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Saintes France - June/July 2103

Saintes Rally - 28th June to 8th July

    Twenty three motorhomes, 5 of which were either new members or first time ralliers and 4 dogs were welcomed to the first Saintes rally by ourselves Jean and Dave Hollingsworth and assistant marshals Irene and Mervyn Kitchin. We eventually arrived a day later than we intended due to a brake failure en route. Fortunately, the assistant marshals were there and helped by Shelagh and Phil West negotiated the required pitches with the site owner John-Michell.

    The next day we helped Steve Earnshaw to celebrate his birthday with cake and wine. He also provided us with a bit of magic entertainment later in the week.

    It was very hot most of the time (in the 30’s) for playing Boules, the winners being Alan and Audrey Birch.

    Free bicycles were available to use on the site and Francois in the reception was probably the most helpful French person I’ve ever encountered.

    One day, the town centre was closed for probably the biggest street market I’ve ever seen.

    We had a boat trip on the Charente followed by a lunch at an old water mill.

    A coach trip to La Rochelle on the coast was enjoyed by most people with lots to see and do, with many vowing to return soon.

    Back on site we had another get together this time to help celebrate Irene and Mervyns wedding anniversary with drinks and a game of Mr and Mrs.  Also taking part alongside them, were Angie and Andy Cavell and the Hollies (Jean and Dave). Think there might have been a bit of fiddling going on there by the Master of Ceremonies Steve, as the losers were Angie and Andy and us.

    We would like to thank all the members who attended this rally, particularly Irene and Mervyn and Shelagh and Phil West in making it, for us, an unforgettable experience.

Rally report & 6 photo gallery courtesy of :  Jean & Dave Hollingsworth
Two additional photos* courtesy of: Tony Oxby

Saintes rally site* Free Bikes*
Roman Amphitheatre Saintes  Day trip to La Rochelle
River Trip to lunch at the Old Mill Boules finalists Alan & Audrey Birch and Tony & Jenny Oxby
Irene & Mervyn's wedding anniversary Post lunch pose for the camera