CHAIRMANS REPORT AGM 2019
I have now completed two years of my Chairmanship and entering my final year, although it has been a busy year for Angela, myself & the Centre it has been very enjoyable.
It was a disappointing start as we didn't have a Dinner Dance this year because there wasn't enough interest from the members & it had to be cancelled.
We did however enjoy our first joint rally with North Yorkshire for the Bonfire& Firework rally which was well attended & hopefully more members will support this event this year.
Also cancelled this year was the Children's Christmas party, again because of low numbers.
We keep trying to put these special event rallies on, but they will only go ahead if members support them.
The two New Year rallies went ahead and both were well supported and very successful, hopefully that will be the case also this year.
The new season started in February with five new venues for us to enjoy, we have had three holiday rallies, SCARBOROUGH, STRATFORD - UPON - AVON, and SKEGNESS all very successful and enjoyed by not only DURHAM members but also members from other centre's.
It was the second year of the new formed GOLF COMPETITION RALLY at Oakleaf Sports Centre Aycliffe, again it was well supported & KEVIN SHOWLER was once again the winner.
The biggest rally of the year of course was DURHAM CENTRE celebrating its 60th anniversary at STANHOPE in Weardale.We had over 120 vans in attendance including 64 from our own centre , the remainder were from 15 different centre's including from SCOTLAND, WALES and even IRELAND.
We had 3 nights of top entertainment, a free HOG ROAST for everyone, and a DUCK RACE on the river.
I must thank all the volunteers who waded into the river to catch and collect the ducks even members from visiting centres helped and congratulations to JOE WILSON for winning the cash prize.
Thanks also must go to GEORGE BURRELL for organising the VINTAGE CAR COLLECTION and my daughter HELEN for coming to the rally with the MILITARY WIVES CHOIR.
We must not forget TEESIDE CARAVANs who sponsored us throughout the rally.
It was decided by committee to break with tradition and not invite Chairman from all the Northern Region Centres and instead invite our own past Chairman & Treasurers as our guest's.
Those that attended were:- JANE & BILL ENRIGHT, KAREN & KEN SIMMONS, IAN & MEG LEIGH, HARRY BRADDOCK, HARRY THOMPSON & CHRISTINE THOMAS.
As Christine's Father was the first Chairman of Durham Centre I asked her to cut the celebration cake and she was very proud to accept. All in all it was a very successful rally with some lovely comments made and cards & emails sent of thanks to our Centre.
The response from these people certainly brought Durham Centre to the fore.
I was very proud to be your Centre Chairman at this time and it was an event I will never forget .
The biggest thank you must go to our Centre Committee as without their help in planning ,organising, not only on the rally field but behind the scenes, this rally could not have gone ahead.
I also want to thank ANG for putting up with me, as at times it became very challenging.
Over 30 vans attended The Chairman's rally at Seaburn & thanks to the efforts of the Committee & Centre members we raised in excess of £300 for our Centre charity.
Next year we are hoping to have hold a sponsored walk along the seafront, anyone interested in joining in please see myself or any committee member for sponsor forms.
The Sunderland Airshow Rally again proved very popular and DODDY's REAL DEAL AUCTION raised over £400 again for our Centre Charity.
Although the WARK Bank Holiday Rally was full & went well, unfortunately the THORNTON WATLASS RALLY over the August Bank Holiday Weekend had to be cancelled as the heavy rain over North Yorkshire two weeks previous left the rally field waterlogged, so it gave members the opportunity to attend the newly named FESTIVAL of The NORTH RALLY & by what I hear it was very successful.
Next year it is to be held at SOUTHPORT but at EASTER and not over the August Bank Holiday.
At the beginning of September we had our 4th Horticultural Funshow and once again it proved very successful with 20 vans attending , over the weekend we raised over £145 for our Centre Charity.
While we are on the subject of Charity the final total of money raised by you the members for this years charity :-NORTH of ENGLAND CHILDRENS CANCER RESEARCH IS £1285.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed and I will be contacting the charity to present them with the cheque at the Illuminations Rally in November.
Anyone wishing to propose a charity for the Centre to support in 2020 please submit in writing or email to our Centre Secretary.
This year the Centre introduced a non- refundable £5 deposit when booking rallies and although it had its teething problems on the whole it has proved very successful and will be continued next year .
Finally I would like to thank Colin Smith for sending to East Grinstead articles about our centre which have been mentioned in the Caravan & Motorhome Club magazine many times during the year, it has even been noticed at Regional Centre meetings.
I also want to thank the committee for their support over the last twelve month's especially Olga Paton & Colin Watkins , who have decided to stand down, your help and support has been very much appreciated.
I cant finish without again thanking Ang for all her support over the last two years and hope she can manage another twelve month's.
With the support of the new committee I hope we can continue to make DURHAM CENTRE the success it has been.
Chairman’s Report AGM 2019