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Meets & THS Gallery 2015

Helsby Social Club.

Hi, we had an excellent week end  at  Helsby Social Club we had 10 units turn out to brave the cold & everyone had arrived on Friday Set up their vans  and had a well earned brew. Friday night most of us went into the club for a game of Bingo and a Raffle, Di had a good night and won the quicky at Bingo ££££. We were then entertained by Dave Hayes a excellent singer getting everyone up to dance & a good night was had by all. Saturday was a free and easy day as members went out to spend some hard earned cash. Saturday night we were invited into the club once again to the local Road Runners party. When we went in every one turned and thought Dave and myself were good adverts for runners though every one welcomed us into the club to join in with their party, They had a disco thumping away until around 1 am another good night. Sunday,we got up to a sunny Sunday morning ,we had the coffee morning at 11am And I thanked every one for turning out, The week end was the first rally week end of 2015 we all had a good week end,

 Thank you Phil and Carol for the report and pictures.

The Newnes Caravan Park.

The weather was very mixed for our rally at The Newnes this year. We had sun, rain & snow. Unfortunately this made the field rather wet, but this gave Will the chance to use his skills with the landowners Defender to tow the 'vans & cars off site. No unit was too small or big to be towed.  Boy, did Will enjoy that !! Next year we're booked for mid May. This is such a lovely site with Toilets/Showers & EHU's available & close to the canal and town for walks.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

Pheasants Way Caravan Park.

Hi all, just a few words, 8 units turned out from NWDA and NSDA. We had a brilliant weekend weather wise, Saturday and Sunday were warm enough to sit outside, Saturday night we visited the Eagle and Child Public House for meal fantastic meal, coffee morning Sunday, we all sat in the tent, nice and cosy. Then we all had to pack up and head home, some members staying on till Monday, Great weekend had by all.

 Thank you Phil and Carol for the report and pictures.

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Whitegates Caravan Park, Easter Meet.

Thursday & Friday were a little disappointing with the weather. Misty rain, but then overnight the fog came down giving into brilliant sunshine for the rest of the week end. Members were going off site on their walks or visiting Mold, Denbigh, Prestatyn & St Asaph. Sunday evening we went to the Town Hall, having a Quiz, Bingo, music & finishing off the evening with horse racing. Thank you to all that followed Will’s instruction for driving on & off the field, making as little mess as possible.

Thank you Bubs for the report and the pictures.

Min-y-Coed, Ruthin.

It was a pleasure to return to this well-kept site once more. We were made very welcome by Esmor and Glenys, the new owners.  The weather was good and the overnight rain did not spoil the weekend in any way. There were only a few of us (many of our members had gone ‘south’ (or south west to be correct) to the annual THS at Newquay, Cornwall. We had a game of beetle on Saturday afternoon and Di was the winner.  Our coffee morning, out in the sunshine on the Sunday proved so enjoyable, that we were still sitting there 1½ hours later.  As so often happens, we had some talented members visit us. Dave and Edwina (Liverpool & SW Lancs) not only enjoyed walking in the area, but Dave entertained us with some really funny stories. We look forward to many more meets at this beautiful site.

Thank you Mel and Brian for the report and pictures

Four Winds Caravan Park THS.

Four Winds certainly lived up to it’s name this year. The gales that were for cast arrived with a vengeance, but that did not deter the hardy campers. The first day, Friday of the meet, was a lovely day, sun shining & warm. The table top sale of members items were put on show in front of their units. Saturday saw a lot of members going to Llandudno for the annual Victorian weekend. In the afternoon the rain came on. Sunday late afternoon we held a raffle, which we would like to say a Big Thank you to all that supported us. Monday, a lot of members were making their way home, some returning at the end of the week again. Fri, was a very wet day, & late afternoon we were pleasantly surprised to have two families arrive on site. Both with tents. The first couple with their two children, the second, a young Mum on her own with her two little ones. What was even more amazing was, this was her first time out on her own, even in the pouring rain. Fri, was a very wet day, & late afternoon we were pleasantly surprised to have two families arrive on site. Both with tents. The first couple with their two children, the second, a young Mum on her own with her two little ones. What was even more amazing was, this was her first time out on her own, even in the pouring rain. We had planned on having a Street Party to celebrate VE Day, but as the weather changed from overnight rain to sunshine, members took advantage to go off site & explore the surrounding area. It was still dry on Sunday for every one to pack up & go home. Thank you to all & look forward to seeing you all again.

 Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures. 

Bron Eifion THS, Cricceith.

