Category Archives: Obituaries


Trevor Hamson (1947 – 2018)

Born in Hartlip, Kent, Trevor joined the RAF at the age of seventeen and served for thirteen and a half years, thoroughly enjoying this time and achieving the rank of Senior Aircraftsman. Whilst stationed at RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire, he met Sue and they married on 4th October 1975.

After leaving the RAF in 1977 Trevor joined Avon Rubber Company, but was unable to manage working in the very hot conditions in the tyre factory, so they upped sticks and moved back to Kent, eventually setting in Rainham, near Gillingham, where Trevor worked on a farm, enjoying the outdoor life.

Trevor and Sue joined the Elddis Owners Club in 1992, whilst they were living in Kent and attended their first rally in Cambridgeshire in 1993 – a rally run by Dave Bain.

They quickly settled into the club, acting as Rally Marshals for the first time at Hartlip in 1994. Trevor was then elected onto the Southern Committee in 1995 and took over as Southern Area Secretary in 1996, running a very successful AGM at Wargrave, Reading in 1997, where more than 100 vans attended. Trevor continued as Southern Secretary until 2000, running a number of other rallies in the Kent area during those years. On one occasion at a Medway Sailing Barges Rally near Chatham one of the ralliers was none other than the daughter of the famous British and World Champion boxer Terry Downes and the man himself came to the social!

In 2002 a change of job necessitated a move to Scotland where Trevor lived in the caravan until the house in Kent was sold and Sue could join him and in April 2003 they moved into their new home in Penicuik.

Trevor took over as Scottish Secretary in 2006 and held this position until 2011 again running a number rallies in Central Scotland. At the 1996 rally at Roslyn (as featured in the Da Vinci Code) he arranged for 3 pipers from the Penicuik Pipe band to serenade the ralliers at the social – payment was naturally in Glenfiddich whisky which was also enjoyed by the assembled company! Unfortunately because of work commitments for both Trevor and Sue, they were only able to venture south on rare occasions to attend Elddis rallies.

Retirement for Trevor in 2015 allowed him to organise a series of holiday rallies in the Highlands and Central regions and again in 2016, plus Northallerton in 2017. He was a valued member of the Northern and Scottish Committee from 2015 and he and Sue were very much involved in running the AGM at Driffield in 2016.

In many ways Trevor was a larger than life character, not allowing 16 years in Scotland to diminish his southern accent. A keen angler, a follower of Formula 1 motor racing and very much a John Smiths man, Trevor also maintained his links with the RAF attending several reunions.

Trevor will be greatly missed by all his friends in the club and our thoughts at this time are with Sue, son Richard and their family.

Peter Turner – Oct 2018


John Johnson

  We first met John and Shirley in March of 2002, on an Elddis rally, behind the Royal Oak at Howden.  Clive and Audrey and Larry and Whinnie had talked them into joining the club.  Johns opinion to Shirley was “Well if nobody speaks we will not go back”. 

John had a faulty waste master and it was leaking his washing up water across the car park so his first taste of Elddis rallies was me telling him “mind we don’t do that in the Elddis club”! As we all know it did not put them off as they continued to rally for a further 14 years doing over 90 rallys both at home and abroad.

  Over the years, we tried in vain to talk him into retirement, but as John said, farming was his passion and his only hobby was caravanning and he did not want to give either of them up.

On an Evening we would alternate between caravans for a game of Newmarket (Blind Horse) for pennies. We still remember John when he had the winning card stop, give everybody a wily grin, place the card and drag in his 4p winning pot.

In March 2005 there was a Rally held at Pinewood, Scarborough. A lovely sloping field with the entrance and exit at the top and after a week of none stop rain it became clear that no-one would be able to get off the field. Without hesitation, John went all the way home and came back with a Land Rover County with proper tyres on and spent over 4hrs towing everyone out!  If he hadn’t done that I’m sure I would still be there.

One trip to France we all decided to go out for a meal.  The local Chinese restaurant seemed a good idea, but this caused a problem.  John was strictly a Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding man but after a bit of persuasion he agreed if we could find him something suitable.  Lemon Chicken was decided, and Shirley had the Duck.  Happy days!  The meals came and were beautifully garnished with raw vegetables carved in the shape of flowers.  After we all finished I asked, how was it then John?  Beautiful he said, but BY that carrot was hard!                     

 John had to give up work with the onset of illness, so with more time on his hands we arranged to join the Elddis rallies in Scotland.  John and Shirley secretly brought up 2 kilts with them and for 2 weeks John and I practised the Highland Fling in secret.  When we entered the Social, fully dressed in our Scottish finery, everybody fell about laughing but nevertheless undeterred we did our party piece.

Shortly after returning home John received the letter he was dreading telling him he had to give up driving so, with regret, that turned out to be his last Elddis Rally.

