Mar 152020
 

LAS PALMERAS, CREVILLETTE.

89471205_10221832558825822_989950207510708224_oOur March Rally was held at Camping International, Las Palmeras, Crevillette on 9th to 15th March hosted by Val and Bob Johnson plus Dave and Pam Brack.. We had 17 motorhomes.  It was nice to see so many visitors, 1 from NW Wales,3 from West Wessex,2 from Northern Counties and 1 North West and 1 on a “try before you buy”. As usual some vans arrived on Sunday although the rally didn’t start officially until Monday. 

Monday afternoon we had the Meet and Greet at 3.00pm where we had curries made by Val in hot, medium and mild, and by jolly the hot was not for the faint hearted!  Pam worked hard getting all the rice prepared. Plenty of other food on the Buffet table including a delicious pasta from Maggie. All this swilled down with copious amount of Wine and Beers, a true Spanish Group Welcome!

On Tuesday we had a visit to the Semana Santa Museum in the town centre where the curator opened up especially for us. He put on a video in English explaining all about the Easter processions which happen every day of the week leading up to Easter Sunday, we were then taken on a guided tour around the museum.  We all marvelled at the magnificent floats used in the parades depicting the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. Well worth seeing!

Horse racing night went down well with Bob and Dave operating the films and Val and Pam running the bookies!  All for fun I must add!

Some members on Wednesday went on a walk whilst others cycled.  As there was only one scooter Val took Bob shopping! In the evening we had a super group meal in the restaurant.  Always good value at €15 for a 3 course inc coffee. Wine was served around frequently too! We all got our share. Afterwards we drew the Raffle which was well supported. To top it off the restaurant manager gave a bag of fresh oranges to everyone.

Thursday Val took a group on the bus to Elche and went on the tourist train which took them around the town and the famous Palmeras Palm Park. They saw species of palms by the thousand.  A walk around the town afterwards was of interest too.

Evening entertainment was in the Wedding Banqueting Suite which was rather appropriate as Pam and Dave Brack and Sue and Mike Garfield had their wedding anniversaries that day. We all raised a glass to them! The evening continued with an easy quiz from Val and then, always a favourite, Snail Racing! Good fun with many aching arms at the end. It was won by Dave Brack and Tony Childs. The evening concluded with music from singers/ guitarist Bob and Dave playing music to dance too!

All too soon it was coffee morning on Friday for prize giving and goodbyes until next rally at Xeraco on 13th to 17th April.

Photos in the gallery

Mar 042020
 

Camping Font de Sis. El Palomar.  17th to 21st February

The siteFor the Spanish Group this was a busy rally, 22 vans attended, 12 of these were visitors from the UK. It was the 1st time we had used this campsite, it in a small village in a rural area where they are probably not used to so many tourists together but we were made to feel very welcome

The Hosts were Mac and Maggie Morris who actually live just outside the village; they were helped by Tony and Doreen Mills who were the co-hosts

The rally officially started at 4pm on Monday and was opened by Mac Morris the host and rally officer. We were very lucky as the sun was shining and it was well over 20 degrees which is brilliant for February. As usual the hosts had laid on an excellent buffet with lots of wine and beer. As we had a lot of visitors it was a good time to get to know about our friends from the UK groups and share experiences with them.  One of the visitors made a Baileys, cream and malteser sweet to share; I had to mention it as it was out of this world. Thank you Lynda. We stayed in the rally area until the sun went down around 7.30 when it started to get cooler; at this point we retired to our vans

The weather on Tuesday was disappointing; it drizzled for most of the day. Nothing had been planned but our hosts drove some ralliers to the local market, some wandered into the village and some stayed in their vans and went stir crazy, we’re not used to rain

Wednesday was a dull start but it was dry so the planned petanque completion went ahead at 11am.  It was a mammoth competition but at 1pm the winners, Colin Heather and Candy Hales won the final, well done. The sun came out in the afternoon and some ralliers went to explore the walks around the campsites to exercise their dogs, some went to explore the village and have lunch and other just rested in the sun. A lovely chill out afternoon.  Wednesday evening was quiz and games night in the village town hall, the Mayor had kindly given us permission to use a room there for the evening. He also gave every van a gift of an apron and a cloth shopping bad which was modelled by some of the members (see photo in this months gallery) The quiz was won by the “old age travellers” Tony and Doreen Mills, Margaret Rivers and Peter Steenhuis. 

