Rally Reports
​​Whepstead Community Centre
29th March to 2nd April 2018

Arrived Thursday midday to a lovely sunny day with a beautiful green playing field which was welcoming us so that we could have a lovely weekend.
                          WRONG - it was only a dream

Take 2

Arrived Thursday midday to find Kathy and Barry trying to find which side of the field was the firmest for our caravans, after deciding by the trees, we parked up and the others started to follow on, the field was very boggy. We new once we were on the field we were stuck till Monday. Some more caravans turned up and they had the sense to park on the car park.
It then started to rain, luckily we had put the porch awning up. We all met up in the hall in the evening to pay our monies.

Friday it rained, and then most of the caravaners in the afternoon went on a walk to the pub and back. We then went over the hall for tea and hot cross buns. Evening entertainment was a music bingo, which Peter, who made a very good job of, especially as our team won twice, Ha Ha Joe!

Saturday woke up and it was not raining so most people went out for a ride. Doreen, Ron and ourselves went to Bury St Edmonds, it took us longer to find the car park and park than it did walking round the shops, still we had a very nice brunch.
Evening entertainment was by Steve and Dawn, who did a brilliant job with their fun n games. Guess what Joe, our team won again Ha Ha!

Sunday it was mostly dry and at 11 am we went over to the hall and we had the Easter Bonnet competition, everyone had made a good effort. The children then had an Easter Egg Hunt and thoroughlyenjoyed it. By now every time we ventured out of the caravan our footwear was caked in mud.
Evening we had a comedian who entertained us for an hour and half. Richard said he was very good and everyone was roaring with laughter. I do think he should have included the children in his act as they had to sit on a table at the back, but they were all very good. Maybe next time we could just have a children's entertainer.
Several people left today as they had other commitments (not daft), we got back to the caravan and then it started to rain and then it never stopped till midday on Bank Holiday Monday.

Monday we went to the hall for coffee and quiz results. Then we all had to be towed off the lovely muddy field by Clive and his helpers, I think Kevin managed to get off the field by himself.
Many thanks for all the help we got at the weekend and everyone's hard work.  Richard & Kathy.


Thursday .... we didn’t come on the rally today as I had a FORGET- ME- NOT meeting, and I've been talking to new parents so needed to be there. Hope everyone got to this venue safe, there were 19 caravans this weekend.

Friday..... we got the caravan ready yesterday so once the girls got round we were ready to set off, it was nice and dry when we left Laindon, had a lovely drive here, not much traffic, when we arrived we noticed the field was very wet so some members had stayed on the car park, but most caravans were on the field.  Kev got out of the car and had a walk around the field and decided where to park, the entrance was very boggy and muddy, so Kev drove carefully, Gracie and Dottie noticed the park, so on went their wellies and they were off. Thank you Rita for Kevs coffee, it was much appreciated. We soon set up and had lunch, a few members went out for our annual "Good

Friday" walk, and ended up in the local pub, it started to rain and didn’t stop, the field is getting more boggy so it was suggested once our cars were driven off the field, we were to keep them parked in the car park, once everyone got back from their walk it was over to the hall for Dawns HOT X BUNS. Those that had been on the walk were very wet so their coats were put on the radiators to dry off,  5.30 pm we went back to our caravans to cook dinner, 8 pm it was over to the hall for Peters music Quiz, Kev took Gracie over, but Dottie fell asleep so I stayed in our caravan, I quite enjoyed laying there listening to the rain falling. Kev said that Peter had hosted this evening, a music Bingo, I hear everyone had a great evening. I hear poor Caitlin hurt her foot so Roland ended up in A and E this evening and when she returned she was on crutches.

​Saturday..... the rain still hasn’t stopped, the field is getting wetter and muddier, but that doesn’t bother the children as they still played out in the park this morning, Kev went out to the car to get it sorted so we can go out to Bury but we had a flat battery, so he gave it a jump start from our other battery, had a lovely walk around Bury shopping centre, thank god the rain had stopped, after lunch we took the girls over the park, it’s so muddy I had to wash Dottie’s coat in the hall. 8 pm it’s over the hall tonight hosted by Steve n Dawn with fun and games !!!! Wot a laugh we had, lots of cheating. It was lovely to see Janet, Gill and Harry come to visit us today, (sorry I didn’t get to say goodby to you), I bought the children confetti balloons which they enjoyed playing with, even when one popped and made a lot of mess, then the children were trying to pop them all, I went back to our caravan early as Dottie was sick so I ended up watching the voice on catch up.

