Thursday, 7 March 2019

Important section news

We are only 2 weeks away from our 2019 AGM and have received some very significant news which if we cannot surmount may make it very difficult for the section to survive, CAN YOU HELP US OUT PLEASE?.
Richard, our treasurer for the past two years, has informed us that due to his supporting family members in another part of the country, he cannot continue in this role from the AGM. In addition, Mike, our signing on stalwart, has reluctantly to withdraw from this role as his wife is very poorly. The role of treasurer is  of course vital  to the continuance of our section so if there is anyone reading this appeal who feels he may be able to fill this role, please let Dermot or Chris know as soon as possible.
In any event, could I ask as many Devon section members as possible to attend the Town Arms South Molton on March 21st for our AGM to show support for the continuance of the section and bring any offers or ideas to help with this big problem, Thank you.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Fish n chips 060119

what did you have for Christmas then?.

What?, not another motorbike!.

orders please, sorry no turkey.

everyone listens to Dermot in full swing.

27 Devon section members and families attended our first meet of 2019 which was the ever popular fish and chips at the Welcome fryer in South Molton. The venue had opened especially for us and did us proud, there was a full menu with some having salad and at least one vegetarian curry, but most having fish and chips to dispel the taste of turkey.
Good to see Richard there and our newest members, the fryer does not normally open on a Sunday but they did so just for us.
A range of talking points were discussed with even the standard slipping at the top of the table when stories about enemas were relayed, ( fortunately after the food had been eaten! ).
It was clear that families had a lot of contact over the Christmas period which is as it should be of course.
Some concerns were raised about the Christmas dinner venue, this will be explored at the next committee meeting, if you have any strong views on the subject, please talk it over with a committee member and it will be raised.
Now our first run this year is on March 10th from the Corn Dolly, it will not be a long run due to the time of year, Ray is in charge but he will rope me in to help and probably lead so see you there folks.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Club night Dec 2018

Dermot presents flowers to the Town Arms landlady

and thanks her for providing the room for us

Chris has to guard his mince pie

Club night really was our last get together for 2018, it was good to see a reasonable turnout and to see Stan and Rosemary whom have not been able to come recently. Chris had purchased flowers for the landlady which Dermot duly presented. Mince pies and cream were brought up which we all enjoyed. There were 5 draw prizes, including 3 cakes, one of them being a Christmas cake which I won!. So another enjoyable evening for us and we now eat and drink too much until our next meeting which will be fish and chips at the Welcome Fryer on the 6th January, see you there folks, Merry Christmas.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Monday, 10 December 2018

Annual dinner and prize giving 081218

 The Devon section knows the riding season is over for the year when the annual dinner takes place, and this happened on Saturday the 8th December. For the first time, the Jubilee Inn was the venue which is situated on the the old A361 between Bampton and South Molton. The venue was tastefully decorated and everyone seemed to be in good spirits, in fact we found it to be a very enjoyable dinner with the usual good banter around the table. The toy enclosed in my cracker gave much amusement when it was placed into someones hand, dependent on how it reacted and which way it curled, determined whether that person was anything from  passionate to dead!.  Sandy had produced an excellent quiz even though this year Marilyn and I didn't win it, in fact the honours this year went to Chris and Val, ( hope you two haven't finished all those sweets yet ).
Dermot covered this years runs in his speech in detail with just a few of the more 'interesting' points including some of his own!. Dermot also covered the fact that our monthly evening meetings have seen very low attendance, in fact, embarrassingly, only a small number of people attended the talk by Ivan and Sue Godfrey on their trip down the Rhine on 2 wheels despite publicity in this blog and the VMCC mag.
Prizes were given to Mike for most attendance on a pre war machine, to John T for most points on a post war machine and Chris for post war foreign.
All in all a very enjoyable dinner, thanks were given to Chris for his arranging and to Sandy for the quiz, don't forget January 6th for fish and chips at The Welcome fryer, and so from Dermot and the committee , have a great Christmas and fettle the machinery for next years riding.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Guy Fawkes run 041118

I must confess that the weather forecast in the last few days leading up to this our last run of 2018, did make it look as if the run would be a total washout. In fact, as I set off from Tiverton, there was a persistant drizzle, a foggy mist, wet roads covered in leaves and water running off pretty well every raised field and lane making me question my judgement, ( or sanity ). In fact on arrival at Okehampton station, it was only Dermot, Ian and myself who had filthy bikes as our comrades from the North had run down to the start in the dry.
In the end, it was 12 riders who signed on for the run, amongst those brave enough, was a rider on a honda 90 (86cc ) who managed to keep up well with us so that we all questioned his actual cc.
After a very welcomed cuppa, and a sign on with Mike, it was time for the briefing, here Dermot stepped forward and admitted that for a few reasons he had let Ian take over the organising and leading for today and thanked him for doing so. Ian then warned us about the risk of wet leaves and gave a run down on the route ahead, so with Chris and myself taking the rear marshal slots, we were off on time at 1100.
Our route was out of Okehampton via the little road past the castle giving us all a close view, then on to Sourton taking the road towards Tavistock. After a while, we were lead off to Lydford Gorge and through Lifton, where we turned off to pass the entrance to the fairground museum and over the A30 to pass Roadford reservoir. After some 38 miles, we came to the lunch stop at Brandis Corner where we partook of a very nice carvery. Throughout the morning run there had been no sign of rain but we knew this was on the way so in true Guy Fawkes run tradition, the official run ended there but Ian lead the remainers back to Hatherleigh for some of the North Devon guys to peel off then on to the Okehampton to Bow road where we from Tiverton carried on towards Crediton, by now the rain was steadily falling and the mist we had encountered in the morning came upon us on the last leg over the hills to Tivvy.
After a poor forecast, it turned out to be a very enjoyable run with no misshaps over a great route for which we must thank Ian, thanks also to Mike for his usual stalwart signing on duties, to Chris who on top of everything else he does, took position as rear marshal with me for the day, and to Mike for some of the photo's.
lunch time!.

well we were early!.

train expected
Now, can I urge you to sign up for our annual dinner with Chris if you have not already done so, he must have your names and money by the 11th of this month, also can I urge you please to attend the Town Arms for club night on the 15th November where we shall have a talk by the Godfreys on their trip on two wheels along the Rhine, bring family members, neighbours, people who owe you a favour or money,
The bikes arrive

at Okehampton station

a cuppa to start

a few seconds later!

getting ready for the off

Ian checks in with the pub
and anyone else as it will be very embarrassing if we have a small turn out.

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Club night 181018

There was a great evening at the Town Arms on Thursday when Keith ran one of his observation nights, I did say to him on the way up that I had a good idea now what he will be looking for and he would have some difficulty this time catching me out but I was stumped when he asked how many holes there were in the front wheel spokes of a Honda!!. Nevertheless, it was Ray and I who picked up the prize of a box of celebration sweets which we passed around so no one could say they didn't get something, a good night again thanks Keith.
Next Months club night will be a talk by Sue and Ivan Godfrey on cycling along the Rhine, I hope we can rely on a good turn out as it's embarrassing to have outsiders come to give us a talk if there are just a few members present so please come and bring your family members as it will be interesting to all.
Next run is our last for this year, it will be the Guy Fawkes run on the 4th November starting from Okehampton station, please come along.
If you haven't yet booked for the club dinner then do ring Chris to put your name down, the committee are subsidising this event this year by £3 dropping the cost to just £17 per person, the dinner will be at the Jubilee Inn on the B3227 this year.
You will no doubt be pleased to learn that the committee have been able to fill all the run dates for next year, thanks to all who volunteered to take runs whether committee members or not.