On Thursday we had the rally meal at a local restaurant in the village, the hosts had problems finding a local restaurant that could cater for almost 40 people, most found it too daunting as they were not used to such large numbers. We went to restaurant Chris’s where we had 2 courses and loads of wine for 9.50 Euros, the staff did a brilliant job and really stepped up to the mark

All too soon it was Friday, coffee morning and prize giving. The picture quiz was a joint win by 2 teams, The JR’s (Jack Russell’s) Lou and John Hanson and Tam and Jenny Edmondson. The other team was the Wasters, Colin and Ingrid Spencer and Mike and Sue Garfield. Lots of goodbyes until next time.

Feb 072020
 

Camperpark La Ribera. 13th to 17th January.

11 vans attended of which 4 were from the UK and one was with us for a taster rally. The UK members were  Melanie Ward from East Mids group, Terry Sweeney and Lynda RT from S&W Wales, Sally Millane from North West and Joan and Arthur Giles from  East Mids. 

The hosts were Lou and John Hanson with Tony and Doreen Mills as Co hosts.

The rally started at 3pm on Monday with the meet and greet, in the absence of our chairman and vice chairman it was opened by Mac Morris our rally officer. The hosts and co-hosts provided an excellent buffet which as usual was accompanied by lots of wine and beer. We sat out in the sun catching up on news as this was the first rally since November. We also spent time getting to know our visitors from the UK, some of which had joined us at previous rallies. We had to call it a day at 7pm and it was getting dark and quite chilly

On Tuesday a group walked down to the seafront, the sun was shining so we decided to stop at a chiringuito (wooded snack bar) on the sea front for coffees and a rest before we made our way back to the vans. We then spent the afternoon sitting it the sun chatting and listening to music. In the evening we had a quiz and raffle in the Camperpark Bar, the quiz was won by Mack and Maggie Morris, Melanie Ward and John Hanson

Wednesday was a busy day as it was the 2nd anniversary of the Camperpark and they had organised a day of activities. These started in the morning with a session of Zumba which some members took part in. Following Zumba the park had the final of a petanque competition which had been running all week, some members watched but had arrived too late to take part. At lunch time giant paellas were served at the extravagant cost of 2 Euros, huge portions accompanied by a beer or a wine. In the evening there was live music in the bar where many of us got up to dance. All in all an exhausting day

On Thursday morning some members took the dogs for a walk down to the seafront again and visited a different Chiringuito for snacks and a coffee. In the afternoon we had a rally meal sat in the sunshine on the terrace of the campsite bar. Great food and excellent service. Early evening we sat round the hosts van, chatting, listening to music and being entertained by Terry Sweeney

All too soon it was Friday and time to leave. We had a coffee morning and prize giving, we had had a van picture quiz which was very challenging, it was won by our 2 Welsh visitors Terry Sweeney and Lynda Radford Collins. Well done you two.

Nov 192019
 

Camping Imperium. Villajoyosa.  11th to 15th  November.  12 vans attended of which 2 couples were visitors from the UK groups. We also had a couple  on a taster rally who now intend to join. The hosts were: Colin and Ingrid Spencer along with Mike and Sue Garfield as co-hosts.

A few of us arrived a day early so we sat out in the sun with wine and beer, catching up on each others news.

On Monday a few of us went down to the sea front in the morning to walk the dogs and have a coffee before the meet and greet. The meet and greet commenced at 3pm and was officially opened by our deputy chairman Bob Johnson. Our hosts laid on an excellent buffet accompanied with Mulled wine and lots of Vino and beer. Unfortunately we had to call it a day at 6.30 as it was getting cooler and we’re not used to cold weather.

On Tuesday morning we had a petanque tournament which lasted nearly 3 hours and was won by one of our English visitors, Candy Hales partnered with Keith Griffiths from the Spanish group. In the evening we had a general knowledge quiz in the campsite bar with lots of drinks and nibbles. Our potential new members Pam and Norman Ollier along with Spanish members Mike and Sue Garfield were the winners.

