2019 RALLY REPORTS

We politely request that ALL winners of "lucky van" prize,  compile a short report of the events that took place on the rally they attended and where they won the prize.   If other members would like to submit a short report we would be delighted to receive your contribution


KNARESBOROUGH BED RACE 7th to 9th June.

Well, the usual weather for 2019 greeted us as we arrived at the Rugby Club, good job we had remembered our waterproofs.  A warm welcome from the marshals, through the goal posts and plenty of room for everyone.  Saturday a gentle walk into Knaresborough to see the judging and bed parade. Pity it didn't stay dry, but it didn't deter the crowds, busier than ever.  We adjourned for refreshments whilst the beds were stripped to their racing state. At 3pm the race started, it took just 13 minutes for the fastest team to complete the 3km course, lots of support for all the teams as they battled up Castle Ings, great entertainment through the market square and even more as they crossed the river to the finish line. All the rain had made the river deeper than usual and the exit more challenging, lots of mud and laughter.

A great family event, with lots to see and do, all within walking distance of the rally.

Thank you to Vic, Elaine, Clark and Lynne for another great rally.

Tina and John


REPORT NO.1 -STRATFORD ON AVON HOLIDAY RALLY - 23rd May - 2nd June

A easy site to get to, helped by the road closure which meant no oncoming traffic on the road.  Thanks for the warning David.

Quaint Warwickshire village with thatched cottages, three hostelries and boasting Britain's tallest May Pole.  An excellent site for the weekend and follow on rally, local shop and pubs within easy walking distance, with a four mile walk into Stratford, for those feeling energetic, along the old railway line (greenway) without setting foot on a public road. Plenty of walks along the banks of the River Avon, perfect for dog walkers.  A full programme of events in the Colemans including  fine breakfasts, evening meals and birthday celebrations meant a fun packed week.

Thank you to Lesley, David, Julie and Paul for another great rally.

Tina and John

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REPORT NO.2 - STRATFORD ON AVON HOLIDAY RALLY - 23rd May - 2nd June
The site at Saxon Warwick was a good place for getting around for walking the dogs and getting around to see Stratford.  We arrived late on Friday , but made welcome by all.  Quiz and bingo and a beer or two in the Coleman’s on site was good.  Good pub in Village beer and food.  Can I pass on my thanks to all for their wishes for Kath.
Thanks to David +Lesley and Paul +Julie for a good weekend
And also to Lucas for looking after the dogs.

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Thanks John and Kath


THE ALE TRIAL SHEPLEY 17th - 19th May
Following the published route meant that the tight entrance to the site was expected,  thank you for the warning.
Friday evening quizzes and a light supper proved popular.  Saturday morning, up bright and early to catch the train and the start of the Ale trail, with plenty of volunteers to act as shuttle drivers to get people to the station on time.  An excellent range of ales on offer to tempt every palette at a wide range of hostelries. The trail finished back in Huddersfield with the option of a get together at a local curry house, before returning to the site. Nobody was reported missing and all managed to get back without missing the last train.
Thank you to the marshals for a great weekend, an excellent first rally organised by Jane and David, supported by Lesley and David.
Tina and John Langley
The rally marshals would like thank those who 'ferried' the 'drinkers' from the site to the railway station.
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AN UNUSUALLY REPORT FROM THE RALLY MARSHALS THEMSELVES
I know it's a bit unusual to write a report on your own rally, however this was our first as Marshalls so here goes.

