Issue 21 – April 2006

 

alex

Editors Column

I expect you will have all covered a few miles since the last edition; I have heard of some journeys and have tried to fit them in for you to read.

In February Alex and I spent three days at the NEC checking out the latest vans and accessories. We can recommend the convenience of staying in the official car park site and we bumped into other BOC friends doing the same. If you fancy a good culinary experience try the Malt Shovel at Barsted

We have had a few problems since 3rd January when Alex reached his three score years and ten and the DVLA, as is their wont, returned his driving license with just the under 3.5 ton entitlement on it. As we tow a car trailer we have an upgrade to 3.8, which means that Alex is not yet able to drive the Benimar.

This is a cautionary tale to act quickly to request your licence to be re-installed when you reach 70. Alex has now had a special eye test and is awaiting a heart scan because of a medical condition, but if you get the OK from your GP the DVLA will reinitiate your licence.

With the driving in mind we have ordered an I.H. Camper, which will be built by mid May. This all means that it will be our last Peterborough show as Benimar owners, and we will be sad to reach the end of an era. We will, of course, still stay members of the club and look forward to seeing you all at the AGM.

Editor

 

 

WINTER IN THE SUN

It’s nearly the end of February at Camping Albufeira on the Algarve of Portugal, it’s pouring down, our pitch is a mini mud bath and the roadway is like a river.

If you are thinking of trying winter away, don’t let that put you off. This is the third year we have left home in mid ­December for a Camping and Caravan Club Rally at La Manga in southern Spain, arriving just before Christmas, to join hundreds of other recycled teenagers looking for sun (not so much sea, too cold) And Sangria! We had our own mini rally, 4 Benimars and a Swift Kon Tiki, named the famous five by some of the other campers. The sun shone most of the 4 weeks spent there.

The party season started with the Christmas Dinner held in the roadway – we all cooked our own, then sat down together. From then on it was any excuse for a party, we had a BBQ party, Paella party and a Chilli party, all accompanied by wine and lager by the bucketful. Nearly forgot the New Years Day ‘bacon butties with champagne party’. That was after the official Caravan and Camping Club New Years Eve dinner dance.

Along with whist drives, bingo, quizzes, walks and boules competitions, the stewards organised coach trips out to places of interest.

We scootered out to local markets, the La Manga Golf Club – what a posh place that is, a bodega in the next little town of Los Bolones, went out for meals or just lazed around in the sun.

From La Manga we went to Castillo de Banos, a pleasant enough site on the Costa de Plastico, between Adra and Motril. The situation of the site is not Motor home friendly, no walks, nowhere to cycle or scooter and no public transport. The saving grace was the rally stewards, who worked hard to provide entertainment and trips out.

The last two days there it rained very heavily, before 3 of us left for Portugal calling at El Rocio in Donna National Park. This is an unusual town, the streets are all sand, no tarmac in sight. Most of the locals move round on horseback or horses and traps, a bit like a western movie.

We established ourselves at Albufeira, a few days later Christine and Graham Baines joined, then the two vans we had left at Castillo de Banos caught up with us – the famous five became the dirty dozen.

A similar official programme of Whist, Bingo, Line dancing, Walks (easy ones on Monday, which we managed, more difficult ones on Wednesday), Keep fit and weekly Dinner dances. Between all this the 12 of us partied in the sun, dancing to ‘Swing’ one night in the moonlight, to say nothing of the chairman climbing up a tree, to fix a light. Obviously after a few lagers he thought he was a monkey. We had a few meals out from Chinese to Portuguese.

Eventually Helen and Roger Foster had to leave, returning to La Manga. The day after that, Roy and Sylvia Gill left for England and Graham and Chris Baines left for Denia. After this the weather became changeable, resulting in the downpours mentioned earlier. That left the super six.

A week later Shirley and Harry Lord left for England. Then there was the fab four.

The rain WILL go away, the sun WILL shine for us to sit out with a glass in hand! Saying that, we would not be doing this at home.

If ever you have thought of going away for winter, go for it.

See you at Peterborough.

George & the Dragon

George and Mary Pennington

 

 

Welcome to new members

Mr & Mrs B Lincoln – Mr & Mrs D Sprason – Mr & Mrs A Crowther – Mr & Mrs K George – Mr & Mrs J Radford – Mr & Mrs B Ingrey

– Mr & Mrs R Holmes.

HELP IS AT HAND

S & G Tuning – Who do you recommend?

