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Currently undergoing a transformation into a E-Newsletter (online version)


The Burnham Trophy is awarded yearly for the best Newsletter of the Camping and Caravanning Club
has been won three times by Central Lancs.

1994 – John Jones went to the Club AGM and was presented the trophy by Lord Baden Powell.
In 2004 we were awarded the Burnham Trophy for the best Camping & Caravanning Club newsletter thanks to our Editor Frank Holden.
2005 – Norman Taylor (NWR Chairman) collected the trophy from HQ and presented it to Frank Holden at CLDA’s 40th birthday party at Arnside.,
2007– Chris Chester (NWR National Council Rep.) collected the trophy from HQ. Ray Clarkson (NWR Chairman) presented it to Dave Chippendale (printer) on behalf of recipient, for the 2nd time, Frank Holden at CLDA 2008 AGM.

The Witch was first published in April 1986 (unless someone knows better) in the dark days of type writers and "Snopake" the typists Eraser, the first editorial opened with the words "At a recent committee meeting it was agreed that more efforts should be made to improve communications within the DA to try to ensure that members are aware of future events and also find out what they have missed.

For the 25th birthday in 1990, former Chairman, John Bentley with Betty Savage, compiled a booklet titled ‘The History of Central Lancs.’

The ‘Wittering Witch’ was resurrected in April 1992 by John Jones. The first two issues were printed on A4 sheets, then in December 1992 John issued it in booklet form.(assisted by graphic skills of Dave Slater)

The April 1995 issue was a ‘Special Souvenir Edition’ to celebrate CLDA’s 30th birthday. This was compiled by former Chairman Barbara Battersby with Frank Holden, who then took over as editor.

At a suggestion from Ray Clarkson, DA Chairman, the first issue in colour was August 2000, the 35th birthday edition, printed by Barry Steward.

March 2009 - Frank Holden stepped down from the role of Editor after 14 years and 42 issues
well done Frank and Thank You for a very good read over the years.

April 2009 - Sept 2013Sarah Harrison takes over the mantle of Editor
November 2013 Dave & Donna Seddon Become the new editors

March 2016 Sarah Harrison becomes the E-Newsletter editor, working on our online only version of the newsletter

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