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Meets & THS Gallery 2012

The Newnes Caravan Park.

What a lovely weekend was had at The Newnes.  Excellent for walkers and photographers, as the view s from the site are spectacular even with a heart shaped lake that the site overlooks

Thank you Bubs for the report and Alan for the pictures.

 
 Coronation Hall.

 

A good weekend was had by all.  The weather was glorious.  13 units attended.  We had an American Supper in the hall, followed by bingo, play your cards right, a raffle and good music provided by Alan.  A big thank you also to Noel for hosting the bingo and Roy who did the Play Your Cards Right and of course Mel the lovely DOLLY DEALER. A big thank you also to the pub owners next door who supplied us with plenty of liquid refreshment as well as plenty of local cheese.
 



 

Thank you Julie for the report and Mel & Bubs for the pictures

   
Whitegates Caravan Park, Easter Meet.

 Thursday was fine & dry to welcome friends, old & new. Friday, we all had Hot + buns sat out braving the chilled wind, but the views from on site make up for that. As there had been snow on Wednesday, the mountains looked spectacular. Saturday, many went out visiting the surrounding areas. In the evening in The Town Hall we had American Supper, Play your cards right, Bingo and a Quiz given by Julie. Sunday many out again, and in the evening back to the Town Hall. We had a lovely surprise from a young man, 9 year old Mathew Budd. He sang 4 songs to us. What a star. Monday saw half the members leaving to go home for work. The remaining leaving on Tuesday morning. Thank you to all that visited North Wales DA Easter rally.

Thank you Julie and Paul for the report and pictures
   

Min-Y-Coed, Ruthin.

In spite of the poor weather, there were 10 units out (including stewards) One Motorhome got stuck on arrival, but Neil kindly towed him to a suitable place so that he could set up. We had one hardy junior member from Lancs & Cheshire DA who stayed in his tent next to his parents caravan. There was plenty of opportunity to test the waterproofs for those brave enough to go for a walk. Late on Saturday afternoon a quiz sheet was given out  - to be completed in the warmth and comfort of members own vans. The winner was Jack (the hardy junior camper) The rain held off on Sunday for the coffee morning before members made their way home.

Thank you Mel for the report.

   
   
 
Llanerch Park, St Asaph.

There were 18 units out in total and this year we were able to use the large field nearer the private road. We pitched at the far side of the field to avoid any golf balls from the adjacent golf course. On the Saturday night many members met up in the ‘marquee’ which was cleverly assembled by volunteers, using Glyn and Betty’s caravan, two awnings and a gazebo. Several games of Bingo and ‘Play your cards right’ were played and Glyn gave us a quick quiz. Thanks to all who made this a very enjoyable evening. Coffee morning on the Sunday saw the raffle drawn, with a good selection of prizes. Over the weekend, some members went to the Tweedmill outlet, others went walking in the local area or visited neighbouring towns eg Llandudno and the Victorian Extravaganza. The village hall in nearby Cefn was visited by members who were given cup cakes (there had been a wedding the day before and there was a surplus of cakes yum yum) Will and Bubs also viewed the hall as a possible venue for the future. The rain which was promised for Sunday evening and all day Monday did not arrive until late Monday morning so everyone time to pack up in the dry before leaving for home.

Thank you Mel & Brian for the report and Mel and Glyn for the pictures.

   
Four Winds Caravan Park, THS.

This was the first time for North Wales DA to visit Four Winds, although when first arrivals were welcomed by wind & rain all liked the site. It was a lovely large flat field with EHU for everyone, which is an added bonus. There is also a pond stocked with perch & bream for the fishermen at no charge, just to enjoy. We had 18 units out, which included a couple, Neil & Lena who had travelled all the way from Scotland. Their DA is Renfrewshire & S W Scotland. We also welcomed Rob & Gena. It was great seeing them. Thanks to you all for joining us.

 Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.
   
Bron Eifion, Criccieth, THS.

