Issue 24 – December 2006




Seasons Greetings


So another year has flown by and I don’t seem to have done much again – where does the time go? We only managed 2 rallies this year but we did visit 13 countries.

We arrived home from Spain on Dec 17th knowing that we would have a hectic week preparing for Xmas. Just after we arrived our daughter, who lives very close by, arrived home with her car on a transporter – she had had a minor bump. Best part of a day was spent getting the car checked and roadworthy prior to proper repairs.

Our other daughter announced that she was moving house on Friday 22nd and could we help with packing and looking after Noah who is 11 months !
On Thursday (21st) Judy thought she could smell gas, called Transco and before we knew it we had no gas supply, 3 holes in the front block paving and a cold house. By the end of the day we had gas again but we still have 3 holes.

I had intended getting the magazine posted between Xmas and the New Year. Now you know why I missed my target.
Membership ran out at the end of the year and I hope that you all remembered to renew. I know Ian Tilley has been putting a lot of effort in contacting people for up to date emails and reminding those who had not renewed.

Well, I have survived another Christmas and now have to start planning for 2007.
Finally, Judy would like to join me in wishing you;
All the Best for 2007

The next issue is due out by the end of March. Input by 15th please.

Your letters, articles and photos will be much appreciated, in fact if you don’t send any in there will be no mag!..It’s up to you.

Ron Smith



The Mar family expands

Benny Mar
HELLO! My name is BENNY MAR . Let me introduce myself. I am knitted throughout and I`m told that I look as if I could be the brother of someone called Penny Mar.
I came to my new Mum and Dad, Ann & Andrew Sheldrake, as a raffle prize in June, just before they went to France for 3 weeks in what they called their motorhome. I have now been away 4 times with them and the more I go the more I Like motorhoming – as Mum & Dad obviously do!
Our trip to France was a week in Burgundy followed by a week in Lyon and then a third week in another part of Burgundy. From what I gather Burgundy is a part of France where something called wine is made, and I have seen bottles around the motorhome with labels with the word Orangina on them. I thought wine was supposed to be red.
We went to Lyon because Mum is into patchwork and quilting BIG TIME and there was a big European Expo on. Hey , I`ve seen that word Europe on the side of our motorhome.
In July and August we went to Norfolk for a few days followed by a few days at Ferry Meadows near Peterborough. Mum & Dad told me we were very near to where they met Penny Mar and a whole group of wacky but very friendly people called BOC. Apparently we could not meet them this year because we were away. Sounds fun – I`m sorry I missed it. I would like to meet Penny Mar as we seem to have so much in common.
I have just come back from 10 days in Winchester and the Isle Of Wight. This was a family get together with Mum & Dad`s two sons and their families. Does this mean I have 2 brothers, 2 nephews and a niece? The strong wind buckled the new gazebo which annoyed Mum and Dad.
There is talk of us going to France again soon. Apparently we have five return tickets for this year, and only two have been used so far (September) These were only £80 return each for the motorhome for any time and any day and not needing to book in advance. I`m told that`s not bad.
When I found my new home Dad said it would be good to give me to the BOC people so I could travel and report my journeys and experiences to the newsletter editor. Dad thought he would be pleased with more items to print. Mum said there was no way she was going to part with me so a good English compromise was reached. I stay but still report my ramblings ( literacy and motorhome-wise .) The trouble is Mum & Dad are such busy people, so I can see I am going to have to sit all on my own and type this report.
I am going to stop now as I have rambled on quite enough already, but finally I want to pass on a message from Mum & Dad. They say that Ian & Pete are still doing excellent work as RV TEX and you should all continue to support them where possible. I have seen them twice now and I agree.
Happy Benimaring! I will write again soon.