We arrived on Thursday in fine weather to find the field very neatly pegged out by David. So to site the Marshall's vans.
We put both vans facing forward, Jane pointed out that we wouldn't get the sun in the awning. The awning was half up by this point. So down it came and the van turned round. That's where it all started going pear shaped. Jane stood on the centre pole and broke the spike off the top. Robert kindly found an old one and gave us it. So on we plowed. Then two lugs broke on the roof pole so this wouldn't stay in place. So back in the bag it went.  David put the signs up on site and I said the Marshall's sign didn't look right there. David politely said I could move it if I wanted, to which I replied, no I meant it doesn't look right on my van.
Friday went well with the rest of the vans arriving steadily. Before long help was on hand as usual to put the Coleman's up, thanks again for your assistance.
A quiz, two games of Bingo and a light supper gave us all am enjoyable evening.
Saturday morning and for some of us the Ale Trail was the order of the day. Some walked to Shepley station whilst others gladly accepted the kind offer of lifts. Thanks to John, Ian and Les. A great day with good weather, ale and company. All went to plan David and Paul did an excellent job of organising the right trains to catch. After several pubs, pints and the odd pork pie and crisps (not to mention the copious amounts of sandwiches from Friday night). It was off to the curry house. We all took advantage of the early bird menu. Some people found the heat rating on the menus a little bit conservative and had lovely glowing complexions. We had to leave to get back for Albert but the remaining ralliers were not far behind on the next train.
Sunday morning arrived and no sore heads so that was good. An enjoyable flag with the usual raffle and dismantling of the Colemans ended a great weekend.

Thanks again to David and Lesley and all of you for coming and supporting us. We might even do another one next year.

Dave and Jane Langley


YORK CRICKET AND RUGBY CLUB 10th - 12th May 2019
A warm welcome to York, with a great site just off the A1237. Saturday morning, breakfast provided by the marshals fuelling your day of exploring. For the less energetic the bus to York goes from just outside the gate or a steady walk through open fields and along the river to the Yorkshire Museum Gardens. Excellent area for walking your dog or cycling as there are miles of open space over the flood defences with well maintained paths.
As always fun in the Colemans during the evening with quizzes and puzzles to tax the little grey cells.
Many thanks to Paul, Julie, Peter and Annis for a great weekend.
Tina and John Langley

FLAMBOROUGH - MAY BANK HOLIDAY RALLY - 2019 -
We arrived late on Saturday due to attending a wedding on Friday. After a horrendous tow in high winds, we needed a hand to put the awning up due to the wind on the cliff top too.  We were told on arrival about the evening entertainment and buffet in the marque, but we were in need of a quiet night in van with a takeaway and early to bed after our day before.
Up early for sausage and tom dip sarnies in the marque then off to Skirlington Market and Car Boot. After we had a leisurely stroll around Bridlington town and harbour, not very busy I would say.
Back to van (changed) then a walk to the Ship Inn, can’t beat a Sunday afternoon in Ship. I will say that I still managed to cook a full Sunday dinner in my van when we got back.
We then went into the marque for a quiz and close of flag. I will say I am a sore loser and tried my best at the quiz but most questions I’d never even heard of, so well done to our other team members who where very unfortunate to have me on their team. Then came the twist in the quiz!! You could earn extra points for your team if you were prepared to sing on karaoke ( I have only ever done karaoke once that was on my wedding night so god knows why I thought my singing could have gotten better). My hubby took great pleasure in playing it back to me the next day, embarrassed I was, I must apologise to all. My effort was not good.
Two raffle prizes later and lucky van (again!).
Monday a trip to Hornsea Town and Freeport, both were very disappointing won’t be going again. No marque Monday a night off for the rally officers and well deserved too.  Tuesday bacon butties in marquee for breakfast. We spent our day round Lighthouse and North Landing the weather was lousy rain, rain and more rain! Into marquee at night for a quiz and card bingo along with a supper of cheese and biscuits.
We have been to Flamborough not just on this rally but others too and we have never had weather as poor as this year,  still doesn’t rain in the pubs or marque so a good time was had regardless of the wind and rain.
Home for us on the Wednesday.  Many thanks to the Rally officers Ian & Stephanie their assistants  Vic & Elaine, Ken & Tina a job well done.
Carole and Shane Turan  - South Yorkshire Centre
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Flamborough Report No 2.
This is always a great Rally marshaled by Steph and Ian and assisted by Tina, Elaine, Vic and Kenn, who all work very hard to keep us entertained with various hard quizzes, games and an ample supply off food!!  The weather unfortunately let us down with wind, rain and then more wind!! Although muddy for walking the wonderful views over the cliffs and the wildlife was worth the effort (although a few less deer would have been welcome!) I must admit on our last evening our battery totally failed and we abandoned the Rally field for Richards CL  (we hope he is recovering).  Oh the joy off electricity and the irony off walking up to our only sunny morning! This is always an enjoyable Rally and hopefully we will return next year. Thank you again to all those who organised these holidays for us to enjoy
Bridget and Ronnie
Thanks Bridget and Ronnie - hope you are promoting the centre from the "Norfolk Branch Office"
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Flamborough Report No 3.
A breezy welcome to Flamborough with a warm greeting from the marshals. Saturday into Bridlington early to watch the ladies Tour de Yorkshire departure, then back again for the men's start in the afternoon. 3pm as the race began cue the rain and hail, no let up then for the rest of the rally, with a wet and windy week.
This didn't dampen the spirits in the marquee, despite the odd cold drip down the back of the neck, with a range of evening entertainments from quizzes to karaoke all fueled by morning and evening meals cooked and served by an excellent catering team (available for weddings, funerals and Bar mitzvah at a very reasonable cost).
Thank you for organising and running the rally again, as always, despite the weather, a great time was had by all.
Tina and John Langley.

