Dyfed Centre Rally Reports

Blaunwaun Farm, Mwnt - July 3rd - 6th 2014


Tywydd gweddol - heblaw un dydd o law. Saith fan yn gyfan gwbwl.

An exclusive rally of seven vans in total. Weather was in the main very good.


Hywel, Ireen, Mike & Linda



Submitted by Hywel and Ireen Nicholas

Easter Rally at Pembrey Country Park April 17th - 22nd 2014


We went down to Pembrey early to set up on Thursday morning, while trying to put the marquee up we found out that it had a big rip in it. Ian and Trish then put their needlework skills to the test to try and fix it. Fingers crossed that it would hold. Everyone started to arrive; the weather was dry and sunny and warm but a little windy. We had a little get together in the marquee which was really great to chat with old friends.

Friday the rest of the ralliers arrived. Flag was at 6pm, we had tea and coffee and hot Cross Buns. We told everyone what was going to be happening over the weekend. The youth committee were present on the rally and had planned to entertain the children over the weekend. We had 21 children in all on the rally field which was a joy to see. Ben and his committee had arranged a name the bunny competition and wanted to sell bacon and sausage rolls to raise money for the Youth charity this weekend.

Saturday morning we made bacon and sausage buns to sell. The weather stayed dry and the sun came up, quite a few of us caught a bit of colour. The children played football in the afternoon and went to the park.

Sunday morning we held flag at 11am. The weather was dry but cold, we prayed that the rain would hold off. The results of the competitions were,

·         0-4 = Olivia Maher

·         5-8 = Decorated hardboiled egg = Lucia Almeida

·         9-12 = Decorated hardboiled egg = Seren Thomas

·         Teenagers = TV quiz no entries, It was too difficult, I will have to make it easier in future

·         Adults = Easter Quiz = Terry and Judith Morris

I would like to thank Gordon and Jayne Smart our only visitors from East Dorset Centre who judged the competitions and the Easter Bonnet’s for us.

We then held our Easter Bonnet competition and we had a great response.

The winners were

·         5 and under = Olivia Maher

·         6-12 = Ella Morris

·         Teenagers = No entries, we couldn’t persuade anyone to get up.

·         Adults = 1st prize Helen Kemp and 2nd Prize Sarah Davies

Sunday night we held bingo and it was amazing how many of us we could fit into the marquee. It was a really cold tonight and looked like rain, it started to rain on the fifth game and Terry Morris was really amused that we were playing bingo in the rain. He sat chuckling to himself  while we were playing.

Monday we sold bacon and sausage rolls and sold out. We had another glorious day and we all sat out in the sun while some of the ralliers packed up to go home.

Tuesday rally finished and it rained….. I would like to say a huge thank you to Ian and Helen Kemp that assisted Chris and Trish this weekend. I also want to say a really big thank you to all the ralliers that donated and bought names for the Easter bunny. This weekend we raised £110 for the youth charity and Ben would like to say a big thank you to you all and to his committee for their support.

Have a look at the Dyfed Centre Facebook page and the Dyfed Centre Caravan Club webpage and you will see photos of the fabulous weekend that we had.

Looking forward to the next rally, hopefully see you all soon.

Chris & Trish Lloyd

Submitted by Chris, Trish, Jonathan, Benjamin and Bethany


Holiday Rally - Well Park, Tenby, 4th - 12th August 2012

Saturday 4th August rally started at 11.30am, 17 vans arrived throughout the day. It was a lovely sunny day. Cari and Chloe opened a tuck shop for the children and would open it every day throughout the week. Sunday 5th August 11.30am welcome flag and we welcomed 2 new families to the centre and their first rally. Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated. Congratulations to Mike and Patrina Evans who were celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary. The afternoon was lovely and we practiced for the sports, we had egg and spoon races, sack races and relays. We even had a bit of limbo. More vans arrived in the afternoon.

Monday 2 more vans arrive. The children enjoyed some time in the swimming pool. We played badminton and boules in the afternoon. Tuesday was not a good day, rain, rain and more rain. Most of the day was spent win the van. The children again went to Tenby swimming pool. The yellow flag was flying for the first time in a long time. We played bottle bingo at 7pm and raised an amazing £78.50 for the Youth charity, “Spina Bifida Llanelli”. a huge thank you to everyone who took part.