The ones arriving on the first Friday were greeted by a beautiful sunny day, a lovely green field and a wonderful display of Rhododendrons in full flower.  Then from Saturday onwards we had some quite inclement weather with some respite on the Monday for our Diamond Jubilee street party being enjoyed by all.  During  the rest of the 9 day break most managed to go out on  jaunts and really enjoyed themselves, then the 2nd Friday was really wet which carried on through Saturday causing some to up sticks and go home instead of moving on to other meets, but for the 20 units that braved it out were rewarded with a lovely Sunday morning to slowly pack up and to go on their own sweet way. After such a wet 9 days most said they had enjoyed it and looked forward to seeing us again next year. Some of the campers were thankful for our stewards Glyn & Neil who did a sterling job in towing on their units where needed.

 Thank you Alan for the report and pictures.

   
Landyn Hall Farm, Llangollen.

Despite the poor weather forecast for the weekend and beyond, Friday saw 91 units arriving throughout the day, until well into the evening. By Sunday the total on site was around 120. The Jubilee Picnic was held on the Bank Holiday Monday as quite a few members had to return home on Tuesday. We were favoured with good weather for the celebrations and everyone who attended got into the Jubilee spirit with colourful hats, flags and bunting and music from Pomp and Circumstance. Two members climbed up to the ruin of Castell Dinas Bran which overlooks the campsite. From the summit, they waved their flags to us – we could see them through binoculars. Many attended the picnic and lots of Jubilee cakes were offered around. There were games for the children including the ever popular Royal Welly throwing and ‘Crown the Queen’ - a variation of ‘pin the tail on the donkey’. The raffle, which was well supported, was also drawn during the afternoon. In spite of the poor weather for the rest of the meet, members walked and cycled along the canal in both directions towards Llangollen and the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. The ice cream van made a few visits and on Wednesday the Fish & Chip Van called. As the week progressed and the weather worsened only 20 units remained for the last weekend. On the Saturday some members took advantage of the improved weather and visited a Garden Fete held at in Llangollen at Plas Newydd – an exceptional house steeped in history. Come Sunday the majority of the remaining units were able to leave the site without assistance. Over the period of the meet, many members said they would be back again next year.

Thank you Mel for the report and Mel and Janette for the pictures

   
Picnic in the Park, Llay Miners Welfare.

Although the weather for the Picnic in the Park was a little disappointing 14 units arrived on site. We all had a great time, with the Brass bands playing and entertaining us all in the Welfare club on Saturday from 2pm - 4pm. Then a couple barbecued Hot Dogs & Burgers with a selection of bacon, cheese & onions  to add on. There was also salad. These were really good. From 6.30pm we all made our way to the Community Hall to be entertained again by the Brass Bands. We also had a young man, Mathew, sing for us again, as he had at our Easter Meet. Mathew went for his audition as Oliver in a theatre production on Sunday morning. There were 40 applicants, but, as we all thought, Mathew was selected. So great pride is felt by his family. Trevor had organised a Treasure Hunt around the village for us. Saturday evening the winner was announced. Mel, what a lovely surprised look on her face. There was a raffle Saturday evening the winner was announced. and then Disco music. Sunday morning the sun was shining for all to pack up, followed by our coffee morning. A lovely surprise from the Bands men as they played for us while we were enjoying our coffee, Will and I would like to thank the Bands, Trevor & all campers for their support.

Thank you bubs for the report and Bubs and Glyn for the pictures. 
   

 The Duck Race, Llwyn-Yn-Hall.

Heavy rain greeted the stewards Neil & Joanna on site, but when the first vans arrived the sun was shining. On Saturday the river was full and running well for the Duck Race in the afternoon. The sun was also out for us. Roy started the race with almost 50 ducks, with a lot of cheering along the river banks. The winners for the adults were Dave & Ann, Trevor & Rita, Glyn & Betty who all received medals & cash.The children were Lauren, Aled, Owain, Abbie, James & Lucy, who of course were all winners. They received their medals & prizes. Sunday at morning coffee Les & Val treated everyone to their Golden Wedding Anniversary Cake. Delicious. Congratulations Les & Val. Andrew & Kay had also treated us all to a piece of cake.  After this a few of the vans started making their way home again ready for work on the Monday, leaving the rest to enjoy another night in a lovely setting. Thanks to every one.  

