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Sunday 20 November 1994Morning ride: North HuishRain
16 present: Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Richard Goss, Peter Hawkins, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Roy Loder, Adam Murray, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, David Rogers (14, Devon), Philip Stone, John Stuart, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
Having ridden as far as Rattery only Paul, Philip Stone, Budgy and Roy wanted to continue with the ride. Michael led the rest of the group back through Dean Prior to Crofters for extended computer games and the others joined us there later.

Friday 25 November 1994Social: Indoor Games
15 present: Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, David Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Adam Murray, Paul Oakley, Harry Staniland, Philip Stone, Gavin Taylor, Luke Whiting
This turned out to be another well-supported computer games evening.

Sunday 27 November 1994Day ride: UnderdownGrey, but dry and mild
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Garry Davies, Richard Goss, Peter Hawkins, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Roy Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Adam Murray, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone, Gavin Taylor, Luke Whiting
When Paul discovered a broken spoke Michael had to work very hard to persuade him not to abandon the ride. Edward Millard joined us for his first full-day ride, accompanied by his cousin Philip Stone who was showing off an ingenious home-made battery contraption attached to his light. When Luke finally arrived at Peartree (he had been delayed by a car breakdown) we set off for Gappah and Haldon.

Adam, who had forgotten his lunch, bought some food from the market near the racecourse and then ate it with us on the Underdown track. Lawrence Castle, the strange building at the end of the track, seemed to be undergoing repairs today.

The descent to Doddiscombsleigh brought us up against another skittish horse: careful riding on our part avoided problems. We had planned to ride the BMX track at Christow, but today there was an event taking place. There were crowds of spectators, and a new batch of riders was being released every two or three minutes. Clearly there was no chance of us having any fun, so we proceeded up the steep climb to the reservoirs.

It was on the track descent to Lustleigh that Keir decided to overtake Budgie on the left hand side. He quickly found himself in a rut, lost control, hit Budgie’s handlebars and knocked him clean off his bike. Budgie, who prides himself on being a careful and clean rider, was not at all amused!

After enjoying excellent refreshments at Lustleigh’s Primrose cafe we returned via the railway track and Bickington, arriving at Buckfastleigh at 5.35. Several members who did not have lights were reminded of the importance of bringing lights on all day and afternoon rides up to the end of March.

Friday 2 December 1994Social: Ten-pin Bowling
15 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Harry Staniland, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting
Ten-pin bowling at Newton Abbot’s LA Bowl is always a popular social. As usual, some members also paid for some time in Lasercraze.

Sunday 4 December 1994Afternoon ride: Rising Sun TearoomsSunny but cold
25 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, David Cutts, Allen Davies, Garry Davies, Pearl Davies, Phillip Davies, Julian Duquemin, John Hayes, Karina Hobday, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Keir Manning, Edward Millard, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Harry Staniland, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Debbie Twydell, Ken Twydell, Luke Whiting
Harry and Luke met us at Peartree but they were dismayed when they realised the hill that Michael had planned for them to climb. Michael received his just rewards later on in the form of a puncture.

When Julian had finished his two pieces of expensive chocolate cake at the cafe we set off for Broadhempston, arriving just as darkness fell. The Buckfastleigh group, returning via Green Lane, were delayed somewhat by Luke’s puncture, but Budgy and Julian took it in turns to keep it pumped so we didn’t have to repair it.

Allen did exceptionally well on his return ride to Paignton despite David’s attempts to get them all lost.

Friday 9 December 1994Social: Indoor Games
9 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Richard Goss, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone
Computer games ruled the evening once again, and everyone had a wonderful time!

Sunday 11 December 1994Day ride: DittishamDrizzle, clearing later
15 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Roy Loder, Edward Millard, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, David Robinson, Philip Stone, Ken Twydell, Luke Whiting
Edward got off to a very rough start when he apparently blacked out in Old Totnes Road and fell face first onto the pavement. His mother arrived on the scene and took him off for some patching up, but there was no permanent damage done.

