By Gill Aggett

Oct 2018

19 vans attended the rally at Doncaster Air Museum on a weekend of changeable weather. There is much to see and do here with many aircraft on display both indoors and out. Most members arrived on Friday afternoon while it was still fine and sunny but the weather took a turn in the evening and it didn't stop raining until Saturday afternoon so that was the time to enjoy the indoor exhibits. We had a room for socials both evenings so we were able to have our usual bingo with the addition of 2 quizzes from Julie. Despite the rain the ground remained hard and everyone drove safely off the grass on a typically sunny Sunday. Thanks to Bill and Jean Wood for hosting for us.

Sep 2018

21 vans was the final tally at Spital Farm near Scarborough . Unfortunately, we did not know we did not have the use of a room until shortly before our arrival but we were able to use the on-site pub although it was not possible for us all to sit together. The farm is on a major bus route so many used their passes to visit Scarborough, Filey and Malton. Again, thanks to Charlie and Lyn for hosting.

The weather at the National Coal Mining Museum was not as good as we would have liked but it did not deter 15 outfits from attending. Most took the trip down the pit on Saturday as well as enjoying the lunch in the café. We spent the evenings in the marquee until it became dark but that didn't stop us because then the torches came out. The bingo machine had a rest this weekend. At our coffee morning on Sunday we had a visit from two pirates but we never did discover the connection between pirates and a coal mine, then as is typical on a Yorkshire rally the weather brightened up when it was time to leave but as there was no rush to be off site many stayed for the afternoon. There is much too much to see here in a just a weekend. Thanks to Charlie, Lyn, Sue and Will for hosting.

Aug 2018

32 vans were at Wetherby Racecourse for the Bank Holiday weekend, including visitors from as far apart as Kent and Northern Ireland. The weather was mostly kind to us so we were able to get out and enjoy the town or even the Leeds Festival but on a wet Sunday we had afternoon tea and games in a warm room. Bingo and quizzes were had in the evenings along with our bottle game which caused much laughter as did Julie's card game on Sunday. Monday night was a chill out night with a game of Chase the Ace. Thanks to all who helped at this lovely rally.

21 units came to our rally at Drax Sports and Social Club where we enjoyed a weekend of lovely weather. Friday night was a free and easy in the club bar because our usual room was already in use. Saturday many enjoyed the walks around the area while others simply sat and enjoyed the sun before moving into the room in the evening as the sun went down, for bingo and one of Dave's quizzes. We welcomed visitors from Surrey, South Wales and Lancashire as well as new member and first time rallier, Royce Bramley with his son Jake. Thanks to Dave and Trish Robinson for hosting for us.

What an amazing turnout of fantastic ralliers. 78 vans from all across the country but especially Yorkshire attended our 5 day meet at Whitby RUFC where we had 2 nights free and easy, 2 nights with bingo and 1 with professional singer, Jonathon Carrol plus a raffle and a quiz from Millie almost every night. The weather was great throughout so Sue Wright and Sue Steel provided us with 2 afternoon teas, one of which was outside in the glorious sunshine. We also had a table top sale on Saturday morning before most ventured down to the seafront. Thank you very much to Mike and Millie for hosting this wonderful rally.

Jul 2018

On the weekend that 10 gathered at Burn the hot weather that we had been enjoying decided to break. We all sat out chatting in the sun on the Fri afternoon, but by the evening we were into thunderstorms. The wind and rain let up a little on Saturday so many visited Selby either by bus or on foot. This was a bingo-free weekend but we did have the quizzes proved by Dave Robinson. We were joined by first time rallier Mr Tomlinson and we thank Bryan & Cicely for hosting and providing the sandwiches.

Our next rally at Yorkshire Museum of Farming had 14 vans: 12 Yorkshire, one East Midlands and one Northern Counties. On the Friday evening we had one of Millies quizzes, along with a game of bingo. Members spent Saturday walking round the museum but not so lucky for one of our members Phil Scott who had to be rescued by our secretary Malcolm after he got locked in the museum … ooops! Another game of bingo on the Saturday evening and the members were wished a safe journey home on the Sunday. Thanks you to Sylvia & Elvin for hosting.

Our first time at Old Brodlieans RUFC was a great success for the small number of vans that attended: 14 from Yorkshire, one Essex, one SWP and one Northern Counties. Although there wasn't a hall, the warm, but stormy Friday evening didn't stop members sitting under their awnings catching up with friends. Saturday greeted us with lovely warm and sunny weather, where a lot of members took the short bus journey into Halifax and others took the short walk into the village, sampling the local beers and lagers from the micro-brewery and the local pubs. We all gathered on Saturday evening for a collection of Dave Robinson's quizzes. At our coffee morning on Sunday, Jean Wood provided us with cakes and biscuits for her birthday. We acknowledged first timers Mr & Mrs Nash from Essex group and Mr & Mrs Winn from SWP. A big thank you to Dave & Trish for hosting and thank you to Jean for the cakes and biscuits.

Jun 2018

Our holiday rally at Malton and Norton RUFC had 33 vans in total.25 Yorkshire,2 E.Mids,3Lancs,1N.Counties,1 S W Wales,1N.Ireland. We had two first time visitors to Yorkshire from the East Mids. Mr & Mrs Ding and Mr & Mrs Tomlinson. Friday night Julie did the Card Bingo game and Millie did one of her quizzes, Saturday night we were entertained by a group 'The New Cadillacs' Sunday. We had afternoon tea and a Tombola. In the evening we had the Raffle, Jean Wood and John Young winning the majority and then a game of bingo. Monday Had a mini roses friendly game of Kings in the late afternoon sun with some of the Lancashire members and they won three games to two. We played Left Right and Centre in the evening, Malcolm won that one. Tuesday was a free and easy night, and the few vans left went home on Wednesday morning. Well done to the Committee for hosting.

18 vans came to our new venue at Pontefract Racecourse.13 Yorkshire, 2 Northern Counties,1Anglia and 2 East Midlands. Mr and Mrs Burridge and Mr and Mrs Smith were first timers from East Mids Group and Mr and Mrs Phillips from Anglia. On the Saturday members enjoyed an Armed Forces Day held at the Racecourse, and some taking the short walk into Pontefract town centre.We had a game of bingo on the Saturday evening and an impromptu dominoes tournament set up by John Young. Well Done to Yvonne Burridge for winning it, and thank you to Gill and Steve for hosting.

Our 3 night rally at Northallerton had 32 vans. 23Yorkshire,6 Northern Counties,1East Mids and 1 from Northern Ireland. Members could appreciate the lovely weather by having BBQ'S and walking into town, enjoying the shopping. In the evenings we had quizzes and played bingo, and also another card bingo from Julie. Many Thanks to Dave and Carol for hosting.

May 2018

We were a little bit disappointed, and surprised, that only five 'vans from Yorkshire Group attended the National Rally at Barleylands, Essex, from 24th to 29th May. The pre-National Rally at Weeley, made the journey down worth while. Yorkshire Group were represented by ourselves, and by Peter & Linda Senior, Gordon & Maureen Crosby, Carole & Neville Gladstone, and Gus & Jessica Wright together with their daughter and her friend. The weather was fine and sunny throughout, and the entertainment during the daytime and the evenings provided something for everyone. Two coach trips were arranged on Friday, one to Covent Garden, and one to Southend, and Anna & I spent a very enjoyable time in Southend rekindling old memories. We couldn't join in the Banner Parade on Friday evening, so we supported the Lancashire Group with a hearty cheer. The Saturday night party theme was 'On the Farm', and we did our small party proud with a straw Jack & Jill, a sheepdog and sheep, and a duck. Plenty of table dressings and lights completed the party atmosphere. The entertainment was provided by Strobe, two outstanding male singers who kept the dancing going until midnight. Sunday included the homecraft and Juniors competitions, with an afternoon dog show and intergroup quiz. Unfortunately Yorkshire Group couldn't quite compete with the large opposing quiz teams so no trophy was won. Monday was prizegiving day, with a final Banner Parade and closing ceremony. The evening entertainment was provided by The Hightones, a four piece group looking, and sounding, like The Beetles, with all the songs of the era. The highlight of the rally was seeing Peter & Linda's puppy, Maisie, proudly wearing her red rosette after winning second place in her class at the dog show. John & Anna Calf

We had a good turnout for our rally at Skipton Auction Mart where we had 44 vans. 29 Yorkshire, 8 Northern Counties, 6 Lancs and 1 SW Penisular. Friday evening was the usual catch up, with a game of card bingo, a big Thankyou to Julie for providing this, and having to put up with members mimicking her pronunciation of 'hearts'. We welcomed Mr and Mrs Moore for their first time rallying and several 1st time visitors Mr and Mrs Chalk, Mrs and Mrs Wilkinson and Mr and Mrs Williams. On the Saturday a lot of people walked into Skipton along by the canal visiting the market, shops and pubs. In the evening we had a 'Onesie and Nightwear party'. It was lovely to see so many people taking part, seeing a variety of funny costumes. Well done to those that took part, and well done to Julie for wearing the best adult onesie and to Dave and Carols granddaughter for the junior one. Thanks to Malcolm and Carol for hosting.

At the follow-on rally at Pateley Bridge Showground there were 13 vans, 11 Yorkshire 1 Kent and 1 Lancs. We carried on with the lovely weather from Redcar and members took advantage of the buses that were available into Harrogate and a free coach into Ripon. Everybody had a great time. Thank you to Will and Sue for hosting.

Our May Day holiday rally at Redcar Racecourse was brilliant with glorious weather and a lot of silly games played, and everyone having a great time. We had 36 vans, 33 from Yorkshire and 3 from Northern Counties. Members spent the days either shopping, or visiting the beach. Friday night was a catch up with a game of bingo. Saturday night was everyone's favourite with the £1 gift game along with a quiz. Members were treated to afternoon tea on the Sunday, and in the evening the winner of the 'van quiz' was announced. Well done to Sylvia Dalton. Also a game of Pound to a penny to win a bottle of whisky and a bottle of wine. On the last evening of the rally (Monday) everyone played 'Chase the Ace' which had plenty of arguments but also a lot of laughter. Well done to Sue Steel for winning the game. Thanks to Yvonne and Lenny for hosting.

Apr 2018

22 vans came to our new venue at Rolls Royce Leisure Club in Barnoldswick. 16 Yorkshire, 2 Northern Counties, 2 Lancashire 1 Northern Ireland and 1 East Midlands.A go rest weekend for everyone with the club having entertainment on for both evenings and a good choice of someone lovely meals. During the day members spent time walking into Barnoldswick looking around the shops, some gong to Colne. Thankyou to Will and Sue for hosting.

We had 37 vans at Ripon racecourse 29 Yorkshire 6 Northern Counties and 2 from Lancashire, held on hardstanding due to several weeks of wet weather . Friday night was a meet and greet with a quiz. On Saturday members took advantage of the better weather walking into Ripon to shop and eat in the many pubs. Saturday evening we announced the results of the Grand National sweepstake. Lucky winners 1st Andrea Howard, 2nd Mrs Robinson, 3rd Billy and 4th Ann Scott. Another quiz from Gill and Julie's card bingo game played with Andrea Howard having a great weekend winning the card bingo game as well. Thankyou to Dave Robinson for helping Steve to park the vans and to Carol Core helping Gill to book in . Thanks to Gill and Steve for hosting.

Our Easter holiday rally at Eskdale School in Whitby greeted us with very cold and wet, sometimes snowy conditions , but despite that we had 33 from Yorkshire, 5 from Lancashire ,6 Northern Counties 1 East Midlands and 1 NW Mids and North Wales. We had started with some vans on the playing fields but after a night of heavy rain, and cries from members saying they were sinking, the committee decided to have everyone on hardstanding. Many thanks to all those, including non-committee members who moved everyone off safely. Thursday night was a meet and greet with a quiz. Members spent the days walking or catching the bus into Whitby or further along to Scarborough. On Friday afternoon the committee put on afternoon tea with hot cross buns and cakes, and in the evening members enjoyed a game of bingo with another quiz. Saturday evening was race night hosted by John's wife, with a lot of bets placed and great fun. We had another afternoon tea on the Sunday with jam and cream filled scones. We held a raffle with a special prize of a beautiful quilt made by an ex member Maureen Smith. We raised £51 which we donated to RNLI in Whitby. The lucky winner was Geoff Woot from Northern Counties. We asked the male members to model the Easter bonnets that the ladies had made for our competitions. Well done to Carol Core for winning. In the evening we drew our main raffle with some great prizes including wine and spirits. With some going home on the Monday we were left with 10 vans and played a game of 'card bingo' provided by Julie Broughton. Many thanks to her. Typically members woke up to a lovely sunny day for the end of the rally.

Mar 2018

We had 14 members at our rally at Stockton on the Forest, 12 Yorkshire, 2 Northern Counties on a weekend of very cold, wintry weather. On the Friday evening we had our usual game of bingo along with a quiz. On the Saturday some members visited York and the local retail outlets. In the afternoon Shamrock themed crafts and a Pot of Gold hunt were provided by Dave and Trish's daughter Diane and granddaughter Olivia for members for St Patrick's Day celebrations. In the evening we held a St Patrick's Day hat competition, the best one worn by Dave Turner. Congrats to you. Also a game of bingo and and another quiz. Thankyou to Dave for being our bingo caller for both evenings and also providing our quizzes. Many thanks to Dave and Trish for hosting. .

Our first rally in March was at Marsden Cricket club where the weather was windy and raining for most of the weekend. We had 9 vans at this venue. 8 from Yorkshire and 1, first timers from Essex Mr and Mrs Wynne. As per usual Karen the barmaid at the clubhouse made us very welcome. Friday evening was a catch up with friends, and also a Pool competition was played between four of our members Terry and Elvin against Will and Pete, which they played on both nights.Score at end of first night 7-0 to Will and Pete, and finishing with Terry and Elvin winning some games but still the losers final score 11-3. Well Done Will and Pete. Saturday members spent the time either walking into Marsden, or some venturing further into the hills. In the evening Gill provided us with one of her quizzes where her hubby Steve had started a petition for members to bring back Millie. Also a game of Left,Right Centre was played with Sue the winner. Thank you to Pete and Eileen for hosting.

