Events for 2017

EVENTS  FOR  2017


Pleased to say we are back to updating.

APRIL.  Friday 7th to Sunday 9th   A G M meeting at Riverside Caravn Park Stratford upon Avon.
Contact 01789 292312 or obtain booking form and details at http://www.stratfordcaravans.co.uk/touring/about-touring
The site is one of the most convenient for access to Stratford upon Avon with buses and even a water taxi to the town centre.   When booking please mention you are with the Holdsworth Owners Club, as they have said they will put us all together on the same area where they did for the last A G M .
The site is on the B4086 road at Tiddington which is east of the town. Look out for the Bowling club sign and camp sign on the North side of the road.
The usual arrangements will be made for our silent auction so bring those unwanted presents you got at Christmas as someone may want them.( Items to do with camping and vans are most wecome. )

May Friday 12th to Sunday14th   Bath  Located at Bath Marina this Georgian spa town and UNESCO World Heritage Siteis a pleasant 2 mile walk or cycle along the river Avon, or you can get the regular bus service.  The city is compact and easy walkable with Grand Georgian streets and picturesque passageways to explore.
The site address. Bath Marina, Brassmill Lane, Bath BA1 3JT.
tEL. 01225 424301  Website  http://bathcaravanpark.com/bookings/

JUNE.  Friday 9th to Sunday 11th. Heligan  Right next door to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. This is also a great base for exploring South Cornwall You can check availability and book online Site address. Heligan Woods Camping and Touring Park Pentewan, St Ewe PL26 6EL.

JULY  7th to 9th  Westward Ho!  A great location close to the delightful village of Appledore and the rivers Taw and Torridge. A good base to explore North Devon or cycle part of the 30 mile Tarka Trail from Braunton to Meeth.Site address. Marshford Camping and Caravan Site Churchill Way Northam EX39 1NS.
Tel.01237 477160    Website. www.marshfordcamping.co.uk

AUGUST   18th to 20th.  Devizes   The Devizes Camping and Caravan Club site is a lovely quiet and secluded retreat by the side of the Avon and Kennet Canal in the heart of Wiltshire
Walking and cycling here is a must ,and Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles are nearby.
Site address. Devizes Camping and Caravan Club Site Spout Lane Nr Seend, Melksham Wilts.  SN12 6RN   Tel. 01380 828839   Web  www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/wiltshire/melksham/devizes.

SEPTEMBER.  15th to 17th The Gower Peninsula   A popular site in South Wales with great views and within walking distance of the sandy beach at Three Cliffs Bay.  BOOK EARLY TO ENSURE A PLACE.   Site address  Three Cliffs Holiday Park North Hills Farm Penmaen Swansea. SA3 2HB
Tel. 01792371218.  Web for booking online  www.threecliffsbay.com/booking.

OCTOBER  13th to 15th   Oxford.    Just a mile from the centre of Oxford and beside the Park and Ride facility the campsite is the perfect base for exploring the city of dreaming spires,colleges and museums. There is also a covered market to shop in.   The site is behind one of the Outdoor warehouses which is quite handy if you need any new equipment.
Site address. Oxford Camping and Caravaning Club Site, 426 Abingdon Road.Oxford OX1 4XG.
tEL. 01685 244088.  Web site  www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/oxfordshire/oxford.


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We are giving a miss this year again,  to the meet for the Vintage Racing Car Club meet at Goodwood airfield racing circuit  Chichester in October but .if you want to attend this , have a look at their website for details which also can be found on Bognor Regis Car Club site.
The CCCsite at Chichester is ideal for this. We recommend the Travellers Rest next door for meals.
Wear warm clothing at this time of the year.  Enjoy.

IF YOU ARE EXPECTING TO GO TO A MEET  PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF THE COMMITTEE TO SAY SO.         YOU CAN SPOT A COMMITTEE MEMBER ON SITE WITH THE H O C  LOGO  IN THE VAN WINDOW

Northern Meets.   The meets schedule does not currently contain any meets in the North of England.  If you would like to suggest any specific meets in the North locations and dates we will be happy to add these as extras. Please put any suggestions for these on our Facebook for members only site and we will finalise and publish these at the A G M meeting in April.

