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May Bank Holiday at Perripont Farm, Tilford -
After a long cold and wet winter, George and I were looking forward to stewarding this event. The famer informed us he had cut the grass and the ground was good and firm. The weather forecast was good so we were hoping for many campers to arrive.
We were not disappointed, with 25 units on site. A five strong group from East Sussex DA arrived in party mode, to celebrate one of their member’s 70th Birthday. (The meet they had intended to go to was cancelled because of very wet ground). We had visitors from Hants DA, Solent DA, West Sussex DA, Kent DA and of course Surrey DA.
We informed campers of the garden centre just a short walk away and of the pleasant walk through to Frencham Ponds, which passes the Pierripont farm where they milk the cows automatically and the home of Frensham Brewery. We also informed members of a ‘not to be missed’ view of Tilford Village Green, where the Moore families took advantage of a splash in the river Wey. The East Sussex group went off to visit Tilford village. They had a cool drink whilst watching a game of cricket on the green and came back saying how idyllic the village was.
There were lots of children on site and they all played well together. Campers did their own thing, playing horse shoes or Boule enjoying the sun shine or at times hiding in the shade. Saturday a group of Surrey DA members got together for a BBQ. Sunday, members visited the old kiln and the car boot sale. Jenny organised a raffle over the weekend, which was drawn at our coffee morning on Bank Holiday Monday. Out of the 25 units, we had four units stay on until Tuesday. All in all a very good weekend with very good company and we hope to see you all again soon.
Butcherlands Farm, Ebenhoe 18th-
We arrived on site to find as usual the site was well prepared with the grass neatly cut, the water on, and the rubbish and elsan points clean and tidy. The farmer’s assistant, Dave, came down to the camping field shortly after our arrival to check all was OK for us, and promptly started strimming the edges to ‘tidy’ them up !
Unfortunately, we have to report this year that Ivan Wadey, the farmer, has not been well and, following some heart surgery is now recuperating at his sister’s house down in Somerset. We sent a note wishing him well, and conveying the best wishes of the regular DA members who use this site. We received by return a lovely reply thanking everyone for their thoughts and wishing us a great caravanning year.
In his absence his son-
The weekend was blessed with some excellent weather, mostly sunny and quite warm in the sheltered field. On the Saturday Alan Moore kindly erected a makeshift cinema, and after some juggling with blankets and groundsheets to dim the interior, a small crowd (mostly the ladies) settled down to watch the ‘Harry and Megan’ show !
No formal events were planned for the weekend, but with a good crowd of around 35 people at most times (some came and went during the five day meet), little social groups formed and moved around the site so everybody ‘mixed’ pretty well. We can’t report on the actual numbers as the sheet was passed to the Sites Secretary before he left, and we didn’t make a note at the time (oops !!)
At the coffee morning on Sunday we learnt that one of the previous evening’s visitors had suffered a serious accident on the way home, but later enquiries assure us that, despite the car being almost cut in half, the injuries sustained were not too bad and we trust those involved are well on the way to recovery.
Most people left the site during Sunday afternoon, leaving a handful to enjoy the late evening sun and pack up in a leisurely fashion on Monday morning, some stopping for a picnic lunch before heading homeward.
Our thanks to all who attended the meet and enjoyed a quiet sunny weekend in the Sussex countryside.
Bob and Alison Russell
Spring Bank Holiday THS at Clymping -
We arrived on Thursday and had the pick of the field to camp. Our steward showed us to the pitch we had chosen and we set to putting up our awning . We were allowed to save a pitch for our friends, who were arriving Friday afternoon, by that evening the site was filling up. I did like the idea which the stewards arranged, that all members who had bothered to book had an edge pitch and the un-
It was a very hot weekend which sparked of some heavy rain and storms. The bake it or fake it was a great success raising money for the Chairman’s charity. We all had plenty of tea and cakes sitting in the hot afternoon sun. Again on B/H Monday a coffee morning with a raffle and the sun was very warm. Unfortunately the weather decided to take a down turn (which in this country it the norm) and the following couple of days were cooler and slightly wet.
In all a very relaxing seven days, which we needed after the previous weekend where we had been very busy working at the very successful South Eastern Region’s 70th Anniversary event.
At this point can I just make a comment? At camp there were many pet owners who controlled their pet’s and had them on leads and exercised them off site. Unfortunately I had to remind some members to put their roaming pets on leads. As far as I am aware club rules are; pets on leads at all times (with leads no longer than 6’) and when pets are in their awning the animal should not be able to roam further than that awning exit on its lead. Some members do need to be reminded of this rule, I am sorry to say.
Whitsun at Climping Temporary Holiday Site
We arrived to find the field clean, nicely mowed, thistles removed and it had been rolled to remove any horse hoof prints.
Karen had also taken out the fence to extend the field, installed a tap halfway along the field and elsan container in the stable yard so no long walks to the CS disposal point this year
The Bank holiday weekend was a scorcher and we welcomed 34 units, not only from our Region (East Sussex, South Downs, not to mention Surrey) also from Southern Region, but also Essex, Bedfordshire and Oxford.
Sunday’s “Bake it or Fake it” was well attended with some home (caravan) baked presentations. Tea and cake sales raised over £60 for the Chairman’s Charity. Evening entertainment included the sighting of the space station as it flew over.
Monday we had a coffee morning, with the remaining cakes, and the raffle raised more funds.
We missed the storms that circled around over the weekend, but watched the light show, and heard about the flash flooding in Littlehampton only a mile away!
Around a dozen units stayed on for the week, and we had a steady turnaround during the week, included DA members from Dorset, Wilts and Yorkshire visiting our area.
We had a wet day in the week but the field drained well, and cleared for our final weekend. As well as weather watching, we spotted a baby owl on the barn roof and watched a family of Gold crest’s feeding in the long grass.
Our last arrival by motorbike from Germany came in on Saturday evening, having crossed to Harwich in the morning, been on the London Eye, and then made it via Brighton to Climping for the night! He planned to follow the coast road to Lands End, going via Bristol to Wales for a ferry to Ireland, to visit Cork and Dublin, not forgetting the coast road, crossing back via Anglesey for the trip home, phew!
A big “Thank You” to all that camped and made the holiday site a success.
Allen & Ros