Over the following 18 months we visited many times and each time we could see a change in John until our visit in late December. The girls had gone out for the afternoon giving John and I the opportunity for a good old chat never knowing the end was so close.  

Over the years there has been many other happy memories too numerous to mention today.

 You will always be in our hearts John

Rest in Peace.                                                                                  

Tom Stobbs (1936 – 2017)

Linda and I first met Tom in 1987 at a rally that we were running at Belsay in Northumberland. Linda had called in at home on the way back from work when the phone rang and a late booking was made by Tom.

Linda arrived on the rally field saying that we had a booking from new ralliers – “Mr & Mrs Fobbs and I think they may be foreign!” And so began the legend of Tom and his Geordie accent that even after 30 years many fellow ralliers had difficulty in fully understanding, especially if they were not from the North East – but undoubtedly this was part of the charm of the man.

Despite still holding down full time jobs Tom & Kitty quickly settled into the rallying lifestyle and started running rallies in 1988 – their first was a holiday rally at Snettisham, Norfolk followed by 2 more that year at Heighington and Hett.

6 more rallies followed in 1989 in counties as far apart as Northumberland and Essex. During this time a close friendship developed with Jack & Margaret Gillance and for the next 10 years they ran 10 or more rallies each year, with either one of them as Rally or Assistant Marshal, including many holiday rallies in Scotland. The four of them even ventured up to Aberdeen with their caravans each New Year to celebrate Hogmanay with Ronnie Kain, the Scottish Secretary at the time.

During these years “Kitty’s Kitchen was operating at its height with both awnings facing each other and the resultant gap covered with a variety of plastic sheets all supported and held together by an array of metal poles and ropes – the 3 course meals that they used to prepare and serve up in such limited conditions have always been a source of wonderment to fellow ralliers, as was the assortment of pots and pans that Tom gradually accumulated and carried around with him.

Tom was also a regular rallier at AGM rallies up and down the country and almost without fail any prizes he won in the raffle were put to one side for his own raffle at the Factory Rally, 2 or 3 weeks later, which was run to generate funds to help pay for the entertainment that he arranged every year at this rally.

Tom continued to run rallies after both Kitty and Jack Gillance died, teaming up with fellow widower Roy Kay, Matty and Lily Wilkinson and latterly Graham & Joyce Bradley for the Darlington Factory Rallies.

Tom took over the running of the Factory Rally in 1992 when it left Lanchester and subsequently ran 23 of them – 3 at Earls House, Durham, 12 at Bishop Auckland RUFC, 7 at Darlington RUFC and the last one at Sedgefield in 2014 when Elddis celebrated their 50th Anniversary with the Elddis Owners Club. It was also at this rally that Tom was presented with a commemorative plaque in recognition of running more than 100 rallies. This sadly also turned out to be one of his last rallies as ill health began to take its toll and left Tom unable to drive.

That Tom was a great character there is no doubt. Whilst Tom always pegged out his rally fields, sometimes the cry “Wey gan where yer like” was heard – this could be a fitting epitaph.

I doubt that the Elddis Owners Club will ever see such a prolific rally organiser again.

Well done Tom!


Peter Turner


Hazel Stoneman (14/4/1954 – 20/5/2017)

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that on 20th May 2017, Hazel lost her battle to cancer and passed away. As you probably know, she bravely fought this battle for eight years even though she was only expected to survive for some 18 months.I think it would be nice to see a photo of Hazel as we all remember her – the ‘bubbly’ wife to Len, and Mum to Jenny and Shadow

Our thoughts are with Len, Jenny and her family and Shadow

Rest in peace Hazel.








Ron and Jean Malin.

Both Ron and Jean Malin have sadly passed away in the last few months. They joined the Elddis club in 1975 and were active members. They ran many rallies, their first being in 1978 at Emberton Park, Olney in Buckinghamshire. They later ran rallies in their field at the back of their home, which were well attended. Ron would put up a marquee for social events. All the money he
collected he gave to charity. When Ron stopped running rallies in the field other members took them over because they were so popular. They were a popular couple, always willing to lend a hand. Their last rally was at Batemans at Wainfleet last Mayday weekend. Anne Rickels called Jean by the name Sheila (thinking for some strange reason that this was her name!). This went on for several years until on one rally Jean finally asked Anne why she kept calling her Sheila. Anne was rather red faced when she realised her mistake, Jean just thought it was really funny!
Many members past and present attended both funerals at St Catherine’s parish Church in Burbridge, the village where they lived. The rally booked for this June in Ron’s field has been cancelled out of respect.
George Rickels.


Alan Kerr.

