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Wonderbag - the portable slow cooker

The Wonderbag

This is a guest blog by Jac Squire, Managing Director of Wonderbag UK

Developed in Africa for families in poverty Jac Squire explains how this low-tech ‘slow-cooking miracle bag’ can change lives in rural Africa and find its way into our caravans and campsites.

Sarah Collins, Founder of Wonderbag, was visiting from South Africa, standing in my kitchen in Bedfordshire, with a ‘cushion’ offering to cook my family dinner. I have known Sarah for 20 years and never seen her in the kitchen – Sarah is all about empowering women in rural Africa so I am very interested in the magic cushion.

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Stolen caravans recovered thanks to Caravan Theft Alerts system

Caravan Theft Alerts has had recent success with the recovery of three stolen caravans

This is a guest blog by Nigel Coppen, Client Services Director at Club Care Insurance and Caravan Theft Alerts

When we set up the Caravan Theft Alerts system in October last year, the aim was to provide the wider caravanning community with a central system to look up whether a caravan had been stolen. Sadly, too many caravanners out there know what it is like to have their caravans taken from them, and our Caravan Theft Alerts system can help the community to support each other and get the caravan returned.

The officer contacted Tim Booth, Leisure Vehicles Officer at the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Vehicle Crime Intelligence division and the police representative for our Caravan Theft Alerts system, who recognised details of one of the caravans from the system report.

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Carbon monoxide alarms in tents - yes or no?

The Club's carbon monoxide warning poster

Over the last few months the Club has changed its position on the use of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in tents. If you’ve followed our deliberations you may remember we were concerned the current European standard (EN 50291) didn’t seem to cover the conditions found inside a tent.

My colleague Ian Hewlett and I met with Leigh Greenham from CoGDEM last year. CoGDEM is the organisation for members of the gas detection industry. It obviously has an interest in selling CO detection systems, but its members are also doing significant research into the efficacy of sensors and alarms, sadly often prompted by loss of life. Leigh was able to share with us some ‘company confidential’ CO alarm testing data that’s not generally available.

In cases like these I tend to use my Jonathan Jones test, named after a friend who’s a professional sceptic. I simply ask myself “Would Jonathan consider this sufficient proof in this case?”

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Candy Evans is Test Editor for Camping & Caravanning. She took a less conventional path into magazine journalism via physics and a decade in computer consultancy, turning to caravanning and writing during a career break as a full-time mum. Her interests are wide and include the Club’s Archive – though she’s careful to wash her hands after checking 1919 editions of the Club’s magazine to avoid lurking traces of influenza.

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