed away earlier this year. They raised the fantastic amount of £200 , well done Lucy , you did Richard proud. Our own charity this year is prostate cancer which through your very generous donations of prizes and buying tickets raised around £420 over the weekend. Once again a massive thank you to everyone who helped raise this brilliant amount, without your contributions this would not be possible. Whoever ordered the weather also deserves some kind of medal; in all the time we have been spending Easter here this was the first time that we held the coffee morning outside ( yes, I did say outside) it certainly made a change from being cooped up inside. Once again there was a brilliant display of Easter bonnets, cards and decorated eggs, giving the judges a difficult task. Following the clearing up ( which the majority had been done earlier by our stalwart volunteers) we even held our committee meeting outside; another first! After all that it was back to the van for a very belated breakfast and a cheeky gin (the sun was definitely over the yard arm) ; not the first of the weekend but the most appreciated!! Talking of appreciation, as always thanks must go to anyone who helped in any way to make the meet a success, it would be a very dull and disorganised meet without you all! Don’t forget, you don’t have to be a committee member to help, just ask if you’d like to help; we will certainly be able to find you something to do!! It would also be appreciated if people bided by the rules like taking their rubbish home and not dumping their black bag outside the dining room!!

Our follow on meet is now in full swing at Gibraltar Farm in Silverdale; a beautiful site overlooking Morecambe Bay and definitely not cancelled this year!! Our THS at Victoria Park in Southport begins on 29thtApril running until 16th May, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the assets of this venue as it has become very popular, a nice flat field close to town and transport links; all it needs to make it almost perfect is good weather! The meet opens at 12 o’clock where the stewards will be waiting with a warm welcome. Following Southport is our Spring Bank Holiday meet at Langcliffe near Settle This meet opens on 16th May until 2nd June and we will be having all the usual events; live entertainment, bingo, quizzes, games, stalls, duck race, race night, cream teas and very probably the now famous water slide. Everyone is very welcome particularly as Ribblesdale celebrates its 40th birthday this year, so come along and join in!

I have to finish on a sad note; we recently lost Terry Parkinson, a long standing member who passed away peacefully last month. Terry was a well liked and respected member and only gave up caravanning a couple of years ago, and that was only because his caravan gave up before he was ready to! He was always ready for a natter and a laugh; he will be sorely missed by his fellow caravanners. Our condolences go to Tracy and the family.

See you on the field, Karen B.

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