Feb 2018

13 vans all from Yorkshire came to our rally at Holmfirth High School. On the Friday night members had quizzes, and a game of bingo with our new caller Tony Shaw, who was very good. On the Saturday some members went into Holmfirth and Huddersfield, and one couple going further afield to Wakefield. In the evening another game of bingo was played along with quizzes and 'Chase the Ace'. The weather was sunny all weekend but very cold. Many thanks to Will and Sue for hosting.

22 vans came to our Valentines Rally held at Wetherby Racecourse, on a bitterly cold weekend. 17 from Yorkshire, 4 from Northern Counties and 1 from Lancs. Friday evening was busy with a Valentines Quiz provided by Carol. Wee Dave called bingo for the last time as he and Joan are giving up their rallying and spending time holidaying in Spain, and will be greatly missed. On the Saturday, members spent time in Wetherby and some visiting Leeds. Saturday evening was another busy time with a game of Pass the Parcel where silly prizes were won. The main event was a game of Mr and Mrs organised by Carol. Thankyou to our contestants Wee Dave and Joan, Peter and Linda, Will and Sue, Graham and Susan, Julie and Kev and Jessica and Gus. The scores were very close, but the overall winners were Wee Dave and Joan, runners up, Peter and Linda. Thank you to Julie for organising ' Guess the sweets in a jar' for both evenings. Thankyou to Malcolm and Carol for hosting.

Jan 2018

We had a great turnout for our rally at Skipton Auction Mart with 24 vans from Yorkshire,7 from Northern Counties and 2 from Lancs. However yet another cold weekend with snow rain and the odd spell of sunshine. Friday night members did one of Millie's Quizzes with a general catch up. With snow and sleet showers on the Saturday, it didn't stop people walking into Skipton to shop at the local market and have lunch in the many pubs. Bingo was played on the Saturday evening along with more quizzes from Millie. Members relieved that these were easier than the night before. Many thanks for Dave and Janet Turner for being brilliant hosts.

Happy New Year to all our members! Our first rally of 2018 at Eggborough Village Hall was a small affair as weather and illnesses affected the numbers. We had 6 from Yorkshire and 1 from Northern Counties. Friday night was a cosy get together with Big Dave providing a quiz. Despite it being cold and wet it didn't stop members getting the bus into Selby, for shopping and lunch in a pub. Tea and Biscuits were on offer on the Saturday afternoon in the village hall. We had another quiz courtesy of Big Dave,followed by a game of 'Chase the Ace' which was won by Margaret Mills. Well done to her! Many thanks to Dave and Trish for hosting.

Dec 2017

38 vans came to our New Year Rally held at Malton and Norton Rugby Club.(28th-2ndJan) 1 from Northern Counties, 1 from Lancs and the rest from Yorkshire and we welcomed first timers Carol and Paul Tomlinson. The first night was spent with members catching up with friends. Playing bingo and Millie providing a quiz of 20 questions, and another one with cryptic clues with answers either Xmas Carols or songs. Fortunately members were given till New Years Eve to hand it in. On the Friday morning we had a lot of snow and although it started raining in the afternoon, roads and pavements were very icy, continuing to be dull wet and cold for most of our stay. Friday evening members were given a Jacket Potato with a choice of Chilli,Cheese Beans and Coleslaw fillings before a fantastic singer, 'Jade Adam', entertained us, and also having a game of 'Super 5' in which 'John Young' was our lucky winner. Despite the miserable conditions some members visited Malton for shopping and eating in the pubs and also taking advantage of the afternoon teas that the Committee provided most days in the hall. The Saturday night was our 'Games night' with the Committee cooking everyone a delicious Roast dinner with Sherry trifle. Wee Davey was our 'Play Your Cards Right' host with Malcolm Core his 'Dolly Dealer' Our New Years Eve celebrations were a great success with another singer 'John Morgan' and members dancing and singing into 2018. In the interval Millie informed us that there were three members Yvonne , Lynn and Carol with the same score in the cryptic quiz. Carol was the lucky winner of the tie breaker. New Years Day was quiet and peaceful with a lot of people leaving for home. At night we had another quiz and a game of bingo called for the first time by Gill. Tuesday was our going home day and waving friends off, looking forward to rallying in 2018.

Our rally held at Driffield in the first week of December was a great success.32 vans attended all from Yorkshire. Friday evening was a usual catch up with members and bingo played. Most of the members walked into Driffield spending time shopping and having lunch in the pubs and cafes. On the Saturday afternoon we held the children's xmas party where they were given presents ,played games and made xmas cards. In the evening it was the adults turn for a party, where we were entertained by a great vocalist 'Mark Turver', and danced the night away. We held a competition for the best Xmas headwear, of which we congratulate Yvonne Waller and Will Steele for winning. Many thanks to the Committee for hosting.

Nov 2017

26 units were at Redcar Racecourse where, on Friday night, we had a lock-out (not a lock-in!) after certain members (no names, but no pack drill) decided to go to McDonalds for a hot chocolate at the end of the evening and returned to find the gate locked. Saturday afternoon saw 170 motorbiking Santa Clauses ride through Redcar and most of us turned out to watch that, then on Saturday night we played our £1 present game with the likes of a pregnancy test kit, a vibrator (yes, really!) and a mankini as gifts. Congratulations to John Potts on winning that one. Thank you to Malcolm and June for hosting this wonderful rally.

Only 10 vans were in attendance at Crowle where the weather was crisp and cold but the room was warm and cosy. We are always made welcome here and it is a lovely venue which unfortunately now has to be limited but we could have accommodated up to 20 vans. We had our usual bingo and played our dice game as well as having an afternoon tea on Saturday. After our coffee morning on Sunday we observed the 2 minute silence for our fallen heroes before departing for home.

24 vans attended our rally at Stockton-on -the Forest on 3rd-5th November. Friday evening was a catch up with friends and a game of bingo. On the Saturday some of the members caught the bus into York, seeing the sites and looking around the shops. In the afternoon a few members were treated to Line dancing lessons in the hall by Jean ( a Yorkshire member) who has been line dancing for many years. Thanks to her for her time and patience as we were all complete beginners, and after some time managed to master some of the moves. On the Saturday evening we had a Royal British legion quiz provided by Lyn of which we raised £75.36 for the charity. Carol tested our skills with a Firework themed quiz. Thankyou to you both, and also to the hosts Dave and Sue.

Oct 2017

23 vans were at Holmfirth High School for the Halloween rally. We welcomed first time visitors from Lancashire, Mr and Mrs Hedge and Mr and Mrs Padmore. On Friday Sue Steel gave us a 'very easy' picture and question quiz which proved to be not as easy as she thought. The weather on Saturday was cold and windy but that did not stop most from visiting Holmfirth with its many shops and pubs. In the evening a Halloween quiz was provided by our Chairman,Dave which turned out to be even harder than Sue's. Many thanks to Will and Sue for hosting.

Our rally held in Driffield Showground in the middle of October was our AGM Weekend where 54 vans from Yorkshire attended. On the Friday evening we welcomed first-timers Mr and Mrs Conboy and members spent the time catching up with friends as well as a game of bingo. As the AGM wasn't until the Sunday morning, members taking advantage of the unusually warm weather for the time of the year, spent the Saturday visiting the shops and eating in the nice selection of pubs and cafes. In the evening we were entertained by a great male vocalist 'Ricky Graham'. The rally was closed after our AGM where we had a a few of our committee members resign but soon got a healthy number for 2018. We wish the new committee all the best for the coming year.

Aug 2017

The middle of August saw our members at Drax Power Station, in their social club, with a smaller gathering of 10 vans. 9 Yorkshire and 1 Northern Counties. It began with a short hail storm just after lunch, the weather soon improved and saw everyone sitting out.A few members had a meal in the club, which is always a good one. The evening started with the host David R reciting a very funny poem followed by a couple of quizzes with some calling out 'Come back Milly'. Saturday was sunny but cooler. There was a craft fair in the main hall that tempted a few of us and a Raffle and Tombola stall which seemed popular, with a few of us partaking. Some went into Selby or went for a walk locally. Another meal in the club on the Saturday evening followed by a photo and bingo quiz from Millie, with calls of 'Bring back David'. Another good weekend enjoyed by all!

At the beginning of August members enjoyed themselves at our holiday rally at Whitby RUFC with the Committee hosting . We had a total of 52 vans, 1 Essex,1 Anglia,1 Chiltern,1 Severn Valley,2 Lancs,4 East Mids,5 Northern Counties,37 Yorkshire. For the duration of the rally the weather was a mixture of sunshine and showers,but it didn't stop members enjoying visiting Whitby. Some taking note of the tide times to walk to Sandsend along the beach to endulge in the cafes and/or pubs it had to offer. Also some using the regular bus services to go further afield to visit Scarborough. Afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits were provided on two occasions. On the Friday evening 'Robson Field' entertained us providing us with his songs that suited all. Saturday evening was 'Games Night'. This included Picture And Link word quizzes and 'Wee Davey' being our games host for 'Play Your Cards Right' which was thoroughly entertaining. The evening ending with our £1 Chinese raffle, which saw some interesting prizes and Lenny receiving the most surprising gift, A PREGNANCY TEST. A familiar face 'Danny Barton' provided our entertainment on the Sunday evening who got everyone singing and dancing. Other evenings were spent with our usual game of bingo or chatting with friends listening to music.

July 2017

Our rally at Catterick Racecourse attracted 15 vans (all Yorkshire) to this lovely venue despite the ongoing roadworks which makes access to the village very difficult. Friday was a lovely afternoon and then in the evening we had our usual free and easy. During Friday night we had quite a storm and although Saturday started dull and overcast it again turned out to be a lovely afternoon. Just the weather for visiting both of the local motorhome dealers before a trip to the pub. Saturday night John Young made his debut as a bingo caller after we had had a game of Beanbag Boules! Typically Sunday morning was beautiful weather when it was time to leave.

For our next meet we were pleased to accept an invitation from Brownhills Motorhomes in Newark. The weather was very kind to us all weekend so on Saturday some ventured into town and some to the local hostelry or BB's bistro which we had the use of on both nights of our visit. Of course we all spent time browsing round the new and used motorhomes but none were purchased this time. The meet was limited to 20 motorhomes and all who had booked turned up.

. 12 vans all from Yorkshire were at our rally in Thorne. Friday evening was spent with the usual game of Bingo, proving a good weekend for Joan winning two houses and a line, and Big Dave winning a house and a line. On the Saturday some of the members walked along the nearby canal with a pub in tow. As there was no hall for the evening most members braved the cool weather sitting in large groups enjoying the hilarity of Elvin and Wee Dave. Thank you to Ann and Don for hosting.

It was a first time at this venue near York at the Museum of Farming Murton.20 vans came 18 Yorkshire,1 from East Midlands a Mr and Mrs Campbell, and new members Mr and Mrs Crosby who joined at this rally. We had lovely weather for the weekend, as members spent the Saturday either going to York or walking around the farm seeing all the many animals and machinery. Friday night was usual 'free and easy' and on the Saturday night playing the 'Bottle in the bag' game and also having one of Millie's bingo quizzes. The hosts for this weekend were Ann and Don, Sylvia and Elvin.

June 2017

Our holiday rally 23rd-27th June was at Malton and Norton RUFC. A good turnout of 46 vans. 43 Yorkshire,1 NWM+WM,1 Northern Counties and 1 East Anglia.Members spent the days walking into Malton shopping and eating in the many pubs that were there. A huge thank you to Trevor and Sue Darley and Graham and Chris Brown who apart from the Saturday evening where we welcomed a great vocalist 'Carrie Michaels' entertained us with Quizzes provided a buffet and did their own entertainment on the Sunday evening. Thank you to the Commitee for hosting.

For our rally at Hawes Auction Mart 15-18th June we had a smaller gathering of 13 vans. 11 Yorkshire,1 East Midlands and 1 Anglia a Mr and Mrs Saliston-Dunn who were first time visitors to our group. Members enjoyed visiting the creamery and sampling all the different cheeses. Both evenings we had a quiz and thanks to Gill for those. On the Saturday evening we had cheese and wine, thank you to the Committee for providing the cheese and biscuits, and to Malcolm and Carol for hosting.

18 vans represented the Yorkshire Group at the National Rally at Staffordshire Showground including 5 first timers.Linda and Peter Senior won the 1st National attendees draw for one years free membership. Your chairman was on the winning boules team and the quiz team came a very acceptable 5th with fifty nine and a half points, only four and a half points behind the winners. We would like to offer our thanks to Yvonne Teasdale for making the sashes for party night.

Our holiday rally at Northallerton held 2nd -7th June was a mixed bag of weather. Starting nice and sunny for the first two days then raining for the remainder. 25 vans in total. 19 Yorkshire, 5 Northern Counties and 1 from the Ireland group Dennis and Sheena Donaghy who were our first time visitors. Thanks to Wee Davey for calling the bingo on the Friday night. A great vocalist 'Lewis Matthews' with us for the Saturday evening. For the remaining three nights we played either Chase the Ace or Left,Right Centre which can really confuse some members. Thank you to the Committee for hosting.

May 2017

We had a good turnout for out BH rally at Wetherby Racecourse. Yorkshire 30,NWMSW 2, East Mids 3, Northern Counties 3, Suffolk 1). Overall we had good weather albeit a thunderstorm with some heavy rain, but luckily most members managing to avoid this whilst in Wetherby. Three nights of free and easy with games or a quiz, and bingo. Games were played on Sunday afternoon and in the evening we were entertained by a regular to our group, superb male vocalist 'Nigel Heap'. It was a great weekend for June Finkell , winning both a 'line and full house' in bingo and also winning a bottle of wine in our raffle. Thank you to Mike and Millie for hosting.

