Roman’s Forum – Spring 2017

Well the 2017 season has started and this issue will be circulated at Boroughbridge. This is one of the three club sites we have booked for this year and it is a great opportunity to camp on a full facility site at a very reasonable price, so much so that our allocation has been fully booked for sometime! Please take note if you wish to go to Clitheroe or Scarborough later in the year.

As it stands our next meet at Ackworth needs stewards as Doreen & Geoff have had to pull out due to illness. I am sure we all send Doreen our wishes and hope to see them out again in the near future. In the meantime we would welcome any assistance in filling the stewards spot as the meet cannot go on without them.

Our meet at High Bentham has been altered slightly as we have been re-located to the golf club (the site owners own both the caravan site & Golf Club) so you will need to follow the signs carefully in High Bentham. As we are at the golf club, Chris Duffy is arranging a golf competition on the Saturday (normal rules will apply) with an entry that will cover green fees, etc. The club will have available meals during the evening.

Two events are looming on the horizon –
York Easter meet is filling up fast and John Inman is taken bookings on a daily basis, this is before the meet has appeared in the club magazine! – so
the point is to BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment! The other event is the AGM on the 8th April at the Ukrainian Club Edgerton. As in previous years can I urge all of you consider giving up some of your time and offering your services to join the committee? The lack of committee members is quite
common across DA’s and Sections which over the past year has caused some of them to fold. It is healthy to maintain a strong & diverse committee to
ensure we don’t follow the same path.

Finally, Debbie & I wont be with you this week as we are having a break in London, still celebrating part of my 60th birthday from last March and taking in the show ” The Jersey Boys” so hopefully we shall see you soon!

Roman’s Forum – Winter 2016


As we enter into the final phase of the 2016, we have a hectic time ahead! But first I must mention our meet at Thornton Hall Country Park at the beginning of the month.
On the Saturday, 17 of our younger members attended a treat which included a whole host of activities including animal petting and feeding, slides and rides and a super tea inside the activity barn.
I think parents and grandparents enjoyed themselves equally too!! Thanks go to Christine & Bernie for arranging this – the faces of the children on the day said it all.

This edition will be published for distribution at Scarborough Club Site where we are for a 5 day meet taking advantage of the clubs new offer of allowing DA’s to use the facilities at a much reduced price than the advertised prices.
We also have coming up the annual bonfire meet at Marsden, with bonfire night actually falling on November 5th. There will be Guy Fawkes and Lantern competitions and we will be having a small controlled bonfire together with an organised firework display.
A traditional Pie & Pea supper afterwards in the clubhouse. Booking is required via John Inman.

Our very popular November meet in York is virtually full (as I write this) and a social is to be held upstairs in the County Stand on Saturday Night.

As we move into December we will hold our dinner Dance at Elland Cricket Club and to date we have a fantastic 68 people already booked, an attendance figure we haven’t had for a number of years! Camping is available both nights for £15 which may be the attraction when you consider the cost of taxis and hotel bills! Please let John Inman know if you intend to camp.

Again we will see the New Year in at Storthes Hall where you may attend for the 3, 4 or 5 days to suit your circumstances a number of suggestions have already been muted for the theme and entertainment over this meet!! However it does not stop there!………

Michael & Phil have produced our sites list for 2018 and a host of new venues are planned for next year, along with some traditional favourites.
They will be looking for stewards to make those meets possible so please consider stewarding at least one of them when he comes round with the list. It’s not difficult and help is always on hand!

Finally, We must congratulate James & Naomi Lockwood on the birth of our newest member Georgia Rose.
Her arrival has meant that Naomi will no longer have time (or the concentration due to sleep depravation) required to undertake the role of Treasurer and Christine Wood kindly offered to take up the cash book yet again!
This has coincided well as we have to re-appoint the Treasure annually before the second week in November.

And Finally, Finally…… Another appointment we have to make each year is that of Youth Leaders and Chris & Michaela Duffy have offered their services again for another year.
Hopefully we may have some more youth for them next year….???

Cheers Roman

Roman’s Forum – Autumn 2016

It’s August Bank Holiday Monday and I’m sat in the motorhome writing
this latest column for the Rams Head in the shadow of Snowdonia.
However when you read this I will be with most of you at Pugneys’.
It seems far in the distant past since I camped with the DA at the
Region Meet!

With the majority of us all having holidays over the summer it is the
first opportunity to thank everyone who helped create our entry to the
Mardi Gras parade “carry on cruising” also to those who participated
and cheered us on….to win!! Huddersfield DA finally has got its name
on the trophy!

Our THS meets have all been completed thanks to all our stewards for
making this happen as it not only provides the DA with valuable
income it also provides all members with the opportunity for
affordable holidays.

