I would like to say a very big thank you to all of the East Dorset Centre Committee for your support through what has been a very difficult year for everyone, but life is gradually beginning to return to a new normal so that we can all continue to enjoy our rallying in 2022.
Your committee have worked quietly behind the scenes to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.
I would like to express my appreciation to our Rally Secretary Mike Tuck for all of the hard work he puts into making our rally programme happen, as well as looking after the East Dorset website.
But, my biggest thanks goes out to you the members as without your continued support to the centre would not exist.
Myself, the committee and rally officers look forward to seeing you out on the rally field during 2022.
Thank you for allowing me to become your Secretary for this coming year.
To keep the continuity of the Centre I have decided to take the Secretary’s role again and use my knowledge gathered during the last 8 years on Committee.
I have been a member of the East Dorset Centre since 1986 and rallied with them for many years. During my time as your Rally Secretary, Chairman & now Secretary, I have learnt a lot about how the Centre runs.
I believe that the East Dorset Centre is going in the right direction for today’s modern world of technology. Whilst being on Committee, I have seen the Centre Website improved to what it is today, with online booking and useful information. This is all thanks to your Rally Secretary Mike Tuck, for keeping it up to date.
We are now using the cloud storage to keep all the Centre documents that have to be retained for records. This seems to be working well now.
Last year we had an increase in Centre Members but this year we have had a decrease of 205 against last year. This is possibly due to people now deciding that holidays at home are not for them and selling their outfits.
Mike your Rally Secretary has been working hard to put this coming years programme together for your enjoyment. I hope we can rally this year without cancelling any rallies, due to bad weather. Please use our website at www.eastdorset.org to have a look at the programme and our online booking facility. Please print the Overview sheet out and keep it in your van, as this replaces your old Rally Book now.
If you have any news for the website, then please forward it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike at
email@example.com and we will publish it.
I am looking forward to the year ahead and ask for all of your support and we should all have a fun time Rallying together.
A very big thank you to all the Committee members.
Happy Rallying in 2023
East Dorset Rally Secretary’s Message
2022 has been a more normal year for everyone, as we recover from the ravages of Covid 19
The future looks quite promising as I write this and we have a full and interesting programe for the coming year, although we have reduced the total number of rallies slightly. This is partly because of the difficulty of finding suitable sites at sensible prices and also a reflection of reduced demand.
Thanks to all the Rally Officers who have come forward this year to help with running a rally.
You will see elsewhere on this website that rally officers will never be out of pocket regarding their pitch fees when running rallies in future, this is because, the Centre has agreed to pay them when the sites won’t.
There are also a number of other new helpful guidelines for rally officers, which will make the job even easier. It really is good fun, you make lots of new friends and you are able to help your Centre at the same time, go on, give it a go.
The Committee has also agreed to set aside a considerable sum of money to fund "Special" events where entertainment or special services might have to be hired. Most rallies will continue to be self-sufficient but this will enable us to be even more ambitious with our ideas in future. So thinking caps on -don't let me down!
Planning for 2024 has already started with a few rallies already booked. As always if you have any ideas for sites or events we can exploit, please come and see me on the rally field or send me an email.
PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON OUR INNOVATIVE WEBSITE AND USE THE ON-LINE BOOKING FORMS WHEN BOOKING YOUR RALLIES AND PLEASE PAY BY BANK TRANSFER. DON'T FORGET TO LET THE RALLY OFFICER AND TREASURER KNOW WHEN AND HOW MUCH YOU HAVE PAID.
THE ON-LINE FORMS HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION THE RALLY ORGANISER NEEDS TO RUN THE RALLY.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE "I CONSENT" BOX ALLOWING US TO USE YOUR NAME, CENTRE AND CAR REGISTRATION ON THE ATTENDANCE LIST.
Happy Rallies, Mike Tuck (Rally Secretary)
CENTRE RALLY KITS AND EQUIPMENT
Please note:- Rally Officers, who require a Rally Kit for their rallies, must contact the Rally Kit Officer well in advance of their rally, this will ensure that you have your rally kit in time and avoid any last minute panic.
Those Rally Officers who require Centre Equipment i.e. Urns, Shelters etc. are to contact the Centre Equipment Officer well in advance of your rally so that these items can be reserved for you in good time.
Rally Kit Officer: Mr John Dunn Centre Equipment Officer: Mr Ken Oak
Tel: 02380 845415 Mobile: 07413 009059 Tel: 01202 570750 Mob: 07931 937309
Rally Officers please note that, depending on the site security, the Centre Flagpole is to be dismantled and stowed away, where possible, (i.e. locked car boot) every evening,
This is to avoid the loss of Centre equipment. Any queries contact the Rally Kit Officer. Please ensure that the flag is completely dry before it is packed away in the storage bag provided. DO NOT put it in a plastic carrier bag.
Although there are some new venues for our rallies this year, we are always on the look out for fresh sites. Interesting rallies can often be organised to coincide with local events, such as fetes, shows, etc, so long as we know in good time.
Do you know of a suitable site? If so, please let the Rally Secretary have details ASAP.
If you have to cancel a pre-booked rally, please let your Rally Officers know as soon as you can, so your pitch can be reallocated to a family who are on the waiting list.