Feb 162019

A busy rally with 23 vans booked in, nine of which were UK visitors joining in our fun in the sun.  Four  from East Mids, three from NW Mids and NW, one from Essex and one from Yorks. Unfortunately our Secretary and Chairman couldn’t attend as they are currently in the UK.

Our vice Chairman Bob Johnson opened the rally on Monday afternoon and welcomed all our visitors from the UK groups. The hosts set out a fantastic buffet and lots of cerveza and vino. We were again  lucky with the weather as the sun shone and we continued to party until 7pm at which point we went back to our vans and put the heating on.

Tuesday involved scooter rides and bike rides for some to explore the area, the rest of us did some retail therapy at the market which was round the campsite bar (very convenient). In the evening we all met up for a meal in the campsite restaurant. Good food and great company, as a bottle of wine each was included in the meal we only vaguely remember staggering back to our vans.

Wednesday was another get together where we had a street party at lunch time which again lasted until evening and included a quiz and entertainment. We are lucky to have two guitar players in the group (Bob Johnson & Clive Winter) who entertained us with music from our younger days so we could dance to some old favourites.

On Thursday the hosts had set up a treasure hunt around the campsite which was won by Maria and Richard Janson-Gilbert from the East Mids group. Following that the group got together for a valentine quiz which was won by a couple from the Spanish group, Val and Bob Johnson (alias Bobby Valentine). The campsite had entertainment in the evening for Valentines day and many members went along to that.

All too soon it was Friday, prize giving and time to say goodbye. Tony and Ann Child won the van quiz and Lynn and Clive winter won the Film quiz. Many hugs and double kisses until we meet again next month.

Photos are in this months gallery.

Jan 202019

Camper Park La Ribera. 14 – 18 January. Santiago De La Ribera

 A quiet rally with only 11 vans attending.  Three were visitors from groups around the UK.  Joan and Arthur Giles from East Mids,  Margaret and Ray Williams from NW Mids and NW and Linda and Colin Heather from Yorks. Unfortunately our Secretary and Chairman couldn’t attend as they were in the UK.

The first rally of 2019 started at 2pm on Monday afternoon, with lots of hugs and New Year wishes. We were lucky with the weather as the sun shone and the temperature was over 20 degrees. Plenty of food and drink and much merriment were enjoyed at the meet and greet but unfortunately it only lasted until about 5 as the sun began to set and the temperatures dropped.

On Tuesday it was the first anniversary of the camper park and we were invited to Zumba in the morning, a Big Paella in the afternoon, which was superb and included a free drink. In the evening, live entertainment was on in the campsite bar and many of the group braved the evening temperatures to join the audience. 

On Wednesday we split, some went to the local market and then met up for coffee others went off on scooters or bikes to explore the area. In the evening we had a quiz in the campsite bar which was challenging to say the least.  It was won by Spanish members Bryan Kennedy, John Hanson and from East Mids, Jo and Pete Pilkiw who had joined us for the evening.

On Thursday the sun was shining so some of the group walked to the sea front for a coffee to work up an appetite for the rally meal which was in the campsite restaurant in the afternoon. The group took over most of the campsite bar for the meal in the afternoon and the staff pulled all the stops out to serve up a fantastic 3 course meal for 8 Euros.

Friday came round all too quickly; at 10.30 we had the coffee morning and prize giving. Ray and Margaret Williams won the van quiz. We had also discovered it was the 44th wedding anniversary of Colin and Linda Heather, our visitors from York’s so a bottle of Cava was presented to them. Everyone thanked the hosts Lou and John Hanson before setting off home.

Photos from this rally are in the gallery.

Nov 192018

Caravanning La Manga. 13th – 16th November. A few members arrived a day early and attended the Sunday morning remembrance day service organised by another UK organisation who have a winter rally on the site.

campsite22 vans attended the rally, 8 were visitors from groups around the UK. 2 vans from East Mids, 2 from IOW, 2 from West Sussex, 1 from NW Mids and NW and 1 from Severn Valley

