Rallies – The future

Jim

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We need to build our rally program up so that we have something happening most weekends throughout the country. Presently we have a good turnout at the large show rallies and others like the bring and buy; but as many of you know there is also a lot of fun to be had at smaller local rallies with just a few vans attending.

We already have a quite a few people who run rallies, but we need help and will be looking for people to look at running a rally near where they live. The more people we have organising rallies the more choice we all have.
This afternoon I will be uploading a Handbook for Rally Marshals and anyone will be able to download it and take a look to see what they can do. Meanwhile, please give it some thought about where a rally might be held in your area.

A Big Annual Rally (BAR)
I like the idea of a big annual get-together, where we can get a large marquee erected and have some paid for entertainment to play and complement our own entertainers. To also include things like a hog roast and kids entertainment as well. To fund this and other functions we will hold fund-raising raffles/competitions at some of our rallies. We will work hard to get traders to swop publicity for prizes and we may buy some. All money raised via these raffles will be publicly accounted for on this website and only spent on ralliers.

Running a rally is great fun and very rewarding and I hope you will consider running one. :thumb:

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Carol

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This is just a thought, but the question often crops up is there somewhere to camp near Liverpool, if any one on the Wirral knew of a handy location Bidson or any of the other places on the train route into Liverpool would make a good rally.
 

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hello jim brill idea, hospital appts and other things nearly done!!! so will look forward to attending some rallies, however the reason for this thread is i will donate an oil painting of mine for your raffles, if thats ok or maybe a couple, sea scene, farming scene , horses something like that:Smile::thumb:

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Steve

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Great idea and I look forward to it, I am sure that there will be plenty of ideas on its location both positive and not. But bring it on! And hopefully no noise police around. I would be happy to help out setting the site up etc.
Steve
 

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Sounds like a great idea - we would like to attend regular rallies but having the restrictions of working & school terms the ones further afield are not always possible.
 

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Ideally just north of Birmingham.

Most large events like the one Jim proposes really do well if the venue is as central as possible in the country. 100% for this. :thumb:

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rally sites..

Hi what the welsh show grounds rwas builth wells or penmaunau again builth wells
beautiful area handy amenities etc or carmathan or hay on wye just thoughts.
thanks jan

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Kelmarsh hall, (Midlands)

Tatton park (Cheshire/Manchester)

Harewood house ( Harrogate/Leeds)
 

Merle

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Lots of places being suggested here, any of you not going to the Lincoln show in September the Adventure Overland show will be on the same weekend at the Stratford Upon Avon Racecourse. Sundowners have negotiated a great deal for Fun members:thumb:

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This is just a thought, but the question often crops up is there somewhere to camp near Liverpool, if any one on the Wirral knew of a handy location Bidson or any of the other places on the train route into Liverpool would make a good rally.

When we lived in Liverpool we often rallied at Abbey Farm CS near Ormskirk, they have a separate rally field from the site. Maybe helpful.
 

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I think an annual rally is a great idea.. :thumb:

We are so looking forward to getting a new van so we can attend .. and will also try to organise a meet in Suffolk..

If you consult the Member map, Birmingham is the most central for most funters..

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A central funsters only rally is a great idea:thumb:

I think the main thrust of Jims post is to encourage as many individual members to run rally's and meets themselves and get that calendar full every weekend:Cool:

It's not hard - just find a venue and set up the dates - the funsters will do the rest by turning up and doing what they do best :party2:

I dipped a toe in the water and posted an event in July which was full within 2 days! So go on - have a go and book something!

Or if you've never rallied - get out and about and just join in:thumb:

What could possibly go wrong:winky:
 
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Harwood house is a smashing place
How about Duncan park at Helmsley it beautiful and only a short walk into town
The idea of a fun national rally is a great idea just make sure in school holidays so as to give everyone chance to attend
 

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I have two thoughts on this.

1) Location, I would recommend a central location as near to the intersection of as many major road networks as possible.
Having a quick look at google maps I thought the following..

The A1 and M1 run parallel through the middle of the country so somewhere between the two. Then north of the A14 and south of the M62. That gives a lot of territory to choose from but makes it accessible from most of the country without making it too far for others.

2) My second thought is. Why not make it a big event and have a full week encompassing two weekends. I love the Stratford show for many reasons but one of them is the long trip is worth it wherever I am coming from because I have a full week there. I have time to wind down for a few days then into the party time.

If I am around when one is organised I am happy to help out in my small way but I am not a people person or very good at organising big social thingies so couldn't organise one from scratch myself. However I do really appreciate those who can :thumb:

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Carol

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Lots of ideas for locations but is there anyone willing to give it a go and run a rally, there is always someone willing to give a hand helping.
 
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A Big Annual Rally (BAR)
I like the idea of a big annual get-together, where we can get a large marquee erected and have some paid for entertainment to play and complement our own entertainers. To also include things like a hog roast and kids entertainment as well. To fund this and other functions we will hold fund-raising raffles/competitions at some of our rallies. We will work hard to get traders to swop publicity for prizes and we may buy some. All money raised via these raffles will be publicly accounted for on this website and only spent on ralliers....................

This sounds a good idea. Perhaps the first one done centrally and then the venue changes all around the country each year so that those who cannot drive far, those who have caring and other needs are able to attend.

If we had a venue during the school holidays that was used solely for the annual meet that would mean that it would be more inclusive too without parents having to worry about arriving late of a friday evening and leaving early of a sunday lunch time.

I will put in an advance order for warm weather for the first one Jim xxxxx
 

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I can hold lots of themed rallies at the lazy buzzard trouble it I'm not allowed to manage the online side and despite asking around no one else seems up for it. 10 acre site, WC, dump tank, fresh water, local busses stop at the gate. Pub/restaurant 800 yards. How about a dog show for funsters? Anyone want to organise one?
 
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hello jim brill idea, hospital appts and other things nearly done!!! so will look forward to attending some rallies, however the reason for this thread is i will donate an oil painting of mine for your raffles, if thats ok or maybe a couple, sea scene, farming scene , horses something like that:Smile::thumb:

I see from your interests you are a painter, but what is wife quilting - might like a go at that.::bigsmile:
 

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We would be up for a fun annual bar rally on the central area. Running a rally us. Hard work but when you see everyone enjoying them selves it makes it all worth while, we run the 2 Whitby goth rallies April & November so one each end of the year, gives us a rest inbetween, come on funsters you know you want to, we get lots if help and couldn't do it without our friends.

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