2019 RALLY REPORTS
updated 28th September
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
Gods Breakfast, Cawthorne, 20th to 22nd September
A sunny start to the rally, time to try out the new sun canopy for the extra bit of shade. With stunning views over Cawthorne Country Park a great venue. Friday evening opening flag was up in the barn, with quizzes to test the grey cells, helped along by one of Steph's buffets and small libations meant the evening was full of fun and laughter.
Surprisingly Saturday morning proved a foggy start, had we moved to the east coast overnight or was the sea fret so far inland, who could say, but breakfast awaited, cooked by the Yorkshire Pennine Chefs, so follow your noses to the source of the bacon and sausage smells that wafted across the field. After fuelling, the sun had made an appearance and the day was your own, either heading off to nearby Barnsley or Wakefield for retail therapy or into the park to enjoy the newly refurbished parklands. Over the last 12 months the river has been dredged and the banks re sculptured so that the park is returned closer to its Georgian heritage as part of the Parks for People project. Or there is always the Cannon Hall Garden Centre or Farm and Shop to visit for those local delicacies or just for one of their home made icecreams, so much choice...
The sun stayed with us all day, so time for a bbq before the evening entertainments began. Celebrating a birthday with friends is always special, but certain birthdays always stand out and Andrew nor will the rest of us, forget this one in a hurry. A delicious buffet supplied by Angela and an evening of alcohol tastings, purely for research, meant that this evening went with a swing and a great deal of laughter as we helped Andrew celebrate late into the evening.
A gentle start to Sunday seemed appropriate as we recovered from Saturday night frivolities, so closing flag was at 11, before members stared the preparations to leave and start their tows home.
Can I say thank you to Steph, Ian, Vic Elaine for another great breakfast rally, the reputation of which must now be spreading far and wide judging by the number of ralliers who wish to attend.
John and Tina Langley
Moor Farm, Bishopthorpe 6th to 8th September
An easy run and site to find, although a little wriggling through the village if you arrive during school pick up time, bad planning on our part.
A lovely level site in a pleasant countryside setting , with a gentle 10 minute stroll back to the village, with 3 pubs, co-op, garden centre and an open chip shop.
Friday evening, well as it would be rude not too, a taste test means we can thoroughly recommend the fish and chips from the chippy, cooked to order and very tasty. Opening flag, was outside the marshals van where we were treated to a spectacular sun set, turning the sky pinks and reds, a good omen for Saturday.
Saturday was free and easy, a stroll to the village meant you could catch the bus directly to York, no worrying about where to park or traffic, for a day of site seeing or retail therapy or if you wished a walk along the river bank where you could watch the boats as they sailed by. From the site you are minutes away from the cycle network, where if you head toward Selby, you can see the Fisher of Dreams, a 4m high sculpture on Naburn Swing Bridge as it crosses the River Ouse, right turn there and follow a footpath towards Acaster Malibis, worth the stroll as you can see the expensive motor yachts in the marina and as you reach the end of the footpath you find the Ship Inn serving a wide range of gins, beers and ciders, bliss in the sun.
Once again a great weekend, thank you to David and Pauline for organising.
John and Tina Langley
Marton - August BH
A breezy welcome to Marton. For those lucky enough to arrive Thursday, rather than fight to put up the Colemans we opened the rally and a few bottles in Andrew and Angela's awning a great start to the weekend.
Friday morning showed Andrew had prayed to the right gods, the wind had dropped to a gentle breeze and the sun arrived warming things up nicely, all set for a record breaking bank holiday weekend.
Gainsborough and Lincoln within easy reach for those that wanted retail therapy or to see the Steam Punk festival, some interesting costumes on show or fairly close to the coast for anyone that wanted a seaside day. For others Torksey caravans proved a lure although no one gave into temptation and purchased a new one. For the dog owners or strollers a short walk brought you to open farm land and the river Trent, something for everyone.
Evenings in the Colemans, quizzes and games, with our new junior bingo caller, all fuelled by a little light repast, culminating with pimms and caravan made scones with cream on the Sunday afternoon, sat in the sun, perfect.
Thank you to Andrew, Angela, Jane, David and Eliza for an entertaining weekend. One that will stick in the memory for a while.
John and Tina Langley
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
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.
Thanks John and Kath
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
Annual Dinner Dance, January 2019 Elland Cricket Club
Report 1 from Nigel and Lesley Turner
Report 2 From Tina and John Langley
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.
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.-
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.