Your Committee held our Virtual AGM at the Fiddleford Inn on Monday 12th October 2020. Relevant documents from the meeting are below; if you have any questions about any of these, please email the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer’s Report — if you wish to see this, please contact the Secretary.
The Committee has also put together an ambitious program of runs for next year, which includes seven (!) new ones. Due to the ever changing Covid-19 situation and the associate restrictions, we have decided not to produce a printed Programme Card for 2021 as it would also most certainly be out-of-date before getting it back from the printers.
During 2020, we lost Henstridge Golf & Leisure as a venue for our Club Nights. The Committee does not feel we can safely meet indoors at the current time, but we are looking at potential venues for future Club Nights when things get better. For this reason, the links below only contain dates for our planned runs in 2021; we are still sorting out run organisers, group leaders, start locations, run formats etc., but the dates should be firm.
We need help if all these runs are to take place. Covid-19 restrictions means we need group leaders as well as an overall run organiser. At the moment, it’s the same Usual Suspects that organise these runs but we need a rest! If you can help at all, please get in touch with the Secretary or any other Committee member.
To view all 2021 events that are currently entered in our Events calendar, click here.
To download a copy of our 2021 Programme Card (runs only), click here.
Yesterday was our second attempt at running the Autumn Run; we had to cancel the run on the original date (4th October) due to heavy rain and flooding. Weather was better yesterday and the roads were dry, but there was a little rain 🙁
Not as many photos as normal. Conforming to the Covid-19 related restrictions means I only have photos from my group of six (11:00 start at Udder Farm). We certainly had a good time and I hope the other 3 groups enjoyed the run; we waved to other groups as they headed in the opposite direction 🙂
26 were pre-booked for this run with a couple of no-shows due to breakdowns on route to the start. Your Committee is still struggling with the best way to conduct these runs in these difficult times, but 24 seems to be the maximum we can handle, so do reserve you place as soon as future runs are announced.
Thorngrove Garden Centre Start
Three photos from the start at Thorngrove Garden Centre; many thanks Maurice!
Udder Farm Start
First 9 photos are those people in the 10:30 group. The remaining photos are of the 11:00 group; we stopped on the top of Bulbarrow Hill just as it started raining.
Nice day for the Dorset Section’s annual Last of the Summer Wine Run. We couldn’t meet up at our usual starting / ending venue due to social distancing requirements, so this year there was no tea / coffee, cake or prize giving, but the hot weather more than made up for it. And Phil gave us a 34 mile route that felt more like 134 miles!
Our Ariel-hating Chairmen couldn’t be with us today, which is just as well as he would have hated it with three vintage Black Ariels taking part (and none of them broke down).
Many thanks to Phil Allen for organising the run and giving us an interesting and unusual route.
The Start at Sturminster Newton Car Park
The End at The Horton Inn
Post Run Meeting at Bakers Folly on Bulbarrow
On the way back home, a few us went looking for an ice-cream first at the top of Bulbarrow Hill if there was an ice cream van there. There wasn’t, so the back-up plan was Bakers Folly halfway down Bulbarrow. I got there, but I was all on my own…not sure how that happened.
Today marked a return to our 2020 Programme of Events with our Northern Run. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we limited the numbers to a maximum of 30 riders and all participants had to pre-register, but apart from that, it felt like business as usual.
A great selection of bikes turned up at The Virginia Ash ranging from glorious Ariels to lowly Velocettes. The pub opened specially for us at 9:30am and it was good to see many of us ordering breakfast, coffees and teas; we need to make it worth their while and I think we did that today.
The first part of the run to the Windwhistle Pub at Cricket St Thomas was in glorious sunshine, but after that it became overcast and by the time people left Hamish’s Farm Shop & Café to head home, many of us got caught in the odd downpour.
But another very enjoyable run and thanks are due to Bernard for organising it. Look out for the next Sunday’s run : Last of the Summer Wine Run. A few places are still available but you must pre-book.
At the end of July, with 100 registered entrants, we sadly had to cancel our GIANTS Run due to Coronavirus related restrictions. It should have taken place yesterday 🙁
But with our Informal Runs being such a success, your Chairman and Secretary decided to hold a 66 mile mini-GIANTS Run for 12 section friends who own girder fork bikes. In glorious weather, it took place yesterday and I believe a great time was had by all. It was nice of Maurice McGladdery to see us off at the start, and Peter Hallows and Peter Bovenizer be there at the end.
Andrew Rae needs a mention. While the rest of us struggled up ZigZag Hill on tarmac, Andrew did a bit of green laning on a track that runs parallel to ZigZag. Should we ban him or give him a prize? The latter in my view 🙂 :). It’s the red track in the photo on the right; click the image.
Before you view the event photos, please remember that we have our Northern Run on Sunday 6th September and our Last of the Summer Wine Run the following Sunday on the 13th. Both are limited to 30 riders and require pre-registration. All details can be found in our Events calendar.
The Start at Spire Hill Farm / Thyme after Time Café:
What a scorcher it was today — a high of 32°C in North Dorset. Despite the temperature, we had more people turn up for our run than had booked. In future, to help us plan and keep legal with respect to the current Covid-19 restrictions, please ensure that you have pre-booked with the secretary. At the moment, we feel we can only support 4 groups, each with 6 riders, so pre-book early to reserve one of the 24 places.
We all assembled at Spire Hill for an initial coffee, tea, cake, natter etc. But by 11 am, we had rather randomly split into 4 groups and headed off in different directions.
