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Committee 2018 - 2019
Gordon Brown, Janette Brown, Brian Wilson
Calling all North Centre members,
I can scarcely believe that twelve months have passed, since I wrote my previous Chairman's message, but time stands still for no man, as the saying goes...
Welcome to our 2019 season and I am pleased to inform you that we in the North Centre, have a full committee of 9, who are working hard behind the scenes, in preparation for the new season, which lies ahead.
If, as members you wish to contribute any ideas, or you want to become involved in our North Centre activities, then don't hesitate to contact either myself, or any of my committee members and we will be delighted to take your suggestions on board, for consideration. After all, we don't have a monopoly on good ideas!
Another of my functions, is to convey any messages or suggestions from the membership, to the Scottish Caravan Club council, which meets four times throughout the year.
Whether in a caravan, or a motorhome, any new members considering joining in on our rallies are assured of a warm North Centre welcome, from either myself or indeed any of our fellow members.
For now, my best wishes to you and yours, for our 2019 camping season.
Charman North Centre
|29th - 31st||North||Alford||Spring Forward||
Haughton House Holiday Park, Alford AB33 8NA – EHU, Showers & Toilet Facilities
Follow International Signs from Alford Yes 1:00pm
Saturday evening - Quiz night (eat before we meet)
The Fenton Memorial Trophy Competition will be held this weekend
Mobile No: 07901 894472
Email Address: email@example.com
|19th - 22nd||North||Elgin||Springtime in Urquhart||
Urquhart IV30 8LG
Mobile No: 07831 218962
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|17th - 19th||North||Fettercairn||Explore Fettercairn||
Cairndee Girl Guide Field, Fettercairn AB301XX
Programme: Mitchell Golf Trophy competition will be held this weekend
Tour of Fettercairn Whisky Distillery
Saturday Evening - American Supper, Sweet provided followed by fun & games
Mobile No: 07713 182399
Email Address: email@example.com
|31st May - 3rd June||North||Fraserburgh||Lazy Weekend||
Smithy Croft, Boyndie, Fraserburgh. AB43 7DQ
Saturday evening - BBQ on field followed by fun and games (weather permitting)
Sunday - Vintage Car Rally in Fraserburgh
Mobile No: 07713 942212
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
|21st - 24th||North||Portsoy||When the Boat Comes In||
Invitation to Highland Centre
Arnbath Farm AB45 2TS A98 at the west end of Portsoy Yes 10:00am
Saturday - DIY BBQ, fun and games (weather permitting)
Mobile No: 07836 537981
|5th - 8th||North||Brechin||Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Festival||
Invitation to Fife and Tayside Centre
Brechin Showground DD9 6SG
Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Festival is being held over the weekend
Saturday – DIY BBQ (Weather permitting)
Mobile No: 07901 894422
|2nd - 4th||North||Westhill||Farmyard Capers||
Cullerllie Farm Park AB32 6XL
The Donald Car Trophy and The Farquharson Ladies Trophy will be held this weekend
Saturday - American Supper, sweet will be provided
Mobile No: 07796 145980
|23rd - 26th||North||Strathdon||Lonach Gathering||
Lost Farm, Bellabeg, Stathdon AB36 8QU
Saturday – 178th Lonach Games
Saturday evening - Ceilidh in Lonach Village Hall TICKETS MUST BE BOOKED 6 WEEKS BEFORE DANCE Sunday - DIY BBQ on the field (weather permitting)
Sunday - Evening Service with Lonach Pipe Band at Strathdon Church
Mobile No: 07894 870001
|13th - 15th||North||Laurencekirk||AGM||
Fordoun Memorial Hall, Fordoun AB30 1NN
North Centre AGM will be held in the Fordoun Memorial Hall at 2:00pm on Saturday 14th September 2019 - PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING CAMC MEMBERSHIP CARDS
The Mudlark Photographic competition will be held during this weekend
Saturday evening - 3 course meal followed by music and dancing
Mobile No: 07786 528181
|4th - 6th||North||Huntly||Autumn Glory||
Huntly Castle Caravan Park, Huntly AB54 4UJ - EHU’s available
The Balgownie Trophy will be held this weekend
Saturday evening Social - Meal at your own expense
Mobile No: 07710 543438
|1st - 4th||North||Banchory||Dancing in the Dee||
Silverbank CAMC Site, Banchory. AB31 5PY – EHU’s available
Car registration, Shipping length, membership number and postcode required on booking slip, all bookings to be made 2 weeks minimum before rally please, all arrivals to book into site office first Saturday evening - Supper Dance being held in The Burnett Arms Hotel, Banchory
Supper Dance Tickets are available from Sandra Fenton Mobile No: 07786 528181
Mobile No: 07890 260050
Lazy Weekend - Fraserburgh
A change to the North Centre Rally Programme on Page 48 of the SCC Handbook 2019 and the SCC website.
Fraserburgh, Lazy Weekend Rally now 31st May to 3rd June 2019.
All other details to remain the same as per the Handbook. The Vintage Car Rally takes place on Sunday 2nd June, giving you all day to enjoy the show.
Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Festival - Brechin
Please note a change to the North Centre 2019 Rally Programme on page 57 of the 2019 SCC Handbook and on the SCC website. .
The Harley Davidson Motorcycle Festival Rally will now be held on 5th to 8th July 2019.
All other details remain the same as already published. This has been necessary after advice from Police and local organisers. Please accept the North Centre Committee's apologies for any inconvenience. We look forward with anticipation, to seeing you this season on the rally field.
Saturday 17th November 2018, Emma Summers (21), along with her grandparents and North Centre stalwarts, Andrew and Doris Baird and friends attended at
Inverness Airport, where she presented an £1100 cheque donation, to The Scottish Air Ambulance Service, who were represented by Team Leader, Daz Steatham and Air Paramedic Kris
Contributions were made by both North Scotland and Highland Centre members, alongside friends and relatives, after Emma was seriously injured whilst making her way home in her car, from the Portsoy Boat Festival Rally, in 2017.
Emma continues her recovery from the injuries she sustained, but is very thankful for the prompt attendance of the Scottish Air Ambulance and crew, at the scene.
Cruden Bay – North Centre 20th – 22nd April 2018
Be Prepared Rally
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Brodie – North Centre joint Rally with Highland Centre 6th – 9th April 2018
Daffodils at Brodie Rally
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Banchory – North Centre 23rd – 25th March 2018
Banchory by the Dee Rally
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Banchory – North Centre 15th – 17th September 2017
Kenmay – North Centre 1st – 3rd September 2017
Big Bikers go Spicy Rally
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Strathdon – North Centre 25th – 28th August 2017
Lonach Gathering Rally
Arbroath – North Centre 28th – 31st July 2017
The West's on Tour Rally
Rosehearty – North Centre 7th – 10th July 2017
Sun, Sea & Sand Rally
Portsoy – North Centre 23rd – 26th June 2017
Ships Ahoy Rally
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.
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
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