Wednesday as better but the yellow flag was still flying. We played money bingo in the evening after some time out in Tenby shopping. Thursday was beautiful and the kids enjoyed the beach. Some of the children went to the Caribbean Party in Blue Lagoon. Friday was sunny and preparations were made for closing flag and an evening of horse racing. Hot dogs for starters during flag were enjoyed by all.

Competition winners –

5-8 year olds,

Colouring the summer picture, Winner – Chloe Evans, Runner up Lucia Almeida

9-12 year olds,

Summer Word Scramble, Winner – Ethan Allen


Logo Quiz, Winner – Keira Allen


Pop Bands Quiz – Winner – The Gardener Family from Bristol

The horse racing followed flag. Four races in total, it was so much fun and more money was raised for the Youth charity. We raised another £69.10. The horse owners and jockeys of each race were presented with medals and chocolates.

1st Race – The Caravan Cup

Horse – Bailey Unicorn

Owner – Lance whitely

Jockey – Lucy Whitely

2nd Race – The Accessories Cup

Horse –Hitch Perfect

Owner – Sarah Davies

Jockey – Ken Thacker

3rd Race – The Tipple Cup

Horse –Strong Bow

Owner – Elliot Almeida

Jockey – Alberto Almeida

4th Race – The 2012 Cup

Horse –Diamond Jubilee

Owner – Isabelle Hartley

Jockey – Suzanne Hartley

A huge thank you to everyone who took part and helped us to raise the money, the total amount of money raised this week for the Youth charity was £147.60.

Saturday was another lovely day; Sunday saw the close of the rally. A miserable day, it was raining and everyone was sad to see the week come to a close.

We would like to say a big thank you to Debbie Calow who brought Skittles, huge Jenga and Connect 4 for us to use in the Marquee. Thanks to the Gwent Centre for allowing us to borrow the marquee it was a god send.

Finally, Thanks to Tim, Sarah, Cari and Cerys for assisting us. It was a great week and looking forward now the Welsh National in North Wales.

Looking forward to seeing you all out on the rally field soon.

Submitted by Chris, Trish, Jonathan, Benjamin and Bethany

Buttyland, Manorbier July 13th - 15th 2012

Arrived at Buttyland mid-afternoon and it was raining. It soon brightened up and the caravans started arriving. We took a phone call from a new member who wanted to come and try his new campervan out. We were to expect them Saturday afternoon.  The children were all playing football and riding their bicycles. The chip shop was busy, so no need to cook.

Rain came Friday night and kept most of us awake…..

Saturday Morning, dry and bright, damp ground not many signs of the heavy rain. Fathers played football against the kids. Some enjoyed walking in the countryside and others took a trip to Tenby on the train. For those of us who stayed behind it was great. The sun came out and the wind picked up, but only lasted while the clouds were hiding the sun. Kites were flown and volleyball and football played. We enjoyed a game of rounders and refreshments were welcomed at halftime.

Our new ralliers arrived and enjoyed a game of boules. It was surprising how much sun we all caught. A nice supper and a relaxing drink was enjoyed. We sat out until late.

Sunday Morning was flag with tea and coffee and competitions.

A really relaxing weekend helped by the excellent weather.

Thanks to all who came and enjoyed. Look forward to seeing you all out on the rally field soon.

Submitted by Chris & Trish Lloyd

Pentwd Farm, Cardigan - 1st - 5th July 2012


24 vans turned out for Pentwd Rally near Cardigan.


The site itself, is a credit to the owners, who have done amazing things since last year.


Despite a rainy start to the holiday, everyone enjoyed and got into the Jubilee spirit with bunting draped on most of the vans.


We had the flag/get together on a sunny Monday, evening where we had a sing song. Ken and myself ( Dawn) sang a duet and we had a mixture of canu gwerin,and songs from Calamity Jane.


In all a good weekend.


