Top Posters
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

108 Excellent

About maurice

  • Rank
    That Handsome not so old guy
  • Birthday 02/24/1942

Previous Fields

  • My outfit Volvo S60 D5 (Sports) 185 bhp - Abbey GTS 215
  • Your Parents or guardians name Mum & Dad -- both with the angels now
  • County/Town Barton Seagrave -- Kettering
  • Referred by 0
  • Real first name Maurice & Mary
  • Country England
  • Contributor Author
  • Contributor Reviewer

Contact Methods

  • AIM 0
  • MSN 0
  • Website URL http://
  • ICQ 0
  • Yahoo 0

Profile Information

  • Gender Male
  • Location Kettering - Northamptonshire
  • Interests Caravaning - Nice wine - France - Paris

Recent Profile Visitors

5,106 profile views

maurice's Activity

  1. maurice added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    Can't drive to tow at all now and laid up in bed for most off the day perhaps up for a couple of hours in the afternoon. So this is the end of 50+ years of caravaning. From towing a Cadet with a mini clubman from lands ent to the north of Scotland. Driving fro Kenya to Cape Town.
    South to North Australia. Sydney to Alice Springs Australia.
    And more recently driving around Europe Holand, Germany, Switzerland,France and Spain for three months.
    327 Rallies over that time including four CC European 
    We have had a wonderful time and can't recommend it enough.Some great friends here too not forgetting "Doc" all those years ago.
    Still to get rid of the van -- but have sent a mail to W Arches asking them to tow it away. Virtually giving it to them as it needs to go.
    Also just this morning had my Volvo insurance reminder which is insured extra for towing. ,!!! I won't need that big bill as well.
    Mary fell and broke her arm last week also her jaw she was covered in blood and looked as though she had just do ten rounds with Mohamed Ali. She fell out of the fount door, and I didn't hear any thing as I was comatose having taken sleeping tablets. 
    Eventualy did hear and opened the door to see her kneeling there covered in blood. Any way did the 999 thing and they were very good here within 15 mins and in the fracture clinic half hour later. She is feeling better now but only has one arm and jaw bandaged and stitched. We are a right pair. Got to go to the X-ray every Monday for the next six weeks. Because we are old and your bones don't mend. So no more Zopiclone for me for a while.
    any way nice to have met all
    Maurice and Mary 
    • 0
  2. maurice added a topic in Rallies   

