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Sunday 13 November 2005
1015-1245
Morning ride: Marley Head (10 mi)Sunny
6 present: Donald Comer-Calder, Kane Edwards, Dennis Ham, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie
The group near Rattery
Kane, Donald, Osian, Dennis and Keir near Rattery
Donald, Osian, Dennis, Keir and Kane
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Friday 18 November 2005
1900-2200
Social: Crofters Social
5 present: Kane Edwards, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
Another evening of computer games kept everyone very happy.

Sunday 20 November 2005
1015-1245
Morning ride: HolneCloudy & a little cold
5 present: Kane Edwards, Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones
Osian, Dennis, Josh and Kane near Shuttaford
Osian, Dennis, Josh and Kane near Shuttaford
The youngsters at River Dart Country Park
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Friday 25 November 2005
1900-2200
Social: Crofters Social
5 present: Kane Edwards, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
With the first snowfall of the season lying everywhere, some members were very pleased to have the opportunity to drive up to Venford to play in the snow. Computer games made up the rest of the evening's entertainment.

Sunday 27 November 2005
1015-1245
Morning ride: BroadhempstonMainly sunny
6 present: Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Joe Venables
Joe and Gavin give the youngsters a rough ride
Dennis, Josh, Joe, Osian and Gavin at Broadhempston play park
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Friday 2 December 2005
1900-2200
Social: Crofters Social
6 present: Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
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Sunday 4 December 2005
1015-1245
Morning ride: Skerraton DownMainly sunny
7 present: Donald Comer-Calder, Nick Comer-Calder, Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
Joe, Josh, Keir and Dennis on Skerraton Down, looking towards Holne
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Friday 9 December 2005
1900-2200
Social: Crofters Social
4 present: Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
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Sunday 11 December 2005
1015-1245
Morning ride: Hembury WoodsSunny but cold
4 present: Donald Comer-Calder, Kane Edwards, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones
Keir, Donald and Osian by the river Dart in Hembury Woods
Osian failed to cross the ford in Hembury Woods
Keir, Donald and Osian in Hembury
Enjoying the morning sunshine by the river Dart in Hembury Woods
Kane on the riverside path through Hembury Woods
The River Dart, from Hembury Woods
Kane on the riverside path through Hembury Woods
Kane on the riverside path through Hembury Woods
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Friday 16 December 2005
1900-2200
Social: Music Quiz
4 present: Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
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Sunday 18 December 2005
1015-1700
Day ride: Christmas Lunch, IlsingtonSunny but cold
5 present: Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Keir Purdie, Joe Venables
Keir tends the fire while Osian grabs Keir with the fire tongs
Osian, Joe, Gavin and Keir at the Ilsington Country Hotel
Osian was slower than usual on his first day ride, so our outward ride through Ashburton and Bickington was somewhat delayed. He picked up on the climb to Ilsington however, and we arrived at the hotel by 12.20, leaving us plenty of time to enjoy the pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room before settling down for our three-course meal. Gavin lost some pool time because he had to fix a puncture!

The meal itself was generally good, as this year everyone could choose from a full lunchtime menu. Keir, of course, was the most difficult to please, so the staff had to offer him chicken instead of turkey! Afterwards there was coffee and mints in front of the huge open fire, during which time Joe learned that he had just beaten Keir to the 2004/2005 attendance trophy.

The ride home was mainly downhill and, consequently, chilly, but Osian had found new energy after his meal so we made it back to Buckfastleigh before dark.

Friday 23 December 2005
1700-2200
Social: Cinema Trip, King Kong
7 present: Kane Edwards, Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Osian Jarvis, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Joe Venables
Everybody wanted a cinema trip tonight, and King Kong seemed to be the film of the moment. With the film running for more than three hours we needed to start the social at 5pm instead of 7, so we had a packed evening of top quality entertainment. As for the film - well, it boasted a very convincing monkey and was packed full of action sequences, but it couldn't help being based on a story that's a bit out of date. None of the youngsters liked the ending, but everyone enjoyed their evening out.

Wednesday 28 December 2005
1015-1300
Morning ride: Christmas SpecialSunny but very cold
5 present: Kane Edwards, Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Michael Jones, Joe Venables
Josh, Dennis, Kane and Joe on the lower Hembury Woods track
On a freezing cold morning when gloves were essential to stay alive, Kane turned up with no gloves and had to share with Dennis! The lower Hembury track was frozen solid today and the youngsters took pleasure in riding through the ice-topped puddles.

Everyone got a free Christmas chocolate bar as we sat on the swings and forts in Holne Play Park admiring the views and watching beams of sunlight melting the frosty grass. Suddenly it seemed to get even colder, and a swift ride along the ridge road to Hembury fort didn't make us any warmer at all! Plans for a meander around the many tracks that criss-cross the wood were replaced with a speedy descent down the Slalom track and a dash for the almost tropical warmth of the Crofters clubroom.

The afternoon social included a showing of the Christmas edition of Doctor Who and a grand Lord of the Rings computer game challenge between Joe and Michael on the one side and Kane and Josh on the other. No prizes for guessing the winners!

Friday 30 December 2005
1800-2200
Social: Christmas Special
6 present: Kane Edwards, Dennis Ham, Josh Ham, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Joe Venables
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