The history of yorkshire da

The Early Years

With special thanks to Joanne Cartwright, the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Archivist for providing the missing link from 1910 to 1928.

Magazine, Aug 1910:

“The formation of a Yorkshire District Association has been sanctioned by the Council upon the following requisition: – 4 Brearton Street, Bradford, June 3rd 1910. We, the undersigned, desire to form a District Association of the A.C.C. for the County of Yorkshire. (Signed) Harold M. Sutcliffe, G. H. Prescott, Laurence Isitt, John North, John Wm. Dixon, George Bottrill.”

August Bank Holiday Camps. Yorkshire D.A.-At Chapel-le-Dale.

Magazine, Sep 1910: “17-19 Sep, Yorkshire District Association Camp at Boston Spa.”


Magazine, Nov 1910: review of the camping meet held at Boston Spa.
Magazine, Mar 1912: meeting to elect Chairman and Secretary, Friday 15th March
Magazine, May 1912: 4-5 May, camp at Haugh Hill, Barden. Whitsun camp at Hayburn Wyke. Review of Annual meeting

Magazine, July 1912: change of Hon. Secretary

Magazine, Jan 1913: “The annual meeting will be held at the Kiosk/ Cafe , Rawson Place, Bradford, on Tuesday, January 28,at 8p.m., when a good attendance is hoped for”

Magazine, Mar 1913: “Annual meeting held at Bradford, January 28th, 1913. Chairman, Mr. Harold M. Sutcliffe. Secretary, Mr. J. W. Dixon, 2 Ashburn Place, Ilkley. Committee: Messrs. J. North, N. Stephenson, G. Botterill, and W. Brear. Easter Camp to be held at Malham. Whitsuntide camp, proposed to arrange a joint camp with Northumberland & Durham District Association.”

1914-1918 The Great War (WW1)

Magazine, May 1915: review of Easter camp and arrangements for Whitsuntide camp
Magazine, Mar 1916: arrangements for Easter camp
Magazine, Sep 1917: review of camping at Middleton during camping season
Magazine, Mar 1918: request for joint camping meets

Magazine, Mar 1919: “Mr. Dixon will be pleased to hear from any members who wish to camp at Easter in his district. He would suggest either Burley Woodhead, Appletreewick, Hawkswick or Almes Cliff, near Harrogate.”

Magazine, Sep 1919: membership numbers across Club, including Yorkshire

Magazine, April 1920: list of all D.A. meets, including Yorkshire D.A.

Magazine, Dec 1921:
“Mr. J. W. Dixon, 2 Ashburn Place, Ilkley, Yorks., the Hon. Secretary of this Association, will be pleased to hear from any Member in the District willing to take up the Secretarial work of the D.A. Will local members please note that, inadvertently, the rates of Subscription and Entrance Fee stated at the head of the circular issued to them, recently, were last year’s rates, and not the revised rates, which came into force on the 31st January last?”

Magazines for 1922: no listings of activities for Yorkshire D.A.

Magazine, Mar 1923: “Annual General Meeting “ The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire District Association will be held on Saturday, March 31st, at 9 p.m., at the Easter Joint Camp, Fulwith Mill, near Harrogate. Site No. 4102 in the 1922-1923 Year Book. This camp with be a Joint Meet with members of the Northumberland and Durham District Association, and it is hoped that all District Members will make the point of attending. The Honorary Secretary of the Association invites any Members of the Club, desirous of attending camps in his district, to communicate with him for particulars as to the sites, routes, etc. 

Will Members please, however, allow plenty of time for reply and not expect a reply per return of post? Last year, Members attended camps of the Yorkshire District Association from all parts of the country.” There are no records to show if anyone actually attended the AGM

From 1924 to 1928 there were no entries in the club magazine, so we do not know if the DA was still functioning or just dormant.

Magazines for 1924: no listings of activities for Yorkshire D.A.
Magazines for 1925:no listings of activities for Yorkshire D.A.
Magazines for 1926: no listings of activities for Yorkshire D.A.
Magazines for 1927: no listings of activities for Yorkshire D.A.
Magazines for 1928: no listings of activities for Yorkshire D.A.

On the DA logo it states that the DA was First Founded in 1910 and from reading the 1928 minutes, the DA was formally re-formed at a meeting held on the 28th Sept 1928.
Records show that the DA was re-formed at a meeting in Harrogate attended by over 80 adult members with Mr Moorhead in the chair, who was then duly elected the first chairman in the post war era.

1928 onwards

Information from the 1928-minute book to follow in the next instalment.