Shotley Village Hall  
20th to 22nd April

Arrived in brilliant Sunshine and early for a change horrrrrah. Parked next to Peter on a lovely flat piece of the field and after 15 minutes we were outside relaxing in our uncomfortable metal chairs as I forgot to pack the recliners not to worry after the 5th can of beer the numbness in ones buttocks had disappeared and started for me legs… ha ha ha ha…

Kev was taking an age to arrive on site, where was he, what was keeping him? surely the traffic was not that bad, almost 3.5 hours from setting off in Laindon and covering a staggering 190 miles …. YES 190 , Kev and Karla pulled onto the field… but why could he have taken so long …. WELL wait for this….. Travelling on the M25 and sitting in the middle lane doing 62MPH !!  He forgot to take the slip road for the A12 !!!!!! albeit Kev told us the slip road was closed, and just opened as he got to it and was committed to going straight on.. Yeah Kev whatever…. Ha ha ha. Anyway towards the M11 was the mission, the Nissan was in top gear as they sped closer to the junction, not forgetting to get off this time they took the M11 and headed for Stanstead… OMG what a long way around, you can imagine the conversation in the car can't you…. Hahahaha.
Towards the A120 was the next exit, and again Kevo forgot to take the Slip Road and was now heading for Cambridge, Ha ha ha ha
The only option, take the A11 to Newmarket and the A14, had he gone a little further he could have picked up Peter and Edna !!
Now back on track the A14 was a breeze, but what a long way around… Not to worry all was safe and sound.

Saturday was another Cracking Day, Grand National Day, off we went in the morning to Ipswich to do the Lottery and have a
little flutter on the Gee Gees, we took two cars as Kevo had to fill up with Fuel again hahahahaha. Ladbrooks beaconed as we turned into Nacton Village.. Karla had never been into a bookies before and it was hilarious to watch her in action, we were in stitches as we tried to help her write out the betting slip and all Karla wanted to do was get out of the place regardless of how much the bet cost…. Really funny. Back to the Ranch for the afternoon and sunbathing whilst drinking alcohol in the sun was the order of the day, Ray opened a bottle of his favourite Scotch Liqueur Whisky, Hmmmm fab and shared it with the group. After dinner it was off to the pub which was next to the rally field, who needs a hall when there is a pub next door, and even better the first drinks were on the House, Horrrrrrray  a brilliant night was had by all.

More sunshine on Sunday so there was no rush off the field, Thanks to Chris and Clive for another great weekend

See you all in a pair of weeks




Easter at Whepstead Community Centre
30th Mar to 2nd Apr

Whepstead Community Centre - Easter A welcome return for the 77 Club to this wonderful Venue. However the weather could have been kinder to us... to say the least. Members got there on Thursday and proceeded to park up on the field About 14 vans, however this was short lived as the heavens opened and rain drenched the field, those that came late were directed by the newly appointed Rally Officer, Clive, to park up on Hard Standing.... Including me horrrrrray. Well it didn't stop raining all weekend, OMG I am sure you could see the vans in the field slowly sinking... But not to worry, the rain would stop before Monday and the field would dry up in time for the mass exodus after the coffee morning. Peter hosted a great night of entertainment on Friday which was well received and a brilliant night. Dawn and Steve, hosted on Saturday night, which was again an excellent night which did include Steves famous Higher and Lower game, well done both another successful evening Sunday, saw a professional entertainer, Joey Howard who was a comedian, it was brilliant, he did pick on poor old Ray a lot, but Ray sat right at the front almost next to the comedian, so of course Ray was an easy target, but thank you Ray for taking everything in good spirit. The kids were so well behaved it was a credit to the parents, really good again thank you all.
After the Easter Bonnets, and the Easter Eggs Hunt it was time to announce the Boy and Girl of the year for 2017. This year the accolade went to Wyllow for the Girl of the year and to Logan for the Boy of the year, well done you two, and well deserved. Monday and Coffee morning was finished, so now we had the added entertainment that was watching how many vans would get stuck in the muddy field..... Out of all the caravans on the field everyone had to get towed off the field, except for one..... Kevo, well done Kevin, he was the only one to tow his caravan off the muddy field without getting towed off, horrrrrray.
Thank you sooooo much to Clive for using his 4x4 to tow everyone off the field, and thank you to everyone who helped, a great afternoon of entertainment. I bet you every member goes out and buys a tow rope next weekend !!!.
I had an awful job getting away also, hitching up on hard standing and pulling away with a clean car and caravan was awful ....... Hah ha ha hahahaha ha. Sorry I couldn't resist......
Thanks again everyone

See you all in a pair of weeks
Regards Joe


First Rally of the Season
Roding Hall Farm
16th to 18th March

Chairmans Blog First Rally - High Roding Hello everyone and welcome to this years blogs And so to the first rally of the year a pleasant return to Roding Hall Farm, just outside Dunmow, a really lovely location. The weather man warned of snow, but we took no notice and headed off to our first rally of the year, horrrrray we arrived in brilliant sunshine on the Friday to a warm welcome from 7 other members, it was so warm that we sat outside the van and guzzled beer all afternoon, Julie even took her coat off !!!, It turned really cold in the evening but hey ho after all it's still March, and there is no sign of SNOW, the forecasters must have got it wrong again !
Saturday afternoon and my God did it snow, light at first but then it wouldn't stop, soon the field and vans were covered and so was the road, but we didn't care, out in the cold we went braving the blizzard to go to the hall for fun and frolics , hosted as it was by yours truly, Julie, Bob and Deb, and the theme Paddys Day, given as it was then 17th of March. We had great fun, Irish Skittles, Irish Quiz, and everyone got a leprechaun name for the evening..... Thank you everyone for joining in, brilliant.
Sunday morning and the dreaded packing up started, who was going to be first of the field? Who was going to get stuck in the snow and have to be towed out with a proper 4 X 4.... Hahahaha. Barry and Kath were first to go, as we all waited with baited breath Barry unleashed the 2.0 lt engine, as he lunged forward Kathy had her eyes closed and was holding onto the dashboard as if her life depended on it. The roar of the 2.0 lt could be heard in Dunmow, as Barry gave the Honda the beans...... Across the field he went, snow flying everywhere all up the front of the van and down the side of the Honda, ....... The road couldn't come quick enough, but sure as sure he made it, out onto the hard surface of the road to great applause from the onlookers.... Well done Barry.. Ha aha aha Everyone else cruised out with nobody getting stuck at all, even Bob. Thanks everyone for a great weekend.

See you all soon

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