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Friday 3 January 2014
1900-2200
Social: Games evening
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Alastair Shapland
Jack and Ash played on the Xbox 360 while the rest of us had a great time playing CoD Ghosts on the PC network.

Sunday 5 January 2014Morning ride: CancelledRain all day
3 present: Lawrence Buttress, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien
With a dismal forecast for the whole day it didn't take us long to cancel the ride and replace it with a badminton social at Ashmoor. Ash joined us afterwards for computer games.

Friday 10 January 2014Social: Games evening
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien
Computer games formed the main part of this evening's social.

Sunday 12 January 2014Morning ride: Broadhempston (12 mi)Cloudy and chilly but dry
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Broadhempston play park
With rain forecast for early afternoon we planned a shorter ride, going up Caddaford Hill to Staverton and Broadhempston. This time we were welcomed at the community café and were given plenty of time to enjoy our drinks, so Michael and John made the most of the opportunity and had two coffees each.

There was time to play with the frisbee in the park before we headed home via Green Lane, arriving at 1.25 just before the rain started.

Friday 17 January 2014Social: Sports
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Will Rogers
Tonight we arranged an evening of badminton and basketball in the gym at Ashmoor.

Sunday 19 January 2014Morning ride: CancelledSunny but very cold
1 present: Michael Jones
With only Michael out today the official club ride was cancelled.

Friday 24 January 2014Social: Sports
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Will managed to persuade everyone to go to Ashmoor again tonight for a mix of badminton and basketball in the gym.

Sunday 26 January 2014Morning ride: CancelledHeavy rain
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
It didn't take us long to decide to cancel the ride today in view of the appalling weather. Ashmoor was fully booked so we drove to Ivybridge leisure centre and enjoyed games of squash, badminton and basketball for a very reasonable price.

Friday 31 January 2014Social: Ten-pin Bowling
6 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Today was Will's birthday, and when everyone had arrived John produced an enormous chocolate birthday cake that he had secretly brought up the day before. When everyone had eaten a slice or two John generously offered a ten-pin bowling treat for everyone. As we were heading to Plymouth at 7.45 Lawrence sent a message asking if it was too late to come, but nobody saw it. He was really annoyed with himself when he found out next day what he had missed.

We had a great game of bowling, then John and Michael ordered a take-away pizza while the rest played pool. We took the pizza back in the car to eat at Crofters, but someone made the mistake of leaving George in charge of them!

Sunday 2 February 2014
1015-1330
Morning ride: Staverton (11 mi)Mainly sunny
5 present: Lawrence Buttress, Jack Easterbrook (15, Buckfastleigh), Michael Jones, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Staverton riverside
We chose a fairly flat route so that Jack would not be pushed too hard on his first ride. After riding along Colston Road to Staverton Bridge the youngsters had some fun by the riverside. Starverton park provided a second venue for entertainment, this time frisbee contests.

On the way home Will got a puncture near Hole Farm, but this was soon fixed to get us home for 1.30.

Friday 7 February 2014Social: Games evening
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
We played several extended computer games this evening and rounded off with a movie themes quiz, finishing later than usual at 10.25.

Sunday 9 February 2014
1015-1320
Morning ride: Holne (10 mi)Mainly dry
4 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, John Rogers
Lawrence and John at Michelcombe
Lawrence arrived late which gave John and Michael a chance to enjoy a coffee. Early showers had given way to a dry morning, so we headed up to Holne via Buckfast and Scoriton. The café at Holne was closed for refurbishment after the recent purchase of the building by the village, but they still let us buy things from the shop and sit on the tables.

Ash was late again and joined us at the café at 12.40. We then returned home via Hembury Woods, arriving home at 1.20 just as a heavy shower was approaching.

Friday 14 February 2014Social: Sports
7 present: Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers

Sunday 16 February 2014Morning ride: Ashburton (9 mi)Sunny but icy start
4 present: Lawrence Buttress, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien
Icy roads persuaded us to delay the start by an hour. Everyone seemed to be ill or tired today so we ran a short ride along the old Ashburton road, including a few cycle routes in Ashburton before returning by 1pm.

Friday 21 February 2014Social: Pizza Hut
5 present: Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Will Rogers
For a special social this evening we dove to Barbican Leisure at Plymouth and had a really tasty meal at Pizza Hut. There was time for a few games of pool at TenPin before we headed home.

Sunday 23 February 2014Morning ride: Converted to SocialWindy with patchy light rain
8 present: Lawrence Buttress, Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, John Rogers, Will Rogers, Alastair Shapland
For some reason there was little enthusiasm for a ride today even though we had a good turnout - the forecast of rain seemed too much for some. We drove to Ivybridge leisure centre for a morning of sports fun, catching a fairly heavy spell of rain on the way down. Ash, who was late again, joined us part-way through the proceedings.

Friday 28 February 2014Social: Games evening
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Will Rogers
We enjoyed a mixture of CoD Ghosts and music quizzes this evening, as nobody felt like going out.

Sunday 2 March 2014Morning ride: CancelledLight rain
5 present: Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, John Rogers, Will Rogers
The inclement weather didn't ease up as we enjoyed coffee at Crofters, so we cancelled the ride, watched some video of our Switzerland tour, called down to collect Callum (who had overslept again) and then drove to Ivybridge leisure centre for badminton and basketball.

Friday 7 March 2014Social: Music Quiz
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Jack Easterbrook, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Callum O'Brien, Will Rogers
We started our music quiz early this evening after only a few computer games. Each round had a different theme so everyone was able to answer at least some of the questions.

Sunday 9 March 2014Morning ride: Michelcombe (10 mi)Sunny and warm
2 present: Lawrence Buttress, Michael Jones
Lawrence enjoying the scenery at Michelcombe
Only Lawrence joined Michael for today’s ride, which was surprising as it was supposed to be Ash’s birthday ride! Lawrence had made a bigger effort than usual to get out today as his family had recently move to Newton Abbot.

This was definitely the finest weather of the year so far. We rode up the big hill to Cross Furzes, down through Combe to Scoriton and Michelcombe and then home via Holne and the Hembury Woods track. Ash finally got home at 2.30 and soon we also had Will, John, George and Callum O’Brien up for drinks, trampolining and .. birthday cake.

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