HOYLANDSWAINE - April - 2019
Once again we were met on site by Andrew, Angela & Margaret Andrew as always was his happy cheerful self whilst helping everyone site their vans. Although there was only a select few units the weekend was enjoyed by all .we had socials both nights with some very good quiz's and supper .the weather was not good to us but being with family and friends is all you need for a great weekend.
Thanks to all the Marshals
Ray & Margaret

Woodland View, Report No 2.

Whilst the majority headed to Kantankye a select group gathered at Hoylandswaine, where sloping pitches allowed everyone fantastic views across the valley. A Coleman up in the barn protected us from the weather that Storm Hannah threw at us. This set the trend for the weekend with rain and strong winds throughout. However a good time was has by all, fuelled by Angela and Margarets catering, Andrews stories and good company. All in all a good weekend.

Thank you to the marshals for a good weekend.

Tina and John Langley



KANTANKYE - April - 2019
I am currently a member of the Derbyshire Centre but know Neil and Barbara Daley as we live in the same town.
My wife and I have just returned from what I can only describe as a superb Rally. Neil, Barbara, Ian and Pat provided an amazing series of evening entertainments with so much food I daren't get on the scales. There was also endless free tea, coffee biscuits etc. I don’t know how they did it for the money. We had 8 nights in the scout hut and had numerous quizzes, beetle drive, floor games and others. I almost need a holiday as we have been so busy.
Can I just pass on my thanks to a wonderful group of people who all made us so welcome. There were only 17 outfits but we had so much fun.
Thank you
Ian and Julie Hardy

Thank you Ian and Julie - we were very frustrated to miss this rally owing to very poor service from Caravan Dealers/Manufacturers - webmaster

DRAX - April - 2019 - No report submitted

OSBALDWICK - March 2019
A very pretty sight on arrival, daffodils nodding in the sun and a brook burbling, quite the quintessential Yorkshire village. Saturday morning, easy to get into York, either by bus or if you were feeling more energetic a gentle mile and a half stroll along the cycle track brought you into the centre. Plenty to do and see, there was a lunchtime reunion as rally members congregated in St Crux Church for lunch, excellent range of sandwiches and cakes all at reasonable
prices. An afternoon of retail therapy before heading back in time to meet for dinner in the Derwent Arms. A warm welcome from the landlady, a good range of fresh cooked foods, generous portions, time to socialise before
the entertainment. A live singer, with a good range of music, something for everyone to sing or dance along too. Well supported by the local community so the bar was full and a lively atmosphere.   Thank you to David and Pauline for organising a great weekend.
Tina and John Langley


