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Rally report from Pat Veitch

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Woodthorpe Hall, Lincs Rally 2012

15 Goburs and 1 caravan attended the rally. This was the 14th and last rally organised by Keith and Sylvia. As they have sold their Gobur and now tow a caravan, in accordance with club rules we changed roles and they became my helpers and the rally was in my name.

We arrived on Wednesday, as usual, in bright sunshine and thought we were in for a hot and sunny rally. How wrong can you  be ?!   Thursday morning brought torrential rain and we greeted and sighted all the vans in extremely wet conditions. Fortunately we had erected the marquee on the   Wednesday so had shelter on hand.

There was the usual welcome meeting Thursday evening with cake provided by Lorna and Sylvia to celebrate the birthdays of those reaching the big 70 (3!)  Normal morning coffee meetings were held, and Saturday evening saw the caravan Olympic event. Participants were divided into 3 teams to compete for the gold medals. There was mini golf, quoits, croquet,  then we broke for a buffet then went back to the games. This time there was pegs on the line, balls in a bucket, marbles in a flower pot. A great time was had by all, Sylvia’s team winning and the medals were presented by Denise who had also made and provided them. 

It had rained heavily on and off since the beginning of the rally and on Sunday morning the ground was that sodden with water lying everywhere and in the marquee in particular which forced us to hold the coffee morning in the family room. Mary’s raffle was drawn raising £54. The quiz was marked. Kate and Malcolm proved to have identified the most pictures of all those attending, as babies.

On Monday the weather was kinder to us enabling most of us to take the awnings down in the dry and the sad departure of Meg & Ted as Meg was unwell and had been unable to enjoy most of the rally. The Monday evening meal was held in the restaurant with an excellent meal enjoyed by everyone. There was however a mix up with the puddings, it wasn’t all bad as Colin managed  to get two!  The meal was followed by the usual speeches and goodbyes and best wishes were said to not only Keith & Sylvia but also Olive & Ray and Betty & Colin, who felt that the time had come to give up the Gobur.

So the rally ended on a sad note but was much enjoyed by those attending.

Woodthorpe Hall Caravan and Leisure Park, Near Alford, Lincolnshire

Thursday 21st June to Tuesday 26th June 2012

Organised by Keith and Sylvia Wilkinson

No of Caravans: 15

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