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Meets & THS Gallery 2014

Helsby Social Club

Hi,every one once again it’s the first rally of 2014 here at Helsby sports club.Friday 14 units turned out to brave the cold wind and rain Park up ,legs down, and get the kettle and heater on (home from home) Friday night some members went into clubhouse for a pint and a natter while others stayed in there vans keeping warm and cosy. Saturday a free  and easy day Saturday night all went into club house once again to be entertained by singer Mr. Kyle Thomas,a game of bingo and a raffle. Everyone enjoyed themselves having a laugh and a drink. Sunday followed with coffiee morning. Thanks to all who turned out. 

Thank you Carol & Phil for the report and pictures.

 
 The Club House, Wrexham. AGM

 

The weekend was forecast to be wet & windy, but that did not deter 14 units attending the rally. We were pleasantly surprised as the wind & rain was not quite as bad as we were expecting. The DA's AGM went really well, & one of the highlights being that DA member Roy Edge , who had designed 2 new Holiday Pennons was presented with them & the DA pennon from the Chairman Glyn Roberts. Roy & Sue now have them proudly hanging in the front window of their 'van. It was also good news from Geoff & Ella as they have accepted their invitation from Headquarters to celebrate their 50 years in the Club. Sunday morning everyone made haste to get safely home before the wind & rain arrived again. Today, Monday 10th, Wrexham area is snow covered. Thank you to all that attended the AGM.


 

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

   
Pheasants Way Caravan Park.

 Fourteen units attended the meet at Pheasants Way, We had a quiz which was won by Roy and Sue and a Junior Wordsearch which was won by Jack, Several campers went for lunch on Sunday to the Golf Club at Caerwys. The food comes highly recommended. Thanks to everyone who attended and hope to see you all again next year.

Thank you Julie and Paul for the report and pictures
   

Min-Y-Coed, Ruthin.

What a brilliant week end at Cotton Arms, Wrenbury turned out. Sunshine all day Friday giving a warm welcome to all members at NWDA meet. 27 units in all. As the D A had the hall booked for Friday 27 members had Fish, Chips & Mushy peas from the Cotton Arms in the hall together, “mmm” Lovely. The meal followed with music & conversations. Catching up with old & new friends. Saturday dawned in brilliant sunshine which stayed with us all day. In the afternoon we were visited by two beautiful hand made steam engines ( see photo’s). The two gents were thrilled to bits that we were all so interested in their pride & joys. So we had our own Flying Scotsmen on site !!! As it was such a lovely day a lot of the members went off site, either on foot or in their cars. On foot, of course that great walk along the canal.  From 6pm we all went into the hall for our “Bring your own supper” so that we could eat together. The water urn simmering away so that we could have a cuppa. As the week end was to raise some money for a charity, “Ronald McDonald House” who give accommodation to families whose children are in hospital, we had some money raising games. Guess the Teddy Bears birthday (Bubs won). 50/50 The second half was shared with Joy & Angela, Ten bags with objects in, so guess the contents. Only one member guessed all ten correct & that was Joy, plus a raffle. A meeting with Ronald McDonald is to be arranged to present the money. All this was followed with Bingo having Roy as caller & Glyn checking. Neil was celebrating his 50th birthday, so Joanna had a lovely choc birthday cake for him while everyone sang Happy birthday. To finish the evening, Glyn thanked everyone & this was followed with music & singing.

Thank you Mel for the pictures.

 
Whitegates Caravan Park, Easter Meet.

