Hallowtree Scout Camp
1st to 3rd November
We joined the Thursday club and after a short delay at Orwell bridge we arrived at lunchtime and soon set up. As the weather was dry and sunny we had a pleasant walk around the site and wandered down to the River Orwell. It was only us on site until 10.00pm when Kevin and Karla arrived.
Friday dawned a little drizzly but dried up later, by 7.00pm we had 7 units on site. At 8.00pm the children and some adults came around the caravans for trick or treat and they all looked very good. At 9.00 pm it was over to the haunted grotto to pay dues, have a chat and collect our quizzes.
Saturday started dry but soon the wind got up and down came the rain. A few ventured out to nearby shops. It was so windy that the Orwell bridge was closed for the morning and it seemed so strange not hearing or seeing any traffic on the A14. By lunch time the bridge had re-opened as the wind had dropped. It had dried up by this time so it was over to the shooting range for our annual competition. This was won by Karla for the adults and she was so chuffed that she had beaten Kevin. A good time was had by all who entered. Thanks to Neal and Tina for organising everyone.
At 5.00 pm it was the usual scary walk in the woods, which was followed by lighting the bonfire and fireworks. The fireworks were fantastic as always, thanks to Kevin for getting the fireworks and to Steve D, Logan and Willow for lighting them.
After this was hot dogs and hamburgers all cooked by Bob and served by Deb and Julie. Karaoke went into the night with some great singers and a good laugh was had by all. Peter did a slow motion backwards flip off Kevin's chair through a gap at the back of the gazebo, this was hilarious and he didn't even drop the mic. After he stopped laughing he managed to get back up.
A great night was had by all.
Sunday dawned nice and dry and sunny as we started to pack up ready for home. We all sat out in a circle for prize giving and the raffle.
A big thank you to Kevin, Karla and all their helpers for another great bonfire weekend.
See you all at Dinner/Dance next weekend
Elaine and Chris
Thursday .... As we are hosting this rally Kev likes to come on a Thursday, we didn’t leave home until 8 pm as I always do trick or treat, so we packed away extra quick, Kev towed the caravan and I drove my car as I've got to get away quick on Sunday as I've got the hospital "Forget Me Not" babies service at 2.30 pm. Dottie was asleep by the time we got to the bottom of our road, Gracie said I’ll stay awake and talk to you nanny incase you fall asleep and crash. 😫😫. We got here before Kev so I pulled over by the gate and waited for him. Elaine and Chris were already here, sadly no one else was here due to other commitments, thanks to Elaine for Kev's coffee. I got the inside of the caravan sorted while Kev did the outside, we were soon set up and snuggled up in bed.
Friday.... it rained hard through the night but had stopped by the time we woke up, I cooked breakfast, then we took the girls out for a lovely walk around the site, Dottie had a flip out as her feet were hurting and wanted Poppa to carry her, so she stomped back to the caravan where we had hot chocolate to warm up, while we watched a film and Kev went to find the trailer ready for tomorrow, Peter, Edna, Neil and Tina turned up, thanks to Neil for bringing the old gazebo and helping Kev put it up, a little later Bob and Deb came with Belle. Thanks to Gracie and Dottie for helping me decorate the old gazebo for our Halloween tonight, it looked brilliant, after dinner Kev set up the table for Bob n Joe and built the BBQ drum up ready to keep warm later, 8 pm the children were ready for there fun "Trick or Treating", thank you all so much for making the evening so much fun for the children, and Joe, they were buzzing. 9pm everyone came over to pay their dues and sit around the fire having a good old chat and plenty of laughs, thanks to Amanda for allowing the girls to watch a film in your caravan. A few members stayed around the fire until late, it was lovely hearing you all laughing. There's only 7 caravans this weekend.
Saturday .... it rained heavy in the night, but the sun was shining when we woke up, after breakfast all the children, (and me), sat on the trailer to collect the wood for the bonfire, thanks to those that came out to help, it was much appreciated, it started to rain and the wind blew up, we all got back onto the trailer and Kev thought it was funny to drive us around the field getting soaking wet. I popped out to get the rolls/burgers, the Orwell bridge was shut due to the wind, I ended up in Lidl’s and bumped into my ex sister in law !!! When I got back to camp, the rain had stopped, the children were out playing in the woods and Joe was washing Steve D's caravan/car that he owed him from a charity weekend we had.
As the wind had got up Kev took the gazebo down, so all the children came into our caravan to make chocolate apples and ended up staying for lunch, thanks to Neil for arranging the shooting this afternoon, it didn’t last very long as there wasn’t many of us shooting, I couldn’t see the bloody target, Kev was losing his rag with me, but I then realised I had the wrong eye closed !!! Once I got it right I ended up hitting lots of bulls eyes. Abbi, Ella and partners came to visit for the evenings fireworks, we started the bonfire evening early as it’s meant to rain this evening, Neil and Tina were the only ones who made a guy so they were the winners, it burnt very quickly, well done for using your best clothes, a massive thank you to Bob M for cooking our Sausages/Burgers and to Deb n Julie for their help, also thanks to Steve, Logan and Willow for the lighting of the fireworks, once again we wasn’t let down, they were fantastic, the colours were so beautiful, it was only 6 pm and we were sitting around eating, then the rain fell, but soon stopped. Kev got the karaoke started, although there wasn’t many of us we sung out hearts out under the stars, well done to Tina and Elaine for drinking a bottle of Gin in your tea cups (what a great disguise), Abbi’s Jon is a very dark horse, he has a great singing voice, he gave Joe a run for his money, 9pm Ella took the girls back to our caravan and sent photos of then snuggled up in bed, the evening went so quick, thank you to everyone that made it go so well. I went back to our caravan once our family went home, our members were still singing their hearts out, Kev and I were dreading this evening incase it was a flop, but I can honestly say it’s been brilliant, we can’t thank you all enough for joining in. Peter sang an Alvin Stardust song, which he sang very well, his new nick name is "Peter Sawdust" 😂😂😂, Gracie, Dottie and I were laying in bed trying to guess who was singing each song before we fell asleep.
