The weekend comes and it is hitch up and off. Over the years the DA has probably visited every site throughout Dorset. Many members of the Dorset's can say they have camped with the club for twenty years or more giving the club a great deal of experience to pass on.
Founder members Mr E Foxwell, secretary (2nd left) & Mr. Mitchell,chairman (centre) at the DA 40th Birthday Meet in 1992. Also in the picture Mr. & Mrs. R Cripps, Mike & Sue Butchers and Mr. J Castro, regional chairman and his wife Daphne.
In April 2012 the D.A celebrated its 60th Birthday. Around 90 past & present members attended including six past chairman, Mr. Ted Brown, Mr. Chris Vicary,
Mr. Mike Butchers, Mr. Jim Booth, Mr. Terry Sharpe (SWR chairman)
and Mr. Mick Cooper who was then D.A. chairman. Sadly Mick passed away suddenly on the 22nd March 2014. Mick was a novice to camping until marrying Jayne and joining the club in 1993. He became involved with the DA and held various committee positions inc Regional Rep, and finally Chairman retiring in 2013. Mick will be warmly remembered by all DA members.
Today the Dorset DA has a wide range of membership of all ages and backgrounds, always striving to give the sense of community and belonging The Dorset DA is a District Association of the Camping and Caravanning Club. The Club is split into to 13 Regions which are split again into 93 District Associations. Membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club is required to camp with the Dorset DA. Once members you are free to camp with any of the DAs throughout the country. The Camping and Caravanning Club send out The Big Sites book with the welcome pack, giving its members the opportunity to camp throughout the UK and Europe.
Membership to the Camping and Caravanning Club is only £42 or "online membership only £37" per year for you and your family. For full details follow the link to the Camping Club site. You need to do this as a first step, joining a District Association is automatic, you will be allocated according to your home address. After you join, in the welcome pack you will receive the big book of sites and other information.
The Dorset's produce a diary bimonthly, not only giving the list of sites planned for that year, but as a way of communicating with the members of the DA. District Associations are run by local members for the benefit of members. They arrange meets either at popular sites or providing more basic sites located near local festivals or arranged simply to take advantage of the local area , always at reduced rates. Social activities are often the focal point of the weekend which are open to any members of the Camping and Caravanning Club. Often the Dorset's will book a hall, or erect the marquee to cater for the various entertainments offered in any programme for that weekend. The committee are the organizers of the programme, but the steward for the weekend has the responsibility of the site. This will include booking people onto the site, taking the site fee, pitching you , and generally ensuring the members are keeping to the guidelines of the Camping and Caravanning Club.