St Johns needs a campsite

21 April 2000




Letter

St Johns needs a campsite

ST JOHN Ambulance, Buckinghamshire holds an annual camp attended by some 200 members aged 9 to 65+, with about 90 campers between the ages of 9 and 16.

Being a national charity St John Ambulance is also one of the largest youth organisations in the country. Our camps are well organised with a high ratio of adult members to under-16s.

We have camped on the same site at Charmouth, Dorset, since 1988. We have been looking for an alternative site now for the past 2 to 3 years as we do not wish to stay on one site for more than 10 years, but finding a new site has not been easy. We wish to use a "green field" site, typically farm land, rather than a commercial site. Is there a farmers weekly reader interested in supplementing their income by renting us some land for two weeks in the summer?

The site would be required for not more than 14 days, usually the last week of July and first week of August.

We are looking for sites in Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Avon, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, although further afield, including East Anglia would be considered. As Buckinghamshire is a land-locked county, a site within walking distance of the sea would be welcome.

In looking for a new site, we have come up with a list of requirements in order of priority:

lFlat(ish) grassed area of not less than half an acre. Two adjacent fields would be suitable providing access between the two was possible.

lPreferably off the main road – with our numbers and amount of canvas, privacy and security is important.

lWater and electricity supply, with some form of sewerage or conveniently placed manhole – we normally hire portable loos.

lVehicular access, preferably large enough to accommodate a coach.

lWithin walking distance of the sea.

If you can help please telephone (01296 738982) after 7 p.m.

Mrs Linda Allen,

Assistant Commissioner Youth, St John Ambulance, Bucks.


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