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Rally report from Pat and Russell Felton

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Dereham Rally 2016

An exciting time was had by all attending members threading their way through the single track roads to the Swanton Morley campsite. Several of us missed turnings and did a loop via some unsuspecting small hamlets. Thankfully there were no oncoming vehicles. We were welcomed by Steve, Yvonne, Ron, Ros, Dickie and Annette who kindly provided a tea or coffee to us weary travelers.

Upon arrival we found a lovely flat grassy site with all of the usual resources close to our units. There were caravan pitches on the far side of the site that became full over the weekend and then cleared on the Sunday. In the centre of our field were five large blue glamping tunnel tents that were in use at the weekend.

The first few days saw six Carousels with the remaining four arriving later. New members Dave and Fiona were greeted and welcomed by us all.

The weather was kind to us with members visiting places including Dereham, Norwich, Fakenham, Sherringham, Bawdeswell Garden Centre also Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. One person even visited Gobur and ordered a new Carousel!, they even managed to entice two new couples to join our club. During the Rally only one daytime shower of rain occurred which didn't inconvenience anyone, well, except Steve who had about 10 gallons of rain on the roof of his awning extension.

On Saturday night the site owner had a large bonfire as we were were having our American Supper with delicious deserts provided by Steve and Yvonne. A Truth or Lie game was entered into by everyone with David and Chris the winners. The lucky raffle ticket prize of a glass sea horse was won by Pat and Russell. Looking out of the meeting tent the bonfire had become rather vigorous and flames so high that it had to be extinguished.

Coffee evenings were full of chat and banter with everyone getting to know each other. On our last night Steve and Yvonne provided a lovely buffet and liquid refreshments which rounded off an excellent Rally week. Mary's Raffle was drawn at the buffet and 55 was raised for Richard's charities. The 'very difficult' quiz was won by Steve Darke and the last runners up were Mick and Erica. Before the results were given Steve said out aloud that "The quiz masters decision IS FINAL".

Thank you for a very enjoyable rally.

We wish all of readers the very best for Christmas and the New Year. See you in 2017.

Russell and Pat.

Park Farm Camping, Swanton Morley, Dereham

Thursday 22nd September to Thursday 29th September 2016

Organised by Steve and Yvonne Jones

No of Caravans: 10

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