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Rally report from Erica and Mick Allman

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Seasalter Rally 2013

We arrived early afternoon to be welcomed by Angela, Derek, Rosemary and David our hosts for the week with a very welcome cup of tea. We were expertly shown to our pitch and offered help with the awning should we need it as the breeze was more than gentle, but the sun was still shining.

The first gathering of the rally on the Wednesday evening was in the hospitality suite – AKA the gazebo’s - Derek announced that the coffee mornings would be in the evening for a change. He explained that was so that members could make early starts to the local places of interest or just have a lazy day with a late breakfast. The usual collection of bumf regarding the locality was handed out along with the rally quiz this time being, guess a known person or character.

With the English weather being what it is in June, we had a share of wet, windy and sunny periods. But being hardy caravaners that the membership is, all still managed to have a good time.

Most of if not all the local attractions of the North Kent coast were visited, Canterbury for the Cathedral etc, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate, and Broadstairs of seaside fame. Also a must was Faversham a delightful country town with a traditional town centre part of which was Shepherd Neame & Co Brewery, famous for Kentish real ale and being Britain’s oldest brewery. Others walked the paths and byways of the beautiful Kent Countryside.

Whilst we were there a Dickenisan Festival was held within the town of Broadstairs with characters dressed in appropriate costumes, also included was a town walk, and various musical performances, also a small craft market. Most members went to see what was on offer, the day we visited a junior school choir gave a musical performance on the bandstand.

The gathering on the Saturday evening was for a “SHARE” supper and fun and frolic with a knock out game of  “Boules” according to Derek’s rules. This meant that the Chairmans decisions were “Legal” and “Binding” on all competitors. At the end of the evening Gordon Afflick was declared the winner.

The Sunday evening gathering was held at 10am for a change so that the winner of the quiz and Mary’s raffle could be announced before anyone had to head for home. Maureen and John Hopper being declared the winners of the quiz. It appears the gods are smiling at Erica and I as for our third rally this year we were lucky to again win a prize in the raffle.

The end of rally meal was taken in the Homing Park Clubhouse, which is on the site, even though it was a very warm evening there were no takers for a dip in the pool attached to the clubhouse. This ended the week on a high, thanks being given to the organisers and their helpers for making it a very enjoyable time in the Garden of England.

Homing Park, Seasalter, Whitstable, Kent

Thursday 12th June to Tuesday 19th June 2013

Organised by Angela and Derek Ward

No of Caravans: 18

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