21 vans came to our Rally at Burn Gliding Club near Selby. (20 Yorks and 1 NWMSW.) The weather was kind to us for both days, where members either walked along the canal into Selby or hopping on the bus. Although well done to Kevin who braved the elements to take a flight in a glider, much to his wife Julie's annoyance and worry as he was gone for nearly four hours. 'Oops'. Both evenings we had a quiz that Gill provided, the Friday one proving a bit hard than usual, as voices were heard saying 'Come back Millie'. We were short of a bingo caller for the Saturday night game of bingo and a big thank you to 'Big Dave' for helping us out. Thank you to Cecily and Brian for hosting.

A maximum of 20 vans (1 E/M, 1 Lancs + 18 Yorks) were at Stockton on the Forest on a cool but fine weekend. This 2 night rally followed our usual format of free and easy on Friday when we put out card,dominoes etc. for members to play, and bingo plus a quiz on Saturday. However our host also put on a wonderful supper of Ham and salad for us to enjoy. A big thank-you to Dee & Tom for hosting.

Apr 2017

The May Day BH rally was held at Redcar Racecourse, where we had another good turnout of 37 vans. 31 Yorkshire,1 Lancs, 4 Northern Counties and 1 South Wales. We welcomed first time visitors Mr and Mrs Cousins from South Wales and Ian Graham from Northern Counties. It was cloudy with a chilly wind,but fortunately stayed dry for the whole weekend. During the days time was spent either looking round the town or on Redcar Beach, some of us visiting the Zetland museum, where the oldest surviving lifeboat is kept. Friday and Saturday evening was the usual activities in Yorkshire, either playing bingo or doing a quiz. On the Sunday evening, we played the 'pound raffle' where a lot of silly prizes were on offer. It all got very rowdy and boisterous when people started swapping their presents, with everyone trying to get one in a purple gift bag, and for its winner to get a bag of mealworms. A huge thanks to Malcolm and June Finkell who were fantastic hosts for that weekend.

Our Easter Rally was a great success held at a new venue at Eskdale School in Whitby. A good location for easy access to a Sainsbury's and a pub within easy walking distance. Also buses to Whitby and Scarborough, and for those fitter members walking into Whitby, and back. 56 vans attended:41 Yorkshire,5 Northern Counties,5 Lancs,2 East Mids,1 NWMNW, 1 Severn Valley and 1 Nene Valley, where we welcomed a new visitor D Whitlam from Yorkshire. Even though we had a mix of cool, blustery showers with some sunshine, it didn't stop our members exploring the area on Friday and Saturday with some going into Whitby, Scarborough and some riding on the steam train visiting Grosmont and Goathland. On the Thursday evening most of us enjoyed a game of bingo and a quiz from Millie. Friday evening we ditched bingo to play 'Pound to a Penny' which pleased Lisa from Lancs, winning the bottle of whiskey. On the Saturday evening we were entertained by 'Jade Adams' with her great singing and also enjoying some banter with Wee Davey. Easter Sunday was the busiest day with the younger members taking part in an 'Easter egg hunt'. Others decorating Easter bonnets and Decorating cakes. Sunday evening was free and easy after the events during the day. A lot of people went home on the Monday but those that were left, went into Whitby or just chilled out in their MH. The final evening was spent just chatting in the room with friends ready for their journey home on the Tuesday.

At the rally at Ripon Racecourse we had 46 vans.30 Yorkshire,9 Northern Counties,3 East Midlands and 4 from Lancashire. Hosted by Richard and Anne Taylor. Everyone took advantage of our first glimpse of summer for the whole weekend, some going into Ripon town centre and others walking along the canal. Both evenings bingo was played, along with playing one of Millie's quizzes. Saturday evening's quiz winners were Betty and Barry from Lancashire group, Betty especially enjoying her prize, a packet of Jelly Babies. After our Sunday coffee morning, a few stayed for the Car Boot Sale held regularly at the racecourses, some getting good bargains.

Mar 2017

29 vans attended our rally at Eden Camp. 16 Yorkshire 9 Northern counties, 1 Severn Valley 1 Lancs 1NWM&NW 1 East Midlands and 1 Scotland. Another good attendance this weekend. Well done to Martha and Mike who hosted for the first time and did a great job. It was Martha's birthday and she brought a lovely cake for all to share. Also, celebrating her birthday was Ellen from Northern Counties. Friday was the usual free and easy with Millie's bingo quiz. Everyone enjoyed looking round Eden Camp with many having a meal in the canteen. On Saturday evening Martha and Mick surprised us with an entertainer Mike Mendelson, who got us all singing and dancing.

Our rally at Skipton was a great weekend hosted by Carol and Malcolm with help from the dynamic duo Lenny and Wee Davey. We had a good turnout of 46 vans (32 Yorkshire,10 Lancashire, 3 Northern Counties and 1 East Mids. Members took advantage of the lovely weather walking into Skipton. A huge thank you to Carol who provided all the mums with delicious cupcakes for Mother's Day at our coffee morning on the Sunday. It was sad to say goodbye to Cyril and Maureen as it was their last rally. We will certainly give them shelter if they visit us at a rally sometime in the future.

Our rally at Marsden was fully booked with 19 vans. Our hosts for the weekend were Lyn Charlie Will and Sue. No Bingo for this weekend but both evenings Lyn had provided some great quizzes, with a 'Chocolate Quiz' on the Saturday evening. Members spent the day on Saturday walking into Marsden to enjoy the shops and pubs, and some walking to the popular Standedge Canal having a cream tea in the cafe nearby.

Feb 2017

14 motor homes in total 3 East Mid 11 Yorkshire at Holmfirth, rather a dismal support from Yorkshire members. Met in the room for a free and easy evening, Lynn provided a picture quiz which was won by Rae & myself, Millie came up with one of famous quizzes which was won by 1st time ralliers Sue & Mick of East Midlands group, a good social evening was enjoyed by all. On Saturday almost all people went down to Holmfirth, looking in shops, deciding where to go for lunch. We met in the hall in the evening, a good laugh with a game of Left Right & Pot, Millie produced a Bingo quiz, all agreed it was a good amusing night, enjoyed by everyone. Sundaytea coffee and biscuits and saying the usual good byes

38 Motor Homes in total at Wetherby ,1 Lancashire 1 East Midlands 3 Northern Counties 33 York shire, Thank you to the hosts Liz & Len. Steve did a brilliant job parking up all the vehicles 6m apart complete with his hi-vis coat, he had to move us from the original place we had parked, Friday evening we met in the club house, tables were nicely decorated by good ladies of the committee, we played favourite game of Bingo, followed by one of Millie's famous quizzes, the subject of the quiz was Valentine questions. Elsie started a game, very original, we had to name the following boys name girls name a car a motor home a dog a flower, we had to rack our brains to think of original titles to win a prize. Sat was a lovely bright day, people went to Wetherby, some people went into Town for Lunch, We dines along with other campers at the Wetherby Whaler a brilliant meal, As we got back to the camp site the Ice Cream Man turned up on site, a good few people went to him, in the eveningwe assembled in the club house we had play your cards rightfollowed by the usual bingo, Anne McGill was celebrated her 80th birthday, she has served the club for 30+ years, has served on the committee admirably, Anne provided lovely pastries for all, a game of pass the parcel was provided by Liz & Joan, a valentine special it was called, Great amusement was had by all. Sunday morning was usual tea & coffee then good byes,

At Crowle 8 vans, 7 Yorkshire 1 East Midlands, Jennie & Jone Price first time ralliers with Yorkshire Group, Friday - We all met in the room for a free & easy to catch up with old & new friends. Saturday some people took the bus into Scunthorpe others visited the market in the centre of the village, other people continued walking round the streets looking at the big houses and gardens in the rain. Saturday evening free & easy. We had a couple of fun quizzes supplied by Julie Broughton, also we all enjoyed a game of chase the ace, which was won by Trish. It was nice to have a Bingo free weekend, Sunday morning was the usual tea & coffee morning and to say good bye to friends old and new

Jan 2017

Fourteen vans attended our next meet at Rufforth (one Northern Counties, one East Midlands and 12 Yorkshire). We arrived on Friday at a very cold Rufforth. We had a free and easy day. Those returning from holiday caught up with on all the news. On Saturday some went into York. In the evening we had one of Millie's famous quizzes and instead of bingo we had a game of Chase the Ace, which lasted nearly the whole night and was good fun and very competitive towards the end. The rewards were won by John Cottrel from Northern Counties. We had some sad news - Maureen and Cyril have decided to retire from the Club and sell their motorhome. Their last rally will be at Skipton. We will miss them loads. They have done a remarkable job whilst being secretary and Treasurer. Yes the couple are a rare commodity, like the salt of the earth, they will be solely missed for all the tasks they have taken on.

Our first rally of 2017 was at Eggborough village Hall. Because the weather was unusually mild for the time of year and perhaps because members were getting a little stir crazy at home, the rally attracted 28 vans (one East Midlands and 27 Yorkshire) which was more than we have had here before. This combined with the 6-metre rule unfortunately resulted in us having to turn members away. This is the first time for many years that this has had to happen. This rally had not been made bookable but please check the website or Facebook for future rallies and out apologies for the inconvenience. Both nights were free and easy but we had scones and coffee on Saturday afternoon and hotdogs in the evening to accompany our usual bingo and quizzes. Thank you to all who helped with those. Our thanks too to Dave and Trish, with help from Steve, for hosting and parking up under such difficult circumstances

Dec 2016

Onto our new rally at Malton, where we all congregated in the clubhouse for a welcome tea or coffee along with cakes or biscuits. It was nice to meet up with acquaintances that we had not seen for a while. The evening was free and easy; bingo was payed, and everyone had their brains tested by one of Millie's famous quizzes. Thursday dawned bright but chilly, a few members walked down into Malton, eight members of the same family rode their bikes there. Tea and coffee was available in the afternoon, then in the evening singer Katya entertained us in a very professional manner. The dance floor was crowded by people - a lovely evening. Friday dawned with the sun high in the sky. People went to different places; usual drinks were available in the afternoon. In the evening, everyone went to the clubhouse, where an excellent buffet was served by the young ladies of the committee. Men volunteered to wash up after the meal, thanks to all committee ladies who helped in any way with the preparation of the buffet. This was followed by games; one exceptionally funny game was called left & Right. Saturday dawned with a repetition of the lovely weather we had each day, so members went for various walks. In the evening entertainment was a singer, John Dean, who kept us entertained till after the start of 2017, plenty of members staggered out of the clubhouse. On Sunday, lots of members had a sleep in. Malcolm was celebrating his 60th Birthday, so his wife put on a spread for us all. We gathered in the clubhouse to play bingo and games, we bid friends old and new greetings for 2017. We had 38 vans in total, one from Lancashire, one East Midlands. Happy new year to all members of the MCC no matter where you are.

Our last weekend rally of the year at Wakefield Sports and Social Club attracted 14 units. Friday was free and easy in the bar area of the club, but on Saturday we had our own room in which to hold our own social evening. After we tried a new game brought to us by carol Core, Malcolm Core got his chance to call his first game of bingo and what a good job he did. Millie Parker followed by a bingo quiz where, after answering all the questions, the winner was the first to get a line of correct answers. Thanks to Mike and Millie for hosting the rally.

Our Children's Christmas party was held at Driffield Show Ground on Friday 2nd December. Earlier in the day the Committee and other volunteers set up the tables and chairs, the walls were festooned with garlands of lights stretching all around the hall, and in the evening, we all had a glass of sherry and a mince pie by courtesy of the club. We played bingo and the sale of raffle tickets was started. During the evening, young Phoebe sang for us in her superb voice, her version of Secret Love was sung so touchingly. On Saturday, the children's party was held in the hall, with food and games, a table top sale and tombola for the adults. Father Christmas came with his little elf to give a present to each child. In the evening a faith supper was held. The entertainer was vocalist Danny Barton, he is an excellent performer, he even got our chairman to join him in a duo. Our own Phoebe once again charmed us all with her talent. The party went on quite late with Danny still working hard. Sunday morning came too soon, we had tea, coffee and biscuits. First time visitors were Mr and Mrs Mallinson. We had 56 motorhomes in total, 53 from Yorkshire and three from east Midlands.

Nov 2016

It was snowing quite heavily as we set off for our rally at Rufforth Playing Fields, but we soon found ourselves under clear blue sky and not a flake of snow in sight. 22 vans (3 east Midlands and 2 Northern Counties and 17 Yorkshire) made the journey and enjoyed a rally with a nice warm room always available. Friday was our usual free and easy with a quiz from Millie then on Saturday night we had bingo followed by another quiz. We welcomed new members Mr & Mrs Outram to their first rally. Thanks for Mike & Millie for hosting.

- Fourteen vans were at Crowle Community Centre where the weather was kind during the days but gave heavy rain through the night. Many took the opportunity to visit Scunthorpe on Saturday but others had a games afternoon in the warm room. Christine Sanderson provided sandwiches and cake on both Friday and Saturday to celebrate her birthday and members observed 2 minutes' silence after coffee morning on Remembrance Sunday before heading for home. Thanks to Anne & Don assisted by Tony for hosting.

Our first rally in November was at Holmfirth . The rally was attended by 11 vans, nine Yorkshire, one east Midlands, and one Chiltern, and was hosted by Liz & Len Carr. On Friday evening, we all met in the hall, a quiz was read out by Wee Dave in his quant adopted Yorkshire accent, much to the amusement of the group. The winners were Will and Charlie and their partners. Saturday morning was quite chilly but dry and the sun was shining. Most people went down to Holmfirth, a few caught the bus but quite a few walked down, the scenery on the walk was quite pleasant. People either took to going to the pub, or a very good Fish & Chip shop. Saturday evening saw us all gather I the hall, where the bottle game provided by Liz carr proved to be quite a good laugh. As usual the bingo followed, then Play Your Cards Right led by Wee dave in his inimitable style. Liz carr and Joan Moore provided cakes to round off a pleasant evening. Coffee morning was held at 10:30. The visitors from the Chiltern Group got their rally badge. We all enjoyed the rally despite only a few of us attending. All attendees wish to thank Liz and Len Carr for hosting

Sept 2016

Although the Lincoln show clashed with our rally at Doncaster Air Museum we still had a good turnout with 31 vans, 20 from Yorkshire and the remainder visitors. They included 5 first timers receiving their plaques from ||Cyril, who also did the bingo calling. Perhaps the popularity of the venue stems from there being the Lakeside Village Shopping Centre within walking distance, if the number of bulging shopping bags returning from that direction is anything to go by. Also with Asda a short walk away and plenty of eating places around, our ralliers had plenty to keep them occupied, not to mention the museum itself. We had the use of a large and almost fully refurbished room, an improvement on last year when we were split between two rooms and bingo called from the corridor! Apart from a dodgy electrical socket which was quickly fixed by the on-site manager, both evenings went well with everyone enjoying the fiendish anagram quiz set by Anne. Thanks to Anne and Don for hosting.

