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Very disappointing news from The Caravan Club this morning:

We are sorry to announce that this year’s National at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, has been cancelled.

As a result of the recent rain, the site is currently waterlogged and, with set up due to start this week, it is not possible for the essential rally infrastructure to be constructed as it is virtually impossible for vehicles to move around the site, let alone the heavy commercial vehicles delivering marquees and generators.

In addition, even if we had been able to get the infrastructure set up despite the difficult conditions, we believe that with more rain forecast and with over 9,000 members due to arrive, there would be a high risk of vehicles getting stuck and that this would clearly affect members’ experience of the event.

This decision to cancel has not been taken lightly. It is indeed a bitter disappointment for all concerned with the event, but in consultation with members of the Executive Committee, we have made this decision in the best interests of members and The Club as a whole.

There is still availability across the site network for the Bank Holiday weekend, and you might also like to consider the Certificated Location network and Centre Rallies that will be taking place over the holiday weekend.

If you have already booked, The Club will automatically refund in full your fees and entertainment ticket costs by the original payment method where possible. We have in excess of 2,300 refunds to process in booking date order. Our aim is to ensure all refunds are made prior to what would have been the start date of the National.

As you can imagine, the Events Team at East Grinstead is now faced with the sad and mammoth task of standing-down this event, which has been operationally in planning for over twelve months

We are, however, delighted to announce that the 2013 National will be held at Belvoir Castle, Grantham and we most sincerely hope to see you there.

Christopher Macgowan
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