All Secretaries have now received their copy of Green Paper “3.16v1 On site Operational Procedures” from HQ. You can find the full report in Membership / Green Papers on the Camping and Caravanning Club web site.
Please note, if you intend to camp at any Meet or Temporary Holiday Site (THS) then it is most important that you contact the Organiser/Steward prior to leaving home. You can do this either directly or via social media page or web site. You can then be advised on the requirements for camping at their Meet/THS
Please follow advice given and camp responsibly. Stay Safe.
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Liz, Roger, Pat and I (David) joined the Camping and Caravanning Club during the 1979 camping season. Initially Pat and myself in a caravan, Liz and Roger in a large, comfortable frame tent. Despite the work involved setting up and dismantling they camped virtually every weekend from March to November.
Our four children, Claire and Kate (mine) Michael and Michelle (theirs) were all totally involved in the camping life. Michelle and Michael eventually became CCY members, then full members. Both have, until very recently, been members of the NDA committee. All their children are also camping club enthusiasts.
Some members will remember the gale at a meet on the side of the River Trent. We spent the whole night holding Liz and Rogers tent in place, while dodging flying toilet tents and porta potties. That was when Liz and Roger decided to splash out on a van.
I joined the NDA committee in 1984 and, in various posts, served for 14 or 15 years, Liz joined as Catering officer a few years later. She left June 2020 a total of 30 plus years of absolute commitment.
By 2006 Pat and myself were starting to camp abroad for long spells and our involvement in DA camping decreased. Liz and Rogers involvement just seemed to get stronger. Involved in NDA – Central Counties Region – Countryside Care – Tow car of the Year- NFOL s, the list is endless
As an NDA catering officer Liz was second to none. Whether involved in a simple coffee morning, a Da social, a major DA function such as the Buffet dance (held during the non-camping season) or the VIP lunch at the Goose Fair Meet – Liz and Roger did the DA proud. Her organisation of these events was awesome. The logistics and budgeting of the DA camping season – non-camping season – the GFM or Regional meets and I think even at least one National, seemed to be second nature to Liz, ably assisted by Roger.
Can you remember her fruit cakes? Aesthetic masterpieces and beautiful to taste. She would produce the DA Christmas Cake(s) the challenge of scale never daunted her.
She eventually held the post of DA chairperson and finally Central Counties Regional Secretary
As she became more involved in the Region (I only managed one spell of 3 years) Liz’s involvement in the NDA never diminished, eventual becoming NDA President. She also served as minutes secretary for Michelle in her time as DA secretary.
She was awarded the DA Honorary Membership
Along with all this leisure time involvement Liz and Roger brought up their family. Liz worked as a child minder. Not only did she care for the children, she made genuine, lifetime relationships with the parents. Roger and Liz are honorary grandparents to more families than I can remember. Some of the children she cared for now have families of their own. She was also chairperson of the local Childminders group.
For 41 years Liz and Roger have committed their lives to the welfare of others. Their contribution to our great hobby of camping and the social life that this involves cannot be underestimated.
They did not do it for others, it was just what they enjoyed doing and the way they chose to live their lives. Their reward, the many friendships that created.
They will be missed by hundreds of people and are loved by so many.
Harold Webb was a member of Birmingham District Association. Harold was a fun loving gentleman, always impeccably dressed and never without his whistle. Harold passed away 9th April 2020.
Harold was a member of Birmingham D.A. for approx. 46 years, he was a member of Committee for 14 years, serving as Social Secretary, Equipment Officer and the last 12 months before retiring from Committee served as Chairman.
Harold very much enjoyed the Central Counties Regional Meets and the last one he attended won an award for representing the Birmingham D.A. in the Mardi Gras as a one man outfit.
Any weekend Harold and Cath stewarded was always going to be unusual and different but always fun and an enjoyable weekend was had by all.
Harold loved his whistle and on occasions was told what to do with it, but undeterred next time he was out the whistle was with him.
We now have Stewards for this Temporary Holiday Meet in Somerset. Thank you Hilary and Simon.
Unfortunately the Carnivals in the area have had to be cancelled following Government guidelines for Covid19. None the less there is still plenty to do in the area. Miles of coastal paths to be walked, sandy beaches for picnics, small towns and villages to visit.
At the moment we are unsure which of the facilities on site will be open but all being well there is the shop, bar, entertainment, fish and chip shop and more.
Central Counties Region hold their annual Dinner Dance at Drayton Manor in February every year. All Club Members are invited to join us. The date for 2021 will be 13th February. The evening consists of a four course meal followed by presentations and then dance the evening away to live entertainment. Camping is available through the Region (on the coach parking area, with toilets) or the Club site further down the drive. If you would like to attend please contact Val. For further details www.centralcountiesregion.co.uk
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