Hello campers!
Long time no newsletter! Apologies, apolologies, this thing called life gets in the way sometimes! Anyhow, it hasn’t stopped us from enjoying our caravanning has it? Now, where was I? Oh yes, we’d got to October. The THSs at Dinarth and Harrogate were both well attended as always – no mention of anyone trying to sneak into the showers this year; either they’ve learned their lesson or they weren’t camping! At Harrogate campers were spoilt by Lesley with home made soup, chocolate cake and ice cream among the offerings (possible new catering officer when we come to need one?!!!) We did have a couple of non starters – our meet at Bolton Abbey had to be cancelled because of ongoing roadworks, and the following weekend at Petre Arms saw only three units including the stewards; hopefully it was because of the atrocious weather and not the stewards (us!!)
South shore at Blackpool once again was very popular with a fantastic Hallow’een evening, lots of dressing up and even more decorations; the follow on at Farmer Parr’s was also well attended, but because of a mistake by the landowners it meant that the Caravan Club (who?) had been put on our site so we were split up into two areas, but it did mean that the campers who didn’t want to brave the cold all got an excellent view of the fabulous firework display. Then it was into the social where the kids enjoyed themselves in the ball pool and the adults enjoyed(??!!) a bonfire night themed quiz which was rather difficult to say the least ( I’m not joking!) A piece of advice here – when you complete the first page of a quiz, please remember to turn the page over –there may be more questions on the back!! Mind you, I couldn’t get any of them either!
Dale Hey is always popular as proved again with our FOL with the theme “the world of books” and the socials, then a new venue at Elm Cottage was a success with easy reach to the park and ride and a trip in to Chester for a spot of retail therapy. Back at the social we had bingo and a quiz – this one was easy as it had been compiled by me, so no googling or phoning a friend was needed! At the beginning of the evening we were given a beautiful iced fruit cake from Claire and David where campers were invited to guess the weight with proceeds going to Guide Dogs for the Blind . We also auctioned off a gorgeous little cardigan made by Dorothea which together raised just under £30 for the charity – many thanks to Claire and Dorothea. Our new venue for the Christmas dinner was also voted a success – all hard standing; in the club on Friday there was a music quiz which was very informal and a good laugh – the only disappointment was that we were leading until the last round when they moved on to “modern” music ( by this I mean after the 80s!) and we were snookered!! On Saturday the meal was also given the seal of approval, no complaints, absolutely beautiful, and afterwards entertainment in the club rounded off the evening nicely. The following weekend was the kids’ turn at St. Michael’s where a very special visitor managed to squeeze us into his busy schedule keeping the kids all happy (hurray!) along with games and dancing. We rounded off the year at Victoria Park where the weather was grim but refuge was to be found in the pub!!
As you know, this year our charity has been the Guide Dogs for the Blind; well I am delighted to tell you that we have managed to raise the phenomenal total of £3 415.13 !! As always a big thank you to everyone who has helped raise this fantastic amount; let’s hope we can do as well next year!!
I’d like to take this opportunity as chairman to say a massive thank you to all our members for everything they have done to make 2018 another successful year, be it stewarding, marshalling, running stalls, decorating rooms, donating time, standing in, and anything else and of course for joining us on our meets; if it weren’t for you lot we wouldn’t have such a brilliant club. We hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and a very happy and healthy  2019.
                                                           See you next year!
                                                                        Karen B.

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