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Meets & THS Gallery 2013

Helsby Social Club

What a great start  to The New Year, for our first rally of 2013 at Helsby Sports and social Club.  Despite the weather 19 units turned out braving the cold weather and the snow. It was cold on Friday when every one started to arrive, by 7pm it started to snow and did it come down covering the site in at least 1 ½ inches of snow. The snow stayed with us for most of Saturday where the children had brought sledges with them and they were sledging on the car park. By Saturday evening it had started to rain clearing the snow . Saturday evening turned out to be a great evening entertained by Mr Fankie Flame .A great night, and everyone really did enjoy themselves.  Sunday ended the meet with the coffee morning all the snow had gone and it was ok for a safe tow  home, and thanks for turning out in the bad weather

Thank you Carol & Phil for the report Phil and Bubs for the pictures.

   
 The Club House, Wrexham. AGM

 

What a great weekend once again. The weather was really kind to us. Sunshine Friday and Saturday, allowing members to visit Wrexham and surrounding areas. The DA's AGM started promptly at 5pm and concluded by 6pm. Every one ready for the lovely home cooked meal being served up at 6.30pm. After the meal a photo was taken of Michael & Evelyn, Geoff & Ella, when we found out that they have been Camping & Caravanning Club members for 50 years. Sunday morning still dry for us all to pack up and return home, although further afield there was rain. So we were very fortunate. May we Thank everyone for attending the AGM and the rally.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

   

Min-Y-Coed, Ruthin.

It was good to meet friends old and new at this lovely well-kept site located close to the Clwydian Hills and Moel Fammau. 15 units attended this 3 night weekend meet, and at last, the chairs were able to be brought out for everyone to enjoy the long-awaited sunshine on Saturday, Taking advantage of the warmer weather, a beetle drive was held outdoors early on the Saturday evening. The prolonged cold winter had resulted in an absence of beetles, and those that did venture out didn’t stay around long enough to be captured. We resorted to plan B – pen and paper - ‘beetle drive’ score sheets downloaded from the internet. After 8 rounds, the winner was Alan who received the prize. So impressive was the artistry of the members, that it was decided to award ‘medals’ to the 2 most stylish beetles that were drawn. Trevor and Jack were the winners here, The weather was kind enough for a coffee morning to be held on the Sunday.  Quite a few members went out to Ruthin and the surrounding area for Sunday lunch and those who had to work the next day left for home. 10 units remained until Monday and were blessed with dry weather to pack up and travel home. 

Thank you Mel for the pictures.

   
Four Winds Caravan Park, THS.
What a wonderful four nights at Four Winds, Prestatyn for the DA May Bank Holiday. On Friday Will & I booked in 54 units. Phew!! Another four on Saturday. 36 'vans had to leave on Monday, as there was work and school to get back to. 22 units stayed on leaving on Tuesday. This was a change of venue for our Bank Holiday weekend, and it proved to be successful. The weather was very kind to us. On Friday a cold wind, but dry. The rest of the weekend was mostly sun. Many members went to Llandudno for the Victorian weekend parades. Other went to the beach, which was only 1.5m from the site if walking on the footpath or driving. Thank you all for making this a successful Holiday meet.  I have had a message from Neil & Joanna requesting that when I write my report I include their thanks. In Neil's own words on his mobile are the following, "A big thank you from us to all concerned for helping us over the weekend. No one would take anything from us, fuel money etc." my reply was, " That's The Friendly North Wales DA Club", to which he replied "Yep, I'm speechless to be honest. Never expected anything like that."

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

 

 Thank you Glyn for the pictures.

   
Landyn Hall Farm, Llangollen.

 A total of 109 units visited us during the meet. Many were 'regulars' and it was great to see visitors from as far away as Dorset and even from Germany and Australia. The majority arrived on the opening day (Friday May 24th) and were greeted by the stewards in their 'winter woollies'. Over the weekend, the weather improved and the sun tan lotion and shorts were at last brought into use. The ice cream van visited us several times. There was great support for our raffle, which was drawn on Bank Holiday Monday, as many members had to return to work. From Tuesday the weather went downhill, with the return of the wind and rain, to which we are sadly becoming accustomed during 'summer'. However, the sun shone later in the week, and we had over 36 units remain with us until the finish of the meet on Sunday June 2nd.
LLandyn Hall Farm THS site is very well situated for walking and cycling along the Llangollen canal in both directions, and despite the heavy rain mid-week many members enjoyed these activities throughout their stay. The field remained drivable with care, with just one motor home requiring assistance (thanks Ronnie). Some of the more adventurous members took a trip on a canal narrow boat from the wharf at Llangollen. This included crossing the largest aqueduct in Britain - Pontcysyllte which was completed in 1805.  A local pub in Trevor had meal deals and even offered to charge batteries for us if required. The weather improved for the second weekend and the ice cream man returned!  To the delight of the younger children, Thomas the Tank Engine was at Llangollen Station on Saturday 1st June. It was good to have sunny weather for packing up, and the field had dried up nicely, so there were no problems leaving. The stewards appreciated the many kind comments received, and promises to return next year.

