Rally Reports

Many thanks to all who attended this weekend.  We rallied here at Winthorpe community hall by kind permission of Jane Bateson
We had 25 units this w/e including our marshals.  A massive massive thanks to our marshals this w/e Julie and Steve / Helen and Ian for a fantastic rally
We had visitors from Leicestershire / Derbyshire and non centre members

Fri night - started with Halloween art , crafts , word searches and quiz sorted by our marshals
Sat was free and easy during the day for all so they could sort their pumpkins and decorate their vans . The evening was started by fun and games for the children with donuts hanging from string and make a mummy by wrapping adults and children up . This was followed by live entertainment by Garry Scott who entertained us with an array of hits. 
Sun free and easy morning with having that extra hr in bed with the clocks going back.

We rallied here at Four Lane Ends, Darley Dale by kind permission of the landowner, Karen Holmes, our thanks will be passed on.
Ralliers arrived from Friday to this lovely location, beautiful scenery all around and the added bonus of the Peak Railway steam train which kept passing by.
There were 20 vans , including 2 marshals with visitors from Cheshire, Derbyshire, including Scott Wanless the newly appointed Derbyshire Chairman, and visitors from Leicestershire as well and we were visited again by Kirsty & Fabian Hoffman from Germany.
Friday night was spent by many in their vans, or visiting the local pubs , trying the food on offer . Saturday was a day for exploring the local area, with one very excited little girl , Eryn Rodgers, having her first ride on the steam train .
Saturday night was the Illuminations held in Matlock Bath, great night, as the pictures that people have put on the website show. Thanks to the marshals for all the information regarding tickets etc.
Sunday morning flag was held with tea, coffee and biscuits provided by the marshals.
Ralliers were reminded that donations were welcome for the children’s tombola to be held at the Christmas rally , please pass to Mick Allen or Helen Williamson. Future rallies were mentioned, Halloween, Dambusters Memorial weekend, Derbyshire invite to the Firework & Bonfire rally and the Christmas rally.
We look forward to seeing you on the next Notts Centre rally.
We rally here this weekend by kind permission of the Osberton Estate and event organisers BEDE.
We had 23 units this weekend including marshals with visitors from Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire. We also have five non centre members including first time ralliers David and Joan Pullen who are going to be joining Notts,Centre. I would like to give a special mention of our furthest travelling visitors, Fabian and Katrina Hoffman who have come all the way from Germany and would like to present them with special visitors plaque.
We have enjoyed another fabulous equestrian eventing this weekend and although the weather hasn't been as kind as we had hoped we have still seem some successes with Archer winning overall best in show dog competition.
We celebrate two birthdays - Julie Hyde, non centre member, and although she should have been with us this weekend, Ella Allen who has become a teenager today. Happy Birthday to both of you.

It only remains for me to thank the marshals Glenn Harper, Wendy Harper and Sue Bradbury for ensuring we had a great weekend and to all of you for supporting the Notts Centre.

The AGM and Rally Launch rally saw 34 units plus 2 marshals attending with visitors from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

On Friday night we were entertained with a quiz run by our Chairman, Martin Critchley. Followed by background music.  Saturday saw the rally launch well attended and it was heartening to see that all the rallies on the programme were picked up bar two.  On Saturday evening, the committee prepared a lovely hot meal of Sausage, mash, peas and onion gravy, followed by lemon meringue and cream.  We were then entertained by the fabulous Richard Comfort, a superb soloist who performed on a recent Starstruck TV programme as Rag an Bone man.  

Sunday morning was the AGM meeting which was very well attended.  The meeting progressed smoothly with Committee positions being filled (some vacancies are still available on our vacancy page) and presentations being made.  A presentation for 700 rallies was made to Richard and Gill Hitch, an amazing achievement.  The children who had attended rallies over the year received a plaque and a bag of sweets and awards were made to retiring committee members, Julie Widdowson and Paul Tomkinson.  The Franz and Hilda Hohmann trophy was presented to Nick and Tracy Orchard for attending the most rallies this year (17 rallies) with a Silver award presented to Ian and Helen Williamson (16 rallies) and bronze awards being presented to 13 other members for 10 rallies and above.

All in all, it was a very successful weekend and thanks must go to the chairman and his committee and partners plus all the helpers for all their hard work.

Just like to thank Tracy Nick Jane and Paul as Marshalls at this weekends inter centres fishing competition .Providing on Saturday evening baked potatoes cheese and beans.Then later a quiz by Tracy and music from Paul .Also thanks to Leicester for running the fishing competition
The results are as follows . Derby winning with 8 points second Notts with 10 points and Leicester third with 12 points .
Section winners
Section 1 Dick Cole’s Derby 80 14 oz
“. 2 Richard Hitch Notts 49 13. “
“. 3 Paul Tomkinson Notts 98 5 “
“. 4 Mick Coope Derby 68 14 “
“. 5 Cliff. Young Leicester 86 10 “
Overall Top three
1 Paul Tomkinson Notts 98 . 5 oz
2 Cliff Young Leicester 86 . 10 “
3 Dick Cole’s Derby 80 . 14 “
Many thanks for all the Anglers taking part and long may it continue

We rally here this Bank Holiday weekend by kind permission of the Eskdale School Committee.
There are 40 units including marshals with visitors from Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Yorkshire Pennines, and one non centre member.
Thursday saw the early arrivals testing the forty five degree incline access road for everyone else to follow! In the evening some socialised in and around their own units whilst others had a pleasant relaxing time.
Friday morning saw all four Colemans being put up and those who had already arrived venturing out for the day.
Friday evening, Mick Allen treated us to his own style of quiz, which made my pub card quizzes appear easy. There was also a Catch Phrase game which proved equally difficult for some.
Saturday saw everyone making the most of the glorious weather with some spending the day in Whitby whilst others ventured further afield. Quite a lot enjoyed a pint or two, with some having a few more, a some even more again!!
Saturday evening we had another of Mick Allens quizzes follow by games of Sticky 13's and a great game of stand up bingo hosted by young Holly.
Sunday for quite a few has been a relaxing day on the rally field whilst others ventured as far as a very wet Scarborough.
This weekend we have a number of celebrations. First John Broome, whose birthday was Friday and secondly Alfie Coope who will be 5 this coming Thursday 1st September.
We also have two wedding anniversaries, Gordon and Wendy Fowkes who are celebrating 33 years together and Rick and Anita Atherley who are celebrating 39 years together.

