Rally Reports

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It was a spooky and scary place at Cuckney Cricket Club this weekend for 25 outfits including Marshals. We welcomed non centre members and visitors from Derbyshire Centre and Mr and Mrs Frost who were first time ralliers to our Centre. Friday evening was a chance to chill and wind down with our Marshals challenging us with a small quiz which proved to be trickier for some of us than others. Saturday was a free and easy day with some going shopping and others exploring Sherwood Forest and looking at the Major Oak before setting to work on decorating caravans and motorhomes ready for Trick or Treaters calling at 6pm. I think all the children managed to collect enough sweets to last longer than a week. The evening festivities began with Isaac Bond winning the carved Pumpkin Competition, we then enjoyed a lovely buffet supper before the Fancy Dress parades began for both adults and children. It was a hard task judging as the effort put in by everyone was brilliant and added to the atmosphere of the evening. Games were enjoyed with the children hunting spiders and hitting a pinata for even more sweets. Adults were not so lucky in their games as they ended up eating Cockroaches and Mealworms. There should be a caption competition for the photograph of Marie Charlton taken during this game. It was a thoroughly bewitching evening with photgraphs being taken at every opportunity. Thank you to our Marshals Mandy, Rich, Kieran and Jamie Cooper, Derren and Cassie Brookes for a great weekend including setting the scene in the hall and the evening buffet, your hard work in transforming the hall into a haunted mansion was amazing and looked like something from a film set.

Report and Picture by Steve Widdowson

What a fabulous weekend at Barn Farm with lovely views Thank you to the land owner Mark Cooper. We had 22 vans including marshals with visitors from South Staffs and Derbyshire. We had one new rallier Mr and Mrs Noble. Friday night was legs down with some went out for a meal whilst the rest of us enjoyed the free and easy theme in our vans. Saturday there was an organised walk of approx 4.5 miles with a refreshment stop which was well attended thank you to our marshals. Sat night most of us took advantage of the mild weather and enjoyed the illuminations and fireworks in matlock and fish and chip supper. It's been a long time since no coats were required In October. We had 2 birthdays this weekend for Helen Pickering and Tracy Orchard. Thankyou to our marshals Julian and Claire Barnes helped by Chloe and Charlie and Julie and Steven Widdowson.

Report by Marie Charlton and Picture by Gary Bishop

What a fabulous weekend at osberton.  There were 65 vans including our marshals. With visitors from Derby Leics Bucks Cheshire Cumbria Durham East Anglia East York's Lincs South Yorks and Yorkshire Dales. We had one first time rallier out this weekend Mrs June Burton. With one Birthday Jackie Sinclaire I wish to thank our marshals Jane And Paul Tomkinson and Dave and Helen Pickering. It all kicked off on thurs with some visiting the arenas during the day and the having a few tipples in the evening. I wish to thank our marshal for providing my Tea on thurs. Even though it rained till lunchtime on friday it was lovely warm sunshine and dry for Fridays events.  Sat day time was the main event. It stayed dry So visits to the arenas and cross country course were a must with a pimms and prosecco pit stop thrown in. The sat evening was spent dancing the night away in the main entertainment tent. Sunday was flag the the rest of the day to spend as you please with osberton horse trials carrying on in till the early evening, What a fab weekend enjoyed by all.