Sunday .... it was a beautiful morning, the sun was shining nicely so we sat outside in the middle of the field, Joe did his talk and birthdays, and Bob did the rally officers job and the lottery/bonus ball, I gave out our weekend prizes, and had much pleasure in saying that I won the shooting comp, which I was amazed at, while coffee was going on I cooked the last of the sausages so they were finished up, thanks to everyone that helped with the gazebos, I had to leave straight after coffee as I had a "Forget Me Not" service to go to. We had a lovely weekend, we missed those that couldn’t make it for different reasons, looking forward to seeing those that are attending our Dinner Dance next weekend.
Love Karla, Kev, Gracie & Dottie
18th to20th Oct
A really lovely day greeted us on Friday and after lunch we headed to Pleshey,. Arrived on site to a huge gathering of members caravans, wow 17 vans in total a brilliant turn out thank you everyone. Chris and Clive picked up their Caravan from Weeley on Friday Morning after their fridge was repaired, wow that was cutting it fine, a long journey from Clacton to Pleshey but at least the worst was over, new fridge and all working well again, brilliant.
After arriving on site and pitching up, things were going great until Chris realised she had left their meds at home Ooops ! only one thing for it………….Clive had to travel all the way back to their home to get the meds, ha ha ha what an eventful day.
Friday evening, payed dues as normal all washed down with a few Pints and a good evening was had by all as we caught up with friends
and contemplated what to expect at the AGM the following Day..
Saturday was another excellent Autumn day, brilliant sunshine albeit a little chilly. Preparations were made for the AGM, all committee members wearing their best Bib and Tuckers, took their turn to read out their speeches to tremendous rounds of applause from the members.
The new Committee members were announced which took a lot of people by surprise, thank you to everyone who volunteered for committee roles and I wish them all the very best of luck and continued success of the Club. I am really looking forward to handing over the reins and will continue to rally every 2 weeks - horrrrrrray. Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM and to Dawn, Sally, Julie and Deb who ensured the catering was all on point, home made cake, home made sausage rolls, tea and Coffee all washed down with sparkling wine was the order of the day, Thank you ladies.
Saturday evening, and a Surprise Party for Diane, Richard and Clive was well under way when Julie and I arrived at the Hall.
Doreen made a wonderful Birthday Cake, it looked Fabulous and tasted even better, well done and thank you Doreen.
Food, (and not just any food, oh no, it was “M&S Food” I might add ), Bottles of Beer, Wine and Spirits were all free flowing all night, yes you read correctly, all of this Alcohol and Food was FREE, kindly paid for by our Hosts… Not only that but we also had a Professional Singer “Andy King” again he was Brilliant, he sang songs from the 60s up to modern times and the floor was packed with members shaking their booty… It was excellent and again all Paid for by the hosts.
It was a truly excellent evening and thank you to everyone involved for organising such a superb evening and all FREE… wow this doesn’t happen often, if you missed it, you missed out, roll on next year when perhaps you can do the same thig again ??? Ha ha ha ha ha ..
Sunday morning and another great autumn day, brilliant sunshine but a little chilly, coffee morning was another success, and after this members started to pack up for the long journey home.
Thanks again everyone for a brilliant weekend
See you all in a Pair of weeks
Whatfield Village Hall
4th/6th October 2019
It’s a very long time since I’ve written a rally report, almost forgotten how to do it!
We arrived at 12.30 just in time to see the primary kids have their lunch, then out to play. Soon after Pat & Derek arrived. We thought it would be a small rally as the weather forecast was not too good. However, 9 units braved the forecast.
Friday as usual was busy for Clive, checking out the services etc. Everyone had arrived by 4.00pm. Over to the very nice hall from 8.30 on, as we shared with the locals. A friendly group of people who welcomed us, even offering a slice of celebration cake for a 50th wedding anniversary.
Clive did his usual thing! As he was not locking up, we went back to the van leaving some there to enjoy more subsidised drinks from the bar.
Saturday morning and still no rain hooray! It was quite warm. We did our usual thing, a little ride around the area keeping our eyes open for potential venues. No one officially hosting this weekend so it’s down to a committee member to think of some entertainment. Luckily Derek offered to do Bingo, (which Pat ended up doing). Peter a stalwart, came up with some quiz pages, some quite challenging. After what seemed to have been a lovely weekend so far, Saturday night/Sunday morning, the predicted rain absolutely hammered down and didn’t ease off until 11.30 am. We left early as our van had to go to the caravan hospital, AGAIN!!! So hopefully everyone managed to get off the field ok.
Diane and Chris W did Sunday morning teas, a big clap for this.
Joe won the raffle. I won the weekend quiz (thanks to the internet), eat your heart out Kevin. Clive and I won the arrival ‘prize’.
Chris & Clive
Friday.... This is a lovely venue, so pleased to be coming back, we are on our own this weekend no grandchildren, we had a nice drive although lots of traffic, there’s 9 caravans this weekend, it’s not hosted but I’m sure something will be arranged, over to the hall at 9 pm, Joe, Clive and Derek were taking the money for our weekend fees, lottery, and Christmas Dinner Dance, and our choices for dinner. The hall is also being used by the local residents for their Friday night get together, their bar was open, so we were welcomed to join them, we were also given some cake by a lady as it was her and her husband 50 th wedding Anniversary, no one rushed back to their caravans as it’s a private bar so we could stay there.
Saturday ... It’s nice this morning, Kev took the dogs over the field, then we decided to go out for breakfast, we had a lovely drive out, this area is beautiful, we tried to find the fete that we were told about, but had no luck, we got back to camp at 12, everyone had gone out, the sun was shinning beautifully so we sat outside and had lunch, I can’t believe how hot it is, members started to come back later in the afternoon. Joe and Julie sat with us as while we watched Neil and Tina play bowls, 6 pm the sun went in and it turned chilli. At 8 pm we went over to the hall, a massive thanks to Pat L-J for our bingo and to Peter for his Quiz a great evening had by all.
