Non Rally Funsters Ahoy

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Malcolm Bolt, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Malcolm Bolt

    Malcolm Bolt Funster Life Member

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    I know we have all joined MF for different reasons. In my case it was about three years ago that Google directed me to Fun when as a newbie (previously a tugger for twenty years) I was looking to get information about changing to the right side of the tracks. - I had seen the light but was worried about walking out of the tunnel - :Eeek:

    Very quickly help came my way with great big dollops of good humour. :BigGrin: I attended a few rallies, mainly those at shows because I thought we needed more kit. (I now know we didn't and am trying desperately to get back below the van weight limit but that is not why I am posting today)

    I just want to pass the message to those who are fearful of attending a rally that it is not a frightening experience. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    We have just got back from last weekend's rally at Lincoln. ( If you have not already done so, take a look at the various Lincoln threads even if only to see pictures of yours truly dancing his nuts off - I am not proud :Doh:

    It was truly a delightful weekend. As well as the show and the inclusive entertainment provided by the show organisers we Funsters had a brilliant time in our own area.

    Those among us with musical talent performed in our event shelter while those with decent voices joined in -as did those like me who cannot really sing at all and many consumed some alcohol. No bar in our little tent but we came prepared :Smile:. We had a 'table-top' sale where I actually managed to go home with less than I took - Result. There were a couple of flyovers by Spitfire and Hurricane as well as displays by the red arrows :Eek!:. We met up for some very tasty bacon butties and on the last night many of us met up and went en-mass to the main event marquee and had a whale of a time.

    I am sure that there are some among us who feel a little intimidated by the idea or 'A RALLY'. If I am right it's a shame because the atmosphere is extremely relaxed and there is no pressure to mix or fit in and it is good to put faces to the names we see here on line. Good to see that in real life the guy with the sharp wit and master of sarcasm is an affable gent with a permanent disarming grin and one with an avatar that makes you think of some-one the size of a brick sh*th**se is in truth a demure and extremely attractive young woman.

    My reason for posting about a rally on this forum is to reach those who up to now have not felt inclined to drive the rally/meet route and to assure them that if they were to give it a go they will not be regimented or hounded into 'joining in'. You can hook-up with others as much or as little as you wish.

    We enjoyed the Lincoln meet tremendously.
    Keep your eye on the calendar and just browse the rally front page to see what's on and where. Have some fun outside. :thumb:
     
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  2. ukbill

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    its what it is malcolm and what it should be thats why its called fun and all are welcome
    where else would you get such a diverse group of people but all with 1 thing in common motorhoming and having fun great time at rallies putting faces to names and sharing advice and adventures
     
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    Not seen any within sensible reach of me :Sad:
     
  4. Malcolm Bolt

    Malcolm Bolt Funster Life Member

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    I suppose it depends on where each of us is based and how far we are prepared to travel. If I was based in Devon I would think Exeter would be a good start. If able to manage a bit further then the Bath and Shepton meets may prove possible. As I am based in Yorkshire I would be unlikely to get to any of those. :Rofl1: Never know though if I get the right ferry back via Plymouth or Portsmouth I may get to one of them yet. :BigGrin:

    Hope you manage to get to one next year. :thumb:
     
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    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    How about the various meets at my place, they must be close enough.:thumb:
     
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    Anyone can hold a meet / rally just find somewhere to go. :BigGrin: If in doubt contact Jim first then put it in the rallies section. :thumb:
    We held some behind a pub and they proved to be very popular, it was limited to 20 motorhomes and the landlord was very happy with us, I even had locals saying nice to see you back supporting our local pub, we never use it but would not want to see it closed it's the heart of the village.
    We have been asked when we are doing another, but with our travels and also trying to sell our bungalow it has been put on hold this year, so it might happen again next year. :Eek!:

    As Malcolm say's get along to the rallies and meets, not everyone joins in, but they always enjoy themselves and come away with new friends. :thumb:
    Everyone on fun gives a little, and that what makes it what it is, a lot of work goes into it, and support is the best reward you can get. :thumb:

    We gave Malcolm the best pitch at Peterborough 2012 :Eeek: the only one with his drive wheels on hard standing.:Wink: But it turned out to be like a duck pond and he needed waders to get out the motorhome. :Rofl1: :Rofl1:

    And in return he gave us the brilliant blog in Morocco last year. :thumb:

    :BigGrin: Bob and Jane.
     
