Why attend rallies?

Discussion in 'Rally Planning Discussion and Chat' started by WynandJean, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. WynandJean

    WynandJean Funster

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    Why attend rallies? They are just a group of clicky people who go meet each other on a regular basis - that's right isn't it?
    Well we'd never been to one before and decided to go to the Shropshire Motorhome meet at Shrewsbury. We were a little unsure of what to expect but were looking forward to meeting some of the people we hear from here on the forum. As we pulled onto the showground we were met by a really cheery attendant who handed us a welcome pack and allocated a chap on a scooter to escort us to the Funster area. There to meet us was Jim with his beaming smile who welcomed us and showed us to our pitch and explained about where to find water, and amenities and told us that the van in front of ours belonged to Peter H. At that Peter H himself appeared, introduced himself and disappeared back into his van only to re-emerge bearing Welshcakes (reminded me of my grandmother - not Peter, the welshcakes!). As time went on others came over and introduced themselves and all were so welcoming.

    On the Friday evening we were told there was a country and western band appearing in the main arena. Now if you were to ask me what music I like I would say I like most things - except country and western :Sad: but I have to say that the sheer professional quality of the band and their choice of the less schmaltzy songs meant we really did enjoy them.

    The next morning we decided to make use of the river cruiser laid on for the show running to the centre of Shrewsbury and back. We have visited there before but it is such an interesting town and there is so much to see.

    Upon our return we prepared ourselves to go to the main arena once again this time we were entertained by a full orchestra performing a 'Last Night of the Proms' concert. It was magnificent and we all sang along and waved our union jacks in time (almost) with the music and the whole evening climaxed with a splendid firework display.

    Sunday morning came and so far we had hardly had time for more than a quick peramble through the Motorhome show itself but, before we did, we were invited along with the rest of the Funsters to join Jim and Sian for bacon baps - and very nice they were too. Sitting around Jim's van with the others we didn't feel like new recruits at all and we all chatted and joked like old friends.

    What really came across during the weekend was the feeling that you could very much please yourself. If you wanted to join in you were made very welcome, if you wanted to do your own thing that was fine too. There was a real mix of people some in enormous 'top of the range' RV's, others in more modest rigs but all were there simply to enjoy the occasion and each others company. Jim and Sian made the ideal hosts from the invitation to scrumptious cakes on Saturday morning through the bacon bap 'party' and Jim cycling round the group on a regular basis making sure we were all OK. Jean and I were too tired to stay up into the night :Eeek: but we heard about all the fun and games that went on after we'd gone to bed. We returned home on Sunday evening having had a thoroughly good time and having met some lovely people. We even managed not to spend too much at the traders' stands (actually even the traders were very friendly) We would like to say a big thank you to Jim and Sian and all the others we met for making our weekend so enjoyable. And if you are wondering whether or not to try attending a rally I would encourage you to give it a try. I'm sure you'll enjoy it whatever your tastes are.
    Wyn
     
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  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    and its been like that since the very first meet in 2007 :thumb:

    glad you 'wetted the baby's head' ,so to speak, and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.
     
  3. Jim

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    Hi Wyn and Jean, thanks for the kind words, really glad you enjoyed yourselves:thumb:
     
  4. dellwood33

    dellwood33 Read Only Funster

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    So you won't be going to another meet then Wyn :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  5. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Have to say that was so well put and sums up what fun rally's are about, we like you attended our first rally wondering what it would be like, and was amazed at the effort that is put in to make the meets go so smoothly yet it is so relaxed, now I like to go to a least a couple of meets a year to meet all the lovely friends we have made.
     
  6. Chris

    Chris Funster Life Member

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    Very well put.

    I lived and worked in Shrewsbury for 2 years and it is a good place I must say.
     
  7. Toffs-G

    Toffs-G Read Only Funster

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    Have to agree with everything you say

    Newbury was our first and was great, we were sitting in the RV and there was a knock on the door (still don't know who it was) and we were offered some homemade biscuits

    Such a lovely bunch of people on here and yes rallies and meets are so relaxing and enjoyable
     
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    sounds like you had a terrible time :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  9. motor roamin

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    Welcome to the world of funsters :Rofl1: every meets the same so look forward to meeting you at one, real clicky aint we :Laughing: trouble is you need to go home for a rest :Doh:

    All the best Rick
     
  10. Silkcut1105

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    had a ball, thanks pete for the welsh cakes and of course the cockles.and to the newbis glad u all enjoyed , and just remember meets and rallies are for everybody to find new friends and old friends :BigGrin:
     
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