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Chairman's Update - February 2024

Monthly Overview

We are now into our 2024 programme which has seen us have our first rallies of the year which have all been full with waiting lists in place. This is a positive sign especially in the winter months seeing so many ralliers attending our rallies. The Rally Secretary is well underway with the planning of the 2025 programme and has several new locations including a new holiday rally location in the planning.

The last committee meeting was held on Tuesday 23rd January via TEAMS.


Donnington Park Farmhouse Rally was held 26th – 28th January Donnington Park kicked off the 2024 rally programme and seen 33 arrivals all arriving in lovely blue skies. After a relaxing Friday we were supplied refreshments on the Saturday morning by our marshals and Rally Buddy TJ run the Tuck Shop in the Oak Room Hall. The Saturday night we were entertained with a quiz and disco which seen everyone enjoy themselves and the dancefloor in full swing!

Sherwood Forest Holiday Park Rally was held 2nd – 4 th February The rally seen 32 arrivals this weekend with visitors from Midlands, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Notts Centres. We welcome 3 First Time Ralliers - all presented with their plaques. We enjoyed another successful rally here at Sherwood Holiday Park with many of the ralliers taking advantage of the dry weather and participating in many of the walks around the site, including the one to the local public house The Dog & Duck!

Hazelwood Memorial Hall Rally was held 9th – 11th February We had 19 units attend, with 1 non-attender and we had visitors from Nottingham Centre. We also had one non-centre members attend. The Friday Night after arriving seen us start of the weekend’s socials with Quiz, Games and Disco which seen the dancefloor buzzing! Saturday night was Valentines Night and we were treated to a three course meal prepared by our marshals and some helpers from the rally, followed by music from singer Richard Comfort and again seen the dancefloor filled. Derbyshire Centre

New Year Rallies 2024 We have introduced a second New Year rally for 2024 at Golden Valley along side our annual New Year Rally at Cromford. We took the decision following from feedback from some members and concerns over the limited spacing at Cromford. We opened up both rallies on the same day at the same time after giving our members notices of the rallies going live to make this fair for everyone to book on their preferred rally, This seems to of been a positive decision and has seen Cromford fill up with only 1 space remaining. Golden Valley has seen 17 bookings being made, and we will look to promote this rally in the coming months, I am confident both rallies will be a success.

To Finish… It’s very encouraging to see the number of rallies in our 2024 programme full with waiting lists in place and also the amount of booking we are seeing coming through on our WIX website dashboard. We are seeing new names coming through which again shows the way we are running the centre and locations we are rallying is attracting new members. We are starting to plan our big events for this year and next and should start to see some of the plans being advertised to the members shortly.

Our next committee meeting is to be held Tuesday 27th February 2024.


Scott Wanless Chairman,

Derbyshire Centre CAMC


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