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 Swanton Morley Rally 2017

We arrived at the Swanton Morley Rally a day later than most and it was a glorious sight to see so many of the superb Gobur vans in one field, 25 in total when we pulled onto Park Farm Camping Site.

We were greeted by Steve who showed us a vacant pitch and he helped us get central to the pitch post. Electric hook up and water were right on hand. A cuppa was also offered but, as the sky was grey and threatening rain, we decided to crack on and get set up which we did in no time at all.

The site was very spacious with a shop which provided all the essentials. Nobody manned the shop, all items were clearly priced and they just relied on campersí honesty to leave what they owed. Amazing in this day and age.

The toilets and showers were always nice and clean but there was a problem with the boiler for one evening, hence no hot water. Think most people resorted to washing in their vans but were all delighted when normal service was resumed on the Saturday. Nothing like a nice hot shower to freshen you up.

Saturday evening a get together was arranged whereby we supplied our own first course and Steve and Yvonne supplied a nice selection of desserts and cheese and biscuits. The venue was a huge marquee with heating = luxury. A game of truth or lie was played afterwards which went down very well. Yvonne did a sterling job reading out all the information provided, especially as she had injured her leg during the week and should have been resting. She was on her feet all evening, in fact all week it seemed. Hope all your hard work hasnít slowed your recovery in any way Yvonne. David and Christine were the winners of the truth or lie game, so well done to them.

At the end of the evening there was a splendid firework display which had been arranged for a wedding that was taking place at the site but was enjoyed by all .

On Sunday the coffee social gathering was held in the morning. We didnít attend that one as we wanted to head off to Pensthorpe Natural Park which opened at 10 am. As it was we didnít arrive until gone 11am. It is an expensive day out but we had never been before so we explored it all and were there until closing at 5pm. We thoroughly enjoyed our day there and would recommend it to anyone who has never been.

We tended to visit the surrounding towns whilst at Swanton as the sky tended to hint at rain on the way most days. This, however, was not the case and we were lucky to have a dry week with blustery winds.

Dereham with its cinema and selection of shops was nice and bustly. Fakenham had several charity shops and Swaffham was nearly all charity shops but did have a lovely church and interesting museum. Wells-next-the-Sea was our favourite and it did us good to walk from the harbour down to the lifeboat shed, along the beach and back through the woods along with so many other people. There were lots of other places of interest we could have visited but we ran out of time.

Our welcome pack on arrival at the Rally contained a quiz consisting of 30 very varied questions, the winners of which were announced in the Marquee on Tuesday evening and Maurice and Helen came top and claimed their reward, with Peter and Sue claiming the consolation prize.

The raffle was also drawn on Tuesday evening. £92.20 was raised for Richardís chosen charities. There were so many prizes, I think everyone on the Rally came away with something.

It was very blustery as we left the marquee and headed back to our vans and was still very windy as we awoke on our last full day at Park Farm. This was a blessing in disguise as the awnings were all lovely and dry and ideal for packing away. Fortunately none blew away.

A meal had been booked at the Mermaid Inn at Elsing for our last evening. It was a nice cosy venue providing a room just the ideal size to fit us all in. The meals provided were very enjoyable and lovely and hot. Enjoyed all the more as we didnít have to cook.

Surely the week wasnít over, where did the time go? Must be a sign that we had a good time as thatís when time flies isnít it?

Apparently Angela and Derek Ward contacted the site hoping to visit but sadly all of the hooks ups were already booked and there was no room.They did manage to visit in their car as they were staying in the Norwich area so we managed to catch up with all their news after all.

No room Ė kinda rings a bell. Yes Christmas is now just around the corner, hope you all have a Very Happy one and a New Year filled with lots of happy camping outings. Let us raise a glass to all the organisers of the Rallies in 2017 and tell them how much we appreciate all their hard work.

In the case of this Rally we would like to thank Steve, Yvonne, Dickie and Annette for a very enjoyable week to end the camping year on.

Park Farm Campsite, Swanton Morley, Norfolk

Thursday 5th October to Thursday 12th October 2017

Organised by Steve, Yvonne, Dickie and Annette

No of Caravans: 25

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