Sunday ..... it rained hard again through the night, Kev went outside to hide the girls eggs (that we got them), Dottie was so excited finding them as last year she was too young, wet and cold it was back into our caravan for breakfast.
Rita, Bill, Eric and Glynis went home early, thanks to those that pulled them off the field, 11 am soon came and it was over to the hall for the children’s Easter Egg Hunt and our Easter Bonnet Parade, thanks to those that made their bonnets, they were fantastic, lots of effort was made, Joe introduced the bonnets, I took loads of photos (see photo's on web), it was soon time for the children’s Easter egg hunt, while Joe was getting the children in their groups, Julie and Clive were outside hiding the plastic eggs, we had a "bunny rabbit" come to see the children, some children were a little nervous until Gracie shouted don’t worry it’s only my poppa, Joe announced the Boy and Girl of the year, it was well deserved by Willow and Logan, well done. The morning came to an end, our members went back to their caravans for lunch, I cut a few hairs, then used the halls kitchen to cook our Roast dinner, Abbi, Ella, James and Winnie came to visit us and stayed for dinner, also Dawn and Steve had dinner with us, after we cleaned up it was back to our caravan for a relax, (well not for me), 8 pm we went over to the hall for our live entertainment, I’m not a great fan of comedians, as I don’t get their jokes, but he was very funny and we all had a great evening, poor Ray, Barry, Joe, Paula and Tina got picked on. A massive thank you to Dawn and Kathy for getting the craft things for the children to make, they had great fun, once again the evening came to a end, so back to our caravan, within 10 minutes both of the girls were asleep, it was still raining let’s see how we all get off the field tomorrow,

Monday.... we woke up with a pond around our caravan, the rain was still falling, our Jess came to collect the girls as they are going to Hull, the girls have loved this weekend even though it’s been wet and muddy, Gracie asked me to say a big thank you for her and Dottie’s Easter Eggs, and that she loves all her friends in the caravan club, 11am over to the hall for coffee and prize giving, a massive well done to everyone that won a prize, Kevin wasn’t pleased with Chris's weekend Quiz as he couldn’t google it, well done to the committee for a fantastic weekend, I charged my Mobil up to get ready to take photos/videos of our caravans getting off the field, our men started to get in their cars as we watched. Thanks to Clive for having his car ready to pull our caravans off and to the men that helped with the tow ropes, the first prize goes to Kev for getting off without any help. I must say Ian did a good job getting as far as he did, the best one was poor Barry, who ended up laying in the mud trying to fix the tow rope under his car, although it’s been so wet and muddy I must say it was great fun watching you all, I really do think our men also enjoyed the fun, we hope you all had a safe journey home, we took the scenic route through Newmarket, it brought back great memories from when we used to go there, once again thanks for a great weekend, Yet again our children/grand children did us proud.

Love Kev Karla Gracie Dottie Mr Bourne n Ronnie


Roding Hall Farm
High Roding
16th to 18th March 2018

FRI... this is our first rally of the year and my god am I looking forward to it. Kev had the day off so came up early. I had hospital with Netty so Kev came back for me tonight, we got fish and chips on the way to the caravan as it would have been late by the time I cooked. Only 8 caravans came this weekend, I think the weather is going to be bad so a few members were put off. We had a little walk to the village hall, brought back memories of the little old halls we use to have. It seemed strange Kev not standing up as rally officer. Clive did a grand job and we wish him all the very best in his new role, (and I’m soooo looking forward to having Kev all for myself).
Joe, Julie, Bob and Deb are hosting this rally so more fun to look forward to tomorrow night. We only stayed a while as we left Ronnie in the caravan for the first time on his own.

Sat..... Woke up to a lovely surprise of white snow this morning, Kev took Ronnie out for a run and came back frozen and turned the heating up high. I’m having HOT sweats so wasn’t very keen on being over heated. Kev said yesterday, those that were here sat outside as the weather was so nice, doesn’t seem possible, our weather can change so quickly. After our cooked breakfast we were going to pop out but decided to stay put in our lovely warm caravan. This afternoon it was lovely to see John, Joan and Pam pull up on the field, they aren’t staying but came for the evening. Although with the snow falling hard they might end up having to stay. A few of us had a walk to the local pub for a drink, it was lovely sitting by the open log fire, got back had hot soup, I’ve never known me to fall asleep during the day, but I did  it’s been so relaxing. Kev popped out with Mark as he had run out of gas. When I woke up the field was white and the snow was falling heavy, we may all end up staying here.
Steve and Dawn came to visit for tonight’s fun. 8 pm it was over to the hall, thanks to Mark for driving us as the snow was falling heavy, we had a great night, all to do with "St Patricks Day", we even had a live leprechaun in the shape of Joe, we had Parsnip and Onion Skittles, had to draw a map of Ireland and name certain parts, with the obvious cheating going on. As the evening was flowing so was the snow, it was decided to do coffee morning tonight. Joe gave out the golden coins to all those that won tonight’s quizes, Clive did his rally officers job, it was very brave of Pam to stand up and thank the club for her flowers and donation that The 77 club had sent her for the sad loss of Derek.
It was very nice to see you out this weekend and would love for you to continue. Thanks to everyone that helped tidy the hall, we said our good byes to John, Joan and Pamand Steve and Dawn, we pray you all get home safe as the snow is even heavier now. Edna got in Mark’s car as no way was she walking in this weather, let’s see what the weather is like in the morning, and hope we all get home safe.

