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Wednesday 26 August 1992
0800-2000
Tour: Yorkshire Dales Day 8 Greenhead to home (19 mi)Damp
18 present: Neil Ault, Ben Collins (14, Wigan), Matthew Crabtree, Thomas Crabtree, Mark Evans (14, Chesterfield), Paul Evans (12, Chesterfield), Richard Goss, Nicholas Guard, Timothy Guard, Michael Jones, Matthew Muir (12, Lancaster), Matthew Pryer (14, Wigan), Paul Smith, Richard Sudworth, Andrew Walker, Robert Walker, Lukas Wooller (14, Liversedge), Tristan Wooller (12, Liversedge)
L to R Back: Matthew Crabtree, Thomas Crabtree, Tim Guard, Paul Smith, Neil Ault, Nick Guard; Middle: Mark Evans, Richard Sudworth, Lukas Wooller, Ben Collins, Matthew Pryer
Greenhead YH: Mark Evans, Tim Guard, Lukas Wooller, Richard Sudworth
Nick & Tim Guard
L to R Front: Matthew Muir, Richard Goss, Tristan Wooller, Paul Evans, Andrew Walker, Robert Walker
Tristan and Lukas Wooller
Matthew & Thomas Crabtree
Matthew Muir & Paul Smith
Paul & Mark Evans
Richard Sudworth, Ben Collins & Matthew Pryer
Michael was sufficiently anxious about the timing of the final sprint to Carlisle that he got everyone up early and contemplated a main road route all the way. After consultation with other hostellers, however, he consented to lanes as far as Brampton, which took us along a Roman Road and past some more sections of Hadrian's Wall - including a small fort. Drizzle set in as we neared the city, but we reached the station in plenty of time. A pizza shop provided us with excellent fare for lunch as parents gathered to collect their damp offspring.

We had been very fortunate with the weather on this tour, but ultimately a tour is only as good as the sum of the participants. I'm pleased to say that we had an excellent group of youngsters on this tour, and everybody played their part in making it such a success.

That's not quite the end of the story. A number of us still had BR to contend with. We had four bikes booked onto the first HST but when it arrived the guard tried to tell us that there was only room for two. It didn't seem to matter how many times Michael showed him the reservation tickets, he just kept saying that we'd have to go on the next HST. Michael explained as patiently as he could that we had all those spaces booked as well, that that was the last train, and if we couldn't take four bikes on this train then children would be stranded in Carlisle overnight. The train was now late, and still the guard was arguing.

The inspector turned up - and supported the guard. As the train reached seven minutes late the station manager arrived, agreed that the reservations entitled us to travel and opened up the front of the train, where lo and behold there was a cavernous guard's van with absolutely nothing inside. This solved the problem, and the train managed to catch up most of the lost time by the time it reached Birmingham.

It really is fun dealing with BR!

Sunday 30 August 1992Day ride: Lannacombe BeachDamp
8 present: Neil Ault, Richard Goss, Harry Hall, Sebastian Lessware, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Ben Widger
The weather conditions were not very inspiring as we met at Totnes, so we designed a short morning ride which got us home for lunch.

Friday 4 September 1992Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): LambsdownDry
10 present: Neil Ault, James Gant, Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Andrew Steward, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Andrew Watson
This was a perfect evening for a ride across the open moor. Andrew Steward fell into the nettles on the rough track that leads to the moor, but otherwise there were no incidents to report.

Sunday 6 September 1992Afternoon ride (Buckfastleigh): Whiddon TracksDamp
10 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Thain Hatherly, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Keir didn't get a blowout today, but somebody else got a puncture at the bottom of the track.

Friday 11 September 1992Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Chuley CrossDry
7 present: Neil Ault, Aaron Collett (Junior, Buckfastleigh), Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Adrian Teague, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Adrian Teague had borrowed his sister's bike to come on this evening's ride. He was somewhat upset, therefore, when the derailleur wrapped itself in his wheel part-way through the ride. He set off for home, trying to think how to explain the incident, while the rest of us continued on to Chuley and homewards through the lanes.

Sunday 13 September 1992Day ride: Fernworthy ReservoirDamp
10 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright
This was another of those rides when rain stopped play. We enjoyed a short ride across the moor which brought us home for lunch.

Friday 18 September 1992
1900-2130
Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): BucklandDry
13 present: Neil Ault, Aaron Collett, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Philip Harler, Mark Hedges, Michael Jones, Mark Knowling (Junior, Buckfastleigh), Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Shane Teague, Eliot Thomas-Wright
Spitchwick was peaceful this evening. We continued past the Witch's House and up through the Haunted Wood to Buckland, from where we returned via Ashburton. Shane and Philip made a snap decision at the end of the ride to join the Salcombe weekend.

