Events for 2018

EVENTS  FOR  2018


Pleased to say we are back to updating.


April Frid 13 th
A G M  Meet  at Stratford upon Avon
Riverside Caravan Park Tiddington  CV37 7AB
This is usually the best attended meet of the year and the Riverside makes sure we are all in the same area for visiting each other.  The A G M this year will be held in the Bowling Club buildiings and we expect to dine once more in the wonderful elevated restaurant on the site.
River taxi are able to take you right into the city from the site.
Tel 01789 292312   Website  www.stratfordcaravans.co.uk/touring

May  18th -20th  New Forest
Red Shoot Camping Park, Linwood, Ringwood, Hampshire.BH24 3QT
Tel.01425 473789  Website  www.redshoot-campingpark.com

June 15th-17th  Malvern  (Same time as Royal Three Counties Show)
Blackmore Camping and Caravan club site. Blackmore Campsite, Handley Swan. WR8 0EE
Tel. 01684 310280  Website. www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/worcestershire/no/hanleyswan/blackmore.

July 6th - 8th Sheringham  Norfolk.
Woodlands Caravan Park Holt Road, Upper Sheringham  NR26 8TU.

TEL.01263 823802  Website www.woodlandscaravanpark.co.uk

August 10th - 12th Rutland Water.
Pheasants Roost, Lyndon Road  Manton, Oakham. LE15 8RN
Tel. 01572 737800. Website  www.pheasantsroost .com.

September 7th - 9th   Barmouth
Hendre Mynach Touring Caravan and Camping Park. Llanaber Road Barmouth LL42 1YR.
Tel. 01341 280262  Website. www.hendremynach.co.uk.

October 12th - 14 Oxford
Oxford Camping and Caravan Club Site  426 Abingdon Road, Oxford  OX1 4XG.
Tel. 01865 244088  Website www.campingandcaravanning club.co.uk/campsites/uk/oxfordshire/oxford/oxford.

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.    or      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.

Each member joining the club will receive a copy of The Holdsworth Journey which gives the history of Holdsworths from the beginning to the end with  lots of wonderful pictures. This is as long as we still have stock.