News letter


December 2017
Hello campers!
It’s been a while since the last newsletter for which I apologise – time just seems to fly these days which is amply demonstrated by the fact that we have just had our last weekend rally for this year!!
To recap over the past couple of months – there was a fantastic turnout at Skipton with over 40 units and here I must gratefully thank Jim “the person” as he sited every unit for me due to the fact that my other half was working (wonder if he arranged that on purpose?!!) Even better was the fact that he managed to avoid the manholes and saved me a trip to the hospital! There was a bit of a panic on Friday evening when access to the water point was blocked but after a few phone calls and texts the good old standpipe was set up and young Alfie could rest assured that his friends would get water when they arrived and not need to use theirs!! On Saturday evening there was a session of bingo which always proves popular – especially with me who won quite a few times!! A quiz followed and then plenty of dancing just like the “good old days!”
Our THS at South Shore was very well attended with the highlight being the Hallow’een weekend where we had a fantastic turnout for the fancy dress both adults and kids; I’m sure they get better every year! Of course the weather would have to spoil the first weekend – it wouldn’t be Britain if it didn’t – but it improved during the week and many people stayed on  for the whole meet, making good use of the bus outside the site – you knew when one was due because of the stream of people leaving the field!! Our bonfire meet was at a fresh venue this year which was also a THS, the first field at Farmer Parr’s was soon filled so we were on the overspill carpark; a lovely meal in the café started the evening followed by a superb fireworks display and bonfire – the only disappointment was not many joined the social; maybe all the excitement had got too much!! Our FOL at Dale Hey was also well attended with plenty of units lighting up – it’s quite difficult to explain the concept to someone who’s never been to one before but once people got the idea they joined in enthusiastically and produced some brilliant displays – often the simplest ones are the most effective. And now of course there’s no excuse to miss next year’s!! The Christmas dinner was very enjoyable with a lovely meal and even a sprinkling of snow to add to the atmosphere.
The Christmas party at St. Michael’s village hall was quite low in numbers of units which is a shame because the hall is lovely, newly refurbished after the floods last year and the car park is truly hard standing with no mud or gravel trailing into the van! Anyhow, we still had 13 children all eager to meet the man in the red coat and white beard – they just about managed to sit still and wait – and Santa definitely came up with the goods which kept them all happily occupied. A jacob’s join and plenty of games and dancing rounded off the evening nicely. I do owe an apology because we forgot to get the communal Christmas card for members to sign and donate the expense of cards that they would have bought for individual members to our charity but some people did that anyway, many thanks.
That brings us to the end of our weekend rallies for this year and as always the committee would like to send a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has stewarded a meet, ran events, donated raffle prizes, and just leant a hand when asked – without you there would not be a Ribblesdale BCC as we know it – if everyone helps just a little, it makes it easier for everyone to enjoy their camping; so don’t be afraid to offer help, it will always be accepted, and if we can’t find anything for you to do, rest assured we’ll find something next time!!!
All that’s left is to thank everyone who has camped with us this year  
and to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year – if you are going to the new year meet at Southport we’ll see you there. The first opportunity to camp with us in the new year is our early bird meet at Whittingham and Goosnargh 19th – 21st January hope to see you there; the new sites list is now available and can also be seen on the website.
      Happy Christmas, see you on the field,
                                                        Karen B.