October 9, 2020 at 4:24 pm #5939Nick & Ruth AndersonKeymaster
Dear fellow members,
This strange year continues, and as I write this in early October some of the signs suggest that we are going backwards rather than making progress, but there are some positive signs.
The ‘group of six’ order put the kibosh on our AGM, which had to be postponed, again. We are in good company, and in this case national edicts trump our constitution. The committee have looked at other alternatives, such as holding it on-line, but the picture of members not being able to get into the meeting, and then not being able to follow proceedings because other members are saying loudly to their spouse/partner/hamster ‘Who said that?’ and ‘What did she say?’ made us decide to leave it until the dust settles.
However, we still had the bookings for the sites at Carsington Water, and the follow-on at Red Lion Farm, just outside Stafford. We thought long and hard about should we/shouldn’t we go ahead, as part of which Ruth and I took part in a Northumbria centre meet of the Caravan and Motorhome Club, partly to pick their brains. They could not have been more helpful, and we came away convinced that a get-together, under certain conditions, was possible, and could be fun, so we decided to honour the bookings. These get-togethers of ours were definitely not rallies, as that could have been against the letter, and the spirit, of the law, and could have exposed members to Covid. There were none of the events that we enjoy about our rallies – no popping around onto other peoples’ motorhomes for a chat/coffee/beer or whatever, no organised events or outings, no live music, and no large group meals together. Yet we still had fun.
We did meet, outside, in groups of no more than six. Everyone used the sanitiser and so on when using the water and the Elsan point ( I overestimated how many trips members make to these facilities, so we have sufficient sanitiser, blue paper rolls, and signage to last us for years, and perhaps this should become part of our new normal – it protects us from all sorts of other nasties as well as C-19). People went out cycling, and walking, and to pub beer gardens, and so on, in a sensible and socially-distanced manner. Best of all, we caught up with old, and new, friends. It was great to welcome two new couples to their first meeting, and even better when Denise expressed an interest in becoming treasurer, so the committee met quickly and co-opted her on as Assistant Treasurer, enabling Tony to start to show her the financial ropes.
Some of you didn’t feel comfortable coming out to meet us at the moment, and I understand why. Some of you don’t want to come to our meetings at the best of times, or have been there and done that, which again is perfectly normal. For those who do enjoy this way of using our motorhomes, I have come away from the September meetings in a more optimistic frame of mind.
This was the first get-together of the Hobby Club since we left Andalucia in February, but some of us are considering going back this winter, if it safe, sensible, and legal to do so. Some members have been meeting virtually on Zoom, which has some value, but it’s not the real thing, so Sue and Iain Black are looking to reschedule their two-centre Scottish rally next year, as soon as this is possible. As always, we are looking for other members to put their hands up to suggest other places and times when we could get together. We will keep you posted with any updates. The next Zoom meeting will be on Sunday 1st Nov at 6pm.
Whilst this might seem especially daunting at the moment, sites have more availability than sometimes, because other groups are being as hesitant as we are, and because of restrictions running a rally is easier now than ever before, because you don’t, and can’t, fill our days with activities such as ‘Hunt the false teeth’, ‘Hide the empty bottles’, or ‘Formation pole-dancing competitions’, or whatever.
I would be foolish to predict when things will get back to anything like normal, but I feel sure that when they do that the club will be there, and functioning well. The committee looks forward to catching up with you all sometime soon. Until then, stay safe.
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