Our first meeting of the year went down quite well, especially as we decided to hold the winter meetings in the afternoon, with 17 members turning out the same as we get when we run in the evenings. There were a few faces missing as they were at work however there were a few faces we have not seen for a while. The afternoon was mainly a noggin and natter, the secretary mentioned a few items he also asked around the room what everyone thought of meeting in the afternoon, it was decided that it was a good idea.. The meetings will continue in the afternoon until May when they will go back to night meetings, then return to afternoon meetings in October. We still had our usual sandwiches and chips supplied FOC by the landlord Adrian. The treasurer did a quiz on pudding which was a joint win for Anne and Godfrey who won a box of biscuits however Anne decided Godfrey should have them, they were then handed around the room.
The February Club Night is a talk on The Shropshire Air Ambulance by Paul Evans at 2pm Wednesday 22nd February at the Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops CastleSY9 5EF.
Firstly, we would like to wish you a belated Happy New Year. Secondly, we have made a change to our meetings please see below –
Shropshire Section VMCC – Meeting Schedule 2017
All Club meetings will be held at The Inn on the Green, Wentnor, Nr. Bishops Castle.
During 2017 we are going to trial having the winter/dark night meetings at 2pm in the afternoon on the last Wednesday of the month, instead of our usual evening meetings at 8pm. There are a couple of reasons we are giving this a trial – (1) we seem to clash with the children’s Horse Riding Club during the winter months, which makes it difficult for the speaker(s) to set up their equipment etc., and (2) We’re sure that many of our usual members think twice about turning out in the cold dark evenings. We also appreciate that we have a few members that are in full time employment and we hope you will understand that we are trying to raise the number attending meetings. If the trial goes well we will adopt it, if not we will revert to the usual 8pm meetings.
25th January – 2pm
22nd February – 2pm
29th March – 2pm
26th April – 2pm
31st May – 8pm
28th June – Fish & Chip Night
26th July – 8pm
30th August – 8pm
27th September – 8pm AGM
25th October – 2pm
29th November – 2pm
No meeting in December
Dates for your Diary 2017
9th April The Long Mountain Run 10.30am start. Inn on the Green, Wentnor.
14th May Spring Run – Details to be announced.
9th July Summer Run – Details to be announce.
17th September Reggie’s Run 10.30am start. The Lazy Trout Café, Marshbrook.
8th October Autumn Run – Details to be announced.
Please pass this message on, as we do not have all Club Members contact details. Thank you.
Derek & Daisy
We were asked by Otley House Care Home, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury if we could go and talk about motorcycles to some of the residents. The chairman Godfrey Cookson, Eddie Powell, Cyril Watson, Ken Hayes and myself turned out. We were welcomed by the staff on arrival, Eddie had a dvd running which drew a lot of attention, I gave them a couple of motorcycle books and Cyril was kind enough to let them look at his BSA motorcycle, he also started it up and allowed them to rev it up. The staff were very encouraging and the “old boys” seemed to enjoy it. We were thanked by the lovely Maisie who was my contact, we promised to call on them again whilst on one of our runs in the summer. Thanks to the guys for turning out. At was a very enjoyable afternoon.
I am currently looking in to the feasibility of changing our club meetings from the Wednesday evenings to Wednesday afternoons during the winter months, say from October to April afternoons, May to September evenings. I realize this would affect the few people who are still working however it may well improve the numbers at the meetings If you have anything to say about the subject either ring me, email or write with what you think whether you agree or disagree. all my contact details are on line please let’s have your idea’s on the matter what ever your opinion.
Avoiding The Pony Club’s meeting
Due to the age of most better traveling in the daylight
Possibly The Inn-on-the-Green would be would be not so busy.
Attendees might be able to stay awake
1/3people attending fall a sleep when we have a speaker possibly stay awake in day time
Some members still work and would miss the meetings
Our last meeting of the year was a slide show and talk on The Blood Bikes by Sandy Harper of The Staffordshire and Shropshire Blood Bikes. They save the hospitals in the area they cover £80,000 to £1000.000 per year, as their service is free as the organisation is run by volunteers. Besides blood they carry babies milk, faecal samples and paper work between the various hospitals. To be a volunteer you have to be an advance rider also quite a lot of other stuff to be learned. They don’t just need bikers but also need controllers and fund raisers as each bike costs around £13,000 plus running costs, garages and battery chargers, plus other equipment. The Chairman, Godfrey Cookson presented a cheque for £260.00 which was raised from our runs during the year. Godfrey then presented Daisy, Nikki and Derek Trow with gifts for their work during the year.