Latest Amendment

Dave & Louise Amende
Best wishes and many thanks for the interesting article on Eastern Europe.
I had the impression when I was touring Estonia that all of a sudden the colour would drain out to black & white and soviet troops would appear to restore the USSR! We have grown up thinking of these countries as pages from an encyclopedia.
Thanks for the latest registration list. We sold our Benimar (T752 BNN) in April 2006 but did not let the club know until now. We sold ours on ebay to Steve Baker of Kettering. Not sure if they are going to join BOC. We are not buying a replacement at present as 2 babies (and another on the way) have somewhat stalled our touring plans for a decade or so! Hope to remain members and keep in touch.
Is it me or is the front of the new Perseo supposed to be hideous?
I hope that new owners are not plagued by small children trying to buy ice-creams from the side windows whenever they pull up in traffic.
I guess that Benimar are stuck with what Fiat think is “cutting edge design” for the cab. Did no one learn anything from the Fiat Multipla? It looks more like “trailing edge” to me.
A bit of Tipp-Ex and hey-presto! A much more handsome sight; it looks rather like a Ford Transit now.
Hope that you can use the attached thoughts on the Perseo in the next mag.



Invite to Spain

Pat & Harry Hodkinson
Just a short note to let you know Pat and I will be heading to the Costa Del Sol for the winter. Although camping sites are few in this area, we have found a good site at Camping Torimolinas.
We will be travelling from Dover last week in January 2007, driving through western France into Spain. We will travel to Madrid, staying there to take in the sights, then down to Granada and Malaga. Expected arrival date 1st February 2007. Site fees this year were 9.5 euros per day for a 30 day booking.
If anyone wants to join us for the trip down they will be welcome. Best regards to all at the club.
Please note my new email address is

Performance & other matters

Alan Crowther
I am prompted to write in reply to John Porter’s letter in the September magazine.
We appear to have completely different vehicles on the road. I, too, have a cruise control (the best long distance device ever invented). On a typical journey on suitable roads I set cruise at 2500 rpm which equates to 58 mph. I just cannot understand the comments in some magazines about being able to cruise at 80 mph.
John Porter comments that coming to a “slight hill” he has to “change down a gear or two”. What does he mean by a “slight hill” ? However, my experience is just the opposite. From the bottom of the M5 to the top of the M6, if I am not baulked, mine never comes off cruise control. I might loose 2 or 4 mph in the really steep sections, but that is all. Never need to change down.
Furthermore on an average cross country A or B road I would typically spend 95% of time in 5th gear. This FIAT engine pulls like a train down to 1500 rpm. To need 3rd gear the hill must be in single figures – steeper than 1 in 10.
All in all the FIAT base and Benimar makes an excellent motorhome. However, nothing is perfect – in anything above a breeze the vehicle is really sensitive to cross winds. In the winter it is cold !! The FIAT heater is just not good enough to warm the cab and the box of air behind. It takes about 20 miles to get any warmth out of the heater. This includes using the rear heater. Does anybody have a solution? (wear an extra pullover ?)
Nobody has been able to fix the radio reception. As soon as I switch on the fluorescent lights on by the dinette interference drowns radio reception.
These are small points really. The woodwork is excellent quality and nothing has broken. The beds are long and comfortable – I have tested all three.
I am just 6 ft 1 in, several motorhomes I have seen tested the bed lengths are less than 6 ft – ridiculous.
Everything is well screwed together. It has taken us the length and breadth of the UK and a few trips into Europe with many more still to come.
( I had trouble reading Alan’s handwriting, (I think he must be a GP) but hope I translated most of it correctly.
On the question of differing performance, this could be explained by the fact that Alan may have a motorhome build with a FIAT base with lower gear ratios than John. Most were built on the standard (high ratio) cab but when FIAT introduced the lower ratio version, especially for large motorhomes, Benimar did build a few – Ed.)