Submitted by Huw and Dawn Davies

Frome - Easter - West Woodland Showground - 5th - 10th April 2012


This years Easter rally was held at The West Woodland, Showground, near Frome


The rally was poorly attended, with 19 caravans attending, as the week before there was uncertainty whether fuel would be available, and a number of members cancelled


Electric was available and was much appreciated by all as the weekend was very cold


We all got together on Friday night for tea/coffee and a hot cross bun, giving all a chance for a chinwag


The site is within walking distance of Longleat and many took the opportunity to visit


On Saturday a large lorry arrived on site, containing over 3000 pigeons. It was hoped to release them that day to compete in a race back to the Wolverhampton area, however the wind was considered too strong and the start was delayed for 24 hours. Details of the race can be found at


Flag was held on Sunday and the traditional Easter bonnet competition was held. The weather was dry, but cold. The winners were:-


0 – 6 Girls….. Mair

0 – 6 Boys…...Jake

7 – 12 Girls… ……

7 – 12 Boys….Eliott.

Adult Ladies…LLinos Gass

Adult Men….. Dave Jones

Fines were imposed for not wearing a bonnet and a collection bucket was passed around and over £50.00 was collected towards the junior committee’s nominated charity


Monday was both wet and cold but most managed to get out and about


Our thanks go to John and Llinos for all their help during the weekend.


Submitted by David and Margaret Jones

Llandeilo - Dinefwr Gardens - 30th August - 4th September 2011


21 vans attended the rally, including one from Berkshire.


The weather was a mixed bag as usual, as the British summer usually is, but it stayed dry on Saturday evening for us to have “flag”, where “Doris Day” turned up to give them a song and everyone joined in the chorus. It seems that was the first time a rally officer has sung at flag.


As usual, the last day was sunny, but as the song goes Que Sera Sera.

Submitted by Huw and Dawn Davies

59th Welsh National 2011 -  25th - 30th August 2011


A disappointing 19 units attended this years Welsh National Rally in Laleston hosted by South Wales Centre, 3 of which were visitors to the centre lines. The weather was against everyone on arrival with thunder and lightening throughout the day which led to the red flag being flown but that did not put the members off for what had been arranged for the weekend. Spirits were high for the start of the competitions where the majority of our attendees competed so my thanks go to them for their support and congratulations go to our winners, Cerys Davies – Winner Junior Bannarette, Donna Pritchard – Runner up Floral Decoration, Liz Davies, Sarah Falcon Davies, Ian Sutherland, Sel Davies AKA  Dyfed ‘A’ Quiz Team – Runners up Inter Centre Quiz. In fact, each of the 19 caravans on site had entered in at least one competition and in most cases more than one. All deserve a clap on the back.

My thanks go to all the children who volunteered their services to both Gwent and North Wales Centres to make up teams for the sports field as unfortunately no Dyfed teams were entered. Congratulations to both Benjamin Mathias – 9-12 boys football winners(North Wales) and Johnny Lloyd – 17-19 boys football winners (North Wales).

A special thanks goes to Chris Lloyd who took over the duties as Sports co-ordinator for the weekend where he rallied around the members ensuring their individual entry forms were handed in on time, put all the teams together and ensured they were on time to compete. So Thank you Chris for all your help.

Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings were enjoyed by all,  with Cannon & Ball bringing the house down on Saturday and Shaun Malone as ‘Meat Loaf’ on Sunday. Flag was held after the closing ceremony and everyone relaxed to a glass of wine where all competitor plaques were presented . Thank you to the Youth Committee for providing for flag and to Cari & Benjamin for their help

Submitted by Tim Davies, Dyfed Centre Chairman

Manorbier - Buttyland 28th - 31st July 2011

Seventeen outfits attended the Rally at the Buttyland Caravan Park.

There were 7 visitors from the West Wales Centre including a first rallier and 10 from Dyfed.

The site proprietors Mr and Mrs Brown were very helpful in accommodating the needs of the Rally and we were blessed with reasonable weather over the weekend.

Our friends from West Wales included some keen sea anglers and consequently many of the ralliers were provided with large supplies of fresh fish which was promptly cooked on numerous barbecues. The Rally Marshals wish to thank all concerned for their generosity.
During the weekend past Dyfed Centre Chairman David Jones and his wife Margaret celebrated their 39th Wedding anniversary and on this occasion David had to settle for not barbequing himself! They were joined in their celebrations by the Assistant Marshals Wyn and Anne Phillips who on the following weekend 7th August would be celebrating their Ruby wedding anniversary. The best wishes of the ralliers were conveyed to both couples for many happy years to come
Submitted by John and Llinos Gass

Chairman's Charity Rally  - Rhydygors School 27th - 30th May 2011


On Friday vans arrived back onto the grounds of Rhydygors School after negotiations with the school head to rally there again. Being so popular in the past a disappointing attendance with 17 vans made their way to support the charity rally, there were 14 Dyfed, 2 West Wales and 1 South Glamorgan members that turned out.

