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Chats from the Chair – Autumn 2019
It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter, and cooler, so some of you will be putting your motorhomes away for the winter, whilst others are planning trips to warmer places, so I thought that it would be useful to update you all on where your club stands at the moment.
We have had some minor problems with the website, with some members having trouble getting onto the members forum section of the club site, but I think that the Web Designer has resolved this for us now. There is now a notice on the homepage saying ‘Contact webmaster for help’, which puts you in touch directly with Liz, who will then hopefully soon have you up and running. One of the challenges with the site is that it contains a lot of information, and photos that have been there for a long time, and which I suspect hardly ever get looked at. These slow the whole thing down, so we are proposing to archive or delete some of the older records. If wants a record of the older photos prior to 2013, please let us know.
That aside, I think that everything else that I have to report is positive. We now have 13 more vans in the club than at the time of the AGM, with a total membership today of 153 people, so the club is growing. I haven’t yet met all the new, or returning members, but I gather that one of the ways that we are making ourselves known is through our closed facebook group. Well done to Jacky for setting this up, and monitoring it. Welcome to all of our new members, and we look forward to meeting you all soon.
The meeting calendar is also encouragingly full. By the end of this year we will have held eight meets, from The Forest of Dean via events around the AGM, visits to shows, Devizes, Shrewsbury, and the upcoming Christmas meet, details of which, as always, are in the members forum. You can still sign up for the Christmas bash, but Peter needs to know numbers for the Christmas meal, and have your deposit, by November 6th. Thanks to all those who have taken the initiative and organised meets, and I would encourage other members to try to find somewhere in their area where we could meet, or come along to support the meets that have been organised.
Next years events calendar is also taking shape, with new ones being added almost as we speak. In the last few days Maureen and Steve have offered us a visit to a show in Shepton Mallet, whist Sue and Iain or organising a two-base meet north of the border (from where you would be ideally situated to do the North Coast 500!). If you haven’t signed up yet please take a look at the members forum. And, again, is there anywhere in your neck of the woods where we could meet? Or do you have a favourite campsite that you could share with us?
At the Devizes meet most of the committee had a chat, at which we looked at how the committee members are settling in, and how they see their roles developing. Apart from some minor changes that are needed all seems to be going well, but Tony Charity again said that he would like to step down from the role of treasurer at the next AGM, so we are looking for a new treasurer. Anyone interested? Peter is looking at how meets are co-ordinated, and is the first port of call for anyone thinking of running a meet. As a footnote, club documentation says that everyone attending a rally should have a working fire extinguisher on their van, this helps us meet the Natural England code of practice for rallies.
The General Secretary has renewed the Club’s insurance, and is in the process of renewing the Natural England Exemption Certificate, which we need to have if we are organising meets or rallies in places that aren’t campsites.
That’s all for now folks. Thanks to all those who have made this a good year for us, and Happy Christmas, and a Hobby New Year, to you all,
Nick Anderson, Chair
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