Sunday .... I had a horrible nights sleep, it didn’t stop raining all night, and kept me awake, in fact it’s not stopped raining all morning, over to the hall for coffee morning, thanks to Diane and Chris for making it for everyone. Well done to those that won last nights Quiz, (which was us). No one hung around as it’s so wet, hope everyone has a safe drive home, please drive careful we could hardly see in front of us as the rain was falling so hard, there were a few accidents on the A 12. This venue would be great for Easter or a Bank Holiday, the children’s park is great, sadly there wasn’t any children this weekend.
Kev, Karla, Mr Bourne n Ronnie xx
The Tea Rooms
20th to the 22nd of Sept
What a great venue this is, we arrived on site after a leisurely drive from Colchester at about 4:30pm and arrived in brilliant sunshine,
Clive directed us in and we were soon relaxing in the Dukdalf’s soaking up the Essex Sunshine and sipping on the wonderful Amber Nectar. 8:30pm arrived and time to set sail for the Hall, which was a little stroll down the road from the site. A lovely little hall and in traditional style we paid our dues to Clive and Bob, whilst I took Menu choices for the forthcoming Dinner Dance, A brilliant Menu I must say. Pate and Bruschetta seems to be the popular choice for the starters so far, whilst Sherry Trifle closely followed by Apple Pie and Custard were favourites for the desserts. All Menu Choices and Full Payment is due on the weekend of the AGM Please….
Saturday Came and OMG what a cracking Day, popped into Bishops Stortford for a few supplies and then back to the Ranch for about 2:30pm as I and indeed Bob had Tasks to complete, yes you guessed it, the Auction results,.. it was time to work on our commitments,
Bob and Deb had to cater for “Afternoon Tea” – High Tea no less for Steve, Dawn and their Niece Poppy…. Bob welcomed his guests whilst standing attentively at the open door of the Camper in a very Dapper White Shirt and Dicky Bow, whilst Deb was most Glamorous in attire as they both welcomed the Hannibusses on board the Luxury Camper…………… Fine Bone China, Crystal cut Champagne flutes, Cucumber Sandwiches, copious amounts of cakes together with Scones, Jam and the finest Cream was the order of the day, all served up by the wonderful waiter that was Bob. The Hannibusse’s loved it…. it was soooo posh, there was even Classical Music Playing in the background. Well done to you all.
Anyway whilst these schannigans were going on, I could only drool at the cakes and to opulence inside the camper as I was Knee Deep in Polish, Wax , soap and Water and a Lot of elbow Grease as I was on the outside scrubbing down the camper………….. OMG you would not believe how long it took me, almost 3 hours of solid scrubbing, washing and polishing, and the amount of windows that needed to be cleaned with Windowlene so as to leave no smears, holy molie. The Front Windscreen alone took 20 minutes to dig all the Flies off of it, I am sure it hadn’t been done for years !!! ha ha ha ha . I did do the “Coke Advert” motions as I washed the windows down. Topless I stood on the Ladder, sponge and soap lather was the order of the day as used my pecks to massage the soap suds onto the front windscreen,. the screams from inside the Camper were uncontrollable as the females gazed at the wonderful figure of near perfection Male anatomy outside the window…………. LOL Ha ha ha ah ha …….. Its TRUE they were all screaming …. Possible with laughter, but I know deep down it was purely at my near perfect Physique LOL.
Anyway by the time I had finished the Camper had restored itself to what can only be called the American Beauty, it stood there in the sunshine in all its glory, Glistening in the sunshine, wheels gleaming, windows polished and the sides were like mirrors. The RV was a Magnificent sight to behold….. even if I do say so myself Ha ha ha ha.
All done and now ready to take on the Caravan of Steve and Amanda Donovan as part of the same Auction….. Bring it On !!!!
Saturday evening Barry Barker hosted the evening with his Quiz which was brilliant, well done Barry, a great night was had by all.
Sunday and after Coffee Morning the forecast was for rain, however we never saw any rain just a few clouds and brilliant sunshine Horrrrrray, thank God as it would have been a real shame to see all that Hard work go to waste on polishing the day before !!!!
All in all a Great Venue, Great Company and a Great Weekend
Thank you everyone
See you all in a Pair of weeks
BROOK FARM ONGAR
SEPT 5TH TO 8TH
Thursday ..... We are going away today, Kev left for the rally before me as I've got the grandchildren until 5pm. I’m taking my car as I've got to leave early Sunday as I’m going to our niece's afternoon Tea/Hen party. Mags is coming away with us this weekend. Kev set my Sat Nav in my car although we have been here many times, he said to ignore it until I get to the big roundabout by the garage, it told me to turn left which I did, it seemed like I was driving for miles before I saw I was on the way to Harlow!!! so I called Kev for him to tell me I’d gone the wrong way, I turned round while Kev was still on the phone to guide me to the field, I could hear Pat and Rita laughing down the phone as I was swearing to my Sat Nav, (I do apologise), I still went past the turning so I turned round again, as I turned down the right road I saw Pat L-J walking along the road to find me, as she jumped in my car I saw Bill driving passed also to come and find me, thank you so much for caring that I got there safe. It didn’t take long to set up, we had our dinner, Kev settled us in and then he went home as he was going to work tomorrow then coming back to us so me and Mags were in bed by 9 p.m .
Friday .... We woke up at 9.30 am, we had a great sleep, I did us breakfast then we had a drive into the village, (we didn’t get lost), we had a lovely walk around, but lots of shops had closed since we were last here, when we got back to camp lots of members were sitting in the sun, after lunch Mags and I had a walk around the field to pick some slows for Janet as she is making slow Gin, we picked lots, but the big ones were higher up so Bob M lent us a hook to pull the branches down, John also gave us a hand by holding the branch down. This is a lovely venue, 17 caravans turned up. Kev got back at 5 pm and bought fish n chips in so I didn’t have to cook. 9 pm it was over to the barn for paying our dues, it was lovely to see Edna looking much better after being poorly, and seeing Bill walking better with his crushed toes, so pleased he isn’t in any more pain, after our chats I took Mags back to the caravan, it turned cold so we didn’t stay there long.
