Rally report from Helen and Maurice Clare
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
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
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.
CHURCH FARM CARAVAN PARK, SIXPENNY HANDLEY, WILTSHIRE
Thursday 12th June to Tuesday 17th June 2014
Organised by Joy Stovell and Peter Silverthorne
No of Caravans: 16
Gobur Owners' Club