Saturday 19 September 1992Weekend ride: Salcombe Youth Hostel Day 1Dry
9 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Philip Harler, Michael Jones, Chris Platt, Shane Teague, Eliot Thomas-Wright
When we last visited Salcombe about eighteen months ago, the youthful warden kept us entertained with his impressive collection of enormous snakes. We were somewhat disappointed, therefore, to discover that he has now been replaced: apparently his many unusual pets had been causing a number of problems for YHA members!

We were stuffed into a poky, dismal dormitory at the back of the hostel while another female hosteller was given sole rights to the enormous Royal Suite overlooking the sea - usually reserved for us! This didn't put the new warden high on our list of favourite people.

After enjoying what we had to admit were quite reasonable meals we set off for our traditional walk along the coastal path. As we approached the inky darkness of Starehole bay we saw a flashlight in the distance. From the coast path on the near side we could see that there were two flashlights, moving unsteadily through the undergrowth on the far side of the bay and heading towards the water. They (whoever THEY were) knew we were there, but their lights couldn't quite reach us across the water. Some of the lads were all for going over to investigate, suspecting a smuggling operation, but Michael overruled and we returned to the hostel.

Sunday 20 September 1992Weekend ride: Salcombe Youth Hostel Day 2Dry
9 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Philip Harler, Michael Jones, Chris Platt, Shane Teague, Eliot Thomas-Wright
The group by the bike sheds at Salcombe YH
Sunday's ride included the usual ferry journey to East Portlemouth, the outdoor cafe stop on the far side overlooking the estuary, the ride to Torcross and the homeward route through Tuckenhay.

Friday 25 September 1992Evening ride (Buckfastleigh): Destination UnknwonWeather unknown
6 present: Neil Ault, Richard Goss, Philip Harler, Michael Jones, Shane Teague, Eliot Thomas-Wright
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Sunday 27 September 1992Day ride: Higher AshtonWeather unknown
12 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Mark Moxham, Paul Oakley, Bob Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker
We reached the destination today and returned home via the reservoirs.

Friday 2 October 1992
1900-2200
Social: Annual General Meeting
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Chris Platt, David Robinson, Matthew Thomas (Junior, Devon), Eliot Thomas-Wright, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Lorraine Walker, Robert Walker
This year's AGM, held at Crofters, was reasonably lively, although there were few volunteers for the vacant positions on the Section Committee. Michael was re-elected Section Secretary and North Area Co-ordinator, Bob Taylor was elected South Area Co-ordinator, Neil Ault became Publicity Officer and Lorraine Walker was re-elected Treasurer. The position of Section Delegate was not filled.

The following local publicity representatives were elected:



The following motions were passed:

That member-organised tours for senior riders should be encouraged and supported by the Section.

That the Secretary should explore a variety of country hotels, guest houses and restaurants with a view to finding a suitable venue for the Christmas Lunch ride, offering good food at prices ranging from £4 to £8, but that if he fails, Lorraine Walker should be asked to organise the meal at a venue with good kitchen facilities.

The amended motion was carried. Michael agreed to start with the Ilsington hotel, Holne Chase hotel, Dartmoor Hotel, Forest Inn and The Mill at Avonwick. Dave Robinson suggested The Green restaurant at Widecombe, but he was not taken too seriously.

That special Youth Hostel weekends should be organised up to six times every year, according to demand.

That North Area socials should be held at either the Southpark Centre, Buckfast, or members' houses at the discretion of the Secretary.

Dave Robinson suggested that the Secretary should carry a survival blanket for use in emergencies. Michael did not think this was necessary, but said that if the cost and weight were small there was no reason why it should not be carried. Michael commented that the first aid already carried was costing a lot of money, and gave the example of a box of 25 tubes of antiseptic liquid of the type used in hospital casualty departments which cost nearly £12. The following motion was agreed:

That the provision and carrying of comprehensive first aid equipment is of great importance, and that the Secretary be authorised to purchase whatever equipment is required, including a good quality survival blanket, using club funds, up to a maximum of £30.

Dave kindly contributed £2 cash towards the cost of the blanket.

Dayle suggested that the club should organise more special social activities throughout the year, such as trips to London, cinema trips, ten-pin bowling, or any other activity which interests members, even if it is not related to cycling. He felt this would assist new members to join the club. Everyone agreed that this was an excellent idea. The Secretary asked that any members with ideas for such activities should inform him in time to publish the arrangements in the newsletter if at all possible.