Saturday ... Another sunny day but the wind was cold, after our breakfast Kev took us, Deb n Bob to North Weald Market, it’s so small now, but we did get some bargains, and met a few members there having a spend up, got back to our caravan at lunch time, we ate outside as the sun was shining. A few members went and played golf, some members were walking around the field picking blackberries, Mags and I did some colouring, it was very relaxing. We had an early dinner which Kev cooked on the griddle. 8 pm it was over to the barn, thanks to Ian and Catherine for arranging the darts this evening, well done to John and Tina for winning, after darts, then we played bingo, thank you Derek and Bill for being our bingo callers, the evening soon ended, we had a fun night.
Sunday ..... Another sunny morning, after breakfast I started to pack the caravan away as after coffee I’m leaving as I’m out early for our nieces afternoon tea, it’s been a lovely relaxing weekend, hope everyone enjoyed it and have a safe journey home, see you all soon.
Karla, Kev n Mags x
LANGHAM COMMUNITY HALL
23th/26th August 2019
Friday We arrived to a great turnout of caravans already on the field at Langham Community Hall. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Dawn and Steve had already enjoyed a peaceful night at Langham as the only Thursday club member! There was plenty of time to relax with a drink outside in the nice weather before making our way over to the hall to pay our dues and a nice cuppa. Joe warned everyone to be careful at the Elsan as it was nearly 2m deep so to not drop anything down there as it would not be a pleasurable experience to have. A brief insight into the weekends activities was mentioned, Steve and Dawn's charity auction, the long anticipated sports day, archery competition and Peters Pub Quiz.
Saturday Woke up to another glorious day. After breakfast the kids were all playing over the park and it was time to relax in the sun. A few people went off to see the delights that Colchester can offer. The afternoon arrived and it was time to get some of the sports equipment out. Me, Lily and Dottie were playing badminton for a while but Dottie was then off to play in the park and Harper took over the racket. We’re not quite ready for the world championships but practice makes perfect!! It was time for dinner and was great to see everyone sitting together and talking and the Barbecues being fired up. It was over to the hall in the evening for Steve and Dawn's Charity Auction and Steve’s new game. The auction started and some of the prizes up for grabs were Mark's, (Robin Hood), De Haan's legendary bow and arrow, car washing, drinks, breakfasts, manicures and afternoon teas. We won ourselves a weekend of Willow and Logan collecting our water for us, so I’ll cash that in on a rally soon 😊. David Westbroom was the lucky bidder on the bow and arrow. We will all have to wait until Sunday to see if it’s still as good as its first outing! It was a fantastic auction and everyone grabbed themselves some great prizes, I just hope Joe is ok with heights!!
Sunday Another beautiful morning and I’m sure I saw a few people limbering up ready for the sports day in the afternoon! It was a nice relaxed morning and as the kick off approached we set off to the open field to prepare the events. The children in the blazing sun were having water fights which gave us some last minute inspiration for the sports day! The time came and with everyone gathered under the shade of the trees the first event was announced “The Obstacle Course” Kids setting off first one by one. Through a slalom of cones, under the tables, pulling the hoop over themselves. Then onto throwing the ball into the bowl followed by a quick zig zag, 3 spins round the cone and a sprint to the finish. All the kids set some great times and really enjoyed themselves. Next up was the adults but just running the course seemed too easy. So in pairs with one of them blindfolded their partner had to guide them through the course. Any cheating to be punished by the kids armed with their water guns!!! The outcome was hilarious, shouts of “turn left” “ TURN LEFT” “ooops sorry I mean right”!!!! There were some great sports throughout the obstacle course but as the sun kept beating down up next was the sack race. Youngsters first followed by the older kids then the ladies then the men. Well in true 77 style it wasn’t competitive at all and everyone hopped along nice and slowly! Although I think the photos tell a different story! Egg and spoon race was next with some unofficial tactics but never the less winners in all categories! Finally a good old Tug of War, Kev and Steve picked the teams and off they went. Kev's team took the victory and it was over to the children, both teams had great fun and they were all winners. And thus ending the sports. The archery contest was next. Up stepped Tina, Neil and Dave Westbroom. A great effort from Tina and then from Neil, Dave then took aim with his auction prize and let it fly! Let’s just a say we might need a bigger field for next year!! A second attempt was done just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, but the same result!! As it was time to start packing up we nearly forgot Barry’s stocks and they seemed to be the perfect size for a chairman!!! Up stepped Joe to be pelted with water balloons, water pistols and buckets of water!! Derek set up the water slide for the children and that kept them entertained for hours as we managed to relax into the evening. Over to the hall for Peters pub quiz with some really good questions and some very tricky ones. A few of the children even treated us to a dance during the break.
Monday Time to pack u,p but another glorious day so there was no rush for most of us. Over to the hall for teas and coffee's and prize giving. It was mentioned that a certain Steve Aylott visited a-bit more of the Elsan than any of us wanted to, about 2m more than he wanted to, but wanted to recover the rest of his toilet!! It was a fantastic weekend a great big thank you to everyone who helped with the weekend and everyone for being great sports and getting involved. See you at the next rally.
Ian, Catherine, lily x
Friday .... we had a very slow journey this afternoon, lots of caravans already here (21), sitting outside making the most of this beautiful weather, we set up near the park, which Gracie n Dottie loved, and went straight over there to play with the children while Kev n me got sorted, it’s been a manic day today with hospital visits, then I went out for lunch with the girls which was a disaster 😞, I started to cook our dinner in the oven, (I normal do it quick in our microwave) but Kev asked me to help him with the canopy, I smelt burning so I ran in the caravan, the rice dish melted in the over which made such a mess and plastic ran down onto the flames, it took ages to cool down before I could clean it and continue with our dinner, I can’t wait to get into bed tonight and forget about today. 8 pm over to the hall, it’s nice seeing everyone, Kev paid our fees, the committee are hosting this weekend. I cut a few hairs, had a chat with friends before getting the girls sorted for bed.
