News letter


September/October 2017
Hello campers!
I think I must have blinked a couple of times and missed summer! Suddenly the nights have started to draw in and we are looking at the approach of autumn, then of course it will soon be Christmas; as I’m sure you’ll have noticed the supermarkets have already stocked their shelves with all sorts of goodies!
Way back in July Clapham kicked off with decent weather and a good turn out with all the usual attractions and a warm welcome from the stewards; the first coffee morning was well attended and there was even enough contributions for the first auction; mind you, I think Doreen got a bit of a surprise when she was waving to a friend across the marquee and her “bid” was accepted!! Good job it only cost her 50p!! Needless to say every time her and moved it was double checked to make sure it was a bid!! Unfortunately the great British summer decided to make a prolonged appearance resulting in the field being affected and numbers down on last year. Even so, over £1,000 was raised for this year’s charity cystic fibrosis, which I’m sure you’ll agree is a brilliant effort. The weather rallied for a while and there were 40 odd units at Connonley where on the Sunday we were all treated to the magnificent sight of the Flying Scotsman, really exciting for the kids (big and small!)
The August bank holiday was the BCC FOL at Worksop, the weather must have been waiting for us as we had a fabulous weekend, plenty of good weather, good reunions, and of course, good fun. We had about 10 units in Ribblesdale lines who all pitched in helping light up and make displays, helping with various jobs, and the Ribblesdale women running the cream teas which were held inside and outside the marquee – that’s how good the weather was!!! We even managed to sit out until 11 o’clock! Many thanks to everyone who helped to make it a success, and don’t forget to put next year’s date in your diary – the more the merrier!!
Our rally at Stainforth was also well attended, a group of us went into the new restaurant on Saturday evening which can be highly recommended for quality, value and service, another booking on the cards for next year I think! We have just finished two THS meets at Bilton and Dinarth where unfortunately the weather once again played its’ part meaning numbers were slightly down although the fields both held up well. As always we must say a massive thank you to all the stewards and their helpers at all our holiday meets and weekend rallies; if the weather is bad we can stay home or go somewhere else, but stewards are there for the duration and all voluntarily, our appreciation is untold.
Our next rally is at Lancaster auction mart 6-8 October this is a joint meet stewarded by NELDA. The site is all hard standing a short distance from the city centre, contact their stewards for the start time. The weekend after we are at Skipton auction mart, also all hard standing NELDA are joining us this time, we do have a room on Saturday evening; even though we do not have a music presenter or social secretary we will be putting some entertainment on; bingo and music probably. If anyone would like to run a social evening , maybe some games or a quiz please feel free to tell us and we will do all we can to help.
Following on we have a THS at South Shore CC Blackpool where we will be celebrating Hallow’een with fancy dress, decorated pumpkins and decorated awnings. It is a very popular site with easy access to Blackpool and Lytham, there is plenty of room no need to book. It is also handy for Fleetwood but you may want to wait as you can go straight on from Blackpool to Farmer Parr’s at Fleetwood for our bonfire meet and a get together after the fireworks and bonfire, and for those lucky enough to be able to stay out we have a five day meet following straight on at Dale Hey in Ribchester. This popular site has hard standing and electric hook up and we will also having our club FOL the theme is “ Britain through the ages” so I hope you’ll all join in and light up your units it really is a fantastic sight if there are lots of participents.
There are still some places available for our Christmas dinner at Newsholme Manor near Keighley where there is also camping with electric hook up . If you would like to join us contact Pauline on 07808836327. The weekend after December 1-3 is the children’s Christmas party at St. Michael’s village hall. We do need a steward for this meet – if you can help please contact either Kevin , me or Mick the chairman. Assuming that we do get a steward and the meet goes ahead –if you are a Ribblesdale member and you will be attending with your child, please give their names to the committee by the bonfire meet so that if a certain person visits they may get a present if they’ve been good!! If you are bringing a grandchild or similar please supply a wrapped named present , then they aren’t left out. We will also be having a jacob’s join supper. Any member of the CCC is always welcome at our rallies.
Well I think we’re about up to date now hope to see you all out and about
  See you on the field, Karen B.