The Easter meet at Whitegates, Caerwys was enjoyed by every one. On Thursday the majority of members came on this lovely site. On Good Friday afternoon there were Hot Cross Buns for everyone to enjoy whilst sitting out in the sunshine, although there was a cool breeze, but the members still sat chatting. Saturday evening we went in the Town Hall, having a game of Bingo, followed by a great Horse Racing game. This was shown by Phil and assisted by Carol who was taking all the bets. Maximum bets being the princely sum of 10p. What fun that was. The Easter raffle was also drawn. What a great selection of prizes. Saturday & Sunday the members went off exploring the sights around. A few were keen cyclists, one couple going 45 miles, Phew! The children on site were all given Easter Eggs. Sunday evening it was in the Town Hall again, Coffee evening followed by an Easter related quiz arranged by Betty, with a large Egg & bottle of wine for 1st & 2nd prize. Janette getting full score, & Di & Alan 2nd. The horse racing was on again for 3 races, followed by Karaoke. The best singers being, Dave & Ann duet, Noel & a lovely rendition from Paul !!!!! Monday saw most ’vans going home, some as far as Bridport, Dorset

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

   
Four Winds Caravan Park, THS.

The DA had a great attendance at the May Day B/H 9 night meet at Four Winds, Prestatyn. Joining NWDA were members from as far as Renfrew & S.W Scotland, Norfolk & Suffolk, Surrey, Sheffield, Notts, Coventry, Huddersfield, Spen Valley, West Mids, Lancs & Cheshire, Liverpool & SWL, N. Staffs, Snowdonia, N East Cheshire, Central Lancs, Shrops & N. Lancs. Many exploring the area, walking, cycling or by car. The weather was fairly kind, no rain by day until Thurs, then intermittent with lovely sunshine. Young Isaac & his Mum & Dad cycled to the beach at Talacre, & whilst there watched the mighty AirbusAboard ship sailing into Mostyn Dock. The men like to give Alan a helping hand, as all members like to. We also had someone dressed very appropriately opening the gate first thing in the morning. Sunday morning saw the last of the visitors going off home. Will & I would like to thank every one once again for making it a pleasure to steward.  Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

   

Farndon Village Hall.

At the North Central Region AGM, hosted by North Staffs DA at Farndon, representing North Wales DA were Glyn & Betty, Glyn being DA Chairman & Snowdonia National Parks Officer, Geoff & Ella, Will & I. A very good meeting. Following this the Region Chairman, Alan Slater presents a trophy for the best DA webpage. As Alan said “Quite a difficult decision to make, as you need to consider a few options. Ease of access to webpage & clear information etc. I present this trophy to North Wales DA webmaster.” What a surprise. Glyn accepted on behalf of Alan Winsor who had not been able to make the AGM as he had appointment in the morning. The trophy was presented by Alan Slater & Steve Harris, Club Treasurer. Glyn was quite emotional. Congratulations to Alan who managed to arrive later in the afternoon & also accepted the Trophy from Alan & Glyn. We must also congratulate Will & Bubs for receiving The North Central Chairmans Trophy given in recognition for all their hard work done for our DA,The Club and all it's members. Thanks to North Staffs DA for a great weekend.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

   
   
Bron Eifion, Criccieth, THS.

We arrived Thursday to set up ready for the influx of campers on the Friday morning. The sheep had long since left and the field, We had the usual Sunday coffee morning with a raffle. Most campers were out on the beach during the day which is only a short walk away, or catching the local bus or trains to Portmadoc, Aberystwyth or pwllheli. on Sunday the site closed. A good holiday was had by all. See you all again next year.

 Thank you Alan for the report and pictures.

   
Landyn Hall Farm, Llangollen.

We had a very wet start on Friday and Saturday when most of our visitors arrived, one or two needed a little assistance to get on to the field and settle onto a pitch. We had 99 units altogether during the 9 day holiday meet, many visiting from as far as the South Coast, the East of England, South Wales, Northumbria and the Lakelands. The weather improved as the week went by but the walkers and cyclists went out no matter what. Lots of people did the walk along the canal into Llangollen and the serious ones went the other way on the 3 mile path to the famous aqueduct, some taking the narrow boat trip across it. One or two of us visited the Sun Trevor public house! , just a short way along the canal path where we had some very good food and drink.Most ralliers said they had enjoyed their stay in this beautiful area and we hope to see them again at our meets again next year.