Whilst on a THS at Tenby this week I spoke with someone who had just
parted with £500 for 7 nights on a commercial site in the same

As we now approach the seasons of darker nights there are a number
of meets you will need to plan in:

At Bolton Abbey we plan to hold our third Macmillan Coffee Morning
Bookings are now required for our meets in October at Scarborough
and Doncaster over the half term holiday and for the York shopping
meet in November. Not forgetting our younger members, we will also
be having our children’s treat at Thornton Hall Farm.
So there is a lot to look forward to this autumn!!


Roman’s Forum Winter 2015

This will be the last edition before the New Year and hopefully you have booked for York at the end of the month because it is fully booked!!

Although we are normally oversubscribed, John Inman informed us at the last committee meeting he had already a long waiting list, and that was by early October! We can only accept 75 units due to ground conditions, however if you haven’t booked depending how kind the weather has been, we will make a decision ON THE DAY if we can squeeze some more units on.

As part of the Club’s constitution we have to elect Youth Officers & a Treasurer by November each year. As Naomi Lockwood had already offered her services as Treasurer early in the year, she was formally elected to take over from Christine who’d undertaken both the role of Treasurer AND Social Coordinator during our time of need. As Vince & Lesley informed us earlier that they would be retiring from the Youth Leader roles, we duly elected Chris & Michaela Duffy who offered to be our new Youth Leaders. John Shedden also announced that he would not be seeking re-election at the next AGM after 9 years of arranging our sites.
John has produced his final sites list to ensure we have continued camping throughout 2016 and will be available to offer advice to anyone who fancies taking on the role, but in the meantime you could help John by offering YOUR services to steward in double quick time so that he enters his well earned “retirement” with a completed programme for 2016!

My thanks go to all those retiring and those picking up the gauntlet to ensure the continued smooth running of our DA.

Bookings are now being taken for both the Dinner Dance & New Year and I would sincerely like both events to be fully patronised where possible as full attendance always creates a fantastic atmosphere at both events!

…….and finally, If I don’t see you at either of the above two events may I

wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


Roman’s Forum Summer 2015

Spring Bank week is the busiest camping & caravanning week of the year and for the first year since I was a child I didn’t manage to get off anywhere due to my foot operation. Not being able to drive for a month is VERY frustrating!

I did manage though, to get to our THS at Ilkley for the last weekend which was stewarded by Sam & Pauline Wilson. The Bank Holiday weekend had been busy and they had managed to secure a room in the complex and put some entertainment on for our visitors, which was much appreciated with a number of e-mails being received from happy “customers.”

There will be a number of us missing from the Hipperholme meet as we are travelling to Rugby for James Haigh & Nikki Wardle’s wedding that weekend. Also on the same weekend, Leeds DA are holding their Bogie Race & YDA are at Knaresborough for the Bed Race! When sites are booked so far in advance it is difficult, nigh impossible, to gauge what competition there will be for a full attendance at our meets.

Where we will be represented well is at the forthcoming Region Meet which is being held at the new venue of Grange Park, Wetherby, just off the A1(M). Although our block booking has been submitted there is always room for anyone un-booked. The theme for the Mardi Gras parade this year is “Holiday Destinations” and we have chosen FRANCE as our entry. So get your berets, striped shirts and onions at the ready!! Christine has already bought some “props” including a number of Eiffel Towers!!

This will be the last edition of the Rams Head before we all set off, jet off or sail off on our well earned summer holidays so whenever & wherever you are planning to go I hope you all have a fantastic time and make sure you are back for our end of holiday meet at Pugneys in August ! (although Debbie and myself will be still on the Isle of Wight!)


Roman’s Forum Easter 2015

I am pleased that at the AGM we had a number of “new” faces put themselves forward to join the committee, with Naomi, Chris Wood and John Inman offering their services, perhaps “not so new” in John’s case?

I was elected to be Chairman again this year, which I believe is a great privilege and you will see from the inside cover the positions that the individual committee members offered to undertake for the next twelve months. All of us on the committee, no matter which post we hold, all rely on your help and support and I hope you will continue to do this in this coming year.

For our nominated charity last year we raised a magnificent sum of £574 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This year let’s see if we can beat that for our nominated charity – The Alzheimer’s Society. Unfortunately this is an illness that has become more prevalent in recent years, perhaps due to our longer life expectancy, but is severely under funded in terms of research. We have already had a £50 “donation” to start us off. This was following a whip round to replace a “lost” jacket on John Inman’s retirement do…..which wasn’t “lost” at all!!

For a lot of members who enjoy camping, the season begins at Easter and I welcome you to join us whenever and wherever you can. Please ensure you obtain (if you haven’t already) a list of all our meets and events this year.

As I write this we still need stewards for Knaresborough in a couple of weeks time and for a week at our THS in Kettlewell in the summer. All those who steward don’t pay site fees and other expenses are payable to THS stewards, please see John or me if you can help out.

Finally, I will be out of action during May due to a foot operation which will restrict my driving but I will take this opportunity to wish you all every enjoyment during this summer wherever you park your wheels or canvas.


