June 2018
Hello campers!
Do you think that we’re in the middle of summer? Let’s hope it’s just the beginning! The last two weeks of our Southport THS continued to be full with the weather to accompany it. The arts weekend was brilliant, with artists performing in the town and a real carnival atmosphere; everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to next year. A big thank you to all the stewards who were kept very busy, but they do know what they’re doing! We then went to the BCC AGM at Fleetwood with around 100 units and good weather, although most of the weekend was taken up with meetings. We were the first to use the new restaurant, very swanky, and had a good meal on the Saturday evening. We came back from the AGM on Sunday morning in a state of shock – Kev and I had been awarded the merit award in recognition of contributions to camping  - even as the President was reading the “c v” we still didn’t click that he was talking about us – if I’d known I’d have done my hair!! It was a great surprise and honour to receive it, and thank you for all the congratulations. While we were there, there were some busy ( and I do mean busy!!) bees at Langcliffe putting up marquees and readying the site for the THS. Doors (or gates) opened on Thursday and on they rolled, bringing the sun with them; almost 140 units all ready to enjoy themselves with quite a few first timers who had never been before – were they in for a treat!! On Friday we had a free and easy then on Saturday it was all hands on deck for the fun afternoon with stalls, hot dogs and games; a quick clear up then back for the evening’s entertainment – Jeff Stewart with his unique blend of nostalgic jokes and songs kept everyone entertained, and there was the added attraction of the bar which always proves popular! Another busy day on Sunday started with the coffee morning – lovely to be able to sit outside and the raffle, then cream teas (sold out!) kids’ games and duck races in the afternoon followed by bingo again with jackpots of over £100 to play for. After a day off on Monday the fun started again with boules on Tuesday ( I wonder if it’s worth asking Jack to roll the field for next year; or was that part of the fun?!!) A film night, a race night with a variety of competitors from sheep to greyhounds to horses (not real; wouldn’t have been enough room!), a quiz night and more bingo filled the weekday evenings, all taking place in the new marquee which was a big asset, plenty of room for everyone. Saturday evening saw more entertainment from CJ Stewart, a fantastic range of songs from the 50s and 60s kept everyone singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles. During the evening we also raffled a cuddly hippo from Silentnight which, along with the raffle and football cards, raised over £ 450 for our charity Guide Dogs For the Blind – many thanks to everyone who donated and also bought tickets, a fantastic effort. And so another successful Langcliffecame to a close – here we must give an absolutely massive thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make the meet a success, many of who were behind the scenes; too many to name individually ( and I’d probably miss someone and upset them!!) but you know who you are and I hope you are all proud of the teamwork which helps the meet run smoothly – roll on next year!!
We have a few five day meets coming up starting with Connonley which starts at 12 pm on Thursday 7th June where there will be an Hawaiian night on Saturday; followed by Ripon, Horton in Ribblesdale, and Austwick. Then on July 5th  our long THS at Clapham begins. As always you can expect a warm welcome from the stewards and their helpers, let’s hope the weather is kinder than last year! There will be plenty of things to keep you entertained,wet or dry!
Moving on to August bank holiday is the BCC FOL at Kelso, a beautiful site just over the border in Scotland. Ribblesdale welcomes anyone who would like to camp with us, we shall be doing a block booking – we need your forms and payment by the end of June or you can send off the form yourselves and put Ribblesdale in the space which asks where you want to camp. We hope you’ll also take part in the lighting up – the more campers who do so, the better the effect. This year’s theme is “The World of Books”, there is plenty of scope there, let’s make it as good as others before!!
See you on the field,
                     Karen B.

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