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Chairman`s Rally - Llandovery R.F.C.       June 20th - 22nd


Marshal`s and assistants arrived on site Thursday evening in order to mark out the pitches (only to find them already done by the site warden “Dai”) for which we are very grateful. Also on site we had a couple of members of the centre who had decided to take advantage of the glorious weather and arrived on Wednesday staying pasted the close of the rally to enjoy the weather and site facilities some more.

Friday morning saw a steady flurry of vans arriving, again  everyone keen to make the most of the sunshine.

Saturday morning was a quick breakfast followed by the start of the competitions, owners improvement was judged and the winner was Martin Bevan with his hanging rail support bar to ensure the hanging rail doesn't fall off while towing, well done Martin.

11.00 was the start of the treasure hunt (run by last years winners Martin & Jayne Bevan) some interesting cryptic clues to keep everyone on their toes and a route taking in plenty of drinking establishments (purely to avoid dehydration due to the heat, I`m sure)

Ralliers then made their way back to the site for flag with a BBQ waiting for them and a punch with a very special ingredient added at the last minute (good shot Josie). The competition`s for the weekend were bannerette as we had no entries from Bank Farm, this time we had entries in all ages and the overall winners are for the adults - Hazel McCarthy and the Juniors - Jay Israel, very well done to you both. Also the winner of the Treasure Hunt was announced - well done to Tracy, Ffion and Kerry Rees and we are looking forward to your Treasure Hunt next year. As  the night wore on some played boules, some had a water fight and some sat out  catching up with friends, we did hold a small 10 pin bowling competition which you had to do blindfolded and out of the 20 or so competitors the winner with a perfect score of 20 out of 20 was Jim McCarthy - well done Jim.

Sunday saw a relaxed morning with everyone taking their time to pack up  and make their way home.

I would  like to thank all who attended my first Chairman's rally and made it such a good  time.


Many Thanks from the Marshals


Jay, Jo , Martin & Jayne.



Summer Tea Weobley Castle Rally Report 2014


The ladies Committee Barbara, Andrea, Marilyn, Jackie Julie, June and Jayne our Main Committee Representative held another successful summer Tea at Weobley on Saturday 28th June 2014.

Despite the weather forecast for the weekend not promising to be very kind the big yellow ball in sky shone for most of the weekend with the rain only making an appearance late on Saturday/early hours of Sunday morning which we can all cope with – although we did have reports of a freak thunderstorm over Forestfach Tesco’s just as poor Marilyn and Jackie were picking up the supplies, we did feel sorry for them whilst we waiting in the sun for their return.


As unusual the Tea was held at the top of the field with the views over the estuary, everyone enjoyed the strawberries, scones, cream and jam served by the Ladies Committee along with tea, coffee and pop for the children (the bigger children were popping sparkling wines). Flag followed later on Saturday evening with a Ladies Committee Raffle thank you to all for buying tickets as you know all proceeds are spent on the Centre’s children either at the Panto, Christmas Party or Children’s treats and without your support these events would not be as good as they are, on that note please make sure you book for the Panto and party as early as possible.


The Ede Tucker Competition theme was flowers in an unusual container won by June Wilson her container was one of her boots that she arrived wearing on the Friday, Congratulations June. Congratulation to Lynne Davey also who is on a winning streak following her success at the British National as she won the Photographic Competition a big thank you to Lynne also for running a ‘masterclass’ for budding photographers to take part in.


Sunday morning was another beautiful morning made better with the smell of the bacon rolls that the Youth Committee were selling along with the tuck shop. Thank you to Ffion and her army of not so ‘youthful’ helpers.

This was followed by a very useful Q&A session with the Main Committee in the annual rally goers meeting – thanks to all that participated.


The Ladies Committee would like to say a very big thank you to all who helped and supported the rally making it a very enjoyable and successful event again this year and hope that you all book the Harvest Supper in September which is the next Ladies Committee event.


Thank You

Andrea Glew

Secretary, Ladies Committee



The 62nd Welsh National

 The West Wales Centre hosted the 62nd Welsh National over the August bank holiday at Bank Farm, Horton on the Gower and I think anyone  who attended will say what a great National it was. We had the weather with us for most of the rally, we had fabulous entertainment, the  Sports and Under Canvas were excellent and the atmosphere was the best I have seen for a number of years, so thank you to every one who  attended and made it such a successful National rally.