It only remains for me, on your behalf, to thank our marshals for this weekend Mick and Cath Coope and Mick and Sheona Allen, ably assisted by Alfie, Ella and Holly. May I thank all of you for your input into making this another successful rally. I would especially like to thank Mick Allen for the preparation of all the quizzes and games.

Newstead Abbey rally this weekend saw 13 outfits in attendance including marshals, with visitors from Leicestershire, East Warwickshire and Non Centre members.
On Friday and Saturday evenings we enjoyed catching up with friends old and new in the Coleman shelters whilst taking part in a quiz, games of bingo and an Irish raffle. Steve even treated each outfit to a lottery scratch card, although no one won the jackpot we did have a couple of winners.
The grounds and abbey were a treat to visit and enjoy over the weekend and most ended their visit in the cafe with a coffee and cake.
Kirsty, Mark and William did a brilliant job as lead marshals for the first time and were assisted by Steve and myself.
It was a lovely relaxed rally with sunny weather, a beautiful venue and good company.


Thaymar Ice Cream & Tearoom was the venue for this weekends rally. We had 11 outfits on the rally field, including marshals and visitors Malcolm and Denise from East Yorkshire. Thank you to our marshals Ian and Helen Williamson, Ivor and Paula Winter. The weekend got off to a great start with us all enjoying a drink together in the Colemans which were decorated on the outside with twinkling lights to welcome us in. Saturday was a day to explore the area with most of us at some point sampling one or more of the lovely flavoured icecream on offer. The photo is of my banana split and Steve's knickerbocker glory.  In the late afternoon thanks to the marshals we were treated to "Fun at the Fair" with the Colemans decorated in style we all competed in hook a duck, quoits, hoopla, ping pong jars, tin can alley, skittles, archery, bean bags and lawn darts.  A delicious supper of hot dogs and onions with cakes was served with a fruity sangria to drink. Medals were presented to the afternoon winners, congratulations to Denise, Malcolm and Richard, plus Erin and Lily.  Later in the evening we played blind hook a duck where we learnt who we best took instructions from.  Thanks once again to our marshals we all had a brilliant fun weekend and your hard work was much appreciated by all those who attended. 
We rallied this w/e 14-16 / 7/23 at Pike Oak farm in Winderpool by kind permission of Carl Pike
What looked like a wet w/ e ahead turned out to be a sunny w/ e with a few scattered showers and the occasional high blasts of wind
We had 5 vans plus marshals due to 5 cancellations and non attendees
We had 1 first time rallier Michelle Woodward
On behalf of all the ralliers this w/ e I would like to thank the Marshalls for their work they put in to make rallying a pleasure
Thanks Tracy / Nick / Ella and first time rally Marshall’s Lauren / Jamie / Oscar and Noah

We rallied this weekend at Normanton on Soar by kind permission of Dave Smith. We had 15 outfits plus Marshall’s with visitors from Leicester. We had socials both evenings with a game of singo bingo to end an enjoyable weekend in the sun. We had 2 birthdays Sue on 7th July and Nick Orchard on 8th July. We gave thanks to our first time Marshall’s Andrew Booth and Lou and Martin Lee Critchley and Sue Bradbury for their hard work.

An outstanding weekend at Thoresby
We had 40 units attending including marshals with visitors from:
Derbyshire (2), Leicestershire (1), Lincolnshire (1), South Yorkshire (1) and Non Centre (1)
We were also delighted to welcome for their first rally Ruth and Horace Kirby and Jo and Andrew Negus.
The rally opened at 10am on Friday with a few so keen they arrived half an hour early. on arrival most people took advantage of the glorious weather and either sat catch up with friends or went for a walk around the Thorseby Estate.
Friday evening we had a challenging music quiz compiled by Kirsty and Mark with 5 songs to be guessed across each decade from 1960's to 2020's. Congratulations to the Poysers with a magnificent score of 61 out of 66.
Saturday morning was an opportunity to relax, go cycling or do whatever we felt like doing as the glorious weather continued.
Saturday afternoon the children and grandchildren were treated to plenty of fun on the waterslide, followed by a dog agility competition which was won by (announced by Julie after flag) as Maggie handled by John Broom who completed the course in a fantastic 25 seconds)
Saturday evening, with the sun very slowly setting we were entertained by a outstandingly talented young acoustic guitarist and singer, Konnor Martin, who covered a wide range of songs in his own style which was enjoyed by everyone
We had one birthday celebration - Mick Coope's 70th (he's still trying to complete a round of golf in that number!!)
We also congratulated our visiting friends from Derbyshire Scott Wanless and Helen Wanless who will be celebrating their 13th (Lace) wedding anniversary on Monday.

A thank you and acknowledging round of applause was given to our marshals Julie, Steve, Kirsty and Mark (not forgetting William) for all their hard work in ensuring we all had an thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
Although not mentioned at flag Tom Mead requested that add a sincere thank you to Mick Allen for assisting him when Dallas fell and broke her ankle
This weekend we rallied at Southwell Racecourse. We had 8 vans out and athough a small rally was a lovely free and easy rally thanks to Mick Coope and Cath Coope and Malc and Angie Debage. Saturday saw 7 competing in the golfing competition and Nick Orchard being crowned the winner. Followed by a game is skattles which was won by Titch.
As the Marshall’s had ordered the sunshine we had flag and a get together on Saturday evening without the need for the Coleman’s.
We wished Mick Coope a happy 70th birthday for the 22nd June.