Saturday .... it was so hot through the night I couldn’t sleep very well, the girls had their breakfast and was soon playing in the park with the other children and we could hear them singing their hearts out, after breakfast Kev took us out for a drive, (thanks Steve D for keeping an eye on the dogs), as it’s too hot to take them out in the car, we drove to Hadleigh, it’s beautiful there, had a little look around, bought a new paddling pool and a few things for the girls, back to camp, the girls went to the park, all the children play so well together, we could hear them all singing again, it sounded really lovely. Kev started the BBQ up for lunch while I made 4 journeys to fill the aqua roll up to fill the pool, a few members had a walk to the pub and had lunch there, others had a drive out, Kev popped out as our James is fishing up the road for the weekend. 8 pm it was over to the hall for "Dawn n Steve’s" Auction evening. Over the past weeks Steve has been asking our members to donate gifts to auction off, I donated a Full English breakfast and a hair cut. Julie donated one of her beautiful hand painted glasses, Kathy B donated some hand made cards, Steve H donated whisky and a massive bottle of Prosseco, Derek donated toiletries, Pat L-J donated nail painting, Joe donated washing caravans, (Bob won that so it’s his RV that needs washing), Steve H also had a bow n arrow to auction that Mark Dehann made a few years ago, there were 10 gifts altogether, that’s just to name a few, it was really a good evening, our members bidded on the things they wanted, we won Steve D car wash, this evening raised a massive £315 that’s been split between my "Forget Me Not" charity and "TheDementia" charity, I really can’t thank our friends enough for your great support, we ended the evening playing Steve’s new taxi game, a great laugh had by all. Well done to all those who joined in. Poor Bill ended up going to hospital as his foot was so painful and needed his toenail drilling to release the blood that had collected under it, thanks to Derek and Keith for taking him, our club is fantastic, rallying around to help others in need.
Sunday... Another restless sleep, it’s just so hot through the night, Kev took Derek and Bob M to a boot sale, there’s a little shop where we are, they sold everything in there, the girls loved looking around, I saw Bill and Rita on the way to the shop so had a chat to see how he was, his foot had been bleeding, hopefully his pain will be a lot less now. Everyone was sitting outside their caravans, some having a cooked breakfast, I made bacon bagels for breakfast before our girls and Jon turned up. It was lovely seeing them, it was also nice seeing Janet and Gill pop to see all the club, after lunch we all went over for the sports, well done Ian and Catherine for getting it set up, and well done to those that joined in (see the photos on FB), lots of water was being sprayed around and water balloons, Pat n Derek set up a water shoot for the children and adults after the sports. Kev cooked a fantastic BBQ for our family, it’s hard going but he loves having them with us. 8 pm it’s over the hall for Peters pub quiz, we sat on our own with the family this evening to make a team, Lilly and Jon really enjoyed the Quiz until Edna took a turn for the worst, Lilly with quick thinking ran over to help, thanks to Ian for calling the ambulance, they soon came, we all went outside to give Edna and the paramedics some privacy, Edna didn’t want to go to hospital, and came back into the hall, then she became poorly again, thank goodness the paramedics were still outside, but Edna still didn’t want to go to hospital, the evening quiz continued as Edna wanted Peter to carry on, we said our good buys to our girls then I took the little ones back to our caravan.
Monday..... Another very hot night, and the sun was still blazing again this morning, we started to get things put away as it’s Kev's mums annual picnic this afternoon, we had coffee n prize giving at 11 am, it was lovely to see Edna sitting in the hall looking a little brighter, well done to everyone that won the weekend competitions, our Gracie was over the moon to have won the children’s competition, she emptied our caravan with anything beginning with the letter “C”, and it was all her own work so well deserved, (plus she did Dottie’s letter “S”). It’s been another brilliant weekend, thanks to the committee for hosting this rally, our FORGET ME NOT SUPPORT GROUP will send a thank you so it can go on the clubs website, we hope you all had a safe journey home. See you on the next rally.
Love Karla Kev Gracie Dottie Mr Bourne n Ronnie xxx
Bow Bridge Marina
9th to 11th August
Wow what an absolute lovely venue, congrats to Chris and Clive for finding this one . We decided to join the Thursday club and got to the Marina about 4pm, the crossing was a doddle and the weather was excellent. After following the meticulous directions we arrived on site, thanks for the additional directions Chris and for the 77 Club signs Clive they were spot on thank you both. Along the boat lined river we traveled down the gravel path admiring the boats and Swans as we traveled to our rally field. About 300 yards from the front gate the gravel path gave way to a lovely secluded field right next to the River. Bob, Deb, Clive and Chris were already there and set up . We parked up With the door of the Van South facing , and everyone gave us a hand to set up awwwww thank you all , we were soon sipping alcoholic beverages in the brilliant sunshine and exchanging stories of our journey to Kent. After this we all headed for the local Pub and had a wonderful Evening Meal, thanks to Chris who had a 20% off voucher for all 6 of us horrrrrray . Thanks Chris.
Friday was sight seeing day, and we headed out across the beautiful Kent countryside . Wow no wonder they call it the Garden of England, it was lovely beautiful rolling hills, last houses galore and Devine little villages. Friday evening we paid our Dues to Clive and surprising there was only 3 Vans which is a real shame, if you were not there then you missed possibly the best location for a rally all year. We had a great evening, no bell was rung at 10:50pm so we continued well after the Laugh in a Bag time . It felt like we were having a Lock In ha ha ha . Saturday it rained in the morning and was a little blustery , fortunately we were well shaded so the wind didn't bother us that much, 11am and out came the sunshine horrrray , off we went to Ashford Shopping outlet. OMG I didn't realise how far it was 29 miles through the Kent countryside , ah well it was worth it, the scenery made up for the distance.
