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Rally report from Helen and Maurice Clare

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Sixpenny Handley Rally 2014

We arrived at Sixpenny Handley on Thursday morning to a warm welcome from Peter and Joy and in glorious sunshine which continued pretty much for the whole of the rally - not a drop of rain!

We settled in and everyone was soon on site and ready for a good time.  We met in the hospitality tent on the first evening for Joy and Peter to tell us about plans for the rally (not very taxing!) and for us to greet and catch up with friends and to welcome first time ralliers Chris and Rod Sparkes. As usual on a rally the talk and laughter could be heard over the whole rally site.

The weather was really hot and not the best for rushing around in cars but there are many interesting places to visit in the area and the site was soon quiet every day as folks set off on foot to explore the local area or by car to go further afield.  The sunshine tempted some of us to the seaside and on Saturday Peter and Joy led the Sixpenny Handley Roundwalk which was enjoyed by a good few, although it was thirsty work! Some of us took advantage of the local (infrequent) bus service to take a trip into Blandford Forum and we fell across a very big wedding in the middle of town - service personnel (the Royal Signals are based at Blandford Forum Camp) - and chatted to the local people who were very friendly.

On Saturday night we had a fish and chip supper in the site restaurant and followed this with coffee and hat making in the hospitality tent.  This was done with newspaper and a few pins and there were prizes for the best lady and best man.  It was surprising how many budding milliners were amongst us, of both genders.

Sunday evening was the time for marking the quizzes and drawing the raffle.  The quizzes had been really interesting and there were lots of groans as people wondered how they'd missed an answer that seemed really easy (always easy when someone tells you).  As there had been two quizzes and lots of people got the same score there was a round of hands on heads or tails and spinning a coin.  Eventually there were winners for each of the quizzes and booby prizes for the lowest scores.  I enjoyed the raffle as I won a prize!

Monday wasn't quite so hot but there was no rain so after coffee everyone started slowly to get ready to leave - that time seems to come around very quickly - and awnings were taken down with no worries about rain.

For Monday evening Joy and Peter had arranged a game of skittles and a meal at The Sheaf of Arrows in nearby Cranborne.  This was good fun. We had a game before the meal and another after and in spite of quite a lot of barracking the men only managed to beat the ladies by 10 points. Derek Ward thanked Peter and Joy for an enjoyable rally, seconded by all  and we returned to the site as always wondering how the time had gone so quickly.

Thank you Joy and Peter for a really enjoyable and interesting rally.


Thursday 12th June to Tuesday 17th June 2014

Organised by Joy Stovell and Peter Silverthorne

No of Caravans: 16

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