I would like to again thank the Main Committee and partners  for all of their hard work in the organisation and set up, the Sports, Ladies and  Teenagers Sub Committees for helping with everything from hospitality, marking the fields, setting up the marquees and any other jobs we  threw at them - thanks everyone we couldn't have pulled it off without you.

I would also like to say a  special thanks to all the members who helped out with siting vans, office duties, marshals in the marques, the  bar, cleaning up, serving and cooking - the list is endless and I couldn't possibly name everyone but thank you one and all.


Unfortunately, we didn't manage to bring home the inter centre cup, we missed out by a couple of points but I would like to say that in my  eyes we are  winners anyway, we really showed the other welsh centres how to put on a great national.

 I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the other welsh centres who supported us, and well done to South Wales for winning and  a special mention to North Wales for doing so well in so many areas.


List of Winners / Runners Up

                                                                                                                                                         





















We also introduced new competitions for younger members this year and I must say that they were very well received and the entries from the younger ralliers were fantastic, may I thank Brian & Val Cosker for the Junior Craft competition Trophy, Lynne & Dave Davie for the  Junior Photography Trophy and John & Myra Thomas (South Wales Centre) for the Junior football trophy.


 Once again, well done to every one who entered in any of the competitions and thanks to everyone who helped out.


Jay & Jo Allan

Competition

WWCC Position

WWCC Member

Football Men's over 35`s  

Runner up   


Football Men's  

Runner up   


Football 13 - 16 years  

Runner up   


Football 9 - 12 Years

Winners


Netball  Ladies

Winners


Netball  13 - 16

Runner up


Netball   9 - 12

Runner up


Tug of War 640

Runner up


Cookery  

Winner

Val Cosker

Cookery  

Runner Up  

Wendy Hope

Inter Centre Quiz

Runner Up  


Photographic

Runner up  

Jay Allan

Jnr Bannerette

Runner up

Malie Lancombe

Decorated Car

Winner


Welsh Inter Centre Cup

Runner Up


Tenby Half Term Rally Report October 2014


The rally opened on the Friday and saw 22 vans pull into Greenhill School, Tenby. Members got together on the Friday evening in the hall to catch up and have a sing along with a little bit of Karaoke!


It was an early start on the Saturday morning for the Marshalls who set up the hall for the ‘Gangsters and Molls ‘evening on the Saturday night.  Thank you to the members who made such a fantastic effort and dressed for the occasion. Games were  the order of the evening, and in good fun (and in the name of friendly competition) tables competed in ‘Snail Racing, Hula Hoops, skipping, Nerf gun shooting and much more.. All to win ‘Puffin Pounds’


On the Sunday we held a Chinese auction and yet another sing along took place until the small hours!


The week was relatively relaxed with a ‘Boys night’ into Tenby on the Wednesday and a ‘Girls night on the Thursday.


Friday was the ‘American Supper’, thank you to everyone who brought up plates of food and made it such an enjoyable evening.


We held the Halloween party on the Saturday evening after a day of decorating the hall and preparing for the Children and Family parties.


The children were treated to sweets and cakes, a huge Thank you to Sharon Cooper who made 2 beautiful Halloween cakes for members.


Then onto some party games for the Children, with Lyn Carro and Carl Burridge busting some awesome moves to entertain the children (and the adults watching) Thank you both. The evening then kicked off with the adults games and we had doughnut swinging, jelly eating and a little bit of beer pong.


Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the rally by joining in and taking part. A huge thank you to the ‘Team’ which consisted of Jo & Dean Israel, Jayne and Martin Bevan and Trev & Marci Robinson for helping with fetching, carrying, painting, building and just generally supporting us - we couldn’t put on the events without your support.


Jay & Jo Allan


50th Birthday, 1800th & Charity Extravaganza Rally


Main Committee arrived on Thursday throughout the day and once sited started setting up the rally, pitching out the field proved a little messy (thanks to the charitable sheep) but we managed to grin and bare it with the only real casualties being our footwear. The stage was arranged and then trimmed up (thanks to Jo, Jayne and Martin for the assistance) and by the time we had finished it was time to have an early (ish) night ready for a busy day.


