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Rally No. 1572 Sams Lakes, Smarden 27th -39th June

We arrive at Sams Lakes to the lovely site for the Fishing competition. It started a relaxing weekend strolling round the lakes in the sunshine. When we arrived we were greeted by Sandra and Gary with a lovely tea or coffee and talked to our friends. Friday evening we had Fish and Chips, but it was getting cold outside so some ralliers ate theirs in the awning. The rally went all too quick.
On Sunday it was egg and bacon baps followed by flagpole. Some people were able to stay on till Monday, but we had to go. We would like to say a big Thank you to all the Marshall's for making us so welcome.

Rally No. 1570a  The Lawns, Spalding  6th - 13th June

We arrived on the Wednesday afternoon and was welcomed by Tracey and Nigel { the owners} who sited us in the lower field where we set up ready to receive the incoming throng of ralliers which were not as many as in previous years never the less we all settled down for the evening and talked about the coming week. This was started by the usual noggin & natter on the Thursday evening Friday evening. We had a social in the Marshall tent. Saturday we had a good time in the barn that was started with a roast beef with all the veg including roast pots cauliflower cheese etc Sunday was free and easy during the morning and a plmms afternoon followed. Wednesday we had a social evening with a little quiz and a little tipple. The rest of the week was used up looking around at the sites and shopping for the great bargains in the shops in the local towns and villages all in all it was a wonderful week even if the attendance had been lower than previous years

Rally No. 1569  Swiss Farm, Henley-)n-Thames  25th May - 1st June

Our journey to Henley was bot the best on Saturday lunchtime. The M25 was having one of it's bad days. Stop, start traffic, and the couple of hours it should have taken turned into just over four. That's where the negativity ends.

We arrived in lovely sunshine and were greeted by Ron & Pip our Marshals for the rally. The rally field was looking good and was plenty big enough for the seventeen or so vans that had made the trip.

Once set up we had a welcome cup of tea and settled down to enjoy our week.

That evening we were all invited to a Cheese and Wine Party to meet the other Caravaners. A good selection of Cheese and Wine weas provided by Ron & Pip aby assisted by Gyongyi. By the end of the evening, all in attendance had a ver enjoyable time catching up with old friends and making new ones. That really was the theme for the whole week, relaxing, walking and socialising.

The site was just ten minutes walk from the Thames with wonderful walks along the river. Five minutes walk from Henley town centre with plenty to do with afternoon tea, and good food.

Shirley, myself, Barbara and Frank took the opportunity to visit a couple of National Trust properties that wer close by as well. Add to this Egg and Badon baps on Sunday morning and one of Ron's famous music quizzes during the week, what more could we want.

Many thanks to Ron & Pip, for all the hard work in making such an enjoyable rally.

Chris and Shirley Child.

Rally No. 1565  Minster on Sea  18th - 22nd April  Easter

This was a new venue for West Kent , The Marshals would like to thank Members and Visitors for attending this Rally which was arranged at short notice. Ours was the first centre to Rally at this school. The weather was really kind to us. The help we received from the site Manager and ground staff was a great help. It was so nice  to have the use of a well equipped domestic science room to prepare the food and the school hall .
Finally our thanks to all those who helped with the food and evening entertainment , we hope you enjoyed this Rally. 
Hope to see you all again soon.



Rally No. 1558  Northbrook Farm CS  Worthing.  21st - 28th October

The Rally started on Sunday, Spike & Clair were our Marshall's. Spike had put up the Party Tent before we arrived all on his own. It was lovely weather and the sun was shining.

At 6:00 we had hot soup & roll to welcome us and our visitors, every one was really friendly.

On Wednesday Spike & Clair made a brilliant chicken Curry with Naan bread, On Saturday, time for Flagpole, but first it was Egg & Bacon roll, Barry won the competition. Thank you Spike & Clair for all your hard work, it was appreciated by all the ralliers We went home on Sunday after a very relaxing week.

Sylvia M


Rally No, 1556  AGM  Syockbury Village Hall  22nd September

This was held at Stockbury Village Hall, but was not a rally.

I would like to wish all the Officers and Committee the very best for the year ahead and the support they give looking after the Centre. After the AGM gifts were given as a big thank you to the couple retiring. Frank Foreman who was Secretary, helped by Chris in the year after Frank became ill. The rallyiers wish you all the best Frank and a big Thank you  After the meeting we all enjoyed a buffet before making our way home.

 Sylvia M

Rally No. 1553  Haguelands Farm, Romney Marsh  24th - 27th August

We were met by Peter, Paula, Brian & Jenny our Marshall's for the weekend. We were given our usual welcoming cup of tea or coffee after we had settled in.  The rally coincided with Dr. Syn weekend at Dymchurch so there was plenty to do and see, unfortunately thE weather was not so kind to us, however we did have a lovely cream tea and cakes, provided by the rally Marshall's.  All too quiick it was time to go home. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

 Sylvia M

Rally No. 1552.  Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu  9th - 16yj August

We arrived at Beaulieu on the Thursday and were welcomed by the Rally Marshalls, Gary & Sandra, Ron and Jane & Dave. After we were set up we had a lovely cup of tea with Jane & a good chat. We received the information letter of what was happening that week. Starting with a competition of photos taken around Bucklers Hard, we had to locate where they were taken, we had all week to do this. On Saturday we were treated to a glass of Pimms. On Monday we all had a boat trip up the river when we saw some lovely views. Tuesday Barbara made some great Welsh Cakes & a cuppa. The Welsh Cakes were gorgeous and quite a surprise. Flagpole with Coffee & Biscuits was on Wednesday, The competition was won by Dick Thurston.

