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.

Sites Calendar 2015

posted 3 Nov 2014 06:40 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 3 Nov 2014 06:41 ]

Here is an advance copy of the sites calendar for 2015
See the .PDF here and you can download it here

Unfortunately we have lost Cockfield due to complaints from local residents so we have no meets currently scheduled for October or November.
If anyone has a site that they would like to run a meet on any of the vacant dates then please contact any committee member ASAP. Although it is too late to get anything into Eastern Region or Chiltern region handbooks we can still add meets and have them published in Out and About.

Christmas Dinner

posted 29 Oct 2014 01:45 by Ralph Burtonshaw   [ updated 29 Oct 2014 01:45 ]

Arrangements for the Christmas dinner:
Minibus booked to leave Hertford Club Site 6.30 pm – return pick up at 10.30 pm. 
I propose to collect remainder of monies at club site before we depart in the minibus. 


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

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.

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