A great weekend was had by all at Orchard Hill Farm, which was marshalled by Wendy Harper & Glenn Harper assisted by James & Kay Harvey. There were 19 vans in attendance, including 3 from Derbyshire, 1 non centre member and 15 Nottinghamshire centre members.
Friday night was very much a legs down, meet friends and enjoy the sunshine.
Saturday, what a day! Summer really has arrived, all day sunshine. People went on the organised walk, calling for a well deserved drink at the local pub, others went to pick strawberries, have coffee and cake and ice cream at nearby School Farm. Lots of socialising in the day and a lovely get together in the evening with a fab Nottinghamshire quiz, thanks Glenn and won by team Eryn. All were then invited to toast marshmallows (giant ones) to finish off the night.
Flag was held on Sunday with people staying on the site to enjoy more sunshine.
Thanks to the Marshals for all your hard work and planning, it was really appreciated.
Just two birthdays were celebrated, William Gozney 15 and Ian Williamson, 21 again he said !
There were 23 vans including marshals and two visitors from over the border in Derbyshire that attended the rally at the Royal Oak Public House. No birthdays or anniversaries were notified.
This is a lovely location, one of my favourites at the rear of a superb traditional pub where we’re always made very welcome by the landlord Richard and his wife (and excellent chef) Vicky. We were blessed with fantastic, sunny weather for the whole weekend.
Friday was a day to sit in the sun, visit the nearby garden centre or Lowdham Caravans or eat and drink in the pub. Some enjoyed a quiz and catch up in the skittle alley in the evening.
Saturday was more of the same or there was a walk into Bingham with a refreshment stop led by Dave Charlton. In the evening was the now traditional skittles competition with Paul Tomkinson becoming the overall and men’s winner with Jackie Seddon the ladies champion.
A number of members rounded off the weekend by enjoying Sunday lunch in the pub.
Overall a lovely weekend enhanced by the weather with a great friendly atmosphere and lots of laughs. Many thanks to the marshals Marie & Dave Charlton and (first time marshals) Lou & Heidi (also known as Andy) Booth.

The Marshalls did us proud this weekend with a really tasty stew on Saturday night and all round entertainment . Thanks must go to Paul ,Jane ,Richard and Gill . The Notts fishing Qualifiers were as follows .
Paul Tomkinson 71 lbs 8 oz
Richard Hitch 54 lbs
Neil Goulding 45 lbs 7 oz
John Shipley. 43 lbs. 8oz
Steve Nixon 36 lbs 11oz .
Also many thanks for all the people supporting us and making in a really nice friendly rally

We rallied by kind permission of the cricket club committee. There were 21 units including the marshals, unfortunately 10 units were unable to attend due to the prevailing weather conditions. On Friday evening the first quizzes and games of sticky fingers were enjoyed by all. The quizzes were continued on Saturday evening, with a break for some very nicely prepared light refreshments, over which almost all struggled to guess "a pair of 'teef' " in the drinks picture quiz. A big hearty thank you to the marshals Tom, Dallas, Ann & Ady for all their hardwork in preparing everything to ensure a great weekend was had by all.

Our Valentines rally took place at Winthorpe Village Hall and as always Jane was very accommodating. We had 31 caravans and motor homes out including Marshall’s with visitors from Derbyshire,Leicestershire and South Yorkshire.
We celebrated Jamie Allman’s birthday and Paul and Theresa Heck’s 25th wedding Anniversary.
On Friday evening our Marshall’s did a quiz and bingo and Paul and Theresa provided Prosecco and cake to celebrate their anniversary.
On Saturday evening the room was transformed for a valentines themed evening and Nathan Jones entertained us and our Marshall’s provided sandwich platters.
Thank you to our Marshall’s this weekend Marie Charlton Dave Charlton Jackie Dixon and Ray Dixon for all their hard work.

NEWARK SHOWGROUND 29/12/22-01/01/23
It was an honour and pleasure to present Flag at our New Years Eve Rally
We rallied at and by kind permission of Newark Showground.
We welcomed visitors from Centres far and wide, including;
East Warwickshire
East Yorkshire
Mid Anglia
North London
South Yorkshire
Martin Garnham, (Former Leicestershire Chairman), responded on behalf of our visitors by thanking the Notts Centre and Marshall’s for delivering a brilliant event.
Early arrivals were received on Wed 28th December. A very wet day during which our site helpers Ruth and John Bentley got a proper soaking.
Most of us arrived the following day (29th) on a dry but very cold, windy day. Again received by our site helpers Ruth & John who endured the cold. Thank you Ruth & John Bentley for all your help.
That evening our festivities began in the hall, entertained by table magicians prior to our 2 course dinner of homemade carrot & tarragon soup followed by sausage and mash. We were entertained by the brilliant “Tom Jones” tribute act
On Fri 30th, (afternoon) some of us ventured to The Palace Theatre, Newark to enjoy the Panto ‘Cinderella’. (“Oh yes we did” 😀). At the end of the show, Buttons himself gave Notts Centre Caravan Club a ‘shout out’ and got the loudest (ish) cheer of the day….. there were plenty of us there
The evening in the hall commenced with our Robin Hood/Medieval fancy dress theme. There were some brilliantly creative outfits, well done to you all. The castle photo set was created, designed, built and painted by Notts member Ian Williamson. A masterpiece (once again) Ian. Thank you 👏👏
We enjoyed a lovely chicken breast dinner followed by dessert before being entertained by the fantastic “Bee Gees Live” tribute band
Both nights ended with a disco provided by our very own “DJ Paul”… thank you Paul
On New Years Eve you arrived in the hall dressed to impress. Ready to Party.
The evening commenced with Flag.
We thanked your rally Marshall’s
Jane & Paul Tomkinson,
Gill & Richard Hitch,
Tracey & Nick Orchard
(thanks also to helpers Elliott and Ella Orchard).
Thank you gifts were presented, funded by a room collection the evening before. Thank you to “the room” for your generosity and to Marie Charlton (our former Chairlady) for arranging the collection, for purchasing and presenting the gifts
Jane Tomkinson personally thanked all the helpers for “making this event happen”…. the buyers, potato peelers, veg choppers, room prep, decorations, pot washers etc etc. Jane also gave us an insight into next years event.
We once again enjoyed perfectly cooked food, this time a 3 course meal. Leek & potato soup, roast pork dinner and Vienetta for dessert.
A 50/50 draw was held each evening. The raffle was also drawn. Thank you to everyone for purchasing tickets and to Andy, Lou, Mick and Sheona for helping to sell tickets over 3 evenings.
Birthdays were acknowledged to;
John Bentley
Angela Debbage
Lauren Allman
Oscar Allman (who will be 3 on his birthday)
Wendy Fowkes (Leicestershire)
First time ralliers …. Sally & Paul Robinson received their plaque
We were entertained by the sensational Hypersonix Party Band who brought in the New Year to a packed dance floor.
Flag ended with a personal message from Notts Centre Chairman Martin Critchley and updates on up and coming Notts Centre rallies which are booking up quickly. We have a varied rally programme through all 2023. Go to www.nottscentre.com to book any of our rallies
A message from our Chairman
“Thank you to all our Marshall’s for 2022, to everyone who has attended our rallies this year and to the Committee for all their work in ensuring the efficient running of our great Notts Centre.
Wishing you and your families a very happy and prosperous new year and we look forward to seeing you soon.
All the best Martin & Sue”
On behalf of all of us on the Notts Centre Committee we wish you all a very happy and safe New Year