Saturday evening and the entertainment was in Bob n Debs camper. We also invited the Rally Marshall , Val and her husband to join us for the evening, which they did. This was fab as we shared some great games and competitions that they play with their members.... Watch out for the 3 X Dice Game.... Coming soon to A rally near you ...... Sunday and guess what WE WON THE LOTTERY..... Horrrrrrray thank you Bob ... First time in a long time and we only had 6 tickets . We were tempted to stay for the rest of the week ... But alas we headed for home as the Clouds were not looking promising. M20 was fantastic, and then we hit the M25 !!!! It was Fine... Honest there was a bit of traffic granted but within 30 minutes we were through and heading for the A12 to Colchester. Thank you to everyone who attended, we had a wonderful time, honest the site was amazing, and the journey was a doddle. Count me in next time Chris.. That's it for now.. Looking forward to seeing you all at the August Bank holiday...
26th to 28th July
Thursday ..... we are hosting this weekend rally so came this evening, we had a lovely drive here, traffic was good , there were already six caravans here, the sun was blazing, after dinner we took the dogs for a nice long walk before bed, we had an early night as we are going to a game fair early in the morning.
Friday .... my god was it hot in the night I didn’t have a good sleep, we drove off to Highland Hall, the sun was shining but dark clouds were starting to come over although it was still hot, we had a few down pores but it didn’t stop us from enjoying our day, we got back here around 6 pm, a few more caravans had turned up (10 altogether) I fell asleep and Kev woke me up asking if we were going to eat, it was 8 pm so a quick beans on toast for him before heading over to the tent, it was nice catching up with everyone, 10.30 pm we all went back to our caravans,
Saturday ....It’s fishing competition this morning, 8am until 2pm, there were 7 fishing but it hasn’t stopped raining, I feel sorry for them but well done for sticking it out, I made sausage sandwich’s for those that wanted them, thanks to Julie and Deb for taking them round in the rain, I hear Bob gave up and went in for a shower and to warm up, 2 pm came round quick, (not for the fishing lady n gents), a massive well done to you all, so pleased it’s finally stopped raining as the whistle blew, Kev got the weighing net, Joe caught a massive 19lb (best he ever caught), Bob caught a few but put them back before he went in his camper, Steve H caught a fantastic 28lb. Dawn H caught a great 14 lb, my poor Kev had his worse fishing day ever and caught 3 tiny fish at a whopping 1lb 😢and the winner goes to Steve D with a massive drum roll 👏👏👏👏65lb. Well done to you all, your such good sports.This afternoon it’s still so warm yet the clouds are still around, some members popped out, some carried on fishing ,even though it started to rain again, we didn’t mass BBQ as it’s so damp, 8 pm over to the tent for BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY under the stars, the heavens opened up again but it didn’t stop us from enjoying our film, we handed out the popcorn and in the interval I gave out ice creams, this is such an amazing film, it’s definitely worth watching. The evening went too quick, the film finished dead on 11pm, it hasn’t stopped raining all night.
Sunday .... it’s still raining !!!! Yet warm, we had breakfast and packed the caravan up ready to go straight after coffee as it’s Dottie’s birthday party at 1.30 pm. 11 am we drove the caravan outside the tent, yes it’s still raining. Joe started the coffee morning off, we had some ice cream left over so a few members had an ice cream, I gave the children’s prizes out, Kev gave the fishermen there winnings. Thank you to everyone that braved this bad weather this weekend we hope you all enjoyed the rally as much as we did, hope you all had a safe journey home.
Love Kev Karla Mr Bourne n Ronnie xx
12th to 14th July
We rolled onto the rally field on Friday evening just after 6 to find approx 10 units already there, several lucky members arrived Thursday. A few more came after us and 1 more arrived Saturday which made 15 units in all for this rally. Also lovely to see sharing our field were Sheep and Alpacas, which helped to give us a beautiful outlook. Thanks to Richard for getting our water while we set up the caravan, we unpacked our bags, cooked and had dinner in plenty of time to meet and greet everyone and pay our rally fees in the 77 Club hall (tent), which had already been erected earlier in the day. Thanks to those who put that up! I ended up sitting on a blanket on the floor to play several games of ‘Build a Beatle’ with our granddaughter Nicole who was excited to join us this weekend.
Saturday started off wet drying up quite quickly. Some members went off various places, shopping/site seeing, etc. While some of the children (big and small) had fun making and decorating their kite, a few brought theirs already made at home and some from the shop. Then they took to running up and down the field test flying their kite and making adjustments ready for the fly off competition later that afternoon. This is where Ron and I got our exercise helping Nicole. There’s never any wind when you need it, but as luck had it just as the kite flying contest started so the wind blew nicely, and up went the kites, which was entertaining and lovely to see. Another competition for the children was to draw an alpaca. Our Nicole loves to draw so she sat on the grass in front of the alpacas, clipboard in hand and happily sketching away. A very good job she did too! In the evening when we all gathered in the tent, Ian began his quiz. Thanks Ian nice one!
Sunday came all too soon with sunshine so lots of awnings were taken down before coffee morning. Also at approximately 10:30 the farm owner came over to allow us, who wished, to feed the alpacas. Steve and Dawn set up their caravan next to the fence where the sheep were, and one of the sheep took a particular liking to Steve, it enjoyed a tickle under the chin!!! 11am came so we gathered in the tent for coffee morning and prize giving. To everyone’s delight some of us made cakes to share with tea and coffee (thanks to the others who did, they looked yummy, hope you enjoyed). Thank you to Chris and Diane for making the drinks, to Ian for Saturday’s evening Quiz, to Sue for the weekend quiz, the judges of the kite and children’s drawing competitions, to the committee members for doing their part and a big thanks to all that attended the rally and helping to make it an enjoyable weekend and for those who took the big tent down.
