End of Season Harvest Supper

Please Join us at New Forest DA’s End of Season Harvest Supper

at West Parley memorial Hall, West Parley

8th of October 2022

6:30 till 10:00pm

Closing Date for Bookings is the 24th of September

The Evening begins with a welcome from our Chairman and choice of a glass of wine or non alcoholic drink.

Then the Social Event starts with a Ploughman’s supper with a choice of:

Ham,

Cheese

Mackerel

This being pre-booked on the booking form.

A great opportunity to spend time relaxing and chatting with friends.

When ready, we will move onto your choice of desert, again preselected on the booking form

Strawberry Trifle,

Vanilla Cheesecake

Crème Caramel.

Please bring your own beverages, but tea and coffee will be available through the evening.

Please also bring your own glasses and cutlery

The evening will also include a raffle to raise money for the Chairman’s Charity

Please bring along a raffle prize, all donations gratefully accepted

The price of the meal is just £5 per person,

Payment details will be emailed after filling in the Booking form

Please submit a separate booking for each person in your party.

Who are New Forest DA?

The New Forest DA, in common with other DA’s, organise weekend meets throughout the camping season. We start our season in early March, with the aptly named Early Birds Meet and continue through the year. All our Meets are open to any Club members and, in the majority of cases, booking is not necessary. We do hold some Winter Meets (November to February) occasionally and these must be booked in advance as numbers can be limited. You can also camp with any other DA or Section.

Our DA provides 2 different types of camping experience. The first being weekend rallies put on a few times a month at various locations around Dorset & Hampshire. These generally run Friday/Sunday but we do hold 4 and 5 night rallies. The rallies are a great way to meet other members (You are not obliged to stay for the full rally). You are of course free to socialise or do your own thing without any pressure. Camping is mainly on green field sites in the Summer with minimum facilities and low seasons on commercial sites with facilities and electric hook up. There is also a South West Region Summer meet held in July in a different DA area each year. This is always a weekend with entertainment and fun. We also put on bigger rallies for Bank Holiday weekends, generally with some social event.

Secondly, we run THS’s (Temporary Holiday Sites). These last 2 to 4 weeks and are held in July, August & September. They are our group’s source of income and your support at these will help funds which we use to subsidise social events both on the rallies and Christmas/pantomime events. The subsidy is a treat for our members who have supported us through the year.

Information on rallies/THS’s is to be found in the Out & About supplement of the Club magazine, The Out&About APP on smartphone, SWR fixture book (when printed), our newsletter Pickets Post via email or on our website. We also have a closed Facebook Group, just click here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/newforestda

 

On this site you will also see a list of our Weekend Meets and Temporary Holiday Sites for this season. You will see we use a variety of venues, with something to suit everyone. You will need your own facilities on most meets. Fresh water and toilet emptying points are always available. On some commercial sites electric points are available for an increased charge. Our Temporary Holiday Sites generally run for 4 weeks at a time and can be a way to enjoy relatively inexpensive holidays. Full details of each THS are listed under THS in our menu on this website .

 

We also have our own monthly newsletter – “Pickets Post”. This gives greater information on local activities within the DA and is available to DA members. For more details please see this website for back issues. To be added to our distribution list, please email our editor pickets.post@newforestda.com  

 

On Bank Holiday Meets we often have a “Social” programme for the weekend. This could be a DJ, Live Band, Quiz Night, Murder Mystery, Horse Racing or anything else the organisers can think of. We are always open to suggestions. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you like – the choice is yours.

 

If you have children, you may be interested to know that the DA is keen to restore its own Youth and Junior Sections looked after by responsible members, usually with children of their own. (For your peace of mind please note that Youth and Junior Leaders are subject to full CRB/DBS checks).

 

Under the guidance of the Junior Leader the younger members, from 8 to 11 years old, are encouraged to take part in various activities and to eventually take a simple camping test if they so wish. There will generally be one weekend a year devoted to fundraising for the Juniors. These funds enable outings to be arranged. It may be possible for pre-juniors to join in some activities provided that they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

It is a similar situation for the Youth – once a child reaches the age of 12 years they are eligible to join the Youth Section. Again, a fundraising weekend, once a year, provides funds for this section.

 

This website contains a current list of Committee Members, any of whom will help you in any way they can. Our AGM is held around February/March time each year and as a member of the New Forest DA you are eligible to attend and vote for members of the committee or even stand yourself.

 

Please ensure that you always carry your Membership Cards for each adult in your party as you will be asked to show them when you arrive for any Weekend Meet or a stay on our Holiday Site. 

 

All we ask when you rally with us, is that, for your own safety and that of others you adhere to the Club’s rules as set out on the next Tab

 

Finally, please, have a good time and come and camp with us often.

 

Happy Camping.

Your NFDA committee

 

We would respectfully like to draw your attention to the Camping and Caravanning Club rules, which apply to all weekend and holiday sites. These may be used as reference for you and help you to understand what is expected of guests whilst on site.

 

6 Metre Rule

Units (excluding guy ropes) must be 6 metres apart from adjacent units, measured from the outermost part of a unit, awning pup tent, gazebo or toilet tent. Vehicles can be parked between units, providing that a 3 metre clear space is left within the 6 metre gap at all times.

 

Pets

Dogs and other pets must be kept under control at all times. No animal is allowed to be loose on site and must always be on a lead. This lead must be less than 2 metres long when placed outside of the owner’s unit. The pet owner is responsible for clearing up after their dog.

 

Vehicles

Vehicles are restricted to 5 mph and learner drivers are not allowed to drive on site due to club insurance. Cars driven on the field should be kept to a minimum when the ground is wet to reduce damage to the field. Essential repairs to vehicles may be undertaken on the field so that an unrepaired vehicle can leave the site. Maintenance and servicing are not permitted.

 

Generators

Campers may only use generators with the steward’s permission. If a steward deems the use of a generator to be causing a nuisance to other campers, then the steward has the right to ask the camper to stop using the generator or leave the site. Campers wishing to use generators may be sited away from other units if space is available.

 

Children

Children are of course always welcome on site. However, campers are respectfully reminded that their children should be under the supervision of their parents/guardians at all times.

 

Fire Buckets

It is strongly recommended that Members place a full bucket of water outside to their unit for near-to-hand fire fighting in a situation that is safe to do so.

 

Noise

Noise should be kept to a minimum from radios, televisions and other sources (generators) and there should be no noise, what so ever, between 11pm and 7am.

 

Kites and firearms etc

It is forbidden to fly kites and model aircraft or to use catapults, airguns, firearms, bows and arrows etc. on and around the site. Ball games are permitted only with the permission of the steward on an open space well away from units. Bubbles should be avoided as they can damage canvas waterproofing.

 

Units

No unit must be left un-occupied overnight. Stewards may instruct campers to take down their awnings on safety grounds.

 

Litter

Please do not leave any litter on and around the site. Members must take their refuse home with them if receptacles are not provided.

 

Trading

Trading is not allowed at a meet unless authorised by the steward. Campers must not advertise goods and services for sale at meets, except with the permission of the steward. Notices may not be displayed on a unit advertising anything whatsoever. A firm’s car or van, which has the firm’s name and description on the sides, is accepted on site.

Q

Do I need to book?

A

There is no need to book a weekend meet unless it specifically says so. In these cases there will be a booking form on our website newforestda.com

 

 

Q

Do I pay per person or anything extra for awnings, dogs etc?

A

The price you pay covers you for 2 adults and all children under 18. There are no additional charges for dogs, awnings (or extra cars unless the site charges)

 

 

Q

How do I pay or weekend meets?

A

Pre-booked only meets, we ask that you pay by BACS bank transfer before arrival. Less formal weekend meets, we ask you to pay on arrival by card machine, as we are trying to avoid cash payments. If you cannot pay by card, please use the previously mentioned BACS bank transfer.

 

 

Q

Do your sites include Electric Hook Ups and Toilet blocks?

A

We generally use a field with basic facilities which include a tap for fresh water and somewhere to empty your toilet waste. We usually ask that you take your household rubbish home with you. However, often at the beginning and end of the season we book commercial sites where additional facilities are available. Electric Hook Up points are often at an extra cost

 

 

Q

When can we arrive at the meet?

A

Most of our weekend meets start at 10:00 am on the first day of the meet. Please contact our Sites Officer or see newforestda.com if you would like confirmation

 

 

Q

Can we leave our camping unit (Motorhome, Caravan, Tent or Trailer Tent) unattended overnight?

A

We cannot allow anyone to leave their camping unit overnight without someone in occupation

 

 

Q

What is the six metre rule?

A

We ask that all of our members observe a 6 metre gap between any part of their unit with their neighbours. This is rule is required to minimize the possible spread of fire if a unit catches alight

 

 

Q

When does the site close?

A

We often have a get together on the last morning of the meet and this is referred to as “Tea round the Pole”. We ask that you bring a mug and your chair and we will provide a hot drink and a biscuit. We will then let you know what is happening over the coming weeks and the time the site will close.

 

 

Q

Are there any special arrangements for animals?

A

We insist that all dogs are kept on leads at all times. A dedicated dog walk may be available and the details will be available from the steward. All deposits made by your dog should be cleared up by you immediately.

 

 

 

 

Q

Where do we get information from?

A

Prior to the start of the meet our Sites Officer will be able to provide you with any information you need, or visit newforestda.com. During the meet your stewards will be able to answer your questions. They are responsible for the safe operation of the meet.
   

Q

How do I find out what meets are planned in future weeks?

A

All of our meets are published on our website, newforestda.com. There is sometimes also a Regional Fixture book available which also details where each group will be camping throughout the year. The Camping & Caravanning Club publish the following months meets in the Out & About magazine. You can also now download the Out&About APP to a smartphone or tablet. We also have a monthly newsletter, Pickets Post, in which more details can be found. Please see our website for back issues of Pickets Post
   

Q

Is there a speed limit on site?

A

Your stewards will have positioned 5mph signs at the entrance to the site. This speed limit is there to ensure the safety of everyone especially children playing on site. We ask all of our members and their guests to strictly observe this limit
   

Q

Can we have anyone visit us over the weekend?

A

Visitors are usually welcome but must not stay in any unit overnight. They must report to the stewards upon their arrival and observe all our rules especially the 5mph speed limit
   

Q

Are there any rules about when we can arrive or leave the site?

A

We insist that there are no car movements before 7am and after 11pm
   

Q

Are there any rules about noise?

A

We ask that all of our members observe a “No Noise” policy between 11pm and 7am.
   

Q

Can I run a generator?

A

Generators are generally allowed but you should first discuss this with the stewards upon your arrival. We ask that you do not go off-site whilst it is running and only run it for short periods. We also ask that you consider your fellow campers before use.