Our next rally was five nights at Spital farm where 25 vans attended. This was a new venue for us and is well situated for visits to Scarborough, Filey or Bridlington on the Coastliner bus. On site, there is a facility called 'Bygone Alley' with Craft Shops, a teashop and a pub where we were able to get a room for the socials. The group provided a voucher for every member to have a Cream Tea in the Tea Room and Scarborough Lions Club also lent us a mini bus for trips to a local Stained Glass Centre on the Saturday. Apart from Friday, when it rained heavily, the weather was very kind to us we were able to sit around and enjoy the pleasant surroundings. Thank you to Maureen, Cyril, Dave and Sue for hosting.

The weather was lovely for our rally at Drax Social Club which stands in the shadow of the cooling towers of the power station. The towers and chimneys are impressive in the daylight but are truly spectacular when lit by the moonlight. This was a chill out weekend and this venue is always popular because of the wonderful food on offer at the club. Although there are buses to Selby passing the club, many stayed on site and had a bar meal at some point over the weekend and quite a few stayed for the Sunday lunch carvery. Our thanks go to Anne, Don, Elvin and Sylvia for hosting

Fourteens vans attended for our return to beacon Farm at Flamborough . Members enjoyed the local pubs and the Working Men's Clubin the village. Thank to Glenn for hosting, assisted by Tony

Jun 2016

Malton & Norton RUFC rally is usually well subscribed as it has everything one could wish for, choice of grass or hard standing, showers, use of kitchen, large meeting room and a short walk to the town centre.Buses to Pickering, Whitby, Scarborough or York are available and were used by some.Unfortunately Mr Cameron's decision to call a referendum in the middle of that week knocked back the numbers attending.Even so we had 36 vans in total, although a large proportion came after the referendum.Of the 7 visitors one travelled through the night from Weymouth, how's that for dedication?Two of the nights were taken up with entertainment, Ian Tyler and Five Divide being enjoyed by all.Of course on other nights there was bingo and quiz but also as a change we had Play Your Cards Right, brilliantly hosted by Malcolm Finkall.The ladies put on cheese & wine one afternoon and a cream tea on another.A small raffle added to the enjoyment.Thanks to Maureen & Cyril for hosting.

There were no problems with the pitch at Ribblesdale RUFC in Settle, where 26 vans including 9 visitors enjoyed surprisingly good weather.Hosts were Tony Shaw ably assisted by Don & Anne McGill.Settle town centre being just a short walk saw most people going there once or twice.Some took the Settle and Carlisle railway to visit Appleby-in-Westmorland because a land-slip had closed the railway beyond there.Appleby was a disappointment, with pubs closed or not doing lunches, and very little to see or do, but the rail journey through glorious countryside made up for it.Others took the train and then got the extra hour's bus ride into Carlisle.Yet others used the local buses to visit Skipton or Kirby Lonsdale.Of course we had bingo most evenings and more of Millie's quizzes.

Otley RUFC first team pitch is undergoing renovation, so our Otley rally took place on their second team ground some distance away.This proved to be a quiet chilling-out sort of rally as there was no room available for evening events.Never the less 21 Yorkshire vans and 5 visitors braved the somewhat inclement weather, making use of the adjacent Garden Centre for toilets and meals.Our thanks to Mike & Millie Parker who were the hosts.

While other parts of the country suffered from poor weather throughout June, our four back-to-back RUFC rallies enjoyed mostly good weather with the chance to sit out in the sun.The rally at Northallerton RUFC started off chilly for the first two days but then got really warm.We had 38 vans of which 7 were visitors from other groups.With bus stops right outside most people got to visit the nearby town or further afield Darlington.Evenings were taken up with bingo and Millie's famous quizzes.Sunday evening entertainment was supplied by Nikkie Rogers whom everyone agreed was excellent, we'll have her again at a future rally.Thanks to Joan Moore and Eileen Hewitt for hosting with the assistance of their husbands

May 2016

The welcome sunshine brought more vans to Burn Gliding Club, 42 vans including 3 from EM, 2 from NC and 1 from NWM&NW. Thankfully the Gliding Club removed some partitions in their hall so that we could all be in one room, where on Friday Cyril tried his hand at Bingo calling again. The weather held over the weekend allowing some to visit Selby for their usual fish & chips lunch etc., while others simply chilled out. Saturday evening saw our usual social meet where Wee Dave proved his prowess at Bingo calling and as quiz-master. At the Sunday coffee morning we welcomed first timer Janet Clegg. Thanks go to our hosts Cicely and Bryan Hanks.

Everyone who booked a place arrived at Stockton on the Forest on Friday giving a maximum of 28 vans, which is the limit we can fit on the site. The lovely sunshine gave us the opportunity to just sit and chill before our usual free & easy get together in the hall on Friday night. Saturday afternoon, with lovely weather again, we enjoyed a group barbeque with everything including homemade burgers being provided by our hosts Dee and Tom. Saturday evening we had our game of bingo and for those who know Yorkshire bingo the ducks were out in force. Sunday gave us lovely weather again but sadly this wonderful rally had to end. Thanks again to our hosts Tom and Dee and to all who helped.

Apr 2016

Forty-two vans (three Northern Counties, one Lancashire, one Northern Ireland and 37 Yorkshire packed Redcar Racecourse on a bank Holiday Weekend with changeable weather. Malcolm and June Finkel hosted and provided us with entertainment and laughs galore. The Racecourse is a great rally venue and Redcar itself, only 10 minutes away, is a lovely place to visit with good views of the town and the coastline to be had from the vertical pier known as the Beacon. Saturday night we had Hotdogs followed by games and Sunday we had an afternoon tea provided by the ladies of the Committee. Congratulations to our bingo winners and to John Young on winning the Bonus Ball.

Thirty-one vans (six Northen Counties, two Lancashire and 23 Yorkshire) attended the rally at Skipton Auction mart on a cold but clear weekend. Friday was our usual get together with Bingo and a quiz. Saturday saw most people visit the Market Shops and Pubs of Skipton then in the evening we played 'Take Your Pick' and for the Bingo addicts we had a free game of Stand-Up/Sit-Down Bingo with a bag of Chocolates as the prize. This brought more pressures than the real thing. Again we rounded off with a normal a normal and a table top quiz from Millie. We welcomed new members Mar & Mrs Ellis and Mr & Mrs Bartoft and we thank Richard and Juni for being first time hosts. What a great job they did.

Forty-two vans (seven Northern Counties, one Lancashire, one East Midlands and 33 Yorkshire) attended the rally at Ripon Racecourse hosted by Wee Dave and Joan for a weekend that was mostly dry and sunny. Friday saw Cyril trying his hand at bingo calling where there were moans because too many winners were committee members. Later Millie did one her famous quizzes. On Saturday most people strolled into Ripon and some came back sated from eating at a new-found fish and chip restaurant. Because of the Easter rally cancellation, we held a Easter raffle in the evening, and of course bingo and quiz again. Philip Scott won the bonus ball. We welcomed new members Richard Hirst and Mary.

Eight vans, all from Yorkshire attended the rally at Marsden Cricket Club where the hosts were Steve and Gill Aggett. The weekend began wet and very windy which unfortunately didn't stop until Saturday lunchtime. The weather however didn't stop us walking into Marsden for a meal at one of the many pubs, many walking to the reservoir nearby. Both Friday and Saturday evenings were free and easy, spending time in the clubhouse bar socialising (a bingo free weekend)

Mar 2016

The Easter rally at Thirsk turned into a fiasco.With an auction taking place on the Thursday, we could not start the rally at Thirsk Auction Mart until Good Friday.Rally Officer Mike (& Millie) had to get there Friday to obtain the keys.Cyril & Maureen joined them after travelling up from Kent.Soon after midnight we were awaken by noises, only to discover that a group of Irish travellers were setting up camp around us.Then there were noises coming from the back of Cyril's van, so he rushed out in pyjamas and bare feet to discover two people with torches trying to break into his back box. Of course they ran off into the darkness.Maureen rang the police who eventually decided not to attend because nothing had been stolen and Cyril could not identify the thieves.The next morning saw the arrival of the caretaker who immediately rang his boss and the police.Our two vans were moved away from the group while the manager tried to negotiate with the travellers who would only move off if given cash.Unfortunately, one of our early arrivals appeared and before we could get to them they were turned away by the travellers. The manager apologised to us for the problems, which were not really his fault.It appears that the police have in the past directed travellers to the Auction car park, so maybe they were a little embarrassed by the events.Mike had no option but to cancel the rally so our vans were moved to be near the entrance where we could greet members before turning them away.There we discovered a police van with two officers (doing nothing!) alongside a legally parked lorry with diesel spillage around it.The police told us the travellers had drained the diesel from the lorry, and had also stolen propane gas cylinders from the County Store.It appears that with safety in numbers, and every traveller denying performing the acts, there is no prospect for a prosecution, so the police do nothing.The owner of the lorry told us they stole £700 worth of diesel.A second lorry that had been parked around the back stalled on the way out: it too had been drained of diesel. We directed our arrivals to the Northern Counties rally at Guisborough, having first established they had room to take our members.The police did not stay all day.When they were gone we were intimidated by the men who gathered in groups.On hearing our members being redirected to Guisborough they threatened to follow our vans there, boasting that they had enough diesel and gas (it was obvious that they had no idea as to what a MCC rally is, they probably expected to find motorhomes being driven around a racetrack!).They followed this by demanding that we leave, claiming they needed the space for more travellers to arrive and threatening to tow us away if we did not do so.We eventually left the site at about 3-15pm, so for anyone who arrived later than that we apologise for not being there.

Only 9 vans attended the free rally at Brownhills , which was a surprise as it is usually oversubscribed.The numbers were boosted by MCC members on the Brownhill's Club site, so we had enough in the evenings to play Bingo.Hosts were Maureen and Cyril, and Cyril got in some good practise at bingo calling.

The weather at the Crowle rally was just the opposite, we enjoyed sunshine all weekend although there was still a chilly wind.17 vans arrived including one from East Midlands.Host Tony kindly provided local bus times, a map of Crowle, details of a church coffee morning and a menu for a newly opened café.On Saturday some members visited Goole while others went to Scunthorpe.The committee laid on tea and cakes in the afternoon and of course we played Bingo and partook in Millie's famous quizzes both evenings.Sunday saw the usual coffee morning before people set off home.

An overnight fall of snow affected attendance at our Wakefield rally, where only 13 vans braved the weather, including two from East Midlands.Hosts Alan & Elsie were unable to get there early, but luckily Mike & Millie and Cyril & Maureen were there overnight to get things started.By the afternoon the snow had all been replaced by heavy rain that left the rally area rather awash.That did not dampen people's spirits so the social scene proceeded as usual with Bingo and Quizzes on both nights.On Saturday bus trips into the town provided relief from the weather for some.

Feb 2016

Eden Camp was the venue for our next rally where 25 vans took the opportunity to visit this unique museum, 2 from Severn Valley, 1 from Chiltern, 2 from NWM&NW and 1 from Northern Counties.With Friday temperatures below freezing the meeting room was not the warmest of places, but that did not deter the hardy from enjoying the company, the bonhomie and the Bingo that is so much a feature of our rallies.Saturday was not much better weather-wise.Some took the long walk into Malton, not realizing there is a short cut from Eden Camp up some steps to the roundabout.Saturday evening brought a warmer meeting room, thanks to the loan of some blow-heaters from two of the vans.Advertised as a 40's themed rally, some people dressed the part.The ladies put on food, and Wee Dave provided appropriate music.Then Wee Dave and Joan were given a surprise by being asked to cut a cake to celebrate their Ruby Wedding.Maureen's cake-baking was admired by all who enjoyed eating it.The evening was rounded off by, you've guessed it, Bingo.Once again the weather turned better on the Sunday where we all travelled home in glorious sunshine.

Wetherby Racecourse is not the best place to be when it is very windy, but 24 vans braved the weather including 1 from East Midlands and 4 from Northern Counties.On Friday night Wee Dave was brought out of retirement to open the weekend and to provide his own brand of Bingo calls.Saturday saw a mass migration to the Wetherby Whaler where they all enjoyed the superb fish and chips.Saturday evening provided a brief respite from buffeting wind and rocking vans with the usual Bingo and Quiz.

19 vans attended the Valentines Rally at Holmfirth High School for a cold and windy weekend, including 2 from East Midlands and 1 from Anglia.Friday night was a free-and-easy meet-and-greet event that included Bingo and a Quiz.Saturday dawned cold, misty and freezing, but that did not put off those who took the long walk into Holmfirth for food and drink.It was a pity that the mist obscured the spectacular views on that walk.For Saturday evening the ladies of the Committee laid on sandwiches and cake, and this was followed by Valentine themed games, a small raffle and the usual Bingo.As so often happens the Sun came out on Sunday just as we were leaving.

Jan 2016

I think the high winds on the Friday put some members off but we did attract 17 vans (15 Yorks, 2 N/C) to Rufforth playing fields for our second rally of the year. It was quite a relaxed rally and on Saturday some were able to visit either York or Wetherby whilst other just visited the local hostelry. We were pleased to welcome new members, Lisa and Ian Bamforth. Thanks to Davey and Joan for hosting.

