I would like to begin by expressing a very big thank you to our outgoing Chairman Peter Jenkins for all his hard work over the past three years. Peter has been working tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, liaising with head office to make sure that when we were able to start rallying again, that we would be doing so in a safe manner.
I would also like to say a very big thank you to our Treasurer, Sandra Holloway, who is stepping down from the position after several years keeping the club funds safe. Cherry Goddard has come forward to take on this very important position as Treasurer and I would like to welcome her to the Committee.
I thank the 2020/2021 Committee for agreeing to stand and help keep the Centre going. We are always looking for new members for the Committee, so if you feel that you would like to join us, please do not hesitate to contact either myself, or the Secretary Peter Jenkins.
As you know, this year has been extremely difficult for everyone, and we hope that things will soon be back to a new normal so we can all enjoy our rallying in 2021. We were looking forward to holding our 35th Anniversary Rally but, sadly, this had to be postponed, however, I am pleased to say that we have been able to reschedule this for the August Bank Holiday weekend 2021. I would like to express my appreciation to our Rally Secretary Mike Tuck for his tireless work in not only organising this event, but for all the hard work he puts into making our rally programme happen, as well as looking after the East Dorset website.
Lastly, I would like to say a very big thank you to you, our members of the East Dorset Centre, who have given me the opportunity as the new Chairman to continue the work that the previous Committee have started. I will try my hardest not to let you, or the Centre, down and I look forward to meeting present and future members during my time in this position because without your continued support we wouldn’t have a Centre.
Happy Rallying in 2021
Thank you for allowing me to become your Secretary for this coming year. I enjoyed my time as your Chairman, meeting so many new people, in the Centre and in the Region.
To keep the continuity of the Centre I have decided to take the Secretary’s role and use my knowledge gathered during the last 6 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 and Chairman I have learnt a lot about how the Centre runs.
I believe that the East Dorset Centre is going in the right direction for todays modern world of technology. Whilst being Chairman I have seen the Centre Website improved to what it is today, with on line booking and flip over Rally book. This is all thanks to your Rally Secretary Mike Tuck.
We have also improved the Rally Kits with new markers for the pitch spacing and new flashing lights all contained in one box now.
This coming year as your Secretary I intend to add to these improvements to the Centre, by getting all the documents that are needed to run the Centre onto a Cloud platform, this will reduce the scattered paperwork we have now and keep it all in one place.
This past year has been an unusual one with the Covid 19 Pandemic, with the reduction in our Rally programme and not seeing our friends on the rally field.
Mike your Rally Secretary has been working hard to put this years programme together for your enjoyment. I hope we can rally this year without cancelling any rallies due to the Covid 19 or bad weather. Please use our website to have a look at the programme and our on line booking facility.
Included in the programme for this year is our AGM which will be held on 9th October 2021 at the St Ives & St Leonards Village Hall near Ringwood, at 1.45pm with the doors opening at 1.15pm. There will be no rally for this event as last year. Please remember you must have your membership card with you and have been a registered member of the East Dorset Centre for at least 35 days before the AGM if you wish to speak at the meeting. Likewise if you wish to stand for a position on the Committee.
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 2021
East Dorset Rally Secretary’s Message
It’s been a most unusual 2020 for everyone, a lot of us being confined to barracks for most of it
Just two rallies ran at the beginning of the year and three at the end of it.
The future looks quite uncertain as I write this but we are carrying on regardless with a positive attitude, assuming that our programme can be fulfilled next year.
A lot of hard work goes into our programme of Events and its very disheartening for us all .when most of it is cancelled.
The highlight for East Dorset this year will be the Centre’s 35th +1 (36th) Anniversary Rally at Ringwood, at the end of August over the Bank Holiday weekend.
In order to make it even more worthwhile for visitors from all parts of the country I have decided to have a series of nine adjoining rallies, five before and two after the 35th + 1. The two after include a choice but you’re unlikely to do both, so there are actually 10 consecutive rallies.
We are again co-operating with our neighbouring Centres by joining with East Hants at the Winchester Hat Fair if it goes ahead. We are also expecting West Hants will run the Valentines rally at Sandle Manor School but at the time of writing we are awaiting confirmation. Somerset Centre have cancelled their North Petherton Carnival rally which is one of the world famous West Country circuits. http://www.westcountrycarnivals.co.uk/ some of you will remember when we used to regularly rally at Glastonbury for this event. Fear not, however, as East Dorset have taken it over and will be inviting Somerset to our rally.
Thanks to all the Rally Officers who responded to my plea earlier this year and came forward to help with running a rally.
You will see elsewhere in this book 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.
Planning for 2022 has already started albeit in the early stages. 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.
THEY HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION THE RALLY ORGANISER NEEDS TO RUN THE RALLY.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE BOX ALLOWING US TO USE YOUR NAME, CENTRE AND CAR REGISTRATION ON THE ATTENDANCE LIST.
ON RARE OCCASIONS YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY A DEPOSIT, SO YOU CAN POST YOUR BOOKING FORM WITH THE CHEQUE IF YOU PREFER (Cheques made out to CAMC East Dorset Centre)
FOR THOSE WHO DON’T USE COMPUTERS, MANUAL FORMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE.
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.
When you receive your NEW membership card you will find attached to it a tear off slip that has to be completed and returned to THE CARAVAN & MOTOR HOME CLUB, who will then inform our Centre Secretary of your registration.
You may also call the Club’s Membership Services on 01342 318813 or do it on the Caravan & Motorhome Club’s Web site.
Unless you inform the Caravan & Motorhome Club that you wish to join the East Dorset Centre, you will not be allowed to speak or vote at the Annual General Meeting nor will you be able to stand for election to the Committee.
It is necessary for the Secretary to receive the registration from the Caravan & Motorhome Club at least 35 days before the AGM. You may check with the Centre Secretary whether you are a registered member.
YOU NEED TO RE-REGISTER ANNUALY
PLEASE USE THE PROPER BOOKING FORM WHEN BOOKING YOUR RALLY. THIS HAS ALL THE INFORMATION THAT THE RALLY ORGANISER NEEDS TO ADD YOU TO THE LIST OF ATTENDEES.
IDEALLY USE THE ON-LINE BOOKING SYSTEM ON THE WEBSITE.
IF YOU BOOK VIA EMAIL, PLEASE ATTACH THE FORM, IF YOU HAVE TO PAY A DEPOSIT THEN POST THE FORM WITH YOUR CHEQUE. FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE RALLY BOOK OR FROM THE EAST DORSET WEBSITE.
YOU MAY NOT BE INCLUDED ON THE RALLY WITHOUT THIS.
THE RALLY SECRETARY