West Sussex District AssociationNEWSLETTER -SUMMER 2024
Summer made a stuttering start much like the WSDA camping season, however since the Easter AGM we have enjoyed plenty of fun meets.WSDA AGM – 30th March 2024 – Clapham and Patching VillageHallThe AGM was very well attended despite there being no meet this time. A big thank you to all members who were able to attend. We were pleased to welcome along Southern Region Representatives, and were able to feedback on activities during the year, present the financial reports and to elect a new Committee member to work alongside the current members. There were some changes of roles within the committee and the updated email contact list is printed later in this newsletter and also on the website and Face book page.

.MAY BANK HOLIDAY 2nd – 7thMay 2024 – SUSSEX FARM, Partridge Green
WSDA returned to this lovely venue for an enjoyable meet over the Bank Holiday.The weather was mixed with some heavy downpours which did not help with the damp ground however it was agreed that it was good to get together again and all units were safely on their journeys at the end of the camp.
Thanks to Celia and Ian for stewarding the first meet of 2024.

Whitsun Bank Holiday 23rd– 28th May – THE LAUGHING FISH, Isfield
Good turnout with 31 units at this bank holiday meet. Super weather was enjoyed over the weekend.  There was a station house to visit and a steam traction engine formed part of the attractions.
Thanks to Tim and Caroline for stewarding

Weekend Meet 6th – 10thJune- OAKSIDE FARM, Ringmer
Pretty meadow style camping was available with scenic views in this lovely location.There are plenty of interesting places to visit or just enjoy walking around the large ponds on site which has a bus route too. Warm weekend weather ensured a relaxed time with good friends was had by all in the many units who attended the meet.**There is a chance to visit this site again in September.
Thanks to Linda and Ian for stewarding.

**We are looking for stewards to run a meet 5th to 9th September –if you can help with this in any way, please contact the Committee. Free camping nights for stewards.

Weekend Meet 20th – 24thJune – WILD HEART HILL CAMP, Long Furlong
A summer solstice meet within the South Downs National Park.  Uncertain weather conditions meant lower attendance but some lovely sunshine was enjoyed by those who made it along to celebrate mid-summers day and longest night. Nature trail walks and nearby pubs gave campers a chance to relax and take in the splendid countryside.
Thanks to Val for stewarding this meet.

Weekend meet 4th – 8th JULY – NORTH HALL, Loxwood
A very pretty little site alongside the village hall and near to lovely walks along the Whey and Arun canal.  There are pubs within walking distance and food vans visiting. The weather took turns to be wet and dry but didn’t dampen the spirit of the campers who enjoyed a quiz and lots of good company.
Thanks to Tina and Steve for stewarding

We look forward to more meets throughout the year, so keep an eye on the website and Facebook group for up-to-date information.
Stewards are also wanted to help ensure these meets take place. Please contact one of our committee members if you would like to take the opportunity to support the WSDA in this way.  We are able to offer stewards free nights camping.

WSDA Committee Members– Pat Carpenter– Paul Crayden– Karen Crayden– Sheila Whitby– Lin Harris– Celia Whitby– Chris Carpenter– Karel – Paul Crayden

Well what a wet start we have had to 2024 camping season starting with the Easter meet being cancelled by Clapham Village Hall. However I would like to thank all of you that still turned up and supported us at the AGM.
It was a fantastic turnout and a very successful AGM maintaining a full ongoing committee which is needed to keep your D.A. running smoothly.
 I would like especially to thank Karen, our treasurer for presenting a very good set of accounts for 2023 at the meeting.
 On another positive note our meets this year have been incredibly well supported to near capacity on each of the sites.
So good to see many new faces, quite often joining us for their first time and we hope that this trend will continue.
 (There is a booking email for those that like to book in advance)
We have been subsidizing the site fees at weekend meets this year, to help out and give a little back to our members for their support. Camping with WSDA is still very affordable for all so please come and join us.