Reply to Wendy Ingrey

Margaret Craven
In response to Wendy Ingrey’s letter, all I can say is that she has been extremely lucky not to have experienced severe problems with her Benimar. We have experienced what I can only describe as a nightmare during the first two years of buying our brand new Benimar Anthus CFL.
The Aldi heating (which we were recommended) was installed wrongly, most of the pipe work installed under the bed instead of in the lounge area, giving virtually no heat. Just at the end of the warranty, we spent a few days in very severe weather in Devon, only to find that the camper was leaking in numerous places.
For each fault we were treated with kindness and consideration by RDH and the staff, while they had what amounted to virtually no feedback from Benimar in Spain. We employed a solicitor, and sent photos and numerous faxs to Spain, because at one stage we thought that maybe RDH were to blame for the lack of feedback. Thankfully we are now sorted, and I cannot express how grateful we are to RDH because eventually they repaired the leaks and installed as much of the Truma system as was possible without too much disruption to the van.
As for keeping quiet about Benimar’s faults, we would never sell our van without explaining all that has happened, and how we have sorted them. We have also been contacted by another Benimar owner who has trouble with water ingress, and is now in the process of taking them to court.

Thoughts on RDH

Jeff Radford
I thought that Issue 23 was an excellent presentation, good content and you are to be congratulated.
For my wife and I there was however one minor “blip” in the issue and that was the reference to Steve Reynolds and Rod Harris.
We were, and I would imagine, one of many Benimar owners who received the telephone call from Gary on Friday 13th May 2004, advising us that RDH had stopped trading and was in Administration/Liquidation.
We were left high and dry regarding outstanding warranty work, and when we asked about the whereabouts of Messrs Reynolds and Harris to clarify matters, they were not contactable, it seemed at the time that Gary was left to field enquiries.
Thankfully Ian and Pete (RvTex) were pretty quick off the mark, setting themselves up in business, and whilst I had to pay for the work that should have been dealt with under warranty, a good working relationship has been established with these two guys.
I understand from my conversations with Ian, Pete and Mel, that Messrs Reynolds and Harris managed to get themselves a top of the range Mercedes saloon car each (not new ones) before they disappeared into the bright blue yonder.
In fairness I have no wish to read about Messrs Reynolds and Harris, they failed in a duty of care to all of their customers, failing to be “up front” and I am reasonably sure that there are other members/owners who have the same views.
Sorry for appearing to be “on my soapbox” but I have nothing but contempt for these two individuals.
Despite my rantings my wife and I are very happy and contented with our Anthus motorhome.


Mary Pennington
If you suffer from mosquito or midge bites Avon cosmetics sell a dry body oil called “Skin so soft” It is in a 150 ml spray, doesn’t smell pleasant but I gather that it is used by the army & Scottish foresters who find it very effective against midges though it is not advertised as an insect repellent. My son ordered it on the internet, couldnt find it in the Avon catalogue. I found a tube of the Skin so soft product in the ding dong Avon calling book in a gel form & a cream. These are not as highly scented as the spray. As yet I haven’t put them to the test but thought it worth passing on the info. A few pounds has to be better than bites if it works.


ObituaryKeith House

I had just posted the last issue of this magazine when I heard the terrible news that Keith House had died suddenly.
It was only a few weeks previously that I had enjoyed Keith’s company at the Sussex Rally and this made it seem all the more shocking.
Keith was one of our earliest members. I recall that he attended every Peterborough Rally and a few others as well. Each time he was at the centre of things, ever cheerful, always getting involved, giving a helping hand and telling a good story.
Our thoughts go to his wife Gloria and family, and I am pleased to learn that although not continuing motor homing, Gloria is continuing as a member of the Club.