Saturday morning stalls were set up in the school hall with the weather looking overcast. There were books, cakes, fresh vegetables, bric-a-brac tea and coffee on sale. My thanks go to all that took the time to bring along their goods to sell and donate their takings to our cause for the year and also to those who attended and spent their hard earned cash. Later on flag was held and everyone tucked into burgers and salad oh and a glass of wine. Now for the fun part, Saturday evening started off with bingo with a twist… ‘Bottle Bingo’ with the prizes being bottles of any kind but mostly alcohol of course but there was one or two boo bee prizes.

Then the winner for the diary date was chosen. As we had visitors amongst us, our South Glamorgan chose the month with one of the West Wales members picking the date and the lucky winner was Trish Lloyd with March 11th who picked up the prize of £50.00. My thanks goes to Denise Wilcox for all the hard work she has put into selling all of the dates along with the help of Llinos Gas and Helen Kemp. Next the raffle winners were announced with over 30 prizes up for grabs so a big thank you to all that donated prizes. The night finished off with the ladies and some of the men having their faces painted and some horse racing and music.

 On Sunday everyone met at 1pm for lunch in the school hall, this was prepared by Sarah and the attending committee, the meal included a choice of 2 meats and 2 deserts and all this for a fiver… well worth it all proceeds again went to the charity. Sunday evening our entertainment was ‘Katie Lewis’ a young lady from Llanelli who sang a variety of old and new songs for all to enjoy.

The total raised at the weekend was £755.24, so again to everyone who attended ‘Thank you’

Submitted by Tim Davies 

Porthyrhyd - Botanic Gardens 6th - 8th May 2011


Smaller numbers on the rally, 8 vans on site, 5 Dyfed and 3 West Wales – who all commented on how welcome they were made to feel throughout the weekend. We had 1 first time rally goer, our very own Auditor Mr Peter Chin and his wife.

The Gardens were generous in providing rally goers with discounted entry into the gardens which some took advantage of.

Again, we were very lucky with the weather and the rain fell overnight.

The illuminated window competition was won by Tim and Sarah Davies.

Submitted by Ian and Helen Kemp

Llandovery - RFC  17th - 20th March 2011


21 Vans on site, 5 West Wales and 16 Dyfed.

Early problems with the electrical supplies were resolved by the very helpful Warden Mr David Evans who was on hand all weekend to help with any issues on site.

A very warm welcome was extended by Llandovery RFC for those of us who visited the club house to watch the rugby internationals, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The weather was very kind to us and despite the frosty mornings, the days were pleasant and sunny and added to the enjoyment of the weekend.

Submitted by Ian and Helen Kemp

Llandeilo - Dinefwr Gardens - 10th - 11th September 2010


Despite the heavy rain on Friday , the ever increasing popularity of the Dinefwr gardens rally attracted 40 caravans.  There were 5 cancellations and unfortunately two no shows.

Over the weekend the Owner's Improvement was held. It was a difficult decision between the two entries but the land owners judged that Tudor and Elizabeth Joseph were deemed  worthy winners of the Ennis Cup. The Rally Secretary also presented the rallies for the 2011 season, and many of the ralliers who attended were eager to put their names forward as Officer's and Assistants for the available forthcoming rallies.

The weather for the remainder of the rally was glorious and most of those who attended experienced an enjoyable weekend. It was sad to report that two outfits had to leave early due to unfortunate circumstances, and our sympathies are extended to one, and best of health to the other.

The rally field at Dinefwr gardens continues to be developed and it is anticipated that the popularity of this site  will continue  once the shower/toilet block and electric hook ups are installed.

The Llandeilo food fayre held on the weekend at the neighbouring Dinefwr Farm welcomed the ralliers and the Twmpath Dawns in the evening was certainly bolstered by the presence of our rally.

