Recent Event Reports

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Sunday 23 December 2018
10:15 - 20:00
Day ride: Christmas Lunch Ride
Breezy with occasional drizzle
8 Participants: Tao Burgess, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Gavin Pearson, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Wet and windy weather at Paignton prompted Tao to make the decision to use the car today, and whilst it was only drizzly at Buckfastleigh we made the decision to all go by car so we could make the best of our expensive Christmas Lunch.

We arrived at the Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey for around 12.30 and were soon shown to our private room – the Old School Room. Apparently, the hotel used to be a private school and the owners had tried to retain as much of the original feel of the building as possible.

The meal turned out to be excellent in nearly every respect, with apple and parsnip soup and a chestnut and mushroom main course for the vegetarians. As we didn’t have to cycle back, we ordered coffees to accompany our after-dinner conversation where talk turned to a possible summer tour to Switzerland.

When we finally left at 3.50 after a very relaxed afternoon, we dropped Jude home to Ilsington and returned to Buckfastleigh for a mammoth game of Risk which went on until 8pm.
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The group in the Old School Room at the Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey (12:56)

Friday 21 December 2018
20:25 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers
Jude had no easy way to get down from Ilsington this evening so just three of us met for badminton at Ashmoor leisure centre. Michael played left-handed again while his right elbow continued its tediously slow healing process. Dillan won two of his three games and was declared overall winner.

Sunday 16 December 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Holne
Dry start, rain later
9 miles (▲ 290m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
We had planned to possibly visit Venford and Dartmeet today, although with the unsettled forecast we decided to ride via Silver Street to Holne first and see how things looked. Well the first patches of rain came in as we rode up from Michelcombe, so the lads had no difficulty deciding to divert to the café at Holne. This turned out to be exactly the right decision, as twenty minutes later it was raining heavily.

The café was very quiet today, so we enjoyed our snacks, drinks and intelligent conversation while the rain continued to pelt down outside. When we had been there for an hour and three quarters, however, and the rain still showed little sign of stopping, we decided we had better brave the weather and make a dash for home. In fact, it stopped for a while as we rode down through Hembury Woods, allowing us to finish the ride on a brighter note.

Friday 14 December 2018
20:30 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
8 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
We had our maximum 8 people this evening, which required seven games each. We only managed to complete 5 games properly in the time, but some played a sixth game and the overall winner was Jude who won every game he played.

Sunday 9 December 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Ashburton
Breezy with showers
9 miles (▲ 147m)
5 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, John Rogers
The overnight rain and wind was still abating at 10.15 and since our members don't really like winter weather we started with a coffee at Crofters before setting off at 11.30 when conditions were more pleasant.

We took the old road to Ashburton, rode through the town and met George at Ashmoor Leisure centre for an hour of badminton. We then returned to the town - with George running alongside us - for our first ever visit to Taylors tearooms. Here, the hot drinks were excellent, but by the time the cakes arrived twenty minutes later we had long since finished our drinks, so the service could have been better.

We returned to Buckfastleigh with continued light showers peppering the journey on an otherwise sunny afternoon.
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Preparing for the long journey home after refreshments at Taylors, Ashburton (14:09)

Friday 7 December 2018
20:30 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
6 Participants: Harry Back, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
With six taking part in our badminton session once again and everyone's standard improving week by week we had an excellent series of games this evening that ended with Dillan, Mark and Harry all achieving four wins out of five. We used points to distinguish between them, but as Dillan and Mark both had 102 points and there was no time to play a tie-break game we had to declare the two of them joint winners this evening, with Harry only one point behind with 101 points. Well done everyone.

Sunday 2 December 2018
10:15 - 12:00
Morning ride: Buckfast
5 miles (▲ 160m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
It was hard to get our teenagers excited about a ride this morning, partly because of the light drizzle in the air. We headed towards Holne but before we had got to Hawson Court there was a vote to visit .. The Grange café at Buckfast! Michael is not one to impose rides on the members that do not meet with their approval, so we rode down to Buckfast and discovered just how expensive a café can be.

Michael picked two of the smallest cakes he could find –flapjacks wrapped in clingfilm – from an unlabelled display box, but when he reached the checkout he was told they were £2.95 each! The checkout assistant justified this by saying you have to pay more for gluten-free, to which Michael replied that he loves gluten and would have happily paid less to have it left in! Dillan and Michael shared a single flapjack between them in protest - which came to around two mouthfuls each! Still, we had a nice chat on a damp morning.

We returned home via Grange Road for 12.00 and enjoyed computer games at Crofters until Jude left at 2pm.

Friday 30 November 2018
20:30 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
6 Participants: Will Bastow, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
Michael decided he couldn’t afford to sit around for up to a year while his tennis elbow sorted itself out, so he joined in the tournament this evening by playing left-handed! He wasn’t able to offer much of a challenge to the other players, but he gradually improved as the evening wore on and managed to score quite a few points off his right-handed opponents.

All in all, it was a great evening, with Dillan ending up first, Jude second and George third.

Sunday 25 November 2018
10:15 - 14:45
Day ride: Fermoys, Ipplepen
Cloudy and chilly (7°C)
19 miles (▲ 390m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
Jude was unwell today, but John arrived in time for a pre-ride coffee before we set off at 10.45 for our ride through Staverton and Fishacre Barton to Ipplepen. Jude, who is a co-op member and proud of it, welcomed the opportunity to look into the Ipplepen branch, which turned out to be a bit smaller than Buckfastleigh. We bought some blueberries and then proceeded to our planned destination, Fermoys Garden Centre, for 12:25.

We were quite hungry so two of us bought the medium-sized vegetarian nut roast dinner in the café for £7.95 which turned out to be surprisingly good. John enjoyed toasted sandwiches, and we are pleased to report that the service was much faster than we experienced on our last visit.

After a browse around the many Christmas treats on sale in the shop area, we headed home via Two Mile Oak and Denbury.
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Christmas Roast at Fermoys (12:43)
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John, Michael and Dillan at Fermoys, Ipplepen (13:26)

Friday 23 November 2018
20:30 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
Three games enabled the four of us to play everyone else in our Round Robin tournament. Dillan ended up winning all his games this evening.

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