Birchwood Touring Park 20th to 24th October DA FOL

Welcome to our DA Feast of Lanterns 2022

 

 

Facilities

  • Electrical hook-up point (10 amp supply) pitches all on gravel for this meet

  • Well stocked self-service shop with off licence, newspapers, general groceries, sweets, ice cream, soft drinks, toys, Calor gas exchange and camping & caravanning supplies

  • Take-away foods

  • Icepack exchange for a small charge

  • Free hot showers in toilet/shower blocks, heated in the winter

  • Chemical toilet disposal points

  • Motor-home waste disposal point

  • Dogs admitted if kept on a short lead

  • Direct access into forest

  • Launderette with washers & tumble-driers (tokens to purchase)

  • Wash up sinks (indoor & outdoor)

  • Local leaflets and information

  • Books to borrow or swap 

  • Children’s play area and sand pit

 

Steward:  

Graham Morton

Price  £15 PUN with EHU

Complete booking form as below and wait for confirmation of space before making payment!!

BH20 7PA

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Directions:

The site is located on a good, straight, unclassified road called the Bere Road, half way between Wareham and Bere Regis.

From Poole (A35/A351) or Dorchester/Wool (A352/A351):

On the north side of the railway line at Wareham on A351, at the roundabout follow the road signposted Bere Regis. 

Follow the road down to a second roundabout take the third exit onto Bere Road. 

Follow Bere Road for about 2 miles. You will pass the Silent Woman pub on your left. Birchwood Tourist Park is the second Park along the road, being the first on the right hand side.

 

From Dorchester (A35), or Wimborne (A31):

At the Bere Regis roundabout at the Shell Petrol Garage, take the A35 exit sign posted towards Poole. At the next smaller roundabout take the first exit. Follow the A35 towards Poole for about a mile. Turn right at the sign post to Wareham with a brown caravan sign (with three distances on it). This takes you off the A35 onto Sugar Hill,

follow the long straight road (Bere Road) through the forest for nearly 3 miles. Birchwood Tourist Park is second Park along the road on the left hand side.

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Facilities

  • Electrical hook-up point (10 amp supply) pitches on grass or gravel

  • Non-electric grass tent pitches

  • Well stocked self-service shop with off licence, newspapers, general groceries, sweets, ice cream, soft drinks, toys,

  • Calor gas exchange and camping & caravanning supplies

  • Take-away foods

  • Icepack exchange for a small charge

  • Free hot showers in 2 toilet/shower blocks, heated in the winter

  • Chemical toilet disposal points

  • Motor-home waste disposal point

  • Dogs admitted if kept on a short lead

  • Direct access into Wareham forest

  • Launderette with washers & tumble-driers (tokens to purchase)

  • Wash up sinks (indoor & outdoor)

  • Local leaflets and information

  • Books to borrow or swap 

  • Children’s play area and sand pit

  • Children’s paddling pool (unheated & unsupervised) 2 foot deep (0.6m) open end May to end August

  • Pool table & table-tennis table (additional charge for equipment)

  • Games field opposite the Reception and shop, a large separate open grass area for all ball games and kite flying, football & netball posts

  • Free tennis, badminton, on grass area, pitch-n-putt, with your own equipment or for hire

  • Public pay phone

  • WiFi available in some areas of the Park (extra charge for login code)

  • Advanced booking is essential. 
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  • Please Note: Unoccupied units are not allowed to remain on site overnight. 
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  • The site has a registration recognition security barrier so your number plate details must be correct on your booking form and if you change vehicles please make sure you notify us in advance of your arrival.
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  • Arrivals daily are from 1pm and please note your departure time is by 11 am.
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  • There is an Information shed with lots of leaflets giving ideas of things to do in the area.
  •  A short walk down the road back towards Wareham you will find The Silent Woman PHFish & Chips and other restaurants are in Wareham Town

 

Some facilities may not be available throughout the full season

SWANAGE RAILWAY

Take a trip back in time and visit the Steam Railway. The small station at Norden has a Park & Ride facility.           The Steam train will drop you off in Swanage, a short walk through the town takes you to the beach. In 2017 the line was extended to Wareham with a limited number of trips.

FARMER PALMERS

 A  short drive towards Dorchester turn off left to this family run farm park with a variety of entertainment for young children where they can experience first hand, feeding of some of the animals, milking the cow etc.

There is also a café on site and the all important gift shop as you depart !

WAREHAM

Ancient town and former royal borough, the charming market town of Wareham is a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year. Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now Wareham is a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike. Throughout the year there is a small market on Saturday on the Quay

 

DORCHESTER

The County town of Dorchester is forty minutes by car. It is of Roman origin with the name of Durnovaria. There are many relics of the Roman age to be seen in the County Museum, Colliton Park, the earthworks at Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and two miles west at Maiden Castle. There are associations with Hardy with a reconstruction of his study in the Museum and statue at the end of the town. A statue of William Barnes – clergyman, poet, and champion of the Dorset dialect – is in front of St. Peter’s church. The infamous Judge Jeffreys is remembered where he lodged, a picturesque half‑timbered building, now a pub and restaurant. In keeping with modern times. The main shopping area is pedestrianised. Shops include supermarkets and most of the multi‑nationals. There is a large market held in Dorchester every Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

WEYMOUTH

A traditional seaside town perfect for families wanting sand, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and safe, shallow bathing in the sandy bay. Sightseeing and sea-fishing boat trips are available from the quay. Seaside shows are performed at the theatre and there is a Sea Life centre for additional interest. The South‑West Way coastal path runs from Weymouth west to Abbotsbury and beyond, and east through Osmington, Ringstead, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and on to Swanage, which has the added attraction of steam trains through to Corfe Castle, a village dominated by the Castle standing over it. The coast continues to Studland Bay with large expanses of sand and sea. Inland are the Purbeck hills with footpaths giving panoramic views over the area.

 

MONKEY WORLD

This is only 6 miles from the site. Much publicised on TV, this famous animal park is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes – in 65 acres of ideal, large surroundings.

 

 BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM

 Near Monkey World, this Museum houses the world’s largest and finest collection of tanks and armoured vehicles from over 26 countries. The many displays are a must for the boys!

Also at Bovington is Lawrence of Arabia’s Cottage whilst his grave is at Moreton. The church at Moreton has interesting history and the windows are all clear but have most beautiful etchings. There is also a tearoom nearby.

 

POOLE

9 miles from the site, Poole is a working port with many interesting features. The quay provides fascinating views of shipping into the container port, the new gigantic Condor Fast CAT to the Channel Islands and cross channel ferries together with many leisure boating activities. Harbour boat trips are available and trips to Brownsea Island (National Trust) can be made – a peaceful island where red squirrels live and home to a sea bird sanctuary. There are many varied restaurants along the quay and adjacent side streets.

 

Tower Park on the outskirts of Poole has a large entertainment complex.  Here you will find, Splashdown waterpark & swimming pool (open Tues to Sun), Bowlplex for ten pin bowling, 10 Screen Cinema complex,

children’s soft play area and a large range of restaurants.  On the same site is a Supermarket & petrol station.

 

BOURNEMOUTH

5 miles further east, Bournemouth is a sophisticated resort with beach, shops and nightlife. The sandy beach stretches to the east and west of the central pier. Theatres run summer shows, many nightclubs and pubs provide entertainment for the night owls.

 

STUDLAND BEACH

The sandy stretches of Studland Beach are excellent for family bathing, with extensive sloping beaches and shallow waters safe for children. Just one small note of warning – there is a dedicated section for use by naturists towards the northern end, but there is plenty of beach left for everyone else!

 

Travel a little further east and you will find the chain ferry which will take you over to Sandbanks and Poole.

 

ARNE

The Arne Nature Reserve, owned by the RSPB, is considered one of England’s most important nature reserves. It covers around 1300 acres encompassing the three main habitats on the peninsula – estuary, heathland and woodland – and is home to the Dartford Warbler. Arne Nature Reserve is a safe environment for family walks with viewpoints offering panoramic views across Poole Harbour.

 

All this – and much more – makes Wareham a perfect site for a holiday in Dorset. The New Forest D.A. team look forward to your stay with them, and will do their best to make your visit a happy and memorable one.

THS Sites for 2022

Please come and join us at any of these popular

Temporary Holiday Sites in 2022

We provide a fresh water supply, Elsan disposal and rubbish disposal on all our THS sites. Your own  toilets are essential except Birchwood No Units to be left on site overnight unattended.

Birchwood Tourist Park, Wareham  8th June – 4th July

Special Offer on this popular site. 

 Limited number of ehu pitches available to us at £ 16.50 pun. 

   Booking essential. Only available through DA.

    Contact  Janet  Setchell  on 07513409978     

NEW to our DA for 2022

Holme Bush Inn,  Corfe Mullen  

                                   Opening on 4 August until 1st September only £10.50pun

This site is a field away from the rear of the Inn but this does mean you have food and drink available a short walk away!. Access is through the Inn car park then along the side of the 5 van site and into our own field or fields depending upon numbers. Easy access from both the A31 and the A35 along the A350 and turning into Corfe Mullen by the Harbourview Crematorium Traffic lights.
There might even be occasional afternoon live music at the

rear of the Inn but NOT night time music as neighbours have to be considered.

 

All Camping & Caravanning Club rules apply.

A Challenge to our sites in our area

Please read the information below and send in your views to the consultation using the link or by email to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Views sought on new planning rules for pop-up campsites to help protect the New Forest

PUBLISHED ON: 24 SEPTEMBER 2021  Here on the New Forest National Park Website

A consultation on proposed new planning rules to regulate both new and larger temporary campsites has been launched.

The New Forest National Park has seen an increase in pop-up campsites in recent years and the National Park Authority is proposing that all temporary campsites over 50 pitches as well as all new temporary sites established since 1 March 2020 should be required to apply for planning permission to help protect the environment.

The New Forest National Park has more than three times the number of camping and touring caravan bed spaces per square kilometre than the average of all other English national parks. There are currently 12 known temporary campsites operating, with pitch numbers ranging from 12 to 90.

Under national permitted development rights, temporary campsites can currently legally operate for 56 days a year without express planning permission and the NPA is proposing introducing an ‘Article 4 Direction’ in the National Park which would require a planning application for all new and the larger existing sites. Article 4 Directions can be used by local planning authorities to protect the amenity of an area and the National Park Authority believes the use of the Direction within the protected landscape of the National Park is justified. 

Planning Committee Chairman Gordon Bailey said: ‘The New Forest is already one of the most visited National Parks in England and has the highest proportion of land designated as internationally important for nature conservation in the country, so it is vital we protect the very thing that people come here to enjoy.

‘These new rules will not affect smaller temporary campsites which have been operating for a number of years. However, we are concerned about the impact of larger sites and any new sites, and it is proposed that these should require planning permission in the future.’

The NPA said that even before the pandemic, it appears that the trend for more ‘permitted’ camping and caravan sites is likely to continue into the future.

The consultation on the Article 4 Direction runs from 27 September to 7 November, and comments received will be taken into account in deciding whether to confirm the Direction.

The Direction and accompanying plan can be seen on the NPA website or at the NPA offices: New Forest National Park Authority, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9ZG. 

Consultation responses can be sent to the Policy Manager at the above address or by email to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk, quoting ‘Article 4 Direction – temporary campsites’.

If the Direction is confirmed it will come into effect on 30 September 2022. Before then, the NPA will produce updated guidance and policies to help inform future planning applications for new and larger campsites. 

