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Rally report from Erica and Mick Allman

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Hurley Riverside Rally 2015

On a very hot sunny day we booked in with the warden of the park and obtained a briefing on the intricacies of the security barrier and were directed to the section of the park that the rally was being held in. This is a very large site with 200 pitches and lots of room for extra large American style recreational vehicles.

We were met by our hosts Wendy and Keith Wright with a warm welcome and much appreciated hot cup of tea, which was provided by their assistants Pat and John Lowery. There were ten units with 19 members in attendance, we gathered each evening in the “meeting tent” for the customary tea, coffee, biscuits, information and chat. The quiz was “guess the famous name” 20 photos which we had to name. “Mary's raffle” was ably run by John Lowery in the absence of Yvonne Jones.

The village of Hurley and its estate lies equal distance from Marlow and Henley on Thames, both these riverside towns being visited by all, the fit and young at heart on foot via the Thames riverside path. At Henley work was in full swing preparing for the Rowing Regatta in July, with many work boats on the water, grandstands and a tented village being erected in the banks. The regatta is not the time for ordinary folk to visit as the car parking charges are increased five fold at that time.

Friday evening saw the customary visit by the mobile fish and chip shop, which some members took advantage of. Saturday was a time of excitement for the children on site with the arrival to two large fire engines to deal with an unfortunate fire in a shed and adjacent hedge amongst the static vans. In the evening there was an American Supper in the meeting tent. Once all had been fed and watered we joined in the DICE GAME which involves two special dice and three 20p pieces. A full description of the fun of this game is best left until played again other than to say that the game ends when one player has “won” all the 20p pieces. On this occasion the winnings were donated to Mary's raffle. The evening was rounded off with a general knowledge quiz and more chatting.

The park was particularly noisy during the weekend it was a surprise as there were not that many persons camping. On investigation we found on the riverside there were a large collection of cars parked with people having a good time with BBQ's etc. It appears that the Hurley Estate charges £10 per day for the pleasure of the use of the land. The riverside picnic ground is part of the Thames Path and flood plain in the area. The weather was also very good on Sunday ans so it was just a busy, the difference being the aromas were more oriental from the cooking pots.

The end of the rally came all too soon with a meal at the Britannia Pub in Marlow,

which is decked out in all sorts of maritime items. A vote of thanks was given to the organisers and their assistants for a trouble free and very happy rally, which finished as it began in lovely sunshine.

Erica and Mick Allman



HURLEY RIVERSIDE PARK, HURLEY, BERKSHIRE

Thursday 4th June to Tuesday 9th June 2015

Organised by Wendy & Keith Wright

No of Caravans: 10

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