Friday, 17 February 2017

Club night 16th Feb 2017

We were treated at this months club night with a presentation by one of our own, ( Steve ), on his acquisition on behalf of the charity 'community action Romania' of an ex Devon fire and rescue engine and how he, together with Gelvin , a fire fighter from Tiverton, acquired equipment from various sources to fully kit up the vehicle, service and prepare it then drive it across the continent through France, Germany and Austria to Romania a distance of some 1700 miles. Once on site, there were only 3 days to train the local firemen before they had to leave for the trip home, we learnt how to make a dam from 3 ladder parts and how to adapt the English standpipe connectors to the different sized local ones, a very interesting talk, thanks Steve and Gelvin. Now don't forget we are now near to our first run this year so meet at the Corn Dolly on Sunday March 12th for the Spring run starting at the usual 1100, hope you can make it.
I have an urgent request to make folks, due to medical reasons, Keith, our treasurer, has to give up the role he has so ably looked after and so we are seeking someone who can take his place, please have a chat with Dermot or Chris if you feel you can help out, without a treasurer we are in a fix.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Club night January 19th 2017

Our first club meeting this year got off to a good start as 15 people turned up to watch a film that I had managed to borrow off a neighbour of mine, he had received a copy of Enduro India from a friend who had taken part in this event in 2006, Something like 400 to 500 people worldwide show an interest each year to take part in this event but they have to gather a fairly large amount of sponsorship to take part which whittles the final figure down to around 100 to 150 riders. The organisers give a substantial amount of the sponsor money to the Rainbow trust and other local charities. Each rider is given the use of a Royal Enfield Bullet for the duration of the run and there are some amusing scenes where the right and left foot being 'the wrong way around' gives some tricky moments, one rider lost his bike over the side of a goodly drop when he desperately tried to brake with his gear lever. The poor roads, bad driving and 'Delhi belly' resulted in a challenging week, but all eventually got through including some lasses who met all the challenges equally. The scenery and meets with the 'locals' were well recorded along the way, one rider took a Polaroid camera with which he took pictures of local people, the amazement on their faces as the picture was developed showed us just how far they all appear to be behind our expectation with technology. At the end of the week, it was clear to see that some very firm friendships had formed and all had taken great pleasure having successfully battled through, it was for no reason that its called ENDURO India.
Don't miss next months club night when we shall have Steve telling us how he and others drove an old fire engine from Tiverton to Romania, that will be on Feb 16th.
Now whilst I have your attention can I ask for some help on the day of the Scrumpy run which this year is 14th May, North Devon District Council have specified a number of Marshals at this event, now the committee can marshal 5 but a further 3 are required, any assistance would be much appreciated, thank you.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Fish & Chips 080117

It was great to see a good turnout for this our first chance to meet up this year, 22 of our members gathered at the Welcome fryer in South Molton, there would have been more but Keiths wife Di broke two fingers whilst demonstrating to Keith how to exit the patio door 2017 style!, get well soon gal. The usual meaningful conversations took place and from what I saw a good time was had by all. I enclose a few photo's so that you can see where some of those extra pounds came from, now the first run of the year will be 12th March at the Corn Dolly and our next club night is Jan 19th where we shall see a film of some lucky? souls touring India on Enfields. It just remains to thank the Welcome Fryer staff who open especially for us and do a lovely meal.
What are you going to have?

