The treasurer came up with the idea of a Motorcycle Theory Test which much to my suprise went down very well. I was very encouraged by the results most would have passed the test bearing in mind most would have had their test 50 or 60 years ago, the odd one ore two missed a couple of pages out. As usual the evening finished with sandwiches and chips kindly provided by mine host Adrian and staff. Hopefully we will be running a trip to the speedway later in the year watch this space
We had lovely weather for our Summer Run on Sunday 9th of July, we had a number of incidents starting with the Lazy Trout being shut for refurbishment. Then chairman Godfrey Cookson broke down before the start and went home to get his scooter to tell us, he signed on then went back to rescue his bike. We had a breakdown which was sorted on the roadside thanks to Steve Jones and Bob Glover who offered advice and help to the person in trouble. One person came off in Priest Weston had a bit of damage to his helmet and a craze on his arm, his bike was straightened out and he rode home with his friend one had a back tyre blowout in Bishops Castle and was taken home by John the box The main group went off the route at Forden having missed the turn for Chirbury and went straight on for Montgomery. I suspect they went to Monty then down the Monty road to rejoin the route at Chirbury. My thanks for the 11 who turned out, my apologies for the cafe being closed so no bacon sandwiches. Sorry gents will try and do better next time Derek
The Bucket & Spade run was a great success with 18 of us starting off from Kerry Village car park, another three joining us at the coffee stop at Bwlch y Nant Arian visitor center, the usual two suspects getting it wrong and joining us at SRM Engineering. Sadly Alan Dignan had a rear wheel problem at the coffee stop and returned home hope he had a safe journey. We were met at the factory by the Managing Director John Jolley who explained how the company was founded. We were then taken around the unit with John explaining about the work they did and about the various machines and how they worked, we finished of with the Dyno with a explanation on how it worked. It proved to be a very interesting visit thanking John we then went our separate ways with Steve Jones and my self heading for Machynlleth and the famous Hennighans fish and Chip shop, were we had some excellent fish and chips. From there we headed over the mountain for Llanidloes via the Lyn Clywedog Reservoir. A great day out in great company with really great biking weather. My thanks to the lads for turning out for the visit, all our runs entrance fees go to the Air Ambulance at the end of the year. My final thanks go to John Jolley and his team at SRM for allowing us to visit.
Our next Run will be on the 9th of July, The Summer Run starting from the Lazy Trout Cafe on the A49 Nr Church Stretton at 10.30am.
The Spring Run started from the Pound Inn on the 14th May 21 riders turned out. We were very lucky with the weather as the forecast said sunshine and showers and it was dry for the run Our first stop was at Sleap Airfield for a break from there we headed for Godfrey Cooksons home via Mountford Bridge. The route was about 60 miles in lenght sadly only 8 arrived at Godfrey’s the rest of us headed for home. Another excellent run organised By Godfrey and Cyril Watson they made £63.00 for our charity which tis year will be going to The Midlands Air ambulance. Many thanks to both off them for a excellent run
The May club night is a talk by Gordon May on his journey Overland to Vietnam on a 1941 ex WD 350cc Matchless. the machine had been modified for the journey. As usual club night is at The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops Castle at 8pm on 31st May followed by sandwiches chips or sausage rolls All are welcome.
We are also taking orders for our Fish & Chip night on the 28th of June price £10.00 includes a pudding and a draw to book contact the secretary
We had a great afternoon at Roy Jones home in brilliant sunshine tea,coffee and cakes were available. There were over 30 machines at the event from Bantams to Rudges and more plus a few modern machines. a number of the Shropshire section turned out for it. There was a draw with lots of prizes plus a auction for a couple of cakes and a ticket to the John Mcguiness event a Oswestry The event was in aid of the Severn Hospice. Well done Roy for a great afternoon with like minded people and raising £355.00 for the Severn Hospice
Please note our club night meetings move back to 8pm for the summer, a decision will be made at the AGM to see if we are going back to evenings all the year around or as we have this year afternoons in the winter or all year around or as this year afternoons in the winter evenings summer.
The speaker for our May meeting is Gordon May, this time he has ridden a1941 ex WD Matchless which has been civilised and painted black it was also modified to take in the rigors of the roads it would travel. His journey took him across land from Manchester to Vietnam. The name of his latest book (Overland to Vietnam) this will be available may club night or direct from Gordon or other book sellers. Should be another good and interesting talk this will be the 3rd time he has given us a talk
The April Club meeting was a talk by Mike Watkins and Wilma Hayes The Empress of Ireland (what really happened) the talk was delivered by Wilma who had relatives on the ship. Although this had a larger loss of life than the Titanic ,little had been heard of it due to the 1st World War which started due to the assination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The talk was very interesting with a film and was told extremley well. mike has previously given us a talk on the titanic and we will be seeing them again next year
Do not forget our fish & chip night in June the fish & chips need to be ordered before the night the cost will be £10.00includes a pudding and a free draw ticket
On the 17th of June The Bucket & Spade Run takes us to Aberystwth to visit SRM Engineering. Where we will have a demonstration of the use of the dynamometer and other equipment, and being told of the work they carry out there by the managing Director John Jolley. We start from Kerry village car park at 9am to arrive for 11am with a break for coffee on he way If you wish to come on this visit please let Derek know as soon as possible as SRM want numbers attending as soon as possible. Many thanks to John for the invitation. After the visit we could spend some time on the sea front bring your own Bucket & Spade
The April Club afternoon as usual is at The Inn-on-the-Green at 2pm the speaker is Mike Watkin on” What really happened to The Empress of Ireland”. On the 7th of May club member Roy Jones is running a motorcycle Afternoon at his home Meadow Cottage Montford Nr Shrewsbury in aid of The Severn Hospice. for further information contact Roy 01743850612 please support this event.
14th of May The Spring Run starts from the Pound Inn Leebotwood Nr Shrewsbury at 10.30 organised by Godfrey Cookson & Cyril Watson.
The 31st of May is a talk by Gordon May “Overland to Vietnam” please note this club night we are back to our evening meetings for the summer. So this meeting starts at 8pm.
Please note you do’nt have to be a member to attend any of our events just come and pay the entry fee and meet like minded people
For any information contact Derek Trow on 01686670626
The Long Mountain Run took place on Sunday the 9th of April for once the weather was really nice and warm. We had the best entry for some time with 41 riders and drivers taking part in the event. The route master was Terry Sayce who organised a lovely route through the South Shropshire countryside. The run started and finished at the very popular The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops Castle. It was around 50 miles in length stopping for tea and coffee at the Bog Visitor Center, formerly the village School. another popular place with walkers, cyclists, cars and bikers calling for the excellent home made cakes and tea and coffee. in 17th18th and early 19th centuries this area would have been very busy with lead mining. despite a very busy day at the Inn Adrian and his staff but on a lovely carvery for us plus supplying breakfasts tea ect before the start for those who required it many thanks to them. Thanks also to the 41 entrants who turned out, Terry Sayce for the route, Daisy for putting the route on paper Nikki for designing the advert.