RALLY REPORT – UPPERTOWN FARM, HOGNASTON, DERBYSHIRE- JULY 9 – 19 2020
Due to the restrictions imposed on us all by Covid 19, we had a very late start to the rallying season in 2020.
The first rally saw us in the picturesque countryside of Derbyshire on a site overlooking Carsington Water.
Surrounded on all sides by fields of sheep, we arrived along with new member Lynda Brocklehurst on Thursday afternoon, and were welcomed with a cup of tea by Marshals Polly and Len, and Deputies Sue and Steve.
We actually had 9 units in total, including two other new members who had arrived prior to us: Gary and Sandra Cooper and Pauline and Wally Parr. We all agreed that this was a very good turnout considering the circumstances.
The weather was not in our favour so we had a brief and socially distanced standing Flag at 4.30 pm when Polly welcomed the new members and explained that she and Len would be carrying out extra cleaning duties in accordance to recommendations in order to keep us all as safe as possible.
It was possible to drive not too far to nearby towns such as Ashbourne, Wirksworth, Bakewell, Matlock, etc, and also to walk through the sheep field to the reservoir, where a cafe and gift shop were open, as well as water sports if anyone felt so inclined. Nobody actually completed the 8 mile walk around it!
On Saturday evening some of us had a short drive to the nearby village of Brassington, where we saw the remaining scarecrows from a festival which had been held the previous weekend.
The weather improved on Sunday and some members went off to a fairly nearby car boot sale as is the norm. A game of Boules was played during the afternoon, wearing disposable gloves. It was great to be able to sit and chat whilst watching / taking part. “Newbie” Gary won and was completely overwhelmed when presented with the impressive trophy cup!
Normal weather was resumed for most of the remainder of the rally. On Tuesday we said goodbye to Pauline and Wally, and Sandra and Gary, and hope that they enjoyed their first rally and that we will see them again soon.
Wednesday saw the departure of Lynda, and also Averil and Roy and Suzanne and Allan, both of whom had problems with their vans. Hopefully they were soon able to get them sorted out.
The weather was good enough on Friday for us three remaining units to be able to sit out into the evening. The farmer had asked us if we would mind having two or three vans come onto our rally field as he was becoming full at his main site across the road. They would be responsible adults only, with no children. We soon had to put a sign on the gate stating that the field was full, but at least the children were reasonably well behaved!
On Saturday we had a mid-afternoon meal at the Knockerdown Inn which was within easy walking distance, although not everyone walked as it was raining again! Good job we had a table booked inside. It was not so easy to social distance, but we did our best. Flag was very brief and Lynda (in her absence) and Alan and I were announced as joint winners of the Diabolical Dingbats Quiz. Sue and Steve won Lucky Van.
We all left on Sunday for various locations, Alan and I being the only ones to actually return home.
Thanks again to the Marshals and their Deputies for the rally and the opportunity to get away from home for a few days after such a long time.