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NEW YEAR RALLY – CHELTENHAM 28TH DECEMBER – 2 JANUARY 2022
As the date of the rally approached Terry and I hadn’t made a final decision about attending due to so much uncertainty with Covid, central decisions from our political leaders as well as our lethargy due to over indulgence during the festive season. However, we really felt the need to venture out somewhere and of course our caravan figured highly in these deliberations. Another bonus was that the rally was local for us, being at Cheltenham, so it was not such a difficult decision to stir ourselves to pack and head off.
Briarfields is an excellent site which the club has used in the past, being easy to find (current road works permitting), nicely laid out in pleasant grounds and located on a bus route to Cheltenham and Gloucester. Supermarkets are nearby including a newly opened Aldi.
The day of arrival was dry, mild and sunny, which is always bonus. So once pitched the kettle was quickly switched on to welcome the Marshals, Mike and Ann, who had had a much longer journey. A little later our daughter and son in law turned up for tea and cake.
In the evening Mike and Ann, Terry and I walked across to the nearby Harvester for a meal, another welcome introduction before a busy day when everyone arrives.
The Marshals had hoped to arrange a joint meal for all of us sometime during our stay, but Covid put paid to that due to the Harvester having to restrict numbers because of loss of staff. However we enjoyed a jolly New Year’s Eve at a nearby village hall, which we have used in past years. An American supper was held along with quizzes and games to enliven the evening before the witching hour when bubbles (not the soapy kind) were enjoyed to celebrate the end of 2021 and welcome 2022. I am sure we all hope this year will see a major reduction if not the end of Covid. Once back at the site, drivers were then able to enjoy a favourite tipple of something alcoholic, with more socialising for those who were not turning in to their beds.
Throughout our stay the weather stayed mild and on the morning (not too early) of New Year’s Day the Marshals Mike/Ann/John and Lesley prepared bacon butties and hot drinks for everyone, which was most enjoyable. A leisurely time then followed before starting our packing up ready for returning home the next day.
We hope this first rally of the season augers well for this year’s rally programme, when we can all gather and renew friendships in our friendly and easy going club.
The rally took place at Somers Wood Caravan Park, Meriden, Coventry Thursday 25 November to Tuesday 30 November, with 12 units in attendance including two units attending for the first time. It is a pleasant, wooded site with adequate room for all.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were not all pitched together, but this did not detract unduly as the site is quite compact. The weather was dry and cold with no hint of what was to come! It was delightful that many of the vans were decorated in style and contributed to the fun atmosphere of the rally. The area offers much scope for visits or shopping with Birmingham not far away.
Saturday morning treated us to snowfall, turning the site into a magical vision, which enhanced rather than dampened our spirits. This snowfall did not last long allowing everyone to get out and explore the local area.
The marshals and assistants (Mike and Ann, supported by Keith and Jenny) organised our Christmas meal at the local Toby Carvery at which we were delighted to welcome David and Diana Cowan, who whilst unable to rally were still able to attend the meal. This turned out to be a splendid occasion with far too much food being consumed by all. Our waitress was superb, given the fact that she was on her own due to staff shortage. We made sure she was warmly applauded and rewarded for her sterling work.
Sunday afternoon saw the weather take a turn for the worse with more snow and freezing temperatures. This did not stop us all getting together outdoors (suitably dressed) for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies and a good chat. Mike and Ann had arranged the raffle to be drawn too, to accommodate those poor members who had to be back home for work the following morning. It is perhaps a good time to remind our working members that they can still join rallies. We sincerely hope that our new members will wish to join us again at future events.
On Monday evening there was a great social in the Meriden Village Hall. We expected a drinks and nibbles, but the fun of the games arranged by the marshals, kept us moving and entertained all evening.
This really was a superb rally due to the thorough preparation and hard work by all the marshals and we owe them a debt of gratitude. As always, the warmth of the members and friendly atmosphere far outstripped anything the weather could throw at us, however hard it tried!
We all arrived in blustery conditions though it was thankfully dry at the time of pitching. Thirteen vans were booked into the rally and the majority of those attending decided not to erect their awnings due to very windy conditions. A lucky decision as it turned out.
The site being on high ground was very open to the elements. However, it is next to Salisbury Racecourse with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
This was the second time we had been to this site for Halloween, the last visit being in 2018. A real bonus at this site is a room available for our use. After everyone had set up, we then gathered for our usual tea and cakes and to greet our fellow ralliers, who included new members Sandra and Bob Davis. It is great to think we are now returning to some semblance of normality with our friendly and relaxed rallies.
