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Chairmans Charity Donation While we were at Canford THS in August, Nick & Karen brought along a selection of scented candles for us to sell & the proceeds to go into the Chairman’s Charity----Breast Cancer. We raised £28 30 in total. The few remaining candles that were left we will put into DA raffles. Thank-you Nick & Karen it is much appreciated. Myra

CCY EVENTS 2009 20 – 22 March Youth Spring Meet Huish Woods Scout Camp West Hatch, Somerset (Nr. Junction 25 / M5) 8 – 13 April Youth F.I.C.C. Santiago De Compostela, Spain 15 – 17 May Youth Summer Meet Chelwood Scout Camp, Avon OS Ref: ST 640619 3 – 5 July National Youth Rally Littleborough Rugby Club, Hollingworth Lake, North West Region 11 - 13 September Youth Test Weekend Higher Listock Farm, Wrantage (BSB 193/295) October End of Season Meet TBC 2

Countryside Care Officer(s)
The above position(s) within the D.A. has recently become vacant. If anyone is interested in the above role, please get in touch with a member of the Committee. The committee would like to thank Richard and Sara for their efforts in their time spent in the role.

Committee 2009 - 2010
A number of Committee posts are due for election at the forthcoming A.G.M. in February 2009. If anyone has an interest in Committee work then please get in touch with any Committee member or complete and submit the nomination form included in the centre part of this Diary.

Notification of Special General Meeting.
A Special General Meeting of D.D.A. members will be held at Dudsbury Guide Camp at 11am on 4th January 2009. This is to ratify / appoint the Auditor for 2008/09. This is necessary as the Auditor was not appointed at the AGM but at the first Committee meeting afterwards

Country & Western 2009
The next Country & Western will be our 25th. Plans are now underway to make it an event to remember. The Dorset D.A. has recently acquired a number of items of commercial catering equipment. It is hoped that we will be able to provide hot food/snacks etc during the meet for the benefit of those attending. This will not be possible without a team of people who would be willing to assist. It is not intended for a few to be stuck behind the food bar all weekend.

With sufficient volunteers, we hope to be able to arrange a rota of helpers each doing a small bit to make the whole thing run smoothly. As the old saying goes, ‘many hands make light work’. If you are willing to spend as little as an hour helping behind the food bar then get in touch with your Secretary Anne Forster.

NFOL 2009
The NFOL in 2009 is being held at Bleinham Palace in Oxfordshire, on 20th 24th August. See Club magazine in January for full details. The Theme is Time Travel. Dorset D.A. would like to make a block booking if possible (min 6 units). If you would like a Block Booking form please contact Brenda Elson (please see next Diary for number, or see any Stewards before the beginning of May 2009. A block booking form is also included in the centre part of this Diary for easy removal and use.

Towing for the Over 70’s
This is something that will (unless legislation changes) affect us all and is cause for concern at present amongst the camping fraternity. Upon reaching the age of 70, the standard driving licence must be renewed. At present, there several sets of rules which are listed below. Firstly, some terms to get used to. The term ‘maximum authorized mass’ (M.A.M.) means the total amount of weight that the combination is allowed to place on the road surface. This is also often referred to as ‘gross vehicle weight’ and in some cases ‘gross train weight’. On caravans it is called the maximum technically permissible laden mass’ or M.T.P.L.M. Car test passed prior to 1st January 1997 You will have a category B on the licence (car) and a category B+E (car and trailer). Category B+E means that you can drive a combination of car & trailer/caravan with a M.A.M. not to exceed 8250kgs. Car test passed after 1st January 1997 You are restricted to a vehicle combination M.A.M of just 3500 kgs and the M.A.M. of the trailer must not exceed the unladen weight of the towing

