North Scotland Centre
Here you find updates from North Centre, view photo's from Rallies & Events held
Committee 2016 - 2017
|Vice Chairman||Neil Watt|
Gordon Brown, Jim Buchan, Aileen Nicol, Brian Wilson
|Centre Sales||Maureen Clark & Linda Phillips|
North Centre Committee 2016 - 2017
L - R - Brian Wilson, Alan Acutt, Jessie McKenzie, Frank Clark, Pat Wilson, Jim Buchan, Bruce Fenton, Neil Watt, Gordon Brown & Yvonne Fisher
Dear Fellow members
It is a great privilege and honour to become Chairman of North Centre once again. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I shall endeavour to be an ambassador and work hard for your Centre.
We have an enthusiastic Committee of 11 going forward and I look forward to working with them over the coming year. My Committee and I will welcome any comments or suggestions.
During the winter months Sandra and myself will be attending the Scottish Centres Dinner Dances representing the Centre and hope to see many of you along the way.
For the 2017 season we have a varied rally programme, ably put together by our Rally Secretary, Andrew Baird, who has now retired from the Committee after many years serving in various positions, not least Chairman. We wish him well and now he, along with Doris can sit back, relax and enjoy their rallying. Andrew has passed on the baton to Alan Acutt and we wish him well in his new position.
I hope to be able to welcome many North Centre members and friends, old and new, as the rally season progresses.
With your support we can ensure the North Centre thrives and grows. If you have never rallied before, please give it a go, you may be surprised how much you enjoy it.
Finally, may I wish you and your families all the best for the Festive Season and I look forward to seeing you all during the coming year.
My best wishes
Bruce A. Fenton
Bruce A. Fenton
|23 - 26||Portsoy||Ships Ahoy Rally - Booking slips to Andrew Baird - 01779 475835|
|7 - 10||Rosehearty||Sun, Sand & Sea Rally - Booking slips to Bruce Fenton - 01224 821764|
Portsoy – North Centre 23rd – 26th June 2017
Ships Ahoy Rally
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Westhill – North Centre 9th – 11th June 2017
Farmyard Capers Rally
Fordoun – North Centre 12th – 14th May 2017
The Speak of the Mearns Rally
Glenlivet – North Centre 14th – 17th April 2017
Easter Galore Rally
Stonehaven – North Centre 24th – 26th March 2017
All at Sea Rally
The North Centre All at Sea rally, held at the Queen Elizabeth Caravan Club Site at Stonehaven, this weekend was a great success. 27 caravans attended including those from SCC, Fife and Tayside and Highland Centres. The rally was opened by a RNLI volunteer Kenny Jones, who gave us an insight into the RNLI. The rally marshals were Aileen and Keith Nicol together with Fiona and Ian Leslie. Ian Archibald was the DJ for the evening at the social, which was held at the Stonehaven Bowling Club. During the social, Moira Porter was presented with the Farquharson Trophy which was competed for in 2016. There was a very welcome meal of stovies, followed an evening of music, fun and games. A fundraising activity in aid of the RNLI with a prize of a large bottle of whisky was won by Pete Ansell who very kindly donated the bottle back to the Centre to be put into the next rally at Glenlivet. This raised £93. A good night was had by all. On Sunday morning, we were all invited for refreshments, during which those gathered very kindly once again donated generously to the RNLI. The total raised during the weekend was £127.50. Kenny Jones, a volunteer of the RNLI joined us and judged the children's competition. The children each made a boat out of paper and decorated it. The prize for the best decorated boat was won by Rebecca Ansell and the prize for the boat that performed well on the sea trials, which took place in very rough sea in a padding pool, was Neive Archibald. All the children also received a goody bag kindly presented by Kenny on behalf of the RNLI. Well done to all the children who took part. The winners of the adults competition were Joyce and Olly Turner. Everyone agreed that the All at Sea rally was a fantastic start to the season and the icing on the cake was the glorious sunshine throughout the weekend. Finally the rally marshals, Aileen, Keith, Fiona and Ian were thanked for all their hard work during the weekend and were presented with their rally plaques by the North Centre Chairman, Bruce Fenton. The next rally is the Easter Galore Rally at Glenlivet on 14th to 17th April. Booking slips to Neil Watt please. Details in the SCC Handbook on page 38.
