11th February 2016 Caravan Club training week

During the past month we returned to Cambridge, Moreton-in-Marsh and Oxford visiting family and friends.

We remained in England for the winter to attend a training course week for the Caravan Club, based at Lingfield Park. As we started part way through the season last year, we are having to attend the course at the beginning of 2016.

It was very well organised with pitches made available in the stable yard, with access to a heated shower block. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and the food provided was delicious.

During the week we were separated into smaller groups and covered topics such as legionella control, first aid training, health and safety on site and data protection.

They also took us on a tour of the head office (refreshing to see they’ve not sunk copious amounts of funds into the corporate headquarters, preferring to spend it on the sites instead) and gave us advice on the pension scheme.

One session was discussing how people’s perceptions of an incident often become reality. We all completed a psychometric test and it was very enlightening! The main aim was to be aware how different personalities react in certain situations and how to benefit from them. 

The week was great as it was lovely to meet enthusiastic people again. Not many people understand the way we live (and why should they?) so it is good for us to meet like-minded people who are not jaded by actually doing the job yet!

Part way through the week, the newly promoted wardens arrived to complete their training. During the winter we’ve met some lovely people on the network (newly promoted wardens amongst them) so we’re really excited about the coming season.

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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