 

Bournemouth Airshow Meet 1st to 6th of September opens and closes 12pm

Welcome to our 5 day meet for the Bournemouth Airshow weekend, hosted at The Homestead campsite within a mile of the airport, overlooking the flightpath to the runway. The main display line is over the pier and esplanade at Bournemouth. A regular bus service runs past the campsite regularly. Or take your car in to Bournemouth, a 20 minute drive from the site on normal days!

The field is a large flat meadow bordered by mature trees and hedges, being used as a lovely Rally field with a good clean water supply and a modern chemical disposal point.

Other than the airshow, there is so much more to do in Bournemouth, the list is almost endless.

Your Stewards are John & Brenda

£12.50 Per Unit Night

BH228SH

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At Parley Cross Roads, turn onto B3073 Christchurch Road towards Bournemouth Airport

In about 1 mile, site is on the left immediately BEFORE the turn for the In-Excess garden Centre and Barrack Road. Drive into Gateway With black gates, Signposted The Homestead. Rally Field is to the right before the house

 

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The Bournemouth Aviation Museum
is an aviation museum located next to Bournemouth International Airport, near the village of Hurn in Christchurch. It houses a number of aircraft, aero engines, cockpits and a limited number of ground vehicles.
Just a mile from the site adjacent to Adventure Wonderland
 
AddressB3073, Merritown Ln, Christchurch BH23 6BA
 
The Curlew
Rustic 1800s building serving seasonal pub food, with good local riding/walking/wildlife spotting.
A 100m stroll from the site
 
Adventure Wonderland
is a family theme park situated in the village of Hurn, near Bournemouth, United Kingdom. The park offers rides and attractions aimed at families with children up to the age of 12.
Just a mile from the site opposite the main Bournemouth Airport runway
 
AddressMerritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA

The first 21 Years of New Forest DA

Researched a written by

FRED ANDREWS

Public Relations Officer

NEW FOREST DISTRICT ASSOCIATION

 

This story is based on information _

available and as far as is known

is a true record.

 

The D.A. wish to thank everyone who has

helped with information & give a special

thank you to MARGARET MILLER who

addition to editing a producing our monthly

newsletter has typed. printed & produced

this booklet.

 

1971— 1992

In 1910. the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland as it was then known! had 2 District Associations to cover a very large area. namely Hants and Dorset.

Membership of the Club was growing and a group of Dorset D.A. members, living mainly in the Bournemouth & Poole area felt a need for a new D.A- to be formed and so on 27th of September 1970 they met at Bushes Farm, Blandford to discuss the possibility of this.

The Hants and Dorset D.A.s were informed of this intention. The South Nest Region of the Club at this time embraced the Hants D.A. and also Solent – Berkshire – Oxford and Gloucester D.A.’s.

By the 27th March 1971 the new D.A. had been approved by the South west Region Council and the first Committee was formed:- ‘

MRS. PAT ROBERTS. (Chairman)

Mr. Harold Davies. (Vice-Chairman)

JOHN HOWELLS. (Treasurer)

ARTHUR BLAKE. [Secretary]

MR- CHARLES ROBERTS. {S.W.Region Representative]

Mic CUFF. (C.C.Y. Leader)

and the following agreed to be Committee members:-

MESSRS. — STAN BUNDY & JOHN DEACON

MESDAMES.— EILEEN DEACON, NORA BLAKE, RUSS CUFF:

LEAH DAVIS, JOY HOWELLS & JUNE FORD-

At this meeting it was felt that the D.A. should cater for the young Children of families attending meets, and so an under 12 year old group was formed under the supervision of MRS. JUNE FORD.

8th APRIL, 1971 – On this day the-first meet of the New Forest D.A. was opened at – Knighton Farm» Everton, Lymington and was attended by 32 UNITS.

At their meeting on 5th May 1971, the National Council under Minute 4620 officially Confirmed the formation of The New Forest D.A.- to administer an area comprising the postal district of Bournemouth and Poole-

This date to be considered as THE BIRTHDAY OF THE DA

 

The D.A. soon showed it’s ‘mettle’ and on the 23rd July. 1971 it‘s first Temporary Holiday Site was opened at Old Common Farm. Corfe Mullen – it was visited by 213 family units.

This was quickly followed in September by the first D.A. Feast of Lanterns organised by the C.C.Y. and then the first ‘Steam Meet‘ at Bushes Farm, Blandford. 345 units attended. At that time a record for any meet run by a D.A. in the South West Region-

With the Camping season coming to an end. 51 members gathered for the first Annual General Meeting held at West Moors Memorial Hall on Sunday. 17th October 1971.

The Chairman — MRS. PAT ROBERTS in her report stated,

“The friendly spirit in this D.A. has. I am sure. been the answer to our success”.

As you read on. I am sure you will agree that this has continued for the following 21 years.

Pennons were presented to the following:-

DAVID COSHAM designed. the N.F.D.A PENNON.

TREVOR HUMPHREY designed the C.C.Y. PENNON.

DAVID DEACON designed the HOLIDAY SITE PENNON. _

JOHN BREWSTER designed the STEAM RALLY PENNON.

C.C.Y.(Joint effort) designed the D.A- F.0.L. PENNON.

The first D.A. and C.C.Y. Pennons (For flying at meets} were presented to the DA. by MRS. JOYCE BREWSTER. She had made them and they were hand painted in oils by her husband CECIL.

£10 was donated to the Club Fighting Fund (the First of many donations to follow).

RON BENNETT was co—opted on to the Committee to lead the under 12 group who were now known as the ‘C.C-K- (Camping Club Kids].

As the D.A. was still small in numbers, many members were recognised by the children as aunties and Uncles. prominent among them being ‘Aunties’ JOYCE (BREWSTER). EILEEN (DEACON) And ‘GRAN’ (BREWSTER). ‘Uncle’ MICK (CUFF) ‘Auntie‘ ROSS (CUFF) etc. etc.

In November. 1971 the first ‘Newsheet’ was produced, it was headed with a ‘?‘ as a name for it was still to be found. –

As it still does today, it’s purpose was to keep members informed of up to date activities. together with recipes, stories etc. In the first issue

‘Uncle’ RON BENNETT writing for the C.C.K. had this funny:—

“A cat drank a pint of petrol. lt ran down the road at 50 miles per hour. It fell down and rolled on to it’s back. NO! IT WAS NOT DEAD — just ran out of PETROL!!!

 

 

1972

In January the first D.A. Dinner Dance was held at the Red House Hotel, Barton-on-Sea and ERIC STRIDE and his wife PHYLLIS were Guests of Honour. Tickets cost £1.50p each with Bed and Breakfast available at £l.65p. each!

February saw a Social evening hold at West Moors, activities included a home-made wine competition, a film show. and an American Supper, in his notes ln the Newsletter, CHARLES ROBERTS the Social Secretary, explaining that you brought along food which was then placed in a common pool: commented, PLEASE! – ‘Not too much smoked salmon or caviar!”

At this Social event the ‘Title’ of the Newsletter was voted for. 12 were submitted and the winner by 1 vote was for ‘ PICKETS POST‘ submitted by PHIL FRANCIS

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The Easter Meet was at Cranhorne, and on 28th April the 1st Birthday Meet was held at Lion Hill Farm – Three Legged Cross. At a nearby hall. another American Supper was held, with fancy dress competition for the children and a talk on home-made wine (this ‘hobby’ seemed to be very popular in the early years of the D.A. A Birthday Pennon was designed by DAVID DEACON. –

 

A member of the DA. RAY: CRIPPS. was elected to the National Council, coming third in one of the highest polls ever recorded by the Club, and 2 weeks later was elected

When RAY became Vice-Chairman, ERIC STRIDE was elected Regional Chairman in his place and he also became Regional Representative to the National Council in that year.

 

A. Meets at that time Spread in to Hampshire and Wiltshire, and in June a meet was held at Amesbury in conjunction with a Rotary Club Charity Meet- A Donkey Derby and Fete was run to raise funds for a Swimming Pool for handicapped children at Odstock Hospital- With the D.A.’s help £122 was raised.

 

Spring Bank Holiday was held at Chettle House nr. Blandford. It was organised by the C.C.K and a raffle raised funds to purchase toys/games for their group. A Baked Bean Feast‘ was held and they were presented with their own Pennon for flying at meets, again hand Painted by CECIL BREWSTER.

 

STAN BUNDY resigned from the Committee and RAY HUMPHRIES was Co-opted on-

 

At Committee it was agreed that the Social Secretary have a Committee of ladies to help in running functions, also agreed a LARGE TEA POT be purchased. The C.C.Y. were allowed to purchase a Volley Ball Net and the D.A. first Youth Examiner was appointed – ROSS CUFF.

 

In June the D.A. entered the Wimborne Carnival and July saw the South West Region Summer Meet run by the Hants D.A. New Forest reached the finale of the Tug of war and Volleyball but lost 2 – 1 to Solent and 2-0 to Gloucester- but had enough points to win the Sports Trophy, affectionately known as the ‘Piece of wood‘.

 

The Holiday Site was run again at Corie Mullen and the Steam Meet at Bushes Farm. Water was laid on by JOHN RIDOUT using his tractor and ‘bowser’. The fee was 30p. per unit/night. .

The D.A. Feast of Lanterns was held at Sutton Hill Club Site with a fund raising event to send Youth to the F.I.C.C. Rally in 19?3.

 

October a time for the second Annual General Meeting ARTHUR BLAKE retired & RAY HUMPHRIE5 became Secretary. JOHN HOWELL retired Q HAROLD DAVIES became Treasurer. BERYL l JOHN RIDOUT were elected to Committee also MIKE DEWHURST

9 Youth [passed test} and presented with Youth Pennon and Alarm Clock.

 

A Public Address System & Typewriter were purchased.

 

The Season finished with a Bonfire Meet at Chettle House.

‘Uncle Roy Funny‘-

An Orange was rolling down the road — it stopped.

It had run Out Of juice! (They were meant for the kids!]

 

1973

Early in the year CHARLES ROBERTS was appointed Regional Youth Liaison Officer (R.Y-L.O.) – Pat took on the position of D.A. Representative to Region. She also agreed to be Booking Secretary for the National Feast of Lanterns which was being organised by the South West Region and taking place at Oakley Farm, Sixpenny Handley.

 

RON BENNET was appointed D.A. Public Relations Officer and the Steam Meet was to be advertised for a 5 day meet. A ‘block b00king’ for 40 units was received from the Hamworthy Engineering Caravan Club.

 

It was with great sadness that the news was received of the tragic death of a C.C.Y. member ROGER CRIPPS.

 

The Early Bird Meet was held at Wilksworth Caravan Park Wimborne then a brand new commercial site. Easter was at Fairview Farm, Stockbridge. In preparation for the National Feast of Lanterns, PAT AND CHARLES ROBERTS. BERYL AND JOHN RIDOUT and other helpers spent a lot of the weekend cutting up 2 inch squares of fluorescent paper to use as window stickers.