Ron Smith
We left Slovakia and entered Hungary in the NW corner, a hilly wooded area, and looked out for the Lippizana Stud near Szilvasvarad but couldn’t find it. We looked at the campsite at Eger, didn’t like the look of it so moved on to Mesokovesd an area built up round a big spa, where we found a much better site, mainly full of Dutch and Poles.
Next day we headed for the Puszta, the great Hungarian plain. Every village seemed to have at least one stork’s nest (the villagers encourage them by providing large frameworks for them, as they are supposed to bring good luck. Eventually, after a 30 mile detour because of a blocked road, we reached Hortobagy, which has grown to be a National Park dedicated to keeping the old customs alive. We had a very interesting tour and saw the herds of long-horn cattle, rakka sheep and pigs which are famous for having no cholesterol and water buffalo. We were given a demo of herdsmen riding skills.
In the evening we ate outside with a German couple and ate the local produce to the sound of gypsy music – very nice, and the cholesterol free pork was delicious.
we arrived in Budapest, got totally lost for a couple of hours and eventually arrived at Camping Fortuna in Torokbalint. Quite a nice site but a bit of a squeeze as 2 rallies were present, one Dutch, one German.
The owner is quite a character, and sat us down for a “school lesson” and explained how to get about Budapest and what to see. We had planned to do both Buda and Pest in one day and then another doing the Danube Bend. But he told us we needed a day in Buda and a day in Pest – and he was right.
Next day was Buda, which, despite 40 deg C, was wonderful, the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion and as it was Fathers Day, I was treated to lunch at the Hilton. The number of statues, the architecture generally and the views across the Danube towards Pest were fantastic. It is certainly up there with Prague and Vienna.
Next day, just as hot was Pest, Heroes Square was awesome. We found M&S and a 3 tiered market hall which was fantastic. We had lunch, and I had a local cold meats platter which had a salad with an innocent looking pale green thing – it was the hottest spice I have ever eaten – the waitress said it was Hungarian Paprika. I think they have it just for the tourists, no-one in their right mind would eat it knowingly.
We tried to leave next day but our school master site owner said we couldn’t because he was too busy! Hungarian humour.
We did manage to leave and drove the short distance to Lake Balaton, largest lake in Europe, and found a super site, Camping Strand, at Balatonakali on the north shore. We were sited right by the lake which was teeming with fish and water snakes. There are many sites to choose from
round the lake as this is their seaside.
Lake Balaton has a cycle path running right round it. We made good use of it on 2 days, but it was still too hot for serious cycling.
We liked Hungary, people were friendly and the prices very low. We had some very good meals, very cheap.
After 4 nights here, it was time to try another country this time Croatia. The border guards wanted a good look in the ‘van. One was surprised when I opened the garage door for him, I think e thought it was the entrance door.
We headed for Plitvice National Park and campsite Korana which is very good, large , but not many flat areas. We arrived at the same time as a family who had just driven 1900 km in 2 days !
Next day we took the campsite bus to the National Park which is a fantastic area of 19 lakes and hundreds of waterfalls. The karst rock is responsible for the phenomena and the clarity of the water. We spent a whole day walking round the park, which is very well organised and is Croatia’s most visited attraction.
From Plitvice we headed south along the border with Bosnia. There were still lots of signs of the conflicts, many houses with no roof, some with brand new roof and a few new builds, but it is a very harsh landscape, not many people, no signs of agriculture, not much of anything. Then we hit the coast near Split and it was all road works, new building commercial and housing – quite a mess really.
We stayed at Camping Seget near to Trogir. Everywhere was very scruffy although the old centre of Trogir was quite a nice change. We tried to buy ½ kilo of cherries from an old lady in the market, but she would only sell us 1 kilo although she had plenty left and it was near to closing time. We bought some of another stall. That summed up the Croatian people for me, surly, unfriendly and ignorant.
We had originally planned to visit Dobrovnic but decided it was to far out and back the same way and you had to pass through Bosnia and we did not have insurance for there.
So we drove along the coast road which was very slow, very rugged and quite spectacular in places but seemed to go on forever. We eventually found a site at Novi Vinodolski (Klenovica) which was pretty grim, the one and only loo block was being renovated and most of the facilities were none existent. It may be better next year. There was a lovely sunset which we enjoyed with a walk along the coast.
The following day we headed for Istria using the free motorway (only 2 tolls to pay !) and arrived at camping Serena next to Novigrad. Some of the sites around here are huge, catering for many thousands. This was quite a nice, if busy, site and we met an English couple, first for quite a while. By this time the football world cup was nearing its final and we had enjoyed watching the various matches on local tv in several countries.
Temperatures were more bearable now and we were treated to a cabaret when an Italian motorhome arrived and parked on top of the post supporting the entrance barrier. After a few hours he was freed, then the police arrived to check. They put their awning out and went for a walk. The wind got up and it was just saved from blowing over the van by Judy and others. Then their alarm went off – they were on pitch 13.
We had a few days here, managed a bike ride inland and found a little bit of farming going on, but the area seems geared to massed tourism and nothing else.
Overall I was very disappointed with Croatia. Food out was nothing special and much more expensive.
It was time to head for Slovenia, the last of our “new” countries. Immediately crossing the border the scenery was much more pleasing to the eye. We headed straight for the original Lippizaner stud near to the Italian border. On arrival we saw about 30 foals grazing with their mothers. The foals are born dark and in 4 to 6 years turn the well known white. We had a tour of the stud and then a display of horsemanship. Later we found a farm site which later turned out to be favourite for many paragliders who descended on us in the evening.
Next day we drove through some lovely scenery up the Soca valley and over the Vrisic pass (highest in Slovenia) to Kranjska Gora, where we were meeting some friends who were flying out for a 2 weeks walking holiday. We stayed with them in the hotel, with the motorhome parked in the carpark. After a super weeks walking we transferred to Lake Bohinj for the second week and did the same. Friends from France (in a caravan) joined us and celebrated their Golden Wedding with a meal in the hotel.
We parted company and set off for home via the Dolomites, camping Dolomiti at Cortina amidst wonderful scenery. Camping Seiser Alm, with an excellent underground toilet block, enjoyed a nice meal watching the lights of climbers who were scaling Seiser Alm.
Couldn’t find the Stellplatz in Garmisch Partenkirchen so ended up at a pleasant site at Rottenbuch just right for a folk dance fete.
Then on to camping Adam, which was very busy. They parked us herringbone fashion along the lakeside car park – there were 22 Dutch outfits and us.
All too soon we were back in the UK and getting used to the nightmare traffic and high prices.



