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Welcome to the ACCEO website.
ACCEO is the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organisations
We represent over 200 Caravan & Camping Clubs who hold a Certificate of Exemption issued by one of three authorities -
Natural England which is a Department of DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Activities), or
The Welsh Assembly Government (Planning Division), or
The Scottish Government (Housing Markets Supply Division)
An elected Committee of unpaid officers runs the Organisation on behalf of the member Clubs.
What is ACCEO?
The Association of Caravan & Camping Exempted Organisations is a group of over 200 rallying clubs all of whom hold a Certificate of Exemption. A Committee is elected from Association Members to represent the combined interests of the clubs at all levels.
What does the Association Do ?
ACCEO works closely with Government departments and Authorities on behalf of its member clubs.
ACCEO is also able to provide both services and access to facilities not directly available to individual clubs. In more recent times the category of Personal Membership has been introduced to provide an additional voice to the membership of Member Clubs and greater flexibility in arranging invitation and joint rallies. Personal Membership also provides a voice to individuals whose club has disbanded but who wish to maintain an interest in the work of ACCEO.
Rallies in National Parks
Rallies in National Parks cannot be held without first being approved by the appropriate National Park Officer. Approval is necessary some one year in advance and must be obtained through a "clearing" procedure, which is not directly accessible to individual clubs.
ACCEO is represented on the national clearing house and liaises with all National Parks (Natural England) to co-ordinate an approved rally programme with the relevant authorities. Our National Parks Rally Officer can help you with enquiries but note that at least 12 months notice is needed for applications.
Extended Rallies TOP of Page
Whilst individual clubs may, by means of their “Paragraph 6” Certificate of Exemption, organise rallies of up to five days duration, (5 consecutive periods of 24 hours), the major caravanning organisations e.g. The Caravan Club, The Camping & Caravanning Club, The Motor Caravan Club and ACCEO were also granted “Paragraph 4” Certificates thereby permitting rallies to be organised on unlicensed land for an indefinite period although, an agreement was reached with the appropriate Government departments whereby such rallies would be limited to a maximum of 28 days.
By agreement with the Association, and subject to reasonable controls, ACCEO Member Clubs holding “Paragraph 6” status are eligible to apply to organise extended rallies under the discipline of ACCEO’s “Paragraph 4” Certificate of Exemption. Contact the Extended Rally Officer.
Government Environmental Departments are now prepared to consider “Paragraph 4” applications from organisations that hold a valid “Paragraph 6” Certificate, subject to certain undertakings and conditions. The current exemption status of all independent clubs can be seen on the “Natural England” web site at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england/services-information
Advice to Clubs TOP of Page
ACCEO is able to give advice on matters of vital importance to clubs and issues a series of information sheets on specific subjects.
Guidance and assistance is offered to member clubs when difficulties arise that may threaten their privilege to hold a Certificate of Exemption.
The Association Newsletter "ACCEO Matters" which is published up to four times a year keeps clubs & personal members informed on matters of interest and importance.
ACCEO Rallies TOP of Page
The Association organises a National and AGM Rally in October of each year. Rally arrangements are made by a volunteer 'host' Club in conjunction with Officers of the Association and Personal Members of the Association as well as members of the Association's member clubs are able to meet like minded caravanners and enjoy the organized entertainment.
Additionally Clubs are encouraged to run Invitation rallies where the Association makes arrangements that permit the attendance of all interested member clubs.
Head Office TOP of Page
The Head Office acts as a focal point for all ACCEO services. It is from here that the business of the Association is passed to the experienced volunteer officers of the committee to meet the needs of the members and the address can be found on the Contacts page.
Insurance Services TOP of Page
A range of 'specially designed' Insurance schemes is offered to Clubs and their Members. Most Clubs are affiliated to the ACCEO Public Liability Policy for a very reasonable annual premium. for further information please contact our Insurance Officer.
History TOP of Page
After the Second World War caravanning as a leisure pursuit was perceived by the government of the time to be growing rapidly and uncontrolled. This perception resulted in the "Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960" which is still operating over 50 years on and is the means by which your club was granted an exemption certificate which permits you to hold rallies on unlicensed land.
In 1976 the government called a meeting at Beaulieu to ascertain how the Act was working. Arising from these discussions the then Department of the Environment (latterly DEFRA an now Natural England), issued in 1978, a Consultative Document which was to introduce a degree of control of caravan rallies to prevent over use of popular sites and in particular the National Parks. The tone of this document caused some alarm amongst Caravanners who, perceiving a possible threat to their pastime, determined that clubs must group together to provide a single voice and thus be in a stronger position to guard their interests.
Two groups formed in 1979, the National Federation of Caravan Owners Clubs (NFCOC), which its name suggests composed mainly of Owners Clubs, and shortly afterwards came the Confederation of Caravan and Camping Clubs (4C’s) comprising of other Social and Works Clubs. Later there was an attempt to enlarge the group by including the Caravan Club and the Caravan and Camping Club, but the initiative failed.
Both groups continued to operate in parallel, each operating their own "clearing houses" for rallies in the Parks. This duplication was expensive in time, effort and money and eventually led in 1985, to a merger to form the Association of Caravan and Camping Exempted Organizations (ACCEO). The Department of the Environment was enthusiastic about the creation of ACCEO and granted the Association an exemption certificate limited to 5 day rallies initially and some four years later, when the Association altered its Constitution to become a Recreational Trust, rallies of up to 28 days could be arranged as controlled by the 1960 Act.
Finally, ACCEO exists to protect the interests of Caravanners in general and its Members in particular. It is totally independent and run by a Committee of elected unpaid Officers who are all very experienced regular rallying Caravanners, Motor Caravanners and Campers themselves.
Application for Membership, be it Corporate, for a Club, or Personal can be made to the Membership Officer.
Publicity Opportunities TOP of Page
ACCEO represents over 200 rallying Clubs ranging from under 10 keen members up to national clubs with several thousand members (potentially some 46000). They are all involved with camping and caravanning and associated products.
Rally Sites and Touring Parks
The Clubs rally on many weekends during the year and are always looking for new rally site locations to hold rallies. Most Clubs publish a yearly Rally Programme to their members. What better way of attracting their interest and use of your facilities than telling them of your facilities and the interests in your area. We can mail your details to Clubs as a mailshot, specifically to rally secretaries if that is what you want. They will have details to be able to contact you to arrange a rally using your facilities. A good arrangement for both you and the member Club. We can also place an advert in ACCEO Matters.
Products of interest to Campers & Caravanners
Campers and Caravanners are always going into Camping Shops and to Leisure Exhibitions looking for new products that will make their hobby more enjoyable and useful. Your products can be brought to their attention using our facilities to circulate product sheets or to advertise your products to the 200+ Clubs represented by the Association. It may also be possible to demonstrate your products at our National Rally in October where you can display and sell your product to a concentrated buying audience.
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