Diolch i bawb am eich cefnogaeth dros y penwythnos


Submitted by Mike and Linda Nicholas & Hywel and Ireen Nicholas

Merrixton Farm - May Bank Holiday 30th April - 9th May 2010
A total of 53 vans attended the Merrixton rally, some staying a few nights, others staying for longer. We had a visitor from Dorset and they were really impressed with the area and venue.
The weather, as always was playing up, but it remained mostly dry, but windy.  The landowners kindly donated some of the site fees, to the Air Ambulance Wales and with a further collection at flag, a sum of £145 was raised.
Submitted by Hugh and Dawn Davies

Penclacwydd - 29th - 31st January 2010
8 caravans" flocked "to Penclacwydd wildfowl centre on Friday. Despite waking up to a snowy
Saturday morning with some frozen water containers, we were all quite "chirpy" and we had a "quacking" time
Submitted by Dawn Davies

Brynich Club Site Rally - 10th -11th October 2009 


A lovely site in the Brecon Beacons where 29 caravans booked in for the weekend but only 22 vans turned out. The rally started at 2pm on Friday afternoon when the majority of our rally goers arrived. The weather was on our side on Friday and the girls were grateful to the two volunteers that we had to site the vans (Meirwyn and Stephen)


Saturday saw a reasonably pleasant day, enough sunshine for us to venture down the canal on our kayaks or walk into Brecon for some retail therapy or a nice meal. Mike and Christine ventured to the Regional and Divisional AGM representing the centre in Builth Wells where they had the added treat of seeing the dog show.

The weather for Sunday was promising but our hearts sank when we heard the rain on the caravan roof. Thanks to Ian Sutton and his canopy we were able to hold a successful flag. There were winners in all competition entries and a nice weekend was had by all.

Submitted by Rhian, Anthea, Delyth, Leanda and Eryl

Llandeilo – Gerddi Dinefwr – Dinefwr Gardens - 18th - 20th Medi/September


Daeth deunaw ar hugain o ‘Ddyfed’ i fwynhâi gwir Haf Bach Mihangel yng Ngerddi Dinefwr ger Llandeilo. Penwythnos penrhydd oedd hi gyda phawb yn gwneud fel y mynno.  Diolchwn unwaith eto i Eirwen a Aun Spencer am eu croeso arbennig.  Mae’r gwireddu’r freuddwyd o greu safle priodol ar gyfer carafanau wedi cael hwb mawr gyda thyfiant yr adeilad toiledau.  Pwy a ŵyr, gyda tamed o lwc bydd ddim angen y twll yn y cornel erbyn y flwyddyn nesa!!! Pleser mawr oedd trefnu’r penwythnos a diolchwn i bawb am eu cefnogaeth. 


Thirty-eight vans from Dyfed attended this rally to enjoy a true Indian Summer in Dinefwr Gardens, near Llandeilo.  It was a ‘go- as- you-please’ weekend with members very much doing their own thing.  Our grateful thanks go once again to Eirwen and Alun Spencer for their exceptional welcome.  Realizing the dream of creating a fully functional caravan site is well under way with the construction of the toilet block.  Who knows, with a bit of luck and kind weather, by next year, we might not need the dreaded ‘hole in the corner!!! It was a great pleasure to organize the weekend and we would like to thank everyone for supporting the rally.


Gan/Submitted by Ireen, Hywel, Linda a Mike Nicholas

Folly Farm - 3rd - 5th July


This years childrens treat was held over the weekend of 3rd - 5th July at Folly Farm, Begelly


45 caravans had booked in, 3 cancelled beforehand but unfortunately 8 caravans dd not show up and had bothered to tell us that they had cancelled. I would ask all those who book onto a Rally and then decide not to go to at least have the courtesy to inform the Rally Officers as most have mobile phone numbers in the handbook. We had prepared for a total of 77 children, but due to the no shows only 50 children were actually on the Rally


Apart from the above problem, the weekend was a success with most Raliers spending both Saturday and Sunday within the farm. Foly Farm has something for everyone and this years new attraction was a family of five giraffes. This must be the best allround attraction in West Wales


The weather started off dull with the odd shower on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the children. The sun did shine on both afternoons giving us some good barbeque weather 


We were assisted by Ann and Wyn. However, Ann's mother was discharged from hospital on Friday and so, was unable to attend. Flagpole was held on Sunday morning where I welcomed 2 new ralliers into the Centre. Long time member and Past Chairman Dave Jones (Ammanford) presented the Rally Officers plaques



Submitted by David and Margaret Jones

Freshwater East - 15th - 17th May


A popular venue as always. We had 35 caravans booked in for the weekend but only 29 vans turned out. The rally started at 2pm on Friday afternoon. Fortunately it remained dry for the majority of the time whilst siting the early birds; however we cannot say the same for weather later on into the afternoon when constant showers made it rather difficult for the Rally Officers to do their job. With all vans sited, in true welsh weather tradition, the sun came out.