HEBDEN BRIDGE - C and MH Club Site March 2019
This is the Rally report for the 4 season’s rally otherwise known as the Hebden Bridge Rally.
Thursday morning started with Yvonne unable to get out of the car owing to the wind pressure against the car door, but we finally managed and got the caravan attached and set off knowing that the majority of the journey was on sheltered roads.  A few showers on our journey and we managed to get set up without getting wet. Thursday evening was spent christening our next-door pitches new caravan who was a visitor from the Cheshire Centre who we were celebrating our 10th (acebook) Anniversary with, but a friend a lot longer than that.
Friday and the rain continued on and off most of the day so we spent the day on site chillaxing and catching up. I think everyone had arrived on site by the time we congregated for homemade tomato soup and warm crusty bread at the opening flag which was held in the dry.  18 vans including 1 visitor each from Cheshire and South Yorkshire and a new rallier  in the form of Viv and Lorraine Wrigley.  The rain was unrelenting during the night and all day Saturday.  During the afternoon Flood Warning Sirens were sounding in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd and the flood defences and barriers were installed on the businesses which were all fearing the worst.

Taxis managed to get over the bridge at the bottom of the road before it was closed to take some ralliers up to the Robin Hood.   A step back in time pub is the Robin Hood but an excellent meal was had before people made their way back to site in various modes of transport. Was that the Chairlady and Consort in the canoe?  Just up the road from the pub the road was white over with snow so with the hail showers from earlier I think we had had nearly all the seasons weather apart from one. The sun!!!!
We were not disappointed because the sun appeared on Sunday morning for the closing flag to take place after the “Tossers were not exerted on Saturday owing to a waterlogged pitch”
5 correct submissions to the Irish Anagrams quiz and Tony & Janice were fortunate to have their submission pulled out and collected a bottle of wine for their efforts.
£28 was raised for the charity in the raffle, and we won some washing-up liquid and sponges for the mucky lucky van.

Many thanks for a rally enjoyed by all to David & Lesley, David & Jayne.

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A second report was also submitted for this rally - Webmaster
Hebden Bridge  Club Site 14-17th March
Soggy start to the weekend, but a warm welcome from the marshals. A good turn out for opening flag, could have something to do with the very tasty soup provided by Lesley and the chance to catch up with friends old and new. Unfortunately Saturday morning pancake races had to be cancelled due to the 'drizzle' and the chance they may have floated off down Cragg Brook. Well the drizzle didn't let up so we decided to escape to Halifax and visit the Piece Hall. Opened in 1779 as a place for the local weavers to sell their pieces of cloth to merchants from across the Uk and the World, this and other interesting information were part of the facts from the free hour long guided tour. Did you know that each piece of cloth had to measure 30yards in length? Following on, time for retail therapy lots of unique units within the old traders rooms, most of these were dog friendly so no excuses there. Back to site, just made it through before they shut the road because of the floods, the alert sirens having gone off whilst we were out. Fortunately dinner was at the Robin Hood, uphill, so other than avoiding the rivers that were pouring off the hillsides as we made our way there we didn't get soggy feet. Excellent meal in the pub, melt in the mouth beef and lots of apple in the crumble, definitely used to feeding the local farmers.  Certainly an unusual pub, local newspaper articles coving the walls and cash only, but well worth a visit. Sunday morning dawned dry and sunny, what a difference a day makes, still lots of water about, but the flooding was down, so an easy run home.
Thank you to the marshals for organising the weekend, certainly a memorable one.

Tina and John  Langley

EGGBOROURGH March.
Thank you once again for a fantastic weekend. An easy to find rally, just head for the cooling towers... Friday night a warm welcome from the marshalsin the sport and social club, with a cheese and pate supper, very enjoyable. Saturday was bright and sunny, perfect for a visit to Selby, plenty of charityshops and a market to source bargains. Saturday night saw us back in the club for a carvery and social, with the usual raffle, East Yorkshire Centre doing particularly well. The Geography quiz, provided plenty of discussion as we tested our knowledge of tourist attractions of the U.K. What and Where is the 'Internal Fire Museum'? Thank you once again to the marshals of the weekend, Lynne and Clark and Vic and Elaine
Tina and John Langley

RHUBARB FESTIVAL WAKEFIELD  February.