Wednesday was a day out for the bicycle and scooter owners. The cyclists went into the hills and the scooter owners headed towards Benidorm. Some of us wandered into town to give the dogs a walk. The rally meal was held in the campsite restaurant in the evening and it was an absolute feast with a tuna salad and chicken salad to start. This was followed by 3 more starters, a main course then a sweet. We also had wine and beer in large quantities. As you can imagine this was very expensive, 11 Euros (£9.40) the lot (unbelievable) Following the meal the hosts had arranged a raffle. All in all it was an excellent night.

fancy dress

Our fancy dress participants

Thursday was the highlight of the week for some; the hosts had arranged a minibus into Benidorm  for the Expats parade. An incredible day where nearly everyone turns up in fancy dress, Benidorm was packed. Some rally members went in fancy dress costume but most of us just went for the fun.  More pictures can be seen in the Gallery for the November rally

All too soon it was Friday coffee morning, prize giving, farewells and big thanks to our hosts for an excellent week. Lots of felicitations before we parted as we won’t get together again until next year.

 

Oct 222019
 

Camping El Tranquillo. Pinoso 14th to 18th October. Hosts:- Val and Bob Johnson. Bryan and Phyllis Hill

14 vans attended of which 5 were visitors from the UK 

As is becoming the norm a few vans arrived a day early and had a pre rally Sunday roast lunch together at the campsite restaurant.

The rally officially started at 3pm on Monday with the meet and greet. The hosts had prepared a delicious Chilli with baked potatoes and rice. Alongside this was a buffet of nibbles and obviously lots of beer and vino. The members continued chatting, catching up on news and sharing stories until the 8.30 when the sudden temperature drop at sunset put an end to the get together.

Two groups set off on Scooters and bikes on Tuesday morning, the bikes cycled into Pinoso and stopped for a coffee before heading back to the site. The scooters went to a local Bodega to sample and buy wine and other alcoholic beverages at bargain prices. Much to her husband’s disgust, Doreen Mills managed to drop the imitation Baileys she bought at a bargain price and had to buy another, no longer a bargain. The afternoon was spent trying to solve the van quiz; each van hung a small closed cloth bag from the van mirrors. Each bag contained a small item and you had to identify it, not as easy as it sounds. This was won by Keith and Judy Griffiths, well done to them. In the evening the hosts had arranged a social evening in the campsite bar where we were allowed to take our own drinks. This was quiz night, a challenging general knowledge quiz set by Val and Bobby’s music quiz; the winners were Lou and John Hanson, Sandra Piddock and Glenys Stephenson. Following the quizzes Bob played music to get us dancing and succeeded in getting many on the dance floor.

On Wednesday some members took advantage of the mini bus that was going into Pinoso for the market, it also gave them an opportunity to explore the town. Another group walked to a local bar restaurant for an excellent Menu de Dia, 10 euro’s for 3 courses and a drink. It was a challenging walk back up hill so some of the scooter owners ferried some members back. Others decided to burn off a few calories. Another get together in the bar in the evening for “Play your Cards Right” which was won by Blod Meadley another quiz and the rally raffle. Unfortunately our hosts had had to leave the rally as Val Johnson felt ill, she was taken to hospital in Benidorm where she was admitted and a procedure was carried out on her heart. She is now on the mend and we will hopefully see her at our next rally.

On Thursday we had a Petanque tournament which was won by Mac Morris and Judy Griffiths. Thursday evening we had a three course rally meal in the campsite restaurant which was a fitting end to the rally. 

The final day had come all too soon; we had a coffee morning at 10am where our Chairman Mike Bendall presented prizes to all the competition winners. Mike also updated us with Val Johnson’s progress which was good news. Then lots of hugs and kisses before we all set out on our journeys either back home or in the case of our visitors continuing their adventures in Spain.

Sep 182019
 

Camping Javea 9th to 13th. September. Hosted by The Committee.

Seventeen vans attended of which 4 were visitors from the UK. As is becoming the norm a few vans arrived a day early and we had a pre rally get together around
the meet and greet area.

