In the week leading up to the rally, the weather was dismal, with heavy showers and strong winds. We didn’t hold much hope for a successful rally! Several units arrived during the week, some travelling straight from Telford Rally. On the Friday afternoon, there was a run out to the local Cider Mill, with quite a few people joining the convoy – some using the run as an excuse to avoid the heavy showers for a bit. In the evening, we went over the road to the church hall for some bingo and some other small games. The rain relented, and as the evening went on the weather became quite pleasant.
When we woke on Saturday morning, there were blue skies which we were not expecting! The campsite was looking fuller than we had anticipated it might and as the national hostess opened the rally at 11am, there was a large crowd gathered, ready to enjoy the day.
There was a lot for everyone to enjoy, including the Lager Lottery, Tombola, Raffle Manoeuvrability, Wheel change, Sparkplugs, Horseshoes, Pick a sting, Name the teddy and new for this year Children’s Manoeuvrability!
There was a lunch break at 1pm which gave people a chance to enjoy the BBQ (thanks to Peter Elliott and Eric Stone for doing this) and the cream teas. By now the weather was brilliant and the sun was scorching (as I found out later in the day with a red raw back!)
There was a good line-up of 15 vehicles, with other Reliants elsewhere. One or 2 were frequent in use on the manoeuvrability competition. Later in the afternoon, just before the prize giving ceremony, there was a short rain shower, but this was the only rain of the day.
In the evening, we all went up to the village hall, which was a 5 minute walk from the campsite. The evening’s entertainment was a duo, which sang and played guitar to a wide variety of songs to suit all tastes. They were well received, and filled the dance floor several times! The committee provided a ploughman’s lunch for all and more cream teas! We also held our traditional “skit” which, this year was South West Rallies Got Talent. Sam and Jo Whatmore were brilliant as “No Dogs Allowed” – a dog agility duo, Maureen sang summertime, and team Stone did and interesting take on a popular dance. (After a delay due to technical issues) video evidence of this can be found on YouTube!
BY HELENA STONE OF CHARD BRANCH