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

Chairman’s Message 2022

Dear Centre Members

I am now starting my 5th year as your Centre Chairman and proud to do so , I hope you are not getting fed-up with me . I am only still here because Angela & Myself get excellent backing from our Committee along with you the members.

After an indifferent 2020 we managed to get a bit more normality back in 2021, with more rallies being able to go ahead and attendees on these were very encouraging.

Our Holiday Rallies were well attended also with many visitors from around the country.

I would like to thank all last years committee members for their support to Angela & Myself , not only last year but the previous 3 years also and to those who have stepped down for this next year I wish them well and hope to continue to see them on the Rally field.

Coming to this year I would like to welcome Bernadette Smith back onto committee along with our new Vice Chairman, Butch Young and new Committee Member Kenny Heslop. I would like to think they will find their appointments very rewarding and do their part in taking the centre forward.

With many Covid restrictions now been lifted , we can now go back to handling money ( although we will still be providing sanitiser at Water and Elsan points ) All rallies must have a £5 deposit paid when booking a rally, preferably by Bank Transfer or Cheque if you wish, the balance can then be paid on arrival, your booking will not be confirmed until your deposit is received . For Holiday Rallies a deposit of £10 is required with balance due 6 weeks prior to the rally. Bank Transfers must have reference the Rally name and Cheques made payable to “CARAVAN and MOTORHOME CLUB DURHAM CENTRE “ must have Rally name on reverse.

For 2022 we are to bring out a Rally Book again , many regular Ralliers have requested this and although it wont be the Handbook you have been used to it will be a hard copy with all the information you will need .

The latter end of 2021 we decided to purchase 2, 8m x 4m inflatable marquees for social use on our Rallies whenever the Marshal’s wish to use them , we used them on Rallies and took them to our Holiday Rally at Bedale where they were proved to be very successful, we were able to get together with the fear of being cold eradicated as two or three small fires kept us all warm, hopefully Rally Marshal’s will use them regularly so we can enjoy each others company more often.

Our centre charity for 2022 will be Myeloma.uk , which we think is a very worthy cause. I hope you will support this charity throughout the year.

Thanks must go to Kevin Showler our Rally Secretary, he has again put together a varied Rally Program for 2022 including a 4 day mini Holiday Rally to celebrate our Queens Platinum Jubilee June 1st – 5th at Oakleaf Sports Centre ,Newton Aycliffe, he has also got new venues for us to go to.

I would also thank Colin Smith for keeping our website up to date and for producing our new Rally Handbook.

Thanks to all the landowners for allowing us to use their land for our favourite pastime .

As the Centre is in a good position financially , we have decided to help with rising fuel cost’s & site fees, by reducing Rally prices & not taking any profit or money for refreshments . Any marshal’s wanting to provide food may put in place a social charge. These measures will be reviewed at the 2022 AGM.

Please continue to support your Centre and 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.

Barry Dodd

Centre Chairman

Barry Dodd

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