Report by Marie Charlton and Picture by Gary Bishop

Wykeham Lakes Scarborough 25th-28th August Fantastic Bank Holiday weekend with glorious sunshine for the whole time, what more could we have asked for. 18 vans out including marshals, with visitors from Leicestershire Centre. We welcomed 1st time rallier June Conquest and celebrated one birthday for Andy Wright for the 31st. Friday Night - legs down and a relaxing night spent sat around vans enjoying a pleasant evening. Saturday Daytime - Scarborough on the beach, including a sand castle (or sand creation) competition and walks along the promenade and fish-n-chips of course. Saturday Night - Chilled night in the Coleman shelter enjoying a quiz, background music and chatting with friends. Sunday Daytime - Some had a trip to Filey while others enjoyed a walk, or participated in fun at the aqua park on site playing on the inflatable assault course. Well done to Jamie Reed being the only adult to supervise/have-a-go. Sunday Night - In the Coleman shelter for a delicious ploughman supper provided by the marshals followed by a few games - minute-to-winnit with donuts, pick up the pretzels and a couple of games of bingo. Monday Daytime - After flag some enjoyed a day out to the seaside for one last walk on the beach and some went for an early start to miss the Bank Holiday traffic. A big thank you to the marshals Rebecca Reed Quaintance, Jamie Reed, Claire Bond, Lee Bond and the children/teenagers, plus helpers for putting on such a great weekend.

Report and Picture by Gary Bishop

White house farm, Market Rasen. We rally here with kind permission of Gill Tyson With 9 vans including marshals with one first time rallier welcome to Steve and Alison Simpson and boys and 1 visitor from Derby Centre. We have 1 birthday Kev from derby centre and one anniversary Becky and Jamie Reed Fri night legs down meet in Colman for chat tipple and quiz provided by our marshals. Sat was do as you Please where some of us went to cleethorpes, some went into market rasen our new rallies went to the races and stayed for the Kaiser chiefs in concert sat night. The rest of us spent sat evening in the colmans with our version of horse racing and music concert. Sun after flag a few of us walked to the local ice cream parlour before our journey home. Thanks to our Marhals Dawn and Gary bishop and Julie and Steve Widdowson

Report by Marie Charlton and Picture by Gary Bishop

Horters store rally 11 to 13 August 8 vans including marshals Steve and Julie widdowson, rally here by kind permission of Chris Horter with visitors from east Yorkshire. Fri evening legs down with free and easy in Colman with back ground music. Sat morning lovely 4 mile walk taking in a cafe stop and pub stop on Route, followed by a fun petanque competition won by Anita helped by Steve widdowson. Sat eve in Colman with a light plouhgmans supper supplied by our marshals followed by dingbats with the kybarts and Bentley taking the prize this was followed by back ground music Sun morning flag was held In the sunshine with our visitors winning the envelope competition with two of our member going on for a holiday whilst the rest of us enjoyed a cup of tea in the sunshine. 

Report by Marie Charlton and Picture by Steve Widdowson

Manor farm thrumpton We rally here by kind permission of m towers We had 10 vans including marshals with visitors from Leics and North York's centre with no first time ralliers Fri night legs down and met on the colmans for a chat and back ground music with our favourite tipples. Sat lunch three men and lady went on the river with their boats whilst Steve and Nick organised the water slide with majority of adults taking part what fun we had. Sat night we met in the colmans for a couple of games of stickies and quizzes which the film quiz aimed at teenagers got us all thinking There was also back ground music. We had one anniversary which was Shaun and Jen Richardson's and one birthday which was Marie's 50th Thank you to the marshals Nick and Tracy orchard and Julie and Steve Widdowson with help from Ella and Elliot for a relaxing and fun filled weekend.

Report by Marie Charlton and Picture by Gary Bishop

This weekend saw 39 outfits at Shelt Hill Fisheries Woodborough for the Notts centre fishing rally. On Friday evening we were treated to a supper of hot dogs courtesy of Andy Carlile to celebrate his birthday, whilst enjoying a drink and quiz. Saturday morning was an early start with bacon cobs for those competing in the fishing match. The fish were biting and good weights were achieved by many with Paul Tomkinson, Ian Gleave, Adrian Newcombe, John Bentley and Pete Sinclair going forward to represent our centre in a few weeks at the Intercentre fishing match again at Shelt Hill. Saturday evening saw us all in partying in style to celebrate John Shipley's birthday with live music provided by the Raleigh Band. The photo booth was very popular and the jacket potatoes and chilli were delicious all cooked by our fabulous Marshalls and assistants. We welcomed our first time ralliers Pete and Jackie Sinclair and visitors from Derbyshire centre you are all very welcome. Many thanks to our marshals Ian, Janine, Anne and Adrian you all worked very hard to ensure everything went smoothly. Thank you to John's family and friends for inviting us all to his party. Happy Birthday to John and everyone else who celebrated a birthday this week.