The rally started on the Monday afternoon with an outdoor meet and greet which went on until very late and a lot of beer and wine was consumed.  Presentations were made for outgoing Rally Officers, Bob and Val Johnson and outgoing Treasurer Lynn Winter. For those that wanted to take part, the group split Tuesday morning, a group went out on Scooters, another on Cycles and another took a coastal dog walk .  Tuesday evening was quiz/raffle night which we managed to get a room for. A petanque competition was organised for Wednesday  morning  and an impromptu music session by our talented guitarists,  Andy Harding, Bob Johnson and Clive Winter filled our afternoon. In the evening we had a group meal in the campsite restaurant and I must add, the Spanish do excellent Steak pie, chips, peas and gravy. We were given a chance for a well needed rest on Thursday but had more entertainment in the evening from Andy Harding and our brilliant saxophone player, Geoff Balshaw. Fridays coffee morning included prize giving for the winners of the weeks activities. Everyone agreed in was a fantastic rally and thanked the hosts Tony and Doreen  Mills & Mac and Maggie Morris for putting on a brilliant agenda. Missing from this rally was our secretary and her husband Sandra and Tony Piddock who are currently in the UK with medical problems. We missed them and hope we see them soon

This was our last rally in 2018 so lots of hugs before we all departed although a few of us are going back to La Manga for Christmas week

A gallery of images from the rally are here.

Nov 012018

Our AGM rally was held at Camping Lo Monte in Pilar De Horadada. 17 Vans attended including several visitors from the UK. The usual Meet and Greet on Monday started the rally off and on Tuesday morning the ralliers went walking and riding (the scooter run ) the walkers ended up in a bar in the port while the scooters went to a bar on the beach in Lo Pagan on the shore of the Mar Menor. In the evening we were first tortured by Bobby Valentines Music quiz (won by The ½ dozen cracked eggs – Lynn Clive, Lou, John, Jen and Den) he then gave us a live music show which was enjoyed by all.

Wednesday morning saw most taking part in the Pentanque comp which was won by Ray and Mike. The evening started off with a quiz won by Mike, Sue, Colin and Ingrid. Then everyone had a go at “play your cards right” two winners were Margaret and Ann there then followed 3 chaotic rounds of the” Hat” game. Male winner was John, Ladies winner was Phyllis and the mixed winner was Ingrid.

Thursday morning saw the group attending an open air AGM and  a new committee was duly formed. The evening saw us back in the restaurant for a 3 course dinner with a ½ bottle of wine each and a lucky numbers draw,

Friday morning was the coffee morning and prize giving and most ralliers were on their way home by noon.

Our next rally is at Caravaning La Manga on the shores of the Mar Menor running from Monday the 12th  to Friday the 16th of November.

Mar 022018

MCC in Spain January Rally report

What a difference a year makes! In January 2017, we arrived at our unofficial rally at Villajoyosa in the worst weather the Costa Blanca had seen in 90 years. Luckily there was plenty to do on site, because most of the time, we were either snowed on or rained on.

Fast forward to January 2018, and the sun had his hat well and truly on, for the whole four days of the rally in Calpe. In fact, a couple of brave souls ventured out to sunbathe in swimsuits, although nobody actually entered the pool. It was such beautiful weather that for once we spent more time just relaxing and enjoying the sun outdoors, rather than organising too many activities. When you have temperatures in the high 20s in January, you have to make the most of it!

This was MCC in Spain’s first visit to a newly built site – Camping Sol de Calpe Austral. It’s exclusively for motor homes, and just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront, the market and Calpe town. No need to worry about stocking the van with supplies either, because Lidl is literally across the road from the camp site. There’s a large area of waste ground adjacent to the site, which proved a popular meeting place for the four-legged participants in the rally.

Hosts Liz and Ian Bennett aimed for a mix of relaxation and activity, and the chance to sample some of Calpe’s renowned seafood restaurants while taking in the fabulous views over the Mediterranean. They provided a lovely spread for the Meet and Greet, and that set the tone for the week.

It wasn’t all about the food though – we exercised our brains with a challenging quiz won by the Valentines – Bob and Val, and Sandra and Glenys.

MCC in Spain welcomed a number of ‘virgins’ – first time visitors from the UK, and also Paul and Debbie Johnson, group members attending their first rally. It’s good to see new faces, and everyone enjoyed the experience, although unfortunately one of our visitors had a not so good experience, being taken to hospital with chest pains. In true MCC fashion, everyone rallied around to help, although it did cast a slight shadow over the rally.

Due to the layout of the site, we were all pretty close together, so it all made for a very convivial rally, with lots of opportunities to socialise with friends old and new. It’s what the MCC is all about, and here at MCC in Spain, we do it all with guaranteed sunshine. Hasta pronto, amigos.

All our 2018 rallies run from Monday to Friday, around the middle of the month. Maybe we’ll see you soon.

More photos on the Galleries page.