Saturday saw another day of mixed weather with rain spells and some sunshine – enough to make us think we could venture to the beach for some kayaking. We should have taken our surfboards as the surf was fantastic, but certainly too rough for any boat. Instead, the majority of the rally goers ventured to Freshwater West to see the shell house built especially for the new Harry Potter movie, and what a picture that was.  

Despite the wind and the rain, flag was held on Sunday morning with competition winners announced. 

A nice weekend was had by all despite the unpredictable weather.


Submitted by Rhian and Meirwyn Thomas

Easter - Bath Racecourse - 9th - 14th April


61 caravans were booked in for the Easter Rally at the splendid Bath Racecourse


There were 43 from Dyfed, 5 Upper Thames, 2 West Wales, 2 Somerset, 2 Midland, 2 Unattached, 1 South Glamorgan, 1 Berkshire, 1 Gwent, 1 Cancellation and 1 No Show


We were made very welcome by the site owners, Northern Racing Ltd with everyone agreeing that the venue was an excellent choice. It was made even better by the excellent weather that we had for most of the weekend, despite a weather forcast of rain, which thankfully didn't materialise


We had quite a few events organised for the weekend, which were well supported.


On Friday evening, we had an opening flag with tea, coffee and hot cross buns. This was followed later on by the Youth running a fun sports evening.


On Saturday evening, we had a bingo session, followed by music, courtesy of Abi. The Youth also ran a Tuck Shop during the evening and sold tickets for their Raffle, Name the Chick and Bonus Ball. 


On Sunday, the Youth ran a breakfast bar, which proved to be very popular. This was followed by Flag at 11.30am, where the Easter Bonnet competition took place. I also presented a 20 year plaque to Alan, Denise and Abi Wilcox. The Youth pulled the raffle and also announced the winners of Name the Chick and Bonus Ball Competitions. Ellen, the Youth Chairperson thanked everyone who had contributed prizes for the raffle along with those who had bought tickets. She also thanked all those who had taken part in the competitions, the proceeds of which would go towards their chosen charity LATCH. 


On Sunday evening, we ran a video horse racing evening. It was extremely well attended and proved to be a great success. A big thank you again to Sarah for donating the ingrediants and cooking pancakes for the Youth to sell during the evening - all profits to LATCH


Many thanks to our Assistants, Colin and Gwyneth, Tim, Sarah, Cari and Cerys for all their help and also to the Youth (and parents) along with Margaret Jones for their input which made the weekend a huge success   



Submitted by Michael & Christine Evans

Croft Caravan Park - Reynalton 3rd - 5th April


16 caravans attended the Rally, 15 from Dyfed and 1 visitor from West Wales


We were made very welcome by the site owners and the change of venue from Meadow House proved very successful with everyone agreeing that the venue was an excellent choice We had very heavy rain late on Friday night through into the early hours of Saturday, but the weather for the rest of the weekend was excellent


Flag was held at 11.00pm on Sunday and we welcomed two new couples and presented them with first time rally plaques


Many thanks to the Rally Officers, Aled, Janet and James Thomas for running the Rally. Christine and I assisted them



Submitted by Michael Evans

Gowerton - Club Site 27th - 29th March


24 caravans attended the Rally, 23 from Dyfed and 1 visitor from the Devon and Cornwall Centre


The weather was generally OK, with the sun shining for most of the weekend, although we did have some heavy rain showers on Saturday afternoon


Flag was held at 11.00pm on Sunday where we welcomed Mr and Mrs Picton to their first Rally and also congratulated Tudor and Elizabeth Joseph on achieving their 300th Rally.


