2018 Rally Report
Rally ticket sales seemed to have peaked so the beer order was placed with the brewery the usual two weeks ahead of the Rally. As the beer we have at the Rally is termed “Bright” so has to be specially prepared and it has a limited shelf life therefore there is no sale or return option available so the quantity has to be based (guesstimated) on the ticket sales. However we had a flurry of ticket sales at the last minute so we pretty much new the barrels would be emptied before the end of the Rally.
The organising party for the rally arrived at Thornhill on the Thursday afternoon to start setting up the campsite and the outside flags and banners all of which took a bit of a pounding in the wind before the better weather arrived after the “witches” performed their Sun dance!!
Friday morning saw the usual burst of activity after we got the keys for the Hall; we have to wait until the village play group is finished so it doesn’t give us a lot of time before folk start arriving. The beer arrived and the bar was set up, the hall was decorated as usual and all the tables hauled out of the cupboard, a few lights set up and the music / videos working and we are ready to rock!
The mobile kitchen arrived so it was ready to feed everyone.
Friday night was the usual natter night catching up with old friends and I found the cure for my back pain – apparently beer is a marvellous anaesthetic, it definitely works if you consume large quantities!
Saturday night we had Davy Sloan and the Rattlers on stage and they were excellent, really getting the hall and everyone in it rocking!
The raffle was well supported with some excellent prizes available by choice of those who had a winning ticket. As a result we were able to make a donation of £400 to Doddie Foundation (the following link will let you see what the purpose of the charity is) https://www.myname5doddie.co.uk/ Prizes were donated from various sources but particular thanks go to Gutsibits and Total Oil for their generous support. Also thanks to Moto Guzzi UK for the parcel they send every year which makes up the main items in the “goody bag” everyone receives on arrival at the Rally.
The bar was very busy so a trip to the supermarket was planned for the Sunday to restock the bar in preparation for the Sunday night.
Sunday morning and we had a continental breakfast laid on as the caterer had to go to another venue during the day but would return later on in the evening to feed us all.
Gino and Fiona did an excellent photo / video presentation and talk on their recent trip to Nepal – some really scary stuff involved, definitely not a trip for me!
On Sunday night we had the Dangerous Brothers perform for us, they too were excellent albeit perhaps a little more technical and it was obvious that a lot of people were really enjoying the show.
The prize giving was carried out during the break and followed the usual light-hearted entertaining theme.
The prize winners were as follows:-
Guy Wain – Favorite Guzzi
Claire – Favorite new Guzzi
Trish - Outstanding Stupidity.
North Staffs – Best Branch Turnout
Uki and Pete – Furthest travelled, from France
Ali Hay – closest to average mileage.
Gerbil and Claire – Special
Gino and Fiona – Branch Adventurers.
Apologies if this is not quite right but it was transcribed from a screwed up piece of paper with someone’s scrawl over the top of the extensive calculations to obtain the average mileage category winner!!
All in all it was another great rally with good reviews on Facebook and the Forum.
A big thanks to everyone involved which really means everyone that was at the Rally because it needs you all to make it the success it is.
We now need to sort out what we are doing next year and start the organisation ball rolling.
2017 RALLY REPORT
Having got everything packed into the car (or rather cars as there is that much stuff to take) it was off to Thornhill on the Thursday to get set up for the start of the 25th Scottish Rally. The weather on the Thursday was very kind to us for setting up outside and the hope was that it would continue that way over the weekend! On the Friday we got access to the hall just as the beer arrived from the brewery and commenced turning the hall into our very own “nightclub” for the weekend. With a lot of effort and even more ingenuity from the team we managed to achieve a reasonable result.
Also the amazing “Transformer” trailer that evolved into our dining facility for the weekend arrived outside the Hall so with all that food and drink we were good to go and ensure that the 150 members due to arrive would have a great time.
I am sure there will be a report on the rally from a members point of view in the Gambalunga, so there is no need to duplicate that here however we would like to thank Gino and Fiona for doing their travel presentation on Saturday afternoon (part 2 next year perhaps!) and Willie Chrystal, Maxsafe Solutions, for his CPR / AED Defibrillator demonstration on Sunday afternoon. Also a big thanks to all the volunteers who, without being asked, just muck in to make sure that everything gets done – I am sure that it is this element that contributes to making the event so enjoyable and successful.
As referendums seem to be the thing these days we asked for a show of hands on Saturday night regarding the venue at Thornhill the result of which is that we will return next year all being well – it would be difficult to find another venue that could match the combination of facilities that we have there.
The weather over the weekend could have been better but it was acceptable and we managed to get everything packed up in the dry on the Monday which certainly makes life a lot easier when you get home and don’t have to start drying out tents, awnings etc.
They say a picture speaks a thousnad words so click on the link to view Elaine's superb photo album of the Rally - 2017 Rally photos
2016 RALLY REPORT
Thursday 28th April saw the advanced party heading for Thornhill to start setting up for the Scottish Rally. As we arrived the weather turned wet and windy and setting up the caravan awning was a task in itself trying to stop it blowing away until it was safely pegged out. Perhaps there was some significance in the Sea King Rescue Helicopter parked next to us!
We are not able to access the Hall until midday on the Friday so we ensured we had all the external flags and banners etc. in place before then so leaving “only” the Hall to be set up. This is a massive task that needs to be completed in a few hours and only made possible by the enthusiasm of all the hardworking volunteer members.
The weather throughout the country was pretty appalling on the Thursday and Friday and significantly worse than where we were at Thornhill. Reports coming in from members down south saying they would not be able to get to the Rally due to the weather (some were snowed in) were ringing alarm bells with the thought that only a limited number would actually make it.
As Friday progressed things seemed to improve with reasonable numbers arriving having braved the elements to get to Thornhill, so the Hall was reasonably busy on the Friday evening. Unfortunately we had the incident with Alex and the newly acquired AED in the Village was used for the first time and very successfully. Alex has made a good recovery and our thanks go to all those who made that possible.
The weather improved a great deal on the Saturday and a lot more members
arrived. Some took advantage of the ride out routes and I picked up some very enthusiastic comments about the magnificent scenery on the "Col de Mount Argyll Lakes" and some of the other routes
The Barbeque set up by the some of the locals as a fund raiser for the trip to Malaysia for Amelia and Laura proved to be very successful, the food they served up was first class and hopefully we can do something similar for next year.
The happy hour at the bar on Saturday night proved very popular as well – to popular in fact as by the end of the evening we had emptied all the barrels despite having ordered extra!!
Baby Issacs gave an excellent performance on the Saturday night demonstrated by the dance floor being busy throughout the night or perhaps it was all that beer that was consumed!
The weather was not so good on the Sunday and a visit to Stirling was required to get more stock for the bar for Saturday night. The two girls put on a quiz show in the Hall in the afternoon to entertain us while afternoon teas were available outside.
Chil, a new group for us, performed a good all round selection of music on Sunday night and again the bar was pretty much emptied which must be a good sign!
Hopefully everyone had a great time and we will be back at Thornhill next year for the 25th Scottish Rally which should be a very special occasion.
See below for report about the 2015 Rally published in Thornhill Views.
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