New to rallying


What to expect:-

The South Essex Centre are pleased to welcome you to any of the rallies listed in the rally programme. Our rallies are simply a gathering of Caravan Club members, for a weekend or holiday, to promote friendship and common interests, in a light hearted manner and having some fun along the way.

The rally Marshals are ordinary Centre members who have volunteered their time to run and organise the rally, which includes arranging the site and services, signing the approach to the rally field and arranging the programme for our entertainment, which may include social evenings, local events, competitions and sports activities, or perhaps a trip. All of which you may join in, or of course, you are free to do your own thing.

It is quite simple to book these rallies. Just complete one of the rally booking slips and post it or email the marshal from the rally programme on the website ensuring that the slips arrive with the marshal not before the date shown in the book or website. You will find their name, address and telephone number at the bottom of each of the rally details in the book (not on the website)..

When you go to your booked rally, follow the directions given in the rally book, and when you are near the site you will see our direction signs which are YELLOW with SECC in BLACK lettering :-

SECC Rally Sign

As you enter the site you will see the rally marshals caravan, which is usually the first in the field. Please stop by their caravan, introduce yourselves and advise them if it is your first rally. They will give you an envelope containing information of the programme for the rally, any competitions. tickets for socials or events that may have been arranged, your first rally plaque showing that you attended the rally, and printed on the front, your cost of the rally.

You will then be shown to your pitch, normally marked with a peg, which you draw the off­side front corner of your caravan up to, unless told otherwise. It is normal practice to park your car on the off-side of your caravan, thus enabling easy access to all caravans for other ralliers and emergency vehicles. You will be advised where to find the drinking water tap and the elsan disposal point of which both should be signed. The drinking water tap must not be used for the cleaning of or direct charging of your toilet. Dry waste/rubbish should be taken home with you unless the rally marshals have made arrangements for its disposal. You must take note of and abide by the few Centre Rules that are listed in the yearbook and on this website.

As soon as possible, the Marshal for the rally will call on you and welcome you to our Centre and to your first rally. He/she will also tell you about the flagpole meeting which normally takes place towards the end of the rally, and is where we have a get-together introduce our first ralliers and our visitors, thank our marshals, hold a raffle, give out details of future events and results of any competitions.

Why not give it a try and please come and join us, as we all rally for pleasure and aim to share many enjoyable rallies.

General Rules for Members Attending Rallies :-

The South Essex Centre has produced a few rules to make rallies as enjoyable and safe for everyone attending them. Please obey them at all times. Remember also that the centre is also governed by the rules set down by the Caravan Club

Booking in: Slips fully completed in BLOCK CAPITALS should be TIMED to arrive on or after the advertised day. Slips arriving early will not be processed until postal applications received on the correct date have been recorded.

Cancelling: You may cancel at any time preferably by direct communication with the marshals or their assistants. All cancellations received during the seven days preceding a rally and all non-arrivals will incur a levy of £4 or the actual cost to the centre whichever is the greater. This amount to be sent to the appropriate committee member within 28 days. Non-payment will exclude you from further centre events.

Plaques: you must order plaques at the time of booking and in any event no later than fourteen days prior to the Rally. The cost is recouped in the rally fee payable to the marshal on arrival.

Weekend Rallies: These rallies commence at 5.00 pm Friday evening unless otherwise stated in the Rally book. Please do not arrive at any Rally before the advertised start time or before 9.00 am Saturday morning. Marshals are authorised to refuse admission to the venue in these circumstances.

Caravans and Cars: All vehicles including second or visitors cars must be sited according to the marshals instructions. For security reasons please insure that your visitors check in with the marshal on arrival.

Driving of Vehicles: Learner or unlicensed drivers are prohibited from driving within the rally venue. A mandatory speed limit of 5 mph (walking pace) is enforced on all rally sites.

Animals: Pets are permitted but should be under control at all times. Dogs must be kept on a non extended lead on the rally field and exercising must take place away from the caravans with a competent person in control. When tethered, leads should not exceed 6 feet in length. Please remember that your pets are welcome but are your responsibility at all times.

