We have been monitoring closely the situation with COVID-19. Following numerous government announcements and advice related to the avoidance of non-essential travel and gatherings in crowded places we have taken the unenviable decision to postpone the Celebration Rally until 2021. A lot of hard work has taken place and we'd like to thank all volunteers who were involved in the event.
As you can imagine, we are not in a position to announce a new date yet, but please watch this page for further details. We will of course keep you all updated as soon as we can. At this stage, please do not contact the Treasurer. We will make a further announcement related to bookings in the coming week. Please work with us at this point as we make provision for the event to take place in 2021.
The Cheshire Centre committee has now taken the very difficult decision to suspend all centre activities until Government advice changes. This will obviously impact on our way of life but, for the good of society, I feel it is the right thing to do.
Your committee are working very hard to plan for the future, in particular the 50th Celebration Rally, but, as you can imagine with Government advice changing daily, that is very difficult. Needless to say, as soon as we know anything we will inform you via the Weekly Updates, Web Site and Social Media.
We will review our position on running rallies on a week by week basis and be guided by Government advice with primary concern being the safety of our members. Whilst this is unsettling your patience and understanding is appreciated at this very difficult time.
On a personal note I would like ALL centre members to stay safe and to stay in touch, in particular those centre members living on their own. Please feel free to pick up the phone for help or just a chat.
As you all, hopefully know by now, we are running a Craft Fair on the Saturday of the Celebration Rally between 2 and 4 pm in the main marquee. It promises to be an interesting couple of hours looking at other ralliers skills, interests and passions.
We have received a number of people who are planning to show or sell their wares, but if you fancy showing the ralliers your talents be that your art work, photographs, collections etc or want to sell the little gadgets you have made then please contact Kev Patterson as soon as possible so we can allocate the correct amount of room in the marquee.
With less than 50 days to go to the rally, final planning is well underway, so please contact Kev now, don't put it off until later, if you want to display at the Craft Fair. Help us make it a BRILLIANT weekend.
As with all of our centre's previous celebration rallies I intent to stick with protocol, particularly during the Opening and Closing ceremonies. Jan Moore, the CAMC Vice Chairmen, will be our main guest and will formally open and close the rally for us.
Also on the stage will be as many Past Centre Chairmen as I have been able to contact, along with various Visiting Centre Chairmen, our main sponsors and your committee.
I really think this is important, particularly inviting our Past Centre Chairmen to be on the stage, because if it wasn't for all of their hard work and dedication, along with their partners, we wouldn't be enjoying rallying as we do today. Please show your respect when they are called onto stage by applauding them; thank you.
As I am sure you all know, whenever you are organising a big party or a large rally there are always lots of 'little' jobs that always need completing. At this point we have received lots of volunteers for siting the vans and that's great, but we'd like a few more who can help with a host of other activities. So if you feel you can offer us a few hours to help out, please speak with any member of the committee or complete the form below.
Many hands make light work, thanks in anticipation of hordes of volunteers contacting us.
You may know that over the last 7 years I have been on a mission collecting information about the history of the centre and turning it into a film. I completed version 1 of the film and showed it at the 2015 Celebration Rally; the feedback I received was very positive. Each time I have received more memorabilia I have created a new version of the film, I am now working on film number 7 and the film has gone from 27 minutes to 63 minutes.
The film is split into different sections one of which is past chairmen. The early rally brochures didn't have photos of the committee so early chairmen started off as shadows in the film, but over time, many e-mails and phone calls I have tracked down photos of all but the very first chairman, Cyril Burnman.
However, a couple of days ago, out of the blue, Ian Morrey, a rallier from 1968 contacted me and sent me the missing photo. So a huge thank you to Ian. So now another piece of our great centre's history will be remembered in the film.
If anyone has any centre memorabilia, especially from the very early days, please contact me as soon as possible so I can add it to the latest version; thanks.
The film will be available to view on the Saturday afternoon at the Celebration rally, even if I say so myself, it is a great film.