Whilst the first three nights were very windy and wet, the days were dry enabling everyone to go out and about. As Terry and I knew Salisbury quite well we explored more of the surrounding villages, which we found very picturesque. Others ventured into the city to visit the Cathedral or drive a little further afield.
For the Halloween evening it was fun to see the imaginative costumes and to guess who were hiding behind some of the masks. The Marshals had worked hard to prepare a buffet meal which we all enjoyed. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes with Roger as a brilliant “Phantom of the Opera” and Julie a very ghostly apparition.
The following day was spent relaxing and decorating the vans in readiness for judging. Many of these were very elaborate and creative, who will ever forget Vic and Linda’s giant spider and webs adorning their van and awning. Bob and Julie had a very animated display both outside and inside their caravan, much to everyone’s amusement. After everyone had taken part in awarding points these were combined, with the result that first prize was awarded to Mike Gyles for his depiction of an eerie graveyard scene in his front window, together with a manipulated ghost puppet. Well done Mike and Ann! (More photos on the Club’s Facebook page)
On another day a walk was arranged with a tour guide around the areas of Salisbury loved by Constable. Lorna our guide was very knowledgeable, as well as having a great sense of humour. We certainly learnt more about the background to his paintings and the affection he had not only for the city but the friendships he had made over the years.
All too soon the rally was coming to a close and our last evening was spent in the hall enjoying drinks and nibbles and saying farewells before departure the following morning.
Our thanks go to the Marshals, Caroline and Roger, Cathy and Phil for a very successful rally.
We have wanted to visit the legendary Sutton Hoo for many years and having watched the film "the Dig " we already knew that we were going to see a variety of lumps and bumps in the grass so we weren`t disappointed in the visit. The cream tea was a real bonus. Like this trip the rest of the rally was thoroughly enjoyable!
The weather mostly stayed fine and warm allowing us to enjoy activities on site as well as a variety of excursions. At the arrival get -together members welcomed new ralliers Paul and Sonja and were given details of the rally plans....with copious amounts of cake of course!
During the rally we enjoyed two group meals at the local pub as well as a social evening with a quiz and American supper in the barn on site. To keep everyone active we also had a game of Noki or "silly skittles " and a few people visited the local Suffolk Punch Horse Centre although this wasn’t considered a high spot in the week!
We also used the barn again for a farewell wine and nibbles session. Well, after the marshals worked so hard cleaning it ,it would have been a shame not to take advantage of the space.
New members Paul & Sonja joined us for their first rally, saying they’d felt very welcome and they’d definitely do it again! Our other new ralliers, Bob and Julie, were delayed by illness but enjoyed the time they spent with us as they have booked to come on the Hallowe`en rally.
It was really good to see first time ralliers out with us and even better to see how welcome they were made to feel.
This was a very successful rally and our thanks go to the Marshals and co- marshals. Thank you Cathy ,Phil, Jenny and Keith for all your hard work !!
WOW, what a welcome to this meeting – wall to wall sunshine and hot with it as well! Tony and Sue, running their Lunar first rally, had done a superb job of organisation ably assisted by the experience of Peter and Katina.
Thirteen vans were booked in on this lovely open but undulating site, levelling blocks were well in evidence.
What a delight it was to meet once again with all our Lunar friends we had so rarely seen, some for over a year. The programme started with the usual tea and cakes gathering and, by golly, the cakes were good.
The days were our own with many enjoying a group coffee or visiting the delightful town of Bewdley and the surrounding countryside. Friday late afternoon saw another gathering (to finish off all the cakes!!)
Saturday evening the marshals put on a wine and cheese evening with a sumptuous banquet of many cheeses with French bread and biscuits and nibbles and several boxes of wine which, not surprisingly, emptied themselves quite quickly.
On Sunday evening we all joined Sue and Tony for the raffle draw and a quiz and bingo session all carried out with a lot of fun and laughs. Sue had made several of the raffle prizes and one, a firmly stuffed cat (now named Sue!) sits proudly in our caravan watching all we do.
Monday morning started with a boules match, ladies versus men. Although playing in longish grass which made it tricky to see the jack the Men won by 13 to (12?). The ladies insisted it was 12 the men thought otherwise! It was then back to the marshals for refreshments.
Monday evening, we had a meal in the Pub which was right next door to the site, a three course carvery for £12 – amazing value. And so ended probably the hottest (weather wise!) meeting Lunar had had for many years.
Many, many thanks to Sue and Tony and Katina and Peter for all their efforts to ensure we had a great time, we all really did !
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Our Club is open to all those who own Lunar, Alaria, Venus or Chateau caravans (including dealer specials such as Conquest Cosmos, Solaris and Ultima) as well as Lunar (Landstar,Cassini) motorhomes and campervans.
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