The Caravan Writers’ Guild (CWG) was formed in April 1982, and celebrated its 40th anniversary in style by holding its annual industry dinner at the Michelin-starred hotel and restaurant, Hampton Manor, during last month’s Motorhome and Caravan Show.
Almost 100 guests, including Guild members and representatives from manufacturers, suppliers and both the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club, enjoyed a wonderful evening together. There was even one Guild member at the dinner, David Ritchie, who had also been at the inaugural meeting of the CWG at a hotel in London on 23rd June 1982.
Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the CWG’s annual awards for written and video journalism. Each winner receives a cut-glass trophy and £1,000 prize.
The awards, named after late but notable past members, are sponsored by Kingfisher Insurance, and not chosen by the Guild but by an independent panel of judges from across the caravan industry.
The winner of the CWG’s Doug King Award for Written Journalism 2022 was freelance journalist Marcus Leach for his article titled ‘Cambrian Mountain Catch-Up’, published in Practical Motorhome magazine about a long awaited family reunion in Wales.
His article is available to read here: https://caravanwritersguild.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Cambrian-mountains-lo-res.pdf
The winner of the CWG’s John Wickersham Award for Video Journalism 2022 went to freelance journalist Andrew Ditton for his video titled, “My caravan, My Sanctuary” showing how his caravan benefitted his wellbeing during a difficult time. It can be viewed on Andrew’s YouTube channel or below:
Stuart Craig from Kingfisher Insurance commented: “As a member of The Caravan Writers’ Guild myself for many years, I’d like to congratulate the Guild for its 40th anniversary and, once again, Kingfisher is delighted to sponsor its awards for journalism.”
The Chair of the Caravan Writers’ Guild, John Rawlings, added: “It is wonderful that the passion for caravans and motorhomes among our members has helped the Guild to continue for 40 years and promote the caravanning to a wide audience, as seen by the high standard of entries for our annual journalism awards. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all our sponsors who made our 40th anniversary dinner such a special event.”