The 2nd Birthday Meet was held at Wigbeth Farm. Horton. There was a barn dance and American Supper and the first Miss New Forest was selected — DEBBIE PHILLIPS aged 14, amongst her hobbies was — ‘Male Watching!‘

May saw the D.A. attending the 21st Birthday Celebrations Meet of the Dorset D.A. Among the many activities taking place was a decorated unit competition (Theme: 21st Birthday) and a fancy dress competition. theme: Gypsies. KATHY ANDREWS from the New Forest D.A. won the prize in the Lady adult section.

The C.C.K. Meet was held again at Chettle. and soon after at the children’s request the group name was changed to C.C.J. — Camping Club Juniors — a much nicer name.

The 6th July saw the start of the South West Region Summer Meet at Windsor Race Course, organised by the Royal Berkshire DA. Many units from the New Forest attended.

After this meet the boundaries of the Region were changed Berks. Hants & Solent went into the. Southern Region, Oxford to the new Chiltern Region and Gloucester to the Cambrian a Wyvern Region.

 

The D.A. Holiday Site went ahead at Corie Mullen once again. while several members attended a week long working party at Sixpenny Handley for the National Feast of Lanterns which took place on the weekend of 31st August/2nd September. The South West Region organised the National Feast of Lanterns and we had television coverage. The renamed children group C.C.J. entered the carnival as Rural Folk and eagerly helped with picking up pitch markers etc. There was some sadness however, ll news was received of the death of GRAN BREWSTER, a keen camper with her daughter EILEEN DEACON and family since the formation of the D.A.

 

The D.A. Feast of Lanterns was also at Sixpenny Handley, but at Church Farm some 2 weeks later. The Steam Rally Meet was another success. Despite gales and rain prior to the actual steam weekend. Members on site were up all one night holding down tents and awnings that were threatening to ‘blow away‘.

650 Units attended — 350 Pennons were sold and 120 more were ordered.

 

At the Annual General Meeting –

JOHN RIDOUT became Vice Chairman.

MIKE DEWHURST became Assistant C.C.Y. Leader.

PAT ROBERTS was by now elected as a Regional Councillor in the new South Nest Region and also appointed Regional Secretary [a position she still holds to date}.

RAY HUMFHRIES replaced her as D.A. Representative to Region. Again 9 C.C.Y. members passed their test and received their clocks etc. LINDA CRIPPS had attended the F.I.C.C. Rally.

Uncle Ron’s Funny-

C.C.J. “Mum give me ten pence a I’ll he good all day

C.C.J. Mum-“why can’t you he like your Father. he’s good for nothing”

 

 

1974

The year started with ‘power cuts‘. A trip to the Camping and Outdoor Leisure Exhibition (C.0.L.E.X) was cancelled because many people were working a 3 day week which included a Saturday.

The Dinner Dance was held at the Durley Dean Hotel, Bournemouth- 139 members and guests attended.

The Early Bird Meet was held on hard standing at Bovington Secondary Modern School. 2 new families attended and joined the Club. PHIL a CHRISTINE TURNER and RON & JEAN MOODY. (Both later were Committee and Founder members of the Waterside DA.)

Easter saw the DA. again at Wool. This time at Longhorns Farm again a new family attended and joined – -MARION & DAVID EVANS and daughter TRACEY. (David. later did. a ‘stint’ on the D.A. Committee and MARION a spell as Newsletter Editor and DA. Secretary and in more recent times has produced the Variety Show including the special 21st BIRTHDAY SHOW which is being staged in conjunction with this story!!

March Saw congratulations given to 2 D.A. members- first to RAY CRIPPS on being elected CLUB CHAIRMAN and also to former youth member CHRISTINE RIDOUT who on March 23rd married RICHARD DREW of the Wilts D.A.

The Birthday Meet was held at Wigbeth Farm. Horton with a Social at West Moors.

WILLIAM BROCKLESBY became the first Junior to pass a test and was presented with a badge and certificate by the Club Chairman — this was another first for the D.A. who had ‘pioneered’ the group for the under 1.2’s.

OLIVE SPENCER, MARION EVANS’S Mum) baked the Birthday Cake but unfortunately through illness was unable to stay the whole weekend.

At the May Committee Meeting‘, MICK CUFF, through work commitments, resigned as C.C.Y. Leader and MIKE DEWHURST took over this job. The Chairman (PAT ROBERTS) thanked the Committee members for concluding a very lengthy agenda at the longest meeting (then!) on record – 11 hours! she also sent her apologies to their families for keeping them so long! (Long meetings are a regular thing these days, Planning the many activities the DA are involved in!.’

At a meeting in August 1974 at BERYL & JOHN RIDOUT’5 home, then Bushes Farm, JOHN had to-‘pop’ out now and again to supervise the ‘drying’ oi the harvest!

 

Not only were there power problems in 1974 but also a printers dispute which prevented the July issue of the Club Magazine being printed, and the advertising of the ‘Temporary Holiday Site at Pimperne- D.A’s and Sections were circulated by the Secretary and the Holiday Site was able to go ahead:

The South west Region Meet was run by Devon D.A. at Clyst Honiton. The Sparta were cancelled due to bad weather. but the Volleyball was held, and we Won the Trophy.

The South West Region Youth Rally was organised by the New Forest D.A. at Honeybrook Farm, Wimborne.

5 Youth attended the F.I.C.C. Rally at le Harve France and 14 rent to the National Youth Rally in Cheshire.

In August JOHN BREWER was co-opted onto the Committee.

September saw another Steam Meet with tea provided on arrival – ‘mock’ organ playing music and bowler hats and boiler suite worn by helpers- -‘

The D.A. Feast of Lanterns was held at Sutton Hill with Pirates as the theme.

It was around this time that BILL & JOAN HIGGINS joined the D.A. – both later to become prominent members.

At the Annual General Meeting more changes took place

COLIN HARES was appointed Treasurer {HAROLD DAVIES – retired).

JACK MARKS was appointed P.R.O. IRON BENNETT – retired] .

PHIL FRANCIS U85 elected to committee

Uncle Ron’s Funny:—

Why is a watch repairer always busy?

Because he is always spring cleaning!

1975

The year started with the C.C.J. going to the Pavilion Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ starting Arthur Askey and Dickie Henderson.

The adults had the usual dinner and dance. this year at the Courtlands Hotel.

Easter was in early March. the meet started at Elm Farm, Landford. A few members were on site on Thursday, but with snow flurries on Good Friday morning. new arrivals were ‘stuck’ at the site entrance. It was decided to retreat and set up camp at Stoney Cross on hard standing. The weekend continued very cold with blustery showers. PAT ROBERTS was unwell and had to go home to bed.

 

In April RON BENNETT gave up as CCJ. Leader and JOHN BREWER took over- assisted by DOUG ARTERTON.

The usual C.C-J- meet went ahead in May at Honeybrook. There was a kite competition between the C.C.J. and the C.C.Y. It was won by the Juniors.

 

July saw another major and successful event for the D.A. We hosted the South West Region Summer Meet at Pimperne. The Solent Youth Orchestra entertained. A new volleyball Trophy was presented to the Region by the D.A and promptly won by our Youth. As often happens, rain threated to cancel the sports, but they were held in the marquee. We won the Sports Trophy again!

Former Youth member. now MRS. CHRISTINE DREW won the Miss. South West Region Contest.

Following this meet a letter from the Region Chairman ERIC STRIDE was printed in the Newsletter, part of which read “The organisation could not be faulted in any way and it was a wonderful tribute to the organisers that the Sports were held, with very little change in the Marquee!

As PHYLLIS remarked on our way to Pimperne – ‘One thing we know that the New Forest will organise everything properly” and of course she was right!

“WELL DONE NEW FOREST — THE DA WHOSE BADGE I AM PROUD TO WEAR”

Two more events took place at Pimperne, the Holiday Site and the usual Steam Meet. The latter was a huge success, the site being advertised on the Official Steam Working Posters – 960 units attended — later JOHN RIDOUT heard from MICHAEL OLIVER, organiser of the Great Working of Steam. that he had received many letters of congratulations for the VERY WELL RUN SITE!

 

At the Annual General Meeting in October. PHIL FRANCIS took over as Editor of the Newsletter.

The D.A. Feast of Lanterns was held at Cranborne, the theme was “Country s western”.

 

At the Region Elections PAT ROBERTS was elected for a further 3 years and Continued as Secretary. D.A. Public Relations Officer. JACK MARKS was elected Region Public Relations officer.

 

 

November saw the Bonfire Meet at Arne in glorious weather. During the year the Youth activities included:-

4 attending the International Rally in Belgium.

16 attending the National Rally in Kent.

14 attending the Region Rally at Burrington, near Bristol.

 

Uncle Ron’s Funny:-

what did the window say to the wind?

I don’t know what you are howling about it’s me that has the pain (pane)!!

 

 

1976

The youth started with a Party at West Moors Hall and followed by the Dinner Dance, again held at the Courtlands Hotel. The main guests were MR. CUBBITT M.B-E. – Club General Secretary and MR. E. JOHNSON – Chief Planning Officer of the New Forest District Council, plus two very esteemed D.A. members RAY CRIPFS — Club Chairman and ERIC STRIDE — Region Chairman.

February saw the first Valentine’s Dance, organised by the C.C.Y.

It was with great sadness the D.A. heard of the death of ARTHUR BLAKE. one of our founder members and first D.A. Secretary.

 

On a brighter note, RICHARD AND CHRISTINE DREW announced the birth or a son – STEVEN RICHARD.

 

In March a winter walk was organised from Red Shoot Inn – 77 members turned up.

 

Easter was spent at Gorse Farm, Blissford — 67 Units attended.

 

The Birthday Meet was held at Ridge Farm. Arne. A colour t.v. was made available in the barn to watch the Cup Final. The television was provided by PETER POWIS, an ardent D-A. and Committee member who sadly died suddenly In 1987

 

A Country and Western evening followed in Wareham Parish Hall.

 

The Junior Meet was held at Blissford end in June another Joint Meet with the B.C.C. was held for the Wimborne Carnival – 100 units attended – the B.C.C. entered with a Car and Caravan and the DA. Youth with Bikes and Prams.

 

Also in June, an extra special meet took place at Bushes Farm. Blandford. RICHARD AND CHRISTINE DREN‘S son was christened on site by the Rector of Pimperne. The REVEREND FARQUHARSON ROBERTS. A pennon was issued to commemorate the occasion.

 

The South West Region Meet was run by Avon D-A- at Wrington. We did not win any Sports Trophy but Youth member DEBBIE POWIS won the Miss. South west Region contest.

 

The Holiday Site this year saw a change of venue- and took place at Arne and was followed by the steam Meet which was well attended despite very wet weather.

 

The Annual General Meeting in October saw more changes take place. The growing membership of the Club and the D-A- made it desirable to form a new D.A. to cover the Waterside area. {The east side of the New Forest and west side of Southampton water).

Several New Forest D.A. members living in that area were too far from the D.A.

RAY HUMPHRIES – Secretary & Representative to Region retired.

PHIL FRANCIS became Secretary.

COLIN HARES became Representative to Region.

 

Youth activities during the year included:-

PHIL RIDOUT representing the South West Region Youth at the Club 75th Anniversary Celebrations at the Mansion House in London.

