Friday, 22 September 2017

Christmas menu at the Town Arms 25th November 2017

Names and monies to Chris or Richard please, seating is limited this year so get your name in early.

View of club night 21st September 2017 from the Chairman

There have been several occasions over time when I have sought to understand the reasons for a chronically low turn-out at the Town Arms on club nights. More often than not, the response has been that if some suitable entertainment was provided, then people would come. In reply to this, I have said that the Committee would be very happy to invite guest speakers and arrange other activities but there was no likelihood of such invitations being extended if there was not a probability of a worthwhile number of members supporting these occasions. Last night's monthly gathering was an excellent demonstration of this chicken/egg situation.

Gordon went to considerable trouble to arrange a talk given by a member of the Freewheelers about his association and the important work it does. Despite plenty of advance notice and Gordon having circulated many leaflets advertising the event, only a thirteen people (and two of them were women pressed into service!) bothered to turn up; even the pub dogs were absent on this occasion. I found having to apologise for this lamentable attendance to "Freewheeling Rob" who had ridden to us from Bideford to be an embarrassing experience - one which should have been wholly unnecessary.

The purpose of my comments should be obvious so I shall not labour the point; a word to the wise should be sufficient but as I have said on past occasions, the quality and frequency of club night diversions rests with the membership. It's up to you.

Nevertheless, we were able to make a useful donation to the Frewheelers' coffers and enjoyed an interesting introduction to their work.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sad news

Many of you will, I'm sure, remember my cousin Merv who has been a great supporter of the Devon section since I came back to motorbikes and joined the Devon section some nearly 30 years ago, well sadly I must tell you that Merv lost his long fight against cancer last week and passed away aged 79. I have hung on to writing this post until I had the details of his funeral which I now have. It will be at 12.30 on Tuesday the 19th September at the Glyn valley crematorium in Bodmin. Flowers are restricted to family only with donations being invited for the Little Harbour childrens hospice. There is to be a bike parade following the hearse starting at a Slade house in Wadebridge at 11.00, I think Ian B knows where this is. Merv was a prolific picture taker and you may have seen or been given photos taken by him, usually at times of a breakdown!. In his riding days, he brought many riders with him from Cornwall to the Scrumpy run, the Exmoor run and many others. R I P Merv.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Evening run 210817

enjoying the sunshine

taking over the outside tables

Dougs' family try to steal show with Fiat,
whilst Dermot explains why he now needs 4 cylinders!.

15 people turned up at the Mitre in Witheridge on Monday evening for this our last evening meet of the year, the weather was dry and sunny as you can see from the photos. Ian came on his 'let's wake up Witheridge' Norton, Dermot showed off his Nimbus which is now on the road, and Doug came with family in a very early Fiat 500 in very good order, so plenty to admire. After the meet, we were all invited to Ian's to look over his 67 Norton collection, at this point my ever faithful T90 decided it wouldn't start until I had stripped out the jets and cleaned them out!!. The ride a bike night last Thursday was very low in numbers due to holidays, sickness and other commitments but I'm sure we will do better on the next run which is on September 10th from Kirsty's kitchen in North Tawton, see you there folks.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Dartmoor run 130817

lets have a cuppa before we start

Lunch at Princetown

gathering at the start in good weather

D & S supplies at Winkleigh

the bikes patiently wait

a comfort break at Widecombe

ah that's better!.

The promised good weather sent 24 riders and one pillion passenger to D & S supplies at Winkleigh for the Dartmoor run, organised and led today by Ian B. Promptly at 11.00, Ian led us away from Winkleigh through a few twists and turns toward the moor, I could clearly see the Tors in the distance getting closer by the mile, it wasn't long before we bumped over the first cattle grid on to the moor proper. Ian had warned us at the briefing that we should be aware of the 40mph limit as there had been covert camera vehicles deployed recently, also he mentioned the ponies and sheep likely to wander across the road in front of us and this they did. A stop was made at Widecombe for a comfort break and here the restart was held up a bit by a few riders being slow to get going, the back markers today were Chris and Roy and they followed them out allowing me , who was marking the turn out, to move off. There were a lot of visitors on the moor which held us up a bit but not too badly and after some 35 miles we all arrived safely at the old Police station in Princetown for lunch. After lunch the route took us through Chagford and on to Whiddon Down where people started breaking off for home. I must say this was an excellent route in very good weather amongst friends which is surely what motorcycling is all about. Thanks to Ian for the route and for leading, to Chris and Roy agreeing to do back marker duties and to everyone for marking the turns well. Now don't forget next Monday evening to meet at the MITRE in Witheridge followed by Ian L's offer to show us around his Norton collection which he tells me now stands at 67!, then our next run will be on September 10th starting at Kirsty's Kitchen in North Tawton.

Friday, 11 August 2017


Dermot has written to me asking that I inform you all of a very kind offer from Ian that anyone attending the evening run to the Mitre on the 21st is invited to follow him home for a second chance to view his collection of Nortons which has grown since we last visited, so come along for a great evening out.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Fish and chips 020817

watch the birdie!

looks good grub as usual

The turnout at the welcome fryer on Wednesday last was a bit down on numbers due to holidays and sickness, however Ray tells me that it was still a very enjoyable evening as is usual at this venue so roll on the next one. Now whilst I have your attention folks, it was not possible to run Keith's observation night at last months club night due once again to holidays and sickness producing poor numbers, so we decided that since Keith puts so much work into the preparation, we would run it again at a future club night.
I need to remind you all that we have a talk on 21st September by the bloodbikes, or Devon Freewheelers to give them their correct title, please make every effort to attend as it would be embarrassing to have a poor attendance for this event.
Now the next event for us is this weekend when Ian will lead us off from D&S supplies on the old Winkleigh airfield site for a trip around Dartmoor, then on the 21st of this month there is an evening meet at the Mitre in Witheridge, this is our last evening meet this year ( what already! ). Thanks to Steve for the photos he sent me and Ray for the brief, I will in future try to time any illness to avoid fish and chips evenings!.