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Meet Reports

Wellingore Christmas party and Lincoln Christmas Market 4th - 6th December 2015

We opened the meet on the Friday morning at 10am with the Lincoln Christmas market being on so the campers wishing to venture into the city could make the most of it.

By Friday late afternoon we had 28 units on site which was a very good turnout for this time of year this was probably down to the mild weather we have been having of late. As well as South Lincs Da members we also had visitors from Trent Valley , Leicester and Sheffield DA.

Friday evening was a social gathering in the hall for chit chat and catch up.

Saturday saw quite a few venture into Lincoln and the market which was quite accessible as there was a public bus stop at the end of the road.  In the afternoon we had a children's entertainer called Mister Paul but there was as many adults watching as there was kids!

The evening meal was three courses which consisted of a homemade soup for starter cold meats, new potatoes and salad for main and a selection of puddings which was enjoyed by everyone that everyone was roughly about 95 which I was really pleased with how it all went and a massive thank you to all my helpers in whatever you did you know who you are!

Next to arrive was the man in the big red suit Father Christmas himself who gave all of the children aged 16 and below their gift, 22 gifts in total as you can imagine was quite a time consuming task as it is a very busy time for him once again a big thank you to Father Christmas and his Elf and to the grotto builders you all did a fab job.

Another surprise visitor for our sites officer Darren Snaith was the Babycham lady (not) Matt Gregory, you had to be there to believe it!!

The entertainment was provided by The Elusive Black Dog Ceilidh Band which proved to be a big hit by everyone as the dance floor was packed and also thank you to our resident DJ Dick for filling in when the band had a break.  Also on the evening we presented some representatives from the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £900 which we have collected through the year from our raffles and they were so grateful we have decided to carry on through 2016 raising money for the same charity.

Sunday morning saw the campers venture into the hall for the regular coffee morning and raffle.

I would just like to say thank you for all the help everyone gave  and also one last thank you to the stewards as we all know no stewards no meets which helped make this meet a great success and hope to see you all out in a field somewhere in 2016.

Just one last thing I would like to say is thank you for all the comments I received on how good the weekend went they were very much appreciated.

Maxine Snaith

Social Secretary

Temporary Holiday Sites 2015 Reports

With the closure of Heacham Temporary Holiday Site on Sunday the 6th September, the South Lincs DA THS season finished for the year.

They started at Spring bank holiday at Sheringham High School with Wendy and Pete Norman stewarding on their own. The weather was very mixed and possibly because of this, the numbers were slightly down on previous years. However those who went thoroughly enjoyed themselves and appreciated the well run meet.

The middle of June saw our second THS at Butlers' Farm, Flamborough, with the usual combination of Maggie and Cliff Croxford and Barbara and myself opening up The weather was again mixed during the first week but it did improve during the 2nd week. On arrival, farmer Harold did apologise for the state of the field, with an unusual amount of grass lying on the top. Using my trusty left foot I began moving the grass away from the doors of the units as we pitched them so they didn't trample it all in. It wasn't long before a friendly caravanner took pity on me and on their return from Bridlington presented me with a rake to make life easier! The farmer also felt sorry for me. He brought a barrow! Now I could wheel it to the field edge instead of carrying it! By the end of the 2½ weeks the field was virtually clear with little barrow-shaped haystacks around the edges. Mind you in the second week I had a willing colleague in Pat (she and her husband, Alan had replaced Maggie and Cliff for the 2nd week) who was very keen to rake up! Did she think it was a war weekend and she was a land army girl?

Again it was a very enjoyable meet, with several people joining in the bowls, quizzes etc. and many using their bus passes to the full. Everybody too was thrilled by the nightly visit of the barn owl swooping low over the field looking for its prey. Some even spotted its young in the nest in the nearby woods.