Walesby Scout Camp Bonfire Rally.
There were 41 units on the rally with visitors from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Northants and Rutland and East Warwickshire. First time ralliers were Mr and Mrs Mason. No birthdays or anniversaries were notified.
The rally moved fields from the usual one and was ideal. Closer to the bonfire/fireworks and a good well drained firm field with no problems for caravans or motor homes. The bonfire itself was one of the largest that I have seen and was still burning next morning!
The firework displays (there are two, an early one for children and later the main one) were outstanding. The cost must be enormous which makes the ticket price that the ralliers paid a bargain. Alongside the bonfire site was a funfair and food stalls. Overall a very well organised event that received very complimentary feedback from ralliers.
Many thanks to the marshals for the weekend, Mick and Cath Coope and Malc and Angela Debbage.

This weekend 26 units attended, including Marshals, with visitors from Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
Friday was very much legs down and settle in, many taking advantage of the unseasonably warm sunshine, gathering, sitting and chatting outside on the rally field. In the evening, ralliers gathered in the hall for a halloween themed quiz and a catch-up with friends.
The heavy overnight rain gave way on Saturday to another glorious afternoon of bright warm sunshine. Saturday daytime was again free and easy with ralliers venturing off to explore or finding their way to the local Lord Nelson pub (where we were well looked after by brilliant staff, well done and thanks to The Lord Nelson).
Caravans were dressed in creative halloween decorations and the kids enjoyed ‘trick or treat’ visiting vans across the rally field.
The hall was decorated by Ian Helen Williamson for the evening social event. Wow!! Just wow!! It was simply stunning !!! Ian started work in the room at 330am on Saturday morning and got finished at 230pm - 11 hours. That was the measure of the detail he put in. Congratulations Ian for a brilliant job, and of course to Helen, Mick Allen and Steve & Julie Widdowson for helping.
Many ralliers, adults and kids, dressed up in brilliant halloween fancy dress for the social.
During the evening, we were treated to steak pie, mushy peas and gravy followed by cheesecake. Thanks again go to Julie Widdowson, Steve, Ian and Helen for preparing, cooking and serving our meal. Delicious. Well done all.
The 50/50 draw was won by young ‘TJ’ Wanlass, (Derbys). The best dressed halloween table competition was won by Mick and Sheona Allen. The best male fancy dress winner was Richard Hitch, best female winner was Helen Wanless (Derbys) and congratulations to Holly who won the childrens best fancy dress. Simon & Andrea Toplis (Derbys AGAIN!!) won the best exterior decorated caravan and a special award for the best internal caravan decoration went to Andy Booth (Notts)
The evening gave way to dancing and chat, a great time was had by all.
Sincere thanks to our brilliant ‘rally Marshals together’ Julie & Steve JulieSteven Widdowson and Ian & Helen Williamson. We really do appreciate your hard work, planning and delivery of a very successful rally. Thank you

With kind permission, this weekend we rallied at Collingham Cricket Club, near Newark. (07-09 Oct 2022).
12 units attended, including Marshall’s, with 1 visitor from Derbys.
Torrential downpours on Friday afternoon gave way to blue skies and warm sunshine for the rest of the weekend. In the evening, we held a social gathering in the Cricket Club to chat, relax and laugh. It really was so nice to see people chatting away, a true sign of broad friendship across our members. Background music was supplied by Alex Phillips . Thank you Alexander 👍
Saturday daytime was free and easy, with members visiting nearby garden centres, Newark, Brownhills Leisure and even Tattershall Castle, Lincs. Personally, I joined Wendy, Kay and James on a dog walk with Archie which ended in The Royal Oak in Collingham. Great food, company and of course, beverages. It was so nice to return to site on Saturday afternoon to see various groups sat outside their units in the glorious sunshine having a great time.
On Saturday evening, we held a ‘dress to impress’ Casino night with hotdog supper and background music. We were joined by our Chairman Martin Lee Critchley and Sue Bradbury. The hotdogs went down very well. The roulette table never stopped spinning. Playing with Collingham Roubles, the kids loved it too. Congratulations to Amanda Davis who won the bottle of Prosecco for best performance overall at the table supplied by the lovely croupier, Lauren. The evening ended with more music.
Our croupier, throughout the evening, was our secret independent judge of the ‘dress to impress’ competition. The winners were Martin Critchley and Kay Harvey. Well done to both 👏👏. We couldn’t choose between the young ladies Alice, Holly and Grace…. So they each received a box of goodies… well done girls 👏👏👏👏
We acknowledged 3 birthdays
Amanda Davis
Howard Morgan
Rob Byatt
Happy birthday to you all 🎉🎂
And finally…. sincere thanks to our Marshall’s Huw Phillips and Alison Louise Phillips, Wendy Harper (and me).
What a brilliant weekend…. Thank you to all attendees for making this rally a success. What fantastic Members you are 👏👏👏👏👏
Glenn Harper
Assistant Marshall
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  • We are looking in to selling Notts Centre Merchandise.
    It would help to have some feedback to see who is interested.
    The garments will come with the Robin Hood Logo on the left breast as standard, and for an additional cost NOTTS embroidered on the back (not advised on the polo tee shirts).
    Unisex, Ladies and Children sizes are available.
    Prices are very reasonable and the quality is fantastic.
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  • Amanda Davis
    Yes all the family are interested, ready for layering in the winter 😀

