Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Evening run to Sportsmans Arms Sandyway 160418

Roy was first to arrive

Dermot stands back in amazement at my Triumph

toasting by the fire

a warm up after the ride out and before the ride back

9 of us warmed ourselves by the fire at the Sportsmans Arms last evening after a cool ride out from as far as Westward Hoe and Tiverton, as usual, the world was put to rights with some emphasis on Ariel motorcycles which had let Doug down on the ride across on the night. It was discovered that a glass of wine on special offer cost more than a pint of beer so obviously there were no wine drinkers among us!.

This is just the first of a few of our planned evening ride outs and I would urge you to come to the next ones as they are on evenings that should be both warmer and lighter.

There is a fish and chip meet at our usual South Molton venue The Welcome Fryer do come and support the section there, I shall be in Llandudno on the day so will rely on Steve and others to get me some photos and information on numbers etc:.

Club night next Thursday will be a talk by an ex motorcycle police officer so please come as it would be embarrassing for him to find himself talking to just a few people.

Next run is the relay rally 6th May, see you somewhere on route I hope chaps.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

April fools run 8th April 2018

full up and resting

Good to see Ray back in the runs

Despite the bad weather forecast earlier in the week and the grey, misty, drizzly, and foggy start to the day, 17 riders turned out for this years April fools run starting at the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon cross. This run should have been Keith's to organise and lead but due to him still recovering from surgery, ( get well soon mate ), a volunteer was called for, to take the run over at short notice, before I could stop him, Ray put up his hand thereby giving the job to us!, ( must sit closer to him next time so that I can kick him in the leg before he sticks his hand up! ).

A welcome was given to riders from Somerset, one from Wells, and after my pep talk at the beginning where I outlined the problems with the conditions Ray found with last years route and the need for me to quickly come up with a run on more major a road network, the run set off on time with Chris and Mike agreeing to be back marshals for the day. The road towards Taunton was taken for just a few miles before I turned off towards Dulverton on the lovely road that goes over the spine of the hills before dropping down towards Bury. No chance today of going through the Bury ford as it would surely be too swollen, so that was given a miss and we went on to Bampton. Once through Bampton, a turn was made on minor roads to Huntsham and eventually the Redwoods Inn in Uplowman.

We had been asked to arrive at or before 12 as the pub was expecting 60 people from the Rolls Royce club which we managed to do with some margin. The question as to whether there would be an afternoon run was answered unanimously when a dozen or so riders elected to continue so I led them out of Uplowman and turned off the road to Hockworthy, ( no Dermot not where you expected to hock some Rolls Royces' ). After that pass we went on to Bampton to pick up the old A361 towards South Molton. This road allowed us to open the bikes up a bit to give them a little free rein before arriving at the honey farm and the end of the run.
Thanks to Chris and Mike for back marshal duties and well done to Ray who stayed the whole course today so soon after his medical emergency just a few months ago.
Now can I remind you of the evening run on the 16th to the Sportsmans arms and fish and chips on the 21st, see you there folks.

no Maurice that isn't yours

we beat the RR club to the pub

The Redwoods Inn fits us in on a busy day

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

This Sundays April Fool run

Just a note to keep you informed about this coming Sundays April fool run.

Keith is still recovering from his operation and so Ray offered, ( I told him to sit on his hands ! ), to sort a run out, I found last years route which Ray ran around last Saturday, unfortunately he found the roads in a very bad state due to the water and mud and since rain is forecast from now until Sunday, it seems that we would find it the same or worse. The answer is that there will be a run but it is likely to be on more major a road network than planned so we ask that you bear this in mind if attending.

On a good point, the Rest and be Thankful has agreed to open up for us at 10.00 and the Redwoods Inn in Uplowman has agreed to have us providing we arrive early as they have 60 members of the Rolls Royce club coming for lunch later.

Hope to see you in person, ( in spirit doesn't count ).

