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