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Committee 2018 - 2019
Gordon Brown, Janette Brown, Brian Wilson
As in recent years, the North Centre Committee has decided to donate to a Charity in lieu of sending Christmas cards. This year, our chosen Charity is The Archie Foundation which supports sick children in the North of Scotland.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of the Committee to wish all our members and friends throughout Scottish Caravan Club and Caravan and Motorhome Club a Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing many of you on the rally field next season.
SCC North Centre
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.
North Centre Rallies 2018
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
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