News & Announcements

This page is used to make ad-hoc announcements such as meet cancellations and alterations to the published sites list and news of what's going on in the group.

Newest announcements go at the top and old ones fall off the bottom

Please check regularly.


posted 14 Oct 2014 11:00 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 14 Oct 2014 11:01 ]

Please note that this meet opens at 16:30.
Please do not arrive any earlier as the site is shared with the local school and is in use by parents collecting their children.

Gas attacks?

posted 25 Aug 2014 23:06 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 25 Aug 2014 23:08 ]

There was yet another report in the press recently about a family in a motor home being gassed and robbed.
You may be interested to read this, which comes from the Royal College of Anethestists :

Statement on alleged gassing in motor vehicles

Despite the increasing numbers of reports of people being gassed in motor-homes or commercial trucks in France, and the warning put out by the Foreign Office for travellers to be aware of this danger, this College remains of the view that this is a myth.

It is the view of the College that it would not be possible to render someone unconscious by blowing ether, chloroform or any of the currently used volatile anaesthetic agents, through the window of a motor-home without their knowledge, even if they were sleeping at the time. Ether is an extremely pungent agent and a relatively weak anaesthetic by modern standards and has a very irritant affect on the air passages, causing coughing and sometimes vomiting. It takes some time to reach unconsciousness, even if given by direct application to the face on a cloth, and the concentration needed by some sort of spray administered directly into a room would be enormous. The smell hangs around for days and would be obvious to anyone the next day. Even the more powerful modern volatile agents would need to be delivered in tankerloads of carrier gas by a large compressor. Potential agents, such as the one used by the Russians in the Moscow siege are few in number and difficult to obtain. Moreover, these drugs would be too expensive for the average thief to use.

The other important point to remember is that general anaesthetics are potentially very dangerous, which is why they are only administered in the UK by doctors who have undergone many years of postgraduate training in the subject and who remain with the unconscious patient throughout the anaesthetic. Unsupervised patients are likely to die from obstruction of the airway by their tongues falling back. In the Moscow seige approximately 20% of the people died, many probably from airway obstruction directly related to the agent used.

If there was a totally safe, odourless, potent, cheap anaesthetic agent available to thieves for this purpose it is likely the medical profession would know about it and be investigating its use in anaesthetic practice.

14 July 2014

Christmas Dinner

posted 25 Aug 2014 09:16 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 25 Aug 2014 09:16 ]

Christmas dinner has been booked for Thursday 4 December at 7 pm at The Sun PH in Hoddesdon. 
A £5 per person deposit is required and this should be sent to me at:
4 Newton Close,
Herts EN11 9PW
and cheques should be made payable to J Adams, I will then issue a receipt. 
As soon as the menu is available I will send copies out. 
If anyone else would like us join us for this dinner please contact me as soon as possible either via email ( or by phone (01992 424412)

John Adams

Sites Secretary

posted 17 Aug 2014 03:46 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 17 Aug 2014 03:46 ]

After the departure of our sites secretary at the end of 2013 the committee took on the job of covering sites for our 40th. anniversary year, 2015. This program is now complete and will be published at the end of this year.
We now need someone to come forward to join the committee to organise the program for 2016.
It involves mainly contacting land owners and liaising between them and the stewards and deciding on where we will go. Every assistance will, of course, be provided to whoever takes on this vital role.
If we are unable to find a volunteer then next year's program will be the last for NL&EA so if you think you may be able to help then please contact any committee member to discuss it further.

Another Great Stow THS

posted 16 Aug 2014 10:07 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 16 Aug 2014 10:07 ]

Yet another great THS at Stow on the Wold has now finished.
We got sunburned and we got frozen but now it's all over for another year. Photos are here. More will be added so come back and check.

Thank You

posted 6 Jul 2014 10:29 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 6 Jul 2014 10:29 ]


Hello Bob

Firstly, please accept my sincere apologies for such a late response to your very kind donation. 

Please find attached a thank you letter for the £620.69 which was donated by your Section of The Caravan & Camping Club.


Kindest regards


 Margaret Pollock


40th Anniversary Pennon

posted 30 Jun 2014 23:20 by Ralph Burtonshaw

We are once again asking members to design a pennon, this time for our 40th Birthday which will be next year 2015.

The pennon must have the current club logo (as shown left) and the words "North London & Eastern Area MCS 40th Anniversary 2015"

Closing date is the end of September. The winning entry will be decided by a selection of notable worthies (yes we haven't worked out who just yet) and the winner will be presented with a framed pennon at the 2015 AGM in March.

If you would like more information then pleasecontact the Regalia Officer, Brian Daniels

Christmas Dinner 2014

posted 26 Jun 2014 23:22 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 26 Jun 2014 23:27 ]

Yes it's a little early to think about Christmas but we need to plan ahead.

The plan is to stay at the C&CC site in Hertford where you will book your own pitch and stay for as long (or short) as you like. We will provide transport (anything from a coach to a taxi, depending on numbers) to go to the Sun Pub in Hoddeston, about 15 minutes away.

Date is yet to be decided but likely in early December possibly mid week, depending on majority preference.
The cost of the meal is likely to be around £20 pp. and you will, of course, be responsible for paying your own camping fees.

At this stage we are just trying to gauge interest so if you think you might like to join us then can you please contact John Adams either by phone on 01992 424412 or e-mail him at John can give more details and discuss preferences.

In the meantime, have a great summer.

Dartford Crossing Update

posted 20 Jun 2014 02:15 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 20 Jun 2014 02:16 ]

  • Dart Charge begins October 2014; we are finalising exact dates and will announce these shortly.
  • Dart Charge website and customer call centre go live in September 2014 – you’ll be able to use these to pay for crossings and to set up a pre-pay account.
  • We aim to have 10,000 retail outlets available nationally to pay at too. Our payment agent will be Payzone.

Construction latest

We have installed five brand new gantries at the Dartford Crossing.

View a timelapse video of the installation 

Four of these gantries will house the signage and detection equipment that will allow you to pay without stopping at a barrier, speeding up journeys for everyone. The other gantry will hold new signage.

We carried out the work overnight when traffic flows are lowest, keeping one tunnel open to northbound traffic to minimise disruption.  We coordinated this with other planned works on the crossing to make full use of every road closure and keep any disruption to a minimum.

What’s next

Advance construction work is set to continue over the coming weeks with changes to the junction 1a roundabout and Kent Marshalling Area – the holding area where vehicles with abnormal or potentially dangerous loads are checked before crossing.

Motorists may notice some lane restrictions on the approaches to the M25 Junction 1a Roundabout. These are not expected to cause significant disruption to the travelling public.

Overnight we will continue to use lane closures on the M25 and A282 to carry out signage work, with some short term closures of the slip roads where necessary

The new payment arrangements will be in place in October. We will then start the main roadworks to remove the booths and introduce a new road layout. This is due to be completed by spring 2015.

Mick O'Flanagan

posted 11 May 2014 10:36 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 16 Jun 2014 23:02 ]

We regret to announce that Mick O'Flanagan has passed away on Wednesday 7th. May.
Mick was chairman of North London & Eastern Area MCS for 4 years from 2008 until 2011, and during this time he worked ceaselessly on behalf of the club, rarely missing a meet despite sometimes travelling long distances to attend.
He became ill at the end of 2011 but managed to attend one more meet at Ongar in 2012 when the attached picture was taken.
Our sympathy goes to his wife, Eddie, a son and two daughters. He will be sadly missed.

Eddie has asked us to pass on thanks to members and to say that £540 was collected for Lukemeia Research and Little Havens Hospice.

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