Our first rally of 2016 attracted 23 units (1 E/Mids, 1 N/C and 21 Yorks) to Eggborough village hall where we celebrated the birthday of our host, Brian Medley who was 81 on the Friday. This became quite apparent every time 81 was called during the bingo and the whole room began singing Happy Birthday. Saturday night Norah Medley put on sandwiches and cakes to continue the celebrations. Saturday night also brought us the first snow of the winter and we woke up to a light covering on Sunday morning so we hope all members had a safe journey home.

The six night New Year rally at Malton & Norton RUFC was a great success with something happening every night. Our professional entertainers both had a great time and Danny Barton (our New Years Eve singer) asked me to pass on his thanks in this report for the wonderful audience and welcome he received. I'm sure we all enjoyed the warm room, the wonderful food and the spectacle of Alan as the Chairman's 'dolly dealer' during the game of play your cards right. The daytime weather was kind to us even if the nights were cold and windy and many were able to visit the town and places even further afield when they wanted. What a great way to greet 2016. Happy New Year everyone

Dec 2015

Our final two-night rally of 2015 was at Wakefield Sports Club on a rather wet and windy weekend. 24 Yorkshire and 1 East/Mids were in attendance to enjoy our usual get together in the bar on Friday night. Many ventured into Wakefield on Saturday afternoon despite the weather but we had a room to ourselves in the evening so we enjoyed our usual game of bingo followed by a quiz from Millie. At our coffee morning on Sunday the sports club supplied coffee and tea and we had our chairman's chat when we welcomed new members Mr & Mrs Baker and Mr & Mrs Hibbert. Thanks go to Mike and Millie for hosting the rally. On the subject of hosts, if any members would like to host a rally we are always willing to offer help and of course you will get the rally free. New ideas are always welcome. Please don't leave it all up to the committee.

1 E/Mids and 50 Yorkshire vans were at our Christmas party rally at Driffield where we had our usual free and easy with a quiz and a game of bingo plus the chance to meet up with friend old and new on Friday. Saturday afternoon was our children's party with party food, jewellery making and magician Brendini who was enjoyed as much by the adults as the by the children. In the evening we had our raffle draw with many lovely prizes especially the last one on the table which was won by Davey Moore (I think that one might just have been fixed!) We were then entertained by a fantastic singer, Morgan J who soon had us up dancing. The rally concluded with an extended coffee morning on Sunday where the committee were formally introduced and members were given the opportunity to ask questions. We welcomed first time rallier Christine Frankston. Thank you to all who helped set up the room and run this lovely rally

Nov 2015

The colder weather was starting to bite when we rallied at Rufforth playing fields. Although the sun shone during the day there was a sneaky wind to catch you out round every corner and Friday night gave us torrential rain and high winds. However we had a warm room and an even warmer pub to keep away the gloom. On our evenings in the room we had our free and easy with bingo and quiz and plenty of lively chat then on Saturday those who did not visit York were at the local pub with its inviting open fires, good food and cheap beer. What more could a Yorkshire person wish for? The van breakdown was 2 E/Mids and 22 Yorkshire. Anne McGill was the popular winner of the bonus ball. Thank you to Mike and Millie for hosting and providing the quizzes.

A very good turnout of 25 vans (1 Nene Valley, 1 E/Mids & 23 Yorks) were at Crowle on another wet and windy weekend. Friday was our usual free and easy and we thank Steve Aggett for making his debut as bonus ball seller. He did a great job. Then Saturday morning those who stayed in Crowle visited the market with about 7 stalls and the one charity shop said they had never had so many visitors. The local pub also seemed to do quite well! Saturday night we celebrated 3 birthdays, Christine Sanderson, Pete Hewitt and Lenny Carr. Liz and Joan provided sandwiches and cake for Lenny's. Graham Sanderson was our guest bingo caller and Millie Parker gave us our weekend quizzes. We were pleased to announce Mike Parker had accepted the role of Rally Officer and Alan Stead had been co-opted to committee and had accepted the role of Vice Chairman. Thanks to Tony Shaw and Ann & Don McGill for hosting.

22 vans (5 E/Mids, 1 NWM&NW and 16 Yorks) were at Holmfirth High School for a very wet and windy weekend. Lenny and Liz hosted and booked in, in the most atrocious conditions but fortunately we had a warm cosy room for the socials. Many people braved the rain and ventured down into Holmfirth to visit the shops, pubs, and cafes of'Summer Wine' country. On Saturday we had our customary bingo then Lenny and Liz gave us the Bottle game in which it is not the first to be drawn who wins but the last six but the prizes are not always what you expect. They were assisted in the draw by Joan.

Oct 2015

4 E/M, 1 N/C , 16 Yorks attended the rally at Stockton on the Forest which was hosted by Dee and Tommy. Friday the usual meet and greet. Saturday afternoon we had the kids carving pumpins, and the ladies provided tea and cakes for everyone. In the evening lots of people dressed up in scary costumes. Some were just scary anyway, without the costumes. Dee made some lovely pumpkin soup and rolls, and glasses of warm blood. Jacob, Elliott and Megan carved pumpkins. The winner of the scariest costume was Malcolm Finkhill. Dave Wright did a very good job on his first rally as Chairman. .

Only 10 vans attended Morley . Friday evening nice to just be able to sit and chat with everyone. Saturday most went into Morley to try out the new Wetherspoons. In the evening a refreshing change, we had a game of chase the ace and one of Millies testing quizzes. Thanks to Bill and Jean for hosting. .

We had a good turnout for the AGM at Driffield this weekend. 61 vans attended. 59 Yorks 1 N/C and Charlie and Lynne from NWMNW who transferred to Yorkshire this weekend. The weekend started very well with a great raffle and the usual Bingo on Friday. On Saturday afternoon we had a Tombola and the ladies on the committee provided tea and cakes for everyone. In the evening the Raffle was drawn and we had brilliant entertainment from Kay Dee. The ladies provided sandwiches and nibbles for all. The AGM was very well attended but unfortunately not very well supported. The new committee was formed but with the three most important jobs Secretary, Chairman and Treasurer being taken on by Maureen and Cyril. But after an extraordinary meeting was convened, Dave Wright put himself forward to be Chairman and this was agreed by the new committee. Thanks to them. We still need a Vice Chairman an Assistant Treasurer and a Rally Officer. We hope that with over 400 members these positions would be filled quickly. Going forward with such a small committee we will need more help from members to host Rallies or unfortunately some may have to be cancelled. We welcomed new members Mr Mrs Havercroft .

Good weather again this weekend at Thirsk Auction Mart. 30 vans attended,1 Lancs. 3 N/C. 26 Yorks. The usual free and easy on Friday evening. Most people went into Thirsk on Saturday for lunches out ,mostly in Wetherspoons it seemed. Saturday evening Bingo and general chit chat. We welcomed two first time visitors Carol and Malcolm. Another relaxing weekend enjoyed by all.

Sept 2015

Unfortunately the Rally at Marsden had to be cancelled due to the lack of a host.

Only 9 vans attended the rally at The Ruddle Centre this weekend. Some people caught buses into Doncaster and Rotherham. Lovely weather again for a refreshingly chilled out weekend.

Good weather again for the rally at Catterick this weekend. The usual free and easy on Friday evening. Some walked into town on Saturday for food and shopping. On Sunday there was a large market which most people visited. 19 vans attended.

We had 14 vans at Ripon , all Yorkshire. The weather was kind no rain but chilly nights.Managed to play Bingo on Friday night . Saturday saw some walk into Ripon and in the evening we had sandwiches and cakes laid on by Christine and Maureen.That was followed by Bingo and a quiz. We didn't have a coffee morning as the room was needed for the Horticultural Society.

Aug 2015

The Roses Rally was blessed with good weather. It was a good turnout with 52 Yorkshire attending.

We had 9 vans for a relaxing weekend at the Old George Inn in Sykehouse . 7 Yorks 1 N/C, 1 E/M Weather was very warm and sunny . Most of us went into Doncaster on the bus, which was an experience since the trip took an hour meandering through the countryside. With no room available for evening events some of us partook of Pub grub which was excellent, as was the company. All in all a chill out weekend.

32 Vans attended our first Rally at Skipsea quite a few following on from The Steam Rally. 6N/C, 2 NWMNW, 2 E/M, 1 Lancs, 1 Nene Valley, and 20 Yorkshire. Skipsea is a lovely venue with buses to Brid and Hornsea just outside the gates. The two artists were brilliant. We had coffee afternoons, and a brilliant games night aswell. We had two new members join Debbie and Jeff. Who thoroughy enjoyed themselves.

The Driffield Steam Rally was attended by 52 Vans . The weather was very kind to us. Everyone enjoyed the weekend. Now looking forward to our follow on at Skipsea Village Hall

Our holiday Rally at Whitby was a great success with over 80 vans attending. Mostly Yorkshire but great support from NC, EM, NWMNW, Essex, Anglia, Severn Valley, Avon, Nene Valley, Lancs and even 2 from Germany. We had mixed weather sunshine and showers.The entertainment from Lee Tyler and Beebi Del was great as usual.The bouncy castle and slide was a great success with the kids, and they had a good afternoon of games with medals awarded. Elsie occupied the kids making jewellery. Mike and Millie surprised everyone with an evening with Birds of Prey and Reptiles. Which children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed, being able to hold them and see them up close.Thanks to the Committee for organizing and managing such a large event. Thanks to Mike and Millie for hosting,and thank you to all those who attended.

July 2015

45 vans attended our new venue at Otley rugby union club. We have rallied at Otley before but never this close to the town centre. Friday night was our usual free and easy before members enjoyed the delights of the town, with it's markets and numerous real ale pubs, on Saturday afternoon. The weather was fine and warm throughout our stay so many were happy to sit out on the rugby pitch and enjoy the sun. Saturday night we played a bingo flyer and Take your Pick. Our thanks go to Tommy and Annette for hosting this rally and also providing the quizzes for us.

18 vans visited Styrrup for our rally at the village hall. We had use of the hall on both nights for our customary bingo but we also gathered on Saturday for a coffee afternoon in the sun. Saturday night we had a quiz with a difference where the first ten questions consisted of guess the object in a padded bag. Passing the bags soon got members talking. We welcomed new members Mr & Mrs Mackfall.

35 vans were at Beverley for a chill out weekend. The venue is just a field but is only a short walk from town with all its shops and pubs. Saturday afternoon many of us sat in the sunshine and played the dice game. The weather was very kind to us members were sitting out late with their barbecues filling the air with wonderful smells. Thanks to Tommy and Annette for hosting.

A lovely sunny weekend greeted us at Thornesians RUFC this weekend. Friday the usual free and easy. Saturday morning people walked into Thorne for shopping etc. In the afternoon we all sat around in the sunshine and enjoyed cheese and crackers provided by Maureen and Cyril. 13 Yorkshire, 3 E.M. 2 N.C 1 Lancs attended.

June 2015

Glorious weather blessed our 5-day rally at Malton & Norton RUFC. The occupants of the 44 vans enjoyed 2 afternoon teas with games, 1 evening of professional entertainment and 3 evenings of extremely amateur entertainment from the two Davids and a free and easy. Trevor and Sue gave us a wonderful walk around Old Malton following 20 clues and also lent us their sjoelen (shuffleboard) game. Malton with its' shops and pubs is only a short walk away but many just enjoyed sitting and relaxing in the sun. Lovely.

19 vans visited our new venue at Kellington Manor . The weather for the most part was lovely with only light showers on Saturday morning. There are good walks in the area and with good food and beer at the Manor, what more could you ask for? When the sun shone the chairs came out and we were happy to sit around the vans and chat. We had our usual socials in the conservatory and the owners provided free sandwiches for us on Friday evening. A certain person who cannot be named but will be known only as the chairman noticed a slice of pizza on a plate and helped himself to it. It turned out to be the Landlady's supper!! Thanks to Sue and Dave for hosting.

The sun greeted us for our 5-day rally at Northallerton and it stayed with us throughout even when the wind blew. We did not have use of the room for the first 2 days due to the refit not being completed on time but Saturday we had entertainment from Marty Jones. Sunday night all 3 bingo houses were won by Joan Moore much to the embarrassment of husband David who was calling. It was possibly with a little help from Bald Eagle. Oh no, not him again! For our follow on rally at Ribblesdale rugby club in Settle the sun continued to bless us. Barbecues came out and most people left with a tan. Some went for a day out on the Settle/Carlisle railway while others enjoyed the jazz and folk music in the local pubs. With the town centre only minutes away and such beautiful scenery all around this is an ideal place for a rally but only 20 units attended to enjoy it.

May 2015

21 vans arrivedat the picturesque village of Hawes , 16 Y 1 Scotland 1 Chiltern 1E Midlands 2 NC. 1st time Yorkshire members Mr. & Mrs. Barrett and one first time visitor from Scotland. Weather mixed Fri. David Robinson did a quiz and Bingo. Sat was a better day, the rain stayed off. Most visited the popular Wensleydale Creamery to sample and buy cheese, quite a few of us walked over the fields to Hardraw Force Waterfall and had a drink in the pub there.

A chilly weekend greeted us at Anglesey . 24 Yorkshire vans attended. It was a busy weekend.The coach trip to Conway, Betswy Coed and Carnarfon through the Snowdonia National Park was lovely. Everyone had a great time on party night . The theme being musicals. The Yorkshire Group chose Grease. A brilliant Greased Lightening car designed and built by John Young, with working headlights. Tony Shaw's dog Connor won two rosettes at the dog show. Thanks to Christine for taking the time and trouble making our lovely skirts.

A lovely day greeted us at Burn Gliding Club this weekend. A few of the members went up on a glider, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Saturday most people went into Selby and surrounding areas. Thanks to Nora and Bryan for providing sandwiches and cakes for her, dare I say it 83rd birthday. Amazing. Usual bingo and Wee Daves very interesting quizzes. Come back Millie all is forgiven ha ha. 23 Yorkshire , 1NWMNW, 1 N/C, Welcomed Mr Mrs Watkins 1st time visitors.