Hope you all had a safe journey home. Looking forward to seeing you again soon, hopefully fingers crossed at the Kent rally.
Doreen and Ron
28th to 30th June
A lovely venue, with fabulous weather – a weekend like this makes you appreciate how lucky we are to own a caravan and be able to travel to little gems of a site.
The weekend didn’t start well for us because we arrived at our storage site to find that our only battery was flat, but after a call to Richard to announce that we were going to be late, he kindly loaned us a battery for the weekend. A big thanks to Richard. Lesson learned – always have a spare battery! We arrived and set up camp, after once again scrapping the back of the van as we drove onto site (this also happened on the main holiday!) The site was located just outside Clare Priory, in a small copse surrounded by trees. It was very picturesque. Luckily Diane and Roland had saved us a space, so we quickly set up camp, and then went off to the tent to pay our dues. There were a total of 13 vans attending the weekend, which made a nice intimate rally.
Saturday dawned with the sun shining brightly, and although we would have loved to stay around the site, we had arranged to meet our grand-daughter for lunch in Sudbury, so off we went. Others explored the small town of Clare, which looked very nice and quaint as we drove through it. We came back to the site to find people sitting in the shade because the day had turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year. Barbecues were lit, and as it was so warm we were able to sit outside to eat our dinner. This is what caravanning is all about – the great outdoors. After clearing up, we all went off to the tent where Kath and Barry had kindly arranged some games, such as a Beetle Drive – this was a mad few minutes with everyone shaking a dice, and praying for a six to get started. Amazingly I won two games and was the overall winner. We also fired small foam balls at the mad fools sitting with a tin bucket on their head with the idea of knocking off the small items placed on the bucket (Steve and Steve both volunteered to be the target!!!). Barry was quiz master, and fired questions at us all, but sometimes the pronunciation was not always correct, which made it very funny. People watching from outside would think what-ever is going on? But, one thing you can always be assured of with the 77 club, is that you will have a good laugh. Thank you Kath and Barry for an excellent fun night.
Sunday, another gorgeous day, although we were woken up by the sound of the church bell, and it wasn’t the most tuneful sound in the world! For coffee morning, everyone gathered in the tent for announcements and prizes. Kathy had kindly produced the weekend quiz which consisted of guess the name of the celebrity, and well known objects photographed in an odd way – Elaine and Chris won this. Atlanta won the children’s colouring competition. The Crossman’s were also lucky this weekend – Richard won the raffle and Kathy won the bonus ball. After coffee everyone assisted in taking the tent down, and most people left after this little bit of exercise. But, a few stayed to cook brunch and enjoy a couple of more hours sitting in the sunshine.
A great weekend, wonderful venue, and fantastic weather. All perfect ingredients for another memorable 77 club rally.
Sue and Steve Aylott
14th to 16th June
Friday .... we had a really nice drive here, it took just under the hour, our Sat Nav wanted us to go a different way to the book, but Kev said he should follow the book instructions, the sun was shinning yet it was very windy, thanks to Rita and Richard for helping us to put our canopy up, we would have taken off without them. Some members came last night and said it was so windy they thought their caravan was going to turn over. A couple more members came just after us, making 12 all together, after dinner we had a little walk to the hall to meet up with everyone and pay our dues, it was lovely to see Pam out with her friends, Pat, Derek, Rita and Bill are hosting this weekend. Derek doesn’t know, but this weekend we are all here helping him celebrate his 80th birthday, Pat has worked so hard keeping this a secret, the theme for Saturday evening is going to be "West Ham" , 11pm c116,.
22nd to 24th March
Neal and I arrived Friday afternoon. We wasn’t coming till Easter. But it was someone;s special birthday, so Neal and I wanted to celebrate with the club as this was the first rally for 2019.
What a great start to kick the 77 club rallies off.
Saturday we just chilled and went for a walk in the village and watched the locals play football. Others went out and about but some were arranging all the food and drink for Pats surprise 70th birthday.
We all got to the hall for 7.30 to surprise Pat for 8 o clock. Surprised Pat was.
We had a quiz about Pat which Peter was doing. Now we all know something about Pat. There was music and some dancing to end of the evening. It was a fun night and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Sunday was morning meet. Then everyone left in their own time.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pat. Xx
Tina and Neal.
Tina will be bringing some Cath Kidston stuff to the Easter rally.
Friday .... We had a great drive here didn’t take us long, we couldn’t believe how many caravans were here for our 1st rally (17). We soon set up, had dinner, Kev took the dogs for a run before we headed over the hall, it was lovely having a catch up with our friends, we used the bar this evening, the locals made us welcome, the men enjoyed watching the football on the BIG TV, we paid our dues to Clive, then back to our lovely warm caravan, I was really looking forward to our bed.
Saturday .... We woke up to a beautiful sunny morning, I cooked breakfast while Kev took the dogs out for a run, as it was so nice we had a drive to North Weld and got lots of bargains, even Kev bought himself some jumpers, we got back at lunch time, the sun was so nice we sat outside for lunch. There was a football match playing today so some members sat and watched them, I wasn’t feeling too good so I had a lie down, we had an early dinner as tonight Derek has put on a buffet and some drinks for us all as Pat had her 70th birthday in the week so it was a surprise for her. 7.30 pm we all headed over to the hall, it had been done up with Banners/Balloons, Julie, Deb and Pat S had been busy doing the food, and Dawn made a beautiful birthday cake, as Pat walked in we all sang happy birthday, her face said it all, she had a lovely surprise, Peter had done a Quiz about Pat’s life, we had to answer what Pat had written down, after our buffet Peter had another Quiz for us then put on dancing music to finish the evening off, I was still feeling poorly so I went back to our caravan.