Many thanks to the Rally Officers, Wendel and Gill and their Assistants, Colin and Gwyneth for making everyones weekend an enjoyable one



Submitted by Michael Evans

Porthyrhyd - Botanic Gardens 20th - 22nd March (Illuminations)


14 Caravans including one new rallygoer gathered in the car park of The National Botanical Gardens, Porthyrhyd for the Centres Illuminated Window rally. About a dozen had cancelled during the previous 10 days, which was a shame as the weather was great, with the sun blazing throughout the weekend


On Saturday afternoon the site was quiet as Wales were playing Ireland for the Triple Crown, unfortunately Wales lost. After dark the Illuminated Window competition was held and five caravans entered, with the eventual winners being Margaret and myself. A big thank you goes to Helen Lewis and her mother, members of the West Wales Centre for judging the event


Flag was held in brilliant sunshine on Sunday morning, during which visitors were streaming into the gardens, this being one of their busiest days as it was Mothering Sunday


Submitted by David Jones

Llanedi - River View 13th - 15th March


14 caravans attended the Rally, 9 from Dyfed and 5 visitors from other Welsh Centres


Every commented on what a lovely venue it was


Flag was held at 2.00pm on Saturday when we had a pre match glass of punch and a welshcake. The Rally was attended by the Chairman and Vice Chairman.


We were lucky to have good weather over the weekend so that we were able to sit out


Submitted by Abi Wilcox

Port Talbot - Margam Park (Reversing) 6th - 8th March


There were 32 caravans in attendance at the popular Margam Park rally. 24 were from Dyfed, 6 from West Wales, 1 from South Wales and 1 from South Glamorgan. Once again, we received a very warm welcome from the Wardens and Staff at the Park.


On Saturday, the annual 4B meeting was held at 10.30am. This is where all the Centres get together to ensure that there are no clashes in their forthcoming Rally programmes.


This was followed by the Dyfed Centre Car and Caravan Reversing competition. The caravan was kindly loaned to us for the competition by John Stott's  Caravan and Leisure Ltd, Pyle.


The winner of the Dragon Tyres Mens Reversing Competition was Stephen Sutton and winner of the Ian and Rosemarie Worsell Womens Reversing Competition was Kath Thomas. Well done to the both of them - they'll be presented with their trophies at the AGM. Thanks to everyone who assisted with setting up the course, fetching the caravan etc and thanks to everyone who took part.


Flag was held at 11.00am on a very cold and wet Sunday morning. We did however manage to dodge the worst of the weather. A big thank you to the Youth for organising a bonus ball competition and the winner was Gwyneth Wilkie with the remainder of the money going towards the Youth's chosen charity for this year, LATCH.


Many thanks to Kath for running the Rally whilst Kevin was still away with his work and a big thank you to Colin and Gwyneth for assisting and Noel for his help in siting caravans on Friday.



Submitted by Michael Evans

Tenby - Giltar Hotel/Well Park 27th February - 1st March


The 2009 Dinner Dance was held at the Giltar Hotel, Tenby. This was a brand new venue for us and proved to be an extremely popular choice. Over the weekend, we had 27 rooms booked (22 for the weekend package and 5 for the Saturday night only) Those staying on the Friday evening had an all inclusive package of a three course meal, followed by the Wales v France game on a big screen, followed by live entertainment


We had 5 Dyfed Past Chairmen and wives attending along with all the Welsh Centre Chairmen. Our MC for the evening was Mr Tim Davies, our Vice Chairman and he did an excellent job. Thanks must go to the Hotel management and staff, who made everyones stay a pleasant one. Nothing was to much trouble and they couldn't do enough for us. They also prepared the function room for Saturday evening and everybody agreed that it was beautifully done. After the meal and speeches, we retired to the Cellar Bar, where we were entertained by Rob Sinclair, who had everyone up dancing until the early hours. A good time was had by all and many have asked if we can return again next year


Many thanks must go to Margaret, our Social Secretary (along with David) for all the arranging prior, during and after the event. Organising a Dinner Dance is a big undertaking, and it's really great when everything goes off without a hitch, as it did this weekend


Many thanks to all the individuals and companies who donated raffle prizes and/or sponsored a table and a big thank you to the Committee/Officers who went nagging all the individuals and companies for the prizes and sponsorship


The Rally was held at Well Park to coincide with the Dinner Dance and again, many thanks to Mr David Nash the site owner for having us. All the pitches were on hardstanding with electric. Only seven outfits attended, but again, they all attended on Saturday evening and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks to Ian Sutton, Past Dyfed Chairman for thanking the Rally Officers, Dave and Anne Evans, assisted by Jim and Joy Barton at Flag which was held at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon. They were again thanked and presented with their Rally Officer and Assistant Rally Officer bars during the speeches by myself on Saturday evening