North Centre's - Mudlark Photographic Competition
Mudlark Photographic Competition was judged at the North Centre AGM. and the Trophy was won by Aileen Nicol
Banchory – North Centre 16th – 18th September 2016
Strathdon – North Centre 26th – 29th August 2016
Lonach Gathering Rally
Tarland – North Centre 5th – 7th August 2016
Fun & Games Rally
Mintlaw – North Centre 8th – 11th July 2016
Garden Party in the Park Rally
The rally was attended by 15 caravans at the Uniformed Camp Site, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw. On Friday evening Hamish Stuart, Vice President, SCC opened the rally. This was followed by Cheese and Wine.
During Saturday morning and afternoon our ralliers set off around Aden Country Park to solve the clues to one of the competitions. Some were more familiar with the Countrypark than others as Hamish had explained during the Opening Ceremony! Any questions on that comment, please speak to Sandra but the Scouts field was mentioned.
The social was held on the field in two gazebos’ and an awning all placed together to protect us from the rain (well we did try). Everyone stayed for the whole evening which shows how hardy us caravanners are. Despite the weather we had a hilarious time with modeling balloons and the various competitions. Jessie McKenzie, judged the balloon creations and the winners were Ann Farquharson and Brian Marr who made a hat in the shape of a stag. There was also a winning team for the other competitions.
Sunday morning brought some welcome sunshine and we were able to hold the Sunday Gathering on the field, which was conducted by Brian Marr. Brian did a brilliant job and we had several favourable comments.
There was a collection and £31 was kindly donated to CHAS Aberdeen for the benefit of children with a limited life expectancy.
The competion winners for “Who Am I” were Jessie and Graeme McKenzie and the Walk around Aden competition was won by Bruce and Sandra Fenton. They were presented with their prizes after our welcome refreshments.
During the Closing Ceremony, the Acting Chairman, Jessie McKenzie presented the rally marshals – Kay and Ally Duncan and Pat and Brian Wilson with their Rally Marshals plaques and declaring the rally closed, passed the Centre flag on to David West for next rally to be held at Tarland on 5th to 7th August.
As this was a three night rally, some of our hardy friends went off for a walk in the rain during Sunday afternoon, discovering the delights of Aden Country Park, led by Sandra and Bruce Fenton. Unfortunately, it was not possible to hold the DIY barbeque due to non stop rain, the sweet was however duly delivered to the caravans and appeared to be very welcome.
The weather wasn’t kind to us for the majority of the weekend but it didn’t deter us from enjoying ourselves.
Portknockie – North Centre 17th – 19th June 2016
Midsummer Murder Rally
Fordoun – North Centre 13th – 15th May 2016
Sunset Song Rally
Marshals – Doris & Andrew Baird, Linda and Fred Philips
25 vans attended this weekend rally at the picturesque Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott, home to the Scots literary writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
Friday night saw a gathering for cheese and wine and on Saturday morning, the rally was officially opened by the Secretary of the Grassic Gibbon Trust.
Despite blustery conditions, the Fenton Memorial Boule Competition was held and following some serious, hard fought ends was won by Neil Watt and David West who will collect the Trophy at the North Centre Dinner Dance in December.
At the social in the onsite hall we were treated to some excellent mince and tatties, prepared by the ladies of the Grassic Gibbon restaurant, followed by some “funcies” prepared by Doris’s daughter and granddaughter. The entertainment was a mixture of games interspersed with some eclectic music from the DJ in residence, Graeme McKenzie and a good time was had by all.
Sunday’s pause for thought was on the theme of “Take Time” and was ably conducted by Andrew after which hot drinks, cake and biscuits were served and competition results announced.
The Chairman then presented the obligatory pieces of plastic before lowering the flag and presenting it to Jessie McKenzie for safe keeping till the next rally which will be at McLeod Park, Portknockie 17th -19th June where there’s “gonna be a murrder!” Further details in the handbook and booking slips to Jessie.
Thanks to Doris, Andrew, Linda and Freddy for putting on a great weekend and also to Frank Clark who organised the Boules Competition.