This year is flying by and our THS at Lancing College is now fast approaching in its 39th year and is as popular as ever with a large turnout expected and hopefully some good weather too.
 We have some fabulous live entertainment lined up each weekend for you so please make sure you pay us a visit at some time.
I look forward to saying hi to you
,Pat Carpenter…….Chairman WSDA

2nd – 27th August 2024
Our THS at Lancing College is now only weeks away. Pat and Chris have been busy planning all events. We can confirm that all the live weekend entertainment has now been booked.
Sat  3rd August –DelStar’ Karaoke & Lancing’s Got Talent/Karaoke
Friday 9th August – LAS VEGAS LOUNGE
Saturday 10th August – The Great Lancing Charity Bake Off
Saturday 17th August – The Famous WSDA Garden Centre – Plant Sale-    
  Table Top Sale.   Tombola & breakfast
Saturday 17th August–Live with ‘MEL’ (The Pocket Rocket)
Friday 23rd August -KARL FOX and DANNY BASHFORD
Saturday 24th August (Bank Holiday) will be our ‘Feast of Lanterns’
Theme this year is ’Films’ We hope as a many as possible will light up their units in the evening. We will serve hot dogs and a hot drink in the Marquee for about 8.30pm. There will be a small charge to fund this event.

We have arranged for Rick and his mobile “Spud Shack” to be on site every Thursday between 5.30 -7.30pm. We will open up the marquee and invite campers to bring tables and have dinner together.
We have also arranged for ‘Mack’s Ices’ to visit the site in the evenings.
Plus social gatherings and weekly Bingo in the Marquee.
.Any paperback books you do not need will be greatly appreciated for our library, along with any unwanted small gifts for the Tombola.

Charity for 2024 ‘The Sussex Snowdrop Trust’, who are based locally in Walberton. They provide Nursing care at home for local children who have life threatening or terminal illness.   We are sure you will agree this is a very worthwhile charity to support.   Hopefully, a representative from Sussex Snowdrop Trust will be able come along to our Charity Bake Off on Sat 10th August.Fingers crossed for good weather and a successful THS at Lancing.

All this for £12.50 per unit per night!!
 You can just turn up of or if you would like to book, then text Pat 07813 107655
Or email –

Next meet is at a site new to WSDA:Thursday 18th – Monday 22ndJulyEast Ashling Nurseries, Lye Lane, Chichester PO18 9DDSite opens at 12noon Thursday and finishes at 3pm Monday 22nd – £10 pernight
Hope to see many of you there.👌 😊

Karel Wright – Editor

Lancing THS Entertainment 2024
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Our next Camping Meet is at,

East Ashling Nurseries

July 18th at 12:00 – July 22nd at 12:00

Price:- £10.00 Per Unit Night

East Ashling Nurseries,

Lye Lane, East Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9DD. MR 197/825076.

Take B2178 out of Chichester. 200m after East Ashling yellow 30mph sign turn right into Lye Lane, site 400m on the left.

Your Steward:- Karel

A new venue in West Sussex for us.

Booking can be made but not required

Own Sanitation Essential

Camping Meet

20th – 24th June

Wild Heart Hill Camp

Long Furlong,

Findon. BN14 0RJ

Co-ord, 50.8684 – 0.4192

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///drummers.flitting.nutty) to Entrance

Opens 12 midday Thursday 20th

Fees – £12 per unit night cash payment.

Stewards- Val

or just roll up !

Another great little site in the South Downs National Park

Great walking on the South Downs. Close to Findon village/ pubs/ take aways, etc

An added attraction on Saturday with an opportunity to try your hand at Archery.

We Aim to please , even if you don’t see the point of it !!🎪🤣

Preview of some of what’s arranged for the LANCING COLLEGE THS

LANCING COLLEGE Temp, Holiday Site

2nd – 27th August 2024. Only £12.50 pun

You can just turn up or if you would like to book

Email –

Live Entertainment every weekend in the

Marquee for your enjoyment!!!

Sat 3rd – Lancing’s Got Talent & Karaoke 🎤🎶

Fri, 9th – The VEGAS LOUNGE

Sat 10th – The Great Lancing Charity Bake Off

Sat 17th – The famous Charity Plant Sale ,

tabletop sale, Tombola & breakfast

Sat 17th – Live with MEL ‘The Pocket Rocket’


Sat 24th – Feast Of Lantens! Light up you units

Theme of ‘ Films’ or just light up!

Plus social gatherings and weekly Bingo in the

Marquee. Hope to see you all there ! 👏

Next Camping Meet

6th – 10th June

Oakside Farm

Green Lane

Ringmer. BN8 5AD


Stewards are Linda & Ian,

Opens 12pm Thursday

Fees – £8.00!! Per unit night

(Includes your van +2 adults , children & even the Dog ! No catch, just your west sussex committee giving back something to our members all year !👌)

Booking on ;-

if you like but not necessary.

Local to Lewes, Ringmer, Bently Wildfoul & Motor Museum, Lavender railway line. Superb pub, The Green Man, highly recommended for food ! On the bus route.