Party Party Party -  Crudwell, Wilts

13-15th Apr 2007

Who would want to go a place with a name like Crudwell? Well me for one. It's a really nice village in the heart of the Cotswolds roughly halfway between Cirencester and Malmesbury. In a corner of the village green stands a village hall made of local stone. It's relatively new, dating back to just 1993, and spacious inside. When we arrived it had just been decorated and you could still smell the fresh emulsion paint. A perfect location for a party then. And that's why we were there. Dave Hopkins was celebrating his 60th birthday and we were determined he was going to enjoy it.

By early Friday evening most ralliers had arrived and the barbeques were in full swing. Just as Mike & Jeanette Cartwright arrived their Terrano ground to a halt as it broke a drive shaft (or something). How amazing that it waited until the end of the journey before failing.

On the Saturday morning we sat in the warm sunshine enjoying bacon baps and Buck's Fizz provided  the marshals. What a civilised way to start the day! The breakdown truck arrived for Mike and Jeanette's car and Mike Hitched a ride back to Swindon to pick up his other towcar. How many of us have two? Next Len Field set off with a band of followers on one of his famous local walks. Did someone say village pub? The weather was so nice some of us didn't want to move but the surrounding countryside (not to mention the model shop in Swindon) beckoned.

In the evening we assembled in the village hall for a magnificent American Supper followed by a music quiz organised by Vonnie Hopkins. When that was over the serious partying began. Music, dancing, wine, birthday cake (baked by Lyn Phillips) and as much ice for your drinks as you wanted courtesy Michael Bird's new ice making machine.

I don't remember much after that but Sunday morning dawned sunny and warm, on what proved to be the warmest day of the year so far. Rallying is great fun in all weathers but you just can't beat it when the sun shines. A great pity then that the rally had to close but we had to give the site back to the locals. So we cleaned and tidied the hall and made sure we left it in the immaculate condition we found it. This was the first ever caravan rally there and we wanted to make a good impression.

Fantastic rally, fantastic site - what more can I say? Well I think a very big THANK -YOU to the marshals Dave & Vonnie Hopkins and Steve & Sharon Horn.


Footnote: Jeannette has informed me that all that was wrong with her car was a lack of oil. Apparently there had been a mix up when the car was serviced.

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