We, Tom and Lidwina Verduin as members from the beginning of the club, we did not want to miss this celebration for anything!!
So we booked the ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich and left on Thursday May 4th for the day crossing. It was a surprise to meet some more Dutch Club members on the same ferry and when we arrived at Kettering it was great to be part of the 7 Dutch cars.
Some of us stayed on the campsite at Wicksteed Park. 2 couples (including us) in our camper vans, but there were also 3 tents. Sleeping in a tent at this time of year was rather a cold experience and for some of them it was the first time, but they were strong and survived!!
It was for Felicity and Tinker their very first experience with a tent!! So we helped her to sort it all out and made sure that the tent was put up safely. She did send us some photos afterwards with a special thank you for looking after her and Tinker and including them in our group. She especially enjoyed our “pre-loading” sessions (drink before going out) which we held in our camper van, which was also a good chance to get- and stay warm again!!
A buffet was organised on the Friday evening for those who booked this upfront and there we were able to catch up with most of the English Club members. The food was delicious!
Saturday was scheduled as the main day for the celebration and also a special day for me (Lidwina) as it was my birthday
Unfortunately, it was a grey morning with a very cold wind and it drizzled. However, nothing could stop us and we started for a very nice tour, split into 4 parts, around the lovely country side.
At every stop, there was a nice welcome with food and drinks. The 1st stop was for coffee/tea and special biscuits at Rockingham Cars Fiat Dealership.
Another high light of this day was the 2nd stop for a lunch in “The Kings Head” Pub in the lovely little village Wadenhoe and the 3rd for tea and cake at the Stanwick Lakes where we had a small walk around the lake(s) as the weather had improved. We could also go for a bike ride, which some of us did.
In the evening – dinner and party!! The food was excellent and after dinner the DJ managed to get a lot of us on the dance floor!! We all had a very good time!!
The next morning we said goodbye to Wicksteed Park and went on our way to Ciro’s Sharnbrook Hotel. The weather was perfect for the barbecue later that day and after that the official closure of this great event took place.
At this occasion we finally were given the opportunity to hand over our present to the jubilee club !! It was good to see how much this was appreciated!!
It was lovely to see you all and we were so lucky that we could join you in your celebration! It was splendidly organized and we can speak for all the Dutch members when we say a big thank you for the great time we had with you!!
Guus & Marly Beliën, Frank Derksen & Yvonne van Raay, Jan en Marijke Hopman, Erik & Claudia Morgenrood, Evert & Truus Spukkelhorst, Syds Wiersma & Roelof Smit and Tom & Lidwina Verduin