2017 Rally Reports

Oak Tree Fisheries, Graizelound  1st - 3rd September
Lucas and myself arrived on the Thursday to find that other ralliers had taken
up the offer of extra nights on site and even had a lovely meal out at a nearby pub, which we missed.
 David and
Les showed us to our pitch and as usual Andrew had to
reverse my caravan onto it as we were in a corner and I don't do
reverse very well and got settled down. The colemans event shelters were
put up and we had 2 lovely evenings of quizzes and refreshments. The main
attraction seemed to be a bit of rivalry between the ladies and
gentlemen who were fishing, and who was catching the most fish.
Lucas was thrilled when Lisa lent him her fishing pole and supplied
some magotts that he managed to catch a fish. The way he was running
up and down by the pond I fully expected him to fall in. This is a
smashing new venue that Lisa and David have found and look
forward to visiting it in the future.

Margaret Dawes and Lucas.

SOME THOUGHTS FROM  JACKIE AND BRIAN JONES - New Centre members in 2016

Having just read our Summer copy of The Pennine Way, I felt I should put 'finger to tablet' and write a few words of thanks from Brian and myself, as relative newcomers, and outsiders, to Yorkshire Pennine Centre. We went on our first rally in July 2015 to Wroot arriving far to early, but where we experienced immediately the warm hospitality of the Rally Marshalls who made us welcome with a cup of coffee, and so our adventure began. The following year we decided to make YPC our chosen Centre.

This year has not been an easy one for us, but the warmth and friendship given once we managed to fit in our first rally, has been a great comfort, so thank you.

It was June before we could 'hook-up' and so Pirates of the River Don began 2017 for us. Once again we had a lovely trip down the river on the boat, fortunately no marauding pirates in sight! We also took in a walk around the local Thyburgh Country Park with coffee and cake at the café to complete the outing. The rally venue is very picturesque with its fishing lake and plenty of room for everyone. From there we headed towards the new venue of Haworth and what a view, looking down into the valley and Haworth itself. A visit to the Bronte Parsonage certainly helped with the Bronte quizzes!! We enjoyed the area so much that we booked in, at the end of the rally, onto the private caravan site across the road and stayed for the rest of the week, taking a ride on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a visit to Saltaire and the NT property, East Riddleston. Following on from this we headed to Knaresborough for The Great Yorkshire Show rally. It was our first visit to this show and despite heavy rain we really enjoyed it, from the City of Bradford Brass Band to the Floral Tent, and to the sewing machine which I rather liked but at £6000 thought, perhaps not!!

Our next trip out was to another new venue at Fowlmere, near Cambridge. We took a trip to Cambridge on the Park and Ride bus where we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day walking by the River Cam watching the experienced, and not so experienced, punting along and taking in the beautiful old University buildings which back up to the river. A day was also arranged for the group to visit The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, it was great and so interesting. I am going to start a new money box and it will be called 'Take to the Skies'! Next time I want a trip in one of those planes - preferably The Tiger Moth.

For September we booked ourselves into yet another new venue, Oak Fisheries near Haxey. Now this was quite some distance for us - all of 19 miles! It even enabled me not to miss out on my weekly Knit and Natter group in Gainsborough. From previous Bonfire rallies we rather like Epworth and from this venue we were able to go by taking a lovely walk, following local footpaths over the fields, passing by the farm that hosts Festival of the Plough, another rally we attended in our first year. We finish this month with the highly recommended God's Breakfast, a first for us but we are certainly looking forward it.

We would like to thank all the Rally Marshalls and their Assistants, for all their hard work enabling us to have such a good time, testing our 'little grey cells' with their quizzes and for the warmth, companionship and friendship we have felt by being part of the Yorkshire Pennine Centre. Happy caravanning and we hope to join you on many more rallies in the future.

Kindest regards     Jackie and Brian Jones

Thank you for this lovely account Brian and Jackie - see you soon!!  webmaster


Hazlehead Rally July - New Posting

Arrived at this lovely new venue greeted and sited by Paul and Julie
.  Julie presented us with an empty plastic bottle for which all was to be revealed at opening flag
Elaine and I were going back home to watch my granddaughters show and left it to the men to find out the purpose of the bottle!
Apparently we had to make a rocket ready for the rocket launching on Saturday evening!