The beginning of August saw the opening of the traditional month-long THS at Mablethorpe High School with the usual stewarding combination of Win and Gordon Iremonger and Maggie and Cliff Croxford. The figures for this meet were way up on previous years. And this, despite the rival meet just down the road at Mablethorpe bus station! Was it due to Cliff not having lost his salesman patter or the fact that the people who came didn't belong to the travelling fraternity down the road! On a serious note, many thanks must be given to the stewards and the other campers who offered to man the gate during the period the travellers were ensconced down the road, to ensure the safety of the vans. After this initial worrying time things became a little easier. That is until the bad weather arrived just in time for the bank holiday. Many thanks too, to Jacqui Croxford and Amy and Kevin Nicholson who kindly offered to help Cliff and Maggie on the departure of Win and Gordon, and when Cliff injured his knee. The bad news about this meet is that Cliff and Maggie have decided to call it a day on stewarding. They will be sorely missed as they are both very popular with the campers and have both been excellent stewards since they answered our mayday call at Flamborough for stewards, some six years ago, Barbara and I have stewarded with them at both Flamborough and Heacham and have thoroughly enjoyed their company and cream cakes.


The final THS of the year was at Heacham Social Club in Norfolk. It was a very busy meet with many people staying for a few days before moving on to the National Feast of Lanterns at Houghton Hall, just 10 miles away. Post national, many more people came to join us to enjoy this beautiful part of Norfolk before returning home to all corners of the UK. Again the weather was very mixed with a rather wet Bank holiday. But the stewards; Wendy and Pete Norman and Sue and Ron Marvin gave everybody a warm welcome and ensured everybody was able to get on and off with no bother.

One arrival was Harry Carter, a 16 year old on a 340 mile charity bike in aid of his friend who had succumbed to cancer. Pete had arranged for him to camp on our site for the night and he arrived Bank Holiday Sunday in the pouring rain. He erected his small tent and prepared to see the night in the comparative dry. However Sue's maternal instinct kicked in and she invited him into enjoy a full roast meal, after which she accompanied him around the units to ask for donations. Thanks must go to all the campers as he raised the grand sum of £145! He then joined the 'golden oldies' in the room and thoroughly enjoyed his games of 'chicken foot'!  Early morning, with the rain still pouring down, Harry set off on his final leg, back to Peterborough. Very tired he made it home and had also achieved his aim of raising £1000, so from South Lincs DA, well done. The rest of the week brightened up and everybody was able to get out and about in comparative warm and sunny weather.

With everybody gone Barbara and I went to the Heacham club for a lovely roast dinner and sweet before heading home. I had won a 3-course meal for one in a charity raffle but took pity on Barbara peering through the window watching me eat so I invited her in to join me!

Thank you to all those people who supported our THS and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

If you feel you want to join in the fun of stewarding THS in 2016, please contact our sites officer Darren on 01522 811517 or 07826719729 , who will be pleased to answer any of your questions and put your name down.

Barbara and Malc Smith

1940's Weekend at Bain Valley Fisheries 12-14 June 2015

Our first 1940's weekend was held at Bain Valley Fisheries, nr Tattershall Thorpe to coincide with the museum having their open weekend.

We had 27 units turn out, with visitors from Norfolk & Suffolk D.A and Derby D.A, with a good show of South Lincs members too. 

Friday night was a meet and greet night with a chit chat social and disco in the marquee. 

 Saturday saw many campers venture up to the museum to get into the spirit of the1940's era before  making their way back to enjoy their afternoon tea of fresh cream scones, cakes, tea or coffee or an alcoholic beverage or two, whilst sitting outside in the lovely sunshine. 

Saturday evening many campers came dressed in their 1940's attire ranging from Winston Churchill, evacuees, land army girls, forces uniforms and many more. A great display which you can see from the photos. The entertainment for the night was a 1940's singer Sarah-Jane and our resident DJ Gary who we ‘borrowed’ from Norfolk & Suffolk D.A for the weekend. Many thanks to Sarah-Jane and a huge thank you to Gary who were much appreciated by everyone.