We have never attended the festival before even though we live reasonably close to Wakefield, so we took the opportunity to arrive on Thursday night with the hubby’s work only 8 mile away he could leave for work on the Friday morning whilst I could catch the bus into Wakefield for a day of shopping and checkout the stalls.   Thursday night some gathered up in the social club for a few drinks and a catch up.

Friday night we gathered in the social club where hotdogs were on sale and the children had an evening of planned fun and games. It was nice to see so many children on a rally all taking part and having fun together.

Up early on Saturday, we caught the bus from just a few minutes walk away from the rally field into Wakefield. We were very impressed by the amount of stalls, events and street entertainers that were there over the weekend. It was very busy throughout the day; we sometimes struggled to view the stalls due to the number of people attending the event.
We attended 1 of the cooking demonstrations with Chris Bevin, from BBC’s "Eat Well for Less" programme. I managed to have my photo taken with the one and only Dame Ruby Rhubarb who we found very entertaining.
We tried a selection of free samples from cheese, gin, fudge and rhubarb cider purchasing some goodies from the numerous stalls available to take home.
Unfortunately England was playing on the TV, so we met up in The Black Rock for a few beers then moved onto the Labour Hut to watch the match. We didn’t manage to make it into the club house on the Saturday night (apologies to the rally officers)

A great rally ideally placed for Wakefield Festival which we will defiantly attend again.   Many thanks to the Rally Officers and their assistants Kay, Sandy, Liz and Gary.

Carole & Shane Turan   -  South Yorkshire Centre             Thank you Carole and Shane

Annual Dinner Dance, January 2019   Elland Cricket Club

Report 1 from Nigel and Lesley Turner

Report 2 From Tina and John Langley

Report 1.

The first rally of the year was as always, a very successful event.   Just to test us, we were treated to all the normal variable weather, wind, rain, ice, but thankfully no snow.
Friday evening gave the option to meet up in the newly refurbished Clubhouse (and very nice it looked too). The “Desperate Dan Cow Pie” was excellent and good value at the price.  Along with a few drinks, a couple of quizzes and a friendly atmosphere the evening passed very quickly.

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The main event and the reason for the rally was, of course, the Annual Dinner Dance attended by many Pennine Members (some on their first DD) and several visiting Centres.  Really the only true way to sum up the evening was thoroughly enjoyable.  Great food, great entertainment and of course, good company.   We had a few laughs through the evening, especially when the Chairlady’s consort decided to offer advice to the Chairlady. Was this some sort of payback?
Thank you to all who organised or helped in any way to create such a splendid evening.  Again, on behalf of Lesley and myself, thank you to all who played any part, in this superb weekend.

Nigel & Lesley Turner          South Yorkshire Centre.

Thanks for another great report Nigel and Lesley -  we are glad that you had a very enjoyable w/e.  Webmaster.-

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Report No 2
A great weekend at Elland. The weather surprised us all as it was warm, quite a change from earlier in the week.
Friday night social saw us in the club house, with Pie n peas supper provided by the cricket club, definitely a bonus, followed by quizzes which tested our little grey cells, a good start to the weekend.
Saturday the opportunity for retail therapy either locally or Halifax saw most of us up bright and early, heading out by both car and bus as there are good transport links from the site, a bonus for those with free bus passes. An early return so that we could get ready for the Annual Dinner, best suits and dresses dusted off and didn't we scrub up well.
A fantastic evening, good food and better company, lots of laughs and dancing too... two entertainers to help us party the night away. An excellent evening had by all.
Extra bonus was the live football on Sunday morning, as we slowly came round from the night before, being able to watch from the caravans made quite a change from standing on cold and draughty terraces.
Thank you to the marshals and the committee for putting on a fantastic weekend, a wonderful way to start off this years caravanning season.

Tina