Alan Kerr sadly passed away in December. Alan and his wife Margaret were founder members of the club in 1973. Both were very active with the club and were the first members to reach 500 rallies, which they celebrated 1996 at the Tulip Rally at Surfleet in Lincolnshire. They ran many rallies for the club, at Matlock, Stragglethorpe near Nottingham, Worksop, Tattershall,
Hagworthingham and the Christmas Meal rallies at Horncastle. Margaret was the first lady chairman of the club serving from 1988 – 1991. She sadly passed away in 2001 and Alan carried on caravanning for a further 2 years on his own. Alan will be remembered in the early days of the club for painting his Land Rover stripes to match their Caravan. George & Anne Rickels attended Alan’s funeral at St Mary’s Parish Church in Kirkby on Bain.
George Rickels.


George Laurence Jameson.

Affectionately known as Lawrie he passed away on 11th March 2016. Lawrie and his late wife Winnie rallied with Elddis for many years. Lawrie was born in Holtwhistle, Northumberland, but moved to Yorkshire where he worked on farms as a cow man. As a hobby he was a keen amateur painter and loved nothing more than to paint local scenery. The funeral took place on Tues 29th March at 12:40pm at Scarborough Crematorium and was attended by Elddis members. RIP.
Ian Bennington.


Derek Jackson.

The funeral of Ex-President and founding member of the club, Derek Jackson who sadly passed away on Sunday 7th February took place at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge BA14 6HL at 11.30am on Thursday 25th February.
Derek was one of the first people to contact the factory regarding the formation of an Elddis Owners Club in 1973 and followed through his enthusiasm for the Club for many years in several different capacities. He and Eileen always visited me when attending an exhibition, even when I was not working for Elddis and such was this friendship that we have exchanged Christmas greetings every year since the club was formed. The Elddis Owners Club have a lot to thank him for, particularly the tireless work he put in to achieve our extended exemption certificate. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Gillian and Eileen and all their family at this sad time.
Eric Hepplewhite.


Derek Jackson.
On Thursday 25th February 2016 we, along with many members of the Elddis Owners Club attended the funeral of Derek at Trowbridge. Derek was a founder member, first Southern Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman and President of the Club. Derek Eileen and Gillian attended many rallies. In the early days Derek was easily recognised in his yellow sweater. Derek always made a lot of the children in the club eventually taking charge of them at the A.G.M. to elect the Teenage Officer for the year. He was always taking part in the sports with the children. Derek spent many days at the D.O.E. in Bristol to obtain the club a fourteen day exemption certificate. At one meeting he was informed that the person who he been dealing with was no longer there and no correspondence from the Elddis Owners Club could be found, Derek promptly produced all the correspondence and a further meeting was then arranged. At the next meeting he was informed that if the club became a Limited Company we would be considered, The Limited Company was formed at the next A.G.M and shortly after that we received not a fourteen day certificate but a twenty eight day certificate all thanks to Derek’s hard work. Derek also produced a booklet on 30 years of the Elddis Owners Club. One memory of Derek is a Saturday social, we were sat outside the main hall having a bottle or two of Derek’s favourite tipple claret, when a passing member asked what we were doing in the foyer, and Derek’s reply was that this gathering was for long standing members only. My favourite memory of Derek is of being presented with a decanter and glasses by him for twenty five years as the General Secretary to the club. Outside the Club Derek was known as a town crier, four town criers were present at the funeral to give him a good send off, Derek will always be remembered for his jovial attitude and his dedication to the club our sympathy goes to Eileen and family, DEREK YOU WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
John and Ann Harrison.


Derek and Eileen Jackson.

“Members will be saddened to hear that Founder Members Derek and Eileen Jackson have both died recently within weeks of each other – Derek at the beginning of February and Eileen towards the end of March. With a membership number of 0002, they were active in the Club from the very start. Derek served on the Club’s committee for many years culminating in a long period as President. Ruth and I first met the Jacksons on a very wet Easter rally in 1989. As fairly new members ourselves at that time, we were having trouble remembering people’s names and so we made notes in the back of our rally book. Alongside Derek’s name and registration number we wrote “grey hair, crew cut”, which helped us enormously when we met them again at that year’s AGM in Harrogate. Derek was a keen fisherman and for many years organised the Club’s annual fishing rally (ably assisted by son-in-law Glen), though he had little chance to do any fishing himself on those occasions as he was constantly in demand to assist the children to untangle lines and remove fish. While Eileen was kept busy providing biscuits and sympathy to those of the children who had succeeded in hooking themselves!
In recent years they had both suffered problems with their health and unfortunately were not able to continue rallying. “We send our sincere condolences to their son James and daughter Gillian, and their respective families.”

Lyndon & Ruth Wigmore


It is with regret that I have to inform that Evelyn Murray (widow of Ralph Murray) died on Friday 3 July. Both were longstanding members of the club attending several hundred rallies over the years.