This venue is close to the Oil Can Cafe to which we paid a visit along with several other ralliers. If you have never been it is well worth a visit with its display of vintage cars and memorabilia and cafe!
Saturday teatime and all the rockets were taken to Julie's awning for judging - the prize for the best decorated rocket went to Annis - although there were lots of very creative people on this rally!
Over to the launch pad for lift off! Mine made a valiant effort but the prize for the rocket that went the furthest went to Graham Beanland. Well done Graham!
Launching over and we all headed for the events shelter where we were well entertained by a karaoke music quiz -big thank you to David Edwards Brown for this!
Unfortunately the evening came to an abrupt end as the wind got up and it was all hands to the deck to get the shelters down!


A great weekend - thank you to Paul and Julie and Dave and Val

Lynne and Clark


BRONTE RALLY 29 JUNE- 2 JULY 2017   
WE ARRIVED MID MORNING TO BE MET BY JIM AND IAN WHO GAVE US A WARM WELCOME, ALTHOUGH THE WEATHER WAS A TAD COOL AND CLOUDY. WE WERE SHOWN OUR PEG FOR THE WEEKEND AND SETTLED IN WITH A CUPPA AND SNACK. WE DECIDED TO HAVE A TRIP DOWN TO KIEGHLEY AND WHILST WE WERE WAITING FOR THE BUS JIM CAME BY AND GAVE US A LIFT DOWN TO KIEGHLEY. AFTER A WANDER ROUND THE SHOPS WE MADE OUR WAY BACK VIA HAWORTH AS THE LOCAL BUS ONLY RUNS REGULARLY ON BANK HOLIDAYS. ON OUR ARRIVAL BACK ON THE FIELD WE WERE INFORMED THERE WOULD BE A SOCIAL THAT EVENING IN THE EVENTS TENTS WHICH HAD BEEN ERECTED DURING OUR ABSENCE. WE HAD TEA AND SOON MADE OUR WAY TO THE SOCIAL FOR A COUPLE OF DRINKS AND A CATCH UP WITH THE OTHER RALLIERS. A RUMOUR WENT AROUND THAT RUSSIANS HAD PASSED BY IN A LOW SWOOPING HELICOPTER BUT NO FIRM EVIDENCE WAS FORTH COMING SO I CANNOT CONFIRM THIS. THE EVENING PASSED QUICKLY WITH A FEW TALL TALES AND MUCH BANTER.
FRIDAY MORNING BROKE CLOUDY AND COOL AGAIN SO WE DECIDED TO HAVE A RIDE TO HEBDEN BRIDGE ON THE BUS TO PASS ON THE DAY. WHEN WE RETURNED MID AFTERNOON ALMOST ALL THE VANS WERE SETTLED IN AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND. OPENING FLAG WAS HELD AT 7-30 FOLLOWED BY A SOCIAL WHERE WE CAUGHT UP WITH THOSE WHO HAD ARRIVED TODAY. WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO WIN A JAR OF PASTA AND A JAR OF JELLY BEANS IN THE GUESS HOW MANY QUIZ. WE CONTIUED WITH A BRONTE QUIZ THANKS TO IAN AS I ALWAYS SAY IT IS NOT THE WINNING BUT THE TAKING PART THAT COUNTS. THE EVENING SOON PASSED AND WE WERE MAKING OUR WAY BACK TO THE VAN FOR A WELL DESRVED KIP.
SATURDAY WAS PROMISED TO BE BRIGHTER AND WARMER AND ALTHOUGH IT STARTED OFF BRIGHT THE CLOUD AND BREEZE SOON ARRIVED AND TURNED THE MORNING BACK TO WHAT WE HAD THE PREVIOUS DAYS. WE DECIDED TO WALK INTO HAWORTH AND VISIT THE LOCAL FISH AND CHIP CAFÉ AT THE TOP OF HAWORTH WE WERE A MERRY BUNCH OF SIX AND ALL ENJOYED THE MEAL. ON LEAVING THE CAFÉ WE CAME ACROSS A WEDDING IN TWO VINTAGE WHITE ROLLS ROYCES THE LADIES IN OUR INTREPID GROUP PASSED COMMENTS ON THE BRIDE AND ATTENDANTS ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE PINK PUMPS THEY WERE WEARING. WE SET OFF BACK ON THE WALK HOME, AROUND HALF WAY THE REAR OF THE YEAR AND HIS GOOD LADY WERE STRUGGLING WITH THE TERRAIN SO A SPRINT BACK AND A RETURN WITH THE CAR WAS APPRECIATED. BY THIS TIME THE SUN WAS SHINING SO CHAIRS AND CIDER WERE THE ORDER OF THE DAY. COME TEA TIME THE WEATHER CHANGED AGAIN THIS TIME THE BREEZE BECAME A PROPER GALE AND IT WAS ALL HANDS TO THE EVENTS TENTS TO DROP THEM BEFORE MORE SERIOUS DAMAGE HAPPENED.
AS WE WERE HAVING TEA JIM CAME AROUND AND INFORMED US HE HAD ARRANGED A BARN FOR THE EVENING SO WE COULD HAVE THE PLANNED SOCIAL.  WE ALL GATHERED IN THE SAID BARN, AS THE WEATHER WORSENED WE ALL ENJOYED THE DRY BARN AND MORE BRONTE QUIZ’S. A PLEASANT SUPPER WAS ALSO PREPARED FOR THE RALLIERS, WELL DONE LADIES.
 SUNDAY ARRIVED BRIGHT SUNSHINE BUT THE WIND WAS STILL A PROBLEM, BLOWING ACROSS THE FIELD. CLOSING FLAG WAS HELD, THANK YOU KYLE FOR PICKING OUR NUMBER FOR THE LUCKY VAN IT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN PAL. THANKS WERE GIVEN ON OUR BEHALF BY IAN GODDARD (REAR OF THE YEAR),  MOST SET OFF ON THEIR TOW HOME FOLLOWING FLAG. ALTHOUGH A SMALL NUMBER WERE STAYING ANOTHER NIGHT.
SO FROM ELAINE AND MYSELF (SLUGOVICH) MAY WE THANK JIM, CHRISTINE, IAN AND PAT FOR A GREAT WEEKEND, TERRIFIC VIEWS AND A LOT OF LAUGHS.

