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Christmas Party Rally 2023

Updated: Jan 8

This years Christmas Party Rally seen a fabulous turnout on both units and day visitors along with a packed Childrens afternoon Party whch seen a visit from Santa and his friendly Penguin helper.

The Friday seen everyone arrive in sub zero temperatures that did not rise throughout the whole weekend, but that did not stop everyone having a really enjoyable and entertaining weekend. Friday evening seen everyone attend the social in the main hall which was welcomed with Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate & Mince Pies. It was "Christmas Jumper Night" which seen lots of people get into the Christmas Spirit and we played "Play Your Cards Right" followed by a dance along to the disco.

Friday and Saturday seen our Committee and Partners work extra hard in transforming the big hall into our Winter Wonderland with a Grotto and Sleigh which special thanks go out to our Rally Secretary Kim Bond who's efforts made it a roaring success.

The Children enjoyed the afternoon of Games, Food and Presents along with a Disco and the traditional visit from Santa.

Saturday evening seen us attend our Christmas Party with a fantastic meal prepared and served by our Treasurer and Plaque Officer, Simon and Andrea Toplis. We were treated to Hot Pulled Pork Cobs, Roast Potatoes, Pigs in Blankets, Stuffing and Gravy followed by Homemade Apple Crumble and Custard. (extra thanks to Simon's mum for helping in the kitchen) We had games, music and laughter along with some good old traditional Christmas songs.

A big THANK YOU goes out to our committee and their partners for helping deliver a brilliant Christmas Party Rally with a mass of fantastic feedback from our members and visitors.

Notes from Flag that was delivered by Scott Wanless (Centre Chairman)...

Thank you for attending our annual Christmas Party Rally here at Weston-on-Trent.

May I welcome our Past Chairman's Lesley Gregory and John Strutt and also extend the welcome to CAMC Executive Committee Member and Derbyshire Member Vince Mott.

We have had 27 attendees and 2 non attenders which considering the weather i think is really good. We have visitors from Leicestershire and Staffordshire (South) Centres.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend here at the Ukrainian Centre and can I start by asking you all to show your appreciation to our amazing committee and their partners who have worked tirelessly this weekend to not only transform the hall into our Winter Wonderlands, but who have also transformed it back again this morning.

I would just like to add, not only does this take an enormous amount of effort to bring something like this together, we only have 2 months to make all of the arrangements following on from the new committee being formed at the AGM. The committee have worked together to plan and deliver as what I can only promote as a fantastic success. Extra thanks go out to our Rally Secretary Kim Bond for making the Sleigh and planning the games and entertainment for both the children's and evening parties.

Simon, Andrea and Simon's Mum for preparing and serving a fantastic meal last night, a lot of preparation and time has been done before the rally to ensure we all were fed and watered over the weekend - Thank you.

Thank you to our marshals Steve & Alison Moody along with Paul & Kerry Bottrill who ensured everyone to their pitches safely and collected the social fees, thank you.

Future Rallies - 26 – 28 January is at Donnington Park Farmhouse. This rally has hardstanding, EHU, toilet facilities and also an evening social. (social fee will be informed by the marshals nearer the time).

Then we have on 2-4 February 2024, Sherwood Forest Holiday Park. Again, this rally is on a site and has full use of the facilities, hardstanding and EHU.

It leaves me to thank you all again for a really rememberable weekend.

Rally Closes at 2pm.

(Paul Bottrill asked everyone to show their appreciation to the Derbyshire Centre Chairman)

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