12 attended the National Meet at Wragby, Lincolnshire

12 attended the South west Region Meet in Cornwall

and of course DEBBIE POWIS becoming Miss South West Region

 

Uncle Ron‘s Funny:~

who invented the first fireplace?

Alfred the Grate {Great}!

1977

The Courtlands Hotel proved very popular and for the third year was the venue for the Dinner and Dance. The Club Chairman FRED HYDE was the principle guest-

 

Winter walks were again organised by GERRY ROBINSON and the Youth ran the Valentines Dance.

 

In March we joined the new Waterside D.A- at their Inaugural Meet and donated £100. plus £25 to their C-C.Y. to boost their funds.

April saw ERIC STRIOE elected to the National Council.

Spring Bank Holiday. the usual C.C.J- meet – incorporated an extra celebration for the Queens Silver Jubilee, and was held at Longthorns Farm, wool.

In July a small number of D.A. members attended the Region Meet at Wadebridge- Cornwall, and August saw a return to Knighton Farm, Everton for a meet coinciding with the Lymington Carnival. several Juniors on a trailer entered the Carnival and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The Holiday and steam Meets were held as usual, there is no record of anything outstanding, but were no doubt successful.

 

The Annual General Meeting in October brought many changes –

JOHN RIDOUT was elected Chairman.

PAT ROBERTS after 7 years as Chairman announced her retirement.

ROY BROCKLESBY was elected Vice-Chairman.

JACK MARKS retired as Public Relations Officer and SID GARDINER took over.

JOHN BRENER retired as C.C.J. Leader but was re-elected as a Committee member.

MAURICE KESSICK-PHILLIP took over as C.C.J. Leader

DAVID EVANS & JIM LYNES were elected to Committee.

MARION EVANS took over editing the Newsletter.

The Bonfire Meet was held at Ridge Farm Arne. But was ‘washed out’. The fireworks were to be let off prior to a Christmas Party at Wareham but again were ‘rained off‘; so they had to be stored for the following year-

Uncle Ron’s Funny:-

what goes upstairs on its head?

A nail in your shoe!

 

 

1978

A change this year. the Dinner Dance was at the Majestic Hotel. Bournemouth. The guest was MICHAEL OLIVER Secretary of the Dorset Steam Society and Organiser of the Great Working of Steam [now the Dorset Steam Fair]. His ‘speech’ kept guests entertained with his dry ‘Dorset humour‘ and tales of the Steam Working and his ‘alleged’ attendance at the Lord Mayor of London’s Banquet in Dinner Suit and ‘Welly Boots!‘

This year the National Feast of Lanterns was organised by the southern Region at worthy Down. Winchester. It was decided that the D.A. would enter the carnival etc. and a Sub-Committee was formed to progress this — JOHN BREWER — JOHN FITTON — MIKE DEWHURST and JIM & JUNE EVANS.

 Easter was combined again with the Birthday Meet and held at Clump Hill Farm. Mannington, and the May Weekend was at Blissford with the Waterside D.A. invited.

The C.C.J. Meet was at a new venue Canford Magna, Bournemouth.

Around this time. MIKE DEWHURST. retired as C.C.J Leader and SID GARDINER took over. It was reported that 24 families were willing to take part in the National Feast of Lanterns entry. and weekend raffles were held to raise funds.

It was also announced that ERIC STRlDE had been elected Chairman of the International Committee.

The South West Region Meet was organised by Somerset D.A. at Bishops Lydeard, near. Taunton.

The ‘Juniors’ entered the Lymington Carnival again and the D.A. Feast of Lanterns was held on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Blissford.

Coming now to the National Feast of Lanterns at Winchester. the D-A. had a ‘Street’ scene with Roman Columns at the Entrance and a ‘Banquet’ was held on the Saturday evening. Prior to this they took part in ‘Chariot Races‘ and the procession with Chariot and Slaves. Being the efficient D.A. that it is we were one of the first to assemble and kept being ‘shunted’ back to make room for later arrivals. being eventually what seemed ‘miles’ from the site. up a ‘bridleway’. We were therefore LAST to reach the arena just as it was getting dark! {It was an evening procession}. Still a good time was had by all.

STEAM MEET — THE EVENT‘

This had grown over the years to become a ‘classic’ event and this year proved to be the best ever. Camping was provided for everyone. including non—members (many who joined the Club as a result]. There were block bookings from the Caravan Club ~ Trailer Caravan Club – Sprite Owners Club – Hamworthy Engineering Club to name just a few.

A new site had to be found and after much searching, suitable fields were made available on ‘Top of the Hill‘ overlooking Stourpaine. Water supplies had always been a problem and this year a 2.000 gallon tanker was hired from Express Dairies to transport water to the site.

A large Marquee was hired for the administration and to light the area, permission was obtained to erect poles to bring electricity supplies from the house and piggery opposite the site.

The site was pegged out in coloured area. each row was lettered and each pitch was numbered and so there was a record or each unit on site. Numerous members helped. ladies booked in, sold raffle tickets and pennons and provided tea as people booked in. The men, in their bowler hats and boiler suits did marshalling duties at the site entrance and guiding visitors to their pitch. Even  walkie talkie’ radios were used for communication and one man used a trials motor bike to escort people.

1.070 units camped – a record never broken

The thanks of the D.A. went to all who helped. But especially to JOHN & BERYL RIDOUT who negotiated the site, acted as Booking Secretary as BERYL had done for many years previously) and with the help of their son PHILIP designed the Steam Meet Pennon.

JOHN was able to take an ariel view of the site. From then on, he was justly named – MR. STEAM MEET

 

The October Annual General Meeting —

SID GARDINER carried on as C-C.Y. Leader. But resigned as Public Relations Officer and JOCK DUNCAN took on this Position.

MAURICE KESSICK-PHILLIP resigned as C-C.J. Leader and ROGER WAUGHAN took over.

RAY PEARCE was elected to Committee.

The year finished with a meet at-Everton and a Slide show plus the Bonfire Meet at Arne. The Youth 1n 1978

13 went to the National Rally at Stafford.

I0 went to the South West Region Rally at Plymouth.

They also did an Orienteering Exercise at Blissford and 2 got temporarily lost

Uncle RON’S Funny:-

What can fall on water without getting wet? “

A shadow!

1979

The Dinner Dance was by now a well established event in January, this year the South West Region Chairman JOHN HARRIS was the guest.

To relieve pressure from the Secretary, PAT ROBERTS took on the task of Site Officer another position she still holds today.

A Winter Walk was led by JOHN FITTON.

Easter was held at Cranborne. the Birthday Meet at Blissford with the cake made by LESLEY LINES, and the C.C.J. Meet again at Canford Magna.

The Committee decided to buy two new pennons (for flying at meets two being cheaper than one. and one was made available for the Public Relations Officer’s use and also for special events. It was also agreed to purchase a second TEAPOT for tea round the pole — MORE PROGRESS!

Tamar D.A. hosted the South west Region Summer Meet at Plympton and WE WON THE TUG—OF-WAR!

 The Holiday Site was at Coldharbour Farm, Wareham and by June, 834 units had pre-booked and at one time there were nearly 100 units on site. A new venture was entertainment provided by members on each Wednesday evening of the four week period.

In august the meet at Everton was for 5 days and the Juniors again entered the Carnival.

The Bank Holiday saw us back at Cranborne again for the D.A. Feast of Lanterns.

The Steam Meet was another successful event. The driver and family of a Bus provided each year to convey people to the Show, camped with us, joined the Club and is still providing that service to date.

ROGER PA¥E — affectionately known as ‘ROGER THE BUS‘

By now a popular venue in October was a meet at Coombe Bissett. especially for the wine makers and was known as the ‘sloe Meet‘.

For many years this meet was stewarded by ERIC & MARJORIE MUSSELL. Sadly Marjorie passed away but Eric continued to run the Sloe meet. During his camping weekends he met a lady from the Waterside D.A. and in 1990 ERIC & LYN were married, but tragically ERIC died a few months later. On a happier note, LYN regularly comes camping and is still carrying on running the ‘Sloe Meet‘.

At the-Annual General Meeting:—

MIKE DEWHURST took over again as C.C.Y. Leader.

BRIAN BUTLER & BRIAN WATKINS were elected to Committee.

The South West Region Representative, COLIN HARES- informed members that JACK MARKS; former D.A. Public Relations Officer and now Region Public Relations Officer had been nominated for a Club Certificate of Honour_

A position first held by RON BENNETT. the D.A. has always had an active Public Relations Officer promoting the Club and this year JOCK DUNCAN had published in the Dorset Echo an article on the Club. he also had a stand at an exhibition in Poole and the Christchurch Show.

15 Youth had attended the National Rally near Oxford.

The season finished with the ‘5upper’ and entertainment by the Woodfalls Band and a Clown for the children.

Uncle Ron’s Funny —

Customer — I found a button in my salad.

Waiter — Sorry Sir. it must have come off when the salad was being dressed

1980

This Year the Club Chairman RON HARDING was guest at the Dinner Dance and JACK MARKS was presented with his Certificate of Honour.

£125 was given to the Chairman for the Club Fighting Fund.

Later in the year. a further £300 was donated to Charity. divided between the Kidney Research Unit and the Wessex Cancer Screening Unit.

In February at Committee. discussion took place about 5 proposal from MARION & DAVID EVANS and DENNIS BARRATT and his wife, that they would like to put on entertainment at the End of Season Supper in the form of ‘sketches’.

Easter this year was at Church Farm. Sixpenny Handley and the Birthday Meet was at Blissford.

At the C.C.J. Meet. held at Cranway Farm, Rockbourne. BRIAN WATKINS took over as leader.

The Region Meet was at Wooten Bassett, Swindon and the Holiday Site — Steam Meet and D.A. Feast of Lanterns were all held as usual.

The Everton Meet was again for 5 days and the Juniors went in the Lymington Carnival advertising ‘Captain Birds Eye‘.

At the End of Season Supper, MARION EVANS presented her ‘OLD TYME MUSIC HALL‘ with D.A. members in the cast and ERIC STRIDE complete with white gloves ‘TITILATING’ as he introduced the acts. The audience wore Old Tyme Clothes and a prize for the best hat was won by KATHY ANDREWS.

The following morning at the Annual General Meeting-the Secretary in his report said, ‘February saw the birth of our entertainment for this years End of Season Supper.

MARION EVANS and friends wanted to produce a revue and were given the go ahead. A lot of work has been put in and many obstacles overcome. I am sure that last night MARION reaped the rewards of these labours. and this morning she and all those involved are basking in rave revues of the Show”.

ERIC STRIDE informed the meeting that PAT AND CHARLES ROBERTS had been nominated for the Club Certificate of Honour in recognition of their work for the Club.

JOCK DUNCAN the Public Relations Officer had another busy year – 14 members were recruited at the Christchurch Show. Headquarters had loaned the exhibition WIGWAM tent for display and ERIC FOWLER. then the Club Information Officer visited and spoke on Southern Television. A letter was received from JIM PASS then Chairman of the Public Relations Committee praising the work carried out by the Public Relations Officer.

