One of our busiest year’s ever and to think in 1985 it was said that the meet would’nt last. This years attendees included, 426 Adults & 33 children staying in a selection of 91 Caravans,124 Motorhomes, 7 Tents, & 3 Trailer Tents.
We welcomed visitors from all over the country on annual holiday, visiting relations and friends or touring around. It was great to see everyone from as far north as Durham & Teeside. To the west from Gloucester & Liverpool and as far south from Portugal.
Over the past few years we have included a Charity Theme to the THS collecting for local Sussex Charities each year West Sussex DA can be very proud to have collected thousands of pounds.
This year we were supporting the ‘Sussex Search and Rescue, a local group of volunteers who give of their time looking for missing people. A wonderful total of Two Thousand,Four Hundred and Fifty Pounds was collected during the Meet which has already been forwarded to their HQ.
The money is raised at different social events which include ‘The Great Lancing Bake Off’ with campers baking cakes in their vans for the competition and after being judged, donating their creations to the Tea & Cake afternoon.
The cake judges this year were the two representatives from SSR, plus Rosie Clack-Walsh, an editor from the Clubs very own Out and About Magazine.
This year’s winner was the lovely Vikki, entering for the first time with her wonderful gin-tonic & lemon cake. Clearly a very popular choice.
Well done to all of the children that also entered their cakes with Erin & Lily judged the best with their Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake.
Of course everyone that takes part are all winners for helping to raise money including and sincerely thanking many local businesses for donating raffle prizes!!
The Charity theme continued the following weekend with our extremely popular ‘Lancing Garden Center’ with a great selection of beautiful plants for sale. Twelve months of hard work nurturing plants and flowers by Tina & Steve for the annual event, along with a Bacon Bap Breakfast, Table Top sale and Tombola .
Campers enjoyed live entertainment each weekend in our Marquee which is always well received along with mid week social evenings including Bingo, quiz’s & other fun items. This year we saw the brilliant sounds of Tom Jones, Suspiciously Elvis, busker and sing along songs with Peter Ridge and the brilliant guitar duo playing & singing anything the audience requested!! Amazing.
If you have never been to the Lancing THS, then maybe consider joining us next year ! We will be pleased to meet you.
We had a very good turn out for our first Meet of the season at the Clapham & Patching site with the AGM also well attended followed by a wonderful buffet lunch.
I am pleased to report that we have a hard working committee elected for another year with one space still vacant should anyone wish to join us. The weather stayed kind for us although the field was a little on the soft side initially with three units regrettably getting stuck. Thankfully there’s usually Boys with Big Toys on site always willing to lend a hand with a tow out of the mud.
At this time of the year your DA hire the hall which gives us a warm retreat for the evening fun & much laughter for all, including, games ,music, a quiz and this year an alternative Bingo using playing cards.
On Easter Sunday Morning a local walk was enjoyed taking a route through the bluebell woods and visiting a pub. Unfortunately the walkers were followed home by a home by a herd of inquisitive Goats that ran riot for a while around the caravans.
This was all taking place while the Chefs, Pat & Chris and their great small team of helpers were preparing the Italian Easter Sunday Meal. The Menu was, Bruschetta, Linguine Bolognese, Tiramisu ,followed by Limon Cello & Mints. It was all very well received and the four course meal was enjoyed by everyone.