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Meets & THS Gallery 2017

The Club House Wrexham 2017 AGM

The North Wales DA  AGM held at The Club House was a great success. As the DA is celebrating it’s 50th Birthday this year a new pennon was designed with that in mind. The pennon was designed by Roy & Sue, and as you can see on the photo’s the DA Chairman, Glyn presented Roy & Sue with the first pennon as a big Thank You. A lovely meal was had by all following the meeting.The committee wish to “Thank” all the members for their support also the NCR Vice Chairman, Gordon & wife Jill, PRO Nadia & husband Bill

We look forward to meeting you all again out on the field. Happy Camping!

 Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures.

Lady Willingtons Caravan Park

This was our D.A’s second meet at this well-kept site. We had a good turnout of 13 units, and it was great to see old friends, and meet members from North Staffs and Lancs & Cheshire.  The weather was fine and sunny for setting up on the Friday, very testing for the waterproofs on Saturday and nice again on Sunday for our coffee morning. The site is located just off the A525, being 9 miles from Wrexham and 6 miles from Whitchurch. Whilst the A525 is a busy road, there are plenty of quieter minor roads for walking and cycling. Maps of the local public footpaths were kindly provided by the proprietors.  The village of Hanmer is less than 2 miles away and has a village shop and post office. There is a choice of pubs and restaurants a short drive from the site. We were made very welcome by Mr & Mrs Morris, the proprietors, and we look forward to many more meets at this lovely site.

Thank you Mel and Brian for the report and pictures

Pheasants Way Caravan Park Easter Meet

Tea, Coffee & biscuits were offered to members on arrival at Pheasants Way for North Wales DA Easter meet. The weather was relatively kind to us most of the time, but also some heavy downpours occasionally. Good Friday there were Hot X Buns & a cuppa for all in the extended awning. Saturday afternoon Hot Dogs for everyone followed by a piece of North Wales DA’s 50th Birthday cake. Then we had a fun game of blocks which was won by Ken, who kindly donated his winnings to the Alzheimer’s Society. Sunday the usual Coffee morning then late afternoon Easter bonnets then a raffle run by Betty. I did a 50/50 for Alzheimer’s Charity. Billy & Margaret’s 50% was £13 & £13 to Alzheimer’s. Another game played & won by Sue. Tea & Coffee on tap the whole time. Monday was a free day so all the awnings were being taken down. Tuesday morning the sun shining everyone saying Goodbye, & making their way home

  Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

Four Winds Caravan Park THS

A lovely nine nights had at Four Winds, Prestatyn, with visitors from far & wide. Weston Super Mare, Bristol, Devises, Southampton, Lincoln, Chesterfield, Crewe, Wigan, Liverpool & Anglesey. We had rain on the first Friday, but sun the rest of the holiday. It was lovely to see the children on site playing rounders, handstands & riding their bikes. The families sitting out in the evening with their BBQ. Some couples out on their electric bikes going as far as Llandudno. It was the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza & Steam Engine Rally, so many went for that over the Bank Holiday weekend. Our Thanks to all for an enjoyable THS.

   Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

NWDA 50 Birthday with the North Centtral Region Meet
Thank you for the pictures: Mel, Glyn, Alan and Bubs. 
Criccieth THS

We had a lovely nine nights at Bron Eifion, Criccieth this year. The first day was in brilliant sunshine. Saturday there were light showers. In the evening one of the members came with his guitar and sang for us. Sunday, we had Coffee morning with Will & Bubs celebrating their wedding anniversary. So, cake and biscuits with the tea & coffee. Also, a raffle. We had a donation collection box for the Regions charity, Alzheimer’s. We Thank all members for their generosity. We had a second Morning Coffee on Friday, before member started leaving at the weekend, Over the week when there had been showers making the field a little wet, Neil was always on hand to tow the ‘vans on. thanks Neil. At the top of the field, Peter & Clare from Canterbury were thrilled to bits, as just a few feet from their ‘van was a pair of Woodpeckers feeding their young. They had also seen Owls on site and Pheasants.  

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

Abergwynant THS

Abergwynant this year was at the same time as the heatwave. Hottest since 1976. Everyone enjoying being able to go on their walks, cycle or just Chill out sun bathing. Then the weather broke on the Friday. Although not appreciated, but a welcome relief from the heat. On Saturday, it was dry enough to be able to take down the awnings. There were a couple of surprises on site. The Camping & Caravanning Club is known as the Friendly Family Cub. Well, a couple arrived on site from Exmouth, Devon. It turns out that Robin is a cousin of Will’s Mum. Neither realised this until they got chatting about where they lived as children. Another two units camped next to each other asked “Where are you from?” “Somerset” “Where in Somerset as my brother moved there last year?” Turns out it the same village. So Stella asked them “When you see him say Stella sends her love” A small world indeed. Thank you to everyone for once again making it a pleasure to steward this meet for you. 

 Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures

Back Packers Tal-y-Bont

Backpackers this year was a 5 night meet, but the same warm welcome was extended to stewards and members alike by Mrs Claudia Bryant, the landowner. Tal y Bont is a great base for cyclists, walkers and climbers alike, and is on a bus route between Conwy and LLanrwst. An Electric Wave festival of music and other entertainment took place at Surf Snowdonia in Dolgarrog over the weekend. Unfortunately, this had to be cancelled on the Saturday, due to local adverse weather conditions which affected some of the temporary structures at the venue. Many of the festival goers were camping at ‘Backpackers’ and some stayed on until Sunday, as the weather here was fine and sunny.  Two ladies, who were camping with their children, were interested in ‘the Friendly Club. We gave them a Club magazine, a booklet of our meets for this year, and invited them to our coffee morning on Sunday. Our members made them very welcome and they enjoyed talking about the DA and what it has to offer. The ladies had thought that it was just for caravanners. There were a few keen cyclists among our members, two groups of them from Scotland, who were keen to explore our beautiful countryside. Two brothers had recumbent cycles and cycled on some of the many off road cycle tracks that North Wales has to offer. We had a very enjoyable meet and were blessed with good weather for the most part. There was some overnight rain on Saturday, but that cleared in the morning. The field was nicely presented as always and we thank Claudia for this.  As thunderstorms and heavy rain was forecast for Wednesday, everyone packed up on the Tuesday evening and we all made an early start in the morning so as to avoid the storms. Once again it was a pleasure to steward this meet. Thank you to all those members who attended and supported our small raffle which raised £10 for the Alzheimer’s Society.


 Thank you Mel for the report and pictures

Eisteddfod Llangollen THS

Having a THS over the Llangollen International Eisteddfod was great. A very large meet. The weather fantastic. Of the twelve days, one day of rain & one overcast. All the other days brilliant sunshine. The Alzheimer’s Charity is the North Central Region charity, so following their AGM we retained the collection box. After the two THS’s, Criccieth & Abergwynant, NWDA Chairman, Glyn came & emptied the box. £88.68 to take back to Pat Shaw, the NCR Charity fund raiser. At Llandyn Hall, Llangollen a member who carves Love Spoons gave me six to put donations for Alzheimer’s. Those raised £22, so a big Thank you to Derek. We also had a book stall, 50p a book. Filling the collection box again. Quite a number of members had no idea what the Eisteddfod was, but thoroughly enjoyed themselves after going to the Festival field & will definitely be returning again next year. We had a coffee morning on the Saturday. A brilliant meet with no incidents on site as weather so good the field was dry for all units to get on & off without assistance.

 Thank you bubs for the report and pictures.

Cwybr Fawr THS

The THS at Cwybr Fawr, Rhuddlan had very mixed weather this year. Thankfully the rain that we had was mainly overnight, so it didn’t stop members going off field. Rhuddlan Castle was a favourite for many. A young family with an 8-week-old baby, 18month old baby & 7yr old daughter thoroughly enjoyed visiting Colwyn Bay Zoo, The Car Boot, Sun Centre. Another family out on their bikes every day. The photo’s showing three generations folding up the tent ready for their drive back home. Our Thanks to Les & Rose for their company, and the cakes every afternoon to have with our cuppa. 

 Thank you bubs for the report and pictures .

Brookhouse Farm, Denbigh.

Wow – what a lovely site this is. Set in the Vale of Clwyd with views of the Clwydian Range including Moel Fammau. This was our first visit to this venue, and we weren’t disappointed. We were made very welcome by the landowners Philip and Rachel Hughes. The field was very well presented and is a credit to them. This site has so much to offer, so we hope to have more meets and THS’s in the future. Just a few more reasons to visit this site:

1.  There’s the Brookhouse Mill pub and restaurant just a few minutes walk from the site. The Sunday lunches come highly recommended, and there is a good choice    of lunch and evening meals on the menu. 

2.  It’s on a bus route with the bus stops just outside the entrance

3.  There’s a friendly local corner shop within walking distance

4.  The town of Denbigh is about a mile away. It has a leisure centre with swimming pool, a very interesting walk around the town walls and plenty of shops  to name a few of its features

5.  There are numerous public footpaths in the area, and members can start their walk direct from the site

We held our coffee morning and welly throwing competition on Sunday, with Margaret winning the first prize. The 5 children who visited us with their families also took part, so it was a close contest. We played blocks on Monday afternoon and this time, Corra, one of the children was the winner. One of the star attractions for the children was the pet goats in the adjacent paddock, especially the ‘escape artist’ who defied all efforts to keep him in the paddock. It was great to see children on the field enjoying the ‘freedom’ a DA meet offers. We really enjoyed stewarding this meet and hope to do so again. Thanks to all those who attended, and Philip and Rachell for their warm welcome.

