Ging Gang Goolies Easter Rally

28 March-1 April (4 nights)





When the Rally opened on Thursday afternoon and the caravans began to arrive for the  Club’s first rally at Hole Park they were treated to what can only be described as a superb site  which had been excellently pegged out by Sarah and Denise (due to the temporary absence of  their partners) using the large area available to its best advantage  (well done to them!). Dennis Tomlin kindly arrived early to lend a hand where needed but the ladies had us installed on our pitches in no time and the happy atmosphere set the tone for the whole Rally.

The marquee,  kindly loaned by Tony and Sarah and brought to the Rally by Brian,   arrived and a band of willing helpers soon had it up and in place,  ably directed  by Denise. Ground sheets down and with numerous heaters installed, again kindly loaned by several members, the temperature was raised and as per custom Tea, Coffee etc. were the order of welcome in the evening.

Friday saw the arrival of the remainder of the Ralliers and the start of a full and varied programme which lasted throughout the whole rally, the ongoing theme being ‘Easter Fun for All’.   We enjoyed  toasted Hot Cross Buns and refreshments, Easter Themed competitions, Get togethers in the  marquee, Quizzes, Egg Throwing competition for all, and – yes -  the eggs  were not hard boiled!.  Saturday dawned and we all enjoyed Bacon Baps, tea and coffee,  ably cooked and served by the Marshalling team before the children took part in their craft session.   

In the evening a Scout type Camp Fire which Tony and Dennis, ably assisted by all the youngsters had built earlier, was lit and everyone armed with long handled forks could try their hand at toasting Crumpets and Marshmallows, (the fire being the winner in this task on some attempts), and then enjoy a Sing a’Long (sometimes with  actions bordering on an aerobics session!), ably led by some of  our 1st time ralliers. Some present didn’t look old enough to be scouts or guides, others could possibly have been in Baden Powell’s first  troop, camping on Brownsea Island!.  

Having all enjoyed ourselves we then retreated to the warmth of the Marquee,  smelling a little smokey, to enjoy the remainder of the evening.   Sunday morning saw the younger element dashing in all directions in search of the all elusive eggs and later in the day we partook of afternoon  Tea and Cake, followed  by  the adults and childrens Easter Bonnet/Hat  parade. In the evening the Irish Raffle, very ably and often hilariously compered by Guy, ended the weekend’s activities.

Flag  on Monday morning saw 5  First time ralliers (some of whom were signed up at NEC in February) and their families officially welcomed.   Well deserved thanks were given by Peter Vowles to all the Marshals who had worked so tirelessly to make this Rally the huge success it had proved to be. Competition winners were announced followed by the Raffle, thus bringing the Rally to a close..

Dismantling of the Marquee in a fierce wind was the final highlight of Monday morning but with lots of willing volunteers this was quickly achieved.   A special big thank you must be given to the 17 youngsters (aged 3 months to 16+) who were with us. They were all seen to be enjoying themselves and their conduct and behaviour was a credit to the club.

Finally our own thanks must go to the Team of marshals for providing a varied, enjoyable and family orinentated programme and for the extreme amount of hard work put in to make it such a super rally. Here’s to the next one at this lovely venue.

Keith and Jenne Essam

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