Forres – North Centre 15th – 18th April 2016
Brodie Castle Rally
Marshals: Norman Micklethwaite, Brian & Mary Marr
April Showers bring forth May flowers! Well Norman and Brian had sleet and snow to contend with whilst putting out the road signs for the Brodie Castle rally.
Friday lunchtime saw the arrival of the first vans, a number of which got stuck in the mud at the entrance of the field. Fortunately the Estate’s tractor delivered two loads of gravel which helped the situation.
Friday evening’s sing along at the campfire and hot dog supper helped to warm up the Ralliers.
Saturday morning’s brief opening ceremony was performed by Archie Drummond, an NTS Guide, Chairman Jacquie Steel lowered the flag to half-mast as a mark of respect to Allan Moir who died on 12th April. RIP. Jacquie welcomed 13 vans from North Centre, 6 from Highland Centre, 1 from West Centre and 2 SCC. Jacquie then congratulated Bruce & Sandra Fenton who were celebrating their 200th Rally.
Saturday Evening’s social was a sumptuous American Buffet in the Stables. Bruce & Sandra welcomed the Ralliers with a celebration drink or two. The Children and Teenagers’ brought along their competition entries of decorated balloons to be judged. The teenage winner being Sam Stuart, with Maisy Wilson taking the Children’s prize. It was heartening to see ten young people at the Rally. Jacquie presented a cake for Sandra & Bruce’s 200th Rally.
Sunday Gathering was conducted by Brian Marr, who with his customary sign of peace’ got the gathering off to a jovial start! The collection of £53 was donated to Noah’s Ark Developmental Playgroup, Forres. The winners of the Quiz were Stuart & Jill Kinsman with the runners up being Kay & Ally Duncan. Pat Wilson surprised Jacquie & Alan Steel with a plaque for their 100th Rally. The Rally closing was followed by light refreshments.
Sunday evenings social was a very brief affair in a cold and very windy field. Norman, Brian & Mary had laid on a lovely spread of sandwiches, quiches, pies and cakes. The Ralliers made a gallant effort but after a brief game of pass the parcel everyone dispersed to the warmth of their Caravan.
Monday morning Marshal’s elevenses was well attended with plenty of food to be eaten and ten lucky vans winning prizes.
We had a great weekend, Brodie is a lovely venue for a Rally.
Thanks to all who came to the Rally and to those who helped with various tasks.
Norman, Brian & Mary
Alford – North Centre 18th – 20th March 2016
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Rally
We had 15 outfits attend the first rally of the 2016 rally season, all North Centre members.
The rally was opened by Susan Maughan, Warden of the Caravan Site on Friday evening. After the Opening Ceremony, tea, coffee and cakes were served.
On Saturday morning, the Donald Car Trophy was held (a change from the programme). This consisted of a driving skills test plus a few questions on braking distances etc. Everyone who entered had great fun.
There was a gathering in Keith and Aileen’s awning for an evening of fun and games followed by a buffet, tea and coffee.
The Sunday Service was conducted by Keith Nicol, during which donations totalled £35, to be presented to the Howe Trinity Church Hall. This was followed by refreshments. The winners of the competitions were announced by Keith – Fiona Betteridge won the adults competition and Bruce Fenton won the Donald Car Trophy which will be presented to him in December at the annual Dinner Dance. He did however receive his own special miniature trophy to keep.
The Closing Ceremony followed and Pat Wilson thanked the Marshals for a fantastic weekend, even the weather was good to us and presented the Rally Marshals plaques to Aileen and Keith Nicol, Ian and Fiona Leslie and Isabel and David Findlay. Tracy and Ian Archibald received a Thanks for Helping plaque for their assistance throughout the weekend.