The Guest speaker for our October meeting was Frank Melling who gave us a insight into his life story. He came from a poor background, his first job was working in the store painting loads of shelves with Jellypex paint, he then made his mother very proud when he qualified to become a school teacher. Frank then went into part time journalism, well established UK magazines turned his articles down, however Cycle World liked them and he wrote a column for them. He is now a well respected writer on motorcycling. His forthright style has upset a few people along the way he says it as he see’s it my sort of guy. His autobiography is available in two books, the first being A Sparrow in a Penguins Nest followed by a Flying Penguin both a must red for any motorcyclist enthusiasts or even people who were around in the 1960’s. This is not the first time Frank has given us a talk, some years ago he came to our meeting place which was pretty horrible, the room was very cold and dark and he had to give us the talk in his overcoat, much better this time. We look forward to Frank giving us another talk next year. A big thanks to Adrian and staff at The Inn-on-the-Green for the use of the room and the refreshments afterwards
The meeting on the 30th of November at 8pm at The Inn-on-the-Green will be a talk by Sandy Harper of the Staffordshire and Shropshire Blood Bikers. Who will be giving us a insight into the work they do. The meeting will be followed by the usual refreshments
Our Autumn Run took place on the 9th of October organised by our Chairman Godfrey Cookson with the help of Cyril Watson. It was in fact the Spring Run with the route reversed although I don’t think many realised this until Godfrey told us. There were 17 of us taking part on the run, which was in aid of the Blood Bikers. We started from the Pound Inn, Leebotwood, the halfway stop was at the Lord Hill Inn, finally we finished at Godfrey’s home at Smethcote for tea/coffee and sandwiches. Thanks to Godfrey and family. It was a very enjoyable run on a nice day, although a little cool on times. This was our last run for this year. Thanks to everyone for taking part look forward to next years runs.
The 7th of October was the Ceri Classic/VMCC trip to the Donnington Park Racing Car Museum and the Norton Motorcyycle Factory at Castle Donnington. The first visit of the day was to Melton Mowbray were a few visited Dickinsons Pork Pie Shop several of us had lunch at Wetherspoons. Early afternoon saw us at the Racing Car and Military Museum where we saw some fantastic military equipment tanks to motorcycles Then through the racing cars what a fantastic collection of racing cars they have assembald there. Then 18 of us left for the Norton Factory at Castle Donnington a guide explained how they put the machines together and there plans for the future. We were also shown their racing motorcycles which were used ithe TT in the last few years. They are currently developing their own engine for racing which will also be used in one of their road bikes they also have plans for a water cooled 650 twin. The tour of the factory took longer than expected which left which left the persons who stayed at the car museum turned out in to the cold until we got back. We then left for the Toby Carvery at Shenstone where we had a nice carvery before starting for home. It was a long day the first pickup at 6.50 in Newtown and not getting back until 9.10pm. My thanks to Lakeside Coaches our driver Graham for a great day out.
Reggies run took place on the 18th of September starting from The Lazy Trout Transport Cafe on the A49 just south of Church Stretton in Shropshire We turned right out of the car park heading towards Craven Arms after a few hundred yards we turned left heading for Acton Scott farm museum keeping on this road until we cme to the Church Stretton to Much Wenlock Road here we turned right for a couple of miles before turning right then almost imdiatley left for Rushbury & Beambridge going through or just by passing some of the beauifull villages in Shropshire heading for the lovely village of Clee st Margret and the ford which is part of the road here . Well worth stopping just after the ford for some fresh eggs for which there is a honesty box all the money for the egs or what ever is on sale goes to the hen trust these are real free range eggs well woth purchasing. In all the lads should of gone through two fords should they have got the route right the route was 48.2 miles. Our chairman Godfrey Cookson turned out to end up towing one of the lads who had broken down back to the Lazy Trout where is was far easier for the brakedown firm to find. My thanks go out to the 16 lads who came on the run on a vaiety of machines on a really nice day Also a big thankyou to Reg Wilding my 91 years young Father in Law for plotting out the route Daisy Trow getting it all down on paper Nikki Trow Designing advert and printing Finally The Lazy Trout for the use of their facilitys food ,if in the area it is well worth calling at it is very clean food is cooked to order.
The sections Annual General Meeting takes place on the 28th of September 2016 at 8pm at The Inn-on-the-Green Wentnor Nr Bishops Castle Shropshire SY9 5EF. We want your opinon’s of the events this year wether it be on the club nights runs,trips ect we also would like to have your idea’s for the next 12 months. This is your chance to have your say on the way the club is run. My thanks for this year go to our Chairman Godfrey Cookson along with help from Cyril Watson he has put on some excellent runs including food at his home support on our tips Terry Sayce for the Long Mountain Run Daisy Trow keeping the books and accounts in order, getting the runs down on paper, Nikki Trow for Printing and design work. and all those who supported club nights, runs and trips A big thank you goes to mine host at The Inn-on-the-Green for the use of a room sandwiches, breakfasts tea and coffee on the Long Mountain Run bed & Breakfast for John Bradshaw and the Fish & Chip night. we also wish Granville Gunner Williams all the best he has had one operation 2 more to go. We wish John Morris well currently having a rough time with chemo and radium treatment.
The speakers on club nights have been John Bradshaw on Muriel his Morgan/ Ariel threewheeler
John Carter on vintage racing
Mike Watkins what you didnt know about the Titanic
Ray Morris on hops
John Jolley wheel building
3 Noggin & Natters
1 Fish & Chip Night
December no meeting
The meeting on the 26th of October the Speaker will be Frank Melling who will be giving two talks during the evening each lasting 45 minutes with a break in between for refuelling and sandwiches