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News and Views - Year 2018

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Our Son Alan asked if we could open the site on Thursday as the stewards were unable to arrive until Friday.

We arrived just before 12 midday and were welcomed to the site by Karen the owner and showed into the field.  What a lovely field it was, the grass was cut, a view across the fields of the South Downs and the sun was shining, what a good start!

By Thursday evening we had three units on site. Then Friday more arrived. By lunch time we handed over to the stewards. By Friday evening campers were getting together in groups with their BBQ’s.

The site owner was very particular that club rules were to be adhered to.  They had cut roadways around the edge of their fields and we were allowed to walk around them.  The far field, although we were allowed to walk around it, we were not allowed to walk down the wide path in the middle. This is used as a runway for Peter (the owner) and their friends’ aeroplanes.  Unfortunately this air strip was not used during the weekend.  Down the road was another airstrip where, during our stay, many gliders were taking off and circling our field.

Members visited The Raysted Animal Sanctuary, Bently Wild Fowl Trust and Motor  Museum all of which are not far from the site.

The only down side for me was, most of the weekend I suffered with Hay Fever as the fields around the site were almost two feet high in grass, going to seed. I would definitely go again but perhaps not in June, maybe later in the year?

Susan Moore

Oakside Farm, Ringmer - June 2018

Surrey DA members celebrate 50 Years with the Camping Club

Congratulations go to Miss J Jordan, Mrs J Stratton, Mr & Mrs N Mason and Mr & Mrs R Simpkins who have all qualified for their 50 year Badges and Certificates. Lucy and Neil Mason are past members of the Surrey DA committee.

Strawberry Teas At Maplehurst – 14th July 2018

We arrived on site about 12 Frank had just arrived as well. We got about setting up the caravan then stop for lunch. It started to get hot so we put the awnings up. Now it was time to relax some units started to arrive by evening we had 7 units.

Friday was a relaxing day some people went out to explore. We had units arriving by evening we had 17 units, 4 of the units were camping with Surrey's for the first time and they were friends from different D A's we found an area for them pitch altogether. We made them welcome.

Saturday We were just up when a small Motorhome arrived making 18 units in all. After breakfast Sue set off to Sainsbury's to get the Strawberries Scones and Cream. Another lazy morning reading the newspapers. Had lunch then we set about with helpers getting Strawberries and Scones ready for the tea Sue went home to whisk up the cream. Soon it was time to set the tables and umbrellas up. We served 39 Adults and 11 Children for the Strawberry Tea which everyone enjoyed and feeling very full.

Sunday Another hot day. We got ready for the coffee morning some units had already left. We were given a Lemon cake from Emma she had made it to share with their friends
they were so full after the wonderful Strawberry Tea. We cut it up for the Coffee morning it was delicious. Had a good gathering and it was nice to sit and chat. Some units started to leave. We sat and enjoyed the weather. Soon it was time to pack up and we left at 4 after an enjoyable weekend. Thank You all for coming.

Ruby and Chris.

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Rectory Farm Bosham THS 10th August - 2nd September

Another successful THS was held at Rectory Farm Bosham West Sussex again this year. Although the meet opened on what must have been the wettest day in August, this did not stop the campers arriving throughout the day. I booked everyone in, as George, Jen and Dave directed campers to their pitches.

The weather was very changeable throughout the THS but it did not deter campers coming. Over the 28 days we had 555 unit nights camped, with 236 Adults, 22 children, 1 cat and many dogs in attendance. There were a total of 46 Caravans, 73 Motor Homes, 1 Trailer Tent and 6 Tents, one of which came with a boat. These statistics show just how popular Motor Home camping is becoming.

Throughout the following weeks we had many campers returning to camp with us again this year. We made many new friends with folks who camped with us for the first time. Lots of them said they would love to come again another year. We have found most members like this site because it has so many advantages including, just a short walk to Bosham and the local pubs & restaurants, ideal for the local buses and trains and the terrain is also flat, perfect for walking & cycling.

The Campers came from 34 different DA’s and Regions. The majority were from Surrey DA with 23 units, many of which have never camped at one of our other DA meets. We informed them of our different weekend meets our DA runs and handed them copies of our Regions Sites Books. The furthest travelled campers came from as far afield as Glasgow, Liverpool, South Lincolnshire, Dyfed, Devon, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lindum. I had to ask whereabouts it was - you think you are good at geography then Lindum arrives!

George and I very much enjoy running this meet, you get to meet so many different people and we have made some really good friends over the years.

Susan Moore

Bosham Temporary Holiday Site 2018

Stewards Report

Past President Arthur Brown

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Arthur Brown on Saturday 11th August after a long period of illness. Our condolences go to Mary and her family at their loss. Arthur was afforded full Surrey Fire Brigade Honours at his funeral service, at Guildford Crematorium on 30th August 2018.  

Forest View, Ewhurst - Feast of Lanterns and Charity Weekend 2018

Stewards Report

A failure only 5 units 3 from Surrey, 1 from West Sussex and 1 from East Kent. Great weather Thursday, Friday and Sunday and a wipe out on Saturday, rain all day.

Thanks to Paul Hillman who was the only one who lit up so we declared him the winner.