I know many of you don’t read Facebook, but there is a Dorset Section VMCC page that is maintained by our current Chairperson, and I quote from his post about today’s run: “Your correspondent played tail-end Charlie of our six and not only followed an Ariel that smoked like a Soviet Steelworks but had to push start another of the wretched things; there ought to be a law about mass gatherings of Ariels…“. Now we have a virtual AGM coming up in October and I ask you: Should we have a Chairperson who is so blatantly anti-Ariel? 🙂
I didn’t hear of any breakdowns or accidents during the run. We all seemed to arrive at Hamishs in good order. Another successful, but somewhat hot, Informal Run. See you in two weeks time, but only if you’ve pre-booked.
BTW: I’ve dropped the numerical reference to the Informal Runs, and the reference to them being Post-Lockdown (but in case you haven’t, this was the Fourth Informal Post-Lockdown Run; what a mouthful!)
Latest version of COVID-19 Riding Guidelines gains National Police Chiefs Council stamp of approval.
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has issued a revised version of its COVID-19 Riding Guidelines. This third iteration of the guidance based on the latest changes to Government guidelines includes advice on group riding and first responder incident management. The coalition are delighted that the guidance has now received an official seal of approval from Nick Adderley, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for motorcycling.
The coalition has worked hard to distil Government coronavirus guidelines into a single guide relevant to motorcyclists. The guidelines have been updated to encompass recent changes in the constantly evolving advice designed to keep individuals and the wider community safe in these challenging times.
The new guidelines remind riders to plan carefully and to check Government websites including for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and any local lockdowns. They remind everyone not to ride if they are suffering symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who has had symptoms or tested positive. Other points of emphasis include: checking out COVID-19 security arrangements at indoor venues (but ideally not to meet indoors); keeping riding groups to no more than six; and observing distancing, hand hygiene and mask requirements at all times.
Commenting on the guidelines and the work of the Coalition members, Nick Adderley said:
“I have been asked to review this guidance on behalf of the Coalition of Motorcycle Organisations in my capacity as NPCC lead for police motorcycling and motorcycle related crime. Policing the pandemic has been challenging and often confusing time for all including motorcyclists. We are keen to ensure the public can enjoy social activities and meet up within the parameters of the guidance set by Government.
I am reassured by the work that has gone into the production of these motorcycle specific guidelines. I would particularly like to commend the lead authors, Roger Bibbings of the VMCC and Richard Gladman of IAM RoadSmart for their tireless work on this project. I would encourage all riders, whether they are riding alone or in groups, to consult the guidance and to follow the rules at rest stops and whilst visiting public places. Please act and ride responsibly.”
The revised guidelines can be found online at https://bit.ly/COVIDRideV3 . The member groups of the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations encourage their members and all other riders to read the guidelines and apply the advice to their own efforts to fight the spread of the virus.
Issued on behalf of the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations by the Motorcycle Action Group
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Tremendous support for our informal run this morning!
24 riders assembled at Thorngrove Garden Centre in Gillingham. After a coffee and a bit of a chinwag, we split into four groups of six riders and headed off on north, south, west and east runs, ably led by Bernard Jones, Paul Miles, Ray Dickinson and myself. About 40 miles later, the four groups arrived at the Udder Farm Shop. The weather was kind; most of us were still dry.
Another successful informal run; look out for the next one in two weeks time.
On our first informal post-lockdown run two weeks ago, we had 17 riders. Today was our second informal run and we had 28, no doubt boosted by the sunny and warm weather. We had several people join us from far away: Dave Owen drove down from Swindon and Ian Myers from Torquay!
Today’s run started at Thyme after Time Café at Spire Hill Farm, Stalbridge and ended at the Udder Farm Shop, East Stour. With 28 riders, we needed 4 separate groups of 7 and I’d like to thank Ray Dickinson, Paul Miles and Bernard Jones in helping me out as the four group leaders. The run was meant to be about 40 mile in length but Ray got carried away with the excellent weather and his group did 55 miles.
Stories I heard: John Young broke down on his 1938 Douglas with a stuck open exhaust valve, Phil Allen broke down in Durweston, someone’s Lucas Altette horn broke off but thankfully wasn’t lost, and my group almost ran over an enormous grass snake crossing the road at Stour Row.
The Udder Farm Shop was very well organised in these difficult times, but who expected to have to give their name, phone number, post code and have their temperature take just to use the loo….what a weird period we’re all going through.
As the UK takes small steps coming out of Lockdown, we held our first informal run today and followed all the regulations currently in force in England. So no signing-on, no route maps, no fee and no indoor gatherings…and riding in groups no bigger than six.
As this was our first attempt at this, we limited the run to a maximum of 18 bikes, arranged in 3 groups of 6 with a route leader in each. The start of the run was at Thyme after Time Café, Spire Hill Farm near Stalbridge and the end point for all 3 groups was Compton McRae near Semley. This destination is a new venue for us; my wife and I visited them earlier in the week, and I discussed the possibility of us using them and they were delighted with the idea. Today they made us feel very welcome and provided an outside table service with some truly excellent food — the sausage rolls were to die for. I hope we come back here often…
By the way, how do people feel about having runs on a Saturday rather than the traditional Sunday? Both start and end venues would have been closed on Sunday, so holding runs on Saturdays does give us many more options.
The three leaders were Paul Miles, Ray Dickinson and myself. Paul organised a fast route (50+mph) going north over the Deverills etc, Ray’s route headed towards Stourhead and Shearwater and I took the slower group (40+mph) south via Child Okeford, Tarrant Hinton, Tollard Royal, Ansty and Old Wardour Castle (route in the last photo below).
I’m sure we all felt great to be back on bikes again and riding together. The 3 group system worked well and we hope to organise another run like this in the very near future.