Janet Lawson
For our latest adventure we decided to try out the new Spanish ferry, on the long crossing to Bilbao and tour some of the northern side of the country. It was with slight trepidation for the crossing, as we waited in line to board, as we had had very strong winds for some days, but I was assured by a fellow traveler that “the Bay of Biscay was very calm” and happily this proved to be the case.
We had a very pleasant voyage, the ship was fine, the only drawback was there was no entertainment (apart from a cinema) and not much on there appealed to us. I did expect something to be happening from listening to others who regularly “do” the crossing, but there again it is only one night, so a good book was suffice. A bonus was the price (£240 return) and getting in at 4 pm the next day, when I expected it to be much later, so giving us time to drive well out of Bilbao, along the coast, spending our first night at Santillana.
This is a lovely little place, made famous for its cave paintings which we visited the next day. Apparently thousands of people go to see these paintings and not all get in. Only 20 allowed in at a time due to atmospheric conditions, so we were lucky. There is a museum attached to wander around. We caught the little train from the village, about 2km otherwise it is a bit of a slog up hill, so well worth the ride.
The paintings are mostly of bison in deep red ochre all over the ceilings and some other animals as well.
From here we turned inland towards the Picos d’Europa, a very twisty and at times narrow road, but well worth it. We made for Potes, where we found a lovely terraced camp site, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the swimming pool, which looked really inviting as it was 38 degrees C.
I hadn’t expected this as everyone says the north can be very unpredictable, but we were incredibly lucky with the weather all through the holiday. The couple next to us had been there for 3 weeks and didn’t want to leave, they had enjoyed it so much.
You can take a jeep ride into the mountains, where they drop you off, you walk so many kilometres and then they pick you up again. It would have been nice but it was just too hot, so perhaps another time. I think that we would both like to return to this area.
We did manage a drive up to Fuenta de, a few miles away and took a cable car up the mountain for a glorious view from the top. Next stop was Leon, as we had not done it on our tour of cities. It was still incredibly hot and we had a day wandering round before moving on to Salamanca. This, of course, is famous for it’s main square, the “Plaza Mayer” and the stone buildings all around that give off a golden glow. Small enough to cover on foot it is an interesting place. It just happened to be a Fiesta that day, so very busy towards the evening as everyone was out in their finery to parade around and await the fireworks later, but we decided to head back to the camp after a tiring day. We just caught a glimpse of the explosions over the rooftops.
From here we drove right across Spain to the coast and drove up the Costas, stopping on the way at various places, revisiting many, always surprised at the amount of building work and new roads that have appeared since our earlier visits. We finished in Estartit and were surprised to find a camp site that we had stayed at 30 years ago, still going strong and owned by the same people.
We always enjoyed the Costa Brava, one of the few areas they haven’t ruined yet with too much building and high risers, due to the terrain. It has lovely sandy beaches and some beautiful scenery.
Leaving Spain we headed for Andorra, the shopping and a bit of walking, then down into France for our return journey – via a hypermarket of course – to stock up on wine, and then on to Calais.
Another very enjoyable trip; I wonder where our travels will take us next year.



