Welcome to the official website of the North West Region of the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Latest details from HQ relating to NFOL replacement in 2021 and Meets/THS’s starting in July 2020:
All – If you have a free weekend voucher for the 2020 NW Regional Meet that was due to be held in May 2020 from your DA/Section then please note that this will remain valid for the 2021 NW Regional Meet – so keep them safe.
We have now received the following in relation to Social Camping and please note all Meets and THS’s starting in June will now be cancelled too:
Further to my communication to you on 17 March, the Executive Committee have been meeting with the Director General on a weekly basis, through this difficult time. The longer the lockdown period lasts, the more challenging the situation becomes for the Club, especially as the timing of the lockdown has coincided with the start of our 2020 camping season. The Club is a seasonal business, and there is now the real possibility that sites will be shut throughout our peak season. As you would expect, all our attention and our focus is on planning for when and how we can reopen the sites, and how we manage the Club during this time of closure.
Any opening will of course be in line with government guidance and we are working with the rest of the industry to seek more information and clarity on what any post lockdown strategy may be.
As well as the unknown around timings, it’s our expectation that we will not be in a position to open the entire network, and we will certainly not be operating at full capacity – not least to ensure continued ‘social distancing’. There will undoubtedly be other operational considerations as the Club and our camping offer adapts to fit with the ‘new normal’.
In relation to social camping, the area you are most involved in, just as we are planning for the future, we are aware that you will want to do the same, and we feel we should support you in doing this.
Currently the advice you have been given is to not participate in any Unit activity, whether it be attending social gatherings, running meets or attending meetings. You have also been advised that virtual meetings should not be used to hold formal meetings.
However, it is becoming apparent that some of you are keen to hold meetings, to assist with future planning. The Executive Committee discussed this on Wednesday and feel that you should be given the flexibility to hold virtual meetings during this period of lockdown, as a temporary measure. (Of course, when we are able to return to Greenfields House and operate more normally, this matter would need to be revisited by the Administration Committee.)
This flexibility has been provided very much on the basis that each Unit can decide whether or not they want to make use of virtual meetings during this period. It is not a requirement to recommence holding meetings.
Some of you will have held your AGM before the lockdown, others will not have been able to hold their AGM yet. It is envisaged that AGMs will be held at the earliest opportunity – in line with the requirements set out in the VOM – once government guidelines are relaxed. In the meantime, it would be appreciated if the current Committee remain in place.
If you do choose to hold virtual meetings, these must be held as stipulated in the Voluntary Officers Manual (VOM).
Specific points to note include:
- All members eligible to attend a committee meeting of the Unit must be able to access the virtual platform being used (eg, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Cisco WebEx)
- Any costs incurred are the responsibility of the Unit.
- Recording the meeting, and producing Minutes from the meeting, are the responsibility of the Secretary. Minutes from the meeting should be distributed in the normal way.
- Meetings should be arranged at the same time as normal face to face meetings would happen, so that members have the same opportunity to attend the meetings.
- The agenda should be appropriate for the current situation.
- Chairman’s opening remarks
- Apologies for absence
- Minutes of previous meeting
- Matters arising
- Executive Committee decisions
- Treasurer’s Report
- Urgent correspondence
- Other business items
- Time and date of next “meeting”
Please note that the Main Committees of the Club are not meeting, and Greenfields House is currently closed. However, any Region holding a meeting should continue to send their Minutes to Greenfields House, in the normal way, in readiness for the next Administration Committee meeting.
I’m afraid due to the reduced number of staff currently working, and our focus on core Club operational re-opening, there will be limited central support available during this period.
Also, please be aware that the decision has been taken to cancel all Meets and Temporary Holiday Sites with a start date in June. This will be actioned by the Exempted Camping team.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and issue new guidance as and when required.
In the meantime, please keep safe.
Bob Talbot, Club Chairman
Sabina J Voysey, Director General
The following update in relation to Meets and THS’s has been received from the Camping and Caravanning Club:
Further to the Club Chairman’s communication to you on 17 March, we are now four weeks into the lockdown period, where all our sites and Greenfields House remain closed.
The Senior Leadership Team continue to meet daily, and the Executive Committee and I meet once a week. 50% of our Greenfields House workforce is on furlough leave, with the other 50% working from home.
Email inboxes are being monitored and responded to across the Club, and I trust you are receiving answers to any questions you raise. Please do check out the Club’s website. We have a FAQ section dedicated to the current situation, where you should hopefully find answers to most of your questions. We update these as and when we need to.
I just wanted to let you know that we will now also be cancelling all Meets and Temporary Holiday Sites with a start date in May. This will be handled automatically on the exempted camping database by the Exempted Camping Team. It may be that we will need to do the same for June Meets and THS’s in due course, depending on Government guidance.
It is indeed a very strange time, and I understand that many of you will be upset that you cannot take part in the work and the socialising that Club Units are normally involved in. However, when you think about why we are doing what we are doing – to protect the NHS and save lives – it makes sense.
Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation closely, and in due course will issue guidance on how we resume Club Unit activity.
In the meantime, please keep safe.
Sabina J Voysey
All C&CC Meets, THS’s and gatherings are cancelled till further notice as per the detail here in the directive from C&CC HQ
While camping with the C&CC we have a code of conduct that we should follow
These guidelines include things such as dogs on a lead, 6 metre rule, vehicular movement etc…
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