  • Martin Lee Critchley
    Will have two hoodies and two polo shirts

  • Well what a fun packed w/e we have all have at Osberton.
    Not having been to anything like this before was a big mistake
    I would like to say a massive thanks to all the marshals this week for the hard work they have put in straight after our AGM
    I always thought these horse events where just for serious horse lovers how wrong I was
    Horses, food , activities, stalls not for getting the ice cream man …
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  • Jane Tomkinson
    Great photos and weather x

  • Victoria Hand
    Great pics. Was a fab rally!! Thanks to the Notts for making us very welcome once again 🎉

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  • With kind permission, this weekend we rallied at Collingham Cricket Club, near Newark. (07-09 Oct 2022).
    12 units attended, including Marshall’s, with 1 visitor from Derbys.
    Torrential downpours on Friday afternoon gave way to blue skies and warm sunshine for the rest of the weekend. In the evening, we held a social gathering in the Cricket Club to chat, relax and laugh. It really was so nice to see people chatting away, a true sign of broad friendship across our members. Background music was supplied by Alex Phillips . Thank you Alexander 👍
    Saturday daytime was free and easy, with members visiting nearby garden centres, Newark, Brownhills Leisure and even Tattershall Castle, Lincs. Personally, I joined Wendy, Kay and James on a dog walk with Archie which ended in The Royal Oak in Collingham. Great food, company and of course, beverages. It was so nice to return to site on Saturday afternoon to see various groups sat outside their units in the glorious sunshine having a great time.
    On Saturday evening, we held a ‘dress to impress’ Casino night with hotdog supper and background music. We were joined by our Chairman Martin Lee Critchley and Sue Bradbury. The hotdogs went down very well. The roulette table never stopped spinning. Playing with Collingham Roubles, the kids loved it too. Congratulations to Amanda Davis who won the bottle of Prosecco for best performance overall at the table supplied by the lovely croupier, Lauren. The evening ended with more music.
    Our croupier, throughout the evening, was our secret independent judge of the ‘dress to impress’ competition. The winners were Martin Critchley and Kay Harvey. Well done to both 👏👏. We couldn’t choose between the young ladies Alice, Holly and Grace…. So they each received a box of goodies… well done girls 👏👏👏👏
    We acknowledged 3 birthdays
    Amanda Davis
    Howard Morgan
    Rob Byatt
    Happy birthday to you all 🎉🎂
    And finally…. sincere thanks to our Marshall’s Huw Phillips and Alison Louise Phillips, Wendy Harper (and me).
    What a brilliant weekend…. Thank you to all attendees for making this rally a success. What fantastic Members you are 👏👏👏👏👏
    Glenn Harper
    Assistant Marshall

    This weekend we rallied at Osberton horse trials.  We had 27 units out including marshals with visitors fromEast Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, East Warwickshire and 3 Non Centre members.
    We arrived on Friday to driving rain and high winds.  What a difference Saturday and Sunday! The weather was amazing warm sunshine like a summers day. We enjoyed all that Osberton had on offer.
    Fabulous weekend 😎.
    Thank you to our marshals Martin and Sue assisted by Glen and Wendy.

    What a brilliant AGM this weekend we had 36 vans out with 25 vans on site by 12.30.   We had visitors from leics and South Yorkshire and one non centre member. We had 3 birthdays,Elliot Orchard, Helen Williamson, and Gail Smith.
    Friday we had a relaxed evening of bingo and back ground music.
    Saturday morning we had rally launch and with a Notts first every rally was picked up.
    Saturday night we had a 2 course meal of giant Yorkshire pudding with stew, pudding was cheese cake and cream.
    Afterwards we had 50/50draw where the winner Martin Critchley donated his winnings to the chairladies charity.
    We were then entertained by fabulous duo Rathbone.
    Sunday morning we had our AGM! WELL WHAT CAN I SAY.  We have had a roller coaster of emotions. Well done to our new committee being Chaired by new Chairman Martin Critchley. And those that make up the 11 strong committee through to next year and beyond.
    My charity for my final year is Rainbows Children's Hospice at the start of the AGM was stood at £2 850. Thanks to Val and Mike who came to represent Rainbows and gave a bit of a insight on where the money goes to. This lead to a very emotional Helen Williamson donating her fellowship money to my charity. She was swiftly followed by everyone else and there was not many dry eyes and so at the end the total stood at £3,105. Thanks so much to all those who have supported and donated to my charity it means so much and is going to a fantastic cause.