Thank you Noel & Janette for report and pictures

 
   
Abergwnant THS

The first time for North Wales DA to hold a meet at Abergwynant Farm, Abergwynant, & what a beautiful area to be in. It's a Biker, Walker, Tourist paradise. 10 min walk thru the woods to the Mawddach Estuary. On the Mawddach Trail you can either walk or cycle to Dolgellau in one direction, or as far as Fairbourne the other way, then can cross the estuary to Barmouth. The site is level with Toilets & Shower avail. The approach drive is thru lovely Redwood trees, which flank the river all the way down past the site to the estuary. Dolgellau was just 3.5 miles from the site. Will & I would like to Thank everyone that joined the THS, and for making it a pleasure to have stewarded this venue.

Thank you bubs for the report and pictures. 
   

 The Duck Race, Llwyn-Yn-Hall.

We arrived on site on Friday morning, got everything set up, and our first units started arriving at 11:00.
On Saturday afternoon we had our duck race, 50 of our pedigree plastic ducks were set loose in the stream, an hour later after winding their way down to the finish line, erm, the stewards ducks turned out to be the fastest ducks of the day, as they grabbed first and second place, followed by the vice chairmans duck.. (You really couldn't make this up) in the children's category, first went to Connor, second Tyler, and third was Mathew, prizes were colouring. books and pencils, the runners up were Mia, Tori and Maddison. all the children received a trophy or medal and bubbles. The steward awarded his £10 prize from winning the duck race to Krystal for being such a good sport, while helping to keep the ducks moving down the stream. Thank you to all that attended the weekend meet. We look forward to seeing you all again next year. Next year the duck race will be on the weekend of Friday 17th to Monday 20th July 2015 We are planning to have a party in the park, with entertainment on the Friday and Saturday evening, and of course the duck race on Saturday afternoon. 

Thank you Neil for the report and bubs for pictures .

 
   
Back Packers, Tal-Y-Bont

Friday July 11th saw the start of our 9 night THS, and with it came the sunshine as it did last year. We started with 13 units which increased to 23 as the days passed. There were at least 6 returning units from last year! Visitors this year included members from Yorkshire, Lakeland, Devon, Dorset and Dijon in France. Our members said that they enjoyed this site, as it is an excellent base from which to visit the beautiful countryside of the Snowdonia National Park and the coastal areas (Conwy & Llandudno) Being on a bus route, and just a few miles from the Conway Valley trains is a bonus for the motor home owners. Two members had brought electric bicycles on which they cycled to Conwy and beyond. We held our 1st coffee morning on Sunday 13th followed by the raffle. Once again the support from our members was fantastic. They donated raffle prizes, so we were able to display a good range of prizes (19 in total) – our thanks to all of you. Following on from the raffle, we held the welly and packpack throwing competition. Our members showed various styles of throwing – perhaps some were competent discus or javelin competitors in their youth! It was a game of precision rather than distance throwing, and Paul scored the most points overall. Wednesday was the fish and chip supper get together, which was as well attended as last year. Whilst we had no musicians in our midst, there were plenty eager to try the game of Beetle afterwards. Although it was sunny, it was quite windy, so drawing the beetle and throwing the dice was very interesting. The most stylish beetle is shown at the end of the photos section. Taking advantage of the warm and sunny Tal y Bont climate, we played blocks on Thursday evening. The storms forecast for the weekend did not arrive – we did have some rain but it cleared and the field did not become waterlogged at any time. Two units, which arrived on our first day and stayed for the 9 nights were from Sheffield DA. When they were setting up, they realised that they knew each other as they lived in the same village – it’s a small world. We also had a lovely family from Dijon in France who are touring the UK. (Thanks to Michael and Claudia for assistance with their battery) Sadly the farewell coffee morning came around too quickly, but once again the sun was shining for packing up. Many members said they would like to return next year. It was a pleasure to steward this meet again. The field was nicely presented (the hay harvest safely got before we arrived) There was a great crowd, and many new friendships were made. That’s what the DA is all about!