Drive carefully and safely we need you as members of Holdsworth Owners Club.

Nice to be back online   Regards  to all   Iain Mackinnon   (Blogmaster)



Holdsworth vans for Sale

HOLDSWORTH   VANS  FOR SALE.



Any persons looking for a quality Holdsworth Motorhome please contact
Iain Mackinnon  and he will give you details known to date.

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History of Holdsworth Motorhomes

Richard Holdsworth began his conversion business in 1968. Richard and his wife Heather had been working in Australia for eight years prior to returning to England. He, and his wife Heather, decided that they would like a camper to explore the UK and the continent, but prices of new campers were prohibitive, so they bought a used V W Kombi van and converted it to their ideas while travelling thousands of miles. People were impressed with the conversion and Richard and Heather were frequently asked to build campers for others,so in 1968 eighteen V W campers were converted in a lockup garage at Clapham Common, London. Richard building the furniture and Heather carrying out the upholstery and trimming.

A company offering V W spares asked Richard to build furniture kits it could offer to customers to fit in vans themselves That moment became the start of Richard Holdsworth Conversions. At the same time the V W spares company offered Richard part of its factory at Ashford, Middlesex as the lockup garage by that time had become far too small.

Business over the next year increased so much that it was necessary for them to move once again, this time to Woodley, Berkshire, an ex-aerodrome hanger which became their new factory location in 1972

By this time Richard was offering six of his Holdsworth conversions. They consisted of a V W van conversion with fixed roof, a Commer Standard,Commer Super,Bedford C F, Ford Transit, and another V W , but this time with a rising roof.
The line-up of Richard Holdsworth models remained pretty much the same until 1977 ( with exception to some varied layouts on the V W ) when the Leyland Sherpa was added to his listing
The hierarchy at British Leyland were so impessed with the Sherpa Holdsworth that they gave the full company approval to the conversions.
From very humble beginnings in the 1960's Richard Holdsworth Conversions Ltd went on to produce some very memorable motorcaravans. Many of their panel van conversions based on the Commer, Bedford CF, Transit,and V W are still very popular choices on the used scene today. As time progressed the company released such models as the Holdsworth Vision and Villa based on the type 25 V W T3 and the Holdsworth Ranger, a coachbuild based on the Leyland Sherpa.

The one defining point about Holdsworth models over the years was that they often dared to be different in their use of internal layouts, at a time when many manufacturers used tried and trusted formulas.

The company continued to prosper during the 1980's but sadly ran into financial difficulties in the 1990's with the minibus side of the business ( a deal to supply several thousand minibus conversions collapsed, leaving the company with too much stock) The company eventually became Cockburn Holdsworth for a short time, but in the end ceased trading as a motor caravan converter. It was sad to see such a innovative company leave the ranks of the motorcaravan manufacturers. It had intoduced many great design ideas and acheived some memorable milestones, not least winning V W approval for its conversions

Richard is the Honary President of The Holdsworth Owners Club, and, as well as advising many present day motorhome manufacturers, he has now become a novelist and is at present working on his second book.
A G M Meet at Kidderminster
Presentation of sweaters to Mr and Mrs Holdsworth



The Holdsworth Owners Club welcomes owners of all Holdsworth motor caravans who wish to obtain the maximum enjoyment from their Holdsworth van.

Within the membership is a wealth of knowledge in running a van carrying the Holdworth badge; this includes the provision of Owners Manuals and access to suppliers who might be able to provide parts and information that can keep a Holdsworth van on the road.

An informative and friendly Newsletter is produced at regular intervals and a social calendar extends throughout the year thus enabling members to meet others and maximise the enjoyment from ownership of a Holdsworth van.
Cost of membership is minimal.... Full details and a Membership Aplication Form please refer to contact page.
Thank you for viewing our blog- Iain Mackinnon.

To bring you up to date... Richard and Heather Holdsworth now live in Austrailia where their children and grandchildren are.  They are constantly in touch with us here in Britain and take a great pride in the  Owners Club and the continued use of Holdsworth motorhomes.