    See you all on the rally field soon
    Lots of love Marie and Dave xx

    This Bankholiday weekend we celebrated our 60th Anniversary at Southwell racecourse. We had 86 units plus marshals. With visitors from
    Mid Anglia, Derby, South Yorks, Leics and Yorkshire Pennines centres.
    We also acknowledged the attendance of  Jason and Mandy Rosamond Central Region Chair And ex midland chair.
    Gary and Andrea Brewin current Leics chair.
    Lesley and Dave Gregory ex Derby Chair.
    John and Margaret Strutt ex Derby chair.
    Martin and Liz Garnham ex Leics chair.
    Stephen and Julie Widdowson ex Notts chair
    Gill Hitch ex Notts chair
    Richard Hitch ex Central Region and Notts chair.

    Friday night we had a quiz and background music and 50/50 and a game of bingo for those young at heart..  Saturday AM there was a fun run organised by Steve Widdowson well done to those who took part. Saturday afternoon we had a picnic and afternoon tea and a kids tombola, water/wine stall, cake stall and memorabilia tent.
    Thanks to all those who donated.
    At the time of flag approximately £600 with still monies to be counted was raised.

    Saturday evening we were entertained by Pigz ear barn dance and some of us wore fancy dress.  50/50 was also held during the night and we had hot dogs and mushy peas.
    Sunday am there was Bargain Hunt and antiques fair being held at the Southwell racecourse which was visited by many ralliers. Sunday afternoon the committee entertained the kids with lawn games. Sunday night we had Kareoke and disco, 50/50 was also held.
    On Monday afternoon a few of us took advantage of the discount to the family funday and races.
    We were blessed with the weather all weekend.
    A few thankyous I need to make are to my committee
    Gill and Richard Hitch.
    Martin Critchley and Sue Bradbury
    Julie and Steve Widdowson
    Nick and Tracy Orchard
    And all those who helped set up Thurday night.
    Andrew Booth for the lone of Gazebo, screen for the karaoke and the donation of the celebration cake.
    Grant Hammet for the lights.
    A special thanks to Dave Charlton for putting up with me and keeping me calm and mainly stress free.
    Finally our ralliers without you there would be no centre.
    I will update as soon as I can on the amount made to be added to my Rainbows children's Hospice charity total.

    Lovely weekend in Paradise field at Newstead Abbey. We had 27 units out including marshalls with visitors from Derbyshire and the Midland centre.
    We have 2 birthdays with Michelle Mullins and Tamla Hanna.
    Friday night we kicked off a Spanish themed weekend with Sangria and quiz and bring your own Tapas.
    Saturday was do as you please taking in the sights of Lord Byrons Estate.  Saturday night was a quiz with a few tipple tasting questions thrown in. Also stickies by torch light.
    During the weekend I did a raffle in aid of my charity which raised £46 well done to the winners.
    Thanks to our marshals Julie and Steve, Co marshals were Kirsty, Mark and william

    We rallied at Harlyn Sands Holiday park from 30 th July until 13 th August by kind permission of the Richard’s family who we were able to thank personally as they joined us for the social and flag. We had 25 units out some who were on the rally for two weeks and others who joined us for just 1 week. We welcomed visitors from Derbyshire, Shropshire, Midland, Wiltshire, Lincolnshire,Avon and Berkshire centre which also included past chairlady Angela Massey. We welcomed 3 first time ralliers Mark Reeves and family, Stuart Morley and Charlie-Mae and Christopher Windmill and family.
    We also celebrated a number of Birthdays.
    During the first week our Marshall’s treated us to Pimms and Lemonade and Jane Tomkinson challenged us to a game of Family fortunes followed by sticky fingers.
    During the 2 nd week our Marshall’s put a cheese and wine evening on and again Jane entertained us with an interactive Quiz finished off with sticky fingers.
    Our Marshall’s certainly ordered the sunshine. The site is a 2 minute walk to the beach and a fabulous location.

    Our thanks go to our Marshall’s Gill and Richard Hitch and Jane and Paul Tomkinson for organising the rally and the enjoyable socials.
    See you all again next year for sun, sea and more sunshine 🌞

    We rallied at Prestwold Hall by kind permission of landowner Edward Packe-Drury Lowe. There were 20 vans including marshalls out this weekend.
    Birthdays this weekend were Ruth Bentley, John Shipley and Martin Lee Critchley. Friday night legs down and whilst some relaxed by their vans some joined the Marshall’s in the Coleman’s.
    Saturday the sun shone and we joined the Marshall’s on the rally field for a plated buffet and a quiz by Huw Phillips.
    Thank you to our Marshall’s Martin Critchley, Sue Bradbury, Huw Phillips and Alison Louise Phillips.

    Orchard hill farm this weekend. We had 23 units including marshals with visitors from Derbyshire. 
    Friday legs down and chill after a hard weeks work for some and a change of scenery for those fortunate retired folk. Saturday morning was pig tails and tour by our hosts then we all returned to our vans for bacon and sausage breakfast 😋  
    Saturday afternoon was pims and picnic on the lawn followed by a few children's games provided by our marshals.  Saturday night was fire pits and marshmallows followed by bingo and background music.
    We also had 50/50 well done to the winners.
    During this weekend I also did a raffle in aid of my charity this year which is Rainbows Hospice 🌈 This made £54 thanks to all and 
    Congratulations to the winners.
    Thanks to our marshals
    Sara and Roger Gozney with help from William and Henry.
    And Wendy and Glen Harper with help from Mason

    Shelt hill golf this weekend. We had 19 units out including marshals with visitors from Derbyshire and o e non centre member.
    Friday was free and easy with a bit of fishing for some. We had one birthday with Mick Coope and one anniversary for the Charltons
    Saturday was the Notts centre Golf competition, the overall winner was Dave Charlton. During Saturday evening we had a couple of quizzes.
    Thank you to our marshals Mick and Cath Coope

    The rally at Hayfield Lakes was very much a free and easy rally, as planned. There were 18 outfits on including marshals, with visitors from South Yorkshire and East Warwickshire. There was one first rallier, a big notts welcome to Sandy and Dawn Thompson. The weather on Friday was hot, hot, hot and although there was the odd shower on Saturday, it didn't dampen the mood. Over the weekend most people visited the on-site pub and restaurant or socialised round their vans. Some ventured to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park which was not far from the rally site and they said they had a great time. There was a lucky van draw at flag which was won by one of the visitors from South Yorkshire. All in all, a great relaxing weekend. Many thanks to the marshals Becky and Jamie Reed and Dawn and Gary Bishop.

