|RALLY REPORTS 2020|
|Homestead Lake Park Weeley 6th - 16th August|
Six West Kent members and six visitors made the (relatively) short journey through the Dartford Tunnel up to Weeley, near Clacton, in Essex, on this, our first rally of the year (thank you covid!!).
However, despite stringent social distancing and hygiene requirements, we discovered a lovely campsite which was pretty well full and buzzing with life. Our rally field was just adjacent to the touring pitches and very convenient for all services (albeit that the shower/toilet blocks were closed), was lovely and flat and had the added benefit of beautiful views when sitting out in the sun.
The weather was excellent, with day after day of lovely hot, sunny weather and there was even a nice cooling breeze most days to help keep us cool (even if a little inconvenient for putting up awnings!) There was also a large lake on site for fishing, which several ralliers took full advantage of, and coupled with a large reception and caravan accessory shop at the entrance, proved what a good choice this had been for a holiday rally.
Due to the covid restrictions the marshals were prohibited from providing entertainment or food during the rally so it was really a free and easy holiday to just sit and relax in the sun, enjoying a drink and natter with friends old and new (socially distanced of course), or driving to the nearby coastal resorts of Clacton, Frinton-on-Sea or Walton-on-the-Naze. Unfortunately we were holidaying in the really hot spell when temperatures were in the 30’s c so parking at these resorts was challenging to say the least. However, with several pubs local to the site and a frequent bus service, everyone could get out and about when they wanted to.
As a direct replacement for Broadstairs this site did not really work as there was little for smaller children to do and the beach was always a car ride away, whereas in Broadstairs you can always walk to the beach daily. However, for those without children, I think this is an ideal site for a holiday with many interesting areas of exploration around and I feel that there is definitely a place in our schedule for both sites.
Our thanks must go to our marshals, Graham, Ann and Jane for taking on this rally in such challenging times. They ensured that we were kept safe and followed all the guidelines and it was really lovely to get away for the first time this year on such an enjoyable rally and to such an exciting new venue. Thank you.
|Bush, Blackbird & Thrush|
On arrival at the venue we were greeted by the Marshall team and sited on our pitch. Because of the social distancing rules we didn't get our usual cuppa but rules are rules. We went to the pub for an evening meal which was outstanding and good value for money the rest of the weekend was a very good relaxing but enjoyable time with some very good friends and although we have to wait for the social side to recommence we all managed to have a good weekend despite the weather and the restrictions it was a lovely rally.
We will be back next time. Gary Potton.
P. S. It was also very nice to see some of our more established members and also our esteemed visitors from the surrounding club centres.
|Sams Lakes 11 - 14 September|
Rally report for Nomination Rally 2020.
Due to exceptional circumstances this years Nomination rally did not take place at our usual venue. Wateringbury Marina was “out of bounds”through no fault of ours and a quick re-arrangement saw us role up for another visit to Sam’s Lakes. Six vans arrived on Thursday in lovely weather, and the remainder of the happy campers rolled up the followingday. We could not have timed it better. The weather was fantastic. Everyone was able to sit and bask in the suns rays all weekend. (all social distancing of course)Early Friday morning we awoke to a very unfamiliar sound. Unfortunately, Shirley thought it may have been me (having supped a few ales the night before) and having been requested to go outside and find out what was going on I discovered a low flying hot air balloon. Was it a modern day Phileas Fogg, off on a trip around the world to win a bet or maybe just a quick flight over to Ashford? In fact, neither, as the balloon came down, somewhat unceremoniously, in the field next door. That was it for excitement. The rest of the weekend was spent by everyone sitting around enjoying the September sunshine. A few did exert themselves fishing or taking a constitutional around the upper lake but that was about it. The Nominations duly arrived for our 2021 committee and once again we have nine members willing to stand. So we can keep going for another year.I am sure I speak for us all when I say it was great to be out on the rally field again. There have been too few opportunities for us to get together this year and it was good to see many familiar faces enjoying themselves. Let’s hope it will not be too l
|Sams Lakes 11 - 14 September|
Rally 1599 scheduled as our nominations rally at Waateringbury was a victim