    Dr Maxwell Hooper
    You may remember me talking of my very good friend Max Hooper who I met at collage some 40+ years ago together with David Bellamy.David for a long time inspected caravan site and gave the ecological ratings.Unfortunatly Max has diedI felt you might like to know. It was a sad day for all of his family and friends, with some 200 turning up for the woodland funeral.l had never been to one before and I was very surprised by the way it was conducted.Maurice Max Hooper obituary
    Biologist and historian best known for Hooper’s Law, used to estimate the age of a hedgerow
       In 1983 Max Hooper became head of the Monks Wood research stationApart from his investigative work, Hooper was a teacher on field courses, encouraging schools and universities to take up projects on hedges. He was a good speaker, able to communicate with students and children as much as fellow scientists, and his enthusiasm was infectious. It probably helped that he was a colourful figure with his beard, the woollen smoking cap he often wore and his amusing, self-deprecatory manner. At least one well-known naturalist remembers being inspired to take up a scientific career after Hooper had taught him how to identify grasses. His interests were not confined to botany: he had a passion for collecting silver spoons, for history and genealogy (“any old stuff”, he claimed) and, more surprisingly, driving classic cars.
     Hooper was born in Leytonstone, east London. His father served in the RAF, then  
    based at Biggin Hill. Max attended Sir George Mono us grammar school in Chingford and won a scholarship to read botany at University College London. His doctorate, also at UCL, was on the cytology – the study of cells – of grasses. He became a close lifelong friend of a fellow student, David Bellamy, with whom he went on an expedition to Sierra Leone – returning, it is said, with a young crocodile in the wash basin of their cabin.
    In 1960 Hooper took up a lectureship at Wye College, the agricultural arm of London University, where he met his future wife, Phyllis Waldron,and his other lifelong friend  Maurice Haynes BEM
    In 1963 he was appointed to the team at Monks Wood in Huntingdonshire, which was beginning to study the effects of pesticides on wildlife under Norman Moore. Hooper’s remit was to look at the possible genetic effects, but when those turned out to be minimal, Moore suggested he turn to hedges instead. One outcome of this work was Hedges (1974), in the famous Collins New Naturalist series, written with Ernie Pollard and Moore. Another was his creation of a highly successful Historical Ecology Discussion Group, which brought in national experts for its symposia and encouraged the subject’s development. In 1974 Hooper also co-wrote two bestsellers with the author Richard Adams, Nature Day and Night, and Nature Through the Seasons.
    In 1973, the research station at Monks Wood became part of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology within the Natural Environment Research Council. Hooper became head of the plant ecology section in 1981, and head of station two years later, a post he held until his retirement in 1992.
    Inevitably, promotion meant a preoccupation with administrative matters, but as a Monks Wood old boy he was always ready to support and encourage staff over their difficulties. He spent part of this time on secondment to UCL to teach on its MSc conservation course.
    Hooper was an active member of the Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust from its formation in 1968, and served on its council. He was also an honorary fellow of the British Naturalists’ Association and a recipient of its Peter Scott memorial award. He was buried among native trees and wild flowers at the Arbory Trust’sBarton Glebe, near Cambridge.
    He is survived by Phyllis, and their daughter, Rachel, and son, Jeremy, as well as two grandchildren.
    • 1 reply
  3. maurice added a post in a topic Possible rally for 2017   

    Is this or any thing like it happening --
    Remember the old LMU's    Let's meet up
     only needed a couple two  - three  - four of us and we would meet up somewhere sort of local. 
    Has this concept gone --- one of the founding tenants of the club...
    • 0
  4. maurice added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    Polished the van out-side, Mary said why are you bothering, I think hope springs eternal and we might just do something in the UK- like a T&T rally or something. Any rallies that I can tow it to and convince that we do have good holidays.
    Rally -- Rally -- Rally --
    If I shout loud enough one might just happen...
    • 0
  5. maurice added a post in a topic Law change for UK drivers in French cities   

