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Rally report from Tricia Jones

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Frodsham Rally 2015

"We were welcomed once again to Lady Heyes on the Thursday by Tom and Helena and supplied with refreshment before settling up. There were plenty of leaflets on display in the gazebo with suggestions of where to visit during the stay as well as information in the welcome pack. The weather was glorious and the forecast good for the next few days.

For those of you who have not been to Lady Heyes it is an interesting site well geared up for families as well as offering plenty of outlets for browsers and buyers whether it be antiques, second hand books, sewing and craft workshops or a micro brewery. It's certainly worth spending an hour or two wandered round.

The toilet block is new, boasts underfloor heating and the hot water is plentiful for showers and washing up.

Tom and Helena with support from Steve and Yvonne had devised some rather fiendish quizzes - lots of lateral thinking required for one of them. We also had to put our drawing skills to the test again with the pub signs. It's amazing that something that looks completely obvious to the artist is interpreted so differently by those trying to guess. It was all good fun and we certainly had a laugh when the answers were given out on Monday morning.

Tom led a goodly number on a five mile walk on Friday afternoon which took us across fields and through woodland carpeted in places with a variety of wild flowers, to the River Weaver and back via the village of Kingsley. It was a cooler day but ideal for walking.

The Sunday morning walk was more strenuous as we climbed to reach the hills round Frodsham before joining the Sandstone Trail. We picnicked overlooking the Wirral, River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal then made our way back past the war memorial you can see from the M56 and visited some fascinating troglodyte caves carved in the sandstone. The walk was of just under 7 and a half miles and the sun came out as we were reaching the site so we could sit outside for a well earned cup of tea.

We all enjoyed an excellent fish and chip supper on Saturday evening at the site chippy. Very fresh fish served in a light almost tempura like batter.  It was very efficiently served and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating.  We followed this with desserts supplied by Tom and Helena and then embarked on a Cheshire Cat Drive!

Monday dawned much like the Saturday, blue skies and sunshine.  You could see for miles across the Cheshire Plain and the steam rising from a distant power station rose vertically without the wind. We gathered for morning coffee and learned the results of the competitions and raffle. Some went out for the day while others took down awnings and sunbathed.

In the evening we all enjoyed a pre-ordered two course meal at The Traveller's Rest, which is within walking distance of the site.  The food was delicious and the main course served with beautiful steamed vegetables.

Tuesday morning arrived all too soon and goodbyes were said all round as everyone packed up either quickly or at a more leisurely pace.


Thursday 16th April to Tuesday 21st April 2015

Organised by Helena and Tom Bushell

No of Caravans: 17

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