Changes on Committee saw:—

ROY BROCKLESBY became Chairman.

JOHN BREWER became Vice Chairman.

SID GARDINER became Youth Leader (for the 2nd time)

MALCOLM TAYLOR & HEINZ MASUREK were elected to Committee.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:-

why didn’t the piglets listen to their Father?

Because he was such a BOAR!

1981

STAN ASHMAN. Region Chairman was guest at the Dinner Dance, this year at the Courtlands Hotel.

 A rare experience occurred this year. an outbreak of foot and Mouth Disease caused the cancellation of a few early meets.

The Easter Meet this year was at Broomhill. and the May Day Birthday Meet combined celebrations for the Club’s 80th Anniversary.

The Junior Meet was again at Rockbourne. and it was recorded that DENNIS BARRATT led a walk with 158 members taking part.

For the first time, a two week Holiday Site. During the Spring Bank Holiday was held at Coldharbour.

The South west Region Meet was run by the Dorset D.A- at Pimperne. near Blandford. They asked for our help and experience in running a big meet and the loan of equipment. We organised the Sports for them. 71 New Forest units attended and we won the Tug-of-War Trophy again

The Coldharbour ‘Summer’ Holiday Site was run again and was joined by a new Holiday Site at Broomhill-

The 5 Day Meet was held again at Everton, the Carnival theme was ‘Book Titles‘ and the Juniors entered.

The D.A. Feast of Lanterns was at Priory Farm. East Holme, near Wareham and several members attended the National Feast of Lanterns at Cheltenham Racecourse.

September saw the Steam Meet again at Pimperne. The attendance was now much reduced. as the Dorset Steam Society were running their own campsite. However, to provide for the many Club, Steam enthusiasts who were regular visitors, the D.A. had purchased two large water tanks to improve the supply situation. also Trade Stands- Grocery Shop and Fish and Chips Van were laid on.

 The Annual General Meeting saw lots of changes:

PHIL FRANCIS retired as Secretary.

MALCOLM TAYLOR took over as Secretary.

JOCK DUNCAN retired as Public Relations Officer.

BILL HIGGINS took over as Public Relations Officer.

BRTAN WATKINS retired as Junior Leader and

GRAHAM GALE took over.

SID GARDINER had been unable to continue as Youth Leader and JOHN BREWER stepped in and continued once more as Youth Leader.

ERIC STRIDE assured the meeting that the New Forest D.A. was held in high regard at both Region and National level reflecting the calibre of it’s Officers.

MARION EVANS gave up producing Picket: Post as she and DAVID were hoping to emigrate to Australia however this did not materialise. to the ultimate benefit at the DA  PAT PEARCE took over as editor

At the Region Dinner Dance the D.A presented £300 to VIC SINDEN, Club Chairman. for the Fighting Fund.

 Uncle Ron’s Funny=- DENTIST – What kind of filling would you like? Cheeky CC.J. – Chocolate cream please!

1982

It would seem that the DA were fortunate on many occasions to have the Club Chairman attend functions. And this year was no exception with VIC SINDEN as the Dinner Dance guest.

Early in the year, the Committee approved a ‘DEER MOTIF‘, designed and produced by MARION & DAVID EVANS for members to display on their vans etc.

All the Bank Holiday Meets and Holiday Sites went ahead as usual, the Region Meet was near Exeter hosted by Devon D.A. and the Region Youth Meet was organised by us and held at Pimperne.

In September the seat was presented to Sutton Hill Site.

At the Annual General Meeting:-

CHARLES ROBERTS, who had been Social Secretary since the D.A.’s formation resigned due to the pressure of other commitments. He was Regional Youth Liaison Officer and served on the National Youth Committee.

PAT BUTLER took over as Social Secretary.

The Public Relations Officer, BILL HIGGINS had attended several functions and had also been involved in a new Retailer Recruitment Scheme set up by Headquarters.

15 youth had attended the National Youth Rally at Cambridge.

JOHN BREWER resigned as Youth Leader.

DENNIS WARE took over as Youth Leader.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:-

whet goes peck-peck—peck – BANG!?

A chicken in a minefield!

1983

The Club Chairman again attended the Dinner Dance. this year it was MOLLY RAYNER and another E400 was donated to the Fighting Fund.

 The Early Bird Meet was held at Heathfield near Bransgore and stewarded by LESLEY a JIM LYNES and this meet has annually been held there ever since.

Easter saw us at Homeland Farm, Three Legged Cross. It is remembered by the social evening in the barn. With the COWS attending in the adjacent biers: ‘PHEW!’

The D.A. again ran the South West Region Meet. MOLLY RAYNER. Club Chairman attended and presented ERIC STRIDE with a Club Certificate of Honour in recognition of his hard work on behalf of the Club.

At the Annual General Meeting:-

After 3 years ROY BROCKLESBY retired as Chairman.

JOHN BREWER took over as Chairman.

BILL HIGGINS was appointed Vice-Chairman.

JUHN RIDOUT was re-elected as Committee member.

TERRY SHARPE was elected to Committee.

Previous to the Annual General Meeting the Committee in their ‘WlSDOM’ had decided not to run a Bonfire Meet this year. At the Annual General Meeting FRED ANDREWS queried this?? He insisted that we ALWAYS had a Bonfire meet. he always enjoyed it and looked forward to it!! After a discussion from the ‘floor’ – SOME HUMUUROUS – the new Chairman JOHN BREWER said “Well you steward it’ which FRED said he would and so it went ahead at Ridge Farm and I am glad to say has continued annually ever since (in some form or other).

Youth – In March. 18 had gone Ice Skating and several attended the National and Regional Youth Rallies.

During the year, the D.A. had purchased a SHED (sited at Stourpaine) for the storage of the immense amount of gear they now used for big meets – also a GAS BARBECUE – more progress since 1971.

Two special chairs were donated to Blandford Hospital in recognition of all the big meets we had arranged in that area.

Looking to 1984 — The National Feast of Lanterns was being organised by the South West Region and this D.A. would be helping. It was agreed we would enter the Carnival etc. LESLEY LYNES agreed to co-ordinate our entry and asked for suggestions.

The year ended with a Christmas Party at Parley Cross, again another gathering and venue to become an annual event.

Uncle Ron’s Funny=—

where do snowmen dance? At a Snowball

1984

All the early season events took place as usual.

 The Spring Bank Holiday saw the Junior Meet at North Farm. Winterbourne Kingston. An ‘IT’S A KNOCKDUT’ Competition was to be held but became ‘IT’S A WASHOUT! because it POURED the whole weekend and all fundraising events were cancelled. However, they were held at a later meet and the C-C-J. funds did not suffer.

The Region Meet was at Kenn. near Clevedon. Organised by the Somerset D.A. – WE WON THE TUG-OF-WAR AGAIN!

At Priory Farm, near Wareham. the D.A. Feast of Lanterns was a rehearsal for the National Feast of Lanterns at Shepton Mallett.

SHEPTON MALLBTT – Another Event never to be forgotten!

The D.A. entered the Carnival Procession as Village Life in Victorian Britain – theme “HATCHED. MATCHED & DISPATCHED!” illustrating life from BIRTH to DEATH.

We led the procession, headed by BILL HIGGINS as Town Crier with JOAN, his wife. and followed by every aspect of villagers, including children, tradesmen. and even a coffin! we came 2nd but all agreed we should have won!!

After dark, surrounded by around 100 New Forest D.A. units, some 24 of them formed a village street. with a banquet down the middle.

In this Competition we were joint winner with Avon D.A. What cheering when LESLEY LYNES proudly collected the Shield at the Closing Ceremony.

Several members had attended for the week to help on the working party and MALCOLM TAYLOR stewarded Blue Area assisted by FRED ANDREWS.

THE BONFIRE MEET – This WAS held this year and as a 5 day meet. There was SUPER WEATHER — SUPER BONFIRE—AND SUPER FIREWORKS!

Annual General Meeting:-

COLIN HARES retired as South west Region Representative.

MALCOLM TAYLOR took over as South West Region Representative

PAT BUTLER resigned as Social Secretary.

JANET COLE took over as Social Secretary.

GRAHAM GALE resigned as Junior Leader.

MARGARET MILLER took over as C.C.J. Leader.

PAT PEARCE resigned as Pickets Post Editor.

DENISE WINNOOD took over as Pickets Post Editor.

IAN FRASER became Youth Leader.

The year ended with the usual Christmas Party.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:— Taxi Driver — That will be fifty pence.

Old Lady — Sorry, I only have forty pence. will you drive me back a little bit

1985

A new venue for the Dinner Dance this year was The Pavilion, Bournemouth.

At the Early Bird Meet a Photographic Competition was held at Bransgore Village Hall.

The Junior Meet had a new site this year at Bamptons Farm Lymington.

The South West Region Summer Meet was organised by Cornwall D.A. at the Royal Cornwall Showground — 15 New

Forest attended.

All the other DA. major meets went ahead as usual.

Annual General Meeting again:—

JOHN BREWER resigned as Chairman-

BILL HIGGINS was elected Chairman.

TERRY SHARPE became vice-Chairmen.

MARION EVANS was elected as Secretary.

FRED ANDREWS was elected Public Relations Officer.

ALAN WINWOOD – GRAHAM GALE – JIM LYNBS were all elected to Committee.

The YOUTH:—

They attended s winter Meet near Taunton in January.

12 attended the Region Youth Meet.

2 attended the National Youth Meet in Cheshire.

The C.C.J. had a trip to Brownsea Island in September

The Public Relations Officer BILL HIGGINS attended various open days etc.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:— Why are sardines stupid? They lock themselves in tins a leave the key outside!

1986

The first ‘major’ event for 1986 was the May Day Junior Meet at Luckford Cottage, East Stoke. Stewarded by CLIFF & MARGO FOOTE. 71 units attended and a Fun Run was organised and raised £119 for the Ethiopia Appeal.

The Holiday Sites continued at Coldharbour and Broomhill the number attending somewhat reduced due to the wide selection now available to members. It had now become established that PAT & CHARLES ROBERTS stewarded Coldharbour and JOAN & BILL HIGGINS, Broomhill, assisted for a short period by BILL HEMMINGS an Avon D.A. member who entertained us on his organ.

The Region Meet saw us back at Shepton Mallett Showground, organised by Somerset D.A. We were the second largest contingent to attend, and youth member MICHELLE CANDY won the Miss South Nest Region Contest.

The DA. Feast of Lanterns and Youth Meet was at Bamptons Farm. Lymington and included a Barn Dance – Fun Dog Show and Cream Teas.

Annual General Meeting:-

MARGARET MILLER resigned as Junior Leader.

HEATHER BROWN took over as Junior Leader.

DENISE WINWOOD resigned as Pickets Post Editor.

MARGARET MILLER took over as Pickets Post Editor.

PETER WHITE was elected South West Region Representative.

KEN SANSOM was elected to Committee.

The Public Relations Officer enlarged the Dealer Recruitment scheme and attended Open Weekends, at the New Forest Caravans and Lady Bailey Caravans and assisted the Region Public Relations Officer (JOHN CASTRO) at Cricket St. Thomas and the National Feast of Lanterns at Silverstone. He had also agreed to take on the position of Honorary Site Inspector, to inspect (at the request of Headquarters) and report on suggested Hideaway Sites.