Finally, huge thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the event a success


Submitted by Michael Evans

Llangynnog - Wern Inn (Siteseeker) 20th - 22nd February


On Friday 20th February, 10 caravans arrived for the Centre's first Site Seeker of the year, held at the Wern Inn, Llangynnog. Nine were from Dyfed and one from West Wales. We were all parked on hardstanding and all had electricity


The weather was very good with lots of sunshine on both Saturday and Sunday


We were made very welcome by the landlord and his family and most ralliers enjoyed a very good meal in the pub on Saturday night and some of us went back on the Sunday for an excellent Sunday lunch. Our thanks go to Andrew and Julie for finding this excellent venue. They were ably assisted as usual by Ryan and Rose


Submitted by David Jones

Birmingham Show - February 2009


On Wednesday 18th February,  I attended a meeting of the Caravan Club Events Sub Committee. It was held at the NEC Birmingham to coincide with the annual Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show. On my arrival at the NEC, the first familiar faces that I saw were Wendel and Gill Davies, who were chauffering people from the Caravan Club's temporary caravan site to the Exhibition Hall in £70,000 Range Rovers


Within minutes, I bumped into Centre Member Nigel Davies who was running "Taster" Caravan Manuvering courses within the grounds of the NEC. He was being assisted by Eurfyl Bowen and Colin Wilkie. It is nice to see that a small Centre such as Dyfed can supply members to work at this level with the Club


Please see the photos (sorry Gill, you were going so fast I wasn't able to photograph you)


Please note, Nigel runs Caravan manuvering courses on the race circuit in Pembrey and anyone interested in attending this course should contact the events department at East Grinstead House


Submitted by David Jones

Crosshands - Valentine's Rally 13th - 15th February 2009


There were 9 vans on site, all from Dyfed attending the Valentine's Rally at Crosshands


On Saturday afternoon, we watched Wales defeat England on a big screen in the school hall. We then held flag which was followed immediately by food and then a quiz. Later, we had some music. It was a pity that we didn't have more attendees at this excellent venue on hardstanding 


Many thanks to Christine for organising the food and to Tim, Sarah, Cari and Cerys for assisting


Submitted by Michael Evans

Penclacwydd - Wildfowl Centre 30th January - 1st February 2009


There were 5 vans on site, all from Dyfed. The weather was cold but dry with a wonderful opportunity to walk the Coastal Path


The Wetlands Centre offered us special entry rates of buy one entry ticket and get one free, which a few Rallygoers took advantage of.


It was a good location on hardstanding 


Submitted by Helen Kemp

New Years Rally 29th December 2008 - 2nd January 2009


Oh what a cold New Year


People must have thought we were mad when they saw caravans arriving on Monday at Five Roads village hall. There were 29 outfits in all, 27 Dyfed and 2 West Wales. On Monday evening the theme was Hawaiian evening and considering the cold weather, my thanks go out to all that dressed up for the occasion. Everybody sat down to a 2 course meal followed by a cabaret with Harry J Lewis


On Tuesday there was time to relax or enjoy an afternoon of quiz and bingo with Ian and Helen Kemp. My thanks to them both. In the evening in a change to previous years we had a fish & chip night. Pre ordered meals were collected from a local chippy and all enjoyed a hot tasty meal which I can say was a success, with only good comments from all. This was followed once again with a cabaret with Christian Rae


New Years Eve day was taken up with preparing the hall and buffet for the evening with all the desserts handmade by Sam, Sam, Tom , Cari and Cerys. At 6.30 the hall was opened and it was a pleasure to see so many well dressed caravaners, both children and adults. The disco was  enjoyed by all with the dance floor in use all evening


Flag was held at 11am on New Years day to celebrate another year of caravanning and the start of the 2009 season. After flag, everyone made their way down to the Waun Wyllt for their Chicken & Chips and a warm in front of the fire. In the evening it was back to the hall to relax with a bowl of cawl and chill out before an early night


On Friday morning, it was time to say goodbye to everyone and it was at this time we could see the extent of the cold weather with aqua rolls and waste masters frozen solid


My thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this a successful rally once again and a special thanks to our assistants Dave, Jan, Sam and Tom not leaving out Sarah, Cari and Cerys


Submitted by Tim Davies