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Rally report from Wendy and Keith Wright

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Claypits Rally 2013

We arrived on Thursday 30th May after a journey of dry and very wet weather but luckily event free.
We were welcomed by Joy and Peter with the customary cup of tea. 

Everyone turned up to the rally which consisted of 17 vans.

Thursday evening we all met up for a welcome meet in Joy and Peters meeting tent. Gillian Moss laid on cake which was very nice.

We awoke on Friday to beautiful sunshine. Joy and Peter arranged a trip to the Slimbridge Wild Fowl and Wetlands Trust for all interested parties and had also arranged a guide to show us around. We had a lovely day looking at all the unusual birds which were free to roam and not in the least worried about the public. There were flamingos of all different shades of pink. After the tour we were at liberty to walk around ourselves and enjoy the lovely landscape.

Saturday we went into Dursley a small town nearby then walked alongside a canal leading to Stroud although we didn't get that far. In the evening we all went along to `The George` and had a nice meal together.

Joy and Peter took a small group for a 4 mile walk. Gasp!!

Sunday it was a trip to Gloucester for us with the disappointment that the `Park and Ride` didn't operate on a Sunday, so horror of horrors, we had to drive to Gloucester and pay for parking.....only 2 though all day, so not at all bad. Whilst there, we did a little shopping and walked around the historic dock yard.

Monday after taking down the awning we went to a little village called Frampton that was recommended to us by others and then drove to Saul which had a small bridge over the canal and you park your car then walk along the canal path to look at the boats. Strangely enough, the parking meter wasn't working and we were told that a chap lost his 1 coin in there and couldn't get it out. Keith got a bit of wire and prized it out along with another 1 coin. He couldn't find the chap to give him his pound so Keith was actually paid 2 to park, this was a first (paid for parking at Gloucester).

Monday evening we all went out for fish and chips at a nearby eatery and I can honestly say it was one of the best ever fish and chips we'd eaten. It was tasty and hot.

Mary's raffle made 69. Joy and Peter got us to send in an `unknown fact` about ourselves and we all had to try to guess who matched the `fact`. We managed to get three right other than our own. We also had another quiz in which we fared better.

Thank you to Joy and Peter for a smashing rally with FANTASTIC weather. Sunny every day, we couldn't have asked for more.

Apple Tree Park, Claypits, near Stroud, Glos

Thursday 30th May to Tuesday 4th June 2013

Organised by Joy Stovell and Peter Silverthorne

No of Caravans: 17

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