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Tuesday 13 January 2009

Damage Barton <br>accepting their award

Damage Barton
accepting their award

Two of the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Official Sites have been rewarded with top accolades this month.

Thetford Forest Club Site in Norfolk picked up the 2009 MMM (Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly Magazine) Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year Award at a prestigious ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The Awards are held each year to acknowledge manufacturers, dealers, sites and companies who have performed admirably over the past 12 months and are voted for by the readers of MMM.

The award will be presented to the site owners Rob and Dawn Muggeridge and Neil and Julie Purnell at the National Boat Caravan and Outdoor Show at the NEC Birmingham next month.

Neil Purnell said: “We were over the moon when we heard the news.

“In the short time we’ve been here at Thetford Forest, it’s certainly been a huge challenge to get to where we are now.

“There’s been a lot of hard work and long hours involved, and of course it goes without saying that if it wasn’t for our campers who voted for us then we wouldn’t be where we are now, so a big thank you to all our customers who voted for us.”

Meanwhile, Damage Barton Club Site, a beautiful 600-acre beef and sheep farm in North Devon, has scooped two awards after another successful year.

The Lethbridge family-run Site won the Best Camping and Caravanning Club Site 2008 from Out & About Magazine and were also runners-up in the North Devon Plus Tourism Awards Category for Best Campsite.

Helen Lethbridge was understandably delighted to have their efforts recognised.

She said: “We would like to thank all of our staff who worked so hard to keep the site in such beautiful condition and to all the members who visited us and made the most of a tricky year.”

Damage Barton also managed to collect £1,265 for charity in 2008, which will be distributed locally.

Camping and Caravanning Club Director General Robert Louden added: “On behalf of everyone connected with the Club, I would like to congratulate Thetford Forest and Damage Barton on these great achievements.

“It is individuals’ efforts like all those involved behind-the-scenes at Thetford Forest and Damage Barton which allow us as a growing organisation to offer members a record-breaking number of beautiful Club Sites.”

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108 years old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has over 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and three Cabin Sites.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include:
    • MMM Camping and Caravanning Site of the Year 2009
    • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree International Travel Service
    • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
    • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland