What a super time we had!   We must all be grateful to the Marshals for their hard work and dedication before and during the Rally and to all the Team Marshals and their helpers for the huge part they played in planning before hand to ensure the weekend ran without a hitch (no pun intended!)  

The whole team must even have had their prayer mats the right way round, ensuring that we enjoyed superb weather and could make the most of everything on offer at this lovely venue and in the surrounding area. The entertainment was superb, from testing our brains with Dave’s quiz, the Chairman’s challenge which revealed the Area team with the steadiest hands to build a wall of cups, dancing the night away to the sounds of the Skyliners and laughing at the Comedian (excellently aided and abetted by Guy at times) till our sides ached.   

The whole weekend provided something for everyone, young and not so young and at this point special thanks must go to the team who so capably organised and ran the children's events, and most importantly, to the youngsters themselves for the way they wholeheartedly joined in with everything on offer and for their excellent behaviour throughout the Rally.   It really was a pleasure to witness.   Hopefully they are all the future of our Club and certainly we should encourage them.

Keith and Jenne Essam 


Oooh, the fish and chip van will be here soon' said Alison, looking at the programme. And so began our 2013 AGM rally. After a long drive down to Towcester on the Friday we were tired, cold and hungry. The thought of having to cook did not appeal but the idea of fish & chips certainly did. We were not alone, half the rally had the same idea and so the queue was enormous but the food was well worth waiting for, even if they did run out of mushy peas.

The next morning bacon baps and a tea urn greeted ralliers and got the day off to a good start. The weather was a bit blustery and so the customary table top sale was held indoors. One of the tables was taken by Alde who were in attendance in support of their increasingly popular wet heating system.

Later in the morning those who wished could enter the track test competition where you get chance to demonstrate your skill, or lack of it, in manoeuvring a caravan. In fact Saturday was full of competitions with the Chairman's Challenge in the afternoon and a long quiz in the evening. If you didn't want to take part you didn't have to, it was asimple as that. The day was rounded off with some great music from our resident DJ.

As normal Sunday morning was reserved for the AGM itself, which saw our retiring Chairman stand down for a new one. The open forum that followed provided a lively mix of questions and views with everyone getting chance to have a say in the running of the club.

Children are particularly welcome on SOC rallies and a special tea party was held on Sunday afternoon with Pepe the clown in attendance.

Sunday evening is entertainment time. This year we had comedian Gary T Thompson and band 'The Skyliners'. Both acts proved very enjoyable, making the whole rally great value for money.

Monday morning saw Flag and a raffle with some 56 prizes. Sadly for many it was then time to leave as work beckoned the next day. The fortunate few who were able to stay on enjoyed a further night at the racecourse and a perfect end to another great AGM rally.

AGM rallies provide a perfect opportunity to catch up with those you haven't seen in a while and to find out more about the various continental rallies coming up through holiday gatherings lubricated with wine and nibbles. The AGM rally is like no other but we had a wonderful time. A huge thanks to all those who worked so tirelessly to make it all possible - it is people like you who make the Club the huge success that it is.


Photos courtesy Brain Parsons & Alison Owen
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