Thank you Mel for the report and pictures

   
Cwybr Fawr
This year was the first time to make Cwybr Fawr, Rhuddlan a THS & it turned out to be a successful one. We almost had some unwelcome visitors onto the field, but with the quick thinking & speed of foot Will thwarted them. As you can see by the photo's there are other modes of travel on the field. Dave hitched a lift from Rob on his bike, & Phil certainly found an easier way to carry his aqua roll. Members were enjoying discovering the walks & cycle paths in the area, quite a few walking the two miles into Rhyl. The M/H owners liking the P/T being only 5 minute away. The weather was kind to us most of the time. Our Thanks to Noel & Janette for helping us, and to all members. We look forward to seeing you all again sometime.    Will & Bubs 

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

   
Bodnant Caravan Park
What a great Pre NFOL meet we had at Bodnant CP Llanwrst. As well as our NWDA members there were visitors from far & wide. C.Yorks, Dyfed, Bedfordshire, Leeds, Northants, Derby, Durham, South Downs, Sheffield, S Wales, Shrops, Leics, Solent, Snowdonia, Coventry, E.Essex, N.Warks, L&C, L&SWL, Berkshire, Surrey, Aylesbury, NEC, Oxford, Mid Anglia, Somerset, Hampshire, Herts & N London, E Sussex, Tamar, Devon & Wiltshire. Most members taking advantage of the buses to visit the surrounding places of interest. The only day that we had rain, was Bank Holiday Monday. Every evening the local Ice Cream van came calling. Some members that were really fit walked the 4miles to the lovely Betws y Coed & returning via the Dolgarrog road across the river Conwy. In the photo's the basket of Welsh goodies is what NWDA has given to the NFOL on Anglesey for one of their raffle prizes. On Thursday morning everyone had left the field making their way to the NFOL, thanking NWDA for hosting the meet in such a lovely setting. Some saying that they will definitely be returning again.
 
Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures
   
Cotton Arms Public House, Wrenbury.

We arrived at the cotton arms to fantastic weather, the sun was shining and was a very warm day. The rest of the weekend was not so bright, our members started arriving at dinner time. Several of our members took up the special offers that were on in the Cotton arms. everyone joined us for the coffee morning on Sunday before leaving our rally to head home. A great weekend was had by all. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that joined us for the rally. and we look forward 
to seeing everyone again very soon... Neil and Joanna

Thank you Neil for the report and Glyn the pictures. 

   
Hendra Caravan Park, THS.

What a great THS at Hendra C.P. Newquay. The sun shone for the whole 3 weeks, except one morning of mist & drizzle, & two overnight showers. One couple, Tom & Judy Gunby from Essex celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, having flowers & chocolates sent from their daughter. Photo. We had games of Bingo, Play Your Cards Right, a Quiz with winner receiving a Cornish Cream Tea. Raffle with Derek, ( Photo ) winning the bottle Bacardi. Hendra hosted Blue Grass Festival one weekend, The Lions hosted Charity Newquay Beer Festival Weekend with entertainment each evening. Both enjoyed by ralliers. Many also went to the Fish Festival weekend in Newquay. As many were saying their goodbyes & thanks, they said, “ We’ll see you again next year”. Our Thanks to all that joined NWDA Holiday Meet from stewards

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

 
   
Clays Caravan Park, Wrexham.

The rally at Clays CP Wrexham was sunshine all weekend. The forecast of gales and rain that seemed to have kept a few ralliers away. The rain did not happen until early Monday morning.  On Saturday some members walked the couple of miles into Wrexham, others going by car. Sunday morning early the car booters. had gone to Chirk looking for bargains. The rest of us enjoyed Coffee morning in the sun.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.
   
