Recent Event Reports

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Friday 16 March 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

8 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
This was another fun evening of badminton at Ashmoor, made all the more interesting by having a full contingent of players.



Sunday 11 March 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Ashburton
Light rain and showers
6 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
A poor weather forecast and the possibility of Ziggy joining us from Ashburton prompted us to arrange a short ride this morning to Ashburton, in light rain. We had brought our badminton rackets and enjoyed a fair session at Ashmoor leisure centre despite the loss of more than 75% of the lights, which have still not been replaced after over a year.

When we left the rain had settled in quite steadily so we popped into the Brick House café for an hour of refreshments before heading back to Buckfastleigh in bright sunshine.
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Jude, George and Dillan try out the skate park at Ashburton (14:45)
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Ashburton skate park (14:45)



Friday 9 March 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

4 Participants: Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers
A mix-up at Ashmoor meant that no courts had been reserved for us tonight, but as there were only four of us we managed to play some games of doubles in the gymnasium despite the restricted height.

Courts have been rebooked again for the next two weeks so we will be back to normal next Friday.



Sunday 4 March 2018
10:15 - 16:00
Morning ride: Converted to Social
Showers and sunny spells
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
The heavy snow that covered the South West on Thursday was melting fast and the main roads were all clear this morning, but there was still snow on the lanes and there was some rain around so we decided to arrange a badminton social today. We played at Ivybridge Leisure Centre and concluded a great morning with a Costa at Marsh Mills, Plymouth. There was a computer games social when we got back until 4pm.



Friday 2 March 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Cancelled

0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
Heavy snow yesterday afternoon and overnight had left everyone pretty much snowed in. Leisure centres were all closed but nobody could get their cars out even if it had been open. We had no choice but to cancel the social this week, stay at home and make the most of this unusual spell of wintry weather.



Sunday 25 February 2018
10:15 - 13:30
Day ride: Café 3 Sixty, Bovey Tracey
Cold and cloudy, sunny later
25 miles (▲ 473m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Conditions really were cold and grey this morning, with temperatures around 3 degrees, and John and George were down with flu, but we had set our target for the new Café at Bovey Tracey so that is where we headed.

We just about survived the cold through Ashburton and Bickington, and by the time we reached Bovey the sunshine was breaking through the cloud.

Café 3 Sixty is a new café that caters primarily for cyclists. It is so large and spacious that you can take your bikes inside and tether them to the purpose-built indoor racks. There is also a cycle repair shop in the building. We were very grateful for the toasty warm stove while we waited for our coffees and cakes to be brought to us. It’s amazing how popular the café has become during the two months it has been open.

Next stop was Bovey Park, where Dillan investigated the outdoor exercise machines that were dotted around the lawns near the river. We then rode through Brimley and on up to Ilsington where Sue and Jude entertained us at their home for half an hour.

It was still cold as we left but the sun was making everything look perfect, so our ride back to Buckfastleigh via Bickington was very enjoyable.
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Jude and Dillan enjoying excellent coffees by the fire in Café 3 Sixty, Bovey Tracey (12:33)
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Café 3 Sixty (12:53)
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Dillan investigates the exercise machines in the park at Bovey Tracey (13:15)
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Dillan pushes himself to the limit on one of the outdoor exercise machines in Bovey park (13:16)



Friday 23 February 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

8 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
We had a full complement of eight for our badminton session this evening which was enjoyed by all.



Sunday 18 February 2018
10:15 - 13:30
Morning ride: Dartington

3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
As there was some light rain around at 10:15 we delayed our start while watching the latest action from the Winter Olympics at the Crofters clubroom, then set off at around 11am to ride along Colston Road to Dartington. Things were dry now and not too cold, but we were still pleased to settle into the Baynards Kitchen café at Dartington for coffees and scones.

On our return journey we explored the lanes behind Dartington to Week, then took the lane to Westcombe Farm which looked very attractive this morning. A steep climb brought us up to Rattery Sawmills from where we rode on past Pennywell Farm and back to Buckfastleigh.
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The lane from Week to Westcombe, on the way home from Dartington via Rattery (13:30)



Friday 16 February 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

8 Participants: Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Gavin Pearson, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
Another great evening of badminton was made even more interesting than usual by having Gavin with us, although he didn't win as many games as usual this evening.



Sunday 11 February 2018
10:15 - 14:00
Morning ride: Ashburton
Cold with sunny spells and wintry showers
9 miles (▲ 166m)
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, John Rogers
We were pleased to welcome John back today for his first ride since his kidney donation. It was so cold and breezy this morning that we delayed our start until 11am, browsing through photos of club rides from several years ago. We then rode along the old road to Ashburton with the aim of riding around the nearby lanes and finishing up with a visit to the relatively new Brick House café, but when we arrived the youngsters voted for café first, which of course meant there would be no lane ride at all. The warmth and good food were welcome, but on the downside it did take them half an hour to make up the order.

We left at around 1pm, bought some lunch from the co-op and returned home via Buckfast. As it turned out, this was quite long enough for John’s first ride, so it worked out fine in the end.
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Leaving the Brick House café, Ashburton (13:01)



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