It is always difficult to find the right people for the job when it comes to your motor home, so I thought I would tell you about George at & G who looks after us. Because he is a motor home owner he is enthusiastic and knowledgeable with many a solution to erstwhile difficult problems. Not everyone can get into Chesterfield of course, so I thought it would be helpful if members could write to the editor and give detail of anyone who has been good for you in services for your van.

You can never have too many choices.

S&G Tuning

Prop George Albion

Unit 48, Intake Road, Bolsover, S44 6BB.

tel 01246 – 824030 email: sg.tuning@btinternet.com Website: sg.tuning@btinternet.co.UK

 

 

EDEN CAMP REPORT

A total of seven Benimars arrived and 2 guest caravans. On Friday evening we had our wartime evening meal of 10/1 stew followed by bread and butter pudding, a particular favourite of Peter Jennings, followed by a money quiz and a “Benimar Drive” (A Beetle drive with a difference), which was enjoyed by everyone.

Saturday was spent exploring the museum and looking for clues to our tropical quiz. In the afternoon we served tea and wartime sandwiches with a choice of fillings (dripping, jam, treacle, sugar or condensed sweetened milk), which went down well especially with the young ones. In the evening everyone took their meals to the communal hut and we followed that with more fun and games including bingo with playing cards, skipping and whips and tops. We also had wartime music playing throughout. The evening was beautifully finished off with a session of community singing lead by Jean Bradbeer and then a session of comedy from Philip Bradbeer, well done both of you!

Sunday we all caught the bits of the museum we missed and then had lunch, bought from the mess hall, and carried back to our hut. The meals are very good value, the most expensive being £3.99. During lunch we gave the results of the quiz and the winner was Vi Jennings, who had spent all weekend telling me it was “too-ard”. After lunch we all started preparing to go and started to say goodbye one by one.

All in all another very enjoyable weekend at Eden Camp where all the staff does their best to make sure everything goes well for us.

Sadly this was the last Eden Camp rally. In view of dwindling interest I felt it was unfair to Eden Camp to afford us the facilities for so few (and to Carol and myself) so I cancelled our booking for April 7th, 8th and 9th 2006. It is sad because a lot of people had a lot of fun and one or two have already been in touch about next April but Eden Camp will be able to book a bigger group instead now.

 

 

JAMBOREE

The twenty third Motor Caravan Jamboree and Leisure Show, to be held on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2006.

2006 will see the show double in size, with more of the showground dedicated to the exhibition area giving more motor home and caravan dealers the chance to join the event, showing more vehicles than ever before. There will also be a superb display of extras and goodies for your motor homes and caravans from the hundreds of accessory exhibitors and services suppliers. You will also be able to see a fantastic selection of other leisure interest displays.

The Jamboree is not just one of Europe’s indoor and outdoor motor caravan and caravanning events, it is also a feast of fun which will include a circus, disco, radio road show, dancers, guest celebrities, clowns, musicians and a fantastic cabaret show on Friday and Saturday evenings featuring a host of star names. Full catering and bar facilities are available all over the weekend.

Unlike all the other shows, admission to day visitors is absolutely free of charge, and you can even park your car or motor home in the day car park free of charge as well! Motorcaravanners, caravanners and campers from all over Europe will be able to attend the event and enjoy three days of family fun with non-stop entertainment from morning until night.

Motorcaravanners, Caravanners and Campers can stay at the Jamboree from Thursday through until Monday for just £30,00 (pre-booked discounted rate). As a special thank you to Club Members wishing to camp in their club area, we will offer

To secure your place at the event of 2006, telephone the Jamboree Booking Hotline on 01322 – 664000

 

 

DIARY DATES 2006

Malvern

7-9th April 2006

Peterborough Show

21-23rd April 2006 National Motorhome Show.

Benimar Owners Club Annual General Meeting

Jamboree Leisure Weekend

Motorcaravan Show

21-23 April 2006 Kent County Showground

Southern Motorcaravan Show

12-14th May 2006.

Motorhome & RV Show

2-4th June 2006 Stratford upon Avon Racecourse

Midsummer Music

July 14-16 Lincoln

Motorhome & RV Show

28-30th July Driffield

The Western Motorhome Show

11-13th August 2006 Malvern

Northern Motorcaravan Show

15-17th September 2006 York Racecourse

Glenn Miller Festival.

26-28th August at Twinwood, Clapham near Bedford. It is the Glenn Miller Festival.

For those who attended in 2005, the weekend was excellent. The weather did help.

We are hoping to have a rally there this year.

Benimar Owners Club AGM is at the Peterborough Show, Saturday 14.00 hours.

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