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Sunday 20 December 2015
1015-1730
Day ride: Christmas LunchFrequently wet
6 present: Lawrence Buttress, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Outside the Ilsington Country Hotel (15:32)
Our annual visit to the Ilsington House Hotel was similar to some previous years in that the rain continued so long into the morning that we had to switch to a car-assisted Christmas Lunch ride. It was different, however, in that the hotel has recently upgraded its pool facilities so that under-16s are excluded, so we had to content ourselves with a meal only this year.

There was Star Wars at Crofters before we left, then an excellent meal at Ilsington and finally some games of Worms on return to Crofters. Thanks to everyone who came along and made this once again a very special day out.

Sunday 27 December 2015
1015-1445
Morning ride: Christmas Special (9 mi)Cloudy but dry
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson
Michael and Dillan at the Holne café (14:10)
Gavin and Dillan at the Holne café (14:09)
We were pleased to welcome Gavin back to the club for his first cycle ride since 2011. Julian had joined us for a chat before the ride, so we left rather later than planned at 12.00. We rode through Michelcombe to Holne with Dillan on his new Specialized bike and received a warm Christmas welcome from Simon the chef at the café.

On the return journey through Hembury Dillan completed his testing of the bike and was very happy to confirm that the full length mudguards kept him spotless even when splashing through the many puddles.

Monday 28 December 2015
1430-1830
Social: Friends of South Dartmoor Christmas Social
7 present: Neil Ault, Tao Burgess, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Gavin Pearson, Callum Stuart, John Stuart
This was a great opportunity for members past and present to meet up over cheese and biscuits. Julian was unable to attend today but called in yesterday morning instead. Jeremy Ford also called in last week when he was in Buckfastleigh.

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