Sunday morning saw the usual coffee morning and raffle which raised £40 for our chosen charity, The Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Even though a lot of hard work and preparation went into this weekend, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, so roll on next years meet!

Finally a big thank you to Graham for building the Sentry Box and barrier and to all the other members who were on site from Wednesday helping erect the marquees and marking out the field.  One final thank you must go to the ladies who helped with the cream teas and to Jan who made all the scones fresh and the loan of the crockery. Sorry you couldn't be with us Jan and Andy. And to Kev, who collected everything.

See you all next year at the 1940's meet or not before in a field somewhere in Lincolnshire.

Maxine and Darren Snaith

Wellingore Hall AGM Meet - 15th -17th May 2015

The Wellingore Memorial Hall was the setting for the Central Counties AGM 2015 hosted by South Lincs DA.

With the directional signs in place (hopefully no one now would get lost) and the van set up Barbara and myself settled down with Grahame, who provided a much needed drink of tea, to enjoy the beautifully warm sunny afternoon.

Soon the units began to arrive and by early evening the field was beginning to fill up with people from as far afield as Stratford and the Peak District. With many people having eaten out in the local hostelries, Friday evening saw campers making their way to the hall to renew acquaintances, old and new, and enjoy reliving what they had been doing since they last met.

Saturday morning saw the CCY up early, busy preparing breakfasts as part of their weekend fundraising for their visit to Scotland activities. For many campers the day was taken up by meetings, both in the morning and the afternoon inc the AGM and the subsequent committee meeting to determine new Central Counties positions. Others enjoyed the beautiful weather and visited Lincoln, or took part in the CCY fundraising games, whilst Maxine and her team, not only provided coffee/tea and biscuits for the people attending the meetings, but were also busy preparing the evening meal for over 80 people!

Meetings completed, many campers could now sit back, enjoy the meal and desert and look forward to the evening's entertainment, but not Maxine and her team. Not only did they efficiently serve the meal but also did the washing up before they too could relax a little.

Everybody seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening's entertainment. Vocalist Sarah Louis sang beautifully and was much appreciated, whilst Jeff on the disco soon got the majority strutting their stuff on the dance floor, both young and old. In between, the CCY presented their prizes for their games and the raffle, which raised £100 for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance, was drawn. Soon it was the be-witching hour of 11pm  and some weary folk made their way back to their units after an exhausting day.

Sunday morning again saw the CCY preparing breakfast, before Maxine and her crew provided the farewell coffee morning with Di and Mandy's cakes soon devoured. With coffee morning completed many campers expressed their thanks and bid farewell, leaving the SLDA regulars to make sure the hall was cleared away and everything was again spick and span.

May I take this opportunity to thank all those that camped, and for their generosity, not only to our charity, but also to the CCY who had worked tirelessly throughout the weekend. Well done CCY! And well done also to Maxine and her 'team' for the excellent catering and very efficient delivery proving there is no 'I' in team work.

Barbara and Malc Smith

Clumber Park Easter Weekend 2nd - 6th April 2015

We opened the gates on a bright Thursday morning and within 10 minutes of opening the gates campers started to arrive, a South Lincs DA member being the first. It was a steady flow of people arriving throughout the day.  They were greeted with a smile and a warm drink when they arrived. The day remained bright and we were outside most of the day. We opened the marquee in the evening for a social evening where people got together for a drink and chat.

Friday was a wet day but it did not deter people from coming to Clumber, even the soggy ground didn't turn them away as Ian and Nick offered a "tow you on the field service".  The Land rover was working really hard. The day continued to rain and didn't stop till later afternoon but we still managed to serve the Hot Cross buns with a drink. After a late tea we were back in the marquee for more chit chat. Karen ensuring her spot near the heater to keep her warm and therefore limiting the number of KL's required. (Karen Layers)

Saturday was dull to start but people still kept arriving. Only the occasional person needed to be towed on but even the Land Rover had to give way to a VW Toureg as it got stuck.  There was a Treasure Hunt running throughout the weekend, organised by Malc and Barbara, this brought lots of interest and hearty discussions when people were returning from their walks. Rebecca, Heidi and Jensen ran the Tuck Shop which saw many children; young and old queuing for their goodies. We were in the marquee again and yes you guessed it the Karen was in her usual spot.