Great Yorkshire Show Rally at Knareborough

We joined the rally as we were having three day's at the Great Yorkshire Show,  we were made welcome by Steph and Ian and all the other ralliers, there was food and games each night in the "club house", which was very welcome as it turned quite cool in the evening.     Thank's Again to all,
from Dawn & Mick Race & Liz & Steve Pickering    (East York's) 

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Pirates on the River Don. June 22nd – 26th
We booked this rally at short notice due to the fact that we had two caravans and only one tow car.  The short travel and the extra two days made it easier to get our Son’s caravan onto and back from their first rally.
 
The venue has extremely well kept, level grass, the surrounding trees and water, even the many fishermen all created a calming atmosphere.
Evening entertainment in the “Colemans” went down well, with the usual amount of Pennine friendly banter.
 
There was one very worrying aspect to this rally however, there seemed to be something or someone in the shadows. More likely to be found in a James Bond novel than on a Pennine rally, strange secret messages started appearing around the rally field regarding a secret agent or maybe there was more than one.
 
Firstly a helicopter was seen several times nearby, then rumours circulated of a late night sighting of a submarine in the water.  Yet more messages with coded names, such as WD40, AK47 and finally A17, the children were intrigued.  Finally a detailed description of A17 was given, a tall man with beard, glasses, strange accent and a limp. Now who could that be and how did he get the limp?
 
Unfortunately we were too late to get on the river trip, so it would be difficult to comment other than to say that returning “pirates” seemed to have had a very enjoyable time.
 
This was Tim, Kelly, Archie, Poppy and Leo’s first attempt at rallying and a “shake down” run prior to the main holiday at the end of July.
A good job too, it transpired that the fridge wasn’t working on gas, so most of the perishable goods were squeezed into our fridge, Thanks to all that were kind enough to offer Tim help and even frozen packs to keep the beer cold!
 
Thank you to all the ralliers who helped and assisted wherever possible and along with the Marshals gave a very warm welcome to a new family of Ralliers.
 
Thank you to the Marshals, Les & Jeanette, David & Lisa for organising the rally and superbly done too. For going above and beyond to keep the children entertained and confused all at the same time.  I’ve been told to mention “Chuck a Chicken” what was that all about!
Nigel & Lesley, Tim, Kelly, Archie, Poppy and Leo Turner

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Knaresborough Bed Race 10th /12th June  - New Posting

Thank you Ian for finding this venue and thank you Vic & Elaine & Clark & Lynne for running it.