Sun.... It was the worst night sleep Ive ever had, the wind was so strong and noisy outside I just couldn’t get to sleep. It seemed strange not having coffee morning, but as the snow was still here we all decided to get home. I pray you all had a safe journey home, see you at Easter x

Love Karla, Kev and Ronnie

Ps We left Mr Bourne at home as Abbi is doing training with him.

Psss Mark and Ann won the rally report but gave Kev the fudge so I write this report.



Ron and I would just like to say what a fabulous time we had. Not just on New Years Eve night, when we all enjoyed a delicious three course meal followed by chocolates and coffee, thanks to Kathy for organising all the food, and all the dancing to Peter’s disco (great job thanks), plus extra fun was had with a box full of hats, wigs, glasses etc - thanks, good thinking Pat.
But we also had fun on Saturday, gathered together in the hall with our own cooked meals after which we paid our Rally fees then played games.
Monday some members had to go home unfortunately. Then came evening again, we cooked our own meals and sat together in the hall after which followed more games - what a laugh we all had.
Tuesday came then it was time for the rest of us to pack up and depart.
Happy & Healthy New Year to you all, and we look forward to seeing you February at the day meet and rallying thereafter. 

All the best
Doreen and Ron


​Just to say a big thank you to the people that attended New Year as we did not stop laughing from the moment we arrived till we went home.
Weather was not too bad, a bit chilli and windy the first days and rainy at night and a bit during Sunday but apart from that it did not snow or freeze.
We all arrived on Saturday about Midday so we went to the hall for a chat then everyone went over at 6pm for a meal that we had cooked in our vans, Derek washed up and we all helped to dry. We all paid what we owed then had a good old catch up.

Sunday morning we ladies went over the hall to prepare for the evening meal and then the men came over and hung up the balloon net and blew up the balloons. Peter set up all his disco equipment and put up a sheet so we could watch the videos that went with the songs. Thank you Peter.
6pm we all went over the hall and had a 3 course meal with coffee and mints to follow. Many thanks to all of my helpers as I could not have done it without you.
Richard washed and others helped to dry and then put away.
Then the celebrations began:-  We danced, played with the dressing up boxes that Rita and Pat had brought, did every party dance you could think of, we had to sit down and dance to save our energy.

Catherine and Ian turned up and brought his Dad and step mum with him, which was nice. Little Maddie loved to dance, she tried to do all the party dances with her mum, Tracey.

Midnight arrived and we all sang and danced to Old Lang Syne. Then time for bed as we were all tired.

Monday -  cleaned up the hall then Chris n Dave, and Diane n Roland had to go because of work and family commitments.

In the afternoon us and Doreen and Ron went for a drive and a walk round Dunmow which was nice but cold, never mind it did us good to get out.

We all cooked our own dinners again and took them over the hall at 7 p.m. so we could all eat together, we had plenty of desserts left over from yesterday so we finished them off.

Now down to the serious things of playing a game of pass the parcel, trying to open it with a pair of oven gloves on and some one else having to throw the two dice, somehow Rita won. Next, even more serious, "Family Fortunes", no contest, our team consisting of Peter, Edna, me, Richard, Doreen and Ron won as the other side kept arguing over the answers and kept helping
each other with the answers, Derek thought his pickled walnuts should have been a winner and was quite upset that it wasn't and he kept on and on about it all night.
Pat started off being the compare then Mike took over, even he could not stop them arguing, if they listened to the answers to which the other members had given that would have been half the battle!!!!!!
We laughed and argued all night so when we stopped just after 10 pm we thought we better give up while we were still talking to each other.
Peter gave the results out for the quiz and we won, (don't die of shock), I think it was Christine Westbroom's 2 answers she gave me just as she was going home, (sorry Christine, we shared out the orange slices).

The hall was then cleared up so that we would be nearly ready for a getaway tomorrow.

Many thanks to all that had attended the rally as we had a lovely time and enjoyed every minute with the company and we did not have to worry about dressing up or singing.

Thanks again for all the help over the weekend and to Clive on his first Rally Officers job, he did very well, so hopefully many more to come without any hassles.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the forthcoming rallies.

Kathy and Richard


Arrived at approx. 11.45 just behind Richard Crossman. A conversation ensued between Richard and Clive as to where they should park. Whilst this was ‘going on’ two more vans arrived in the driveway. Fortunately one of those was Bill and Rita with keys to the hall. After some discussion parking was organised and everybody set up without any problems.