Think Green! Save the Planet!! Global Warming!!! Sustainability!!!!
Yes, we know you have probably heard, seen & read these headlines so many times before but YOU can make a difference just by adapting your lifestyle slightly.
Try turning off a room light if you are not actually in the room, that’s what the switch is for!
Turning the Central Heating thermostat down just by half to one degree and you won’t freeze and you’ll also save a few quid!
Household chemicals – do you actually NEED that extra squirt of bleach/air-freshener/polish? Your house will still be clean but the impact on the environment will be significantly reduced.
Recycle as much household rubbish as possible and, instead of taking stuff to your local tip, drop it off at a Charity Shop or Jumble Sale where not only will it raise much-needed funds but will also reduce landfill and the waste of resources.
In the South we have had the driest 2 years in memory and have had a long running hosepipe ban, our local reservoirs are still below their normal level even after all the rain we have had lately. Our local paper ran a campaign “If it’s yellow, let it mellow – if it’s brown, flush it down” – a bit basic I know but it reduces water consumption significantly and, HEY, we survived and know that we are making the effort to help minimise the problem.
Take things a step further and buy Organic milk, butter, bread, meat and veggies etc- this will enable our farmers to reduce the chemicals used to produce our food and will help our wildlife to exist – from the smallest aphids to our biggest birds and mammals. One of the nicest things about this is how much better things taste, for example butter tastes like it used to – BUTTER!
We have, I believe, 80 plus members so if we all do a bit and also convert friends and relatives to do a bit as well we can help the Planet to survive.
Don’t think that you don’t make a difference – YOU CAN, good or bad, it’s up to us all to choose.



