2010 Winter Newsletter

2010 winter rally photograph

Members rallying at Watlington in September last experienced yet more brilliant sunshine to add to their enjoyment of the Chilterns at White Mark Farm. The rally field is quite pretty, but as can be seen from the view above, the sloping nature of the site tested the ingenuity of members as they angled their vans to capitalise on the few bits of flat ground. The red kites had increased in numbers from last time and the rally field appeared to be well fixed on their ‘flight path’ with frequent daily visits often in company of a couple of buzzards. The Club pavilion was erected by 3 p.m. Thursday in good time for the fish & chip supper which was floodlit with the power from marshal Derek Brown’s generator, and wife Jean’s catering for the Friday night Get-together was superb in the same setting. There were two very cold nights to contend with, and the lack of EHU was demonstrated by at least two blue-nosed ralliers on the mornings after.

For the Saturday evening meal there was a welcome return to the Chequers in Watlington, there was reputably a new landlord, and his efforts were voted better than the last time. Sunday morning saw some early departures, but there was a goodly number at lunch-time to do justice to Derek & Jean’s nibbles and things, and afterwards the Pavilion came down quicker that it was put-up, (but ‘twas ever thus). All in all a notable rally, the weather, the site, the organisation and the catering and last, but not least, the conviviality all contributed to its success.

New members. We were glad to welcome an unusually large number of new members to the club.

Changes at Classic Caravans. Following on the heels of the successful Metheringham joint rally with CEC comes news of changes at Classic Caravans. Neil and Julie Cook have left and in comes Mandy Hodgson. Older members will remember Mandy from the 1990’s when she was much in evidence at the Factory Open Days, and from the “hands on” approach she exuded in the day-to-day running of the old firm. Classic Caravans are indeed fortunate to have acquired someone with such expertise,as are all Carlight Owners.

Wanted. Marshals for the Club’s part of next year’s Joint Metheringham rally. The rules laid down for the granting of the Club’s Exemption Certificate demand each Club provides their own marshals. Please treat this as a priority, and if you can help out, Chairman Rob Magson will provide necessary information.

Future Rallies Spring 2011: 12 – 17 May, Hurt Arms, Ambergate, Derby. Autumn 2011: 15 – 20 September, Hampton House Farm, Kineton, Warks.

From the Archives. Mention has been made light-heartedly above to blue-nosed caravanners. This term is more often applied to those caravanners who have crossed the Arctic Circle and thus become eligible for the Order of Blue Nosed Caravanners. The first COC member to achieve this was the late Bert Hawkins, who, together with wife Polly was to become well known in International Caravanning circles. By the 1970’s Bert had downsized his van to a Casetta, which is now owned by Miles & Betty Ramsden. To the best of the Hon. Sec’s knowledge the last Club member to achieve this distinction was the late Leon Smallwood in the early 1990’s. Leon said he was impressed by two things. Firstly the stupendous scenery, and, secondly (being a true Yorkshireman), the Norwegian cost of living!

Written by P White Hon Sec. Edited by R Magson for website March 2011

This page revised March 2011