Report and Picture by Steve Widdowson

A full on Party in the Park with Pimm's, ice creams, games and skipping and not forgetting water gun battles was all part of the fun on Saturday afternoon for the 26 outfits attending the rally at Bleasby this weekend in beautiful sunshine. We had visitors from Leicestershire and Derbyshire, with the Leicestershire centre members winning the evening quizzes of sniff the pots and general knowledge. Over the weekend ralliers have been on different walks by the river many stopping at the local pubs and tea shop for refreshment as required.  Thank you to our Marshals Tracy and Nick Orchard assisted by Ella and Elliott, Marie and Dave Charlton assisted by Amelia, you all worked hard to ensure we had a relaxing fun weekend and it was appreciated.

Report and Picture by Steve Widdowson

A relaxing rally at a lovely quiet venue, Highland Farm Ossington was enjoyed by 14 caravans and was just what was needed after the previous busy weekend playing sports. Many thanks to Gary and Dawn Bishop, Derren and Cassie Brookes our Marshals for organising the weekend including quizzes and cards both evenings in the Coleman shelters. The weekend was a real country affair with many attending the local fete at Carlton Hall, where we enjoyed Morris dancing, music, singing and games. Alice Sipson won two rosettes, one in the children's Olympics and one with her dog who had the waggiest tail. Happy Birthday to Howard Morgan and Happy Wedding Anniversary to Dave and Marie Charlton.  Plaques were presented to those who competed at Intercentre and these will continue to be given out to everyone over the next few weeks, please make sure you collect yours.  Well done to all those who got a mention in this month's CAMC magazine for participating at the National last month.

Report by Steve Widdowson and Picture by Gary Bishop

Intercentre Rally 2017

I am a very proud Chairman this week as the Nottinghamshire Centre of the Caravan and Motorhome club hosted the 2017 Intercentre Rally at Clumber Park over the weekend, we were successful in winning both trophies (The Bill Peck Trophy and The Alf Chapman Cup). The weather was glorious and sunny which ensured all sporting events were well supported by all the four attending centres of ourselves, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. Friends from the Midland Centre also joined in the fun including our Central Region Chairman. The view of over 100 vans pitched around the rally field was a very impressive site set in the grounds of the park and encouraging for the future of the Intercentre rally and I am sure we are all looking forward to Bitteswell next year.  I would like to thank all the committee and their partners for all their hard work and commitment to the organising and running of the rally, the feedback I have received during and since the rally has been full of praise for you all and reflects the friendship and team spirit of our centre when on the rally field. Our centre were a force to be reckoned with and entered teams in all adults and childrens events, including netball, volleyball (mens and womens), football, pentaque, lawn darts and childrens running races. As Richard our Sports Officer said "it is all about taking part and every single one of you are winners"

Report by Steve Widdowson

Pictures by Gary Bishop

Master chef and Bierkeller at Shelt Hill Woodthorpe with 51 outfits has been a very busy fun filled weekend. Visitors from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire joined us in the warm weather for some cooking and singing. On Friday evening we were treated to a light hearted quiz and a game of lottery bingo. Saturday afternoon saw the Childrens and Adults Master Chef competition taking place on the rally field with an audience who were more than ready to sample the dishes. The standard of the two courses produced by all the cooks was very high. The adults competition was won by Andrew Wright. It was good to see Franz Hohmann looking well when he visited the rally to watch the competition.                 Saturday evening was spent singing oompah songs whilst swaying and drinking. We also enjoyed a delicious meal of chicken and chips. Robert Burton kept us singing all night and was repeatedly asked for encores. A big thank you to our marshals Ian and Andrea Pilgrim, Paul and Jane Tomkinson for a fantastic job, also all those who helped them towards the weekend in any way.