Ken and Dave were still waiting for us at Totnes when we finally arrived at 11.10. Our selected lane route took us through Tuckenhay to Dittisham. It was in this section that Michael’s newly-resprayed rear rack became detached from its light bracket.

A wrong turning in the village brought us down to the banks of the River Dart before the leaders could be told to stop, so we had lunch and then climbed the steep hills out of the village. Ken and Dave decided, quite sensibly, to return to Paignton via Dartmouth while the rest of us made our way to Harbertonford along country lanes, farm tracks and steep climbs. When refreshments had been purchased from the garage we sped back to Buckfastleigh, arriving at 4.45.

Friday 16 December 1994Social: Video Evening
20 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, David Loder, Roy Loder, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle (15, Totnes), Philip Stone, Gavin Taylor, Eliot Thomas-Wright
The video that attracted all these members was Mrs Doubtfire, a well-paced comedy starring Robin Williams. The usual drinks and biscuits were served during the interval.

Sunday 18 December 1994Day ride: Christmas LunchSunshine and cold showers
26 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Garry Davies, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, Peter Hawkins, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Alex Lessware, Sebastian Lessware, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Roy Loder, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Charles Staniland, Harry Staniland, Philip Stone, Eliot Thomas-Wright, Luke Whiting, Ben Widger, Tom Widger
Tao Burgess, Ben Widger and others
Philip Stone and others at the Ilsington House Hotel
Video footage from today's event
Dayle delayed us by being late at the start, but we still got to the Ilsington House hotel by 12 noon after taking a short-cut road that we’ve never used before. Seven members used the pool, four went on a short ride and the rest spectated or chatted until the meal was served at 1pm.

This year we’d been given the main restaurant: the tables looked superb as the sunshine flooded through the front windows. At the end of the meal, Andy Guy had ice cream with no pudding and Dayle and Budgie finished up all the clotted cream between them despite Michael’s generous health warnings.

When certificates and trophies had been awarded we set off for Haytor against a stiff and cold headwind. Several didn’t have gloves (Michael included) and paid the price. Poor Charles got a puncture near Cold East Cross, but nevertheless we managed to reach Buckfastleigh just before dark. The hotel had put on an excellent spread for us this year, so I’m sure we’ll be returning again next year.

Friday 23 December 1994Social: Indoor Games
15 present: Neil Ault, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, James Hawkins (Junior, Woodleigh), Peter Hawkins, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Ashley Loder, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Philip Stone
The Lion King was the most popular computer game on this pre-Christmas social.

Monday 26 December 1994Morning ride: Avon DamSunny and fresh
18 present: Richard Burge, Thomas Bushell (Junior, Thurlestone), Allen Davies, Garry Davies, Pearl Davies, Phillip Davies, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, James Hawkins, Peter Hawkins, Martin Hills, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Philip Stone, John Stuart
Our Boxing Day special took us, inevitably, to Shipley Bridge and the Avon Dam. The moor looked fabulous on this sunny winter’s day, but we had to exercise special care to ensure that we didn’t damage the muddy areas. We returned to Buckfastleigh at 12.37, just 37 minutes before the rain began.

Wednesday 28 December 1994Social: Christmas Special
16 present: Neil Ault, Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Richard Goss, Andrew Guy, Dayle Guy, John Hayes, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Paul Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Leigh Searle, Philip Stone, Gavin Taylor
Richard Burge, Jeremy Ford and Andrew Guy
The Pictionary group
John Hayes and Keir Manning
Dayle Guy and Julian Duquemin after another win
Philip Stone
Llewellyn Holmes
Philip Stone, Dayle Guy, Jeremy Ford and Andrew Guy
Gavin Taylor
Phillip Oakley
Andrew Guy and Julian Duquemin
Leigh Searle, Keir Manning, John Hayes and Neil Ault
Richard Burge and Richard Goss
Video footage from today's event
Our last event of 1994 had its specially warm and friendly atmosphere captured on videotape this year. There was four-player Skidmarks, Pictionary, and of course the greatest bunch of people you could ever wish to meet!

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