Mid Term Meet-up 2020

HMS Dido Midterm Meet Proposal September 2020

After an amazing midterm meet weekend at Tewkesbury, both site and weather wise, I’m now looking into next years and trying to give you all enough advanced notice to avoid any disappointments. We are looking at a weekend in September 2020, please email with your preferred weekend date. I’ve looked into two options with the facilities that we require, touring, Pods, Catering.

All prices quoted are for 2/3 nights, also included are the facilities supplied for the pods and tourers. I’ve also worked out the Maps the distance from your area to the town nearest to the site to help you with any decision making. I’ve only included this for the previous attendees, so if you wish to attend you can check your mileage to each site via Google maps. Premier Inn hotels, Travel Lodge, Stratford Limes hotel and The Elms B&B are all within 5 minutes driving from the campsite for those who wish to attend who do not have their own accommodation. The Elms B&B is by far the closest, within 3 minutes walk from the campsite.

All bookings, deposits and balances will need to be done by yourselves as in previous years.

Once we have agreed on the venue, then I will contact them to see if I can arrange a block reservation based on the numbers coming, again a booking contact name and number will be advised as and when the venue is agreed, so If you would like to join us for 2020 just message me via the Dido Association or Dido Chat on WhatsApp and I will add you to the list.


Stratford Caravans Riverside Park. Tiddington Road Stratford upon Avon
Web site – www.stratfordcaravans.co.uk

•On site facilities – Family/holiday site, Lodges, Static Vans, Pods, Catering, Bar. River taxi, Village pub
Prices -2020 Prices
•Touring Pitch with EHU – £60.00 for 2 nights Fri-Sat, 3 nights £84.00 £25 deposit with balance on arrival. 2 Adults
•Pod – £120.00 £50.00 deposit, balance 28 days before arrival – Everything except bedding
•Static van – 2 and 3 beds sleeps 4 to 6 – £335.00, 3 night min booking, Fri – Sun £100.00 deposit, balance 28 days before arrival. Everything Inc Bedding up to 4 Adults
•Lodge – 2 and 3 Beds sleeps 4 to 6- £500 3 night min booking, Fri – Sun £100.00 deposit, balance 28 days before arrival. Everything Inc bedding
•Mileage: Birmingham 39mls, Southport 142mls, Brixham 171mls, Portsmouth 134mls, Stoke 79mls, Abbots Bromley 56mls, Frome 98mls

Eye Kettleby Lakes, Melton Mowbray
Web site – eyekettlebylakes.com

•On site facilities – Lodges, Touring, Glamping Pods, Fishing, Clubhouse, Catering
•Touring pitch with EHU – £66.00 2 nights Fri – Sat, £99.00 3 Nights Fri – Sun (Adults Only)
•Pod – £200 – lounge/Kitchen, pots pans etc, en-suite, bedding (Adults only)
•Lodge – Sleeps 2 – 4 – £650 approx – Min 3 nights Fri – Sun
•Mileage: Birmingham 61mls, Southport 129mls, Brixham 245mls, Portsmouth 176mls, Stoke 62mls, Abbots Bromley 50mls, Frome 172mls

Please take a look on their web sites fora full list of the facilities within each of the above.

Please contact me on by email for any further information and to show your interest.

Alan Pickthorne

Alan Pickthorne

Joined RN 13/11/73 - HMS Ganges as a 6 week wonder, enjoyed every week. Joined HMS Mercury Jan 74 for Comms and EW training. Drafted HMS Warrior Northwood Sept 74 working down the hole on comms duties. Drafted HMS Devonshire April 75. Navocformed Summer 76, and 1st British warship to enter a Russian port since WWII, Odessa July 76, ship failed on an Indian Ocean deployment late 76 due to boiler box explosion and had to return home from Portugal. Drafted to HMS Nelson P7r as juniorcrates newsman in the Victory Club best number going, blue card Sept 1977 - August 197after a bad car accident - Joned HMS Dido August 1978 in refit. Senior AB with Scorchy Grainger and Dave Crabb as Killicks. All 3 of us waiting for our time to go outside. Was offered my hook if I signed on. Didnt work, but wish it had. Left Dido may 1979 to go to Nelson for release. Didnt have any runs on the Dido appart from Portland work up and Pompey to ammunition ship. Left the mob September 79 and worked for a steel erection co but left after 6 weeks, then saville tractors for 4 years before joining NFU Mutual for 23 years before retirement in 2007, the drive Artics for Royal Mail til January 2015 when diagnosed with cancer, been a man of leisure ever since