Roman’s Forum New Year 2015

I hope you all enjoyed Christmas and got all the presents & gifts you wished for, if not, better luck next year!
Before Christmas we held our dinner dance at Durker Roods and it was the largest turnout for some years. On the whole it was a very enjoyable evening but I understand some members experienced problems. Christine was aware of them and this was passed onto the staff so that next year we can make it a perfect evening for everyone. Please make sure you have received your dinner dance discount card and start recording your meets from now!

As a club our prime objective is the provision of weekend meets and THS’s and there are a number of them that still require stewards.
Without stewards we cannot function! As well helping the DA it can be rewarding to you as steward’s camp free at all our meets. As a matter of urgency we need a Chief Steward / Booking Officer for York at Easter, obviously same provisions apply but the running of the meet is greatly assisted by DA members and Committee. If you can offer a little of your time by helping the DA in this way, please see John Shedden who has the list. Your help in this would be appreciated.

You will have read in the previous Rams Head that there are a number of vacant committee positions coming up at the next AGM which is only 3 months away. Christine has offered to cover the Treasurer post up until then but I would welcome someone to come forward to take this role, before then if possible. Full tuition on the Clubs methods of recording has been offered by the former Region Treasurer, Mel Hill.

Well, that’s my recruitment drive over (on paper at least!), so I’ll sign off by wishing everyone a fantastic New Year and hope that 2015 fulfils all your aspirations!

HDA Chair

Roman’s Forum AGM 2014

Welcome to my first opportunity to comment since my election to Chair of the DA.

I must say it is an honour and privilege to be able to take on the post.

For those of you who attended the AGM you will know that for the first time in many years we were over subscribed for candidates to form a new committee which resorted to election and voting. It is warming to know that many of you are committed to ensuring the future success of the DA by offering your service to it.

A list of the new committee members are on the opposite page and you will see there is a mixture of new and existing names which I feel is an excellent platform to move forward with new ideas and have the backing of experience.

My thanks go out to Lesley for her stewardship as Chair for the past few years and wish her and Peter many relaxing and hassle free camping days ahead.

Finally, please feel free to approach me or any of the other committee members with your suggestions or concerns as we are all elected on the basis that we are there to serve you, the members to ensure the future success of this DA.


Lesley’s Latest New Year 2014

Welcome to our New Year Meet at Storthes Hall, Huddersfield.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry
Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. This will be my last
Christmas as Chair so I hope we all have an enjoyable few days here at
Storthes Hall.

This meet is our last for 2013 and gives us time to reflect on all that has
happened this year. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and
commitment and for making this another special year. Apart from our
own special meets and events we hosted a very successful Region
Meet. It was a difficult challenge and thanks to a dedicated team of
helpers, we managed to pull it off and keep the flag flying for
Huddersfield. As a thank you for all of our hard work, Yorkshire Region
have given us a cheque for £500 which will be spent accordingly within
our DA.

Thank you for all of your good wishes, cards, chocolates and flowers
following my recent operation. I am well on the road to recovery now
and am looking forward to Harold and Jayne’s New Year disco.
On a more serious note, after this meet is over, the time will just fly by.
I am pleased to report that Lynda Baldwin has shown some interest in
returning to the committee and taking over once again as Secretary
from Julie. There are still lots of positions to fill ; PRO, Assistant Rep to
Region, Assistant Sites Officer, Catering Officer and Events Co-
Ordinator. I know many of you are more than able to fill these
positions and I would urge you to give it a go.
Happy New Year to all of you,

Lesley Cobb
H.D.A. Chair

Lesley’s Latest Autumn 2013

I’d like to welcome you all back after the long summer break and take the opportunity to thank all of our stewards who worked so hard at our THS’s this year. We all know that they do a tremendous job and we couldn’t manage without them.

Peter and I had a great holiday this year venturing to pastures new. We went to Germany for our holidays, spending the first part in Bavaria which was stunning. We stayed on a lovely campsite on the shores of Lake Ammersee, just south of Munich and were the only English family there. This was Cassie’s first trip abroad and she was as good as gold- there were no problems at all and she was made welcome in most places, even in the shops! For any of you who don’t know, Cassie is our Springer Spaniel who is now quite an old lady…. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein – the castle made famous as the Disney castle. It was really beautiful and well worth the journey.

As you know, we have no events co-ordinator at the moment so I have included details of our Christmas Dinner Dance, once again to be held at Durkar Roods in this edition of the Ram’s Head. Thanks to Nick and Carolyn for getting me the menus. If you would like to come to the meal, could you please let me have your payment as well as your meal choices. I would like this sorted out by our meet at Rufforth which is the weekend of the 11th – 13th October. I might be out of action for a while as I have to have an operation soon, as yet, I don’t know the date, but I will be a bit limited in what I can do for a few weeks.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon and catching up with all the gossip and details of your summer holidays – it seems a long time since our last meet before the holidays.

Lesley Cobb
H.D.A. Chair