Thank you Bubs for the report and Bubs, Mel and Glyn for pictures .

   
Back Packers, Tal-Y-Bont

After a very worrying two weeks before the Backpackers THS was due to start because of the very heavy rainfalls, we had the go ahead from the landowner. It was only on the Saturday that the grass was able to be cut, and on the Monday the contractor baled the silage. Thank goodness for a dry weekend. We arrived on Thursday to get set up to a beautiful warm and sunny day. Then on Friday the heavens opened, but this did not deter some ralliers. Neil & Joanna even put their awning up. It took three days to dry Neil's trousers. As the photo's show Robert & Jean decided to leave theirs until the next day, getting a lot of HELP !!! from Will and Neil. We had members from far and wide, even one couple from the Isle of Man. New members, Bryn & Sylvia who had joined the club the previous day, getting help and tips from all. The weather stayed kind to us for most of the week, just occasional showers, allowing members to go off site and enjoy the surrounding area. Our thanks to Dennis for collecting the morning papers for us, and also to everyone for joining North Wales DA. We look forward to seeing you all on the field again soon. 

Thank you Mel for the report and pictures

   
Cwybr Fawr

What a lovely 5 night meet we had at Cwybr Fawr, Rhuddlan. The storms that had been forecast did not materialize for us, but they did in surrounding areas. In the evenings we were able to sit out chatting. As can be seen in the photo's we had young members making friends, also a couple of pirates. We would like to thank all the members that supported our raffle, which was drawn by the little people. The first two drew out their own Grandma, and Mum's tickets.  Once again Will & I thank you all for your support, and look forward to seeing you again on the field.  Bubs

Thank you Bubs for the report and Bubs and Alan for the pictures.

   
Bodnant Caravan Park

The rally opened Thursday with showers, but visitors were quite happy. Over the 5 night stay at this lovely location the sun shone for us quite a lot. Families went out on their bikes. As the photo's show, sun shining going out. The 12 of them travelled 12 miles that day, even the two 5year olds, but on return the rain had started, but they were all still smiling. Other families walked into Llanwrst, over the bridge and into the lovely park, which has a playground and plenty of room for the lads, young and older, to play football. Some taking the bus or going by car to Conwy, Llandudno, Betws y Coed, Llanberis and Mount Snowdon. Whilst at Llanberis they also went into the electric mountain. Sunday had a great day, starting with Coffee Morning. Thanks to all that took part. Monday saw half the visitors leaving as they had work to go to the next morning. On Tuesday the last 10 of us left for home. North Wales D A thank all that supported the rally .  
 
Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures
   
Cotton Arms Public House, Wrenbury.

People started arriving around noon on Friday and by evening we  had 14 vans.  On one side of the field there was a Blue Grass group who sort of entertained us over the 2 days.  On the Friday evening a few of us went to the pub for a quiet drink but it was filled to overflowing with the Blue Grass people playing(I have never seen so many musical instruments playing together) which all became too loud and we were glad to go back to our vans.  Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with some sitting around and putting the world to rights when this was done folks went off  to different parts shopping  etc.  At Sunday’s coffee morning Noel thanked all for coming,  Charlie and Gladys for stewarding .  There wasn’t much chit chat as it was a very cold morning and folks were glad to get back to their warm vans.

Thank you Alan for the report and pictures. 

   
Hendra Caravan Park, THS.