The Newnes Caravan Park.

The meet for Feb at The Newnes was cancelled by the landowner as it was so wet following all the rain that we had all been experiencing so it was great for us on this alternative date. The rain that was forecast did not arrive until late Monday. Sunday we were able to sit out & have our coffee morning in the sunshine. A few of us still chatting after a couple of hours. The views from the site with the dark red sunsets were stunning. There were visitors joining NWDA from Hereford & Worcs, Roch Valley, Shrops & Snowdonia   

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

   
The Boars Head, Walgherton.

We had 18 units for a nice sunny weekend, everyone enjoyed themselves some visited the antique and craft  showrooms and Bridgemere garden centre as well as retail therapy in nearby Nantwich or Crewe .Those of us that visited the  Boars  Head for food and drink were made very welcome by the landlord and staff.We had the usual coffee morning and raffle on Sunday morning where we welcomed two totally new ralliers .Thanks to all who joined us and made it a good weekend     

Thank you Noel and Janette for the report and Glyn for the pictures.
   
Elm Cottage Caravan Park, Halloween Meet.
A great weekend for Halloween at Elm Cottage. The children that took part were in lovely costumes, as were the adults. The ladies had two winners, Cheryl & Lorna. The gents was Adam. The children were all winners. Owain & Aled braved the apple dunking followed by Jack, Glyn & Will. The only lady brave enough to apple dunk was Sophie.  This was followed by a raffle then Phil playing music for zombie dancing. Sunday morning we had our usual coffee morning & Goodbye's. Thanks to all for the help in the Barn

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

The A534 road was closed to Bickerton Village Hall, giving members muddy road detours, but they all arrived on site smiling. The sun shone all day Friday, so that probably helped.  Saturday morning was hive of activity in the kitchen preparing all the veg & ingredients for the super Hot Pot supper that we all enjoyed in the evening. Saturday late afternoon Andrew & Kay had a stranger knocking on the door. A lady & her dog had been dropped off 4 hrs earlier by her husband to take the dog for a walk, whilst he drove to get cash from an ATM. Walking around the lady had got lost & no mobile signal. Kay took care of her, Andrew drove off in the car to try & find the husband. The police were called. Husband found & reunited with his wife. After the reunion they were travelling back to Cleethorpes. All ended well.   Saturday afternoon was Drop in Coffee/Tea & biscuits.  In the evening after the Hot Pot, Apple Pie Strawberry Gateau or Toffee Cheesecake.  A group from Welshpool entertained us singing & comedy. During the interval a Raffle was drawn.  Sunday saw everyone going home their usual route as the road was opened over the weekend.

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

 The DA Christmas dinner has been gone. Another year flown by.  On Friday members began arriving, and thank goodness no rain.  Although the rally field a little churned up as there had been another rally the weekend before.  In the evening about half the members got together in the Barn Alan providing background music.  Saturday awoke to a beautiful frost.  Everything sparkling in the sun that followed.  When I peeped out at 8am there was Neil capturing the scene on his camera.  Mid morning Neil & Lena arrived in their new Motor Caravan driving all the way from Lockerbie, Scotland.  Lovely to see them again.  Six O'clock everyone was making their way for the lovely meal being served at six thirty.. There were bottles of wine on all of the tables, courtesy of NWDA.  Also Poinsettia's from site owners, which Will did his usual Each table picks a card, and the highest wins the Poinsettia. At 8.45pm Frankie Flame started singing for us until 11pm, with a 20min break. At this time the Big Christmas Raffle was drawn. Thanks to Betty for the great prizes. Sunday morning we had Coffee Morning with members booking again for 2015. Some leaving for home as work on Monday, the rest staying on until Monday.  All members when leaving were saying "Goodbye and Thank you, we've had a great weekend. So this is our "Goodbye, Happy Christmas and our Best Wishes to everyone for 2015."

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