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Thorpe Hall Rally 2017

Wall to wall (literally as the site was a walled garden!) sunshine greeted us at Thorpe Hall Caravan Park.  Alan & Sylvia, plus their friendly, well behaved dog Tom, welcomed us to one of the centre island pitching areas, assisted by Steve & Yvonne.

Nine carousels plus one made up the rally.  The plus one was Trevor and Heidi who had recently bought their first Carousel, lived in the area so asked if they could join us for Saturday night.  We were only too pleased to welcome them as new members and hope they enjoy our friendly club.

Thorpe Hall is an attractive pretty site, well laid out with excellent facilities and has its own fishing lake and plenty of field areas to walk dogs.

Alan, being a model railway enthusiast, had set up a track on his pitch and his beautiful steam engine looked wonderful puffing round it.

On Thursday we accepted a pre-arranged invitation to Eric and Margaret’s railway garden in Seamer.  The whole garden was devoted to all things train and the track meandered on different levels around all the garden plants and shrubs.

The star of the show had to be Alan’s steam engine steaming majestically around Eric’s track.  We had a really good afternoon watching various trains and rolling stock in action and Margaret kindly provided teas & coffees. The detail on the models was amazing.

The area has some interesting places to visit including Scarborough Fair and RSPB Bempton Cliffs.  The sight, sound and slight (not unpleasant) smell of 250,000 pairs of breeding sea birds is awesome but who manages to count them all?!!!  The spectacular view of an ever changing busy display of birds such as razorbill, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, cormorants, shags plus the stars of the show-, puffins is truly wonderful.

Slightly amusing are the serious “birders” AKA twitchers, with camera lenses about the size of a dustbin lid all covered in camouflage fabric, carrying tripods so big and heavy they need a special harness for them!!  One such bird watcher did admit to me his lens weighed about 5kg (that is airline carry-on bag weight!!) plus the weight of the actual camera.  It made me grateful for my Panasonic Lumix TZ60 which takes great photos & is considerably smaller.

The sight of puffins resplendent in colourful breeding plumage is a real WOW moment and privilege.

On Saturday evening we had the use of the well-equipped village hall.  The tables looked very colourful once everyone had laid their supper place complete with a plated first course and of course the odd bottle of “vino plonko”!!  Everyone then helped themselves to a delicious selection of naughty but nice puddings followed by tea or coffee.

Just in case anyone was under the illusion this was to be a relaxing social evening Alan and Sylvia had other ideas!!  A large table had a blue cloth clearly hiding something.  After we had all finished supper all was revealed.  This mysterious cloth covered 20 objects which we all had to study for a set time then go away and write down as many as possible.  Good fun and it reduced us temporarily to silence as the brains worked hard. The winning score was 16.

The other quiz was to identify each person from the pre-handed in item held up by Alan & Sylvia.  This was not as easy as it sounds!   The item which caused most amusement was a broken piece of roof vent correctly attributed to Steve!  His had disintegrated en- route to the site and the top of his Carousel sported a “designer catch”, a brick holding down some weatherproofing!

After 5 days of sun Monday dawned somewhat damp & drizzly but it failed to spoil our rally.

That evening we all gathered in Alan & Sylvia’s awning for the answers to the quiz sheet included in our welcome packs, 20 questions about Thorpe hall and Yorkshire. The winner scored 18.  The raffle was then drawn which raised £59 and the now legendary 72pence!! for Richard and Stephen’s chosen charities.

All too soon Tuesday dawned, again rather overcast and showery, the end of a really great rally.  Some Carousellers were staying on but it was cheerio time for everyone.

A HUGE thank you to Alan and Sylvia for running such a successful and enjoyable rally. They must have worked very hard in organising this, their first rally, so well.

by Carol West

Thorpe Hall Caravan Park, Rudston, East Yorkshire

Wednesday 10th May to Wednesday 17th May 2017

Organised by Alan & Sylvia Eccles Assisted By Steve & Yvonne Jones

No of Caravans: 10

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