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It is with great sadness we report the passing of Kevin Rose on Christmas Eve. Monday 24th December 2018. He was diagnosed with cancer just a few months before. Our condolences go to Kathy and all of Kevin’s extended family at their loss. Kevin was a passed member of the Surrey DA and served on the committee as Hon. Treasurer for a number of years.
Kevin’s funeral was at Woking Crematorium, 24th January 2019. The Chapel was bursting at the seams with the numbers of family and friends who wanted to say their last goodbyes to Kevin. A large number of Camping Club, Surrey DA members, past and present, made up the congregation. He will be sadly missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him.
The weather forecast for the weekend was great, Saturday was potentially to be the hottest day of the year, so far. Thursday morning we spent deploying the road signs and site signs to mark our spot! By lunch time the first campers arrived and received our friendliest of welcomes.
By tea time Thursday there were eight units on site to enjoy a wonderful evening and spectacular sunset. Friday two more units arrived and unfortunately that was all. It’s a puzzle, given the great site and super weather forecasted for the weekend.
Not to be disappointed, we let everyone know we would be holding the Surrey DA Challenge Trophy competition on Saturday. A play-
Saturday the real challenge was staying cool and finding shade. Everyone attempted the Ladder Golf
Challenge and with the temperature rising one of our visitors volunteered to drive to the nearest farm
shop where they make their own ice cream. We all gratefully devoured the ice creams while play continued.
Saturday evening everyone was invited to a communal barbecue. Many of us dined together and watched the sun go down on what was indeed the hottest day of the year so far. Our thermometer showed 31°C., in the shade, at 3pm.
Everyone gathered around the Stewards Unit on Sunday morning for Coffee, teas and biscuits. The winner of the Surrey DA Challenge was announced – very well done Chris Swan for getting the highest total score for the Ladder Golf Challenge. Sunday evening, out came the barbecues once again and all enjoyed another wonderful sunset, only returning to their units when the evening became quite chilly.
Monday, still the weather was great with wall to wall sunshine. Once again people relaxed on site, explored the area and generally basked in the sun. Many units departed Monday leaving only three staying over until Tuesday. So by Monday evening, with a chilly wind was blowing from the West, the remaining few all got together to dine in the Steward’s unit.
Tuesday, we reluctantly packed our units and headed for home. We left the site just after lunch and the sun continued to shine. What a spectacular weekend – we were all very lucky to have both a super venue and the weather to match.
Jenny and Dave
Oakside Farm, Ringmer -
Tilford Nature Reserve Late Summer Meet 2019
We arrived just after 12pm Friday the 13th September to get the site ready for the camping weekend and the visiting campers. As we approached Elstead we encountered diversion signs to avoid roadworks on the east bridge at Tilford village. We landed up having to detour back via Farnham and approach from the west. However, all the lovely fond memories came back as we entered the site. We have now camped at this site for over 45 years and we never get tired of this beautiful location.
Two hours later our tent was up and only the bedding to go in. We laid down on our air bed in the sun and before we knew it, we both had fallen asleep. Hard work this tent pitching at our age, it must be catching up on us.
Our first arrivals were Josie, Aaron and their daughter, at 4pm followed by Chioma and her Son & Daughter. A little later were Robert, Sharon, Joseph & Leela and last to arrive was Alan & Enya. No Coren or Mylo, as they were camping at Ardingly with all the cubs from the south east.
After all the tents had been pitched the children started to collect wood for the fire, only a small one these days. Saturday morning and campers sat around chatting or going shopping for provisions. It was lovely to see Kath Rose visiting us, she stayed until mid-
Sunday dawned yet another sunny day, we have been lucky with the weather. After breakfast campers started to pack their cars but that all stopped when they all decided to go down to the river to have another splash about.
A lovely weekend was had by one and all, yet again we left the site at 3pm saying we will be back again next year.
News and Views Year 2019