What a fantastic turnout we had for our first trip to Doncaster Aircraft Museum for a few years. 55 vans attended . 45 Yorks, 3 N/C, 4 E/M, 1 NWMNW, 2 Northern Ireland. Friday we had the usual catch up and free and easy, spread out into two rooms as we couldn't accommodate everyone altogether. The venue had something for everyone lovely walks, eating places and plenty of shops for the die hard shoppers. Also the very interesting aircraft museum. Evening we had Bingo and quiz.

Apr 2015

36 vans 8 N/C28 Yorks attended the rally at Skipton for a warm and sunny weekend. We had our usual free and easy on Friday . Then most visited Skipton for market day ( not to mention the pubs ) Thanks to Christine and Sue for hosting at this lovely venue.

56 vans attended the rally at Ripon racecourse (7 E/Mids, 3 Lancs, 2 N/C and 44 Yorks). Arrival on Friday was in glorious sunshine so we were soon sat out around the vans but the weather was duller on Saturday when most went into town and finally broke down into rain for leaving on Sunday. We celebrated the birthday of Sheila Windmill on Saturday, the bonus ball winners were Peter Draper and Bill Wood and we thank Richard and Ann for hosting this lovely rally.

Our Easter Rally was at Stockton on the Forest. Except for a little rain on Good Friday, the weather was very good to us.We had the usual free and easy and catching up with old friends on Thursday. Friday evening we had games , snail race and Lucky 5. The ladies of the committee provided Hot Dogs for everyone. Each afternoon the ladies provided coffee and cakes. Saturday evening we had an excellent entertainer Debbie Dee. Joan Moore and David Clarke both won a bottle of Whiskey on the £1 to penny raffle. On Sunday afternoon the ladies decorated Easter Cakes. In the evening we judged the Easter cakes. Sue Wright came 1st and Yvonne Waller 2nd . Monday we had Bingo and a very funny mind reading session with the 3 Daves and an Argos catalogue. You had to be there !! 30 Yorks and 1N/C attended. Unfortunately 4 people had their names down but didn't turn up. So stopping another 4 members from attending.

Mar 2015

12 Vans all Yorkshire arrived to a snow covered landscape at Marsden Cricket Club this weekend. Friday the usual free and easy. Joan and Dave celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary (two life sentences ha ha) Only kidding. Then Saturday some people went walking in the beautiful countryside (snow disappeared). Others went into Huddersfield shopping. Joan and Dave provided us with sandwiches on Saturday evening. We had the usual Bingo and Quiz.

21 Vans attended Crowle Community Centre. It was a nice but chilly weekend. Some went into Scunthorpe and into Goole, for shopping and eating out. The local Hostelry also provided us with good food. Christine brought in the dresses she had made for the National and we had fun trying them on. Saturday evening the usual Quiz and Bingo. Welcomed new members Mr Mrs Speed from Grimsby, and 1st time visitors Mr Mrs Dancer from Chiltern. 19 Yorks, 1NWMNW and 1 Chiltern.

Feb 2015

21 Yorks , 1 E/M and 1 Lancs, attended this weeks Rally at Wakefield Sports Club. It was very chilly. We welcomed 2 new members Paul and Sue Goodlad, also 2 first time visitors Mr Mrs Jarvis and Mr Mrs Dickinson. The usual catching up with friends old and new on Friday night. Saturday members went into town to shop and eat out. The Chinese Buffet did us all proud again. Saturday evening the usual Bingo and quiz.Liz provided nibbles for everyone. Sunday coffee morning and then home.

A big thanks to Sheila and Mick for dishing up another great weekend at Eden Camp . Providing some great 40s food. Corned beef hash, Black Pudding, Old farts soup and the good old Dripping cakes.We had a 'Film Music' quiz, and a 'Draw a 40's War Film' game, which had everyone involved guessing what they were. Some members dressed up in 40's clothes; Joan Moore won for the ladies and Mr Thompson for the gents. Four new members joined us. Mr Mrs Moore, Mr Mrs Shaw, Mr Mrs Pasco, Mr Mrs Walton Smith. 37 vans attended 25 Yorks, 3 N/C, 3 NWMNW, 1 Severn Valley, 4 E/M, 1 Nene Valley.

What a brilliant weekend we had at Holmfirth School. 32 vans attended 25 Yorks, 2 Lancs , 2 N/C, 1 E/M, 1 Scottish, 1 Chiltern. Friday evening everyone got together to catch up. Saturday members went into town for shopping and meals out and walking. In the evening the tables had been decorated for Valentines day, with heart shaped balloons and chocolates. We had a raffle, and Lucky five , Bottle game with wine and novelty valentine prizes. Also Wee Dave hosted Play Your Cards Right, ably assisted by Shannon the Dolly Dealer. The ladies of the committee provided sandwiches for everyone and a lovely bucket of punch. New members Mr Mrs Flynn were welcomed.

Jan 2015

20 vans joined us at Rufforth all Yorkshire. The weather was better this weekend. The usual get together on Friday evening. Saturday some people went into York and Wetherby . A couple went to the theatre. The local Hostelry catered for the rest of us by providing great food in a lovely warm and welcoming bar, with real fires a glowing. Evening we welcomed two new members Mr Mrs Wickham. Bingo and Millie's quiz were enjoyed by all. Sunday coffee morning and then home.

Our first Rally of the New Year took us to Eggborough Village Hall. It was a very windy rough weekend,more like being on a boat then in a Motorhome. Friday evening the usual Bingo and Quiz. Saturday most were blown into Selby for food and shopping. Evening the ladies put on lovely hot soup and bread rolls for everyone. Another enjoyable weekend had by all. 16 vans attended.

Dec 2014

What a Brilliant New Year Rally this was. Saturday the vans started arriving. Some after having to dig themselves out of the snow which fell through Friday night. We started the Rally with a free and easy, catching up with friends. Then through the week we had a Race night organised by John Young and family. Jacket potatoes with various fillings for everyone. On Monday the evening entertainment was provided by Marty Jones, who was a little rude but very funny. He got everyone up dancing. We had a Faith Supper. On Tuesday evening the ladies of the Committee provided a wonderful buffet, with sweets and trifles to die for. Then we finished the evening off with various games and quizzes. Pulling crackers with money prizes. Then to the main event New Years Eve. All the tables were decorated, and everyone entered in to the spirit, the ladies looking lovely in long dresses, With the gents very smart in their suits and funny Dickie Bows, even John Y. On arrival all the members were presented with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates as a gift from the Committee. The great evening entertainment was provided by Ultimate Voices two very good singers, which went on until 3.00 am. New Years Day was quieter with some members leaving for home. The Committee would like to thank all those who supported us, and made this a great Rally. We also hope those who had to go home ill are now feeling a lot better.The van breakdown was 39 Yorks, 2 E/Midlands, 1 Nene Valley, 1 N/Counties

The last Rally of this year at Skipton Auction Mart had 17 vans attending.3 Northern Counties, 1 Lancashire and 13 Yorkshire . The weather was very cold and damp. Friday evening was free and easy and quiz. Saturday most people went into town shopping and eating out. There is a good Saturday market. The evening was taken up by Bingo and the usual chit chat. Sunday a lot stayed behind to visit the Christmas Market which is very popular. The Committee would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing everyone attending the New Years Party. Happy Camping.

35 vans joined us at Rufforth playing fields on a very cold weekend but we had the use of the clubhouse to keep us all warm. Mick Edwards and Sheila Prior hosted a very good rally to celebrate Mick's 60th birthday by supplying a 72 pint barrel of beer, numerous cans of Stella Artois lager and a selection of red, white and rose wines. Mick hoped the barrel would last the weekend but it was gone on Friday night. Mick also provided the music and together they gave us a very good music quiz which had us digging deep into our memories. Some had more difficulties than others locating their vans on the way home! For those who did not go into York on Saturday, The Tankard Inn with it's two open fires, cheap ale and good food was a great draw and many of spent the afternoon there while Sheila and her helpers prepared a lovely buffet for our evening entertainment. Sheila followed the buffet with a version of the bottle game where the object of the game is not to be one of the first to be drawn in the raffle but to be among the last six to enable you to keep your prize. The Chairman Davey proudly showed off his new hippy hairstyle and seemed worryingly reluctant to take it off! Sunday morning we enjoyed coffee in the clubhouse and showed our appreciation to Sheila and Mick for such a good weekend. The next rally is at Skipton Auction Mart.

Nov 2014

What a fabulous weekend we had at Driffield for our Christmas Party weekend. 47 Yorkshire and 1 Northern Counties attended. Friday evening everyone welcomed with Mince Pies Cakes and Sherry. Then the usual Bingo and quiz. Saturday lots went into Driffield whilst the Ladies of the Committee prepared the food and tables for the Children's Party. The entertainer Brendini Magician was very good, and kept the children and adults enthralled. Then Father Christmas and his little helper arrived, and handed out presents to all the kids. Thanks to Alan Stead for providing some fireworks to end the Children's party. Also thanks to Maureen for donating a beautiful Christmas Cake to guess the weight, which was won by Liz Carr. Pete Hewitt won the Doll donated by Millie to guess the name. In the evening the Raffle was drawn with lots of lovely prizes. The excellent evening entertainment was provided by Ashton Morton. He had lots up dancing from the beginning to the end. Sunday coffee morning. The children thanked the Committee for all their effort in giving them a really good Christmas Party. Thanks to the Committee and all helpers, and all the members who turned up and supported us this weekend. The Yorkshire Group wish all members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

24 vans joined us at Wakefield Sports and Social club this weekend, all Yorkshire this time. The hard standing came in very useful,as it rained quite heavily on Friday night. Saturday everyone went into town,with the all you can eat Chinese Buffet beckoning . Saturday night the usual Bingo and Quizzes. Everyone enjoyed the weekend. Looking forward to the Christmas party next weekend.

Crowle Community Centre was our Rally this weekend.13 Yorkshire, 3 Northern Counties, 1 Nene Valley and 1 NWMNW . Friday evening Bingo and Millie's Marvelous Quiz. Saturday morning most went into Scunthorpe shopping. Others stayed in the town and went into local Hostelries for meals. Saturday sandwiches and cakes on again, this time Lenny celebrating his Birthday. Sunday coffee morning and home. Another weekend enjoyed by all.

19 Vans joined us at Holmfirth High School this weekend. 18 Yorkshire and 1 East Midlands. Friday evening was the usual Bingo and Quiz. Whilst on Saturday most people went into Holmfirth for shopping and lunches in the cafes and pubs. Unfortunately it rained quite heavily during the day. The ladies on the committee provided sandwiches and cakes for everyone in the evening. Two minutes silence was observed for Remembrance Sunday.

Oct 2014

This weekend we were at Thirsk Auction Mart. This was a new Venue for us, and we had a good attendance. With 31 vans in total . 28 Yorkshire, 2 Northern Counties and 1 East Midlands . The weather was again very kind to us. Lenny and Yvonne celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary on Friday. Saturday most people went on a walk into Thirsk for shopping and food. the usual Bingo and Quiz in the evening.

68 vans turned up for the AGM at Driffield Showground. The weather was kind to us for this time of year. Friday just free and easy with a Bingo and Raffle for Free weekend Rallies. Saturday a lot of members went into town for meals in the local pubs. Very good artist Cassi Kennedy from Sheffield on Saturday evening. Sunday morning AGM and Members meeting with some Committee Members standing down and new ones being appointed.

Sept 2014

We had 9 vans at Marsden. all Yorkshire as lots of members had gone to Lincoln show. Friday was a fine sunny day lovely for walking. We had a cosy get together in the clubhouse along with a few drinks. Saturday morning a bit misty, but the sun came out later. Few went walking over the moors, part of the Pennine way, the rest went into town or Huddersfield. Saturday evening we just sat and talked again as only 8 of us left their vans. Sunday usual coffee morning thanks and goodbyes.

We had 18 Yorkshire & 1 Lancashire at our new venue Stockton on the Forest. Dee and Tom the hosts gave us a memorable weekend, it was Dee's 70th. birthday and she had a singer booked for Friday night, he was very good with all the 60's music Elvis, Cliff, Buddy and many others using different wigs as he sung. Also Dee's granddaughter Amber Jordan composed a song for Dee and sung, also a very talented player of the saxophone. Then we were all given a piece of Dee's birthday cake it was delicious. Saturday most caught the bus into York or Malton also Scarborough, bus stop outside the village hall. Saturday evening we had bingo then a quiz and another birthday cake to sample from Carole Gladstone as it was her birthday, Chocolate cake made with Bailey's yum yum. Sunday morning coffee tea and more goodies from Dee, before we said our goodbyes. This rally venue was perfect, all hard standing, ideal for winter rallies, plenty of parking. Hoping for more there.

Aug 2014

We had very good reports on the Roses Rally from the Reds and Whites and our other visitors, 110 vans 45 Yorkshire, 20 Lancashire, and the rest from all over the country. Thanks for joining us again. A few came on Thursday. Friday was a busy day with welcomes in the café, evening the opening ceremony, then entertained by Sam Magell bingo in the interval. Saturday we had a table top sale and tombola, tickets were on sale for the grand raffle super prizes including a good sized gazebo. In the evening we were entertained by the Back Seat Blues Brothers. Sunday was a warm sunny day for the battles. It was a big disappointment for the children out of 18 only 4 turned up for the games, but all won medals, Lancashire won the Kings Game, but overall Yorkshire won by half a point it was close but we all had fun. Bert and Pauline got the working party award for their outstanding effort, Glen accepted the Yorkshire cup for his hard work and also his job as safety officer, dealing with minor accidents with children and 2 emergencies with adults. Well done Glen. Evening entertainment was by Natasha Parx. Monday some went home, evening was free and easy with a quiz,

68 vans arrived at Driffield for the 25th. anniversary of the Steam Fair 52 Yorkshire and 16 visitors from other groups including 2 from Northern Ireland. A sunny warm day Saturday for the official start of the fair, lots of stalls to look at and plenty of crafts in one building. It was lovely to hear the old fairground steam organs playing. Rides and ice-cream stalls to keep the children happy, the big children also. After tea the procession of the vehicles went into town where the roads were packed with cheering crowds. The children catching sweets that were thrown to them from the parade. A lovely warm still evening was ideal for BBQ's and sitting out waiting for the fireworks display, which was spectacular. Few went home Sunday.

