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Sad News – Janet Appleton

Janet Appleton RIP.

Further to my message on 21st February, Geoff has asked me to make the following post:

“Janet passed away peacefully in St Lukes hospice, Basildon on Sunday 5th May. She will be missed by Geoff, daughters Marea and Louise, son Vernon and all of her grand children.

Her bread pudding making skills will be missed on the rally field.”

This is very sad news indeed. Janet had been suffering from a brain Tumor. Janet was a great friend to Marion & I, as well as a lot of other Centre members over a long time. Her bubbly nature will be missed by all. Sending our love and support to Geoff, and the family, at this most difficult time. Details of the funeral will be advised when known.

DAVID

A COUPLE OF UPDATES:

A Couple of updates to inform you of in relation to your Centre:

Last weekend, along with a few other units from South Essex, Marion & I attended the Rally put on by the Anglia Region at Banham. This incorporated a ‘Question Time’ session with representatives from the Caravan & Motorhome Club, being Director General Nick Lomas, Vice Chair Greg Potter and Charles Patrick who is on the clubs Technical committee. I am pleased to be able to report to Centre Members that this was one of the most positive, open and honest, sessions that I have been present at. Nick Lomas explained how the club operates, and that there are several strands which they need to balance, including, Club Sites, the network of Certified Locations, Insurance Services, and representing members with the Manufacturers, and of course Centres & Rallying. He also spoke honestly about the recent Cyber Security Issue. Apparently the intrusion had been from a Russian Organisation, but they had only been able to access some Policy Numbers and Names of people who insure with the club. Whilst this should not have been possible, no other personal details were obtained. The Club took the decision to close the site immediately, and whilst the issue was addressed within five days, they took a further five days to completely scrub the system, and put in extra security. 10 days may seem a long while, however apparently a lot of similar attacks have taken large organisations much longer to resolve.

Spoke about developments at CAMC Club Sites, particularly expansion of Sandringham. Somebody asked about a CAMC site in Essex, Nick Lomas said it is on their radar, but no sites available at present where likely to get planning permission.

The subject of renewing Driving Licenses after 70 years of age was discussed. If you don’t do anything you will lose the automatic right to drive over 3.5 ton (combination of Car & Caravan, or large Motorhome). If approaching this age you should apply, you will need a Doctors letter to say you are fit to drive (cost currently £50 ?). Advise was that you need to do it in plenty of time, by post. Strange in todays world, but if you do it on line you will lose the over 3.5 ton category.

Another interesting aspect was that there were ‘Non-Centre’ members present, who did not seem to appreciate the benefits of joining a Centre, so they were informed and encouraged to join a Centre. Marion & I then went in to promotion mode and spent some time talking to one couple in particular, who live in Essex, so here’s hoping. It goes to show how important it is to ‘spread the word’.

All in All, very worthwhile attending. Whilst I hope this gives you all a flavour and an update, I would encourage anyone to attend future events such as this. It can be informative, and better to get the information first hand.

Six Week Booking. As you will remember the subject of the Six Week Booking date for Weekend Rallies had been raised in the Mainly Marshals forum back in January. Since then Janice has asked for opinions and comments from members. This was discussed at our Committee meeting last night. We need to speak to a few people first, but I will look to update you shortly.

Hope to see you on a rally soon

DAVID

DINNER DANCE

On a positive note it was lovely to see many of you at the Dinner Dance last week, and those that attended the associated Rally. Marion & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and appreciated both the company and support of you all. Your Committee will shortly start to plan the event for next year, and I would appreciate any feedback that we can take into consideration. Please feel free to either comment on the facebook post, or email me chairman@secc-online.org.uk
Many Thanks
DAVID

SAD NEWS

It is with much sadness that I inform you about the death of a former South Essex Centre Junior Committee Chairman and the loving son of a past Centre Vice Chairman Ray Miller and his wife Marjorie. Glenn Miller had also been married to Susan, the daughter of past Centre Chairman Eric Jennings, with whom he had two daughters who both now live in the USA. Glenn first became ill last year on the return journey from visiting his daughter Clarey in America and eventually recovered sufficiently to return to the UK and later to live at his home in Leigh-on-Sea. Unfortunately last Saturday his health took a turn for the worse and he was admitted to the Acute Care ward at Southend University Hospitalwhere he passed away peacefully at 11.25 a.m. on Monday morning. Our thoughts and many happy memories are with his family and friends, especially his sister Sandra, daughter Clarey, friend Lynda Carter and her daughter Natalie, all of whom he had the most recent and supportive contact.

