Easter at Old Down Country Park

Tockington, Bristol

5-9 April 2012


What a lovely venue for a rally ‘Old Down Country Park’ the name makes you think of peace, quite and relaxation.  You could not be further from the truth we had four days of non-stop activities on and off the rally field.

The marshals managed to organise a knock out game of boules, won by Nigel Deacon after a very hard and contested final.  The Clifford Heap Trophy was also organised over the weekend, in order to win you had to compete in table top games, lawn games, picture quizzes and an adult egg hunt.  Although I managed to find the golden egg and win the chocolate Easter egg, the trophy was awarded to Steve Ashby who had the highest overall score.

We had a 250th rally presentation to Lyn and Paul Phillips who provided us all with wine for the evening and a wonderful cake baked by Lyn herself.  A big thank to you both for sharing this with us.

The children kept us on our toes in the Park over the weekend with activities including painting, egg hunting, farm animals, trampolines and the favourite of them all for both children and adults was the bouncy pillow. 

The children were kept amused on the rally in the marquee, provided for the rally by Jeanette & Mike Cartwright with activities including painting, drawing, etc, etc.  On Sunday morning the traditional egg hunt took place with all the children receiving a full bag of Easter eggs at the end.

Friday night we had a murder / mystery evening where you had to solve the murder that took place at The Pungent Pumpkin Processing Company.  It involved all the marshals and a few ralliers but finally after the script was finished and all the deliberating was done, only two people solved the murder successfully.  The murder in fact was committed by myself who at the time was playing the part of Lady “Beauty” Fading. 

Sunday evening we all met up in the marquee for a chocolate evening and although no-one knew what to expect it was a brilliant and fun filled evening.  Paper quiz guessing the chocolate bar from close up pictures and chocolate tasting (you had to guess the added ingredient), music quiz (you had to guess the title or artist) connected to chocolate.  We then had to make a model out of chocolate which you moulded in your hands and then with our golden tickets we had a Chinese raffle where all the prizes where in some way connected to chocolate. 

A massive thank you to the marshals for all the hard work in organising this rally Laura & Stuart Parsons with Jo & Ron Schofield ably assisted by Ryan, Ewan and Millie.

Sharon Horn

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