July 2014

The follow on 5 night rally at Northallerton attracted 56 vans (2 Spanish,1 E/M, 9 N/C, 44Yorks). We had 3 nights of free and easy followed by entertainment from Bob & Dave, members of the Spanish group on Friday and fantastic professional entertainer, Ian Tyler on Saturday. Congratulation to Tony Shaw on winning the bonus ball and thanks to Millie for the quizzes and Dave and Joan for hosting.

35 vans attended our holiday rally at Settle during the Flowerpot Festival, 1 N/C, 1 Lancs. and the rest Yorkshire. The weather did us proud throughout and the barbeques were soon out. Sunday saw many of us go on the Settle/Carlisle railway for a lovely day out organised by Lenny & Liz whilst others enjoyed the many walks around the local area or just chilled out on site. Thanks to Ann, Don and Tony for hosting.

A lovely day for our arrival at the Thornensians RUFC. 16 vans in all 15 Yorkshire 1 NC. Some of us had BBQ's and sat out in the evening sunshine beforegoing inside for bingo and quiz. Sat lots went into town or further away. The games for the children had to be cancelled as the rain was on and off all afternoon. We all had a good laugh though watching David Robinson BBQ in the torrential downpour, he had a big brolly luckily. Sat evening fine again, bingo and quiz again in the clubroom. The steward then put on "Play Your Cards Right" Wee Dave and Sylvia were winners of a bottle of wine each. The steward then donated £18-00 to the children's fund. Sunday coffee morning Wee Dave did the thanks to everyone and the children were given £10-00 each. Some stayed into the afternoon enjoying the sunshine again.

Apart from the rain during Saturday night, the weather at Styrrup Village hall was glorious. We were treated to live music from David Cartlidge on both Friday and Saturday in the hall. Glen Kirby gave CPR lessons to those who were interested using 3 electronic dummies which indicated when we were doing it right and certificates were handed out at coffee on Sunday morning. Among the 16 units present we welcomed new members, Brian and Christine Vernon. Thanks go to Glen, Anne and Don for not only hosting but also for the sandwiches and to Chairman, Wee Dave for the bingo and the quizzes.

What a fantastic weekend we had at Skipton for the "Grand Depart". It was sunny and very hot both Saturday and Sunday as if on cue. The town was packed from early on taking in the fun and laughter all around. Lots of people were dressed up in blue and white striped tops and berets and the famous yellow tops of course. When the cavalcade came through, the crowd exploded with cheers as goodies were thrown from many cars and vans passing by. Late Saturday afternoon we had Hog Roast sandwiches back at the Auction Mart, which was included in the price of the rally fee £27-00 for the weekend, lots of members said how cheap it was compared to a lot of places who were charging up to £40-00 and £50-00 per night. We had 93 vans with quite a few from other groups also 1st. time visitors, too many to mention, but thank you all for joining us. The committee hosted Liz, Joan, Sue and Trish, and Elsie volunteered to help with booking in, Alan, Elsie's husband helped Lenny, Wee Dave, Dave, David, John and Pete, parking up the vans. Thanks everyone. Sunday we had a coffee morning and goodbyes, some had to stay on until the afternoon as most of the roads around Skipton were closed. David and myself walked along the canal into town as there was still lots going on, bands playing groups singing and a market

June 2014

Glorious weekend at Hawes where 15 vans arrived 10Yorks 2NC 2EM 1st. time visitors Mr. Mrs. Baines from Lancs. The town was buzzing with visitors, wanting to see where the (Grand depart)was going. The town was trimmed up according to the stage of the race, this stage is The King of the Mountains. Fri. evening we had a quiz won by Dave and Sue Wright. Sat most of us went walking in this beautiful spot, Hardraw Force or visited the Wensleydale Creamery, (Yum Yum). If you weren't there you missed a great weekend. Sat afternoon Sue put on cream and scones. Sat evening we had a cheese anagram quiz won by Lesley Muskett. Carol and Dave supplied cheese and biscuits. Sun coffee morning. Many thanks to Sue and Dave who stepped in at the last minute to host. A few decided to stay on another night putting money in the honesty box in the car park.

Tuesday arrived at Malton on a hot sunny day where we had in total 68 vans. 57 Yorkshire, 11 again from various groups including I from Portugal and 1 new member to MCC Mr. & Mrs. Halliday, Tues evening was free and easy. Wed quite a few walked into Malton. Evening quiz and bingo. Thursday some sat out in the sunshine while others ventured into town. Evening a games night with the hosts. Friday music and entertainment with the hosts. Saturday morning table top sale and Tombola. In the town was a farmers food fair market where a lot of us visited and sampled the goodies from the many stalls. Evening entertainmentwas by female singer Nikki Rogers. Sunday coffee morning and good byes, Wee Dave won the bonus ball. Many thanks to our hosts Sue, Trevor, Graham and Chris.Till next time trish

68 vans were at Whitby , 48 Yorks. and 20 from various groups over the country including Spain and Portugal including 6 first time visitors. Some vans had to be pushed or towed on, and everyone mucked in as usual, muck being the theme for the day. Friday a glorious hot sunny day, dried out the field a bit, after tea we had a quiz from Millie, and bingo later on. Saturday a bit more rain, many of us went into Whitby, we had cream teas in the afternoon, then in the evening we had entertainment supplied by the RUFC, a male vocalist. The fancy dress was won by Jacky Hinchcliffe, Maureen Smith kindly did the judging, thanks to all the 15 who took part, they all looked good. Sunday, a lovely day for walking along the cliff top paths which a lot of us did. In the evening a faith supper then quiz and bingo. David Robinson won the bonus ball. Monday a mixed day of sunshine and rain, evening entertainment was Damion, singing a good selection of sixties songs, supplied by the Yorkshire group. Tuesday more pushing off the field thanks to all who helped. Thanks to Mike, Millie Wee Dave & Joan for hosting. Then onto Malton for our next rally.

May 2014

After a very wet week 26 vans arrived on a dry day at Burn , 23 Yorkshire, 2NWM&NW 1 EM. Nice to be able to sit out and catch up with everyone. Another dry day Saturday, a few of us walked into Selby via the canal and ate out. Bingo and quizzes both Fri. & Sat. in the hall. A couple of members went and had a fly in a glider. Glorious day Sun. Coffee morning and goodbyes.Till next time trish

22 Vans came to Hooton Lodge on a glorious sunny day 21 Yorkshire 1 East Midlands. We all spent the day sun worshipping and chatting. Some had their evening meal in the pub, then we gathered outside for drinks and a friendly quiz, enjoying the warm evening till midges started biting. Saturday warmer still, few went on walks around the beautiful countryside, but most stayed on site. We got two teams up and played a couple of games of "Kings" the ladies were thrashed led by Wee Dave. We spent the eveningin the pub and had a quiz. Thanks to Liz & Lenny for hosting, nice to see Lenny back after a few days in hospital. Sunday coffee morning outside the site café, were some breakfasted, and said our goodbyes. Till next time trish

14 Vans arrived to a soggy field at Sykehouse. , all Yorkshire with one first time ralliers Mr. & Mrs. Aggett. Nearly everyone had a meal in the pub, very substantial. Torrential rain through the night gave us a soggier field Saturday morning, but glorious sunshine. Most went into Doncaster. David and I with our family went on a lovely walk and had a picnic just as it started raining again, but we had brollies and waterproofs with us. Sat evening had a get together in the pub, Wee Dave Moore thanked everyone for coming etc., and finished off with a quiz. More rain overnight gave us a very boggy field, most of us managed to get off with a bit of man power behind us, only one had to be pulled off but he was in the boggiest part of the field. Everyone said their goodbyes. Till next time Trish

A lovely day greeted us on our Bank holiday weekend at Colne. We had 19 vans in all, 16 Yorkshire, 1NC, 1Lancs, 1West Country. 1st time visitors Mr. & Mrs. Walker Lancs. Mr. & Mrs. Creswell West Country, Fri. night we had bingo called by 3 dogs Dave. Sat was a glorious day for sitting out and chatting, a few went walking David & Trish went walking on the canal towpath, lots of narrow boats meandering along, we came across The Anchor Inn and had a lovely meal and a drink. Most people had been shopping in town and then some went to the Langroyd Hotel for a carvery. We had bingo again thanks again to Dave for calling, the hosts put on a spread as it was bank holiday, Judith also supplied and read out the quizzes all three nights. A card was given to Carol & Dave for their 18th. wedding anniversary. Sunday we had the coffee morning as a few vans were going home. In the evening we had a couple of quizzes and a game of "Chase the Ace" which was great fun. Many thanks to Judith and Len Tullett for hosting and everyone for moving the table and chairs back to leave the room as we found it.

Apr 2014

30 Vans arrived at DRAX 29 Yorkshire new members Mr. & Mrs. Short 1NC first time visitors Mr. & Mrs. Crosby. Friday free and easy with a game of bingo. Saturday many went into Selby, a few went for walks in the local area, evening bingo and a couple of quizzes by David Robinson. Quite a few had meals in the clubhouse over the weekend top class food as usual. Thanks to Christine and Graham for hosting

Cool windy day at the start of our Easter weekend at Thirsk Racecourse . 78 vans, 70 Y,3 Avon, 1 SWP, 3 NC, 1 NI. 1new Yorkshire member Mr. Walls, 3 first timers from Avon Mr. & Mrs. Tarling, Mr. & Mrs. Lockwood, Mr. & Mrs. Dehavilland, SWP Mr. & Mrs. Marsh, Yorkshire Mr. & Mrs. Roberts & Mr. & Mrs. Morrison. Meet and great Thursday night. Friday warm and sunny, lots sitting out in the sunshine few BBQ's as well, there was some good walks around town, evening bingo and quiz, Saturday another lovely day, some went into Thirsk to the market in the square, Sat. night our entertainment was Ella J. Sunday the children were given an Easter egg each then had an Easter egg hunt, then decorated them, they were all winners and were given a prize each, then we had games in the field, the boules was a good bit of fun, won by the three Ann's team, who were presented with the Len Hutchinson Trophy. In the evening bingo then a game of Lucky 5's won by Mrs. Dehavilland £63. Monday home for most but a few decided to stay on for another night.

We had 59 vans at this most popular venue, Ripon Racecourse . Sue & Dave hosted, 47 Y, 7 NC, 2 Lancs., 2 EM & 1 NWMNW. We had a few first time ralliers, Mr & Mrs. Bradford EM, Mr. & Mrs. Law & Mrs. Jones Lancs. Mr. & Mrs. Hoggon NC & Mr. & Mrs. Raynor NWMNW. Each van was given a piece of paper with a pub name and number on it , and you had to draw the pub and put it in your van window, then you had to go round and guess the name of the pub, thanks to Sue & Dave, lots of good drawings. We had a lovely walk on the canal side into Ripon, Fri night bingo & quiz. Sat, a nice warm sunny day, another walk into Ripon, a few ate in the café's pubs etc.. some continued to The Spa Park and café with lovely homemade cakes to choose from. Sat night bingo and a new game "Lucky 5's" which was lucky for Dave Wright who won £60. Torrential rain through the night gave us a soggy field.Some vans had to be pulled or pushed off, everyone rallied round to help as usual. The committee want to thank everyone, for helping to move the tables and chairs back to where they came from after the coffee morning, which was a mammoth task.

Mar 2014

Wetherby was attended by 36 vans 33 Yorkshire, 3 Northern Counties. Mr. & Mrs. Ellis were first time ralliers, welcome to them. Fri. a few walked on the cycle path into Wetherby and enjoyed a meal & a drink. In the evening bingo followed by a quiz, the quiz was won by Liz's team. Sat. most went into Wetherby shopping and sightseeing etc., Dave & Trish walked the other way on the cycle track as far as Boston Spa, where they had a meal and caught the bus back to Wetherby, then the heavens opened, many members sheltering in the local hostelries and Morrisons café, Dave & Trish celebrated their 45th. wedding anniversary. Bingo and quiz again the quiz was won by Debbie's team, Liz put on food, as it was her birthday on the Sun., also on Sun. Liz & Lenny celebrated their wedding anniversary. Sun. Coffee morning Millie won the bonus ball, Wee Dave gave his thanks to Dave Borcic, Dave Robinson, Dave Wright and Graham Sanderson for calling the bingo asking quiz questions and checking bingo, and everyone for attending the rally and hoped to see everyone again soon and to have a safe journey home. Don McGill was given a birthday card, as he will be celebrating his birthday in a few days.

29 Vans braved the strong winds and cold at Marsden; 28 Yorkshire 1 East Midlands. We welcomed 3 1st. time ralliers Mr. & Mrs. Stead, Mr. & Mrs. Ahern & Mr. & Mrs. Collins. Some of us had a walk into town, or along the canal towpath. Fri evening catch up and a game of bingo. Sat Town again and a few did the country walks. Evening brought another bingo session and a quiz by David Robinson (Vice Chairman) won by Barry's team. A big thank you to Pauline and Burt for hosting, and supplying the quiz prize. Well done.

Thanks to Pauline and Burt for standing in to host at short notice. 29 vans attended Wakefield; 27 Yorkshire, 2 N/C. We had a very good weekend. Friday was free and easy with a quiz and the usual game of Bingo. On Saturday many members made the most of a fine day to go into Wakefield, with a lot partaking of the Chinese all you can eat Buffet. In the evening Burt and Pauline provided sandwiches with a little help from their friends. (Think there is a song there somewhere). Again a game of Bingo and a very hard quiz from Barry. Sunday coffee morning welcomed 1st time visitors Mr & Mrs Brown from N/C . Mr & Mrs Woodrow on their first Rally. Mr & Mrs Hadley visited this weekend and joined the Yorkshire Group. Pete won the Bonus Ball.

