THE CLUB ..... Aims and Mission
To assist, encourage and promote the recreational pastime of caravanning. Foster true friendships and enjoyable company for all caravaners. Joining links you with other like minded friendly people on a regular or casual basis to enjoy caravanning and good friendship
THE HISTORY OF THE NEWCASTLE CARAVAN CLUB. Inc
Originally known as
NEWCASTLE YMCA CARAVAN CLUB
The Newcastle YMCA has been associated with community, sporting and social club activities over a number of years and so it was this organisation that brought about the formation of the "Newcastle Caravan Club" .
In 1971 an article was placed in the "Newcastle Sun"(since ceased publication) inviting interested persons to attend a meeting at the Newcastle YMCA in King
street for the purpose of discussing the formation of a caravan club in Newcastle. This was after Hylton Fewins(founder and former President) had met with 3 friends to discuss his idea.
In June 1971 22persons attended the inaugural meeting and the Newcastle YMCA Caravan Club was formed with all members becoming members of the YMCA. Hence the YMCA triangle continues to be included as part of the club logo. In March 1984 the meeting venue was changed to the South Wallsend Public School(this was done because of the large geographical area that the club covered and have a central meeting place).
Shirley Waters our first lady president ,in 1977 introduced the "20 year badges" for members with 20 years active membership.
Former president Barry Kellow arranged the introduction of the jackets and lanyards in 2005.
The "Nobbys" banner was introduced and used at Gloucester in 2006.
A logo combining the old and the new was adopted in 2010.
The "feather" banner was introduced in 2019
POEM WRITTEN BY MEMBER JACK WIGGENS FOR THE CLUB'S
25th ANNIVERSARY in 1996
25 YEARS OF FUN
Who would have thought in '71
When Hylton Fewins said to his son
"Let's start a club for the man
Who loves to tow a caravan."
So it started in a small way
To reach the club we have today.
For it has grown in leaps and bounds
And given us a club so sound.
Though people come and people go
The club itself does grow and grow.
For 25 years it's stood the test
With friends and pals of the best.
So let's Lift our glasses and toast
The club that gives pleasure to most.
But for the ones who did not stay
We feel just sorrow and dismay.
If in the club you find no fun
Well life is wasted on you my son.
So let us all hope in 25 years
They toast our club with wine and cheers
And bless the day that Hylton and son
Started this club for everyone.
REQUIREMENTS to JOIN
All you really need is an interest in touring/caravanning our great land and a friendly smile.
Even through the name of the club is Newcastle Caravan Club Inc. membership is open to all persons .couples or families who have an interest in touring, holidaying and camping in the great outdoors.
Current members have a variety of facilities including motorhomes, camper trailers, camper-vans and of course caravans of all shapes and sizes. If you have not purchased a touring unit yet ,you are still welcome , as talking to experienced members may assist you in your choice and purchase.
RALLIES / OUTINGS / EVENTS / ACTIVITIES .....
That is what the club is all about !!!!For the enjoyment of members the club has a program of short rallies, touring rallies and one day social events throughout the year. These activities are made up from member suggestions and organised into a program by the Rally Master. As members have a wide variety of interests and there are many places to visit .The Rally Master does his/her best to include all requests and keep the program interesting for all.
As members you select the rally / outing you wish to attend,contact the caravan park under the Newcastle Caravan Club booking and then fill in the rally card on the Rally Masters table. Due to bulk bookings discounts are often obtained from caravan parks. There are no fixed rules about attending rallies / outings what you attend and how long you stay is up to each member. Pets are welcome , subject to caravan park and club rules.
. SHORT RALLIES
These rallies / outings are held about once a month and are usually 5 / 7 days long. Travelling to and from these rallies is generally within one days travel from Newcastle. Activities on the rally may include ,short drives to local places of interest, a community meal or BBQ in the caravan park kitchen, an eat out meal at the local Pub or Club. And of course many happy hours with good company as the sun sets.
There are one or more touring rallies held each year over a 2 / 4 week period. Again from the members suggestions the Rally Master plans the trip to a region, where many points of interest can be included.
Bookings at the various caravan parks are arranged by the R/Master to give members time to travel at a leisurely pace. This type of touring ensures safety in numbers and sometimes reduces the cost due to bulk bookings. it is a friendly way to see a region that may interest you
ONE DAY SOCIAL OUTINGS
At various times throughout the year ,single day outings are arranged just for the fun of it. eg. A bus trip to Aberdeen highland games or a visit to the rescue helicopter base . Again these are members suggestions and always result in an informative and enjoyable day
And of course every year in December the club has a great Christmas party at a local club. Great food and entertainment with a monster raffle
Beechworth Mt Beauty Rally 2022
State Rally 2020
Moonee Beach 2020
Gloucester Rally 2021
Christmas Party 2021