MARGARET MILLER took over as Editor of Pickets Post and is still doing an excellent job.

During the year the Youth attended:-

The Region Winter Meet at Taunton.

15 went to the Region Youth Rally at South Brent, Devon.

8 went to the National Youth Rally at Brands Hatch.

3 entered an orienteering event organised by the Dorset Police for the 13/14 age group. and came a creditable 3rd out of 22 competing.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:- Customer “There is no chicken in this soup”.

waiter “Well, did you ever find a HORSE in horseradish?‘

1987

Until now Picket: Post had been produced using a Duplicator. a rather ‘messy’ and time consuming method-

At the January Committee meeting, it was agreed that a Photo-copier be purchased and also a MARQUEE to use at big meets. MORE PROGRESS!

It was also agreed that a Charity Weekend would be organised for the benefit of the Victoria School for Physically Handicapped Children in Bournemouth.

At the Early Bird Meet the Marquee was erected as a trial run. and duly christened with a get together and ‘pot of tea!‘.

At the May Day Birthday Meet the Charity Event took place at Winterborne Zelston. Stewarded by CLIFFE & MARGO FOOTE. a street fayre was held. a ‘sponsored silence‘ event and entertainment by the Dorset Buttons Maypole dancing!. £1,113.10 was raised and used to provide a computer tor a handicapped child.

August saw the D.A. Feast of Lanterns and Steam Meet combined with a holiday site. hopefully to increase the numbers attending and this formula proved highly successful.

The Broomhill Holiday Site was also a success, breaking previous records for units attending.

ln September a new venue was a meet at Kingston Maurward Agricultural College Dorchester. This site was found by DAVID EVANS and was stewarded by him and MARION.

A conducted tour of the lovely grounds and college activities was enjoyed by all who attended.

Annual General Meeting:—

IAN FRASER resigned as Youth Leader.

GARTH DOWNER took over as Youth Leader.

There were no other changes.

The Public Relations Officer had attended two new venues-with a Publicity Stand namely – Autohomes Factory and The New Forest Show. Both events were a great success.

13 Youth went to the Region Youth Meet near Taunton.

11 went to the National Youth Meet near Stafford.

The Juniors had a visit to Upton Country Park in July and their own Christmas Party with a Magic Show by D.A. member DAVID LINES.

We joined with the Waterside D.A. for a 5 days Bonfire Meet at Blissford.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:-

Why is a dirty boy like a flannel vest?

Because they both ‘shrink’ from washing!!

1988

The Dinner Dance was at the East Anglia Hotel, Bournemouth and FRANK GRANT, the Club Chairman, was the guest. The D.A. again presented a cheque to the Fighting Fund for the sum of E500.

More progress was made in February when the Committee agreed the purchase of a second typewriter for the use of the Newsletter Editor.

At the Early Bird Meet; LESLEY & JIM LYNES organised a talk on Antiques and a Cheese and Wine Supper.

The Birthday Meet went to a new venue at The Thorngrove Centre, Gillingham. A garden centre staffed mainly by disabled people. The Administrator PHIL HUNTER and his wife are Club members and have become very active in providing the flowers etc. at National Feast of Lantern Rallies and Region Meets and also allowing Holiday Sites to be run on their land. by various D.A.’s and the Region.

At this meet members enjoyed a sing-a-long from the ‘forties’ era and were suitably attired for the occasion.

At the Junior meet, again at Bamptons Farm, Lymington, a day trip to the Isle of Night was organised – 102 units attended the meet and TERESA SHARPE was elected Miss New Forest.

Attending the Region Meet at Kenn. near Clevedon. run by the Trailer Tent Group, TERESA went on to be Miss South West Region.

The Dorset Steam Fair had now moved from Stourpaine to Tarrant Hinton, and the D.A. decided to run our combined Holiday Feast of Lantern/Youth Meet at Chase View Farm, Farnham

It had been agreed in Committee to ‘pep’ up the site this year to revive some of the ‘atmosphere’ of the ‘old’ time Steam Meets.

A generator was borrowed, lights put over the site entrance and a new WELCOME T0 THE NEW FOREST D.A. banner was displayed.

With the leadership of GARTH DOWNER AND HIS WIFE VERA, the Youth organised a full programme of events including cooked breakfast brought to your van and an Auction (GARTH didn’t like ODD numbers!!). and other events to raise funds for the Youth.

MARION EVANS rallied some members together to form an impromptu Concert Party which performed on the Saturday evening, the stage illuminated by car headlights.

It was a roaring success, with the ‘Holly Polly‘s’ —

MARION EVANS — KATHY ANDREWS — MARGARET MILLER — LESLEY LYNES – GARTH AND VERA DOWNER – and the birth of Farnham FRED‘, who happened to ‘pop in‘ from the village!

The Feast of Lanterns was attended by the Region Chairman RAY PERKINS, Youth Officer RAY CANTOR- and Region President BERNARD MERRITT. who sadly, had to give up camping and so we were honoured that this was the last meet he attended. As a souvenir. he was presented with the HAMMER used for the Auction, and I know it take’s ‘pride of place‘ in his home.

The site continued to cover the Steam Pair period. During the week the usual Steam Meet weather occurred and the Marquee was blown down one night, but it all turned out a great meet.

The National Feast of Lanterns was attended by very few D.A. members due to the distance. which was a great shame, because TERESA 5HARPE became MISS NATIONAL FEAST OF LANTERNS .

Annual General Meeting:—

This year saw a major change as COLIN HARES retired as Treasurer after 14 years.

PETER WHITE was elected Treasurer.

CLIFF FOOTE was elected Vice Chairman.

JIM EVANS took over as Representative to Region and after a discussion from the ‘floor’ regarding the appointment of a Conservation Officer. JIM was thought to be ‘ideal‘ for this post, and was duly elected.

ALAN TILLER was elected to Committee.

During the year PAT ROBERTS had been elected to National Council.

The Youth:—

10 went to a winter camp near Weston-Super-Mare.

7 attended Region Youth Rally at Melksham.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:~

This one is for GARTH!

Seven is and ODD NUMBER – how can we make it even?

Clever Junior – Take the letter ‘S’ away!!

1989

The guests this year at the Dinner Dance. held at the Marsham Court Hotel, were the Region Chairman. and our own Miss National Feast of Lanterns. TERESA SHARPE.

Easter saw us once again at Church Farm, Sixpenny Handley. Following the success of the Concert at the Feast of Lanterns in 1983 the ‘gang’ got together, now called ‘THE NEW FOREST NUTTER5′ and put on a Revue in the Village Hall.

It was decided to run another Charity Event at the May Day Birthday Meet. Due to bad weather and flooding in the proposed site at Broomhill. arrangements were hastily made to change the venue and we were able to go to Filleybrook Farm, Matchams Lane.

A Grand Charity Event was organised with stalls displays etc. and a large car hoot sale, at which the Club also benefited by the recruitment of 10 new members. The climax of the event was a Candlelight Display and Procession. Over £3,000 was raised and distributed between the Great Ormond Street and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals.

The Junior Meet went farther afield to Fairview Farm Stockbridge.

Several members travelled to the Region Meet, near Swindon. and the then Club President. SIR JOHN CRIPP5 attended. It was organised by the Wiltshire D.A.

The National Feast of Lanterns was within reasonable distance. at Stratfield Saye, near Reading and so the D.A. decided to enter. The theme was ‘COMEDY’ and was masterminded by CLIFF & MARGO FOOTE and JIM & JUNE EVANS. The D.A. entered the Carnival as Comedy Films through the ages.

This was continued in the evening with a Street Scene complete with the entrance to the ‘ODEAN CINEMA‘. Once inside some 18 units displayed Comedy Films. The highlight being ‘CARRY ON DOCTOR‘ a live performance never to be forgotten, and visited by thousands of rallygoers. ,

The D.A. Once again became the proud recipients of a Shield for runner up in the Carnival and a Cup for best street scene in our area.

Annual General Meeting:-

The major change this year was the retirement of MARION EVANS as Secretary.

She was very ably replaced by our present Secretary JUNE KINGE.

18 Youth went to Region Youth Meet at Sixpenny Handley

JIM EVANS involved the D.A. in Conservation Work for the National Trust at Pamphill, part of the Kingston Lacey Estate, and the D.A. planted a tree in the avenue at Badbury Rings.

At the South West Region Annual General Meeting in November, COLIN HARES was elected Vice Chairman of ‘the Region.

Uncle Ron’s Funny:—

what did the screw sing to the screwdriver?

Let‘s TWIST AGAIN

1990

At the Early Bird Meet members enjoyed a Wild Life Film.

The ‘major’ event of the year was the Junior Meet organised by HEATHER & COLIN BROWN, which was in the lovely grounds of Kingston Lacey House. near Wimborne. The theme for the weekend was ‘Conservation’. MICK WICKS, the National Conservation Officer attended, and together with JIM EVANS displayed pictures and videos of work done by the Club and especially our own D.A. On the Saturday morning many members helped to clear fallen tree branches on the estate (brought down by the recent hurricanes) and Sunday afternoon. DAVE SMITH. the Estate warden conducted a very interesting tour on Badbury Rings to view Orchids which had been encouraged to thrive due to efforts of Conservationists. Entertainment was provided by a disco.

The C.C.J. donated from the funds raised, £50 to provide two commemorative trees, which were planted during the following winter, with snow on the ground. by the Juniors and was pictured in the Club Magazine.

The Region Meet was organised by Dorset D.A. We won the Volleyball Trophy again.

In august. ‘our own‘ ERIC STRIDE. F.I.C.C. Representative for Great Britain and Chairman of the organising Committee, ran on behalf of our Club. the 51st F.I.C.C. Rally at Shepton Mallett Showground approximately 14 families from the New Forest D.A. attended.

Annual General Meeting:—

After 5 years BILL HIGGINS ‘stood down‘ as Chairman.

CLIFF FOOTE took over as Chairman.

MIKE COLE became Vice-Chairman.

GARTH DOWNER resigned as Youth Leader.

BRIAN KINGE took over as Youth Leader.

CHRIS SAWKINS was elected as a Committee Member.

RAY MILLER was elected as a Committee Member.

The Chairman presented to HELEN RICHARDS her Youth Test Pennon and Travel Clock.

DENISE SHARPE & ELAINE GOULD also passed their test but were unable to the at the meeting.

The Junior Leader presented Certificates to the following Juniors who had passed their test.

TINA BOWN, KERRIE BROWN, HELEN SAWKIN5, MELANIE GALE, & NICOLA POUNDS.

The Vice Chairman MIKE COLE presented the ‘Cole’ Shield to the Youth of the Year CHRIS WINWOOD.

COLIN HARES resigned from Committee and a few weeks later at the South West Region Annual General Meeting with many New Forest D.A. members in attendance, was elected Region Chairman.

It was agreed to donate another £250 to the Club Fighting Fund.

