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Chairman's Update November 2023

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Monthly Overview

October seen a very wet and challenging month across the county and the country, with many areas being affected by flooding and damage to properties due to the two storms named Babet and Ciaran.

The committee held their first official committee meeting online on Tuesday 17th October which was attended by all the 2023/24 committee members and lasted just under two hours.

We have added a Blog page to our website as another avenue of communication with our members and visitors.

After a remarkable tenure of 16 years as Club Chairman, Grenville Chamberlain OBE has retired. We are delighted that David Turner, who previously was Club Vice-Chairman and a dedicated member of other Committees has taken over at the helm. Grenville will now join a prestigious group of Honorary Life members in recognition of his service to the Club.

Also, shortly after the CAMC AGM at the Club Council meeting, Derbyshire Member Vince Mott was co-opted onto the Club’s Executive Committee. Vince has been and continues to be an active and dedicated member of the Central Region. I wish Vince every success in his new role.


Carsington Water CAMC Rally was held 20th 22nd October.

The rally seen 9 arrivals and 5 cancellations/non arrivals. Due to several roads being closed and disruption to travel seen a high number of non-attenders, but everyone made the marshals aware. A big thanks goes to the staff at Carsington Water Club Site as they battled through the weather to ensure everyone got to their pitches safely.

Thankfully the Saturday dried up and made the weekend a success in the end. Many people going for "Muddy" walks around the reservoir, calling in at the Visitor Centre and visiting local places including Ashbourne. Also, the local watering houses (no pun intended) were attended by several of the ralliers including the marshals.

Darley Moor Annual Bonfire and Firework Rally was held 3rd-5th November.

The annual bonfire and firework rally this year was made an invite to the Nottingham Centre due to their regular venue having to withdraw from allowing a firework display. The rally seen 29 arrivals and 2 non-attenders with visitors from Nott’s, Leicestershire, and Staffordshire.

The weather was not kind to say the least, but everyone took it in their stride and made the weekend an overall success.

The rally buddies and children in attendance had fun with the Tuck Shop and Guy building competition which seen Rally Buddy Darcy Toplis take the winning prize with her “Gal” Guy, this was followed by free hotdogs. Also, this weekend seen two new members join our rally buddies, Welcome Dominic & Katelin.

Due to the weather conditions the decision was made to light the bonfire early which proved to be a great decision as by the time the fireworks display started the fire was roaring and warming the crowds. The firework display was complemented by many of the attending ralliers and positive feedback all round.

We were also visited by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue following our submission of our Risk Assessments and we walked and talked them through the site and programme of events to which was all satisfactory and a relationship has now been made for future events.

I would like to thank the committee and marshals for their hard work and dedication over the weekend and in the early preparation of the rally, with extended thanks to Darley Moor volunteers, Peak Waste for supplying the wood for the bonfire and to Hugo’s Bar for supplying the catering.

To Finish…

November’s next rally is at Poolsbrook CAMC Club Site on 17th-19th with our treasurer and plaque officer acting the role of Marshals with a tasty treat organised for everyone at 'Chesters' Fish and Chip Restaurant.

Also, as Christmas is soon approaching we are now in preparation for our Annual Christmas Party Rally at Weston-on-Trent which will see the children being entertained in the afternoon with a party, games and a visit of Santa. We also have a social planned on both the Friday and Saturday with entertainment, games and food.

Scott Wanless

Chairman, Derbyshire Centre CAMC

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