    Just a bit of a report on the weekend. We had 87 units out including marshals with visitors from Derbyshire, Leicstershire, Durham, Lincolnshire, East Warwickshire, South Yorkshire, Yorkshire Pennines, plus 4 non centre members.What a cracking long weekend! The rally started on Thursday lunchtime with many fine young men helping to put up the marquees and event shelters. We then spent the evening with a quiz and stickies and background music for those who wanted to start the party early.
    Friday morning was an early start with the rest of the ralliers arriving. Friday night we were entertained by the Food Doctors which played music through the decades and were well received.
    Saturday am we had a good turn out for the Rainbows ramble. On their return there was an impromtu Ice cream man who made a tidy sum and made a donation to my charity. Saturday evening was started off with Ricardos pizza van. They were delicious! We were then entertained by Vikki Rossina who rocked the night away with her fantastic voice.

    The weekend was brilliant from start to finish thank you to all who attended we raised in excess of £800 with raffle, finger torches 50/50 and donations. This does not include what was raised by Martin for the silent auction as this will be carried over to the Southwell anniversary rally.

    A Massive thank you to all who donated I feel very humbled as it is for a very worthy cause.  Thanks to Ruth and John Bentley our co-marhals I am sure you agree we smashed it !!!

    Car Colston this weekend cracking fun filled weekend and the weather was a bonus.
    We had 24 units out including marshals with visitors from Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
    One birthday this weekend happy birthday Gordon Fowkes and happy anniversary to Mick and Sheona Allan.
    Friday was free and easy. Saturday day time was spent in the sunshine. Saturday night we met in the Skittle Alley where we were treated to chip butties before we all took part in the skittle competition.
    Well done to Austin and Ella, Andrew and Kevin our winners.
    Well done to Kevin Lacey on winning the 50/50.
    Thanks to Richard and Gill Hitch and Jane and Paul Tomkinson for marshalling this weekend.
    Report by Marie Charlton

    Notts qualifiers for the inter centre fishing competition was held at Shelt Hill Fishery.
    Thank to Paul and Ian for allowing us the use of the lakes.
    We had 24 units out including marshals. With visitors from Derbyshire.
    There were 2 birthdays this weekend Julie Rogers and Colin Chapman who celebrates his 86th birthday.
    Congratulation to Cath and Mick coope on their wedding Anniversary.
    Friday legs down and chill.
    Saturday the fishing competition took place with the results as posted by John Shipley our captain as follows:  First Paul Tomkinson 62 . 3 pounds , second Pete Sinclair 58.2 h third Richard Hitch 54.4 fourth John Shipley 45 .4 fifth Nick Orchard 25.3 sixth Kev Woolley 18.9 seventh Bryan Jones 11.1 and eighth John Bentley 4.3 welcome to Bryan Jones on his fist match and a very special well done to Nick Orchard who is new to the sport, and at the first time of trying in the competition managed to qualify in fifth place . weldone to all those that took part.
    Bacon cobs were supplied by our marshals to those that took part in the match.
    There was also numerous pleasure Fisher men and women as the weather was perfect.
    In the evening we gathered in the colmans for a light supper supplied by our marshals.
    Thanks to Ruth and John Bentley and Kath and Richard Kibart for being our marshals.
    The charity raffle raised £80 thank and
    to all those who won.

    This bankholiday weekend we rallied at the Ferry Meadows CAMC site in Peterborough.
    We had 29 units out including marshals.
    We had visitors from Leictershire, Lincolnshire and West Hants.
    Thursday some of us arrived for the early extra night and it was a free and easy.
    Friday was free and easy and the rest of the ralliers arrived to get climatised.
    Saturday, well what fantastic weather not a jumper in sight.
    During the day we all took in the sights of ferry meadows, hopped on the steam train or visited Truck fest at the Peterbrough show ground.
    We then returned to our vans to soak up the sunshine.
    Saturday night we had a film night which started with Peter kay, then the main event with the greatest showman.
    Enjoyed by most apart from snoring coming from the west wing.
    Thanks to Andrew Booth for the loan of screen and projector.
    Sunday daytime was do as you please again we took in the sights.
    Sunday night was Widdowsons wonder quiz including feely bags and a monologue from Martin of Albert and the Lion.
    A raffle was held over the weekend for Chairladies Charity £99 was raised.
    Weldone to the winners.
    Also 50/50 was held.
    Happy birthday to James Harvey and Ray Dixon.
    Thanks to our marshals Martin and Sue assisted by Steve and Julie.
    Also thanks to all those who helped erected and dismantle the colmans.

