Previous Meets

Briarfields Motel Cheltenham

A favourite place to meet our friends and fellow Motor Caravanners from South Wales. Here is our Chairman’s report on a fabulous weekend from Thursday 12th December onwards.

We arrived at Briarfields Site at about 5pm on Thursday evening to be greeted by the stewards, Anne and John. Also Bill and Linda from East Mids Area, who had arrived just before us. They had left home at 12 noon and travelled via the scenic route.

Anyway, I was setting up our van like a complete novice. I had put the water in the van before we left home, so we plugged into mains electric on site straight away. Put the fire on electricity  and also the water heater. Doreen wanted me to put the gas on for a cuppa. No gas coming through! So I checked the regulator that had been turned off. Still no gas! Checked the manifold and found that all the appliances were off! So I turned them on. Doreen went to fill the kettle, and there was no water coming out of the tap! I had not bled the system! While I was doing all this there was also steam coming out of the water heater… luckily I got away with that, as thankfully the water heater still works! Anyway, that’s enough about me: we got sorted out!

Friday morning at about 11am Lynne and Colin arrived and we decided to go into Cheltenham on the bus and have lunch before doing the shopping. 

The infamous Iconic sculptor of the Hare and Minotaur on the promenade at Cheltenham
©️ Colin Lang

When we were walking around we saw Anne and Johnwho told us they were meeting up with others from the old Wales area about 3.30pm in Weatherspoon’s and so we all joined them in there before going out into the dark to see all the Christmas lights.

Christmas lights at Cheltenham ©️ Martin Whitaker

Saturday nearly everyone went on the Bus to Gloucester.

Wannabe ice skaters in Gloucester Quays ©️ Colin Lang

We did not go until about lunch time but when we arrived we met Diane and Barry who told us they had been to the Cathedral with Marg and Ken. There was a Carol service being held and it was very nice.

The City of Gloucester Baker’s Clock, Southgate Street ©️Martin Whitaker

Sunday 11am was the Coffee Morning in the laundry room. I thanked the Stewards for their hard work and also everyone for coming and gave out the 2020 meet sheet. Colin spoke to someone who had not been out with us before which was good. I also had a word with them; thanking them for their support and said it would be nice to see them out again with us.

Bye for now Martin

Halfway through the Year!

We started the year in March near Rugeley, then to Uttoxeter.

From there to Market Bosworth for our AGM and a superb Easter weekend with our friends from the East Midland Section.

War Horse!

Then to Droitwich for our New Members Meet, taking in the Canal Festival.

Waiting for the tide!
Lake at Dodderhill – ©️Edith Lang

Over then to Northern Ireland for the National Section AGM.

10th Anniversary – ©️Martin Whitaker

Giants Causeway -©️ Edith Lang

An opportunity for some to head further south to explore Eire.

Peace Bridge Londonderry – ©️Edith Lang

Carrick Rope Bridge – ©️Edith Lang
Sunset at Carrick Fergus Loch Ryan Coastal Path – ©️Edith Lang

A beautiful weekend followed in glorious sunshine at Shardlow Marina in Derbyshire.

Moored up! – ©️Robert Morgan

Last week we had a ride on a steam train to Matlock.

Ride on steam train ©️Robert Morgan

In the evening we had a great time socialising in one of the carriages – an unusual venue enjoyed by all with much fun and laughter!

Much Marcle Meet

With mixed weather but mainly sunny, we had a great weekend at the Much Marcle Steam Rally. Lots to see and do there from small models to large steam engines. Plenty of fixed engines and a brilliant sheep dog demonstration.

Lots of tractors; in fact we had a field full!

We camped near to the cider farm with guided tours and a coffee room.

Classic vehicles in abundance! ©️ Martin Whitaker
Old Rosey going back to Weston Cider ©️Martin Whitaker

Thanks to our stewards Doreen and Martin for a brilliant quiz. Nice to meet-up and great to make new friends.

Summer with Midland Area

We have had lots of Meets to enjoy over the Summer thanks to our Site Officer and Stewards.

Following Much Marcle we visited Hereford – lots to see and do there just a short walk from our Meet site at the Rowing Club.

Carsington Water was another nice spot.

Carsington Water ©️ Edith Lang

Stafford Boat Club also a favourite with plenty of Boats milling around.

Watching the boats at Stafford Boat Club ©️Edith Lang

Tilstock, Malvern and Shrewsbury were all visited followed by an invitation event for Halloween from East Midlands Motorhome Section Area at Collingham. This was a superb theme weekend with lots of fun and laughter.

Back to Shrewsbury

Friday the 15th November and just in time for our Shrewsbury Meet the rains came. But none the less we had quite a good turn out and the brilliant hard standing at Shrewsbury Cricket Club with the added luxury of a superb club house and bus stop on the door step attracted a healthy number of units.

Fish and chips to order brought in by our stewards and we were set for a great weekend.

Market Day ©️ Rob Morgan

Shopping on Saturday – excellent market, pubs and shops. Chocolate Festival in town plus and fun and games in the Cub House in the evening: Lynne provided a Children in Need Quiz and Rob ran the Bingo.

A big thank you to everyone for joining in the raffle.

Lots to see ©️ Rob Morgan

Great to meet up with everyone: a nice mixture of Caravans and Motorhomes.

Shrewsbury is a really nice place and we look forward to returning in 2020.

Rob.