Small Tents: toilet tents are permitted at all times. Tents for providing ancillary accommodation for the members immediate family may be erected with the marshals permission.

Chemical Toilets: Members are required to provide their own facilities and disposal points are always provided. Do not wash, rinse or fill a toilet or any part of a toilet at a drinking water taps.

Noise: Unnecessary or unreasonable noise should be avoided at all times. Private parties should cease at 11.00 pm. When returning from social events please be considerate of local residents.

Refuse Disposal: Members are required to remove all personal refuse from the Rally site.

Auxiliary Towing on Rallies: Drivers of vehicles used for auxiliary towing will be reimbursed for the amount of fuel used from the centres fuel fund. Payment is made by the centre Treasurer following instructions from the rally marshal. To maintain this fund all members contribute 5p per caravan on each Rally attended. This levy is collected by Rally Marshals as part of the Rally fee. Auxiliary towing is at members’ own risk.

Social Functions: Payment is made by participating members only.

Advertising: Trade advertising and the sale of goods is prohibited on the Rally field. Private advertising by means of the Centre Newsletter or by a postcard in your caravan window, at the discretion of the Rally Marshal, must be of a caravanning nature. Transactions should not be completed on the Rally field.

Value Added Tax: The Centre is part of a VAT registered organisation and this tax is chargeable on activities and services provided.

Fire Precautions: Members are advised to carry appropriate fire extinguishers together with fire blankets and also to have a fire bucket available.

Rally Marshal’s Instructions: Rally Marshals have the overall responsibility for everyone present. Please comply with their instructions.

General: Although the prestige of our Club is high, the eyes of the public are constantly upon us. Please ensure that your actions or those of your family do nothing to detract from the goodwill built up with landowners over many years.

Kites and Aerials: Beware of erecting high TV or radio aerials directly under electricity cables. Also for safety reasons kites should be flown away from these lines and from caravans.

Reservation of Pitches: In order to maintain the welcoming ethos of Rallying to new of inexperienced members it is not permitted to reserve specific pitches on ordinary weekend Rallies. Marshals may waive this rule on the grounds of incapacity.

Prepayments: When payment in advance is required for a centre function this should be made preferably by cheque, which must be made payable to THE CARAVAN CLUB SOUTH ESSEX CENTRE.

Injury or Damage: Members, their families and guests attend and participate in all centre functions and activities entirely at their own risk. The Centre accepts no responsibility for personal injury or damage to property however caused.

Nominations for Officers and Committee: Nominees must have achieved their fellowship for the current year prior to the AGM.

Further information on any of the above mentioned subjects may be obtained from the Centre Secretary.

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Bank charges incurred. Members who issue cheques to South Essex Centre that are not honoured when banked, will be required to reimburse the bank charges incurred by the centre due to the return and representation of the cheque.

Committee Meetings. Are usually held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Club Equipment For Sale. i.e. Pennants, car sticker, etc. are available to purchase from the Equipment Officer.

Rally Plaques. New members receive a special First Rally Plaque at flagpole, given by a Committee Member.

Fellowship Plaques. The fellowship plaque is given to members who attend at least TEN rallies with the centre commencing with the AGM rally.

100th rally plaque. This is a red shield inscribed100th Rally. To qualify for this the member must attain 100 rallies with the centre.

200th Rally Plaque. This is a green shield inscribed 200th Rally. To qualify for this, the member must attain 200 rallies with the Centre.

The Eve Pickard Memorial Rosebowl Trophy. (formerly known as the Ivy Hacker Trophy). It was decided at the 1970 AGM that this trophy be presented to the first lady of the Centre.

The Stuart Anderson Trophy. This cup is presented to the South Essex Sports Person of the year.

The Carter Comport. This Unsung Hero Award is presented to the member or family who, in the opinion of the Chairman, deserves most recognition for their efforts behind the scenes in support of the centre.

Children’s Christmas Function. This event is open to all children from 5 years up to and including 12 years of age, whose parents hold current Fellowship Plaques.

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