Thank you Mel for the report and pictures .

The Old School House , Moelfre.

The meet at The Old School House, Llanallgo, Moelfre on Anglesey coincided this year with the RNLI week end of displays. Members enjoyed watching the rescues that were put on by the Lifeboat & Air Ambulance, but as the helicopter was moving off they were called back for a real emergency. The rescue of a jet ski rider. All very exciting as fortunately there were no casualties, although jet skier was taken to Ysbyty (Hospital) Bangor. The views from the site are spectacular as can be seen in the photos. Snowdonia, Puffin Island & The Great Orme at Llandudno. Alan was pleased as in one of the hard ware stores on the island he was able to purchase two sets of Fork Handles  (Four Candles).  When he asked me, I thought we were back to “Open all Hours” A lovely site with EHU & toilets just 1mile from Moelfre & the beaches.

Thank you Bubs for the report and pictures .

Hendra Holiday Park, Hendra.

This year at Hendra Holiday Park was totally different to any of the rallies that we have held there for the last 10 years. Our first day of setting up was brilliant, but, the first day for members arriving the rain & wind had arrived. Janette & I were okay in the awning. Not for Will & Noel, having to brave the elements helping to site the caravans & motor homes. The weather seemed to change daily. Sun one day, showers mixed with wind & sun the next. Unfortunately, not all visitors stayed for as long as they had intended, but have said that we will see them again next year. Saying that, a lot of members stayed with us for the full 21 nights. We look forward to seeing them all again.  On the rally this year there were two birthdays being celebrated. Kathryn had come all the way from Cheshire for her 40th with Kevin & Haf.

Allan & his wife had hired the 60’s VW Campervan (as seen in the photo’s) to celebrate his 60th. Also with them was their Hearing Dog for the deaf.

Because of sight problems Alan has had to give up driving. This has left Di in the driving seat. For her third trip out towing the caravan Di drove all the way from Tarporley to join us at Hendra. What an achievement, Hats off to her.

We Thank all those that supported our Raffle, by donating prizes & buying raffle tickets. Thank you to all that joined us, making it a pleasure to steward once again

Thank you Will & Bubs, Noel & Janette for the report and pictures .

Cotton Arms Public House, Wrenbury

We had a good attendance at this popular rally venue 18 units altogether. A number of our members had food in the pub as well as visiting the bar area with the locals. We had the pavilion for Saturday evening and Julie the landlady served the rally supper of fish and chips in there, before the other members joined us for a social evening. We had a small bingo session, thanks to John for doing that. The feast of lanterns was quite a poor show as only three units made the effort. Sunday morning weather was not good so not many attended the coffee morning.

Thank you Noel & Janette for the report and pictures .

Halloween and Hot Pot Supper Bickerton Village Hall.

A great weekend was had by all, thanks to Janette & Val for the tasty Hot Pot. This was followed with a choice of scrumptious pple pie, lemon meringue pie or toffee cheesecake, all topped with cream. After the meal there was a quiz, bingo & Irish bingo. Dave calling the quiz, bingo and playing the background music. The Welsh stage of the Rally GB had started at Towyn, Rhyl & finished at Llandudno, but passed by the site early Saturday morning & returned in the evening. Some members were out with their cameras as the cars passed. Apparently, a young man from Dolgellau won this stage. The first time a welshman has won it for Wales.    

Thank you Ken and Bubs for the pictures and Bubs for the report.
Christmas Party, The Club House Wrexham.

What a great Christmas Dinner weekend for North Wales DA.  As the big Christmas Decoration Outlet is just yards away many of us went in spending our money over the Friday & Saturday. On Friday evening the Landlady had organised a Charity Prize Bingo which most of us attended. Half of the members were lucky & won a prize. Saturday had many members going into Wrexham. At 6pm we started to go into the Club to get our tables and be ready for the meal to be served at 7pm. Just before 8.30pm our entertainer, Jade, started her act. She was great. In the interval Betty & Glyn did the big Christmas Raffle. Brilliant prizes. Then Jade came back for her second half. This was even more brilliant with the assistance of Dave, Barbara, Sian, Nigel & Sharon. They had everyone enjoying the show. Thanks to all for a brilliant Christmas Dinner weekend.  

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

That concludes the meets for 2017.

The committee would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year and look forward to meeting everyone on the rally field again in 2018