Charlie Walker suggested that the club should do more to encourage members to wear cycle helmets. Michael explained that the club's current policy, agreed in committee, was that inexperienced cyclists (usually but not always those under 16) who enquired are advised that it is sensible to wear a helmet. A motion was proposed as follows:

That the Section will extend its current policy to encourage inexperienced members to wear a helmet.

Dave Robinson suggested that all members should be encouraged to wear a helmet, and Charlie agreed. An amendment was proposed to the motion, so that it read as follows:

That the Section will extend its current policy to encourage all members to wear a helmet.

Before voting on the amendment, Martin Hills wanted clarification that voting for the motion would not mean that attempts would be made to persuade members to wear a helmet during the course of cycle rides. It was agreed that encouragement would mainly mean writing the advice in the next issue of the Section Guide. Michael wanted clarification that senior members of the club would not be expected to set an example in this respect, as he had no intention of wearing a helmet for the foreseeable future. It was agreed that this would not be the case.

The amendment and the amended motion were both carried by a majority vote.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 2148. The position of Section Delegate is still vacant: see the advertisement in Noticeboard if you think you may be interested.

Sunday 4 October 1992Afternoon ride: UphempstonDry
23 present: James Allason, Neil Ault, Lucas Buchanan, Nick Buchanan, Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Thain Hatherly, Mark Hedges, Toby Hopper, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, David Robinson, Mr Simmonds (Adult, Devon), Bob Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Lorraine Walker, Robert Walker, Ben Widger
It's amazing how a large turn-out can make people forget the most basic club rules. Whilst half the group were deciding whether to risk the muddy track or take the road alternative, the leading bunch proceeded along the track. There was nothing wrong with that, but when Michael and a few others followed a few minutes later and reached the cross-tracks there was nobody to be seen and no indication of which way they had gone! Ten minutes were spent investigating each of the three alternatives, but no evidence was found to help us. We waited a little longer in case they came back to find us, but in the end we just took the planned route, which happened to be left, and hoped that they'd sort themselves out.

This turned out to be extremely muddy, much to Dave Robinson's delight. As we struggled through the mud we were greeted with the happy voices of the missing cyclists: apparently they had selected the right turn and just happened to meet up with the roadies on their road alternative route!

Sunday 11 October 1992Day ride: Sparkwell Wildlife ParkDry
12 present: Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Harry Hall, Dave Humphreys, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Keir Manning, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker, Ben Widger, Tom Widger
Michael was ill today but the rest of the gang enjoyed a brisk ride to the destination, returning early in the afternoon.

Friday 16 October 1992
1900-2200
Social: Indoor Games
5 present: Richard Burge, Richard Goss, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Michael Jones
Star Trek: The Next Generation videos formed the main attraction at our first social of the season.

Sunday 18 October 1992Day ride: Rough Stuff EventDry start, rain later
16 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Richard Goss, Harry Hall, Martin Hills, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Andrew Walker, Charlie Walker, Robert Walker, Ben Widger
The afternoon turned out to be wet and miserable, but we enjoyed meeting up with our friends from Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth sections, and Arthur's route was interesting and well-planned as always. Somehow the rain didn't bother us so much as the hot tea and home-made buns were served from the van at the end of the ride.

Sunday 25 October 1992Day ride: Buckland Tout SaintsWet
9 present: Neil Ault, Richard Goss, Thain Hatherly, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Mark Moxham, Ben Widger, Tom Widger
In view of the bad weather, Alex and Ben suggested a visit to Crowdy Mill near Harbertonford. We were treated to hot soup and freshly-made bread and vowed to return again. The staff allowed a batch of bread to burn while they were attending to our various needs, so we made ourselves scarce, returning home via Dartington and Rattery.

Friday 30 October 1992
1900-2200
Social: Bicycle Workshop
5 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Richard Goss, Michael Jones
Those who turned up preferred a slide show, so a slide show is what they got. (Actually Michael got the dates wrong and put on the slide show a fortnight too early, but nobody else seemed to notice the mistake)

Sunday 1 November 1992Afternoon ride (Buckfastleigh): Venford ReservoirDry
6 present: Neil Ault, Richard Goss, Thain Hatherly, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Chris Platt
This moorland excursion is always a pleasure, particularly when we return from the reservoir using the steep track descent to Michelcombe.

Saturday 7 November 1992Weekend ride: Maypool Youth Hostel Day 1Dry
18 present: Neil Ault, Richard Goss, Dayle Guy, Martin Hills, Ben Hobday, Karina Hobday, Roxanne Hobday, Michael Jones, Paul Oakley, Chris Platt, David Robinson, Dominic Robinson, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Debbie Twydell, James Twydell, Ken Twydell, Paul Twydell, Julie Twydell-Hobday
The wardens put on the traditional firework display at the hostel tonight.

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