I joined the Camping Club as it was in 1969 and the Caravan Club in
1971. For the Caravan C you had to be proposed by another member, & notify
them if you changed your car or caravan. In 72 we stayed at Canonbie in the Scottish
borders and were not only escorted to our pitch, the warden (an ex regimental sergeant
major) waited whilst we pitched to ensure the front of our van lined up with
the rest of the row. The Camping Club you could just join!<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
Times change you usually get free choice of pitch now, but I agree the
Camping Club appears to be moving backward, both clubs are more interested in
selling everything under the sun rather than concentrating on what they were
set up for.
The idea of charging for cancelled pitches I do not have a problem with,
I grow weary of being unable to book complete weeks with the Caravan Club as
sites are booked solid each weekend, only to arrive and be told yes there will
be pitches as so many people simply do not show up.