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The Origin of the Suffolk Centre

From the mid fifties to 1965 Caravan Rallies were organised by the Eastern Counties Centre, comprising of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough.

During 1967 many Suffolk members decided that Suffolk should become a Centre in its own right.  A request was made to the Caravan Club Headquarters and a meeting was called at Haughley Village Hall, chaired by the then Vice Chairman of the Caravan Club - Eric Barrett.  After much discussion a vote was taken and 95% of Suffolk members opted for their own Centre.

A committee was formed as follows:

Chairman   -   Ken Bartholomew
Vice Chairman   -   Ted Squire
Treasurer   -   Fred Palmer
Secretary   -   Iris Bull

Committee members were Ken Blake, John Bolton, Cecil Cleaver, Derek Adams, Dave Dickson, Phil Long and John Bull.

John Bull took over the duties of Rally Secretary and prepared the first Rally Programme

To start the Centre each committee member loaned the Centre 5.00 to cover expenses.

Equipment was obtained as follows:
Rally signs made by Ted Squires
Flagpole made and presented by John Bull
White First Aid box made by Phil Long
'Dog on Lead' sign made by Phil Long
The Pennant was screen printed and purchased from a member at Clacton
This was later replaced by a new Pennant made and presented by Iris Bull
The china 'Suffolk Punch' horse was presented by Ted Squire and mounted and boxed by Phil Long
The Suffolk Punch small Pennants were designed by Fred Palmer from the Lawn Mower logo.
The Suffolk Punch tablecloth was made and presented by Iris Bull
The 'Pennants' tablecloth was made and presented by Ivan Howlett

Article written by:

John Bull
Founder Centre Member



Rally News

TOP OF THE POPS Rally 27-29 April
Sutton near Woodbridge Saturday social with Gary Richardson, music by request and optional fancy dress in keeping with the theme. A great weekend at popular venue. Contact Neil Carter to secure your place asap

Anglia Region
Question Time
24 March 2018

Whether you have questions or suggestions, or just wish to go along to listen and meet members of the Executive Committee 

Suffolk Centre's
50th Anniversary
Event in July 2018

The booking form for our Centre's 50th Anniversary event is now available to be downloaded HERE

2018 Programme
The 2018 programme is now available and you are able to book onto all 2018/19 events listed...

The National 2018
More information will become available in the New Year, check the dates in your diary and join us in Yorkshire...

Suffolk Centre's
50th Anniversary
Event in July 2018

Our Committee are seeking support from volunteers to help with the delivery of a special event at Woolverstone Hall to celebrate our Centre's 50th Anniversary. Please contact us if you have ideas or can help in any way...

Need Rally Slips ?
Print your own rally slips...

Other News 

Donations In Memory Of John Preston
People who wish to donate to the charities chosen by John's family can do so via

Handbook Advert
Sharman Caravans

Can members please note that the advert in the Handbook for 2018 is incorrect and the offer does not stand.  We have passed on our sincere apologies to Sharman Caravans and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this error to them and members of this Centre...
new ad>>

Charity News
Presentation of Centre donation by Past Lady Chairman Janice Kent... 

Chairman and
Past Chairman's Messages

A short message from Garry Pyett and  Janice Kent...

New Centre Chairman, Officers and Committee
Following the AGM on 15th October 2017 your new team have now been appointed...

Rally Plaques
We offer our thanks to Past Chairmen David Totman and Derek Pannell at Panda Plaques for their hard work supplying our Centre rally plaques since January 2011.

Our plaque supplier is changing from Sunday 15th October 2017, so David and Derek will not be able to help you with your plaque orders for future Centre events.

New E-Newsletter
A new September edition of our E-Newsletter is now available to download. The next edition will be available in January 2018... more>>

Tips and Ideas
We have a long list of tips and ideas to read and enjoy...

Welcome to new members
What to expect from a rally...

Disclaimer Statement

The Statement... more>>


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