April Club Night

I would like to thank our speaker, Pat Garrod for the very interesting and humorous talk on overlanding. I for one very much enjoyed it and l guess many of you did also considering the number of books and DVD’s sold.

Please if possible support the Tidler Run on Sunday even if you are not riding.

Also it was disappointing to see the numbers who offered help for the Giants Run, l appreciate some are not around that weekend but please lets make this a big success, but we cant do this without a lot of help.

Importantly  l mentioned the AGM (I know it is a way off but time goes very quickly at our age), we will be looking for the following positions to be filled, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer, these are important positions and must be filled if we want to keep the section running. Please think about it before the AGM.

If you have interesting projects, anything new, or a good idea then lets post it on the website for everyone to share.

Don’t forget the Bluebell Run on 5th May 2019

Phil

 

News from the South Dorset Section

I had a phone call from Martin Figg last night — he is the new Secretary of the South Dorset Section and he hopes to get the following into the May Journal Section Notes:

Support for the Section has been mixed of late, but following the AGM in March a fresh start has been made with the support of a core of local members. Recognition and thanks are extended to John Morey who has stepped down as Chairman after many years. Rod Hann becomes Chairman, Martin Figg, Secretary and Andrew Samways, Treasurer. Informal Section Meetings will be held in the skittle alley of The Three Compasses, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QT on the fourth Thursday of each month, the next being on 23rd May at 8.00 p.m. It is planned to establish a programme of Sunday Runs, initially once a month, starting from either Dorchester or Bridport. It is hoped to attract support from both former and new participants and additional events (to address members preferences) will be introduced, given sufficient support. If you’re a former rider, new to the Section, from a neighbouring area, or better still a potential recruit, you will receive an open welcome. Watch out for Diary events, just turn up, or contact one of the members named above. If you would like to receive information by email, please notify Martin Figg, as above.

You can contact Martin on 01305 774793, 07896507278 or email him at Figg.martin@gmail.com.  Rod can be contacted on 01935 872528 or email him at rodhann@hotmail.co.uk

Our Section Xmas Card 2018

Last year, the Dorset Section received an Xmas Card from the Stonehenge Section.  Your Committee thought it appropriate that we should do something similar this year, so a design was put together and we purchased 12 cards from Moonpig.

One card went to Henstridge Golf & Leisure and the remaining to each Secretary of the 11 surrounding Sections*: Cornwall, Devon, East Devon, Dartmoor, Bristol, West Wiltshire, Somerset, Stonehenge, Bournemouth & New Forest, Wessex V&V and Isle of Wight.  I also enclosed our 2019 Programme Card with each Xmas card.

*apologies to the South Dorset Section.  You didn’t get a card because there is no postal address listed on the VMCC website for your Secretary or Chairman.

We were too late to get the cards signed by members at our Social evening last Wednesday 12th December, so Phil Allen and I have signed in our respective capacities as Chairman and Secretary.

Hope you like the card design.

2019 Programme Card is Here!

The 2019 VMCC Dorset Section Programme is out!  The printed cards will be available at the Social Evening and Buffet Club Night on Wednesday 12th December and at the Xmas Lunch on Sunday 16th December.  If you can’t wait that long, then you can either print off the two images below or click here to download the PDF file.

All of our events have been entered into the Events calendar on this website and here you will find further details on many of the events. If you use an online personal calendar such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal etc, you can automatically copy all of our 2019 entries from the Events calendar to your personal calendar — ask for help if you get stuck.   Click here to list all events for 2019.

To print images: click an image, then right mouse click and choose “Save image as…”

Christmas Lunch 2018 : Reserve Your Place!

Click The Menu!

Our Christmas Lunch takes place at Henstridge Golf and Leisure on Sunday 16th December 2018 12:30 for 13:00.  If you would like to come, please note the following.

1. There is a maximum of 40 places, so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2. Click on the image to the left to see the full menu, or download the PDF version here. Note, there is a 2 course or 3 course option with different prices.  Choose from the menu!

3. To reserve one or more places, please contact our Treasurer, John Adams, on 01963 251890 or at  jjads44@gmail.com.  When contacting John, please let him know your menu choices.

4. You must pay John by Sunday 18th November at the latest; the Club Quiz Night on the 14th November would be the best time.  Cash or cheque payable to “VMCC Dorset Section” please.

Bikes Needed for Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show 2nd & 3rd Feb 2019

We’re looking for 12 bikes for our stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show  which takes place at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on the 2nd and 3rd February 2019.

We understand that the Wessex V&V Section will not be having a stand in 2019, but as many members attend both Sections, it would be good to have some of the earlier bikes on our stand; maybe we could have bikes from all decades.

We’re not just looking for showroom condition bikes.  Far from it, we’d love to have some well used vintage and classic machines on our stand…you can even bring your own drip trays.  It will be February, so leave the mud on them.

If you can hep at all, please get in touch with Ray Dickinson.  His details are on the Contacts page.

Many Thanks

BTW: those who helped out on the stand this year had quite a fun time.  Take a look at the photos from 2018 and come and join the fun in 2019!

 

Our Next Two Runs

We have two runs taking place over the next 3 weeks and I want to pass on some extra information about both of them:

Jeff Clew Memorial Run

This annual run (29th July) is only a week away and is one I’m looking forward to, having not done it before.  Organised by Rod and Carol Hann, so you know it will be good.  There are two routes to choose from:

 

  • Route 1 : 42 miles for Veteran and Early bikes.
  • Route 2 : 70 miles for everyone else.

Coffee stop on both routes. Weather forecast is looking good, so see you there? Full details here.

Border Run

Another annual run (12th August), this one organised by Gabby Hunt.  This year it starts and ends at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.  Run starts at 11 am, but if you want Sandy’s excellent full English breakfast (and who doesn’t!), get there much earlier.

After the run, there is an optional Carvery lunch.  If you want this Carvery, you must pre-book directly with Sandy at Henstridge Golf and Leisure.

Full details here.

 

Runs on the Camping Weekend

Apologies for the title of this post!  Hope I haven’t put you off your breakfast.

There are two, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, both starting from Henstridge Golf and Leisure at 10:30 am. Arrive earlier if you want coffee, breakfast etc.  Non-campers are more than welcome to take part in the runs.

Details are still being finalised but the Sunday one will be approx. 55 miles in length with an optional stop at the Haynes International Motor Museum. The Saturday one will probably be longer and in two parts, depending if people want to visit the Dorset coast.

Check the entry in our Events calendar for up-to-date information.

Come and Meet Alastair Alexander, 22nd August 2018, 7pm

Alastair Alexander

Come and meet our new VMCC President, Alastair Alexander.  This is an informal visit, there is no formal talk, but rather an opportunity for Alastair to meet members from the South West Sections and for us to meet him.

I am really looking forward to my visit to your area. In August I will be nearly six months into my term as your President and meetings like yours are a great chance for members to give me feedback on our efforts to improve the Club.

The Dorset Section will be hosting the event as we probably have the most suitable venue at Henstridge Golf and Leisure and we hope to have many members attending from the surrounding Sections.

Full calendar event details are here.

Alastair Alexander
Alastair Alexander