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October dinner welcomes new chairman

The Guild's October dinner was once again a great success with more than 80 guests enjoying a three course silver service meal. The dreaded 'NEC 'flu' claimed a few casualties on the night but otherwise did little to dampen proceedings.

New Guild Chairman, Andrew Ditton, himself an avid user of Twitter, gave an impassioned speech on the need for the industry to embrace social media to attract new, younger, audiences to our cause.

Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Douglas King award for journalism. Sadly Doug's widow, Brenda, was not up to attending the dinner and so the presentation was made by Stuart Craig and Andrew Ditton on behalf of the joint sponsors, Vantage Insurance and the Caravan Writers' Guild.

The winner was Sammy Faircloth, a new writer, who penned a feature for Practical Caravan on skiing in the Cairngorms. She had many happy memories of learning to ski there with her father, the late John Wickersham, and so she returned with husband Nigel to teach her two children.

The raffle raised £822.50 for the Chairman's charity. Andrew said he would be continuing to support the previous Chairman's charity, Kidscan. He could think of no better cause than one that developed drugs especially for children with cancer. These were now taking the place of more conventional drugs that often proved too aggressive, or caused lasting side effects, when given to children.

The Guild's next dinner will be held in February with invitations going out early in the New Year.



               The Douglas King

             award for journalism




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