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.

NFOL block booking

posted 23 Feb 2015, 00:57 by Ralph Burtonshaw

If you would like to attend the NFOL, in Norfolk, with NL&EA then please contact Judy Adams Tel: 01992 424412 ASAP

An e-mail from an old member

posted 3 Feb 2015, 04:03 by Ralph Burtonshaw

E-mail received from Margaret Yeomans

Just received Waggoners Talk and noticed 40yrs celibrations at Easter and later in July.

40 years ago last September an invitation was sent out by CCC  for any motorhome member to attend a meeting at Theobalds Park clubsite ( if my memory is correct)  to start a new group  to be named North London Motorcaravan section.this meeting was sucessful and so NLMS was formed. Unfortunately the first chairperson and secretary gave up in the first year due to work commitments. They were replaced by Alan Doherty chairperson and his wife Gill as secretary , my position was PRO for the first 3yrs. My hubby Dave and I still have a motorhome and are still quite active out and about. Hopefully we might make it to the celebration at Clacton but quite a journey from the peak district.
I understand quite a lot of the original membes are pushing up daisys or no longer camp, I understand Charlie Chaplin comes out now and again.I lost touch with Alan and Gill years ago.

I have quite a few photos of some of our meets in the early days.mostly of our popular "Penny Fairs" held at Theobalds Park or at Balls Park at Hertford. We NLMS did get a reputation of being a rowdy lot, Not true we were a bunch of happy people from all walks of life and luckily one member Mick was great at providing music. Vernon would have you all playing volleyball, dam that whistle he had. And quite a few kids ranging from 3yrs to 14yrs of age who over the years grew up together. NLMS was made up mostly of people like ourselves who had bought a van or minibus and had  converted it themselves, I think John and Peggy were the only ones with a named model. Many a weekend was spent sitting outside our vans in a gang till late in the evening, even sent hubby and others to the local fish and chip shop for about 40 lots of fish and chips or just chips and sausage , when it was raining we would all squeeze in someones awning ( not many had awnings to start with) and to extend that awning with large brollys etc so we could all be together. 

As children grew up and life commitments changed we camped less with NLMS especially when it changes to NLERMCS as the meets moved from the north London , then in 1990 we moved to Debyshire.

Well can amble on for ages but need to feed the dog.

Bye for now hope to see you soon.


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.

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