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.

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posted by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated ]

Does anyone have a correct e-mail address for Charlie Chaplin?
I've been trying to contact him but the mail is failing to get through. Nothing urgent but I'd be grateful if anyone is in contact with him to ask him to get in touch please.



posted 22 Dec 2014, 04:30 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 22 Dec 2014, 04:30 ]

Just to clarify the situation of the AGM being a booked meet as some people seem to be confused.

The camping for the AGM is a booked meet and you are asked to contact John Adams Tel: 01992 424412 or to book your place. This allows us to better allocate space and allocate parking for day visitors as we will know in advance how many camping units to expect. The numbers are unlikely to be restricted, there should be plenty of space unless all 874 members decide to arrive!
It would also be helpful if you would contact John if you are planning to arrive for the AGM stay and for the evening. This is just so we know how much food to supply.
The AGM itself is, of course, open to all and no booking is necessary. Plenty of space for car parking.

I hope this makes it all clear.

Nominations for committee

posted 17 Dec 2014, 05:29 by Web Admin   [ updated 17 Dec 2014, 05:30 ]

Please send any nominations for committee by 15th. January to Judy  Tel: 01992 424412

Christmas Dinner

posted 6 Dec 2014, 00:14 by Web Admin   [ updated 6 Dec 2014, 00:24 ]

Congratulations to John & Judy on organising a superb Christmas Dinner for us on 4th. December.
The 2 mini buses turned up on time with very pleasant helpful drivers.
The staff at The Sun were also very pleasant and helpful. Apart from one or two hiccups such as chicken pie that looked more like chicken soup the meals were very good and, as Judy had warned us in advance, the portions were very generous.
There was a rumour going around when we returned that Judy has volunteered to repeat the experience next year. If so then put my name on the list straight away!

PS: I'm still waiting to see if I get my money back after the club charged me £273 for a night's camping!


posted 3 Dec 2014, 09:36 by Web Admin   [ updated 3 Dec 2014, 09:36 ]

We had 13 units at Seething this year where it was announced that Ken & Betty would no longer be running the meet so this was to be the last year.
But in speaking to Ken afterwards it seems that there has been a breakdown in communications and they don't want to stop stewarding it as we had been led to believe! So I am delighted to announce that Seething is back in the calendar for 2015 and will be in it's usual slot at the end of November.

We would like to apologize to Ken and Betty for the misunderstanding.

Tombola prizes please

posted 1 Dec 2014, 04:25 by Web Admin   [ updated 1 Dec 2014, 04:26 ]

Carol & Bob would like to finish the chairman's charity year with a bang and push the total to over £400.
They are going to hold a tombola at the AGM and they are appealing for prizes. If you have anything to donate please contact either Bob 01778 346288 or Carol 01462 676194, sooner rather than later so they can plan ahead.

Sites List 2015

posted 26 Nov 2014, 09:42 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 26 Nov 2014, 09:42 ]

The sites list for 2015 is on the website now. See the link on the left.
If you scroll down to the bottom of the sites list page you will also be able to view and/or download a printed copy of the sites list and a calendar for the year.

Alan Collins

posted 29 Oct 2014, 01:41 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 29 Oct 2014, 01:41 ]

We have been advised by Herts & North London that a very old member Alan Collins, husband of Liz Collins their secretary, died yesterday.
Our sympathy goes to Liz and her family.

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

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.

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