Ian's 'pouring' over the menu

great change from Turkey

cheers

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Annual dinner 2016

It seems only a few weeks ago that we set out on our 2016 calendar of events but here we were today at our penultimate event in this years calendar - our annual dinner and trophy presentations. 34 section and family members met at the Tiverton hotel for a 1230 start. We had our usual Topaz suite so we were on our own and able to pop the supplied party pops and screaming balloons to our hearts content, we were pleased that our President Rodney Hann  and Carol had accepted our request to join us for the event also. There was slight confusion at the start when it appeared that Turkey was not on the menu despite Chris having been given a menu beforehand which showed that it was, however apologies were soon given and turkey was added. At each table setting, Chris had placed a calendar of events sheet for 2017, this had been worked out by the committee in October, he received praise from Dermot for putting an Ariel on the cover and from myself and others for the fact that it was particularly well laid out this year. Dermot welcomed all to the dinner and advised that his personal secretary had drawn up a quiz which we could have a go at between mouthfuls, as with all quizzes, this led to much head scratching, answers were to come later. Now whilst my meal and Marilyn's were very good, it seems there was much to be desired on an adjacent table with the quality of the food so the committee will discuss this at our next meeting, I hope this did not stem your enjoyment of the event too much. After the coffee, Dermot spoke, examining the years events and the challenges of navigation, it appears that when one loses the way, an ice cream makes it all better!.
Three trophies were then presented, they were: most points on a Post war vintage machine won by Ian Boyd, most points on a post war machine jointly won by Tony Petherick and yours truly, and most points on a foreign bike was won by Maurice Ley, unfortunately, Ian Boyd and Maurice Ley were not in attendance so Rodney had a quieter time than he thought, however I was personally pleased to be presented with my cup by Rodney wearing his chain of office. Marilyn, and Steve's wife Jo, won the quiz and share the prize of biscuits, well done ladies!. A good selection of draw prizes were then given out resulting in £63 being taken. It just remains for me to thank everyone who came, to Chris who did a grand job organizing the day and to Rodney and Carol for agreeing to attend. We have one more event this year which is our December club night on the 15th for mince pies and an end of year natter.
no party hats this year

discussing where the screaming balloon came from

who did what this year?

top table!

the quiz winners find the answers

not often I'm in front of camera

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Club Christmas Lunch

Hi Folks,
For those that have booked to come to the Christmas Lunch, here is a copy of the Menu.
If you have not yet booked there is still time to do so. Please show your support for the Club and come along to this very enjoyable event. Book with Keith on 01884 257942

Traditional Devonshire Turkey with all the Trimmings
Roast Topside of Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Braised Pheasant in Red Wine with Root Vegetables
Baked Fillet of Salmon served with Baby Vegetables and Marinated Fennel
Roasted Chickpea and Butternut Squash Cassoulet
Grilled Rump Steak with French Fries and BĂ©arnaise Sauce (£6.50 Supplement)
All served with a selection of Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
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Traditional Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream
Poached Pear with Chocolate Sauce
Selection of Cheese and Water Biscuits
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Freshly Filtered Coffee and Mince Pies 

 

Monday, 7 November 2016

Guy Fawkes run 2016

We were made very welcome at the Waggoners ( formerley Blackberries ) in Bampton at the start of this years Guy Fawkes run, sadly this was the last run of the year and I was pleased to see 20 riders turn up for the free coffee and a selection of lovely cakes which were made available for us. This run was mine to organise and lead and so I was very pleased to see that the weather was cool but dry all day. After a brief from myself, we all set off at 1100, well I say we all set off but actually a Rudge and a Velo decided they didn't want to play though Roys Velo did get going after being politely spoken to, course as I was leading, I had no knowledge of these happenings but Keith and Ian had to sort it out. Chris took some excellent photos which he has kindly put below but was suffering a bit with elbow troubles so didn't want to risk the ride. The route was out of Bampton on the Watchet road before turning off in Upton, a few more miles and turnings saw us arrive at the Bessom bridge where I stopped the ride so we could all have a great view of the lake. The route then was cross country to pick up the road to Timberscombe, this involves quite a steep downhill to the village itself on the valley floor. We then turned on to the Dunster road for a short while before turning off to Luccombe and then turn off and climb up to Dunkery where I paused again where we were able to great views of Wales and Hinkley. Unfortunately, it seems someone left their post at the turn up to Dunkery which meant that a few riders had an extra couple of miles before turning back to pick up the correct road. After Dunkery, it was just a few miles downhill to the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon cross where we were made very welcome as usual. The Guy Fawkes run has always been a half day but after our excellent meal, I offered to lead everyone back to South Molton over the lower moor, unfortunately, Rays Ariel decided to give up at Exford and he had to wait for pick up though he did manage to find his way into a house where he could drink loads of tea whilst waiting for the truck. Well folks we have had a better year for weather this year and have seen some excellent rides, the committee have chosen the rides for next year so we look forward to the next run starting in March. Thanks to the Waggoners and to the Rest and be Thankful and of course to Keith and Ian for bringing up the rear, don't forget to contact Keith for a place at the Christmas annual dinner, always a good function and as it's in the middle of the day you don't have to turn out at night, this year the section is subsidising this event again and the charge for the meal is only £14, hope to see you there folks.
gathering at the Waggoners

cool but sunny wow!

coffee and cakes on reflection!

A welcome at the Waggoners

what a lovely view

a pause at Dunkery with Wales behind

Hinkley is in the distance

why do we always gather at the loo!

Always a good venue