Sunday .... Another beautiful morning, we certainly have been lucky with the weather this weekend, 11am it was over to the hall ,everyone now takes their own tea/coffee, there was food left over from last night so that got eaten while Joe spoke about future rallies and sang happy birthdays, he congratulated Elaine and Chris on becoming grandparents, Daniel and Mel had their little girl 3 months early (yesterday), weighing 2lb 5 oz, her name is Aubrey, so please put her in your prayers to get stronger every day, Chris A R won the raffle, Brian C won the bonus ball, our group won last nights quiz, I must say this has been a fantastic 1st Rally, looking forward to seeing you all though the year.
Joe said the next rally isn’t being hosted so if anyone fancy’s it contact a committee member.
Hope you all have a safe journey home.
Love Kev Karla Mr Bourne n Ronnie xx
2nd to 4th November
We arrived on Friday, in great sunny weather, to find 7 units already on site. More turned up throughout the day, to make a total of 18 by the evening, with a further 2 arriving on Saturday, making a total of 20 units for the weekend, including one new member.
At 8.00 Friday all the children, and a couple of adults, dressed up to walk round the Halloween decorated caravans for Trick or Treat. At 9.00 it was all down to the haunted grotto to pay our dues, collect our itineries and have a catch up and natter round the fire burning in half an oil drum.
Saturday, another bright sunny day, thank goodness. In the morning the kids delighted in (supervised) riding to the stockpile of wooden pallets on the trailer, loading it up (with the help of adults), and going down to the dell to build the main bonfire.
It was massive as usual. In the afternoon, many went over to the shooting range for their annual contest, this year run by Neal with help from Chris G. Apparently “Deadeye Brett” completely blew away the bullseye on one of the targets this year, but everybody had a great time. There was also the annual contest to make a Guy, but, there was only one entry this year, and that was from our new members, well done to them.
At 5.00 p.m., those who were brave enough went on the ghost walk, getting back in time for 6.00 when we all went down to the dell where the fire was lit and the, really excellent, fireworks display was started. Thanks to Steve D and helpers for setting up and letting off the fireworks. Those of us old enough were kept warm with mulled wine while the display took place. After all the Oohs! and Aahs! were over, it was back round the fire, or under the gazebos, for burgers and hot dogs, cooked by our chef for the evening, Bob M, with assistance from Debbie and Julie, not forgetting “Chief sausage pricker" Steve H.
The evening was then rounded off with karaoke by the fire, with much laughter all round, I have to thank Julie and Debbie as my backing singers for the version of Bohemian Raphsody I was roped into attempting. It's really hard to sing when you're laughing so much.
Sunday, yet another sunny day, and at 11.00, we all sat in the sun for coffee and prize giving, where, of course, I won the arrival prize, hence this rally report.
A big thank you to Kevin, Karla and all their helpers for hosting and organising yet another great fireworks weekend, long may they continue.
Thursday came this evening as we are hosting this weekend, there’s 4 other caravans already here, we set up in the dark thanks to Derek LJ for helping Kev put our canopy up, Bob S and Derek got the fire going for members to sit around this evening, once I got warm I didn’t want to go out in the cold so Kev went on his own, I love sitting in our warm caravan all snuggled up,
Friday.... we got up early and went to Costco, we had a lovely breakfast there, we got a few things and went to Tesco to buy all the food for our Bonfire evening, we got back to see more members turned up, it was decided not to put the gazebos up for Halloween, so I dressed the Big tree up instead, I don’t think it had the same feel, ( thanks to Joe for climbing up the tree to hang the scary Ghouls but everyone said it looked good, we have new members this weekend Matt Emma and there 3 children, (friends of Dave n Paula), so we waited a little while for them to turn up as we were going to do "trick or treat", 8.30 pm the excited children came to our caravan and their fun began, we have 20 caravans here, thank you all so much for dressing your vans up for the children, they loved it and enjoyed collecting all their goodies, 9.30 pm we got back around the tree Bob M was doing Clive’s job while Joe did the lottery (as Derek walked round with Leyton), the fire was burning bright and it was so warm, the children had marshmallows on the fire, 11pm came and everyone went back to their warm caravans
Saturday .... a nice bright morning, some members went out for a drive, Kev went and got the trailer ready for the children to ride on as we collect the wood for the fire, thanks to those that helped us build the bonfire, 11.30 am the children came outside our caravan to make their chocolate apples, they all joined in, they love getting messy, (see the Photo Gallery for photos), our girls turned up for the evening, after lunch it was over to the riffle ranged for shooting. Neal was in charge of this, thanks Elaine and Chris for helping out, as usual the adults enjoyed it as much as the children, even I had a go 😬, Kev was busy putting up the gazebos down the bottom where the bonfire was, 5 pm it was the children’s ghost walk, we could hear some screams coming out the woods, thanks for your help in our walk, 6 pm it was lighting of the bonfire, we only had one Guy thanks to the new members for a great effort, guess you won. 6.30 pm we had our annual 77 club fireworks, once again we were not disappointed, thanks toJulie for the mulled wine, it warmed our cockles up, Bob M did the cooking, we had sausage in rolls, cheese Burgers and onions , Kev played the music in the back ground, the fire was going well,it was so hot, after we had our food we had a good old sing song Kev started it off and before we new it members were up to sing, a massive well done to Lottie, sure have come a long way with your singing, even the new children enjoyed it , I took Gracie n Dottie back to our caravan as they was shattered, as we lay in bed we could hear everyone singing it so nice to see everyone having a great time , once again 11pm came the music was turned off members started to go back to their caravans, Kev had a tidy up down by the gazebos before coming to bed.
Sunday .... another nice morning we have been so lucky this weekend with our weather, the children sold the raffle tickets this morning, Kev went down to sort the fire out and tidy up, 11 am we all sat outside in a big circle for coffee morning, prize giving, birthdays, lottery etc, I went home after coffee as I had Basildon Hospital Forget Me Not Memorial Service at 3 pm today, we hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as we did, thank you all so much for joining in and taking part, looking forward to seeing you at our annual Dinner n Dance x
Love Kev, Karla, Gracie, Dottie n Mr Bourne n Ronnie