What goes on at Meets and Rallies!

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  1. Jim

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    What happens at a Fun Meet or Rally

    We have quite a few new Funsters putting their name down for meets and rallies and are maybe wondering what they have let themselves in for. We also have a large number who might be trying to pluck up the courage and book. So to put your mind at ease (or maybe put you off forever) I thought I’d let you know what goes on.

    To attend a Fun rally you must be a subscriber. All of our rallies have a “thread” running, where the members can express an interest or ask questions about that particular rally. This rally section is here. You can also see a list of rallies on the Rally Calendar here.This thread will give you the location and the times you can arrive and anything else you need to know, but don’t be afraid to ask any questions on that thread, the rally marshal or others will answer.

    For some rallies you may get asked to fill a quick form in, to include details like your motorhome registration number, how many of you in the van, the time you expect to arrive. (You may also be asked for names for a name badge.) This information makes life easier for the marshal. Knowing you are coming along on Friday at 6pm means they are not waiting all of Friday for you to arrive. Don’t worry about being early or late, no one is going to hold you to that time.

    Unlike most every other club, we do not charge additional rally fees. The rally marshals are volunteers. When you arrive you’ll be greeted by the rally marshal, and briefed on the rally. They may have a welcome letter, or just let you know verbally what’s happening. If there is going to be a gathering for coffee or a BBQ you’ll be told, but some rally marshals have a notice board letting Funsters know that way.


    If they’ve made name badges or a motorhome name badge they’ll give you those too. Someone will then park you up. You’ll be at least 6m from any others and the rally marshal will introduce you to your near neighbours. Nothing is compulsory, if you don’t want to attend, no one will come knocking on your door asking where you are. If you want to meet people and make new friends, It’s up to you to make the effort to attend. Please don’t be shy, you will be made most welcome.

    Typical events

    Some events are themed, such as the Bring and Buy, or New year events, but everything will be mentioned in the rally thread. But as always, we are not sticklers for rules, let’s say that the New Years Eve party rally is fancy dress, no one will bat an eyelid if you choose not to dress up. Its up to you how you have fun.

    Coffee and Cake.

    This is a pretty regular happening. The rally marshal buys some cake, and you turn up, with your coffee at the allotted time. Depending on the rally marshal, there may be a pot for donations to cover the costs of the cake, and plenty of other Ralliers will arrive with cake, so do attend hungry.

    Barbecues
    A common theme is for people to cook food for a given time and then take it to a central area, where everyone takes a seat and eats in that central area. the theme tends to be “cook for yourself plus bit more for others” this can mean that these events are like medieval banquets with tons of stuff to eat, again its best to arrive hungry
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    Evenings
    We always try and have a designated central area. Unless this is high summer we also strive to be under canvas. Rarely is anything formal arranged. People tend to gather in this area, they might bring a beer or a coffee, mostly its just chat, sometimes someone might bring along a guitar, and if we have any Welsh funsters, there might well be the odd song in a strange language, but its all good fun. If this is a show rally where there is entertainment laid on by the organisers, some may well choose to attend this. There is never any obligation on your part, you can do as you please.

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    Breakfast

    It does not happen at every rally but when it does..Sunday breakfast is a popular event. The rally marshal buys bacon and rolls and normally cooks them around 10:30 on Sundays. Some marshals are super efficient and will ask you when you arrive if you want rolls and how many, this is so they don’t buy too many. There will be a nominal charge, which is normally a £1 per breakfast so rally marshal can get their money back.

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    You must put a bit of effort in.


    True story..
    A few years ago someone claimed that they did not have a good time at a rally and thought they were ignored. I was devastated, so were the rally marshals. They had received a note from the marshalls letting them know what was happening, but somehow chose not to attend anything.

    When questioned......Did you not attend the evening in the Marquee? “no we were tired and my wife had a migraine” How about the coffee morning did you attend that? “No we are not coffee drinkers and wanted to visit the town at that time” How about the bacon rolls, did you not chat to people over a bacon roll breakfast? “No we’re vegetarians so we didn’t want to come over”

    So essentially this couple stayed in their van and made no effort to join in, but then thought they were being ignored.