Sunday, 18 March 2018

AGM 150318

The Chairman thanked the 3 non committee section members who attended our AGM and the meeting proceeded as per agenda, I am attaching the minutes for record.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Spring run 110318

coffee to start

the bikes are 'loading'

The good Town Arms 

is this 'off road'

Our first run of 2018 was this Sundays 'Spring run', though with the recent snow and cold weather one could be forgiven wondering if turning out for it was a wise thing to do, despite all this, 10 riders did arrive at the Town Arms in South Molton for the run led today by Richard. The start venue had had to be changed at the last minute when Richard found out, on double checking the route, that the Corn Dolly were unable to accommodate us as promised due to Mothering Sunday commitments.
Here Dermot's Ariel was unsure about getting cold and wet so 9 of us were led out, after Ian had agreed to back me up as back marker for the day, in an easterly direction to meet up with the A361 for a short distance before we turned off on the old A361 towards Bampton. At the Black Cat, a turn was made towards Minehead so far as Exebridge when we changed direction to Dulverton. So far some snow was seen remaining on the sides of the road but not affecting us at all, however, on the climb from Dulverton on to the moor, there was much more evidence that the higher ground had indeed suffered more than us, in fact between Withypool and North Molton, some roads off to the side were still completely blocked by snowdrifts and the road we were on in places was partially blocked necessitating our having to pass by on the other side of the road. An additional hazard was the water running off fields and down the road from recent rain and thawing snow. Despite all these hazards we all safely arrived at the honey farm after some 42 miles for a cuppa, I am pleased to say that Dermot came in just after us assuring us that he had chased us around the whole course but despite speeds of 85 mph had not been able to catch us up!, there is no truth in the rumour that he was waiting around the corner of the building all the time to appear just as we arrived back!.
It just remains for me to thank Richard for the route, for Ian agreeing to do back marker duties with me, the Town Arms for agreeing last minute to give us coffee and biscuits at the start and the honey farm for accepting us for lunch when we had to change from the planned visit to the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon Cross when they had a burst pipe problem.
Next run is the April fools run from the Rest and be Thankful at Wheddon Cross but in the meantime can I remind you it's the AGM this Thursday.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Change of venue

Richard has informed us that the run on this Sunday will start from the Town Arms and not the Corn Dolly, this change is due to a clash with Mothers day and difficulty opening for us at 10 am, see you there folks!.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Goings on at Allen house

Your Committee has met twice to discuss the forthcoming AGM of the VMCC especially in light of information sent to the sections via , in or case, Chris. As a result of our discussions on the subject, we agreed that Dermot, as our Chairman, should write a letter to our president elect, who is Alastair Alexander, outlining our views on the matters raised. This Dermot did which was met enthusiastically by him and will help in formulating his approach at the said AGM.

To give you all some idea of the initial reason for our discussions, I am including Alastair's circular:
Question from the President-Elect Alastair Alexander

There has been a lot of material and circulars sent out in recent weeks and I would like thank you for your efforts in keeping your members abreast of developments. I am looking forward to working closely with you once I am in the role as your President.

I have a question on which I would greatly appreciate your opinion. You know your members and  as their Secretary  are in a very good position to judge developments and issues. We know that only a small proportion of the membership vote and I am interested to understand  the wider opinion or mood. It is important to me in my new role and acting in the interests of all of our members and especially with a dynamic AGM in prospect.

The AGM will be principally be about the direction the members want the Club to take for the future. There are two quite distinct  choices now available. Option A - to develop the Club by returning to its roots as a member services organisation, or, Option B – to develop by moving  from Allen House to bigger premises and  to trade in selling motorcycles and become a business.

My question is :

What is your opinion of your members’ mood on Options A and B above?
Dermot, on our behalf, has of course elected option A, his letter to Alastair was very powerful, I did say I would try to copy his letter on this blog but as it's rather long I hope you will accept that the spirit of it was very much in support of Alastair and his stance.

Please ring or E mail Dermot if you would like further clarification on the matter, meanwhile we wait to see just what the outcome of the AGM on the 4th March will be.

Now just a reminder that we are nearly there!, our first run of the year is Sunday 11th March starting at the Corn Dolly in South Molton, let's hope there is a weather change before then, also can I ask you to attend our AGM which will be held 15th March at the Town Arms.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Fish and chips 070118

coming in and getting seated

who's having what?

the menu is consulted

tucking in to a great meal

chicken nuggets please

21 section members decided to give the turkey and tinsel a break and head for the Welcome Fryer in South Molton for this the first meet of the Devon section for 2018. If the numbers of people are a reflection of the year to come, even with those on holiday missing, then we can look forward to a good year ahead.
The usual excellent fish and chips and conversation followed so that time passed very quickly, there was concern for Ray who is stuck in Madeira at the moment in hospital, but judging by his calls home he should be home in a few weeks and hopefully fit for the first run of the year.

We have another fish and chips meet on the 1st August so that will be a date to put into those new calendars of yours, and whilst we are about it, if there is anyone who has not got an events sheet then do ask Chris or myself who are usually carrying copies.

So now I must remind you all of our club night which is on January 18th and will be a film on Nortons, and our first run of the year, the spring run, from the Corn Dolly on March 11th.