The meet and greet started at 4.00 pm on Monday in beautiful sunshine, the hosts had laid on an extensive buffet which was accompanied by lots of beer and wine. The socialising continued until 10pm as members were catching up from the 2 month gap since the last rally.

We split into 3 groups on Tuesday; those that had scooters went off together. Another group went off on bikes and the rest of us most who had dogs walked down to the port of Javea. Unfortunately on the way back the heavens opened and we were drenched, it was the start of the stormy weather that the Costas experienced which was the worst weather for over 100 years. In the afternoon the sun came out and again we got together to share news. In the evening we had the group meal at a local restaurant.

Wednesday morning was the AGM which finished at 11.30. Petanque was planned for the afternoon but was cancelled due to expected rain. In the evening we got together in a function room for Bingo, Quizzes and Fantastic music from Andy Harding one of our members.

Thursday was a free day; we woke up to torrential rain which continued all morning. A few members left as they were worried about flooding at their properties. In the evening we went for a meal in the campsite restaurant to celebrate Mike and Jan Bendalls 55th wedding anniversary. Mike & JanThe group had secretly arranged a card and cake which the restaurant presented.

All too soon it was Friday, a few more left but some of us stayed on as roads and motorways were closed for anyone going South of Alicante.

In spite of the weather we had a brilliant rally, lots of fun, lots of socialising and a bit of vino.

Jun 152019
 

63867427_2318360638412295_397131088712957952_oThe June rally was held at Tortuga Mora, near to  Cabo Cope from the 10th to the 14th hosted by Geoff and Brenda.

6 Van’s attended in glorious sunny weather for the first couple of days, then the wind strengthened giving slightly cooler temperatures. The meet and greet was up the usual standard with plenty of drink both alcoholic and soft. The food was prepared by co hosts Brenda and Judy.

Tuesday saw a knockout petanque competition played on a purpose built court which was won by Geoff  and Andy, watched by all under the shade of a gazebo. Tuesday night saw the wind increase and an awning packing competition ensued.

Wednesday morning a scooter run to Puntas Cal Negra was organised and in the evening the site laid on a magnificent BBQ with live music supplied by Geoff, Paul on saxophones and Andy on guitar.

Thursday morning was a chill out time and Thursday evening a fun quiz night saw Alan and Marilyn take a win.

Friday morning saw the coffee and biscuits handed out at the host’s van along with the prizes for the petanque and the quiz before everyone made their way home. 

Some photos are in the gallery.

May 292019
 

Torre Del Mar Camping. May 13th to 17th. Hosts Tony and Anne Child.

60361520_10156371566687149_1946659223576248320_nThis rally was in Andalucía which is a long drive for many of the members. The location of the site is superb, across the road from the beach and 5 minutes from the town. We had 13 vans in total with 3 visitors from the UK. We welcomed 2 new members Isabel and David Gibson. As is becoming the norm a few vans arrived a day early and most of us went for a pre rally meal in the town.

The meet and greet started at 4.30 in beautiful sunshine, the hosts had laid on a buffet and a brilliant chilli with rice plus plenty of beer and wine. It was after 10pm when the last ralliers returned to their vans, many slightly inebriated.

We split into two groups on Tuesday, those that had scooters went up into the mountains and stopped for a coffee at a bar overlooking a lake, see picture. The rest of us walked along the sea front and then walked back through the town so we ladies could get some retail therapy.

On Wednesday we stayed on the campsite and had a petanque competition which was won by me, Louise Hanson with Phil Gibbs, never came anywhere near in the past so we were both shocked but happy. We also had a tabletop sale and used the time to do the van quizzes. One which was hand drawn pictures of war films that had to be guessed, this was won by John and Louise Hanson, me again. The other van quiz was a cryptic quiz to identify UK towns which was won by Den and Jen Morgan

Thursday morning gave us ladies another chance for retail therapy on the local market which was only a 5 minute walk from the campsite. In the afternoon we got together at a bar on the beach which had live music by a brilliant band. The day was rounded off with another quiz which was won by, Bob and Pauline Horan, Ann and Peter Harrison and Anne Child.

All too soon it was Friday, we got together in the morning for a coffee and the prize giving, lots of hugs and goodbyes until next time.

