Newbury New Year Rally

Clere School, Newbury, Berks

28th Dec 2008 - 1st January 2009


Firstly, I would like to thank our hardworking marshals Steve and Sharon Horn, Dave,Vonnie Hopkins, Derek and  June Banting and Tony and Frankie Hawkins who all worked so hard to make the rally a success and so enjoyable. Vonnie master minded the food with the rest of the team helping.

Derek and Tony organised the entertainment.  Tony  Hawkins our very own  DJ was on tip top form with all his music.  There was socialising in the hall every morning and quizzes and Tea Dance in the afternoon and delicious meals in the evening.  All the tables were decorated for us and the hall was beautifully decorated with different coloured rope lights.

On Monday night we had fancy dress and on Tuesday night  we had professional entertainment by the The Reejacks who were very good and encouraged members to go and sing with them.  The Reejacks are 2 friends Paul and Steve who set up in harmony together in 1996 just for a bit of fun but the success they found soon over took them. We do hope that they will come back for 2009 New Year. On New Year's Eve we all dressed up in formal attire for the evening and we had a Chinese Raffle and Martin won 6 bottles of very nice wine in a wooden trunk.

On the day side of New Year's eve we went for a drive and the countryside was so beautiful with all the trees covered in frost.  Yes it was cold and several of us had frozen aquarolls. The plastic watering can we use to top up the loo was frozen solid.  On New Year's day it was much warmer and we had a good run home.

It was a splendid rally and it was good to see 4 motorhomes.  It was so nice to spend New Year together with friends who are all part of our wonderful Swift Owners Club.

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year,

Barbara Roberts

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