April/May 2018
Hello campers!
Well Easter seems just a distant memory, but one of the good things was the clocks going forward, so longer days, but not so much sun to accompany them!! Our THS at Lytham was once again very successful, with over 200 units camping at one time which is a fantastic number; lots of campers took the opportunity to stay for the whole meet, keeping the stewards busy!! There were all the usual events with a couple of good socials, plenty of games for the kids both big and small, and Sunday’s coffee morning saw a fabulous array of eggs, cards and bonnets, they really do get better every year! The bonnets were ever more elaborate with flashing lights and chirping birds – need to have a serious think for next year! While the kids went on the egg hunt we did the raffle which raised the fantastic amount of £380.00 many many thanks for all the donations and of course for buying the tickets. Sunday evening saw the ever popular bingo and as well as big money – over £130 for the jackpot! – we also had a special auction; a camper had very generously donated a 9 carat gold charm in the shape of a caravan which was auctioned off to the tune of £45 to go towards our charity; many thanks to that very generous lady and hopefully the new owner will have the same enjoyment from it.
Unfortunately the weather struck with a vengeance on the Monday when it rained all day, which meant we were worried about our follow on meet at Silverdale; our stewards had repeatedly rung the landowner who was reluctant to make a decision and when we arrived on the Tuesday she did not want us on the rally field, so the meet was suspended pending the state of the field. After another day of rain the landowner decided that she didn’t want the field damaged so unfortunately we had to cancel the meet – God bless the great British weather!! Our five day meet at Kettlewell fared better; the ground was a bit soft but not bad enough to cancel. On  Saturday we set up the tv under the gazebo and gathered to watch the Grand National then we followed that with a communal barbecue – the first of the year! After we had some music which turned out to be a bit like an Abba night (maybe we guessed about the reunion!)
We are now into the second weekend of our THS at Southport where the stewards have been very busy at this very popular venue; it runs until May 14 so still time to go; there are plenty of things to do – we had a train ride to Liverpool which was very enjoyable and only £5.10 for a return ticket!
Our next THS is the spring bank holiday at Langclife. There will be as always a full programme of events – entertainment on both Saturdays, stalls, bingo, cream teas, kids’ games, the famous water slide, also there are plans for events during the week – film night, race night (you’re quite welcome to bring your best hats!), and quiz night. We are as ever asking for donations of cakes, books, tombola prizes, bric a brac – everything will be gratefully received. Hope to see you there along with the heatwave that someone told me was coming ( I won’t count any chickens – I’ ll still bring a raincoat and wellies as well as shorts!) We also have a new marquee so last year’s lack of space will not be a problem!!
Just one last thing for now –we are in need of stewards for our THS at Bilton Park Harrogate. The meet runs from 6-16 September if anyone can help please get in touch, otherwise the meet will have to be cancelled.
    See you on the field, Karen B.

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