Report by Steve Widdowson

Patching Farm

A celebratory weekend at Patchings Art Centre Calverton this weekend for 19 outfits as our Marshals Cath and Mick Coope celebrated their Wedding Anniversary and Cath a special birthday. On Friday evening we were provided with Hotdogs for supper whilst we enjoyed a social drink and catch up with friends. Saturday was the Nottinghamshire Centre Annual Golf competition held at Ramsdale Golf Club, many thanks to Mick Coope for organising this event.   Winners were Andy Keen ( Malc Debbage son in law). Overall Winner Karl Coope - Longest Drive and Nearest to the Pin Steven Widdowson. Whilst the golf was played others spent their time visiting the many local garden centres and enjoying tea and cake or shopping. On Saturday evening the marshals provided us with celebratory drinks including a lovely homemade wine and hot pork cobs with all the trimmings. A very enjoyable evening was filled with a quiz set by Malc and playing sticky 13 cards. On Sunday some enjoyed a gentle walk around the centres woodland and pond area, whilst others did a 4 mile geocache circuit seeking treasure in the sunshine. Thank you to our Marshals this weekend for all their hard work it is much appreciated Mick and Cath Coope, Malc and Angie Debbage.  

Hayes Farm

An energetic rally this weekend at Hayes Farm near Newstead Village. Twenty two outfits out this weekend including friends visiting from Derbyshire Centre. Friday was a chilled evening with friends in the Colemans chatting in preparation for a busy Saturday which started at 10.30am with football for the children and pentaque for the adults. The day was filled with volleyball, netball, children’s running games and a very important Tug of War contest with only a small rest period allowed for lunch. Many thanks to Rich and Mandy Cooper for organising the days activities. Saturday evening was spent in the Colemans enjoying drinks and nibbles whilst playing Family Fortunes and Play Your Cards Right. Best wishes to Graham Mullins who celebrates a special birthday on the 9th May. Many thanks to our marshals Sharon and Dean Richardson, Marie and Dave Charlton a lovely rally with sunshine thrown in on Sunday.

Lyndon Top

Lyndon top rally saw 27 vans and motor homes out this weekend including marshalls, with visitors from Derby, Leicestershire and Northants and Rutland. Friday evening was an opportunity to relax and catch up with friends. Saturday was a lovely sunny day with members having the opportunity to use the E bikes loaned from Raleigh to enjoy a bike ride finishing with refreshments at the pub ! A thoroughly enjoyable relaxing rally thanks to the marshals Jane Tomkinson, Paul Tomkinson, Helen Pickering and David Pickering and a huge thank you to Raleigh for the opportunity for many to have a leisurely bike ride with the use of electric  ?bikes. They are certainly the way forward.

Shardlow Marina 

A lovely venue at Shardlow Marina overlooking the River Trent this weekend for a swimming and "Back to School" themed rally with 23 outfits attending including Marshals Marie and Dave Charlton, Sharon and Dean Richardson. We were pleased to welcome four families attending a rally for the first time and hope to see them all again soon. Friday evening was a relaxed evening to enjoy as we pleased with some visiting the local bar where a guitarist and vocalist duo entertained us throughout the evening. The weather was kind to us on Saturday and our Marshals had planned a busy day for us with Dave and Dean leading some people on a 4.5 mile guided walk (in reality I was told it was more like 7) which provided scenic views and a pub visit. Many others including the 17 plus children on the rally went swimming at West Park Long Eaton where floats and music were provided to add to the fun in the pool. The school disco was the theme in the evening at the local village hall, with supper provided including school dinner pudding of cornflake tart. The evening was ruled by the headmistress including ringing the bell for dinner and assisted by the caretaker leading a game of musical chairs with a difference and a team quiz. The children took part in a competition flying model planes with some of the adults also wanting a go before ending the evening with a disco. Flag was held inbetween the showers on Sunday morning, where we thanked the Marshals for all their hard work in making the rally great fun for us all.

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