NORTH ESSEX CENTRE

North Essex Centre are running a Holiday Rally to La Rochelle, France from 5-19 July 2025. We have been advised that if any South Essex member is interested in joining this rally they are urged to contact Mike Threadgold, email: michael.threadgold1@gmail.com for further information and booking details, as soon as possible. This rally will be released on general sale via the Alan Rogers website from September 2024 and spaces are likely to disappear quickly.

Many Thanks,

Ian

Rally Prgramme Co-Ordinator

07739 405235

Online booking emails

To rally marshals, to try and stop online bookings going into your spam box, all online booking emails will be sent from the email address of bookings@secc-online.org.uk

This email address is a send only and will not be able to receive emails. Please add bookings@secc-online.org.uk to your trusted senders list in your email program so that anything from this email address is not sent to your spam box.

If this throws up any problems, let me know.

CHANGE OF BOOKING DATES FOR RALLIES

It was spoken about at the Forum at the Mainly Marshals rally that it would be a good idea for South Essex to be in line with other centres in our region and switch over to booking rallies earlier than at present. Maybe 1st February.

So it is now over to you, our members to let the committee know your thoughts. You can either comment on this post or contact me at:

secretary@secc-online.org.uk

Or through the “Contact Us” section on the website.

Members personal details will not be published. Details will need to be compiled before the next committee meeting on 24th April.

Thank you

Janice Price

HAPPY EASTER

Wishing you all a Happy Easter. I hope that those going on one of the invite rallies thoroughly enjoy yourselves, and please pass our best wishes to your host Centres.

To those of you staying closer to home, or travelling further a field I hope you have a good time. We look forward to seeing those going to the dinner dance in a couple of weeks, we are finalising arrangements now, but it’s not too late to book on if you are quick.

In the meantime I wish you all well, take care, enjoy Easter.

DAVID

UPDATE FROM CHAIRMAN

Good morning all. I have not given an update for a few weeks, but I am pleased to see things are going well in the Centre. Marion and I hosted Love the Lambeth walk which went very well. I have written an article which Beverley Walker has sent to the CAMC magazine, so hopefully we will get this published in a future edition. The following week was the Barn Dance Hop run by past chairmen’Sue and Paul Maran, assisted by our most recent past Chair Will Thursby and Penny, which by all accounts was another great rally. Then Marion and I attended St David’s day rally run by Aubrey and Linda Thomas, this was very enlightening, entertaining and enjoyable. Steve and Angie Thomas took ralliers for another Walk around the Water this weekend, with hospitalities at the White Horse. I have kept in touch with several members, and attended the funeral of Edna Jewell on Friday. Hopefully Spring is now just around the corner, and we can look forward to getting out onto some rally fields and enjoy the Sun. Our next big event is the Dinner Dance on 13th April, once again being held at the County Hotel in Chelmsford. We have live entertainment from ‘Lovely’, who performed for us and was enjoyed by many at last years Chairman’s rally. The dinner dance is a great event and gives us a chance to dress up and enjoy a more formal evening. You can either come onto the rally, where transport is arranged to and from the venue, or join us at the County Hotel on the Saturday. It would be great to have a few more bookings to see members enjoying yourselves and supporting your Centre. There is a link on the front page of our Web site. Either log on, or give me a call. Remember, as your proud Chairman, I am always here for anybody who wishes to discuss anything. Looking forward to seeing you on a rally soon.
DAVID