    What a cracking long weekend we had in sunny 🌞 Skegness.
    We had 32 units out including our Marshals. Thanks to Mick and Cath Coope.
    With visitors from Warwickshire, Leicestershire and East Yorkshire
    Most of us arrived on the Thursday where we chilled in our vans.
    Friday was do as you please during the day so we took in the sights of the seaside.
    Friday night a few of us met in the colmans but it was cold so most were in their vans.
    Saturday daytime we again took in the sights of the seaside. In the evening we met in the colmans for a game of stickies and back ground music.
    We then had an impromptu sing along with Christopher and his guitar our visitor from East yorks.
    Sunday morning we had our Easter egg hunt.
    We then chilled by our vans enjoying the sunshine.
    Sunday night we had flag. Where the raffle was drawn for a bottle of whisky and an Easter egg. All proceeds to my charity which is Rainbows Hospice based in Loughborough. A total of £125 was raised throught out the weekend thanks so much guys. Steve won the whisky and Alice won the egg
    There was an Easter bonnet parade well done to our youngest rallier William but it was Oscar who won it via Ella
    We were then treated to an unusual multiple choice quiz from Mick.
    We also held 50/50 during the night Paula won this.
    Happy birthday to Ivor and Glen and happy anniversary to Paula and Ivor

    The rally this weekend was at Griffins Head Public House at Papplewick and our thanks go to the Marshals Marie & Dave Charlton. Special thanks must also go to Mark the landlord as he donated all the rally fee's to Rainbows Children's Hospice, our Chair Lady's charity.
    16 vans, including marshals, this weekend with visitors from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Cumbria centre, also new Notts centre first ralliers Mr & Mrs Robinson who we look forward to seeing on future Notts rallies.
    Friday night we all gathered in the pubs marquee and had two game of sticky13's won by Simon Henson and Ken Robinson, followed by a quiz won by Paul and Tamla's team.
    Saturday Dave organised a walk to Newstead Abbey and everyone and their dogs had a good time and well earned refreshment at the cafe. Saturday evening we were back in the marquee for a quiz followed by two games of bingo. The evening ended with a light and music show from Simons Tesla car.
    Rally report by Tom Mead

    We rallied at Orchard Hill this weekend by kind permission of Sara and Roger Gozney, there were 29 vans out plus marshals. We welcomed visitors from South Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Lincs and the West Midlands.
    We arrived on Friday to glorious sunshine which set the scene for the entire weekend. Friday evening saw some members enjoy the hospitality at the Duke William public house whilst others enjoyed the sunshine sat out side thier vans.
    Saturday morning some of us met at the Marshall’s van and enjoyed a walk admiring the lovely scenery finishing the walk at the local public house. Other members enjoyed some retail therapy at nearby Retford.
    Saturday evening we were served a meal of chilli,rice and garlic bread finished off with homemade pavlova and trifle and entertained by Kelly G. We thank our marshalls Sara, Roger , William and Henry Gozney and Wendy Harper and Glen Harper and thier helpers for all thier hard work during the weekend. We also gave thanks to Frank a local resident who allowed our members use of his garden for parking during the social and joined us during Saturday evening.
    We also wished Wendy Harper a very happy birthday. The lucky winner of the 50/50 draw won £40.50.
    Future rallies - Mick Coope asked to remind everyone attending Everington Lane rally that the rally opens at 12 pm on Thursday.
    Chairlady’s rally at Thoresby is on 20th May with entertainment during the weekend and a sponsored walk in aid of Rainbow’s hospice.
    60th Anniversay rally at Southwell Racecourse for August Bank holiday - family entertainment is planned for the weekend. More details to follow once they have been finalised.
    Report by Tracy Orchard

    This weekend we had 10 units out with visitors from Northamptonshire. It was a nice, small but very friendly rally and Friday evening was spent in the clubhouse where our marshal, Martin Critchley had to serve behind the bar as the club steward had a family emergency! Saturday was free and easy and some of us visited the local attractions, The Engine Yard and Belvoir Castle plus visits to Grantham and Melton Mowbray. On Saturday evening we were in the clubhouse again where Martin got time off from the bar as the steward was back in charge! Some of those on the rally enjoyed a take-away meal that was delivered to the clubhouse and then we all took part in a dominoes knock out competition that was won by Neil Goulding. Thanks to Martin and Sue Critchley for running and organising the rally on our behalf and thanks to Jane Tomkinson for taking the flag.

    We had 39 units out this weekend with visitors from the Leicestershire and South Yorkshire centres.  Friday night we settle down to a relaxing evening with background music and a Valentines quiz.  Saturday was a relaxing day with some shopping and a visit to the local pub after some fresh air.  Saturday evening we met in a beautifully decorated hall for Valentines.  We were treated to a 3 course meal then a Mr and Mrs quiz, followed by entertainment supplied by our very own Martin Critchely then finished off with a disco.

    Report by Chairlady, Marie Charlton

    We had 88 units including Marshals with visitors from Bedfordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, East Yorkshire, East Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, South Staffordshire, Scottish Centre and West MIdland Centres.  We welcomed 2 first time ralliers and there were 8 members celebrating birthdays.

    Some of us arrived a day early to get settled in with one gentleman travelling 305 miles from Scotland doeing 185 of those before even finding out if the rally was going ahead! 

    On the first official night of the rally we were treated to a 2 course meal of soup and sausage and mash and then entertainment by tribute act Bruno Mars with a disco to finish the night, well done to our 50-50 winner who walked awau with £147.50!

    The second night was an Egyptian temed night.  Thanks to Paul for the Egyptian props he expertly made for the evening.  The evening meal was chicken, veg, Yorkshire pudding and jam roly-poly and custard.  We were then entertained by a Queen Tribute act, the best I have seen so far.  Well done to the second 50-50 winner who walked away with £111!

    On New Year's Eve the main event was 'dress to impress'. Flag was held during the evening followed by a 3 course meal of soup, pork and all the trimmings followed by Vienetta and cream.  Then we were entertained by party band, The Warning Tones followed by a DJ into the early hours.  We all welcomed in the New Year with a glass of prosecco and sandwich platter.  A raffle was held during the evening and also 50-50, well done to our third winner who walked away with £112.50.

    That leaves me to thank our marshals Jane and Paul Tomkinson, Gill and Richard Hitch and Tracy and Nick Orchard who were all given a gift of flowers, a wine presentation box and money from the collection that was held during the rally to show our appreciation to our marshals for putting on a fantastic New Year rally.  Also a big thank you to all those who helped with food prep, decorations, cleaning and the siting of vans, you have all done a fantastic job at making it a very successful rally.  The feedback has been very good which is a credit to the Notts Centre!

    Report by Chairlady, Marie Charlton