Chairman’s Pitch

Hi Folks,

Here we are most of the way through 2020 and so far, it has been one of the most unusual years any of us could have imagined. All of us have had to face some challenging times however I hope that you have all managed to stay healthy and well throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, it does look like the impact of the pandemic will be with us for a while yet so please stay safe and take care.

As you know, the pandemic caused cancellation of many events including our Scottish Region Meet and Annual General Meeting, both of which should have been held in May. The Camping and Caravanning Club subsequently decided that any cancelled AGMs should not be rearranged to be held in 2020. Instead, Scottish Region, and other Club groups who were in a similar situation, were asked to hold an Appointments Meeting to select office bearers to run the groups until AGMs can be held in 2021. Scottish Region held its meeting earlier in September and I was invited to continue as your Chairman along with my colleagues on Region Council who held the other key positions from 2019.

Although most of the Meets and Temporary Holiday Sites which were due to be held in Scotland have had to be cancelled, a small number have managed to go ahead including the Region THS at Drum Estate. I would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make those “pop up sites” safe for everyone who camped. My thanks also go to everyone who worked to plan and organise rallies for 2020, which unfortunately have had to be cancelled. Particular thoughts are with our friends from Renfrew and South West Scotland DA who were due to celebrate their 75th Birthday at Lochwinnoch in September. Hopefully we can join you for a belated birthday bash when circumstances allow us to!

Despite coronavirus, plans are still moving forward in the background. Subject to the virus restrictions, we are hoping that the Scottish Region Dinner Dance will go ahead at The Dalmahoy Hotel, near Kirkliston on Saturday 30th January 2021. The hotel, including the accommodation, was recently refurbished and is looking great. Tickets are available if you would like to book and there are some good deals on accommodation in the hotel. Please get in touch with me if you would like to book dance tickets.

All the DA’s and Sections across Scottish Region have been organising their fixtures for 2021. Your favourite venues are included along with some new ones. I hope that you will be looking forward to getting out and about and are able to support rallies which are being organised for us across the country.

Hopefully we’ll see you in a camping field sometime soon. Meantime best wishes.

Bill Dewar

Scottish Region Chairman

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