It was wet and miserable when we pulled onto the field but that doesn’t dampen our spirits. We were put on our peg by Clark and we got settled and then went for a walk into Knaresborough to see how far it was, we were there in 15 mins and that was uphill. Friday night we were invited into the clubhouse for a get together a few of us turned up but when you have been working you like to relax on the Friday. Saturday another short trek into the town to get ready for the bed race etc. This was a very good turn out with 90 beds all decorated up, I am glad I didn’t have to judge them. Then a visit to the pub for refreshments. Then a walk down by the river to wait for the race to start this was brilliant as usual. We then thought we would get to the other side to watch them going through the river but there was so many people there we couldn’t, so a big sorry to Jim & Christine who haven’t seen it before but next year we will start there. Saturday evening we should have been in the clubhouse but they decided to put the football match on, some of our members went to watch it. Sunday closing flag and thanks with Tea/coffee and biscuits and a raffle.

A big thank you to Vic Elaine Clark & Lynne for a very good rally and for getting the sun out for us.


York May 2017 New Post
Friday
We found the site easily and we were the last to arrive. This worked in our favour; we were close to the marquee, the water tap and also near the Rally Marshalls, Paul and Julie. (We have known them for years and have been on a few Pennine Rallies but not for a very long time!) They gave us a challenging number quiz to complete over the weekend which we enjoyed doing.
Tony and I quickly ate some tea and then joined the others in the marquee.  We sat with Paul, Julie and another couple from Birdwell (which isn’t too far from where we live in Barnsley). We spent a lovely evening chatting and having a drink.
Saturday
Bacon butties and a hot drink were on offer at 10a.m. which was an excellent idea. Afterwards Tony and I headed into York on foot. It was a pleasant 35 minute walk along the river to Lendal Bridge. We visited The Jorvik Centre and The York Army Museum.  We managed to avoid being caught in the heavy downpours by spending longer eating lunch and having afternoon tea in Betty’s!
That evening there was another social in the marquee. It was well attended so it was a good job the marquee was so big! We sat in a big group with Paul and Julie and everyone was very friendly. We were given a logo quiz which got us all chatting. There was also a raffle /chair game which was good fun. The activity which caused the most laughs was a team game where you answered questions and had to think of the most popular answer. Our team, “The Yorkies”, won and we shared a big bar of chocolate. A mountain of lovely sandwiches had been made and it was an excellent evening’s entertainment.
Sunday
We handed our quiz in at Flag. It was a good quiz because you couldn’t google the answers; it really got you thinking. We were offered a drink and a biscuit and got chatting to David and Lesley. We’d been on their holiday rally to Waxham Sands in Norfolk many years ago! We then did a raffle which became rather embarrassing as we won about 6 prizes! Finally we all pitched in to help dismantle the marquee. This was done quickly as the sky was looking very grey.
Everyone left and Tony went with Paul to return the marquee trailer. That left just our two caravans and Julie and I chatted until they returned. We had been the last to arrive and we were the last to leave!
All in all, it was an excellent weekend. Everyone pitched in to help Paul and Julie. It was well-organised and a lot of thought had gone into the social activities. The Pennine members were friendly and welcoming. See you again soon.
Diane and Tony McAleavy


Angelsey 26th May - 4th June
We were met on arrival by our rally marshals Jim,Christine and assistants  Andrew and Alison . They  sited us on our pegs .
We asked Jim when we booked the rally to fix the weather the same as last year and and it certainly seems to have done the trick.
We had many enjoyable nights in the reception tents playing bingo and quizzes . One night was cheese and wine and another was pie and peas .
A big thank you  to Andy and Angela Rhodes for the fish and chips Saturday evening .
This is a lovely site but could definitely be improved by the shorter grass. A great many thanks to our rally marshals and assistants for a lovely holiday
Ronnie and Sue Friend


