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Friday 5 December 2014
1900-2200
Social: Movie Quiz
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones
The planned Pizza Hut trip turned into a supermarket visit and movie quiz when Dillan discovered Michael and Ash had already had their evening meal.

Sunday 7 December 2014
1015-1415
Morning ride: Wrangaton (16 mi)Slightly chilly (9°) with sunny periods
4 present: Lawrence Buttress, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
The Island, South Brent
We set off up Pennywell Hill with the idea of heading towards Lee Mill and the Tesco café. After initial leg pains Dillan was enthusiastic so after going through Rattery we took the Hatchlands lane towards Diptford and then turned right on the main road to go through Avonwick. This was new territory for most of the group.

We got as far as the Wrangaton flyover, but an ominous dark cloud and a chill wind whistling up the A38 corridor persuaded everyone that perhaps today was not the best day to do the extra 5 miles to Lee Mill, so instead we headed back through the lanes to South Brent, bought some refreshments form the co-op and then cycled down to The Island to eat them.

We returned home via Harbourneford. John spent the afternoon watching The Hobbit movies on Michael's new TV, in preparation for our cinema trip on Friday, whilst the youngsters played computer games.

Friday 12 December 2014
1900-2300
Social: Cinema Trip
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Tonight's cinema trip was to see the film that everyone had been waiting for - The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies. We went to Vue, Plymouth for the 8pm showing and had pre-booked seats in a prime location as usual. The film did not disappoint in any way, so everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Sunday 14 December 2014
1015-1710
Day ride: Christmas Lunch Ride, IlsingtonShowers
6 present: Dillan Edwards, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Christmas Lunch at the Ilsington Country Hotel
Various factors conspired together to discourage us from cycling to Ilsington this morning - rain at the start, forecast heavy showers, some people going by car anyway and Dillan having no coat to name a few. So we spent the first part of the morning on a coffee-break social at Crofters - computer games for the boys and big-TV Hobbit movies for John - then headed up to Ilsington by car, collecting Will from Ashmoor on the way.

The most disappointing thing about this year's Christmas Lunch ride was the fact that the hotel pool was out of action: it was being completely refurbished at huge cost and would not be complete until February. When we heard there would be a new Hydropool included in the refit we immediately planned a return visit in February, but for today we had to content ourselves with just a very enjoyable meal in our usual private room, The Library.

When everyone had eaten well on turkey, fish and puddings we had a nice chat by the open fire in the lounge before heading back over the moor past Haytor, following Ash who had come on his motorbike.

Friday 19 December 2014
1900-2200
Social: Pizza Hut and Movie Quiz
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers
Our evening started with a trip to Pizza Hut Plymouth for a tasty meal at a bargain price. On return to Buckfastleigh we rounded off the evening with a movie quiz, showing stills and clips from popular movies, and then a computer games theme quiz.

Sunday 21 December 2014Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With everyone either away or ill today there was nobody out for the ride, so it was cancelled.

Friday 26 December 2014
1430-1830
Social: Christmas Social
4 present: Neil Ault, Dillan Edwards, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones
Our Boxing Day afternoon social included a trip to Pizza Hut in Plymouth followed by a look around the shops for Christmas bargains. We finished with some computer games back at Crofters.

Saturday 27 December 2014
1430-1830
Social: Christmas Get-Together
9 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Julian Duquemin, Dillan Edwards, Ash Freeman, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Gavin Pearson, John Stuart
It was great to see some of our more long-standing members reunited for this special Christmas social. We spent the afternoon chatting and looking at a number of previous tour videos that brought back memories for those who took part, and Tao promised to help Michael complete the Norway 2003 video as soon as possible.

Michael forgot to bring out the cheese and biscuits he had bought specially for the occasion, so Tao polished half of them off next day when he came up to sort out the video!

Sunday 28 December 2014Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With everybody either away or ill today the ride was cancelled.

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