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Caravanning - a way of life

Some people are wholly unaware of the months of planning that go into exhibiting at some of our industry's biggest consumer shows.

From location to stand design and build to staff training, our events team don't have time to thumb twiddle! And that's certainly been the case in the lead up to this week's Caravan & Motorhome Show in Manchester.

That's why, despite the arctic-like conditions at the moment and our wettest summer (if you can call it that!) on record for 100 years, it's been heartening to have welcomed a steady stream of both members and non-members to our Club Stand here at Event City. To have happy campers, makes all of our efforts worthwhile!

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With a strong background in journalism and public relations, Jon is the Club’s Senior Communications Manager. From his fresh-faced days in the Scouts building campfires and digging holes in the ground (we’ll leave the rest to your imagination!), Jon has always had an infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors and loves nothing more than waking up on a campsite to the dawn chorus. When not pitching his tent, Jon’s hobbies include football, cricket and golf.

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Antarctic adventures

The Ondaatje Lecture Theatre at the RGS

As we sit here surrounded by snow, and the usual British chaos ensues outside, I’m reminded of events of about 12 months ago, when the magazine reported on the British Services Antarctic Expedition (BSAE).

We may think we have it bad here at the moment but spare a thought for these 24 brave ladies and gentlemen, who volunteered to visit the coldest place on the planet for two months (January and February) to commemorate our former Club President and national hero, Captain Robert Falcon Scott – or Scott of the Antarctic to give him his popularised nickname.

Last year, 2012, marked 100 years since Scott stood at the South Pole, somewhat deflated having realised that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had led the first team there just five weeks earlier.

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Stuart Kidman is the magazine's Deputy Editor. He has been a journalist for ten years, writing for local newspapers before joining the Club in 2009. He loves camping and enjoys nothing better than trekking off into the wilderness to 'rough it' for a couple of nights.

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Warm welcome in Manchester

It’s fair to say that even though 2013 is only a few weeks old, it’s done little to curb the enthusiasm of those looking to enjoy a touring holiday in a tent or caravan.

Having travelled to The Caravan Show in Manchester with my colleague Stuart Almond from the Communications Team, (amid lingering fears of snow and potential traffic disruption), I’m pleased to report that the crowds flocked to the event and clearly it will take more than a little chilly weather to deter those looking to enjoy a great holiday over the coming weeks and months.

And what a great time we had meeting new members who joined the Club at the show. It was an absolute pleasure to say hello to new faces and readers of the magazine and of course it’s lovely to see familiar ones as well.

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Mark Round is Club Reporter for Camping and Caravanning. Mark has extensive experience working as a journalist having achieved Senior Reporter accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists after completing the intensive National Certificate Examination while working as a newspaper reporter in the Midlands. He joined the Club to combine his passion for writing and his love for the great outdoors.

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