Our chairman received an email from a member who camped at our THS in Criccieth in May, it's not often we receive emails like this. The stewards at Criccieth were Glyn and Betty myself and Joanna, Glyn has the land rover discovery. I have omitted the members name. Dear Glyn. 
I have attached a photograph that I took at Criccieth THS camp site of yourself recovering a motorhome up a slight gradient on wet grass. 
Your Discovery repeated many impressive recovery's over that week and I can't think of a better advertisement for the Land Rover brand. As an employee at Land Rover, I am proud to be a part of such a versatile product and I find it rewarding watching owners using their vehicles to their full potential. 
We would like to thank you and your colleagues for your kind hospitality over the week and we appreciate all your hard work as stewards which made our stay even more enjoyable. Look forward to hopefully meeting you again. 
Kind regards 


Thank you Neil for the report and picture.

Llandyn Hall Farm THS, Llangollen.

We  had a good turn out for our THS again this year for the Spring Bank  holiday week with lots of our usual families returning and some  new campers joining us for the first time. We did not have the  best of weather during the week it was cold and windy but thankfully not much rain so it did not keep the hardy campers from enjoying their trips out around the area. As usual we had visits each day from the ice cream van we must be good extra trade for him as he returns each year when we are at Llandy Hall Farm. Our raffle was well supported with a number of extra donations given,  thanks to all for your gifts. A special thanks from myself and Noel must go to Sue and Roy Edge for their help and assistance with the stewarding this year. I had only been out of hospital 2 weeks after having a total knee replacement so was on crutches and not very mobile, they took over the booking in and siting for us I could nt have managed without them. Thanks Sue and Roy,We think everyone enjoyed their stay and hope to see you all again next year at this very popular location. 

 Thank you Janette for the report and the pictures.

Abergwynant THS.

The first day of the THS at Abergwynant greeted a few members with rain, but by late afternoon the rain had cleared and stayed away until over night a week later. What a beautiful setting in all the sunshine. There were visitors from almost all D. A’s in North Central Region plus as far afield as Cornwall, Mid Anglia, Devon, Worcester & Hereford, Wiltshire, Somerset, Huddersfield, Northumbria, Spen Valley, W Sussex,  E Essex & Birmingham. We were really pleased as every one when leaving the field thanked us and said “We’ll be back again next year ~, although some members also said, “ See you at your next meet ~

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

The Old School House, Moelfre

What a lovely site at The Old School House, Llanallgo, Moelfre on Anglesey. The views across the sea taking in Puffin Island at Penmon, the tip of the island, towards the Great Orme at Llandudno are spectacular as the photo’s show.  The weather was very kind to us except for the cool wind. Almost all the members went out every day, either walking the coastal path, or taking in the sights driving around. One evening we had a game of bingo. Three players were very lucky, calling House at least a couple of times. Sunday we had the usual coffee morning, and once again the sun shone for us. Thanks to all that joined us.

 Thank you bubs for the report and pictures. 

Farndon Social Club.

What a disappointment after Dave Barr and myself  put a lot of work into our Farndon rally, after all the talk about we must do more things to get members out to the meets we get 9 vans out, 5 committee members, 1 N W D A  member’s first rally and 3 other members from other D A’s where were the N.W.D.A. members ? It does not give  the Stewards much incentive to steward if you don't support your club you will not have a club!  The entertainment was first class, the singer Ryan Stone was more like Ken Dodd he just kept on going and going ,The play your cards right was a big success it was the first time out and the horse racing was a success once again and a big thankyou to the folk group members for their singing spot, on Sunday night thank you.

Thank you Rob for the report and pictures.


 The Duck Race, Llwyn-Yn-Hall.

All but one of our visitors arrived on the Friday afternoon and evening in beautiful sunshine.  We had to move some stones in the river to make a shortened course for the Duck Race. Saturday saw folks meeting up with old friends, with some going off to Ruthin trying to find a bargain(not much luck) in the afternoon everybody had great fun choosing and paying to enter their chosen piece of plastic to bet on it winning the race, even though there was only very little water making everything in slow motion everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves.  Then we had an egg & spoon race followed by a three legged race.  After all this the kids had a whale of a time in the shallow pools in the stream leaving the grown ups to enjoy a bit of peace for a while.  All but 2vans went home after our coffee morning leaving us to enjoy a chinwag with a few bottles of wine.  All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable meet.

Thank you Alan and Di for the report and pictures .

Eisteddfod THS, Llandyn Hall Farm, Llangollen.