The THS at Hendra Caravan Park near Newquay, Cornwall began on the Monday with 61 units arriving. This was keeping Will & Noel busy, as well as Janette & I. The meet welcomed some members that had joined us last year, new faces this year, that have said that they will certainly join us again next year. We also had a young couple, Steve & Amy from Middlesburgh who were on their honeymoon. Our congratulations to them for a long and happy life together.  Our thanks to all the members for their generosity to the raffle. As the photo's show most members came to the coffee morning when we drew the raffle. The weather was kind to us for most of the holiday. Our good wishes go to Brian. That he is now home after being in Truro hospital for 10 days. Thank you all once again for making the stewarding of the THS a pleasure, and look forward to seeing you again from Sunday 1st to 15th Sept 2013.

Thank you Bubs and Janette for the report and Bubs for the pictures. 

   
Clays Caravan Park, Wrexham.

What lovely sunshine we had for the whole of the weekend at Clays CP. It's also a great site, peace & quiet, with fishing lakes. A few members even walked into Wrexham, others cycled, whilst others went by car & also visited the Apple weekend at the NT Errdig Hall. At coffee morning there were couples celebrating Wedding anniversaries. 45 years for Vic & Sylvia, Dave & Maureen, Dave & Ann. Applause & Congratulations to Geoff & Ella who celebrated their 60th in Aug. It was great to see the young children on site, being able to play out in the sun. 

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.
   
The Boars Head, Walgherton.

We arrived at Walgherton on Friday morning through flooded roads around the Stapeley area but arrived on site to find the field damp but not at all muddy.  12 units turned out for the week end and the weather improved. We had plenty of sunshine starting from Friday afternoon and lasting until Sunday evening.   Most of the vans had their occupants fetching out their folded away chairs making it a good chance to do lots of socialising around the field.  Quite a few of us visited the Boars Head on Friday evening and again on Saturday to try out the 'Pub Grub' which as usual was very nice but what big portions we were served.  Coffee morning was well attended on Sunday . Glyn did his welcome speech and every one sat around for quite a long time until lunch called for some of us. No one was very eager to pack up and go home. I think a good week end was had by all.    

Thank you Noel and Janette for the report and Janette and Alan for the pictures.
   
Elm Cottage Caravan Park, Halloween Meet.

What lovely weather we had for the Halloween weekend. Saturday evening we had all the children dressed up in an assortment of Halloween outfits, calling at all the 'vans for tricks or treats. Some quite frightening, but enjoyed by all. We then all went into the hall for the Ghosts and Ghouls to parade, then it was apple bobbing and lots of icing sugar on the faces. This all followed with American supper and then dancing. Thanks to Alan for the music. A lovely moon and frost greeted us all when going back to our vans, but over night the rain came, and a rather wet morning for packing up. Thank you to all from NWDA committee.

Thank you Bubs for the report and Alan for the pictures.
   
Bickerton Village Hall.

A great rally enjoyed by all. On Saturday a "Drop in Coffee Afternoon" whilst having the lovely tempting aroma of the Hot pot being cooked for you. This was delicious, followed by a choice of Apple Pie, Strawberry Gateau or Cheese cake with a choice of cream or custard. We thank all you members for your hard work. Will and young Jack also look like they are enjoying the washing up. Paul & Julie celebrated their wedding anniversary, with Paul it was also his birthday. All this with Bingo, Play your cards right, Quiz and Raffle. Sunday morning we woke to a lovely frost and sunshine. Great for packing up to go back home. Thank you to all.

Thank you Bubs for the report and the pictures.
   
Elm Cottage Caravan Park, Christmas Meet.

What a fantastic weekend. Thank you members for making it so. The Christmas dinner was beyond our expectations, and the vocalist, Frankie who entertained us was fantastic. There was also a great raffle, Christmas influenced. Some members were lucky enough to win more than once. Lucky people! There were lovely Poinsettias displayed on all the tables. These were given as prizes to members that drew the highest card on each table. As the photo's show we had sun shine most of the time. Heavy rain falling over Saturday night. It was lovely to welcome Brian back after his recent bad health. Sunday, by 4pm most members had returned as next day work leaving 9 units on site reflecting on the brilliant weekend. Monday morning we all woke to blue sky and sun. Great to pack up and return home. Once again, Many thanks to all that made this a brilliant weekend.    

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.