A meeting was held on 22 July 2003 with the staff of the Holiday Village and Charlie Witherow (HLAVA / Holy Loch American Veterans Association), Jim Collins (Holy Loch US), and Joe Frankovitch (HLAVA). The place has a retired Chief as the manager and the Chef from the old Chief's Club working there so they are aware of the requirements.
A little information that will be
of use for shipmates that were stationed at the Holy Loch on or near the time
of it's closure.
1. The buildings at the complex at the pier, i.e. Officers club, Gym, EM Club etc. have all been disassembled and moved to this site. When the buildings were rebuilt they have been modified and improved to encompass a modern facility.
2. The Lodges mentioned in the brochure and in this report refer to the Hafton Holiday Chalets. These were purchased by this company and improved and are now in use.
To give a little idea of the facilities
available, this complex is like a small town on the outskirts of Dunoon, right
next to the Hafton Hotel. It includes all the Chalets mentioned before and at
least a 1000 holiday trailers or caravans. The Dolphin
Leisure contains, Large restaurant, reception area, Large Swimming pool and hot tub area, Electronic games area, billiard room with regulation size tables, 2 bars, function suite (old Gym), out door children play area. Mini mart. And more. All in all it a nice facility and well laid out.
Some of the Chalets and caravans are privately owned and used as holiday places but they have retained quite a number for rentals. They are 2 or 3 bedrooms and can sleep 4 to 7 people. Since they are holiday flats all essentials are included i.e. plates, microwave, TV. Etc. The prices given in the brochure are for the caravan or chalet and not on the number of folks staying, so it is possible for two adults sharing with two other adults and halving the cost.
The 2003 reunion was held in South Carolina and I have been told that almost all of the folks attending were staying at the same hotel. The same thing would be more or less available here. With folks staying in different caravan/chalets but meeting at the leisure center for breakfast, trips, and events.
The Center is busy on Holidays and
in the summer. For this reason the weekends of 27 March (Easter), 2 May (Mayday)
and 30 May (Spring Break) or not available. I would suggest the following dates
for the 2005 reunion.
5/12 - Thursday night - Icebreaker party in the function room.
5/13 - Friday - Ceilidh Dance
5/14 - Saturday - Formal reunion Ball w/ band
5/15 - Leisure day and tours
5/16 - Monday - BBQ cookout w/music (DJ)
The details of the reunion are not set, but during the meeting we were advised that the following type events could be arranged. One note to remember, if the functions are held at the leisure center the cost is per head and not rent for the space then cost per head.
For the folks staying at the leisure complex, they would arrange for pick up at the airport. If folks are staying at the center and renting a car, the ½ price ferry tickets would be sent.
Thursday night -
Icebreaker party in the function room.
Friday - Ceilidh Dance
Saturday - Formal reunion Ball
Sunday - Rest day and tours if wanted.
Monday - BBQ cookout w/music or band.
Note: The leisure
Center has it's regular entertainment on Wednesday night.
Tours could be arranged if folks wanted to go to Loch Lomond outlet mall or Breahead Mall.
The prices in the brochure show that a caravan in early May would be about £120 to £170 for 3 to 7 days. They have indicated that a deal could be arranged for even lower prices. After the number of folks planning to attend is known, then the price per event can be figures. They would then offer the individual caravan price, all-inclusive price, and by event price.You folks in the USA would sell packages or whatever; the individual tickets for events would be done by the good folks of HLAVA (Holy Loch American Veterans Association). For those folks that do not know or haven't realized it, there are 35 American Members of the association on the Dunoon side and approximately 12 - 18 Americans that are not current members. The same figures could be given for the Greenock/Gourock side of the river, with some folks living in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
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Started on: 24 June 2002
Last revised: 8 September, 2007 by ThistleGroup.