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    Default A Really Lovely Long Weekend

    I've just got back from a fantastic long weekend in Stratford. Stratford-upon-Avon to give it the correct title and in the centre of the racecourse to give a more precise location.
    Some of you will know what was going on there, for those who don’t, it was not the horses but the AGM rally for the Romahome Club.

    1. Going Racing.jpg

    Now I'm not one who gets overenthusiastic about AGM's and, unusually this year I had two on the same weekend. Should I toss a coin to choose? No, I'll alternate my support. I went up to Conkers, Derbyshire way last year for the British Organ Grinders AGM, so it was to be the Romaclub's turn this year.
    My first Romaclub's AGM although not my first 'meet'.
    I won't go into too much detail as I'm sure it will appear on their web site, but I must say I was very impressed with the programme and organisation. There were around sixty units there and I'm told 104 heads (excluding doggies).

    2. A few of the 60.jpg

    The group had hired two meeting rooms and of course they came with toilets and all the necessities of life.
    Other 'goodies' included free tea/coffee and biscuits most of the time. Table-top sales, a huge raffle with profits going to the Cat's Protection, a craft competition and even a photographic competition. On Saturday evening we were treated to a massive buffet from outside caterers followed by entertainment. This latter item was provided by the Brandywine Medieval Band.
    http://www.booklive.co.uk/band/brandywine-medieval-band

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    Not only did they entertain us with songs but also with country dancing (plus brave volunteers from the floor) and numerous tales and jokes, far too many to write down for the Joke Section here, I did however manage to remember one.

    "A young couple of newlyweds had just got back to their Honeymoon bedroom
    when the groom took of his trousers held them up and said to his new wife –
    "Here, put these on!" After she'd stepped into them he said –
    "This is the first and last time you are going to get the chance to wear them."
    She was, to say the least, surprised to see her new husband behave this way,
    but she remained cool and calm and went over to the dressing room table,
    opened a drawer and took out a teeny weeny pair of lace p*****s.
    She held them up and said –
    "Here, put theses on!"
    "I can't get into those" he said.
    "No" she replied, "You can't get into them now and unless you change your attitude
    you will never get into them!"


    Just one of many that went down well with the ladies and caused so much medieval merriment that evening.
    The AGM was on Sunday morning which actually didn't take up too much fun time or spoil my weekend. Ant was there on the Sunday and responded to many queries from the members both at the AGM and afterwards. In the afternoon there was a Cream Tea served up with strawberries, which I missed out on as I was out walking along the disused railway track by the River Avon.

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    That evening we were all back in the large meeting room this time for 'home-grown' entertainment and country dancing. There was poetry, recitations, singing, limericks and three very talented musical members showed off their skills on accordion, clarinet and guitar. Forgive me their names escape me. That was the one thing I was not good at and felt lost – remembering names. After all, how could you expect a 'new boy', identified by walking round wearing a yellow ribbon, to remember even a quarter of those 103 names?

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    The good news is – they are going to book the same venue next year.
    The bad news is – I might have to change my rule on alternating AGM's.
    Fantastic. Well done Romaclub.
    A barrel organs life is one long grind?

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    Sounds like a great weekend Bernard, thanks for sharing and for the pictures.

    Did you see any other small motor homers there?

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    Sounds like you had a great time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Sounds like a great weekend Bernard, thanks for sharing and for the pictures.

    Did you see any other small motor homers there?
    Hi Graham
    Attendees that I know of;

    John and Sue
    Jill and Richard
    The wonderful and very talented Bernard
    and several others that are members of both and love and appreciate them both.

    I will not have a word said running either down, both are none profit making and run by volunteers.

    When there are things that people don't like, don't just maon about it , get involved and help to improve it.

    You know how much we appreciate what you and Pauline do and what a fantastic forum this is.

    We try really hard to make things good at the Romaclub, people can always contact me if they have good ideas to improve the club.

    Thanks for posting Bernard, glad you enjoyed it.
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    Looks like a good venue for a future SMH rally.

    Glad you had a good time all who attended.
    Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidick View Post
    Hi Graham
    Attendees that I know of;

    John and Sue
    Jill and Richard
    The wonderful and very talented Bernard
    and several others that are members of both and love and appreciate them both.

    I will not have a word said running either down, both are none profit making and run by volunteers.

    When there are things that people don't like, don't just maon about it , get involved and help to improve it.

    You know how much we appreciate what you and Pauline do and what a fantastic forum this is.

    We try really hard to make things good at the Romaclub, people can always contact me if they have good ideas to improve the club.

    Thanks for posting Bernard, glad you enjoyed it.
    Thanks Jill

    I'm sure all the Romaclub members really appreciate what all you volunteers do for the club, it can be a thankless task at times I can imagine, the Small Motorhome Forum enjoys a good relationship with Romaclub and I'm sure that will continue and both groups go from strength to strength.

    Its good to see Romaclub members posting on here about the AGM and I hope more will join the conversation and I also hope that the members on here who own Romahomes will give the Romaclub a try, both groups have lots in common, our love of small motorhomes and camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    . . . . our love of small motorhomes and camping.
    I too love small motorhomes .
    Trouble is I don't fit into one!
    The trouble with a hotel is that it tends to stay in one place.

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    Default Thirteen miles in two hours?

    Well they've silenced the whistle; the coal is all burned
    And they've buried the ashes for good
    They've torn up the loop, and there's only a scar
    To show where the water-crane stood.


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    But the birch and the elder still follow the track
    Standing black in the smoke and the rain
    And the poor little sheep with the smouldering back
    Runs away at the sound of a train.


    Dave Goulder

    Alongside the Stratford racecourse runs the old disused railway from
    Stratford to Evesham and Gloucester. Like many other old lines this
    now a cycle track and a nice level walk.
    Last Sunday it was also part of the route for the 'Shakespeare Marathon'.

    2 Shakespeare Marathon.jpg

    I have to admit that my days of walking 26 miles are well over.
    In fact 13 miles is about my limit. After the runners had finished
    I went for a wee stroll along the old railway section of the marathon course.

    Passing milestone 11.

    3. Shakespeare Marathon.jpg

    'Puffing' a bit passed milestone 24.

    4. Shakespeare Marathon.jpg

    Hope I get back in time for the Romaclub Cream Tea?

    Nope – Missed it – I must be getting slower?

    (And now I'll let you into a little secret. It was an 'out & back'
    run and the two markers were only about a mile apart ! )
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    Nice one Bernard. Can you direct me to that track, I am itching to go away for a few days somewhere. We haven't been out in the motorhome yet this year!
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    I started my working life at the Cable and Wireless Training College at Porthcurno, very near Land's End. I think I will go down there for a few days. The training college is now a museum, and looking at the www I recognise a lot of the equipment.
    http://telegraphmuseum.org/explore/collections/
    I am fascinated to see what is in the tunnel dug into the cliff. As employees and trainees we were never told that there was a big communications centre behind the brambles covering the cliff face. It was the main communications hub in WW2, and all Churchills telephone calls with President Roosevelt must have gone through there.
    The trouble with a hotel is that it tends to stay in one place.

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