Thank you Noel & Janette, Mel and Brian for the report and pictures
   
Coronation Hall.

We had a pleasant week end at coronation hall with vans starting to arrive at dinner time on Friday. What a day of sunshine and heavy rain but everyone was helpful when trying to squeeze  everyone in.  Entertained with line dancing over the week-end everyone enjoyed themselves, burgers and hot dogs with a pudding complimented with a cup of tea or coffee if desired Saturday evening, unfortunately no coffee morning due to weather some went home Sunday missing the free air show we sat round the caravan in comfort watching as the Lancaster bomber and two Spitfires fly over the caravan siteAlso stunt planes pilots must be mad!  Anyway safe tow home see u next time. 

Thank you Phil and Carol for the report and pictures. 
   
Llay Miners Welfare.

This year we were able to rally on the field at Llay, which was like a manicured lawn. The weather was kind to us most of the time, enabling us to sit out. On Saturday afternoon Llay Miners Club Band entertained us. Whilst talking to Geoff & Ella I found out that Geoff plays the clarinet, & he had it in his 'van. This led to Geoff joining the band to play with them for the weekend. Also, Jack had a go at conducting. Some members danced to Amarillo. In the evening we got together in the pavilion, having a game of bingo. Phil set this up, & Noel called the numbers. This was followed by 2 local ladies who supported the band, had sold raffle tickets. These were drawn & some of our members won lovely prizes. The band played for us again to finish off the evening. At coffee morning on Sunday in the pavilion 4 band members played for us again. By late afternoon most 'vans had gone home ready for work Monday. Thanks to all. Llay Welfare Band would like to thank the members of NWDA for the help and pleasant comments received during the week end of the meet. As you know we have been fundraising to meet the cost of a Trip to Padderborn in Germany to take part in a festival there. Very many thanks for your support, the prize on offer,was won by Number 34 selected by a manageress of the Welfare sealed and opened by the person who donated the prize a Baptiste minister, who is a band member in the 1st practise after the meet. The winner Mrs J Platt who bought the last 5 tickets.

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

   

 The Duck Race, Llwyn-Yn-Hall.

We arrived at the meet on Friday morning to find a field full of sheep. which the farmer promptly removed. The caravans started to arrive at 11:45, By friday evening we had 19 caravans. We had the Duck Race on Saturday afternoon at 15:00 The river had just enough water to keep the ducks afloat and moving the 200 meters from the start to finish. the winners for the adults were 1st AB, 2nd ACB and third Simone, and the children, lexie, and Cory joint 1st, 2nd luci, and 3rd lauren, all the children received a prize. On Sunday we had our coffee morning and gave out the winners prizes for the Duck Race. 14 units left on sunday afternoon. The meet finished on Monday and the remaining 6 units departed. We had a great weekend and look forward to next years duck race, which is to be held on the weekend of 20th June 2014 Big thanks to all that attended and made it such a great weekend..

Thank you Neil for the report and Diana for pictures .

   
Misty Waters Caravan Park.

What a wonderful weekend of sunshine to go with the exceptional rally field at Misty Waters CP. The grass was likened to a bowling green. Phil & Carol put out their 100 or so pennons, making a few more of us to get ours out too. On Saturday late afternoon Phil had put up wind breaks for us all to have a communal BBQ, and he had music playing in the back ground. Thanks Phil & Carol. It was lovely to be able to sit out, after the seemingly long winter, and I don't think we were able to do that last year.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures .

