Rallies in May

Please note that the closing date for bookings for the Carnoustie Rally is 16th April and the Huntley Rally is 27th April. The Booking Form for these rallies must be with the Rally Officers by this date so that the rally plaque and site layout can be prepared.

Our condolences

Our sincere condolences go to Jackie, the family and friends of Mike (Charles) Hyde who suddenly died earlier this month. Mike was chairman of the Club from 1997 to 1999 and attended rallies up to Harrogate last year. Jackie and Mike are in our thoughts.

Committee Meeting

The next Committee Meeting will be held at the Carnoustie Rally on 14th May 2018. If you have any issues that you wish to be discussed, please contact any of the committee members by 7th May 2018.

Going to our Scottish Rallies?

We would love to welcome you to our Scottish Rallies in May. The best route for most people travelling from south of the border is to join the M6 then proceed north on the M74. To break the journey we list some useful stopover sites:


Ghyll House Farm, Wreay, Carlisle

Telephone Number 01697 473297

(Caravan Club site).

180 miles to Carnoustie.


Braides Caravan Park, Annan Road, Gretna, DG16 5DQ

Telephone number 01461 337409

(Commercial site).

170 miles to Carnoustie.


Moffat Camping & Caravan Site, Hammerlands,

Moffat, DG10 9DY

Telephone Number 01683 220436

(Camping & Caravanning Club site).

140 miles to Carnoustie.


Lettershaws, Abington, ML12 6TA

Telephone number 01864 502369

(Camping & Caravanning Club Hideaway site)

120 Miles to Carnoustie


Collier Hall Farm, Douglas Water, ML11 9TU

Telephone number 07775 758406

(Caravan Club 5CL site)

114 miles to Carnoustie.

If you wish to take a tour after staying at the Carnoustie and Huntly Rallies, head for the west coast via Inverness, Fort William and Oban, then back south via Glasgow to the M74.

Our 2018 Scottish Rallies

Our Scottish rallies this year are centred along the eastern region between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, embracing wonderful Angus, Aberdeenshire and the Cairngorms.

For Caravan and Motorhome Club members please read the article “Natural High” in the January 2018 issue of the Club Magazine. As this article says ….

“What are the required ingredients for a classic Scottish touring holiday? Perhaps …soaring mountains, roaring rivers, stately castles and smoked salmon? Maybe even a dram or two of malt whisky?

The Cairngorms and along the popular coastline south of Aberdeen has it all (and) seems just that little bit grander.”

Haven’t they done well!

Proof, if indeed proof is needed, that the Avondale Club Rallies are popular, was celebrated at the Annual General Meeting with a presentation to Betty and Phil Claridge marking their 400th Avondale Rally with the Club.

Betty and Phil

Betty and Phil joined the Club in 1985 and have been rally officers at many venues over the years. From 1991, Phil was rally secretary and organised over 470 rallies during his fifteen years in post.

During their busiest years they attended eighteen to twenty one Club rallies a year and said that attending rallies “unlocked the beauty of the British Isles” to them.

Betty and Phil have given sterling service to the Club over the past thirty-two years and all members wish them many more years of happiness.

Your Committee Needs You

We are now thinking ahead and looking for members to join the Committee at the AGM in 2018. Being a committee member is not an onerous task, gives you an opportunity to see how the Club runs and also influence what the Club does for its members.

Four long-serving committee members are standing down in 2018 and the committee hopes that fresh faces with new ideas can be encouraged to come forward to help the Club continue to flourish.

The Committee invites members to fill the following vacancies:

  1. Vice Chair – this is a two-year appointment with a view to becoming Chairman thereafter. Tony Brennan is the current vice chairman and will be very happy to talk to any member who may wish to apply.
  2. Honorary Secretary – Primrose Morrison is the current post holder and will be delighted to explain what it involves. Good admin skills are needed for this position, as is access to a computer with email facilities.
  3. Rally Secretary – Fred Randall has made a fine job of organising rallies over the past three years and will be pleased to explain how it is done. This can be a particularly rewarding task and requires organisational skills and a nose for a good site.
  4. Avondaler Magazine Editor – Roland Hill has produced the magazine for some years, which has been much appreciated by all the Club members. If you have publishing skills or fancy being an author, this is the job for you.

The Club is constantly evolving and therefore fresh blood will bring fresh ideas to these committee posts. If you would like to take on any of these positions and do it your way, please get in contact with any of the current post holders or any committee member.

We really, really want to hear from you!

Membership Subscription

Membership subscriptions for 2018 are now due for payment. Please send your cheque (payable to Avondale Caravan Club) for £10 to: Mrs P Morrison, Woodlea, Kirk Road, New Galloway, Kirkcudbrightshire. DG7 3RS

Membership offers access to booking onto our rallies throughout the year, an annual magazine, good company and possible lifetime friendships. Membership grew by over 10% in 2017, so if you are not already a member please complete the Application Form and come join us. A warm welcome awaits.

Notice of AGM

The 46th AGM will be held at Monks Barn Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 1st September 2018 at 10.30am.

Nominations for the Committee should be sent to the Secretary clearly stating Name of Nominee, names and signatures of Proposer and Seconder, together with affirmation signature of Nominee; such nominations and any propositions and motions to reach the Secretary no later than 11th August 2018.

Help Spread the Fun

Rallies offer a lot of fun to our members, giving the pleasure of beautiful scenery, quality food and drink, entertainment and friendship. A Rally Officer and an Assistant Rally Officer run each rally, both of which are club members. These are the people who help ‘guide’ the rally and make it run smoothly for everyone to enjoy.

Being on the rally team can be great fun and can be very rewarding. The Club needs more Rally Officers and Assistant Rally Officers for the 2018 rallies. Can you help? Please contact Fred Randall (Rally Secretary) to discuss what is involved. See Contact page for details. You may be very surprised how much fun it can be.