Feb 2014

Sheila and Mick hosted. Friday the usual Bingo and a very good TV theme tune quiz. Saturday most people enjoyed a chilly day looking around Eden Camp; with lots of people eating lunch in the NAAFI. Saturday evening, the hosts put on some lovely 40's food. Corned Beef Hash, Broccoli soup, Dripping cake. Yummy. We also had a best dressed competition for the people who had dressed in 40's style clothes. The ladies winner was Mrs Tullett, and the gents winner was her brother in law Bob. The evening finished with a sing along.33 vans attended. 30 Yorks, 1 Lancs, 1 North/Count, 1 NWMNW .first time ralliers Mr & Mrs Wright from Yorkshire and Mr & Mrs Stacey from NWMNW

Just 17 vans turned up at Holmfirth; all were from Yorkshire group. Glenn hosted and provided sausage rolls and scotch eggs, which were very tasty, so than you Glenn. The usual game of Bingo and a quiz on Friday evening. Saturday quite a few braved the wet and windy weather during the day and went into Holmfirth and had pub lunches. Bingo Saturday evening, but as everyone was sat talking before we knew it time had run out to do a quiz. Sunday coffee morning and goodbyes.

Jan 2014

We had a surprisingly good turnout despite the terrible weather forecast at Rufforth. 28 Yorkshire, 2 Northern Counties, 1 Lancs. Friday night usual catch up; then a quiz and bingo with Dave Borcic. Saturday was sunny but cold. Quite a few caught the bus into York, busy as usual, a few ventured into the village and sampled meals and refreshments in the local hostelry, but by 2pm the heavens opened. Liz, Joan and Christine put on a Chilli and Rice supper, then we had bingo and a quiz, and as it was Steve Clark's birthday we all sang happy birthday to him and gave him a card signed by all (and he doesn't look a year older). Christine Sanderson won the bonus ball. Sunday, coffee morning and goodbyes. Thanks to Trish and David for hosting.

16 Yorkshire, 2 East Midlands were at Eggborough. Lovely sunny weekend but very cold. Both Friday and Saturday night we had a quiz and bingo. Saturday some ventured out to Glass Houghton retail park and Xscape,(Junc. 32 M62) others went into Selby, Saturday evening the committee ladies served soup and a roll, thanks to them and Anne and Don for hosting.

Dec 2013

50 vans attended our New Year Rally at Malton 48 Yorkshire 1 Nene Valley 1 Northern Counties. Carol and Dave Borcic braved the icy winds booking everyone in. We had bingo and a quiz Friday night. Saturday the committee served everyone jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings, evening entertainment was singer Lee Tetley. Sunday saw a race night, with husbands backing wives and vice versa. Thanks to John Young and his family for putting this on. Monday, many went into Malton shopping, in the evening we were all served again by the committee a first class meal, choice of meats and veg, and the choice of deserts were to die for. Well done Sue and her helpers. Then we had a great singer Rosanna Jayne for the evening. New Years Eve we had a faith supper, raffle draw, a comedy sketch by Dave Borcic, Dave Wright, Wee Dave and Graham Sanderson, various games including Play your cards right with Malcolm Finkle and his dolly dealer Jessica. Malcolm and June Finkle also celebrated 51 years of marriage, Dave Wright won the Quiz. New Years Day everyone was again served with afternoon tea and cakes, and in the evening Soup and a roll. Music throughout was supplied by Wee Dave a good choice, he got everyone up dancing. Thursday goodbye's and home.

We had 32 vans at Skipton 28 Yorkshire, new members Mr. And Mrs. Frisby, 2 Northern Counties 2 Lancs. Fri. evening bingo and quiz, Sat. Liz, Joan and Sue made a selection of sandwiches for everyone. Thank you. Then a Christmas quiz and bingo. Thanks to Jean and Geoff for hosting.

23 Yorkshire 1 Northern Counties arrived at Rufforth, Fri night bingo and quiz, Sat most went to York Christmas shopping, sunny, but cold evening quiz and bingo, thanks to David and Trish for the quizzes and for hosting. Coffee morning Sun and goodbyes.

Nov 2013

We welcomed 61 vans to our Christmas party at Driffield, 51 Yorkshire, 3 Northern Counties, 1 East Midlands. New Members Christine and Michael Branford and Mrs. Podden. Sherry, Mulled wine and mince pies were served around 7pm, followed by bingo and quiz. Sat the children's party got going with entertainment by Russell King, a magician and a visit from Santa with presents. Pauline Grace and Sarah ran the Tombola stall. Faith supper in the evening and entertainment from Raving Rupert, fantastic, especially his Elvis Tribute, raffle was drawn in the interval and Joan Moore winning the guess the weight of the cake 1lb 13oz. Sun coffee morning and goodbyes. Thanks to the committee for all their hard work.

17 Yorkshire and 1 Northern Counties came to Morley this weekend, Weather was fine and sunny but cold, we were well wrapped up when we went out. Fri evening was spent catching up in the clubhouse, Sat, the committee ladies wrapped up presents for the forthcoming children's Christmas party. We had bingo and a quiz in the evening called and read out by Wee Dave. Millie Parker won two games of bingo (LUCKY LADY). Ann and Don hosted and put on sandwiches, thank you both. Bill Wood won the bonus ball. Sunday, coffee morning and goodbyes.

At Crowle we had 18 vans including 1 visitor from Nene Valley, Friday evening we had a game of bingo and quiz in the hall, Saturday some ventured into Scunthorpe or Goole on the bus while others had lunch in one of the local pubs. Saturday evening was another game of bingo followed by a quiz and supper to celebrate Lenny's birthday. Thanks to Anne & Don McGill and Tony Shaw for hosting.

26 vans attended Holmfirth High School 19 Yorkshire, 3 Northern Counties, 2 Lancashire, 2 East Midlands. Fri night there was a guess the sweets and biscuits game and bingo. Saturday visits to Holmfirth, where most ate out in the local eateries and pubs. Saturday night a quiz set by Liz, read out by Wee Dave, also bingo called by Dave. Christine provided sandwiches as it was her 65th birthday, (Doesn't look old enough for a bus pass). Many thanks to Liz and Lenny for hosting.

Hosted by Pete and Janet Draper, 23 vans arrived for our Halloween weekend at the Ruddle Centre. Friday evening in the cosy warmth of the community centre, we had bingo, called by Dave Wright, checker Graham Sanderson, then a Quiz. Saturday morning Janet and her daughters kept the children busy doing crafts and drawings. Heavy rain and high winds caught a few people out, but it fined up for the children to go round the vans trick or treating, after a hotdog to keep them warm. We were entertained Saturday evening by singer Dave Jones, the interval saw sandwiches and cakes brought out for us all, supplied by the hosts. A big thanks to them. Sunday morning coffee and goodbyes.

Oct 2013

58 vans arrived for our AGM at Driffield 56Yorkshire, 1 Northern Counties and 1 Anglia. The weather was better than predicted. Fri. night we had bingo, and a quiz. Sat. catching up with friends, with tea and coffee supplied by the committee, and some walked into Driffield. Evening we had a faith supper, raffle draw, and entertainment by singer Maria, enjoyed I'm sure by all. Sun. morning the new committee was elected. Thanks to the working party for all their efforts over the weekend. (Hard work shifting tables and chairs. Twice)

A dull damp day met us at Whitby, 19 vans in all 14 Yorkshire, 3 East Midlands, 1Northern Counties and 1 Severn Valley, we had a 1st. time ralliers Mr and Mrs Rigby from Yorkshire. We had a cosy warm room in The Gun Club. Most of us walked into town or along the beaches. Sat. night we joined in with the clubs raffle, one of our group won a prize. Thanks to Mike and Millie for hosting

A memorable rally was held at Drax for the 50th. Anniversary of the Yorkshire group.123 vans attended, 86 Yorkshire 37 visitors including one from Ireland. Our founder member and his wife, Mr and Mrs Pooley came in their 1965 Commer motorhome. Thursday evening was cash and prize bingo in the ballroom. Friday, there were two escorted tours round the power station, excellent feed back from that, in the evening a Ho Down with the Assumption Ceili Band. Saturday, sunshine greeted everyone to various games and stalls on the field, and line dancing tuition in the club, in the evening a free hot buffet for all, afterwards was a presentation to our founder member and his wife, and then entertainment from Little Miss 60's. Sunday, raffle draws and a conducted walk in the area saw 53 people joining in some with their dogs, a carvery in the afternoon and in the evening a sing along with Rosanna Jane. Both Yorkshire members and visiting members said it was one of the most enjoyable rallies they had been to, and gave their thanks to the committee and working party for all their hard work over the weekend. Thanks to Ann & Richard for hosting.

Sept 2013

28 vans, attended Wakefield 23 Yorkshire with 1st time Yorkshire members Frank & Diane Williamson. 1st. time visitors from Scotland Christine & Jerry Tookey, 1 Severn Valley, 1 Anglia, 2 Northern Counties. Friday bingo and quiz, Saturday evening bingo and quiz with pie peas and cakes provided by hosts Alan & Elsie Stead to mark their anniversary.

Marsden hosted by Carol and Dave Borcic 16 Yorkshire 1 Lancs. 1 new member Mrs. Fox 1st time ralliers Mr & Mrs Coton, Friday night quiz and Bingo, Sat some went on walks others had a canal boat trip Sat evening quiz and bingo.

Crow Edge 20 vans in total, one from N. Counties rest Yorkshire. Welcome to 1st time ralliers Horace Gash and Ken & Felicity Marshall. Friday evening was bingo and quiz and sandwiches provided by Joan and Liz to celebrate wee Dave's birthday. Saturday the room was open all day with many getting together throughout the day for tea and coffee. Some went to the local farm shop while others got the bus into nearby Holmfirth or to the Penistone Show. Glen held a first aid clinic checking everyone's first aid kit and replacing items as needed. Saturday evening was bingo and quiz with a ploughman's supper. Thanks to Liz and Lenny for hosting

A disappointing 24 vans turned up at Ripon Racecourse, it must have been the rain on Friday that put most people off. 1 N/C and 2 1st time visitors from Nene Valley, Linda & Stuart Davies and Annette & Brian Durrant. Friday evening we played bingo and had a quiz. Saturday was spent in Ripon with a large party going to the Chinese for lunch. Saturday evening it was announced that this was a free rally courtesy of the racecourse before a game of bingo and another quiz. Once again thanks to Ann & Richard for hosting.

Aug 2013

6 vans at Burtree CP, Bedale. All Yorkshire, some walked into Bedale others just around the village. Thanks to Ann & Richard for hosting.

36 vans arrived at Knaresborough hosted by Barry and Maureen, 31 Yorkshire New members Brian and Sheila Ackers 2 NC 1 Spain 1 Lancs. 1EM. Most did the scenic river walk to town in lovely sunshine, few ventured onto the river in rowing boats, the 60's quiz was won by Wee Dave

86 vans enjoyed Driffield's 24th. Steam and Vintage rally 60 Yorkshire New members Mr & Mrs Hammond, 10 E M. 6, N C. 3, S V. 1, Chiltern. 3 Lancs. 1, Anglia. 2, N W M & N W. There was a good array of stalls, a good selection of crafts, lots of fairground rides for young and old. The highlight of the weekend was the parade into town of steam engines, cars, large and small. Thanks to the committee booking in and parking the vans.

24 vans, 21 Yorkshire, 2 EM, 1 NC, attended Fort Paull, hosted by Anne & Don McGill. A game of bingo Friday evening in room. Most went to car boot sale Saturday morning in village. Weather was sunny but windy. We cancelled the room for the Saturday night and played open air bingo, rain stayed away until the last game.

Jul 2013

The lovely weather continued onto Hawes. Dot & Colin were hosts to 28 vans, 23 Yorkshire, 2 NC, 2 Lancs. 1st time visitors Ron & Iris Cooper & David & Jen Liversey, 1 EM 1st. time visitors Andrew & Julie Cushing. Wed. & Thurs. catch up with friends Fri. saw many visiting the Wensleydale Creamery for cheese sampling, Fri. & Sat night bingo & quiz, Sat a few visited Leyburn, or took the walk to Hardraw Force taking in the wonderful Dales countryside, then a cheese and wine evening, thanks to Sarah for the Bonus Ball.

36 Vans enjoyed Settle 31 Yorkshire 1st. time Jean and Ian Sellers, new members Maureen and Cyril Smith, 4 NC. 1 S&WW, 1st time visitors Janet and Rowland Smith. Fri. & Sat. evening bingo & quiz. Sat most took a walk around town, some took the train to Carlisle, Sun. Mon. Tues free and easy. Thanks to Tony, Anne & Don for hosting, & thanks to Lenny and Liz for another super venue.

Styrup we had 25 vans all Yorkshire, 1st time Yorkshire rally for George & Gwen who were with East Yorkshire until its demise. Friday evening was just a free and easy with a game of bingo, Saturday some got the bus into Retford while others found the pub in the next village. Weather was hot and sunny. Saturday evening we played bingo followed by a quiz. Anne & Don hosted.

Burn Gliding Club 32 vans attended. Thanks to David & Trish Robinson (first time rally hosts) 32 vans attended 30 Y 1 NC 1 SV first time visitors, The hot weekend was a bonus, Fri. bingo, quiz and guess the weight of the cake £22-00 was raised. Sat, few caught the bus to Selby some walked via the canal, 4 members went up in gliders and really enjoyed it. Evening bingo and quiz, the cake was won by Sue Jones who donated it for the coffee morning Sun, which we had outside in the hot sunshine.

Jun 2013

Malton was well attended 77 vans in all. Hosts Sue, Trevor, Chris, Graham Thursday free and easy, Friday live entertainment and bingo. Saturday lots went to Malton Farmers market, or went walking in the area. Saturday evening was Elaine and Chris's Wedding celebration's with a buffet and drinks. Music and comic sketches from host Graham. Sunday free and easy.

Our 2nd holiday rally saw us at Northallerton, with 51 vans including 2 from the Spanish Group. Wednesday evening was free and easy, catching up with old friends. Thursday we had a quiz, followed by play your cards right and a game of dingbats. Friday bingo and quiz. Saturday most took the short walk into Northallerton, it was market day. Evening entertainment was provided by Catalina, with bingo in the interval. Sunday was the bottle game and Irish bingo. Hosts Liz & Lenny Carr, Pete & Eileen Hewitt.