On behalf of all the ralliers I would like to thank Marshalls for a great rally

 Sylvia M

Rally No.  1548.  Lower Tye Farm  Hayling Island   23rd  - 30th June 

Off we went travelling towards the coast, the sun was blazing, the traffic was lousy, hold up for over an hour on the M25, just for a change, two lanes closed.
However, I digress, eventually I meet Ann & Roy and Helen, and we set up on site.
As advertised this site has electric and is close to the sea. With the weather so hot what else could we wish for. There were only 10 vans on site (very poor turnout for West Kent), but we had a good time. Everyone coming and going as they pleased pasing on tales of what they had been up to, places they had visited,and restaurants they had eaten in. Everyone having a great time.
Thursday we had cream teas and Ann's homemade scones with cake and tea or coffee.
Everyone attended and a few asked  Ann for her recipe, so I think we can say that was a success!
The holiday seemed to end very quickly and it was off home for all of us.
Many thanks to Roy & Ann especially as I was struggling to walk with my bad hip.
Lower Tye Farm does not have a lovely toilet block but it does have cut grass and various trees to sit under when it gets too hot!  See the pictures on the photo page.

Rally No. 1541  EASTER  Willingdon School   30th March  -  3rd April

On arrival in the pouring rain we were greeted by by Jan at the gate, Ron on the corner of the school directing round the building , Gary on the playground ready to site us.
In the evening, on Friday we were served Fish,chips and peas by Ann, Roy and members of the committee followed by a sweet of meringue, ice cream and peach, which all went down very nice, with Sid playing his music.
On Saturday night we had Ron’s music night quiz,which was won by our non member visitors.
On Sunday night we were served by members of the committee again,the meal consisting of chicken wrapped in bacon,roast potatoes, peas, carrots and gravy followed by trifle.
Before dinner Sylvia was the Easter Bonnet competition winner, competing against many entries this year.
On Monday afternoon there was games of throwing the bean bag which was won by the ladies and also archery. The evening consisted of a jogging and natter followed by a game of Catchphrase .

A jolly good Rally, well done Committee.

Bryan Robins

Rally No. 1540  Daleacres C.S.  16th - 21st March

Arr1ved on site to find quite a few setting up in the sunshine, YES!! I did say sunshine. It was glorious. What a lovely site hard standing, electric and a chance to spend a bit of time with friends in March and catch up with what had happened since last year when we all met on a rally.

WHAT a difference a day makes Saturday morning it started to snow, factoring in the very cold blasts of wind, when I took Rosie out for a walk couldn`t believe how cold it was!!

On my return I came across Chris, Frank and Ron trying to shelter from the wind cooking bacon as they had promised to provide bacon rolls and coffee for all the members. In the van were Shirley and Barb they were making and handing out the complete rolls to everyone all washed down with a hot coffee or tea. After a cold weekend the weather improved and by the end of the week we were in the sunshine again. We went to the local pub for a meal which was great to all be together and meet some of our visitors. (See the website for photos)

Some thought we were mad attempting to rally in such crazy weather but I think most of us that went had a good time

P.S. sorry I missed flagpole, NO excuse only old age, I totally forgot that it was on Tuesday.

Jan, see you all at Easter get them wheels rolling


Rally No. 1540  Daleacres C.S.  16th - 21st March

Despite the forecast cold snap that had been predicted to arrive over the weekend 17 units turned up for our first rally of 2018. Shirley and I were first to arrive and set up on hard standing. Not long after our first rallier to arrive was Fred Newman. Fred has been rallying for many years as a member of West Kent with his late wife. He has purchased a Motorhome to continue rallying on his own and had booked in to see how he would fare with the new unit. What a weekend to start. He arrived just after 12 noon and we tried to site him close behind us on a grass pitch. Unfortunately, as the ground was so waterlogged, his Motor home became stuck. Before we had any time to extricate Fred, Ron Norfolk arrived with his caravan. Thinking a van would be easier to site on the grass (not as heavy as a Motorhome) we decided to try and site Ron in the same area. Big mistake....... We now had two units stuck.

With the help of the wardens, a tractor and plastic slip mats we did manage to move both Fred and Ron onto hard standing pitches close by. Shirley made tea, Ron sat in the sun and everything looked ok. After a discussion with the wardens it was decided that all of our units would need to pitch on hard standing. Although we were spread out all around the site everyone was in and set up by nightfall.

Saturday morning was freezing. A cold, cold wind was blowing and everyone had the heaters on full blast. We had thought it would be a good idea to cook bacon baps for everyone so with two Cadac’s, Ron and I, with the able assistance Frank Forman set up and set to cooking. No sooner had we started when down came the snow.

Not just a small flurry but a full blooded snow storm. We carried on and those of us brave enough to weather the storm stood in the awning with hot bacon baps, tea and coffee and had an enjoyable if cold hour or so.

Sunday was just as cold. A few brave souls were out walking their dogs but most stayed indoors. In the evening twenty of us ventured out to the local inn. A full roast with potatoes and veg, a few pints and plenty of chat made for an enjoyable evening.

Unfortunately the days spent at Daleacres were so very cold any intended socialising between everyone was limited. We were all too busy keeping warm but I am sure all those in attendance enjoyed a good rally.

Chris Child




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