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Comberton Rally 2019

How pleased we were to have booked onto this Rally.

Highfield Touring Park was an ideal location for exploring Cambridge and surrounding places of interest. The site itself was well run, staff very helpful and the shower block was close to hand for all and was pristine throughout.

Nice circular walk for the four legged campers among us too, waggy tails said they were enjoying themselves. When we did the walk we were accompanied by a white cat which followed us all the way. We thought it belonged to the Site owners but apparently it had followed another camper back from the village and made itself at home at Highfield Farm Touring Park.

On arrival we were presented with a beautiful pennant to commemorate the 21st Anniversary of the Gobur Owners Club. As soon as we were up and running our pennant was suitably placed on display. A lovely memento, organised by Yvonne, we understand, a true friend to the Gobur Family, who was very much in everyones thoughts at Comberton and who will be greatly missed.

At 7.30 each evening the Gobur Gang could gather for a friendly get together, with tea, coffee and biscuits too. On Tuesday evening a nice variety of cakes were also provided. The Rally Tent was the home to these gatherings. By chatting to others you hear of places to explore during the week which maybe you weren’t aware of.

Twelve units attended. A photo was taken of the Keiths and Alans gathered, 3 Keiths and 3 Alans - amazing.

A fish and chip van delivered dinner on Saturday evening for those that wanted them. They were yummy.

Monday evening the answers were announced to the quiz we’d been given on arrival. Well done Wendy and Keith for getting such a high score, I believe they only got two wrong. The raffle was then held, several prizes handed out and Chris Graham was really pleased with the amount raised for charity.

On Sunday at Audley End there was a Classic Car Show which a few attended and enjoyed. The house well worth a visit too we hear.

We chose to visit two nearby National Trust properties. Wimpole Hall built between 1640 and 1686 which was owned by several families over the years, most of whom getting into debt and having to sell up. The last owners being Cptn George and Mrs Elsie Bambridge (last surviving child of Rudyard Kipling). When widowed Elsie Bambridge continued to live there and bequeathed it to the National Trust in 1976.

Anglesey Abbey was the other house we visited, this had been the home of Lord Fairhaven since the 1930’s. Gazing at the many treasures in the very dark rooms it wasn’t obvious of how spectacular many of these were until a bright torch was shone onto them. I hasten to add these torches were those of the room guides and not ones we’d produced.

Other popular places to visit were Ely, St Ives, the American Cemetery, Gratchester and the city of Cambridge itself. Impossible to visit all the attractions in so short a time.

The weather forecast for the week warned of thunderstorms and lots of rain. Thankfully they were wrong. Half of the awnings were taken down on Tuesday in the dry. However those that waited until the next day or the day of departure were also able to pack away in the dry. Why do we listen to the weather “experts”?

For our final evening a meal was arranged at Comberton Golf Club. Nice cosy dining area with a lovely view onto the golf course. Plenty of rabbits running around. Think there were probably more than 18 holes out there.

Departure time was 2pm on Thursday but all Goburs were folded down, hitched up and on the road by 11ish, including all the farewells to everyone.

A big thank you to Sue and Peter for organising such an enjoyable Rally along with Chris and Dave. Everyone was saying how friendly and enjoyable a gathering it had been. Well done.

Dorothy & Terry Windsor

Highfield Farm Touring Park, Comberton, Cambs

Thursday 13th June to Thursday 20th June 2019

Organised by Sue and Peter Fitz-Harris assisted by Chris and David

No of Caravans: 12

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