An e-mail from an old member

posted 3 Feb 2015, 04:03 by Ralph Burtonshaw
E-mail received from Margaret Yeomans

Hi
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.

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