The 5 day Joint Bonfire Meet with the Waterside D.A. took place. followed a week later by another Bonfire Meet at the invitation of the Southern and Wessex B.C.C.

The Public Relations Officer attended an extra venue in May when the Club had an OPEN DAY at Sutton Hill Site to attract new members. Assisting DEREK WHEELER & JOHN EDGINGTON. 10 members were recruited.

1991

Early in the year the D.A. were devastated to hear of the sudden death of esteemed member COLIN HARES, only recently appointed South West Region Chairman. Members ‘rallied’ to give MARJORIE support at this very sad time and were delighted that she was able to continue ‘camping’ with us, also with the help of VAL & ALAN TILLER, stewarded the Steam Meet Holiday Site later in the year. A task she and COLIN had undertaken for several years. Her enthusiasm for the Club was enhanced in November when at the South west Region Annual General Meeting she was elected to follow COLIN on the Regional Council.

 

Going back to Easter the D.A. were again at Church Farm, Sixpenny Handley and by popular demand ‘The New Forest Nutters’ put on another Revue to a packed hall on the Sunday evening.

It was our turn to run the Region Youth Meet again, and our new Youth Leader BRIAN KINGE assisted by his wife JUNE and Assistant Leader CLIVE & SUE RICHARDS, the Youth very capably organised the event at Church Farm. Parley Cross and received praise from the Region Youth Leader for their efforts.

The Youth also ran a stall at the Charity weekend and 8 went to the National Youth Rally at Leamington Spa, and at the Steam Meet they also provided cooked breakfasts to your van again.

A good ‘contingent’ of D.A. members travelled to Devon for the Region Summer Meet and cheered our team on to WIN the Sports Trophy AGAIN!

Our usual Holiday Sites Continued at Coldharbour, Broomhill and Farnham (for the Steam Fair) and was joined by a new site at Kingston Maurward. Dorchester, which was praised by members attending and has prospects of becoming a popular site in the future.

at the Annual General Meeting:~

BILL HIGGINS after one year in the position of Past Chairman was re-elected as a Committee member again to serve the D.A. for a further 3 years.

PAUL FRASER received the Cole Shield for Youth of the year.

JANE ALEXANDER; TINA BOWN & KAREN RICHARDS were presented with their Youth Pennons and Clocks. And CARRIE WESTON with her Certificate for passing the Junior Test.

Thus the Committee remained unchanged to go forward into 1992 to organise the ‘task’ of running the D.A. 2lst Birthday Meet, to be followed soon after by the South West Region Summer Meet.

1971 – 1992

Summary

Highlights of events over the years have been mentioned. it is impossible to cover every activity, or to name all the members who have worked hard in so many ways to make all our achievements possible.

However. reviewing my story. the Chairmen over the years — PAT ROBERTS & JOHN RIDOUT. have had good coverage of the sterling work they did and events they took part in.

ROY BROCKLESBY will probably be remembered for his major part in assisting JOHN RIDOUT in the organising and running of the Steam meet in it’s heyday, a prominent figure in his boiler suit and bowler hat. Also he was in the cast of the ‘Old Tyme Music Hall‘, and for many years with his wife DOREEN, stewarded the meet by the river at Woodgreen. and conscientiously provided a safety feature in the form of a rope and old car tyre.

JOHN BREWER followed ROY as Chairman. he was one of the longest serving members of the Committee. He has been Junior Leader. organising some excellent fundraising events for them. and also a Tuck Shop. and then followed a ‘stint’ as Youth Leader. He has readily given his time and carpentry skills to provide such things as a ‘mock‘ organ for the steam Meet and many ‘facades’ used in our entries for the National Feast of Lanterns.

In 1985 BILL HIGGINS took over as Chairman. He first went on the Committee as Public Relations Officer in 1981. became Vice-Chairman in 1983 and then in 1991 having completed one year as Past-Chairman. he was re-elected to serve as a Committee member for a further 3 years.

Highlights during his period as Chairman included Charity Events in 1987 and 1989.

Together with JOAN. his wife. they have stewarded the Holiday Site at Broomhill for many years, and are one of the most regular attenders at D.A. meets. with JOAN as Regalia Officer. prominent at ‘Tea round the pole‘ with her pennons and badges etc. on display. One other special mentioned must be made about JOAN. She has made and given the Birthday Meet Cake for many years. including the one for this 21st BIRTHDAY. and our congratulations and thanks go to her for her splendid effort.

In his first year. our present Chairman CLIFF FOOTE successfully ‘steered’ the DA. through another Charity Event. At the 1991 Birthday Meet held at the Thorngrove Centre. £1,259.42p. was raised to help provide facilities for the disabled on their camp site.

He was Pictured ‘Presenting the Cheque‘ in the October 1991 Club Magazine.

The Secretary has always been one of the hardest working positions to hold on Committee.

ARTHUR BLAKE served for the first year of the D.A. and was followed by RAY HIJMPHRIES who continued for the next 5 years. He was also the DA . Representative to Region. and considered this period as his ‘Apprenticeship’ the experience gained helped him to form the Waterside DA

Next came PHIL FRANCIS who also gave the name ‘Pickets Post‘ to the Newsletter and was it’s Editor in the early years.

MALCOLM TAYLOR came to us having been Chairman of the Bucks. Herts a Middlesex D.A. and took over from PHIL FRANCIS. He served for 4 years and was also D.A. Representative to Region.

Next came MARION EVANS. who also served for 4 years and was Newsletter Editor for several years. MARION will be remembered for the very entertaining shows she has produced.

Finally we come to our present Secretary. JUNE HINGE who like her predecessors, JUNE is very ably filling the position. the Chairman’s ‘Right Hand‘. quietly but very efficiently. ensuring that behind the scenes everything fits together to ensure the smooth running of the D.A.

TERRY SHARPE was a former Vice Chairman and together with GRAHAM GALE worked hard to provide the ‘electrics’ used at many of our meets. and mention I feel must be made again to JIM EVANS. this time in his role of plumber. without whom a lot of meets would not have been possible.

The D.A. is well represented at the South West Regional Council with ERIC STRIDE as President. CHARLES ROBERTS — Vice President. PAT ROBERTS — Secretary. JOHN EDGINGTON – Public Relations officer, MARJORIE HARES -Councillor and JIM EVANS – D-A. Representative.

we also have PAT ROBERTS on the National Council and ERIC STRIDE who really needs a Page to himself

ERIC STRIDE has been Chairman. and is now President of the South West Region. is a National Councillor serving on several Committees. has been to numerous F.I.C.C. Rallies and was Representative for Great Britain on the F.I.C.C. Committee and as you have read. organised on behalf of the Club. the 51st F.I.C.C. Rally at Shepton Mallett.

In 1983 he was awarded the Club Certificate of Honour which was presented by MOLLY RAYNER. Club Chairman at Eric‘s request ‘among his friends‘ at the South West Region Summer Meet hosted by his DA. ‘THE NEW FOREST‘.

In January 1992 he was honoured for his work in fostering friendship between our Club and the French Clubs by the presentation of a Gold Medal. he also received a Silver Medal for organising the F.I.C.C. Rally at Shepton Mallett and the Gold Medal of the F.I.C.C. for his work on the F.I.C.C. Council-

ERIC is Known from D.A. to INTERNATIONAL LEVEL for his rendering of the ‘MUSIC MAN‘.

The large Charity Events and Donations to the Fighting Fund (amounting to several thousand pounds) have been mentioned, in addition, numerous donations have made to dozens of needy causes.

The D.A. has always been fortunate to have a Social Secretary, this position at present is in the capable hands of JANET COLE assisted by her husband MIKE who is also Vice-Chairman, and her helpers who have provided Coach Trips to the Caravan Show & Somerset Carnivals Skittle evenings — Film & video shows The End of Season Supper — Christmas Party The Annual Dinner Dance and not forgetting the catering for all our ‘big’ meets.

In addition, the Youth have organised the Valentine’s Dances and the Juniors many summer Outings and pantomime trips.

We have read about our relatively new Conservation Activities. led by JIM EVANS and staying in ‘The Great Outdoors‘, a mention must be made of ‘BIG BOOTS‘ DENNIS BARRETT who leads many of us on his walks during the winter months.

Even PETS have featured during the past 21 years.

Notable among these are=-

BEN the BOXER. the faithful friend of BUNNY a LES FRY

BARNIE the POODLE. loved by JANET & MIKE COLE.

and of course ‘EMMA’ the OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG for so long a dear friend of KATHY a FRED ANDREWS. EMMA was loved by the Juniors and even non-dog lovers couldn’t help being ‘turned on‘ by her lovely nature and character. For 12 months she featured in cartoon form (supplied by KATHY & FRED) in the Newsletter. At the good old age of 12 she managed to take part in the procession at the National Feast of Lanterns at Shepton Mallett with FRED as a Shepherd in costume. and a BIG JUNIOR in sheep’s clothing — MARION EVANS.

EMMA attended numerous meets. was known by many in the Region and further afield and even had a mention at the Ripon National Feast of Lanterns in the B.B.C. Country Club Programme recorded there by WALLY WIGHTMAN.

 

 

THE FUTURE

After 21 years ‘THE NEW FOREST‘ has grown deep roots and under the guidance of its present Chairman CLIFF FOOTE is set to progress into the future.

Aided by a very capable Secretary. JUNE KINGE, an excellent Treasurer PETER WHITE. and a hard-working Committee they are, as I write this in January 1992, bringing together the numerous facets of the 21st Birthday Meet where You Dear Reader – will hopefully be, when you read this.

This is to be followed in July with the running of the South West Region Sumner Meet and continuing from that (following it’s success in 1991) a 6 week Holiday Site at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester.

 

There has always been a hardcore of enthusiastic members in the D.A. As the years roll by. some will unfortunately fade away, but as long as THE CAMPING AND CARAVANNING CLUB and the bond of friendship within it exists. I am confident new members will carry THE NEW FOREST DA. to even bigger things in the FUTURE.

 

The above History of New Forest DA, up to 1992 will hopefully give rise to some lovely memories for some of our long serving members. But also as a brief insight into the formation of our DA ands it’s

Bucklers Hard 8th to 13th June Booked meet Opens 10:00am

Buckler’s Hard is a hamlet on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the English county of Hampshire. With its Georgian cottages running down to the river, Buckler’s Hard is part of the 9,000-acre Beaulieu Estate. The hamlet is some 2.5 miles south of the village of Beaulieu.

The site is situated near to the Tea rooms and all that are camping have access to the Maritime Museum

Take a tranquil cruise down the Beaulieu River – an unspoilt haven which is rich in history and wildlife.

A place of serenity and beauty… step aboard for a peaceful 30 minute boat trip along one of the few privately owned rivers in the world. Click Here for Details

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Stewards John & Brenda Burst

Stewards phone 07740621551 or 07514555790

£16 per unit night

 

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From the junction of the B3054 and B3055

In 2.0 miles, turn right onto Lodge Ln
In 0.5 mile, Slight left
In 1.2 miles Continue straight
In 0.4 miles bear left
Report to Gatehouse that you are on the rally. Then drive through the carpark to the left and follow sign on far side through the gate into rally field