The next North Centre Rally will be organised by Mary and Brian Marr on 15th to 18th April at Brodie Castle. This is an invitation rally to Highland Centre and we look forward to seeing friends, old and new
Report & Photos by Patricia Wilson
Strathdon - North Centre 21st – 24th August 2015
Lonach Gathering Rally
24 outfits attended the 174th Lonach Gathering Rally. The Rally was opened on Friday evening by Mrs Ann Farquharson (Past Chairman of North Centre) After the opening Hot Sausage Rolls were served along with Tea & Coffee. On Saturday morning at 08:00 members made there way into the village to see The Lonach Pipe Band and Marchers set off along their route visiting the local estates and allreceiving a little dram. In the afternoon members attended the Lonach Gathering in the Games Field, on Saturday evening the skies cleared and a Barbeque was held on the field followed by fun & games. Sunday morning Tea & Coffee was served followed by competetion results along with the results for The Balgownie Trophy which was competed for and Graeme McKenzie being announced the winner. On Sunday evening members attended the Lonach Church service with some of The Lonach Pipe Band marching from the village to the church and playuing inside the church which is unique and has to be seen
Echt - North Centre 31st July - 2nd August 2015
Down on the Farm Rally
The Down on the Farm Rally was held at Cullerlie Park Farm Echt. A total of 23 vans attended including, 3 SCC, 1 F&T and 1 Durham.
The opening ceremony was held on the Friday evening and the opener was Andrew Baird (Past North Centre Chairman), Andrew regaled us with past rallying memories.
Friday night reception was laid on by Andrew and Doris Baird who were celebrating their 500th rally a fantastic spread was laid on for everyone attending to enjoy.
The Mitchell Trophy (Men’s Golf) and Farquharson trophies were held on the Saturday morning. A total of 6 men entered the Golf competition which was held at the magnificent Dunecht House. A big thanks to Olly Turner for once again organising the competition also to Don Petrie for organising the Tee Times at Dunecht House. The closely contested match was won by a new winner for the Mitchell Trophy, David Findlay. The Farquharson Trophy was won by Ann Farquharson.
The Saturday social was held in the Tea Room on site where we all enjoyed a Dessert followed by Music, Fun, and Games. Thanks’ to Iain Brown for doing the music at the social.
Ann Farquharson conducted the Sunday service and the collection of £43.25 was donated to Alzheimer’s Scotland.
The Sunday Service was followed by refreshments, after which the competition prizes were presented. The Adult competition was won by Brian Wilson and the children’s prize was shared by Liam, Erin, Abbie and Emma. A special prize was presented to Stevie Pitcaithly for his fantastic drawing in the over aged category. The closing ceremony followed where Pat Wilson presented the Marshals Alan, Karen and Liam Acutt together with Bruce and Sandra Fenton with their Rally Marshal Plaques.
Information and Photo's by Alan & Karen Accutt
The Down by the Sea Rally at Rosehearty was held at the Rosehearty Community Boat Club, which was a new venue for North Centre. 18 caravans attended, including 2 SCC and 2 Highland members. Also included was one unattached who has since joined North Centre.
The Opening Ceremony was held on Friday evening and the Opener was Ian Robertson, President of the Rosehearty Boat Club, who gave a short talk on the history of the area. We were then treated to Kay’s delicious homemade soup and crusty bread.
The Donald Car Trophy was held on the Saturday morning and 13 members gathered at reception to take part. It was a written competition and the subject was Motorways. All entrants decided to donate 50p for their entry to enable the winner to receive a bottle of wine. Everyone who entered appeared to have great fun.
The Saturday social was held at The Davron Hotel in Rosehearty where we all enjoyed a very welcome meal followed by bingo, music, fun and games.
Stewart Campbell conducted the Sunday Service and the collection of £60.50, which included money collected at the social during a game and also a donation for sailing, was donated to the Rosehearty Community Boat Club which relies on fundraising to provide the local children with sailing lessons. One of our children, Liam Acutt participated in the sailing by invitation and thoroughly enjoyed himself.
The Sunday Service was followed by refreshments, after which the competition prizes were presented. The adult’s competition was won by Jessie McKenzie and the children’s competition was won by Liam Acutt. The Closing Ceremony followed where the Chairman, Graeme McKenzie presented the Marshals Ally and Kay Duncan together with Brian and Pat Wilson with their Rally Marshals Plaques. Brian was also presented with a Site Finders Plaque. The Vice Chairman presented the winner of the Donald Car Trophy, Graeme McKenzie with a bottle of wine. The trophy will be presented at the North Centre Dinner Dance in December.
Many good reports came back to the Marshals regarding this new venue and no doubt we will be visiting Rosehearty some time in the future
Information and Photo's by Pat & Brian Wilson
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