Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Section Christmas dinner 2019

33 section members and guests arrived at The Mitre in Witheridge for this years Christmas meal and prize giving, the meal and service were good and enjoyed by all. Dermot gave a short speech in which he reflected on Ray's passing and his service to the section since it's inception in 1965. On a further point, he advised all that he had very reluctantly had to put his much cherished Arial up for sale and had purchased a much lighter Honda, at this point he pointed out to me that it was still a single cylinder machine.
Prizes were given out, the committee this year had cut down to 4 the number of pieces of silverware, Andy was taken back when he found himself receiving a prize for effort, ( something to do with his having a Harley! ). Roy found himself picking up a cup which he didn't fancy so took it back and changed it for a tankard!. Dermot was embarrassed to find that he had picked up the most ridden post war cup, Sandie was not looking forward to polishing that for a year perhaps.
Their should have been a prize for the best headgear worn which would have gone to Ian for the animal on his head!.
Altogether a good get together, thanks to all who brought draw prizes, I don't have the amount collected yet but will put in a note later, to Sandie and Dermot for the quiz won jointly by Chris and Val and Roy and Christine, also thanks to the Mitre and to the committee who organised and ran the event.
Next section event will be at the Welcome Fryer on January the 5th 2020, see you all there.
tucking in on the top table

Mike makes sure I've got his good side

the select few!

Andy receives his 'prize'!

now who gets this one?.

which one would I rather have?

Ah that's it

coffee time

how about a quiz?.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Guy Fawkes run 031119

As I was 'up North' at the time of this run, Iann has written this record of his run:.

Sunday 3rd November saw six members make their way to the start of Guy Fawkes ride at Oakhampton Station we then proceeded down the old A30 to Lewtrenchard  then on to Chillaton, Gulworthy,  into Cornwall over Gunnislake Bridge. Passing Kit Hill (no time to stop) onto Kelly Bray bypassing Launceston  to Lifton. We then lunched at Dingles. The rain soon appeared which decided three riders to make their own way home. The remaining three hardy ‘motorcyclist’ carried on passing Roadford Lake to Hallwell Junction, Highampton where the leader’s BMW (not so reliable) broke down, fortunately the ‘team’ diagnosed the problem to a failed condenser. Having a spare enabled us to proceed to Hatherleigh where all dispersed.
This being the last ride of the season we are all looking forward to next years excursions.

Thanks Iann, so that's it for this years runs, the committee meets next week to work out runs for next year, if anyone would like to organise and lead a run, please let it be known to Chris or any committee member. 

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Rays funeral 271019

Over 20 club members past and present attended Rays funeral on a dry but cold Monday, 12 of those on their motorbikes. We were all welcomed with tea, coffee and biscuits by members of the family who thanked us all for coming. At 11 am, I set off in the lead with Keith and Dermot ahead of Ray, the family had suggested quite a long ride around the town, some 5.5 miles before arriving at St Peters Church. I hear that my wife, Keith's wife, my Sister and others put themselves in the road as the cortege exited on to Cowleymoor road in order to stop the traffic until all the bikes and cars were out of Rays cul de sac ( well done ladies! ), the rest of the ride met with little disruption and we all arrived together at the Church. During the ride, it was suggested that Ray should experience a fast, final ride down a short distance of the link road so I stepped up to 50mph for that stretch.
We riders lined the path leading up to the Church before and after the service for Ray to pass between us, we were even individually given a kiss at the line out by one of Ray's Granddaughters!.
After a very meaningful service, we were invited to make our way to the Masonic hall for refreshments
The family have asked me to thank you all for attending and have expressed the feeling that we had added a very strong tribute in memory of Ray.

the riders assemble

bike problems discussed

Monday, 21 October 2019

Rays funeral arrangements

Details have been passed to me today regarding Rays funeral arrangements, they are:
The funeral is at 1130 on the 28th of October at St Peters Church, St Peters Street Tiverton, motorcycles are invited to attend, riders will be welcomed from 10am at Rays house where tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. The cortege will set off at 11am with Myself, Keith and Dermot ahead of the hearse with Ray behind as was the case when he was riding, Tony Maurice and Brian will follow behind with all the other riders behind them. The route is 5.1 miles and will take up to 20 minutes, we shall go down Chaple street, up Gold St., Bampton St., William St., Barrington St.,  Station rd., Great Western way, Heathcoat way, Link rd., Bolham rd., Kennedy way, Leat St., Bridge St., and St Peters St to the Church. Keith and I did this route today to try it out and our comments are around keeping together at junctions particularly at the bottom of Chapel St., the ride down the link road will be faster at the families request to give Ray a 'blast' on this his last journey.
At the Church, parking will be difficult and it may be that the motorcycles will have to park on the wide pavement ensuring we don't block anyone's gate. Once parked, I would like the riders to line the path up to the Church please, if anyone does not wish to attend the service, please could they stay to look after the bikes whilst the service is taking place.
The 'wake' will be straight after the service at the Masonic lodge in Castle St. which is very close to the Church., after this the funeral will be a private ceremony at the crematorium.
If anyone needs directions to Rays, please contact myself and I will explain.
If anyone should come to a stop, please pull over so that we can proceed and someone will come back to you later.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Here is the Menu for our Christmas Lunch, which is on Decenber the 14th at The Mitre, Witheridge at 12 for 12.30am sit down. The price of the meal for Members and their guests is £15 pounds a head.
Please send your order with remittance to our Treasurer Keith Cleeve, 1, Graham Close, Tiverton, EX13 6BS. As an added bonus you get to hear a speech by Dermot.

December ‘Christmas dinner / lunch menu’ 2019

Ham Hock terrine with sweet pickled cucumber and piccalilli 
winter vegetable soup with croutons
Breaded whitebait and whole tail scampi with homemade tartare sauce

Main course
Roast free-range local turkey breast with pork sausage meat stuffing, pigs-in-blankets, turkey gravy and roast potatoes
local game pie topped with crispy, sliced potatoes

hake supreme, wrapped in prosciutto with pesto, roast cherry vine tomatoes and red peppers
baked aubergine, stuffed with tomato and walnuts, topped with melting Devon blue cheese
--- all served with a selection of seasonal vegetables ---___________________

Christmas pudding and double cream
sicilian lemon tart with stapleton’s local vanilla bean ice cream
rich chocolate torte with stapleton’s belgian chocolate ice cream
A Selection of cheese - Cornish Yarg, Devon blue and Dorset red with crackers and chutney
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Freshly ground Italian coffee and chocolates___________________
All 3 courses £15 after VMCC subsidy

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