    there was an article in the Daily Mail (1 April 2017) about this and the guy  next door  brought it to show me... It was all about these penalties etc. I read it and assumed that because of the date it was a hoax -- but maybe it isn't.
    Daily Mail (1 April 2017)
    New rules will ban cars older than 20 driving in three French cities on set days Tourists must buy stickers to show how Eco-friendly their cars are Police can issue on-the-spot fines of €135 (£117) if they see a car without one  RAC already 'inundated' with requests from frantic holidaymakersTourists driving to France this Easter face a £117 fine if they fail to display a car sticker giving the vehicle’s emissions.
    As of yesterday, all drivers who visit Paris, Lyon and Grenoble must show the certificate on their windscreen, which states the vehicle’s age, engine size and the level of dangerous gases it emits.
    The new environmental rules also mean cars more than 20 years old will be banned from driving through the three French cities altogether on certain days. 
    "New rules: The Crit'Air scheme will see tourists forced to display a sticker, grading how Eco-friendly their cars are while motors more than 20 years old will be banned in some cities altogether : The Crit'Air scheme will see tourists forced to display a sticker, grading how Eco-friendly their cars are while motors more than 20 years old will be banned in some cities altogether The ‘Crit’Air’ scheme issues stickers in six colours, running from a green sticker for hydrogen-powered vehicles to a grey sticker for the most polluting. Twenty-two other towns and cities, including Lille, Cannes and Dunkirk, may roll out the scheme in the future to cut down on harmful exhaust fumes. However, at the moment, the stickers are only required for drivers travelling to Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. Tourists driving elsewhere in France do not need them. The RAC has said it has been inundated with calls from frantic holidaymakers who have struggled to buy a sticker – blaming problems with the French government’s website and administrative delays. Drivers say the official website is difficult to navigate and requires a raft of information about their vehicle. British tourists can only apply on-line, and must supply their vehicle’s identification number, insurance policy number, the vehicle title and registration details. The stickers, which can only be bought from the official French government website, cost €4.80 each – around £4.10 – including postage to the UK. And even after applying, Britons face a -week wait for it to arrive, as the department has been flooded with applications.  link to paste in your message Banned: Tourists driving cars which are more than 20 years old will not be allowed to travel in Paris, pictured above, on certain days of the week between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM"  Banned: Tourists driving cars which are more than 20 years old will not be allowed to travel in Paris, pictured above, on certain days of the week between the hours of 8 AM and 8 pm The French government says anyone whose sticker does not arrive in the post before their holiday should print off a copy of the confirmation email of their purchase to show to police, if stopped. Police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to €135 (£117) if they see a car without one. Vehicles deemed too polluting – including all petrol and diesel cars registered before January 1, 1997 – will be banned from the cities entirely between 8 AM and 8 PM Monday to Friday. Others will be barred on days of high air pollution. Reader Jean Phillips, 66, of Worcester Park, Surrey, said she spent 90 minutes trying to get a sticker before giving up. She said: ‘I used to work in IT but we just cannot attach the document because it’s too large. We are completely stuck. I am amazed anyone ever gets to the end of the form. ’Simon Williams, of the RAC, said: ‘The RAC travel team has been dealing with hundreds of calls from members asking for help with their applications. [They] can be quite a challenge, even for anyone who is reasonably IT literate.’  Looked at the web site for getting the sticker and it SEEMED legit but who knows
    • 0
  6. maurice added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    OK then !!! Anyone want this caravan!
    I have just fitted the new tailored cover - sent the first one back as they had positioned the cover bit on the roof for thr TV aerial mushroom in the wrong place. Put it nearly over the door - but it is about two foot further forward. No problem as I also asked them to put some zips in for the front Locke and battery box.
    Mary said why bother you are selling it you won't need them. Ah-well I suppose that it felt normal to keep it how you yourself would like it.
    Had the "Tarmac" gang around - they were around this time last year but were "Roof cleaners" then. One thought it was a nice van and how much would I be wanting for it "cash -pound notes -in your hand now!!  I told them what I thought and he then was going on about his 16 year old wife having a baby really pulling the sob stuff - living with "my Da" and not enough room etc. I thought it quite a sad story, so asked how much he would give me -  I then got the sobs again - no cash - wife pregnant etc   How much? I said ----  £1,200 he said -- cash pound notes in your hand.
    What do you think I said?
    What would you have said?
    Anyone want to buy a good (very good) caravan? Make me an offer all looked at and considered.
    googled around and saw them going at around --From £9500 down to notthing -- so I would think  £8,500 is about fair
    • 0
  7. maurice added a post in a topic Elddis now Hymer Group purchase   

    Abbey went the way of all GOOD caravans during the crash. I think the group have still kept the brand name so that IF and WHEN they feel able they may start up again
    • 0
  8. maurice added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    Thanks for that I contacted the DVLA after reading an article on the NHS web site and  had a letter -- Part off below :-
    We write to clarify one point in your otherwise excellent review article on Meniere’s disease . We understand that, in contrast to that which is stated in the article, patients have no specific obligation to advise the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) when a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease is made. DVLA guidance for doctors states that patients should not drive if they are liable to “Attacks of unprovoked or unprecipitated disabling giddiness”
    So as it stands the answer is no according to them.
    But like all things - - if I felt particularly poorly I wouldn't drive any way
    Caravan for sale
    Apart from that anyone want to buy a ten year old caravan -- looks and feels like new.--total service history all mod cons etc. - all the extras you would need to set off tomorrow.
    --      me when van has gone
    Googled around and saw them going at around --From £9500 down to notthing -- so I would think  £8,500 is about fair
    So that's a starting price.
    Unless we have a bidding war .
    • 0
  9. maurice added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    I can quite imagine -- I haven't been without a caravan for 50 years. But as I have now got this Meniere problem that makes you deaf and dizzy. Mary says we had better not carry on. She is saying she wants a rest but I know that she is saying all this to stop me getting stressed out. I think I can do it she says no..
    The photos were taken after Tourershine had finished cleaning it last week. Looks very good!!
    • 0
  10. maurice added a post in a topic Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS   