   
Back Packers, Tal-Y-Bont

Our meet opened on Friday July 12th with 10 units, but by the weekend we had 24. The weather was fantastic - hot sunny days and pleasant evenings. Members came from as far away as East Kent and the New Forest. We had our first coffee morning on Sunday July 14th, and the well-supported raffle was drawn – one lucky member won 4 of the prizes. It was difficult keeping the boxes of chocolates from melting, so we were glad to hand them over to the winners! A new variety of biscuits were on offer at the coffee morning – Jaffa melts. The meet was attended by a great mix of members including Trevor from Worcestershire DA, who had brought a model boat, which he had built, to sail with the members of the Colwyn Bay model boat club at Eirias Park The coast proved to be the most popular area to visit including the RSPB visitor centre at Glan Conwy, Conwy Castle and Llandudno. Many of the local walks were also enjoyed. Neil, Joanna and family visited the summit of Pen y Gaer, which is the site of a bronze-age hill fort. Views from there were outstanding, including an almost birds eye view of our campsite and the Conwy Valley On Wednesday, we had a fish & chip supper get together, with 27 portions of delicious cod and chips delivered by the local take-away at Dolgarrog. Amongst our visiting members was a young boy from Scotland who is learning to play the accordion. He played for us all and proved to be an accomplished musician and received a well-deserved round of applause. Who knows – if he returns next year we may even have a ceilidh! There was much support for the local shops i.e. the butcher, who sold a wide variety of produce including top quality meats and delicious home made pies, and the post office, which was also a general store and newsagent. The friendly service provided by these shops was much appreciated. The hot weather continued for the rest of the week, and quite a few members went on to another meet at Bodnant Llanrwst. Michael and Evelyn had to cut short their holiday and return home as there was a problem with their Range Rover. Thanks to Neil for his assistance. They did join us for our closing coffee morning, and are now back on their travels. Thanks also to Paul and Julie who visited on their motorcycle and helped us to pack up. It was a pleasure to steward this meeting – a big thank you to Mrs Bryant the landowner for the presentation of the field etc and also to the members who attended including a thank-you card from Yvonne and Kevin of Burnley Lancs. Many have said they will return next year.

Thank you Mel for the report and pictures

   
Cwybr Fawr

We had an enjoyable weekend at Cwybr Fawr, Rhuddlan. The sun was with us most of the time. Had a couple of heavy showers, but that was mostly at night. A young lady, Marilyn, joined us for her first time of rallying. She came with her 3 pooches, who seemed to enjoy themselves. Will helped her erect her awning which was also a first for her. Marilyn enjoyed the rally and stayed one more night than she had already booked in for. The US circus arrived on Sunday evening, and Monday we were amazed at the speed that the Big Top was erected. Wow. Not sure what Will & Alan are comparing, but they still seem to be pals.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

   
Bodnant Caravan Park

What a lovely 5 night rally we had at Bodnant CP, Llanwrst. There were visitors from Huddersfield DA, Birmingham, N Lancs, S Lancs, L&SWL, NEC, L&C & of course our own North Wales DA. There were members that cycled to Betws y Coed and back. Others visiting the lovely Swallow Falls, Conwy & Llandudno. The children love to see the ducks that wander around quenching their thirst out of the fire buckets. As Llanwrst centre is only a 10 minute walk most people went there and also to the park. The weather was very kind to us, just one overnight of rain, & one overcast day. On Bank Holiday Monday a lot of us went to the Car Boot just up the road. Some managing to get a bargain. Myself, I bought a toy keyboard for our Great Grandson. A bargain at £2. Not sure his Dad & Mum will appreciate it though. Our thanks to all that supported our raffle. Will & Bubs
 
Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures
   
Hendra Caravan Park, THS.

What a wonderful rally at Hendra again this year. The weather was very kind to us. The first week the sun shone, allowing us to Play Your Cards Right the first Tuesday evening. Will played the cards for us, and I won the first game, ( No fiddling, honestly !!). We had three games until the evening light beat us. On Wednesday evening was Bingo. Noel was the caller for this. Enjoyed by all. On Friday we had a bring your own coffee/tea evening. The DA offered biscuits whilst our big Raffle was drawn. The first claim was by Frank who took the 1litre bottle of Whiskey, not sure who had the second one. We would like to thank all that supported and donated to the raffle. On the second Tuesday & Wednesday we played Play Your Cards Right & Bingo. The only day we had heavy rain was the last Friday, but Saturday woke to sunshine allowing everyone to take down their awnings dry. Members also started to make their way home. Sunday was sunny & everyone was off the site by 11am. It was lovely to meet up with many members who have returned, and to welcome many more from far & wide. Many Thanks to you all for making this a great rally.

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

   
Cotton Arms Public House, Wrenbury.