vehicle. If the combination M.A.M is to be exceeded you must pass the category E test first. A motorhome with a M.A.M greater than 3500kgs but under 7500kgs is classified as a ‘medium sized vehicle’ and is driven on a category C1. Motorhomes - Car test passed prior to 1st January 1997 You can tow a trailer of up to 750kgs. To tow a heavier trailer a category C1+E is needed. Check your driving licence valid from date for category C1+E (107). If you have that category you can drive a combination with a M.A.M. of 8250kgs. Motorhomes - Car test passed after 1st January 1997 You are entitled to tow a combination with a M.A.M. not exceeding 12000kgs where the M.A.M. of the trailer exceeds 750 kilograms but does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle. At the age of 70, you will retain the driving entitlement for category B and B+E (provided B+E was held prior to the expiry date of the licence). When drivers of any vehicle over a M.A.M. of 3500kgs reach 70 years of age they must pass a D4 medical test and pass the required standard eyesight test. This wonderul piece of legislation became effective from 1st January 1998. There you have it – clear as mud. Please do not take the above as gospel but as a guide. If in any doubt about your driving entitlements get in touch with your local DVLA Office.

Membership Cards
The following information has been taken from the New Forest D.A. Picket Post newsletter and is relevant to all D.A.’s. We have been advised to see ALL membership cards of people who are camping. If a couple arrive on site both cards have to be seen by the stewards. This was brought about by someone arriving on site and showing the wife’s card when the husband had been banned from the Club. I might add that this was not anyone from Dorset D.A.

Editor’s Bit
I’m sure that most of us will remember the Christmas Annual of our favourite comic/magazine from our youth. Well, I would like to welcome you to the

Dorset D.A. Christmas Annual bumper edition of the Dorset Diary - 32 pages, phew!. If you would like the Diary sent via email please let me know. The best way to do this would be to send a quick email containing your details to me so I can collate a list. Email me at and include ‘Dorset Diary’ in the subject header.

Photographs on the D.A. Website
In order to keep our website up to date and looking as good as ever inevitably requires the use of photographs taken at various meets and events through the course of the year. If anyone has any objection to their photograph being used for D.A. purposes then please get in touch.

Dorset Diary Circulation
This edition was posted out to 123 homes and 53 email versions were sent.

Make a Note in your Diary
30th Dec – 4th Jan

New Year Meet, Dudsbury – Only one place remaining. Use your booking form in the last Diary or call Bob & Sue Hampton. See page 7 for event details and programme. Valentines Meet & AGM, Furzebrook, Wareham (BSB Map Ref 195/932846). Valentines meal on 14th in Furzebrook Hall (across the road from the site) followed by a disco. Payment for camping will be taken on site. Bookings for the meal now being taken. Please use the booking form in this Diary. Meal prices – Adult £8 Child £4. Don’t forget to bring along your own plate, 2 bowls, glasses, cutlery and refreshment. AGM will be held in Furzebrook Hall on Sunday morning. Start time 11am. Entry on production of current CCC membership cards. Following the AGM there will be a members meeting and tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

13th – 15th Feb

9th – 13th Apr

Easter Meet, Pooh Cottage, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7AQ (BSB Map Ref 192/20). Touring pitches are spacious and mainly level with electric hook up. Non-electric pitches available for tourers and tents. Facilities include: heated

swimming pool, brand new children’s play area, 2 toilet and hot water shower blocks, Laundry room with Iron, wash area, Chemical Waste. Booked Meet. 5 day meet with lots of fun and games for all. Booking form and programme details to follow. 22nd – 25th May 25th Country & Western, Church Farm, Sixpenny Handley SP5 5ND (BSB Map Ref 184/20). Join us as we celebrate 25 years of this popular event. Full programme of entertainment and activities throughout the meet, live bands, disco, fun and games. Booked Meet.
IF IT’S A BOOKED MEET GET BOOKING YOUR PLACES NOW. REMINDER - Please keep Dogs on Leads / Parents are responsible for their children at all times / no ball game/kites to be played/flown near caravans/tents

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