What a great 5 nights was had at Llandyn Hall, Llangollen. Although we had only 17 units joined us they all had a fantastic time. One of the visitors was Iain Geddes & his lovely wife Tina from the club. Technical Advisor. Every day members were going into Llangollen for the World Renowned International Eisteddfod. This is competitions of song & dance from around the world. The national costumes are spectacular. Not only the Eisteddfod, but the views and places of interest in the surrounding area. On the first day there is a parade through Llangollen of all the participating countries in their national dress, “Spectacular”, and this year it was lead by Prince Charles. Next year the Eisteddfod is celebrating it’s 70th anniversary and the lovely welsh lady, Katherine Jenkins, will be performing on the opening evening. That will be her first public engagement after the birth of her baby. So the local residents are quite excited about that.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

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Back Packers THS, Tal-Y-Bont.

It doesn’t seem like 12 months has passed since we were last at this great site. After a slow start, our numbers increased to 17 units, including some familiar faces from previous years. What we lacked in numbers, we made up for in talented members. We held our coffee morning on Sunday followed by the welly and back pack throwing. Our members never cease to amaze us with their styles of throwing. We’re convinced some of them were champions at javelin and discus throwing in their youth. This year’s champion was Maurice, whose skills were not confined to just throwing ‘objects’ around. On Tuesday evening we were entertained by Maurice, one of three musicians who make up the group ‘The Survivors’ (proud to say they are still going strong). We all joined in with the singing of some of our favourites from the 60’s. Another musician in our midst was John, who played his accordion for us. Our members were not fazed by the rain, and got out their brollies when the rain came, but still carried on singing. Sadly most of my photos were lost when my phone had to be reset !!!!!. Wednesday we had our fish and chip supper, but as there was a cold wind, only a few members sat outside – but everyone enjoyed their meal just the same. The mixed weather did not deter members from exploring this beautiful part of North Wales, from climbing Snowdon to exploring the Great Orme and Conwy Castle. Much interest was shown in the new development at Dolgarrog – Surf Snowdonia, which opened on 1st August.  The local school at Tal y Bont held a car boot sale on Saturday and there were plenty of bargains to be had, including a rocking horse and some leather biker boots. Other members decided that as it was a sunny day, a ‘liquid lunch’ was in order – it was great to catch up with old friends in true DA style! ‘Monsoon’ conditions were forecast for Sunday, but we were blessed with a bright sunny day on Saturday for socialising, last minute sight-seeing and the sad task of packing up. Thanks to each and every one of our members for visiting us and making this a THS to remember yet again. Our members more than make up for the ‘not so good’ weather we had – the ‘friendly club’ has lived up to its name. It was a pleasure to steward this THS yet again. Whilst many of my photos were lost, we did manage to put some together for this report, including a rogues gallery of some dodgy campers.

Thank you Mel and Brian for the report and pictures.

Cwybr Fawr THS, Rhudlan.

Once again it was great to see members returning from far & wide to join us here at Cwybr Fawr, Rhuddlan. Although there was quite a bit of wind the weather was really kind to us. Rain by day only a couple of times, so members went cycling or walking. Either towards Rhyl, Prestatyn, Rhuddlan or even to Llandudno. Sunday the Circus Big Top was being put up in preparation for the first performance on the Tues evening. 3 or 4 couples went from the site, & it was a full house. Children & Older children all enjoyed it. On Saturday evening we had bingo for a few of us, as many had booked to go out for their evening meal. There are many good eateries in the area. Sunday morning was the usual Coffee Morning followed with a Raffle.  We were then saying our Goodbyes to some members as they were preparing to go home ready for work on Monday, but staying as long as possible taking in the sun.  Monday morning saw the last 11 of us packing up before the rain, but unfortunately for the only tent, with Sharon & her two little ones the rain beat her to it. But, typically, as soon as the tent was packed away, the sun shone again.  Although she was pretty wet Sharon was still smiling. A true camper. Our Thanks to every one that joined us & we look forward to seeing you again on the field.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

Thank  You  all for coming back to the rally at Rob Wynne’s for the first time in a few years, we had a good weekend well most of the members did.  It was a good Saturday night social in the tents with entertainment being organised by Dave Barr and Phil Spruce as I was in extreme pain with my knee .Rob 

Thank you Rob for the report and pictures
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Bodnant Caravan Park, Llanrwst.

