Centre News

(National Rally - Club Fest at Belvoir Castle. Campsite Crew Volunteers 31/05/2022 - 05/06/2022. NG32 1PE) Please see message below from Martin. Dear Members I (Martin Critchley) write to you as the appointed Campsite Crew Leader (previously Lead Block Marshal) for “ClubFest” 2022 and working in conjunction with our Central Region Vice Chairman Steve Widdowson. We have 384 units booked on Central Region lines and require a total crew of 14 total enable us to properly manage the efficiency of pitching them all correctly and dealing with issues that may arise over the five days of the events. To this end we would like to share the workload across our Region by putting out this request for each Centre to find and nominate one of their members who will volunteer their services to become a Campsite Crew Member. Your nomination: * must be able to arrive to site on Tuesday 31st May * does not constitute a booking * if not already booked, will not be able to book their pitch until after the booking form for the Campsite Crew is returned to myself * will be emailed with the details of how to book * still have to pay I would be grateful if you could provide the details of your nomination to me NO LATER THAN Friday 14th January. Membership Number Title Initial First Name Surname Partner’s Name Contact Number Mobile Email If you have more than one member of your Centre willing to volunteer then please provide their details too. I would delighted if we are “spoilt for choice” through having more than13 volunteers. If you have any questions or require further details please contact me as per the details in the email footer. Should you be unable to provide a nomination I would be grateful if you could advise accordingly. May I take the opportunity to wish you, your family and your Centre Members all the very best for the festive season Take care and stay safe. With Kind Regards Martin Critchley rallysec@nottscentre.com
The New Year rally was held at Newark Showground. Before flag commenced there was a moment of reflection for all those who unfortunately lost their lives to the pandemic and also to honour those who have helped to treat and look after the many that have thankfully come through the last 2 years. In life people can forget what you say and what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel. This is the Notts centre caravan way of life. After welcoming everyone the Chairlady reported that the rally had been well attended with visitors from Beds, Cheshire, Derbys, East Yorks, East Warks, Leics, Lincs, South Yorks, South Staffs, Scottish and West Midland centres. There were also two first time ralliers and 8 members celebrating birthdays. Tuesday 28th December Some people arrived a day early to get settled in with one gentleman travelling 305 miles from Scotland (doing 185 of those before even finding out if the rally was going ahead). Wednesday 29th December We were treated to a 2 course meal of soup and sausage and mash followed by entertainment from a Bruno Mars tribute act then a disco to finish the night. Thursday 30th December Tonight’s theme was ‘Egyptian’ with amazing Egyptian props made by marshal, Paul Tomkinson. We were served a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings followed by jam roly-poly and custard. Afterward we were entertained by a Queen Tribute act, (the best the Chairlady had seen so far). Friday 31st December - New Year’s Eve (The main event) Everyone was dressed to impress! Centre Flag was followed by a 3 course meal of soup, pork with all the trimmings and a desert of Vienetta and cream. We were then entertained by party band, The Warning Tones followed by a disco into the early hours. We welcomed in the New Year with a glass of prosecco and sandwich platter. Huge thanks to the marshals, Jane and Paul, Gill and Richard, Tracy and Nick and to everyone else who helped with food prep, decorations, cleaning and siting of vans. They all did a fantastic job to make this a successful rally which has received very positive feedback and is a credit to Notts Centre.
Most of the rallies from the programme for 2022/2023 have now been uploaded. There are a few that still need to be uploaded which are awaiting further information, these will be completed as soon as possible.
Payments for rallies - please do not make any further payments for rallies until after 1st January 2022. This is to assist the Centre Treasurer with the Centre Accounts. Thanks in advance for your assistance with this. Going forward all rally payments must be made at least 14 days prior to the start of the rally. This has been decided by the committee to avoid future issues arising from late payments.
In line with the launch of the new rally programme, the committee have decided to start issuing rally plaques again. To guarantee getting a plaque, you must book on at least 18 days before the rally start date.
The first batch of rallies have now been uploaded so you can book online - more will follow over the next few days.
We seem to be back into full swing with rallies which we are able to do almost everything we could do pre covid. We have had some brilliant well attended socials including Collingham and Winthorpe thank you to the marshals! The feedback I have received from both Nott’s members and other centres whom attended has been brilliant, and we hope they will go back and report to their own centres what a good time they have had. Invitations had been sent out for the Chairlady's rally to be held at Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire over the weekend 20th to 22nd May 2022. Leicestershire Centre have confirmed that they will add the rally to their programme as an invite.
A recent review of the centre's disco equipment has resulted in the purchase of 2 new, good quality speakers. These will be a great asset to the centre as we approach the winter season for use on the Christmas Social Rally and also on the New Year Rally. Rally marshals will be able to request use of the equipment for their rallies but will have to follow an agreed procedure which will be managed by the Audio Officer.
Bonfire rally 5th-7th November currently we still have spaces. There will be 2 firework displays and a ‘fire show’. The junior display will start at 7pm, fire show will start at 7.30pm and main show at 8.15pm. On site you will also find a Funfair and stalls where you can purchase refreshments as well as a bar. You will need to pay for your display tickets on arrival so please bring corrrect money. The cost is £3.50 for adults and children. Under 4's free of charge.
I am pleased to present my report for 2021 to you all. I wish to thank all the committee and those from all centres who have helped Dave and myself in my second year of my Chair ladyship. The last year has been very challenging. The Coronavirus and its consequences have a lot to answer for. With the support of our committee we are able to rally again albeit with restrictions and changes that have been implemented and enforced by HQ. These include strict covid guidelines including prepayment by BACS, track and trace and risk assessments. We have still managed to have 10 rallies since the last AGM with the average attendance of 24 vans. The prepayment by bank transfer has been very successful and protects both our marshals and treasurer from having to have large amounts of money in their vans which is a security risk, and also means land owners are being paid directly by our treasurer Jane. I would like to thank Tom Mead who stepped in to the assistant social secretary role even though you had no socials to organise your input on the committee was appreciated Thank you to Claire Bond who has been our press officer and facebook warden for want of a better word. All the mentioned above will be stepping down this year from the committee and I would like to pass on our thanks on behalf of the centre. Thank you to the land owners who have allowed us to rally at their venues, with a big thank you to Martin Critchley our rally secretary, who has booked some fabulous rallies for us to enjoy next year, and the members who have picked these rallies up to allow us to continue to have a strong membership and enjoy the venues. Thankyou to everyone to everyone else on the committee, Jane, Tracy Julie, Sara and Richard for your support over this trying time. Thanks to John Shipley who put together a strong fishing team but we unfortunately lost the trophy this year but the winners (Leicestershire) did have help from Notts members. Finally, thank you to my husband Dave who has been my rock and has been there as a chauffeur, handyman, tea maker, pot washer and general ear to bend! without his support. I could not have been able to do the role. This concludes my speech,