    Seriously I don't know what to ask for it, there are prices on the web but none are as nice and clean as this one, also from the dealers against a new one at £16000. Mine cost nothing like that, I would just Like it to go to a good caravan family who want a nice van -- ALL offers will be considered - honesty 
    • 0
  11. maurice added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Selling my Abbey Vogue 215 GTS
    Abbey Vogue GTS 215 - 2 berth caravan
    know this seems drastic but it seems that Mary don't want to caravan any more. She wants a holiday where she is waited on and meals cooked etc.
    It will be a shame to finish as I have been doing this for 50 or so years
    You have seen the van in various pics through the site just had it cleaned and it looks and feels like new.
    I have had the Alko system fitted :
    Motor mover :-- Tyron wheel bands --: New battery last year:ko system fitted --:I have had the Alko stabiliser system fitted,
    All the normal things like --  Waste master -- water roll -- pumps and spare pumps. -- gas bottles (if required)
    Large porch awning -- ground sheet -- etc. etc. Full service each year since now -- got the stickers etc.

    I hope you like what you see drop me a line if you are interested
    Photos taken after Paul had finished cleaning it. -- Looks like new -- even better than new...
    • 19 replies
  12. maurice added a post in a topic VERY FIRST TOW CAR   

     Ian     ------1964 mini countryman 850cc but fitted with a 1100cc engine. SNAP

    Snap.. with the wood bits -- and green..  (However -- you could have either Morris Mini Traveller or Austin Mini Countryman)     
     I think we paid about £250 for it
    Towed a 1970 Sprite Cadet weighed in at 480kg about 8'6" long. Gas bottle on the A frame held on with cramps to the bottom of the bottle and we bought it NEW at the price of £227
    and that was including the fitting of the tow bar!!!
    • 1
  13. maurice added a post in a topic Maurice - Your password change   

    OK thanks Mark .. I just signed in with my old password which comes up automatically as it is stored on the computer..
    I then changed it to the new one and stored that instead -- tried twice -- it works
    • 0
  14. maurice added a post in a topic Clean or New Caravan   

    Edited just now by Maurice
              To small a font for tired old eyes
    • 0
  15. maurice added a topic in Touring and Tenting   

    Clean or New Caravan
    WOW -- it has happened again -- it looks like I have a new van again -- that's what it feels like after Paul from Tourershine has worked his magic on it.
    I rang him in a great emergency as over Christmas my caravan cover had split on the roof and I had to remove it. I ordered a new cover from Cover Systems of Rushden who make tailor made bespoke covers for you caravan -- car or anything else. They supplied the last one some 8 years ago, and the good thing was that they remembered me, and had my old cover dimentions and patterns, stored in their file, thay said they would normaly be a 6 week lead time - butfor me they said they would start ASAP...believe it or not 6 days later they said it was finished.
    Now I could collect it and get the van covered up again ---- but before that it MUST be cleaned. I cant climb up steps or ladders (SWMBO wont let me -too old she says) to do the roof so I contacted Paul -- I had seen from his postings that there was a six to eight week lead time....GRRRRR. when I rang on Monday and he said can I come on Wednesday making me his second job -- I was gobsmaked
    He turned up dead on the time that he said. He started straight away  and washed it three times and the polished it.-- I cant say any more that the van looks like new!
    I think he made a smashing job and it doesn't look like a 10 year old Abbey
    Well done Paul
    • 6 replies

Click this banner for a Motorhome and Touring Caravan insurance quote from Caravan Guard