Some photos from this months rally here.

Apr 252019
 

Euro Camping, Oliva    14th – 18th April.

57129658_10156304350737149_6616742469218336768_nA busier rally this month with 17 vans and as usual we welcomed visitors from UK groups. We had one van from the West Country group, Alan Roe, one from Anglia, John and Irene Taylor and one from Lancashire, Harry and Marie Stothard.  Our secretary Sandra Piddock was unable to attend as she was in the UK

As is becoming usual some of us arrived a day early, 9 vans arrived on the 13th and went out for a pre-rally meal together at a local restaurant.

The campsite was next to the beach so before the meet and greet some of us took the dogs for a walk on the beach to cool down as it was a very hot day. It was lovely to see our Chairman, Mike Bendall back with us to open the Rally. The meet and greet started and 4pm where our hosts Doreen and Tony Mills and Co hosts Lou and John Hanson put on a fantastic buffet. As usual we also had plenty of beer and wine to cool us down which we continued to consume well into the evening while we caught up on each other’s news.

On Monday we split into groups, the scooter owners drove down to Gandia harbour for a coffee, the push bikes went to Kiko port, for a coffee and the walkers took the dogs for a walk on the beach and a swim in the sea, returning to the campsite bar for a coffee. Then we all met up back at the vans to chill out for the afternoon/evening.  The following day 32 of us went back to the local restaurant for the rally meal which was superb. We had 3 courses and a wine or beer for 11€ each and the service was excellent. Following this we returned to the vans to continue partying.

After a lazy week, on Wednesday we got together for a Petanque competition which was won by Mac Morris and Brenda Balshaw. We had lunch together around the hosts vans then had a general knowledge quiz and a raffle.  As rain was forecast for the following day we brought forward the prize giving which was planned for Thursday morning outdoors. The van quiz was won by Mike and Sue Garfield and the general knowledge was won by the Dingbats (Brian Kennedy, Margaret Rivers and Tony & Doreen Mills).

Luckily it was dry on Thursday morning so we were able to say leisurely goodbyes before setting off home.

Some photos in this months gallery.

Mar 312019
 

Camping  L’Alqueria.    18 – 22 March. Gandia

A quieter rally this month with only 13 vans, 3 of which were UK visitors.  Andy and Maureen Sutton from the IOW group, Patricia and Keith Spearing from West Sussex group and Maria and Richard Jansen Gilbert from East Mids Group. Unfortunately our secretary and Chairman could not attend as they were in the UK.

The rally was held in Gandia to coincide with the Fallas Festival which is the traditional celebration held in commemoration to St Joseph. The term Fallas refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration.  The Fallas are models made mainly of papermache and can be taller than the surrounding buildings. After being judged locally they are burnt on the evening of the feast of St Joseph. Pictures can be found on our Facebook page or website gallery.

The rally officially started with the meet and greet at 3pm on the 18th although some of us had arrived a day earlier so had an impromptu get together. The rally was opened by our vice Chairman who welcomed us all especially our visitors from the UK. The rally hosts, Mac and Maggie Morris and our visitors Maureen and Andy Sutton had excelled with the cuisine, a buffet and curry and rice. We were also celebrating the 47th wedding anniversary of two of our members, Elizabeth and Ian Bennett. They brought along a fantastic rainbow cake which was superb. Celebrations went on outside until the sun disappeared and we retired to our vans.

On the 19th many of us went into Gandia town and walked round the Fallas which were located at about 20 locations round the town. The trip around the Fallas was exhausting but many members went into town in the evening to watch the burning of the Fallas, this didn’t start until 11pm and went on until the early hours. None of us had the stamina to stay until the end.

We had a damp start to Wednesday but it dried up in the afternoon so we were able to have a quiz and Bingo outdoors. Once again lots of food, provided mainly by Andy and Maureen Sutton and Mucho Vivo. A meal had been booked at a nearby restaurant for the lunchtime rally meal on Thursday. We followed this with a street party with music and dancing until well after dark.

All too soon it was Friday, a coffee morning and time to say adios until next time. Some of our UK visitors were setting off back to the UK, we will miss them