Mayday Holiday Rally

Friday morning we arrived at the rally field to our surprise the field was nearly full. At only 10 30 am,if we had known we could have arrived on Thursday we were told that due to the tour of Yorkshire going through the village it had been put on Facebook to advise but we don't have a computer so we didn't see it.
Saturday  went shopping trip to Bridlington to stock up with provisions for a visit on Sunday for David,s birthday with our son and wife and grandchildren.
Saturday evening in the marque for a hot and cold buffet to our surprise this included mussels and prawns my favourite, what a good do all round.
Sunday. A free day at 7 30 we had a cream tea in the marque followed by closing flag for those going home. We won a raffle prize and a peg draw very enjoyable day.
Monday   Free day so we went to Thornwick Bay and Flamborough head and watched the many birds flying off the cliffs.
Tuesday another evening in the marque serving pie /peas delicious.
Wednesday had a lovely lunch out at a local pub! In the evening corned beef hash was served in the marque.
FRIDAY  sat in the lovely sunshine shame about the wind.
Saturday closing flag in the marque with a raffle followed by cheese and biscuits  donuts and muffins.
Sunday on our way home after a wonderful holiday.
Thank you very much to the hard working marshals
IAN & STEPHANIE   VIC & ELAINE  and KENN  &TINA

DAVID &SYLVIA BAILEY.

Report No 2

What can one say about this rally. Well we got a day longer. How Ian and Stephanie get the Tour De Yorkshire to start in Bridlington I don’t know!
The rally opened on Thursday, 27 April at noon and we arrived and get set u,p as did a lot of other ralliers and we had a free night. Friday dawned, marquee set up and we had a free day. A good night was had in the marquee with quizzes and food. Saturday dawned bright and we had a free day to do what we wanted and there was a lot to choose from in the area. Saturday night was quizzes, games and food in the marquee and a good time was had by all. Sunday was another free day to explore the area. It was a nice day but a bit windy! Sunday night we were back in the marquee for the closing flag and thanks were given to the Marshals for their hard work by Sandy Sanderson. More games and food were enjoyed (the diet starts soon).  Monday meant some people had to go home to the dreaded ‘w’ word, Katrina included. Monday night was a well-deserved rest for the marshals but the follow-on rally began.
Tuesday dawned and people went off to do their own thing. At night, it was in to the marquee for pie and peas and more quizzes and games and another good night was had by all. Wednesday morning there were sausages sarnies in the marquee provided by the marshals. At night, the marshals again cooked for us and we had corned beef hash. This was followed by more quizzes and general chit chat. Thursday was a totally free day and well deserved rest for the marshals at night. I walked the coastal path to Thornwick Bay with Tess and back. This is a fantastic walk with stunning views. On Friday, it was another nice day and again at 7.30pm we were in the marquee where we had more quizzes. Another good time was had by all. Saturday was a dull and windy day but there was the international kite flying festival on again at Sewerby which was very enjoyable. At 7.30pm we were all in the marquee for the closing flag, quizzes and nibbles. Yet again the marshals were thanked, this time by Ian McDowell. Sunday morning arrived and it was time for the rally to end. Ralliers helped to take the marquee down and got ready to go.
What a wonderful rally this is with loads of fantastic walks and lots to do in the area. There is lots of wildlife close by at Dane’s Dyke (deer, foxes, barn owl, yellow hammers to name but a few). All I can say to the Marshals Ian and Stephanie, Vic and Elaine and Ken and Tina is THANK YOU. As usual you ran a fantastic rally. The food all week was great and the quizzes were good, if not sometimes testing. A lot of effort was put in by the marshals. Thank you to all the other ralliers that helped the rally be a success (bringing the trailer etc.).
Steve Long


The Scottish National Rally - May 2017

The 67th Scottish Caravan Club National Rally was held at Park Farm Agricultural show ground in Dumfries [which in fact is the nearest the rally gets to the English Border]. On first reflection the rally fee did seem expensive, however the SCC have taken the decision to include EHUs for all who attend this rally and whilst for the whole time we were in Scotland we had “wall to wall” sunshine, there was a cold NE breeze. Thus the EHU and electric heating was welcome!!

The programme [markedly different to The CMC National] took the usual format with a Social, Dinner Dance and of course the inter centre sports, which takes the form of an “Its a Knock Out”. We did not attend the Dinner Dance this year although we heard from third parties that a good night was had by all who attended. The social on Sunday was held in the same Hotel as the Dinner and Dance with a mix of dancing, vocal entertainment, punctuated by a few jokes, and a light supper. It was really great to to meet up with the large number of Scottish friends again!!

Dumfries and Galloway has some very interesting NT sites and visitor attractions and therefore we did get off site to take some of these into our routine and enjoy the area. In fact it crossed our minds that Yorkshire Pennine had a regular rally in this area during the 1990s and how good it would be to reintroduce this option to the YPC programme. Any volunteers???

