Happy 2023 to everyone,

Firstly I would like to welcome all our members, Old and New to Northants & Rutland Centre, I am very much looking forward to the new season of rallying and to build on the success of 2022, I believe we had a great year, welcoming new ralliers out with us, improving the numbers we have attending rallies, and visiting new sites.

My thanks must go to the committee for last year, lots of dedication and hard work from all ensured a successful year with some great events, such as The Chairmans Rally at Barnwell, The AGM and a great holiday rally at The Gower.  A special thankyou goes to Sylvia for her years on the committee, she is stepping down this year, but her involvement and input has been a great help, we then welcome Katy, Lee and Alan onto committee for 2023, they will bring new ideas to help take us forward.

Moving into my 2nd year as your Chairman and I aim to continue pushing the centre forward to allow all of us to enjoy rallying for years to come, we have some great events organised this year starting the season at Stratford Racecourse in April for Easter, followed by consecutive weekends at a new site at Wisbech St-Mary, this will include the Early May Bank holiday and the Kings Coronation. Later in May we have a half term getaway at Diglea Caravan Park in Snettisham, in June our annual Fishing Competition held at Manor Farm Lakes, a great venue and it would be great to see some new entrants into the competition. The Chairmans Rally with entertainment and food will follow in July at Barnwell Village Hall. We return to Kimbolton School that month as well, another lovely venue, our summer holiday rally resides at Skegness for a week in August, just a stones throw from all the attractions. Rally Forum & The AGM will be combined this year the first weekend in October at Barnwell. After the success of last year there will also be a New Year rally held at Cogenhoe Bowls Club, this was a great success and we have only a few spaces remaining.

For information on the New Year rally or any of our rallies all information is available on the website. It would be a pleasure to see as many of you as possible at these rallies.

If you are not already on the Facebook group, please search for us and join, and encourage other members to join, we will continue to use this to communicate to you all, with updates on rallies and events and any other information we can provide our members.

With a few new marshals this year I ask that we support them in their amazing efforts to put on great rallies, without them there would be no rallies, so a HUGE and heartfelt ‘Thank you’ goes out the all the marshals that volunteered this year.

I have decided this year to support the charity CCLG (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group) this is a charity that do amazing work and with my wife and daughter knowing families and friends that have been recently effected by such a life altering disease I would like to do all we can to support their fight with some fundraising events and probably a sponsorship event or two across the year, more information to follow on how we can support this fantastic charity.

Lastly, I would like to say if you have not attended a centre event before, please contact me or visit our website, I will gladly explain how the rallies work and how you can get booked into them, we now have a great committee to guide us through the year so please help them to keep the centre thriving.


See you all soon

Alex, Lorna, Grace & Maddison