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New Year Thank Yous

A BIG thank you to Dorset DA for a super New Year meet. Please pass our thanks to all those involved in making it such a success.The Cruise was smooth, entertaining, and we reached the Carribean safely!Happy New Year to you all.
Mac and Helen MacFadyen

Thank you Everyone for an absolutely terrific New Year Meet. We had a brilliant time.
Chris & Lorraine Patching

Frank & I would like to thank all at the New Year meeting for welcoming us and making our first ever DA meeting so enjoyable. We both had a fantastic time an it all down to you all. x
Frank and Carol McGrath

Thank you Dorset DA for making this a most enjoyable New Year meet.
Ian Fraser

Happy New Year. Thanks to everyone for making the Meet such a Happy time, really enjoyed it.
Anne Forster xx

Thank you to everyone for making the New Year Meet possible. Happy Camping Dorset DA for 2018.
Marion and Steve Slyfield

Happy New Year to Dorset DA members. Thank you for an enjoyable New Year Meet. Happy Camping 2018.
Heather & Colin Brown

SWR Summer Meet 2018
NFOL 2019 comes to Dorset

Gas safety

Connecting gas pipes from gas bottles enabling it to be back-fed through BBQ port going direct into vans is illegal.

Dogs on leads

Dogs must be kept
on leads at all times on site.

Fire buckets

Please remember to put your
"Fire Bucket"out.

Speed limit

Please remember to watch your speed on site

Chairmans charity

A big thank you £460.00 collected in 2017 for the Chairmans Charity Dorset Somerset Air Ambulance.

Chairmans charity

We will once again be collecting for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in 2017

Your committee

Michael Carroll - Chairman
Michael Butchers - Vice Chair/Website/Deputy Appointed Councillor to SWR
Sue Butchers - Secretary Caz Pitcher - Treasurer
Dawn Carroll - PRO Dianne Sharpe - Appointed SWR Councillor
Terry Sharpe, Derek Pitcher, – committee members.
Stuart Wilding Sites Officer, Gordon & Anne Colman CSC NCP



End of Season thank yous

We had a great time last night. Thank you to the Dorset DA Committee for a wonderful evening. Lovely people. Xxx Jayne

Thank you to the Dorset DA for a great weekend again , thank you to the ones that organised all of it for us all to enjoy , it was lovely as always 😊 , have a great Christmas everyone . See you for new year , take care , From the royals Paul Davis & Geraldine X,Royal Berkshire DA

It was such a good party - only the Dorset's can do it so good!! from Sue Gould

Was a great wknd.Thanks to everyone involved. X from Anne Colman.

Good night with friends of DDA and visitors. Thanks to all who put the work in to make it a good end of season.See you all soon. from Gerry & Val

As always, a great way to finish the season in true Dorset DA style.Very enjoyable year camping wise, all the best to you all, hope to see you all in 2018 from Pam and Keith .

Thank you for a Lovely evening, all our best wishes to you all xxfrom Steve & Marion Slyfield Somerset DA.

Thanks to everyone who made it such a superb weekend at 6D Handley. We had an excellent time as usual from Elaine & Martin.

Well done everyone, it was a good weekend & a lovely evening xx from Anne Forster.

Selina's birthday Wow - what a day!

From a chorus of Happy Birthday from my friends at work (who were dressed in Pudsey bears) to a party with my family and friends from the Dorset DA this evening 🎉 Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes, my beautiful cards and gifts... Extra special thanks to my gorgeous husband Neil for organising tonight - and of course to the lovely family and friends who helped him! I've had an amazing day and feel very spoilt!!! The celebrations continue tomorrow 🎉 xXx


Steward’s Report – Birchwood Touring Park November 2017– Keith & Pam Nation

Pam and I would like to thank all 37 units who camped last weekend at Birchwood . It was a great 4 day meet, the weather was very kind to us. 16 Dorset DA members supported us and a good mixture of visitors . It was great to help Sally Shroder enjoy her Birthday party .Looking forward to end of season meet at 6d next weekend .Tanks again.


Steward’s Report – Church Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Valentines/AGM – Mike & Sue Butchers

We arrived on Thursday afternoon to set up and immediately put the heating on as it was freezing outside. Stuart and Margaret were assisting us with the stewarding and arrived late afternoon. We had 32 units arrive over the Friday and Saturday which was a good turnout for such a cold weekend. We went down to the village hall at 1pm on Saturday to prepare the food for the evening. A big thank you to those who helped out with the setting up of the hall and the preparation of the food. It was greatly appreciated and done in record time! The evening was a great success and I would like to give a special thank you to Dianne for organising the food purchase and keeping us kitchen helpers organised and in line. The AGM on Sunday morning was held in the Bowling Club Clubhouse as it appeared the village hall had been double booked. This however was not the case and I have had apologies from the Chairman of the club as it was their mistake not ours! See letters below. Sincere apologies to those who attended.


Steward’s Report – Birchwood Touring Park March 2017– Keith & Pam Nation

What a great turnout, 49 units at the final count. Many thanks for supporting this meet. It may have been the weather or the fantastic stewards or even the home-made wine and cider or the ukulele players that enticed them to camp, but we are very grateful for your support and it makes stewarding so worthwhile. Thanks again.


We have received thank you letters as below:
NEW YEAR MEET 2016/17 Hi Terry and Di, Another great New Year celebration with Dorset DA. Many thanks for all the hard work you put in to make it such a success. We feel very privileged to be included. We hope you have good camping during 2017 and a fantastic trip to Australia. With many thanks Mac and Helen.
Also a thank you card was sent from Rod and Barbara Smith.
An email message from Heather and Colin Brown - Please thank the committee and helpers for the New Year meet. It was a lovely weekend and very enjoyable. The hard work organising and putting on the meet is appreciated.

Apology letters received re Sixpenny Handley Village Hall, 12th February 2017.

Dear Susan,
My name is David Adams club captain for the Handley Bowls Club. I want to apologise to you and your members on behalf of the club for the stress we caused you today, we found out afterwards our fixture secretary made a mistake with the hall booking. Also a big thank you to you all for leaving our club in a clean and tidy condition. I hope Rosalie will refund you the cost of Sunday morning as we will pay for that, if you have incurred any other costs please send the bill to me. Kind regards David Adams.

Dear Sue,
I am writing to say how sorry I am for the inconvenience you were caused this morning. The bowls club had no right to get you to move as they had only booked from 2:30pm as usual. Their booking clerk has just rung me, apparently she should have booked a date in March too. I was out this morning so didn’t hear about what had gone on until mid-afternoon. Obviously you will not be charged anything for this morning. Hopefully you were able to have your meeting as planned. Kind regards Rosalie Adams.


Thank you letter received from Bill and Nicky Bartholomew. Hi
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the valentine weekend you all organised. Although we have been to numerous rallies through the last ten summers this was the first winter rally we had attended. Wow, what a great time. The reception team were great, the venue was ideal (dry field with all good facilities and a bus service to Salisbury!), the buffet evening was excellent (everyone was so friendly, the committee worked so hard all evening, the hall looked great, the food was fab and the entertainment, Alto, were first class). So we just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to put the rally together and to make it happen so well, as a visitor I can tell you it was great, and we appreciate that it takes a lot of people working really hard in the background (pressies, raffle, washing up etc) to make it all work.
Thanks again, look forward to seeing you all again soon at future rally.
Regards Bill & Nicky Bartholomew
Solent group

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See you soon,

That’s all for now – Sue.Sue

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