Bath Rally 2020

Recent Trip Report: Bath Rally Spring 202

  In a cold and wet February weekend 295 SSAGO members headed to bath for spring rally. Including many members from the Nottingham contingent.

On the Friday night we made the 4-hour trip down the country from Nottingham many of us encountering Great British train delays on the way. But we were not disappointed when we arrived at the campsite after having been collected from the station by minibus. A warm mess tent complete with wooden flooring and fairy lights had been set up for everyone and dinner was served (even at the fairly late hour of 9:30pm). By this point however, the campsite had already been turned into somewhat of a mud slide, but there’s much more on this to come… After some evening entertainment Notts SSAGO headed to bed, some of us a little more sober than others.

One opening ceremony and full English breakfast later and we were ready for Saturday’s activities. Lots of us opted for the monopoly run of the beautiful Bath City where we got to see the sights and get to know some other SSAGOers. Lunch was provided by the bath committee before the afternoon event. Myself and some others from Nottingham went to see the Roman Baths, one of the things that the city is particularly famous for, before a rather wet coach journey back to the campsite. Upon arrival the site was now more recognisable as a mud flat and the concept of trying to keep one’s things clean and dry was out the window. Nevertheless, some chicken and veggie fajitas later and even a slab of swiss roll and spirits had been lifted for the evening. The night consisted of a silent disco, movie night and campfire, so there really was something for everyone. Slowly but surely we retired to bed, after some of our members accidently coated themselves in mud following a trip on the mudslide.

Sunday morning arrived which, for the members of Bath Rally Committee, meant desperately holding down the mess tent so that bacon could be fried for breakfast. To their credit they completed this task admirably and managed to get everyone fed and even host the AGM before the closing ceremony.

Despite some pretty shoddy weather and more mud than we could keep track of, we had a truly great weekend Somerset! Sadly, due to the impacts of COVID-19 this was our last rally for the 19/20 academic year as the ones that followed were cancelled. But we can’t wait to get going again (as soon as we can) in 20/21!!!