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Committee 2018 - 2019

  Chairman

Neil Watt

  Vice Chairman Catherine McKenzie
  Secretary

Patricia Wilson

  Treasurer

Jim Buchan

  Rally Secretary

Graham Craig

  P.R.O.

Sandra Fenton

  Equipment Officer  

Ian Brown

  Committee 

 Gordon Brown, Janette Brown, Brian Wilson

Chairman’s Message

 

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.

 

Neil Watt

 

Charman North Centre

 

 

May        
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
Pat Wilson
Mobile No: 07710 543438
Email Address: scc.northcentresecretary@gmail.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
Jeanette Brown
Mobile No: 07713 942212 
Email Address: ia.brown@btinternet.com
June        
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) 
Graham Craig 
Mobile No: 07836 537981 
Email: scc.northrallysecretary@gmail.com
July        
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)
Bruce Fenton
Mobile No: 07901 894422
Email: bruce23fenton@btinternet.com
August         
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
Gordon Brown
Mobile No: 07796 145980
Email: mohofun@gmail.com
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
Iain Brown
Mobile No: 07894 870001
Email: ia.brown@btinternet.com
September         
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 
Sandra Fenton
Mobile No: 07786 528181
Email: fentonsandra23@gmail.com
October         
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
Jim Bucahan.
Mobile No: 07831 218962 
Email: scc.northcentretreasurer@gmail.com
November        
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
Neil Watt
Mobile No: 07890 260050
Email: neil7529@hotmail.com

 

Springtime at Urquhart Rall - 19th to 22nd April 2019
 

Our next rally is fast approaching.  It is Easter weekend and we have lots going on.  An Easter Bonnet competition, Easter Egg Hunt, DIY BBQ (weather permitting) with the marshals providing a sweet.  Music, fun and laughter. 
Bookings to Pat Wilson. 
Mobile No. 07710 543438
Email - scc.northcentresecretary@gmail.com
One or two spaces still available but hurry up with those bookings please to avoid disappointment.

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North Centre Committee Update

We, at North Centre are very grateful to Graham Craig our Rally Secretary, who undertook two positions i.e. Rally Secretary and Vice Chairman on the 2018/2019 Committee as a favour to myself and indeed to us, the members of North Centre.  Graham now feels he is best suited to the Rally Secretary’s position and has stepped down as Vice Chairman, with our thanks for his hard work.

Fortunately for us, Catherine McKenzie has agreed to take on the position of Vice Chairman with a view to putting herself forward for election as Chairman at the forthcoming AGM.

Catherine has a wealth of experience with North Centre, having first rallied with her parents at only 4 years old in 1995 and latterly in her own motorhome.  She served on the Youth Committee from 2002 to 2006 as Secretary and Chairman respectively, followed by 2 years as Youth Advisor.  Catherine is a very welcome addition to our Committee and I am sure you will all join me in wishing her good luck in her new position as Vice Chairman. 

Neil Watt
Chairman
SCC North Centre

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Mitchell Golf Trophy Competition

 

The Mitchell Golf Trophy Competition is taking place at Inchmarlo Golf Course on Saturday 18th May and is being organised by Aileen Nicol.  
Competitors are meeting at 10.15am for tee off at 10.30am.  18 holes including coffee and a bacon roll after the 9th hole will cost £14.50.  
If you would like to join us please phone Aileen Nicol on telephone number 01224 742734 as soon as possible to enable firm bookings to be made.

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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.

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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.

On  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 O’Neil.
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

AGM Rally

Kenmay – North Centre                                                                                                     1st – 3rd September 2017

 

Big Bikers go Spicy Rally

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

 

AGM Rally

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.

 

Report & Photos by Jacquie Steel

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Forres – North Centre                                                             15th – 18th April 2016

Brodie Castle Rally

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