When we left Dumfries we had two nights on a great CL near Carlisle before we joined Durham Centre for four nights on their rally inside the grounds of Beamish Museum, which included a discounted annual pass to one of our favourite attractions. The fish and chips produced on coal fired friers are superb!!!!

In 2018 The Scottish National will be hosted by East Scotland Centre at Kelso, which again is close to the border with England.

David and Lesley


Easter - Kantankye - New Posting

It was Neil & Barbara’s first time running a rally and a brilliant job they did. Unfortunately, Ian & Pat could not help as Ian was rushed into the hospital. We had a lovely time with a mix of games and quizzes. The field games were well attended everything went well until Lisa was playing darts and we all had to run for cover. We were well fed all the week. Neil was building up for his birthday who would believe he is 80. This is a lovely spot with electric, anyone who hasn’t been, give it a go next Easter. A job well done Neil & Barbara.

Report Ian & Stephanie


South Lancs 50th Celebration Rally  - Southport - Easter 2017
We arrived early Thursday afternoon, after a decent journey across the Pennines. As we drove round the large Rally field, we stopped a couple of times to say hello to Yorkshire Pennine members.


We were shown our peg and then greeted by the South Lancashire Chair, Christine, who welcomed us and gave us our ‘Goodie bag’. We quickly set up the awning and got settled in.  I soon noticed the Beer Tent had opened its door, so it was suggested we may need to pay a visit, just to be sociable and to support the traders of course.  Finding a very nice Blonde at the bar, things were looking up! So I ordered a pint of the ‘Golden Sands Blonde’ from the Southport Brew.  The rest of the afternoon was spent catching up with old friends and the Chairman from the North Wales Centre and of course getting to know the Blonde.


Thursday evening was spent in the Marquee playing Bingo and the disappointment of missing out winning a full house after sweating on one number.  The rest of the evening was spent chatting with Pennine members and friends from other centres.


The opening ceremony was at lunch time on Good Friday, there was a good turn out and the weekend’s events were outlined.  After the Rally was opened by Malcolm Groves, Vice Chairman of the Caravan and Motorhome Club.  We ventured the short distance in to Southport. The venue was fantastic, not only right next to town but all the entrances were secured with combination locks.  After a good walk up and down Lord Street, a visit to Weatherspoon’s was needed, as usual half the rally had the same idea.  The weather was mild enough (but not dry enough) to sit out.  Top-tip if you are in the area try the ‘Liverpool Gin’.


Friday evening the entertainment was fantastic with a brilliant show from ABBA Arrival, the dance floor was soon full and everyone was singing along. The band finished the evening with a set of 70’s Disco classics.


Saturday, we were up early and caught a very cheap train to Liverpool, we did a whirlwind tour of the city visiting; The Cavern Club, taking a Ferry across the Mersey and having a very pleasant lunch with Sally and Russ from the North Wales Centre.


Saturday evening another great Band called the ‘Ultra 90’s’ playing all the Club hits form the 90’s. I couldn’t understand why a few complained saying they were unsuitable, it was pointed out some of the music was almost 30 years old. Can’t please everyone but they pleased us. Again the dance floor was full.


Sunday, the weather was poor, rain on and off and a tad fresh. We opted for a walk along the Pier, wind in our face we soon found out it was the second longest Pier in the country, good job there was a café at the end for a brew.  Yet another walk down Lord Street we came to Weatherspoon’s, well as I claimed on Facebook “it would have been rude to walk past” We just got sat down when there was a knock on the window and we was joined by Nigel and Lesley Turner, 10 minutes later Geoff and Elaine Teece joined us too, leading to a pleasant hour or so natter.


Sunday evening back into the marquee for a cultured evening’s entertainment, starting with the ‘Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Corps of Drums (Lancashire)’ despite the Lancashire tab they were very good. After the break The Caravan and Motorhome Club Concert Band played a very patriotic ‘Last Night at the Proms’ the whole marquee was singing along and Union Flag waving. A fantastic atmosphere was created, not sure I was too keen on dancing the YMCA though.  


Easter Monday was packing up day for a lot of us unfortunately.  Midday and the closing ceremony started with a marathon Raffle with 100 prizes. Despite the number of prizes we were still left disappointed.  Everyone was given a glass of wine or juice for the Guest of honour to raise a toast to the South Lancashire Centre. We were all given a piece of cake too.  After all the visiting chairman said their thanks to the South Lancs Chair Christine, the rally was declared closed. The rally ended with a rendition of “Simply the Best”

Well done to the South Lancashire Centre in attracting 380 vans, not surprising with the superb organisation, fantastic entertainment and a superb venue. Congratulations on your 50th Celebration.

