Rally Reports

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