2011 Summer Newsletter

Club members took the change of venue for the May rally & 49th AGM in their stride. The site was very pleasant, though two areas had to be used to accommodate the vans on reasonably level ground.

photo of rally caravans

Commander models were in a minority here, the three examples present being overwhelmed by the presence of Casalette, Casettas, Caribbeans and Continental.

The weather was good, but the wind was a nuisance, all hands had to be mustered to erect the Pavilion and hold down the various bits & pieces until everything was safely secured.

another photo of rally caravans

On Thursday the fish & chips were delivered in a Rolls Royce! Anne & her helper's efforts were hugely appreciated on the Friday evening. A good meal was enjoyed in the pleasant surroundings of the Staff of Life pub on Saturday night. The Sunday noon nibbles were considerably enlivened by a transfusion of champagne, more wine, and a delicious lemon cake, courtesy of the arrival of Neil and Anne Allen, which complimented the Welsh Rarebit rustled up under the grills of four separate caravans. After all this the normal Sunday p.m. departures seemed more reluctant than usual. Two birthdays were celebrated in the course of the rally — Steve’s on the Thursday, with jam doughnuts after the F & C, and Betty’s on Friday, with cream cake at the Get-together, and we were pleased to welcome experienced caravanners Bernard & Audrey to their first COC rally.

From the AGM. All the officers and committee were re-elected en bloc, though the Hon Sec re-iterated his intention to retire next May from a position he reluctantly accepted in 1994, saying the Club needed a younger person other than an (almost) octogenarian. Margaret Crosby agreed to become the Hon Auditor.

New Members. Welcome to three new members who have joined recently.

Future programme. Hampton House Farm, Kineton, 15-20 Sept. 2011, 50th Anniversary rally, Fosseways Farm, Moreton in Marsh, 17-22 May 2012. A Special General Meeting will be held at the Kineton rally in September to consider your responses, timing to be given in the rally programme.

Midnight Sun trip. After the write-up in last December’s Newsletter about Bluenosed Caravanners,Robert Magson is keen to take his Carlight across the Arctic Circle next year. Any members who would like to join him in an informal group to see the Midnight Sun are asked to contact him (01275 340028). There was a failure of communication regarding the original paper version of this newsletter which referred incorrectly to a trip this year to the Northern Lights.

Owners’ Club Caravan Window stickers. Dan Clough has designed and had made a COC owners’ club window sticker. They are available at rallies (to save on postage) at £1.00 each. Alternatively, send £1.00 plus a SSAE to Hon Treas. Chris Forward, 57 Meadow Drive, Prestbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4EY. Buy one if only to annoy Jeremi(ah) Clarkson.

three classic caravan rear-ends

Tailpiece from Ticknall. Ignoring the cars, aren’t these three just about the three prettiest rear-ends ever designed and made by Carlight of Sleaford? Move over, all you rear-booted Commanders! (This is the hon. secretary's personal opinion and not necessarily that of the club.)

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

This page revised July 2011