Easter Sunday saw Ian and Nick up early helping the Easter Bunny hiding all the eggs for the Easter egg hunt later in the morning.  All the children gathered round the marquee waiting in anticipation to get started, after a lot of running around they all returned with their mini eggs waiting to claim their Easter egg. There was lots of smiling faces and some were covered in chocolate as they had eaten their mini eggs which they had collected. Later in the afternoon we had the Mad Hatters tea party and people brought their cakes and cups. During the eating of cake and drinking tea, Nick announced the winners of the decorated egg and Easter card; both won by Bradley Walton. The Treasure Hunt was won by the Ross family from Leeds. We held a regular raffle and a Whiskey raffle, which was won by Barbara Smith. We were in the marquee for the final night and we held a couple of quizzes whilst Karen and Lindsey went back to the caravan to watch "Poldark" something to do with it has a great story line!!!

Monday was the day of packing the marquee away, helping people off the site; towing them when needed.  We said our good byes as they left and we finally closed the site at 5pm.

On behalf of Ian, Lindsey, Karen & Nick we would like to thank all those who helped over the weekend.

Hope to see you all on the camp field soon.

Nick Smith

North Scarle 13th-15th March 2015

After a nice bright sunny day we arrived on site to steward our first meet of the year and the temperature had dropped but to no avail our heating was switched on and we were as snug as a bug especially as there were eight of us in our van eating curry , heat in more ways than one.

Ten units turned up on the Friday with two visiting units from Nottingham D.A and our adopted family from Lindum Andy,Jan and their granddaughter Rio.

Friday night saw most of the campers venture down to the village hall for chit chat and social.  Saturday was again cool but dry and saw some of the campers go shopping in nearby Lincoln or just relax.  Another social evening in the village hall which had pool and snooker tables and table tennis which everybody enjoyed. Plenty of chin wagging and laughter was had by all.  The tuck shop kept the kids quiet along with many of the adults too.

Coffee morning and a raffle was held on the Sunday and then everyone said their farewells and made there way home. A good weekend was had by all.

Maxine and Darren Snaith

Collingham Cricket Club 20th -22nd February 2015

As Stewards we eventually arrived on the back of an RAC tow truck.

The old pavilion was open on the Friday night for 'meet and greet' where we all caught up on the gossip.

On Saturday evening we enjoyed an evening of games in the pavilion; including the Caravan Drive, Newspaper Quiz, and Bingo. The children enjoyed "guessing what's on the tray".

Coffee morning was held on the Sunday morning where we had a Raffle for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and said our farewells till the next time.

We then left on the back of an RAC truck.

See you again soon

Nick and Karen SMITH

Valentines Weekend - Tattershall Village Hall, 13th – 15th February 2015

Stewards Ian and Lindsey BAIN. What a start to the new camping season!!

We started the weekend with the usual meet and greet on the Friday evening where we all caught up on the gossip from the last 6 weeks.

Saturday brought a quiet morning and the afternoon for most of us was calm, unless you were under the age of 15. This was a time for running around playing games and getting worn out (not).

The evening began with campers arriving in their posh frocks. The cocktails started to flow  and the clear winner was “Sex in the field” followed closely by “Storer’s secret”.  The ‘Posh Nosh’ was devoured and Karen’s baked Camembert went down a storm.

On the Sunday we had the traditional coffee morning and raffle, which raised £22.00 for our sponsored charity Lincs Air Ambulance.

If you think that you would enjoy a weekend with SouthLincs DA the please check out our web page for our weekend calendar.

Next meet is at Collingham – 20th-22nd February.

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