We had a lovely weekend rally at the Cotton Arms, Wrenbury. The weather was really good to us with sunshine all the way, making for a good turn out of 26 units altogether. Joe and Julie the landlords put on a Friday night ' Rally Special' of Fish chips with mushy pea supper. This was enjoyed by quite  lot of members. Followed by a Quiz night, but none of our members took any of the prizes!. There was another rally on site, They were the BSAMotor Bike Club, so the pub and quiz was very well supported. The nice weather gave visitors a good excuse to walk the canal tow paths and other local areas as well as visits to nearby Nantwich.  The Sunday coffee morning attracted a good few members, and as the sun shone we were able to sit and socialise for quite a long time, before everyone started to say their good byes and head for home.

Thank you Noel and Janette for the report and pictures. 

   
The Boars Head, Walgherton.

We had 16 units arrive on Friday afternoon to rally with us at  this popular site at The Boars Head Walgherton.  Most of us had a damp journey but by early afternoon it had dried up enough for some to stroll around the area and to later meet up in the Bar to do a bit of socialising and to get to know the visitors from other D A s. Saturday was overcast and windy but it didn't stop visits to Dagfields Craft Centre and the Bridgmere Garden Centre both within a few miles of the rally field. In the early evening quite a number of us met up to enjoy the very good food in the Boars Head Restaurant and made it a lively get together. We managed to hold the Sunday coffee morning between the showers not actually getting wet but not being able to stand about to chat for too long before another shower sent every one back to their vans. 

Thank you Noel and Janette for the report and pictures.
   
Clays Caravan Park, Wrexham.

What a lovely 3 night meet we had at Clays C P, Wrexham. The sun shone for us the whole time. At coffee morning it was nice to welcome Geoff & Ella, Trevor & Rita. They only live close by, but we had another two couples that also live close by, but took advantage of the lovely weather that had been forecast & joined us. Some members went off to Chirk for the large Car Boot, bringing back some bargains, and arriving back in time for a coffee.

 Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

   
Elm Cottage Caravan Park, Halloween Meet.

As the weather was not expected to be great we had a good rally at Elm Cottage for Halloween. There were quite a number of members that dressed up ghoulishly. The male winner was Phil, female Janette. The children were all winners. There was the usual apple dunking, and marshmallows in icing sugar. Good fun. The usual raffle followed, and Phil providing music for members to dance to. After coffee morning on Sunday everyone was in a hurry to get away as the high winds were on their way. All arrived home safely. Thanks to everyone

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

What a great weekend for the Hot Pot supper at Bickerton. On Saturday morning it was the first frost of the winter that we have seen, but everyone were warm in their ‘vans. We had the Hall open all day for members. Firstly those that were preparing the food led by Janette, then in the afternoon it was an open Drop in for Tea, Coffee & Biscuits. At 6pm the lovely Hot Pot was served followed by Apple Pie & Cream or Lemon Meringue Pie. Once everybody had had their fill we all settled down for a game of Bingo. The Raffle was then drawn, some lovely prizes. There was quiz from Glyn & Betty, with Ann going to collect the winning prize, a box of chocs. Phil had organised a few of us to perform “Sister Act.” Sister Gina & Brother Jack giving us a great performance, all led on by Phil “Whoopi Goldberg.” We had Karaoke from Phil, Joy & Diane, then dancing. Our Thanks to all that helped in the kitchen & in the hall. 

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

On Friday morning DA friends began to arrive, even though it was quite windy & drizzle rain. Everyone were in high spirits looking forward to the weekend. In the evening a lot of us went into the hall for a game of Bingo followed by Play Your Cards Right. Then Karaoke with Phil, Noel, Gina, Sharon, Mel, Jack & Kay, all entertaining us with their "Lovely Voices."  Saturday morning we woke to brilliant sunshine that lasted all day, giving a beautiful red sky at sunset. At 6.30pm we were all dressed up & getting ready to sit down for our Christmas Dinner. A wonderful meal. We were then entertained by Frankie Flame. A really great singing entertainer. The raffle, boxes & boxes of chocs, biscuits & Christmas goodies was drawn, followed by Tony surprising his wife, Kate, with birthday cake. Enough for everyone to have a piece.  Sunday at Coffee Morning all were talking about the great evening they'd had & booked themselves ready for Christmas next year. Thank you all for making it a great weekend & "Have a Happy Christmas" & "All the Best for 2014"  from Will & Bubs

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.