Chairman's Report AGM 2018
As my first year has come to an end I have highs and lows to report.
We had a change of venue for our annual Dinner Dance going back to the Mayfair Centre at Seaton Carew and although numbers were well up on previous years with over 75 people attending, many of which were able to bring their caravan's however we will not be returning this year due to the uncertain future of the venue.
We were going this year to the Masonic Hall at Stockton with a rally at Whitewater Club Site but unfortunately because of low numbers we have had to cancel. Other centres within the Northern Region have also had to cancel their Dinner Dances for the same reason and I think it is time to have a complete review of an event that has gone on for many year's.
The new committee will be looking at this and if any member has any idea's please contact me or any committee member.
We had our Children's Christmas Party which once again proved very popular especially as over the last couple of years we have had new members with children, the afternoon was rounded off with our very own "TACK YA BACK" playing Sing a Long Christmas Songs and Christmas Carols.
This year we had an extra venue for a New Year Rally at Monkwearmouth School in Sunderland, this also proved very popular as the rally was full and enjoyed by everyone who attended. It is being repeated again this year and I am sure it will be full again as will be the Sedgefield Rally.
We had a very slow start to the new season as only the Bolam rally and Whitewater Club Site were able to go ahead due to the very wet and snowy weather, we even had to cancel the Easter Rally. We weren't the only centre to have suffered as Chairman from other Northern Region Centre's have told me they had the same problems.
Things got a lot better by the end of April starting at Bedale with rallies then been full and having waiting lists.
The Chairman's rally at Seaburn was a great success and with hard work from the committee and generosity from the members we raised over £255 for our centre charity " DAFT AS A BRUSH" after 33 vans attended.
The two May Bank holidays went very well, Wark was fully booked and went ahead even though Colin & Bernadette could not attend due to Colin's operation but well done to Sarah & Eoin Dugdale for stepping in to help John & Debra. At the end of May Ang & I ran the New Aycliffe rally which was also well attended, and I managed to get the Golf competition of the ground once again with 8 members playing and we will do it again next year as more members are showing interest in playing.
The holiday rallies at Scarborough and the new venue at Whitby were well attended with not only Durham members but visitors from other centres also in attendance.
Our joint rally with Northumberland went ahead, although numbers at first were worrying a late surge of bookings boosted the numbers up to 30 vans, the good news was DURHAM CENTRE won back the trophy for the inter centre quiz.
Congratulations to our team, Carol Adamson, Dave Adamson, Ray Sherrington, Eileen Hughes & Brod Williamson.
At the beginning of July Ang & I ran a rally to coincide with THE TALL SHIPS RACE coming to Sunderland, over the five days we had over 120 vans from all over the country with 16 centres represented, and 2 weeks later at the AIR SHOW RALLY we had over 60 vans, again many centres were represented.
These two rallies were a great advert for Durham Centre, especially as they were both advertised in the club magazine.
The Holiday rally at GRASMERE in the Lake District was fully booked and I hope everyone attending had a great time, the weather was very kind to us and the pre-arranged programme was fulfilled.
August Bank Holiday Rally at THORTON WATLESS was full again this year which is testament to the rally marshal's as members including Ang & I choose to go there instead of the newly born Festival of the North, but I understand Northumberland Centre made it a great success
We had our Horticultural Fun Show Rally at Crimdon for the 3rd year and although we had to scale down the content of the rally due to the weather it was well supported by members showing off their exhibits and we had a good fun weekend.
All the rallies have been well supported and our average turnout has been 30 vans, we've had 10 rallies that have been full, with waiting lists, so if you want to get onto rallies next year please book early.
Our centre charity this year has been '" DAFT AS A BRUSH" who ferry patients with cancer & their carer's to hospital for their treatment, I am pleased to tell you members have raised £1465.00 during the year and we will be arranging to present the cheque to them shortly. If anyone wishes to nominate a charity for next year, please submit in writing or by email to myself or any committee member.
Next year all rallies will require a £5 deposit with a booking form including all your details. This will be none refundable and none transferable. The £5 deposit on limited rallies only, has brought its problems and this new system will bring us in line with many other centres.
Payment can be made by Cash, Cheque or Bank Transfer to Rally Marshal's Account, we have come to this decision because members not turning up on rallies they have booked, is not helping marshals who have done paperwork and bought food for catering which is then wasted.
The newly introduced voucher system by our own admission has been problematic so that will be discontinued.
Next year 2019 will see DURHAM CENTRE celebrating our 60th anniversary and there will be a rally at STANHOPE SHOWGROUND from May 23rd to May 28th, to celebrate the occasion, where a full programme of events will be arranged hoping to provide entertainment for all ages, so please get booked up early.
Finally, can I thank all the committee for their support over the last twelve months, especially those who have chosen to stand down, your help and support has been appreciated, also I would like to thank Harry Thompson & Harry & Hilda Braddock who have always been on the end of the telephone when I have needed advice.
I can't finish without thanking ANG for all her support over the last twelve months because at times it has been challenging.
With the support of the Committee and you the members I hope DURHAM CENTRE will continue to go onwards and upwards.
Chairman’s Report AGM 2018