Saturday at 6.00 pm we all took our various dinners over to the hall, and at 8ish Bill set up with Clive to start taking rally fees. Some background music provided by Peter, we just sat around chatting and having a quiet drink to start our weekend off.

Sunday, over to the hall for putting up decorations, peeling veg and generally getting ready for the evening shin dig.
6.00p.m. over to the hall, the tables were decorated with candles and crackers awaiting a fabulous 3 course meal cooked by Kathy Crossman and her helpers. The meal was followed by coffee with mints, cheese and biscuits, if you had room. 
There was so much food we had to wait quite a while to start the celebrations because we were all so full.

Eventually the music with singing and dancing was underway. Pat L J had brought some comic wigs, hats and glasses and these were passed around creating some hilarity. Some looked quite bizarre while others were just funny. A great night was had by all culminating in the usual Auld Lang Syne, followed by "When you walk through a storm"  etc.

Monday, most got up late. Over to the hall for cleaning. Diane and Roland went home today as did David and Chris. Clive and I went off to my daughter Kerry’s for dinner as she only lives 5 mins away. Another big meal for us, but so nice to be with family. Justin and Emily came also as they are home for Christmas.

Back on site by 6.30 and over to hall at 8.00 to finish off our New Year break.  A minimal amount of drinking tonight as we have to drive home in the morning.
We played ‘Family Fortunes’ in two teams as there were only a few of us left. That proved to be hilarious, with lots of cheating as usual.

Tuesday morning and we were all up fairly early as getting home before the rain set in was paramount.

A brilliant weekend thanks to everybody who came and made it so.

Chris & Clive


40th Anniversay
Dinner & Dance
18th November 2017
Room in the Rodings

Thursday.....we came this evening, soon set up in the dark, I hope others come as it’s going to be scary here on our own !!! , It wasn’t long before Mark and Ann came, we spent the evening in their cosy warm van,

Friday... it was pure white when we opened the blinds this morning, yet the sun was so strong, I cooked breakfast while Kev started to work out where everyone is going to park with their caravans, Mark washed his caravan while Ann took me to Tesco, we got back to see 6 caravans had turned up, and lots more to follow (20).  A few members decided not to bring their caravans so no-one needed to go on the field. Although it’s very cold the sun is beautiful, we went into the hall to set it up for tonights get together meal, 7 pm over to the hall for our take away, it was a surprise to see Rita n Bill and Pat n Derek turn up for this evening, most members came over, some had Chinese others had fish/chips and we had Indian. Doreen made a fantastic Anniversary cake for the 77 club 40th celebrations which we sang our tradition song as Edna blew the candle out.
We didn’t have a late night, Kev locked up the hall, it was nice sitting in our caravan all cosy.

Saturday .... it’s so cold this morning, Kev took Mark, Ann and me to North Weald market, it was so smal,l nothing like it used to be, we bought a few bits, then back to our caravan to warm up, our DJ (Martin Day), was there setting up for our disco tonight, as he had to get back to turn on Southend Christmas lights this afternoon, we had our usual nibbles in the hall while I did lots of hair. Mark and Ann had guests, (Jim and Hayley,) so they joined us. After setting up the round tables and putting Julie’s amazing Centre Decoration in the middle, we gave each other our Christmas presents, back to our caravans for a chill out, (or snooze for Kevin). before getting ready to go for this evenings party , a few of us went over earlier to help joe n julie set the last bits up , 6pm Everyone was welcomed with a glass of Baileys or fresh orange. I took everyone's photo's in their lovely smart dresses and evening suits, (see Photo' on Web) Joe asked us to take our seats and our fun evening began, I must say that our table centre decoration was beautiful Julie had made everyone a personal glass with the 40th Anniversary etched on the base, the food was once again excellent, after dinner we had our Annual Trophy presentations, Derek LJ won the Fishing and Boules trophy, it was with great honour that Kev and I won Lady and Man of the Year, which is sadly going to be the last time this trophy will be given out as at the AGM it was suggested that it will not continue, I promise I will take much pleasure in keeping it and promise it will be well looked after. Martin Day, our DJ, was fantastic, he got the party going with a great swing, the evening came to end far to quick. After clearing up we went off for a much needed sleep, but when I got in I decided to up load this weekends photos which took me until 2.30 am.

Sunday ..... beautiful sunshine this morning, yet so cold, after our cooked breakfast we packed away, no one seemed to rush off but we are going to Mexico in the morning so needed to get home. This is our last rally for 2017, we hope everyone has a good New Year and may 2018 bring you much happiness, but most of all good health and good caravanning.
I must say I’m looking forward to having Kevin all to myself next year, with him having no duties, but we want to wish Clive all the best in his new roll of Rally Officer.
Hope you all had a safe journey home see you all in 2018.

Love Karla Kev xxxxxx