Chairman's Notes - August 2007
Hi, not really a Chairmans chat this month but more a ramble of what has been going on.......
Two events that our club took part in this month - one being Herrington North East Rally that was cancelled, to see our alternative destination and weekend please click here
Revesby also unfortunately had to be cancelled. Although I gather that it has been re-schedualed for September.
And ofcourse our own Rally which also nearly got the chop! But with a little bit of jiggling and all hands on deck we managed to sail through..........
Whilst all those around us where cancelling theirs, our Rally managed to re-locate……thankfully…
As you all know the weather lately has been absolutely foul and there have been so many events cancelled big and small, this is tragic when you think how much work people put in and the organisation that goes into these yearly events.
The weekend before our Rally we decided that our Branch needed to have a look at the state of the camping area and show ground at Sewerby Hall. (Sewerby had just cancelled a major charity event because of the state of the gardens through water logging)
The ground was quite soggy – camping might have proved difficult – but we were prepared to hang on for a decision for a couple of days – when it got to Wednesday and the toilets were due to arrive on Thursday we thought it only fair to cut and run………
The toilets arrived on queue on Thursday lunch time – ready for the campers on Friday.
Paul and Sheena brought their caravan on Thursday night. We put up their awning ready for the following day – it was blowing a howling gale and then it started to rain – had we done the right thing?
Friday dawned bright and sunny, were we going to be lucky? Campers rolled in all day until we had four trailer tents, two caravans and five tents.
After bacon and egg sandwiches in the kitchen everyone decided on what to do for the day, some went for a ride into Bridlington and others just went generally exploring the lovely countryside we have round us. For me Paul and the other odd unlucky ones it was the big clean up operation ready for the Saturday night festivities. We did manage a good couple of hours lazing in the sunshine however. We had a couple more campers arrive and got them settled, sorted and pointed in the direction of Driffield to Tesco for supplies.
Sunday dawned sunny and warm with a slight breeze – unbelievable!
The kitchen was again doubling up as the breakfast bar. The first Minor to arrive was at 8 o’clock! John and Shirley came in and joined the bacon buttie fest……… after everyone was fuelled up it was off to all our respective posts to wait for more Minors to arrive – which they did at around 9am.
I can honestly say we have never had cars going so slowly past our house, they were all intrigued by the signs that went right back to the Driffield roundabout and all the MMs turning in………..
Altogether we had thirty two MMs four alternative class and one motor bike………..
Not bad for a very swift relocation.
We also did well for visitors too, one couple who had called on the Friday night came back with an engine a wing and various bits of Minor tackle – Maurice quickly snapped up the engine and wing for a song so he was quite happy. We had cyclists come in and have a browse along with some general cars that were passing.
People either chilled out behind their Minor picnicking in the lovely sunshine or joined us for the on going BBQ in the Barn.
Kev and Richard again were our live entertainment along with Graham their new drummer in the form of Rumble – they were great as usual if not better! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day with us – it wrapped up around sixish with the sun still shining. We did have a very small party on the Sunday night with some of our Branch and Lou and Charlie from Derby and Sue and Dave Cook who had decided to stay over till the Monday before moving on to Sand and Rosies, but by this time I was absolutely whacked………..but I can honestly say that it was a great weekend. I have received some super e-mails from people who came so it really was all worth while.
I would like to thank all our members who helped make it happen as there would have been no Rally without there help