The Hopbine Wigley Orchard and St Michaels Caravan Parks News • July 2012 Issue 47 Model owners in new brochure Stroll on!
Yes, it’s that time of year again – Brian is in training for our sponsored walk which will take place on Sunday 26th August. This year the walk will be
to Old Sapey Church and back, which is approximately eight miles (or just walk one way and we’ll give you a free lift back if that’s too much!). There will be refreshments after the walk. We’re raising money for Kemp Hospice in
Tenbury and for Sandra’s charity, Healing Hands Network. Sponsor forms are available at the house or by email. Get yours now!
Steve and Val Edgar (above) raise a glass of cold beer (actually warm tea) before tucking into a pork pie in one of our holiday caravans, while Trevor and June Lowe (left) enjoy a cool drink on the deck of another. The four, along with Martin Tuck,
were our “model” holidaymakers dur- ing a photoshoot
for the new
Hoseasons brochure last month. If Hoseasons use these pictures they
will soon be starring in travel agents across the country and online.
Tony Moore 1947-2012
On Sunday 17th June we learnt that Tony had died. Suddenly, overnight, unexpectedly. He was 64. It took some time for us to properly regis-
ter that he had gone and we wouldn’t see him again. He had been fit and well and had only recently completed a stunning new deck for the Swift caravan at Wigley Orchard. We went to his funeral at Storridge
Church on 27th June with about 200 friends and family, and reflected on how much he had done for us over the years. We first met him in 1994 as part of a three
man team which built the garage and work- shop at Wigley Orchard. Since then, with a variety of helpers, he has worked for us on all our projects and his handiwork can be seen in nearly every caravan pitch and deck, the water supply, sewage system, roadways and other services at both Wigley Orchard and at St Michaels. He worked on the digger to cut a roadway up to the top of Wigley Bank, and when asked how far the road would go and if he had a plan, his answers were “we’ll see” and “we’ll know when the job’s done”.
At St Michaels we can honestly say “this
is the park that Tony built”. In our house Sandra claims there is only
one room which is untouched by Tony. He built the garden room and organised our new kitchen, remodelled both inglenook fire- places, installed two bathrooms and replaced about half of the windows, as well as various other bits and pieces. Having a competent and reliable builder
always available is something anyone would cherish (and especially if you are running and developing caravan parks!). When you can add that he was unfailingly polite, turned up on time every time and did both the skilled and the heavy work as necessary, that was all a bonus. He loved solving problems and could usually come up with a sensible and workable solution. He was also a good friend. He leaves a widow Caroline, a son Joe,
daughter-in-law Abigail and two grand- daughters, of whom he was very proud. To remember him, open your eyes and
look about you.
John is very proud of his new tractor, which is much bigger than the old one and a different colour. His nephew Henry likes it too, but would prefer it to be red! (Our photo shows the tractor arriving at St Michaels on a low loader.)
Hello and goodbye
We welcome new caravan owners at St Michaels: Mr and Mrs Ravenhall from Marston Green Mr and Mrs Clark from Solihull Mr and Mrs Lee from Kingswinford Mr and Mrs Massing from Stechford
And at Wigley Orchard: Mr Sutton from Acocks Green Mr and Mrs Riding from Worcester We hope you will all enjoy your new cara-
van holiday homes. And goodbye to Barbara Campbell at
Wigley Orchard. She came here from Breen in Somerset and missed it so much that she bought her old caravan back again. At St Michaels we say a very sad goodbye
to Doreen Everett. Doreen and Joe were at their caravan when Joe was taken ill and rushed to Hereford hospital. He died a few days later. We send our condolences to Doreen and her family.
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