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Your next Rallies will be:-
South Lytchett Manor,  Poole    20th-24th March
Lytton Lawn Touring Park, Milford on Sea.    24th-28th March

The dates for the 2017 Rallies can be found below.
 
Petition - UK Government and Parliament
The following Petition has been launched asking for the creation of allocated parking areas for motorhomes and campers across the UK, to allow motorhomes and campervans to park safely overnight in properly designated areas across the uk, similar to those on the continent.
If you would like to support this petition click on the link for more details.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/187743

At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition.

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.



If you are looking for somewhere to take your motorhome you may like to try these destinations.
Jenny and Arthur's Winter Breaks

We are recently home after a 5 night winter break at the above site. The site is ideally situated being adjacent to the Floating Harbour at Bristol with many amenities and places of interest close by, all within easy walking, cycling or by small ferry from the site into the centre of Bristol.

However, there is a catch, it is extremely difficult to get in as it is fully booked for most of the time. Our advice is to ring the site direct as although on line it appears to be fully booked they often have pitches available due to cancellations or people not turning up.

Whilst we were there we cycled from the site directly on to the historic floating harbour path passing by Brunel’s ss Great Britain where it was originally launched from in 1843. The Maritime Musuem with huge Cranes, and a free to enter museum the M Shed which is all about Bristol, its history, places, people and their stories. 

This Harbour loop ride was a distance of 2.7 miles and is suitable for all levels of ability. It would also make a very pleasant walk.

The following day the sun was shining so we set off on another cycle ride this time a bit more challenging! The River Avon to Pill cycle trail a total distance of 12 miles. Leaving the site we had to negotiate the ongoing roadworks before getting on to the Avon Gorge cycle path but after that it was traffic free all the way to Pill. The track is mostly flat with some short uphill and downhill bits but we both found it fairly easy. There are frequent views of the river in the gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

This is our second visit to this site and we can highly recommend it for a short visit. The site is under constant threat of closure and being redeveloped as a primary school. If this does happen then the site will be relocated not too far away but it will never have the existing uniqueness of the present one.

Jenny and Arthur Vowden

Full details of Jenny and Arthur's trip can be found  >>Here


ROYAL SIGNALS MUSEUM

During a recent visit to the New Forest with Pilote Members Janet and John Harden we found this gem of a museum not too far away to visit by car or motor home. It is situated nr Blandford at the Army Camp and requires a photo ID to get into the Camp. There is a website: www.royalsignalsmuseum.com for current admission prices and opening times. We paid £7 senior.

First we had to sign in which involved showing our bus passes answering a questionnaire and having our photo taken which is then made into an official pass. This was all carried in a jovial and friendly way by two soldiers in the reception area. So then armed with our fancy identity tags we headed off into the camp to the museum. Plenty of free parking for cars, motor homes, there is a shop, picnic area and is wheelchair accessible.

Semaphore to Cyber Space - the museum is all about communications from World War 1 to present day. Learn how signallers laid 50,000 miles of telephone cables for the battle of the Somme, how using pigeons, motorbikes, Flags and lamps signallers ensured messages got through. See Monty’s armoured Command Vehicle, clandestine radios, read about fascinating stories of the men and women who helped beat the Nazis.

Learn about the Codes and Secret Agents and how dangerous it was to be a spy with the SOS. Special Forces – from the sands of the Western Desert with WW11 Long Range Desert Group, to the mountains of Afghanistan, find out about the role of Special Forces Communications. Women at War From the FANY in WW1 to the modern Signaller. Enigma Codes and Code Breaking the story of Alan Turing. Lots and lots more. All extremely well displayed with interactive fun – even Janet and I enjoyed it!

The Comms Cafe is a delightful replica of a NAFFI where we enjoyed a light snack and coffee – we didn’t however try the NAFFI Tea!

If you are in the area then a visit to this interesting museum is well worth a visit. Check out the website for full details and for the latest displays and themes.

Jenny Vowden



Improvements to Peterborough Showground
An investment programme has been announced for Peterborough Showground which will see a new entrance and facilities and the resurfacing of the roads on a rolling programme.
The main area of concern to us is the grassed areas used to site the motorhomes. They explain that the ground is grass on primarily clay soil which is easily compacted and susceptible to damage. A soil analyst has been employed to identify the main problems and a programme of treatment has already started to encourage stronger grass growth. A more intensive programme of ground management will also be introduced.
It will be interesting to see how effective these measures will be.




Rallies 2017
Location Date Hardstanding Electric Bus
South Lytchett Manor,  Poole 20th-24th March Yes Yes
Lytton Lawn Touring Park, Milford on Sea 24th-28th March Yes Yes Yes
St. Neots Camping  and Caravanning Club site 17th-20th April Yes 1/2 Mile
The Peterborough Show 20th-24th April No No
AGM Dinner and Dance, Stratford-on-Avon 4th-9th May No Yes Yes
Yew Tree Farm, Bewdley 9th-12th May Yes Yes
Germany
    Rudesheim 28th-31stMay
    Fichtelberg (Frankia Factory) 31st May-4thJune Yes Yes
    Straubing 4th-6th June
Austria
    St Wolfgang 6th-10th June
    Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse 10th-16th June
    Innsbruck 16th-20th June Yes
Barnstaple Rugby Club 2nd-7th July No No Yes
Cofton Caravan Park
7th-14th July Yes Yes
Western Motorhome Show 17th-21st August No No
Hatton World 11th-15th Sept No No
Rivendale Caravan Park 5th-12th Oct Yes Yes Yes
Woodthorpe Caravan and Leisure Park 30th Nov-4th Dec Yes

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Thanks 

Peter

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Originated: 18 September 2001

Updated:5 March 2017