Mary Pennington
For the first time in some six years we were not “sur le continent” at the time of the York Show so we “booked in”. We arrived on a beautiful sunny Thursday though the wind was nearly gale force making it not too pleasant for sitting out. Joan and David Reader were the marshals they soon had us in place alongside earlier arrivals
What a difference a day makes. Friday dawned dull with rain threatened we all headed for the show to see what bargains were on offer but there were no buy one get one free vans. It started to rain around noon and poured all afternoon, with most folk holed up in their vans hoping for a better Saturday. It must have been a disaster for the traders. Thursday & Friday evening entertainment was provided in the main & small marquees, The Squadronaires being one of the bands.
Saturday was much improved many of the occupants of our 14 vans either walked into York or took another stroll round the show. The Saturday evening entertainment in the main marquee opened with a Rod Stewart (no not the real one) this poor soul tried hard but he neither looked nor sounded like Rod, a bit of a let down. He was followed by the Mad Hatters, a trio whose singing and comedy was very entertaining. Star billing Jane McDonald of cruise ship fame her hour soon passed – could have listened to her for longer.
Sunday coffee morning is always good for getting members together to discuss points of view find out who bought what etc. Mel & Barbara Jones had mobile shower added to their van – Babs went to shower and Mel decided to up sticks and take the van down the field to the water filling and emptying points. Later our final walks round & purchases made. Carol Smeaton and I fell for the patter (haven’t we been to enough shows to ignore it?) we bought super duper cheese mills that grate everything from cheese to chocolate to nuts until you get them home and try to do it for yourself. .Some folk left Sunday before the Red Hot Country Show. We all said our farewells after another good get-together.



A warm welcome to the following new members
Mr & Mrs P Guest of Bridlington
Mr & Mrs M Rowley of Ludlow
Membership Renewal.
Membership expired at the end of the year.
If you have not renewed your membership, then this will be your last magazine – unless, of course, you do the decent thing and rejoin.
This will cost you the extra £2 joining fee as well as the normal £12 yearly subscription.


WPC 2006

I only received 8 entries this year :-
2 from Janet & Bruce Lawson
1 from Pip Rowe
1 from Vic Paine
1 from Jean and John Porter
3 from Roy and Sylvia Gill
Seems like our Chairman is determined to win this year.
Due to the low entry the prize will be even more trivial than ever, and will be presented at the Peterborough Show Rally.



With the establishment of details of motorhomes and their owners throughout the world from Australia to Alaska can be made available, opening up the holiday of a lifetime for thousands of people, and just for the price of the flight.
Started by Chris Farrow, an enthusiastic motorhome owner from Hexham in Northumberland near the Scottish Borders, motorhome owners are invited to provide their details together with the type of motorhome and its facilities and the area in which the motorhome (or RV as they are called in the USA) resides.
Owners can specify where they want to go, the time of year they want to travel and the sophisticated computer will match up both the customers and their motorhomes for potential exchanges.
“For a small fee, motorhome owners can have the reassurance that they will exchange with like minded people who care about their motorhomes/rvs” said Chris Farrow, the founder of the service.


WPC 2007

This years competition is now open, so send me the worst postcard you can find.

Ron Smith



Sussex Christmas Pudding
1lb 12oz mixed dried fruit
4oz natural colour glace cherries
8oz muscovado sugar
4oz vegetarian suet
4oz plain wholemeal flour
20z flaked almonds
½ teaspoon nutme
2 teaspoons mixed spice
3 free range eggs
¼ pint milk
3 tablespoons lemon juice
grated rind of 1 unwaxed lemon
2 tablespoons brandy
Mix all the ingredients together and allow to stand for 24 hours
Put in a greased pyrex bowl and seal top with foil and string
Put in a saucepan of water and steam for 2-3 hours. Do not allow to boil dry
Allow to cool and then wrap in greaseproof paper and store in fridge
This is best made at least a month before eating
To serve – steam as above for 1-2 hours and serve with brandy butter
Pip Rowe

Edna’s “Twinwood” Bread Pudding.
8oz. bread
Cold water
5oz. Currants or mixed dried fruit
4.1/2. oz. Sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon mixed spice
3oz. margarine
1 egg
1/ milk.
Modus operandi ( method).
Soak bread in water for at least one hour, squeeze as dry as possible .
Put in bowl, add sugar, fruit and spice. Melt margarine & mix in well, together with beaten egg & the milk.
Turn into a greased tin ( not you, the mix!)
Bake 1.1/2. hours at gas 4, elec. 180 deg.
Eat slowly and think of England!
Geoff Follows.



See Diary Section.


Glenn Miller 2006