Durham Centre Caravan and Motorhome Club Durham Centre Caravan and Motorhome Club

Chairman’s Message 2021

Dear Centre members

I am now starting my 4th term of office at the request of the committee to help ease in our new Vice Chairman Fred Openshaw & to give continuity to the centre moving forward.

After such a successful year in 2019 ,this year has been very difficult with us having to deal with COVID 19.

We managed to have three successful rallies before we were put into “lockdown”, it was then a case of wait & see.

Our first rally back out was Bedale  on August 7th & everybody was relieved to be able to Rally. From then onwards our Rally program was severely disrupted and I must thank Colin Smith for keeping our website up to date and Dave Wilson for moving venues around so we could continue Rallying safely.

We did manage to have 2 very well attended Holiday Rallies at Fleetwood & Bedale with members from other centre,s  joining us for a very enjoyable time and a rearranged  Bank Holiday rally at Seaton Carew went very well too.

Unfortunately after September we were shut down again and that was the end of our rallying  season.

As we were not  able to support our chosen charity in 2020 we are carrying it forward to 2021, we will also be doing the sponsored walks at the Chairmans Rally at Seaburn.

We are planning a EGGSTRAVAGANZA weekend at Easter with live Entertainment and the usual childrens egg hunt and Easter Bonnet competition so please get booked up early. We also have 4 holiday rallies arranged so hopefully something for everybody.

As we are still not allowed to handle cash all rallies will have to be paid for in full when booking, for the foreseeable future, for Holiday Rallies you can still pay £10 Deposit. Cheques will be allowed made payable to “CARAVAN and MOTORHOME CLUB DURHAM CENTRE” with rally name on reverse, but we would prefer BANK TRANSFER if at all possible with reference the rally.

We are not putting together a hard copy handbook this year as with all the problems with COVID and changes that are likely to occur it is far easier keeping the website up to date as the handbook would be quickly out of date ,if anyone hasn’t got access to the internet please contact myself or any committee member for further information.

As Bernadette Smith & Dave Wilson are stepping down from committee this year I would like to thank them for their contribution to the centre and wish them both well , apart from a new Vice Chairman we have two new members this year on committee given us a full compliment of 15 and I wish them all a warm welcome and thank existing members for continuing to support myself and the centre.

I would like to thank all the landowners for allowing us to use their land for our favourite pastime and Colin Smith for together our website.

Please continue to support your centre & remember to re-register with Durham Centre when renewing your Caravan & Motorhome Club Membership.

Angela & Myself look forward to seeing you all on the rally field again this year ,our kettle will always be on ( but bring the tea bags ) and enjoy your rallying in 2021.

Barry Dodd

Centre Chairman  

Barry Dodd

Chairman’s Message  2015