All members enjoyed a welcome cuppa when arriving on the first day of the meet at Bodnant C.P. at Llanwrst. During the days members either went walking or out in their cars exploring the mountains & lakes of the surrounding area. Saturday many went to the School Charity Car Boot, returning with some great bargains. Monday it was a Rotary Club Charity Car Boot. Bargains again. The new Surf Centre opened at Dolgarrog, which is the largest in the world is a spectacular venue for those into surfing. From beginners to experienced that is the place to go. In the evenings many went into the social tent, enjoying the get togethers. Sunday having the usual Coffee Morning. As can be seen on the photo’s, Will had a new experience of Duck Herding. Thank you to all that joined North Wales D A at Llanwrst.

Thank you Bubs for the report and the pictures. 

Min-Y-Coed, September.
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Thank you Mel and Brian for the report and the pictures. 
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Hendra Caravan Park THS.

Once again we had a fantastic THS at Hendra C.P. Newquay. We had sunshine, beautiful sunsets, sending the skies blood red, & a little rain. That didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, as every day our visitors went out walking & sightseeing. In the three weeks the Ambulance service was called upon three times, & thankfully the patients were all well again before leaving the rally. Our Thanks to all that supported our raffle, which was drawn on an early evening & finished just before a shower began. As the weather was cool in the evenings this year we were only able to hold one Bingo evening. Motor home owners of two vans arranged a coach trip to St Mawes & surrounding area. Will & I were able to go as it was our day off. It was fantastic. Our Thanks to all for joining us, & as can be seen in the photo’s, the stewards were still smiling & friends to the very end.

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

The Boars Head Public House, Walgherton.

What a good weekend we had arriving on a lovely sunny Friday with 20 units in total. During the afternoon we had a great view of a hot air balloon taking off from the field with 16 passengers on board , it took about an hour to  unpack and inflate causing much excitement to fliers and campers. Saturday was a cool and cloudy day but it didn,t stop us decorating our vans with our seaside themed festival of lanterns displays. Quite a number of use enjoyed a good meal in the Boars Head before lighting up lights and doing a tour of inspection around the field. Sunday was another sunny day, I celebrated a special  Birthday and won a bottle of wine for the lantern display. Thanks for the prize and for all the cards I received.

Thank you Janette for the report and the pictures. 
The Cotton Arms Public House, Wrenbury.
A small rally this year compared to the previous years, only 8 units attended. Friday and Sunday it was nice and sunny but Saturday was disappointing, it was wet  until late afternoon, keeping most of us in our vans with the heaters going. Two of our units travelled to us from Chesterfield DA they enjoyed seeing the Cheshire country side with walks along the canal towpaths. We had our usual coffee morning on Sunday before we said our goodbyes and set off for home.
Thank you Janette for the report and the pictures. 
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Bickerton Village Hall, Hot Pot Supper.
All the vans arriving at Bickerton on the Friday were able to set up in the dry. Saturday the hall was open all day with the hive of activity in the kitchen, headed by Janette with the assistance of Val. So the aroma of the Hot Pot was giving everyone a warm welcome. Between 3pm - 5pm it was "Drop in Coffee Afternoon" All members enjoyed that.  Then, at 6pm the lovely Hot Pot was served followed by a choice of Apple Pie & Cream, Strawberry Gateau or Lemon Cheesecake. When we had all had our tummies filled it was time for the Magician to entertain us. Brilliant. Completing the evenings entertainment was Rob, Dave & Phil with "Play your cards Right". Winners receiving a bottle of wine. A great weekend enjoyed by all.
Thank you Bubs for the report and Janette for the pictures. 
Elm Cottage Caravan Park, Christmas Meet.

Our weekend meet at Elm Cottage had us pitching on the main site as there had been so much rain in recent days. Whilst there we had a few heavy "showers", but very windy until Sunday evening. Friday evening we all went into the hall. We had Bingo followed by 2 quiz's. One a picture & the other by the quiz master Dave. Scores of both added together & our table won. "Yeah"  Music provided by Phil saw Sian & Sharon singing on the karaoke. Great evening. Saturday saw quite a number going into Winsford or the surrounding area. 5.30pm we all went into the hall for our Christmas Dinner. Once we were all seated the meal was ready to be served by the new proprietors, James & Jackie Spencer. What a lovely meal. This was followed by the Christmas themed Raffle, organised by Betty. Then at 8.30pm - 11pm we were entertained by Singer/Guitarist Tony Stone. Again another great evening. Sunday morning it was the usual Coffee Morning, with one of the DA's longest serving members, Michael & Evelyn joining us for the coffee & hand delivering their Christmas cards. It was good to see them. It was time for most to leave us, but all saying their Goodbyes & Happy Christmas Wishes. A few of us stayed on until Monday. Which leaves me to say our "Happy Christmas to All".

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.