A rally is a get together for a weekend or several days (holiday) to promote friendship and enjoy common pastimes in a light-hearted manner and always having a bit of fun.
There is no obligation to join in anything which doesn’t interest you nor will you be pressurised to do so. The Rally Marshal is an ordinary member who has volunteered to organise and run the rally.
This usually includes liaising with the landowner, placing direction signs on the approach and on the rally venue, maybe organising competitions and entertainment for all ages.
Events may include a social on the Saturday evening, either on the rally field or in a local hall, this is a family affair usually with games for all and a bit of music (have a dance or just to listen to).
Arrangements are made for a water supply and for the disposal of wastewater and emptying of toilet cassettes. The rally usually starts anywhere between 10.00am & 5.00pm, this is shown in the rally entry in the Rally Brochure. Please don’t arrive before this time as the marshal could still be setting up the rally.
On arrival at the rally, drive up to the Rally Office caravan or motor home, where you will be welcomed and can pay for the rally (the price is stated in the brochure), that is if you haven’t prepaid. If this is your first rally, please let the Rally Marshall know. You will then be handed an envelope containing the rally programme of activities and simple advice on local amenities, restrictions and arrangements for waste.
Most rallies have an ‘opening flag’ on the 1st. evening at the marshal’s van which is an opportunity to meet your fellow rallies’. Towards the end of the rally there is a “closing flag”, where the rallies’ meet to hear the results of the competitions, extend thanks to those who made the rally possible, particularly the marshals, welcome visitors and new rallies’ and announce forthcoming events.
All you need in addition to items you would normally expect to take on a commercial site is your own toilet together with a water container to fill it (toilets must never be taken to the drinking tap, this is a serious health hazard) and a container for dry waste which you must take home with you.
To level your caravan simple plastic or wooden wedges are sometimes needed for sloping fields. The venue is marked out to ensure ample spacing between caravans and finally, please read the rules that appear in this brochure and where necessary making sure the other members of your family are aware of what expected of them, the rules are there to protect us all.
If you would rather speak to someone before making the decision to join us, please feel free to telephone any officer or committee member for further information.
We look forward to seeing you.