Friday saw us putting up the Marquee and arranging the bar inside of it, talk about made to fit; the bar area was fabulous, proving very popular over the weekend, again thanks to everyone who helped with the bar over the weekend. Whilst that was going on other members of the main committee started to mark out the front field, putting out the signage and locating the elsan and tap points. Midday came and with it the first of the vans arrived (we really appreciated everyone adhering to the 12.00 rally start time) 1st van on site was ten minutes to, follow by a nice steady stream throughout the day and evening. With most of the vans sited we opened the hall with “Quiz Master Don” hosting a charity quiz and the bar began to fill to the sounds of DJ Sticks (John Bennett) on the disco.


Saturday was the day of the Charity events, again the centre members and committees pulled out all the stops, your generosity is immense and I cannot find the words to thanks you enough. I have put a list at the end of the report to show (just some of the activities and funds raised). Saturday evening saw the Charity Auction take place but not before a guest speaker from Halcyon, Mr Paul Murphy talked about the charity, what its aims are, who benefits from the monies raised and of course about climbing mountains! After Paul had finished speaking, we went onto the auction were I was ably assisted by John Bennett.  After plenty of auction lots (some hotly contested) we closed the auction and relaxed to watch a singing duo called Elision who were really good and kept us all entertained.


Sunday came and saw everyone awake to the smell of bacon and sausages being cooked by the Youth Committee assisted by their parents, well done to the Youth as I believe they sold out. Table Football had been arranged for midday but as we had some rain in the night we decided to call it off do to the nature of the game and for safety, so we all had a little extra time to prepare for Flag. The Ladies Committee prepared a beautiful buffet style meal of new potatoes, ham with salad served with a glass of wine, well done Ladies it was really well received and I have had some great feedback from the members.


I ran through flag, calling on Gwent Centre Chairman Mike Kent to sing to our Birthday Ralliers (unbeknown to Mike of course) and we had a special guest do give out the children’s sweets in the shape of “Mr Puffin Man” and we finished of Flag by cutting the centre Birthday Cake, made by our own centre member Sharon Cooper, what a cake too! It was massive and beautifully decorated and tasted sublime, thank you ever so much Sharon.


I called upon past centre chairmen Andrea and Gary Glew who were in attendance on the rally, to help cut the cake, thank you both for your help and the photo opportunity. Sunday evening saw another act arrive to entertain us, this time a young lady singer called “Verina Marie” and again she proved a big hit.


Monday saw the rally come to a close, with the last vans leaving site at 4pm and the Main Committee not far behind.

I would like to again thank everyone who attended the rally and who made it such a success, thanks for your continued support and generosity, thanks to all who helped out over the weekend; we really can’t do these rallies without your assistance.


Lastly, thanks to my Main Committee and Partners who not only worked hard throughout the planning and running of the rally but paid their fees to be their too, in support of the charities, thank you all. Last but not least  a huge thanks to the visiting Centre Chairmen  representing Welsh Division, North Wales & Gwent.


We have currently raised over £2200.00 for our chosen charities Halcyon and Ty Olwen which is an amazing effort and we shall be doing a presentation at the Rally Goers in October.


We hope that everyone had a safe tow home from the rally and look forward to catching up with you all on the rally field in the coming months.


Regards


Jay & Jo Allan

West Wales Centre Chairman.




Ladies Sub Committee Stall           £57.00

Kevin & Rachel`s golf ball game    £75.00

Charity Quiz            £9.5

Charity Darts Competition   £26.00

Charity Bingo (entry fee donation)  £13.50

Jayne & Barbara`s Book Stall    £112.40

Lucia`s Henna/ Nails and Books Stall  £50.00

Martins Games Stall    £40.60

Youth Sub Committee Stall   £82.63

Sports Sub Committee Stall   £57.60

Barbara Smalls Hook A Duck Stall  £38.80

Val, Brian & Sam`s Welsh Cakes   £55.92

Scones     £30.00

Doughnuts & Cookies    £50.00

Ring Pulls     £60.00

Charity Auction      £973.00

Postal & Personal Donations   £85.00

Rhyl Sea Cadets Donation    £25.50


A selection of entries at the Bank Farm Spring Home Rally

In the photography, Bannerette and Elsie Dilly Competitions - 2016

Welsh National 2016 - Brecon Showgrounds


West Wales members pulled out all the stops this year and after a fabulous rally we came out as Inter Centre Champions.

Well done to everyone involved…


For a list of all the winners please click HERE.