Sandy & Kay


Woodland View Caravan site Hoylandswaine  - 7th-9th April

Arrived on Friday evening in the lovely sunshine.  The rally marshals were sat out in their chairs.  We were shown to our peg by Andy.  Legs down and settle in, kettle on.  Then bbq time.  At eight o clock we joined in with the other ralliers in the barn, and had a nice catch up.

Saturday morning the famous bacon and sausage butties were served.  We then gathered our group of walkers together for a walk led by George, who didn’t get us lost once, well done George.  Although Ian had sent us on a wild goose chase, he told us there was a micro brewery in Cawthorne.  We asked a few locals who said if you find one let us know, hmm.  We then called in the local club and had a couple of beers sat out in the sunshine.  Then we were off back to site for another bbq tea.. Into the shower ready for an evenings entertainment in the barn with a few quizzes and butties.

Up Sunday morning bathed in sunshine again, what a glorious weekend.  Attended flag then sat in the sun again making the most of it.  We were almost the last ones off but not quite.

We would like to thank the rally marshals Ian and Steph and Andy and Angela for a great weekend

Graham and Jacqui


Eggborough February 2017

We arrived at the Eggborough Power Station Social Club, Friday afternoon. This is a venue that hasn’t been used by Yorkshire Pennine for some years, which is a shame, there are some great facilities. I just wished I had time to have a quick knock around the on-site Golf course or a ride on the little train.

Kay and I, once set up, ventured over to the Club, just for a quick one. On the way we caught up with old friends we hadn’t seen for some time, Andy and Michelle. We were soon joined in the club by friends from the Dales centre.

Friday evening, everyone ventured over to the Bar for a good natter, some had what looked to be very nice meals. I must say how welcome we were made to feel by the management and staff of the Social Club.  A ‘couple’ of Real Ales made for a very pleasant evening.

Saturday, every one ventured out for the day, some to Junction 32 for a bit of shopping, others out walking in the surrounding countryside. For us it was an expensive afternoon, after ordering a new car.

Saturday evening, everyone was back into the club, in the small function room, where we were served a delightful two course meal, stew and a proper pudding for the bargain price of a fiver.  Plenty of quizzes were handed out and again another great welcome by the staff, flag was held and a few stayed to chat until the club closed.
Thank you to the Marshalls, Lynne, Elaine, Vic and Clark for a great weekend at a great venue.
Sandy & Kay


Valentine Rally.
 What a shame for these marshals once again the dreaded weather put paid to this new venue but as usual this didn’t put the marshals off. Saturday evening saw nearly all the rallier’s  turn up for the evening meal poor Ian couldn’t attend as he had the virus, worse still it was man virus haha sorry Ian. As usual the meal was great, thank you Vic & Elaine & Clark & Lynne for this. They worked very hard we will have to try and fit this venue in some other time. Thanks once again to you 4 for a very enjoyable evening.
Stephanie.

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HEBDEN BRIDGE MARCH 2017

The Hebden Bridge Club site venue and surrounding area is in itself a good enough reason to be on the rally.
However, when you add in several easily reached establishments that offer varying choices of refreshment, and then you are set for an entertaining few days.
 
The local area also gives the more active an opportunity to walk to nearby places such as Mytholmroyde and the “real” Hebden Bridge itself.
A regular bus service and even the possibility of using your car make it an ideal centre to travel from.
 
The Rally Marshals held a meet & greet on Friday evening with Hot Oxo on offer that brought back memories!
They also resurrected a Pennine tradition in the form of Pancake Tossing which had members in fits of laughter with the obvious comments being made.
The highlight of the rally had to be the Saturday evening organised meal, held at The Shoulder of Mutton in Mytholmroyde.  Excellent food, reasonable prices and good company, what more could anyone want.
 
Incidentally we also got to watch some very good rugby. (Well from England’s point of view)
 
The Marshals Lesley, David, Stephanie & Ian obviously put a lot of thought and effort into the planning of the rally, giving us just enough direction to get us started, but, not too much to stop us doing our own thing.
Thank you for the very friendly welcome, we both really enjoyed the rally.
 
Best wishes
Nigel & Lesley Turner