    What they failed to appreciate is that because we are not a pushy club, insisting that everyone joins in with everything, we’re quite happy to let you sit in your van, no one is going to disturb you and ask if you are coming to the coffee morning. So do get out, and chat to each other. Funsters are very friendly and as you make new friends you’ll not regret making the effort.

    The rallies are great fun. Please don’t be shy, book on one and see for yourself. (y)

    How to Book on a Rally.
     
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  2. Rayb182

    Rayb182 Funster Life Member

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    ....................and you get some[STRIKE] idiot[/STRIKE] person making falling down juice, or even under the table juice, but all in all we have a fantastic good time and make everyone welcome. :thumb:
     
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    Did you enjoy the sanitised version.

    Watch this space for "The FUN rally behind closed awnings".

    We just need someone daft or drunk enough to Spill The Beans.

    Then the Thetford will overflow into the SOG.
     
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    meanders Funster - Life Member Life Member

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    We have always felt very welcombe, we are not naturally great socialisers but we always enjoy funster rallies, the more you mix the more fun you have and it is a good way of putting faces to names!!
     
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    At our first meeting we where made more than welcome.
    Not only by the organisers but all the funsters .
    My only regret is that my wife still works so i c2nt always atend.

    And the strip of water between mainland Europe :BigGrin: & UK

    Mind you a touch of insanity helps.:Rofl1:
     
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    AND WE'VE MADE SOME GOOD FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

    NIGEL AND PAMALA
     
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    Welcombe? That's in Dorset isn't it?
     
  8. Gromett

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    Thanks Jim,
    I was trying to explain it to some friends who I want to join. This does the job so much better than I could manage:thumb:
     
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    most meets i have been to is normally some swapping of partners ( i only have a blow up doll but she is ok for some) a bit of whipping and bondage maybe at some its a bbq but i dont like burnt meat :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: other than that they can be a bit boring :Rofl1::Rofl1:
    o and some are even better if salopian is cooking next time i may even bring foster tits with me :Wink:
     
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    Although only having been an occasional evening guest at a Fun rally, I'd have thought the full title of this thread should be, "What goes on at meets and rallies... stays on meets and rallies!" :Rofl1:

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    We clearly had a sheltered rally at West Mersea.............:Wink:

    Seriously, one rally done and we had a really great time and met lots of people. Some of them were sober. It lived up to the "fun" name and Gail and co did a great job in what was appalling weather. We will certainly do another one - just need to sort out who looks after the many dogs and the 32(!) guinea pigs. I did suggest that e latter could come along for the BBQ but Dawn decided it was better to find homes for them. Abandoned by a breeder by the way..........
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    I was a quiet introvert type, when I first joined...

    After the first rally I got better....

    To what I am now...

    A Gobby... Wine drinking... Nyphomaniac...

    But I love me... :RollEyes::Rofl1:

    And it`s all thanks to you "Funsters"..... :thumb:
     
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    You !!! introvert....!!!!!!!!
    yer 'avin a larf mate.....you only know what it means 'cos someone told you. :Rofl1:
     
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    no ones mentioned the keys in a bowl game or is that secret?
     
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    Last time I went to a wife swapping party I ended up with a microwave for her, I thought I'd got a bargain by other guy wasn't happy:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Haven't been to a lot of meets due to work and distance from us have to say though the 4 we have been to we have been made very welcome and rally marshals have went that extra mile to make us feel like this. First one we went to was at new year a few years back and wanted to leave before we got out of the mh as it was in a field next to a pub but Val captured us so had to stay :Rofl1: only joking but first impressions weren't good. Turned out to be one of the best few days break we have had and made some really good friends from it who we still meet up with.

    We are booked in for the Chester food and drink meet and really looking forward to meeting a lot of new and old folk most of them being old :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I am now regretting giving my friend a link to this thread. :Doh::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Dont join in that game!

    I did and all I won was a bloody key.
     
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    you can even get champers haggard and been to the edge:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::beerchug::drink::party2:i have only been to three meets and throughly enjoy every one hick hick just wish my life stile would let me get to more
     
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    I did very well, my key opened a tin of corned beef.
     
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    I love your euphemisms Brian:BigGrin:
     
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