For Information on the MASONIC CARAVAN CLUB SOUTH WEST (MCCSW) contact
Jennifer Bailey (Secretary)
2017 RALLY SEASON FOR MASONIC CARAVAN CLUB SOUTH WEST (MCCSW)
DEVON (AGM) 6 - 10 April 2017 Broadleigh Farm Caravan Park, Totnes, TQ9 6PU.
CORNWALL 18 - 22 May 2017 Little Bodieve Holiday Park, Bodieve Road, Wadebridge, PL27 6EG.
DORSET 6 - 10 July 2017 Birchwood Tourist Park, Bere Road, Coldharbour, Wareham, Borset BH20 7PA.
SOMERSET 7 - 11 September 2017 Holiday Resort Unity, Coast Road, Brean Sands TA8 2RB.
Mr David Hodson-Whittle
6 Station Road
8 December 2016
Firstly may I wish you a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Please could you pass the following information on to your Loge Secretary's in the New Year.
Do you enjoy caravanning - why not join the Masonic Caravan Club, South West?
We are a growing group of caravanners who enjoy meeting for a rally 4 times a year, once in each county.
Our rally organisers put on a few events at each rally including BBQs, Bingo and sometimes day trips should you wish to take part, the sites have full facilities and electric hook up so a very social and easy rally experience.
Membership is £15 a year, with a one - off joining fee of £5. This includes your yearly membership to the Masonic Caravan Club England and Wales so you can join the National Rally and of course some of the other regional rallies should you wish.
(Our web site will be up shortly www.mccsw.club)
Masonic Caravan Club SW Treasurer
We were relatively new to caravanning when we decided to join The Masonic Caravan Club South West. Our main goal was to encourage us to get out in the caravan more. When we arrived at our first rally, I was a little hesitant, but as we pulled into the entrance of the site we were welcomed by the rally organisers. They helped us pitch up, gave us some time and space to get set up, then came over to explain the plans for the extended weekend break.
Running, typically, from Thursday to Monday, most members arrive throughout the first two days of the rally and join in as they can. At the formal meet and greet, the Chairman introduced us to the group along with the other new members. He then went into more detail regarding the plans for the weekend. There was no pressure to get involved with the activities, which left us to mix with the group as we pleased. As we settled in, we joined in with American Suppers, BBQs, Bingo and other activities, quickly building our comfort within the group.
Amazingly, our daughter did, and still does, well in the raffle and always looks forward to seeing the other members every time we attend. We also enjoy catching up with good friends that we've made along the way. We don’t take our dog, but well-behaved dogs are welcome to join in the fun and a few do – we have also had a couple of tortoises join us in the past!
We have enjoyed four fantastic trips throughout 2016. Highlights of which included a return to Cofton Holiday Park in Dawlish, Devon; a trip for several of us on the West Somerset Railway while staying in Fiddington, Somerset; a wonderful and relaxing time in Charmouth, Dorset; and, completely by chance, we bumped into some members of the Masonic Classic Car Club while staying in Tencreek, Cornwall.
This coming year the club have rallies planned at Broadleigh Farm, Devon; Little Bodieve, Cornwall; Birchwood, Dorset; and Brean Sands, Somerset. Each organised by the County Rally Organiser, they will include social gatherings, Sunday roasts, BBQs, Bingo and, if possible, the option to attend an organised day trip. Or, of course, you can join forces with other Brothers and their families to organise something else.
Masons of all ages and their families – including those from two weeks old(!) and beyond – are welcome to join us; even if you're not keen on the rally idea (they're not like they used to be). We aim to provide level-ish pitches when we can, and we always ensure there is the use of an amenities block; also making sure to include electric hook-up for everyone. We also aim to arrange some local public transport, so those travelling in motorhomes don't have to pack up every time they want to go out and explore.
We have a strong membership from within the four counties and further afield, always welcoming more. So, if you'd like to become a member (even if you aren't in the South West) be sure to make contact with us via our website: www.mccsw.club
The first Rally of 2014 was held at Newperran Holiday Park, courtesy of Worshipful Brother Keith Brewer. The Rally was extended and started on Wednesday, 9th April. The Meet and Greet was held on Friday at 1700, in The Cottage inn, with pasties, scones, jam and cream, washed down with local ale. The barbeque on Saturday was in dry weather, but there was a chill wind. The Annual General Meeting was held in The Cottage Inn at 1100 on the Sunday, and extremely well attended. This was followed by lunch and a raffle which raised £100 towards Club funds.
There were some interesting demonstrations during the Rally, which determined how many Masons it takes to change a caravan wheel. Also, that women really are needed when it comes to putting up an awning.
The Rally was well attended considering the forecast. At the Meet and Greet, on the first evening, there was a very warm welcome to Ron and Mo Ashcroft, from Torquay, who were along for a ‘taster’ before deciding whether to join. Worshipful Brother Bill Truscott, Roseland Lodge, the proprietor of Court Farm, very kindly allowed us to use one of his out buildings to hold the event. The saffron cake and splits were devoured with gusto.
The Friday evening Star Gazing talk at The Roseland Observatory was extremely interesting. However, the cloud didn’t clear until forty five minutes after the lecture had concluded. Nevertheless, all that had been discussed at the meeting could clearly be seen in a fantastic night sky.
Saturday, was barbeque evening, full house, and the weather abated for a very enjoyable and convivial food and drink fest.
A very successful event, where despite the weather forecast, everyone had an enjoyable time.
Why not join the MCCSW to see how much you have in common with Brethren and their Ladies from the South West who have an interest in the great outdoors.