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    rainbow chasers Read Only Funster

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    IIRC the funsters meet up for the Motorhome/camping show at Westpoint showground near exeter, and as Roger says - he has various get togethers there. I dare say more rallies can be organised - maybe we will have to look at regional meets for next year - have a word with a few sites etc.
     
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  8. PenelopePitstop

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    If you fancy doing a small meet in St Austell then take a look at Doubletrees Farm, St, Blazey Gate ( just down Luxulyan Rd and not far from The Four Lords!)
    I know they hold rallies for other clubs from time to time.

    Lovely site and very friendly owners :BigGrin:
     
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  9. Brisey

    Brisey Funster Life Member

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    Hi simbadog, if you look in the rally listings, you will see that a Fun Holiday Rally is being planned for next year in Dorset. Perhaps you could attend it, I believe it is being held near to Corfe Castle.

    16-06-2014 to 26-06-2014
    Dorset Fun Holiday


    Brisey.
     
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  10. enery8

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    We live near Weymouth and we have done Newbury and Stratford and had a wonderful time.:Cool::Cool:

    We were also booked for Malvern and Shepton Mallet but due angina did not get there:cry:

    Our first rally/meet was Newbury and what a Fantastic weekend we had. Just a brilliant, friendly and welcoming group of people.

    Roll on next rally season - CAN'T WAIT.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    the first rally we ever did only happened because our son's school had closed on the friday and monday in November so we decided to find somewhere to stay.

    We then asked if anyone wanted to join us. There were just 5 motorhomes. Last year we had nearly 30.

    The great things about rallys and meets is that people can join in if they want to. there is no pressure.

    If we had known that a funster was staying at Waltham Abbey this weekend before we had booked something else up, we would have joined them.
     
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    If it is in St Austell, it will be at ours!:BigGrin:

    That is when the top field is sorted - main site is too small - there is power in the top field, but needs sorting out.
     
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    I do not attend rallies, not because I am afraid or intimidated. I do not attend rallies because I do not like mass gatherings of any kind. I do not sing and dance or join in with other peoples idea of ""fun".

    Some people may think I am a miserable b*****d, they may be right.

    I know what I enjoy and I know what I do not enjoy.

    It would seem a pointless exercise to attend a rally and not join in with the "fun":BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    We are in the darkest depths of Cornwall, yet, we managed Chester at Easter, Shrewsbury and Shepton with Fun
    As well as our gad-a-bouts with the Devon and Cornwall MCS of the CC&C, Dorset, Glostershire, sth Devon

    Horses for courses
     
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    Where are you??? We spend quite a lot of our summer in UK in St Austell!! :Wink::Wink::Wink:
     
  16. Malcolm Bolt

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    I wholeheartedly agree. It was not my intention to try to get people such as yourself to attend a rally or a meet. :Sad:

    I certainly don't think you are a miserable anything just because you enjoy doing other things. :Smile:

    If you ever wanted to visit a motorhome show and stay overnight you would be able to book into the general area anyway just as we did when we first got our van. :thumb:

    My post was aimed at those who may enjoy the experience but have not yet taken the leap of faith.:BigGrin:

    My hope is that this thread and the mainly positive comments I have received serve to help some people take the step. I simply believe they have nothing to loose but a great deal to gain. :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    That was too close to Glastonbury or we would have gone :Sad:
     
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    What a sight.

    I said to 'er indoors, "get me a pint of what he's on" but you didn't stop long enough to ask.
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
    I can recall someone else enjoying dancing on the floor... in fact we all did :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Led astray by hot woman, there's lovely look you.
     
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