Section Notes 2022


The idea of starting our October meeting at 12.30pm and serving bacon and egg baps prior to commencement of the meeting ‘proper’ at 2pm proved to be very popular. Thanks go to Christine Hunt who undertook the cooking and Rachel and Bettie for making teas, coffee, serving the food and collecting the money. This was followed by a DVD of the 2008 Lands End Run with a break halfway through for more tea and coffee as well as mince pies and cake. A gastronomic feast and something we intend to put on again (minus mince pies) at our March 2022 meeting. Before that though we have our AGM on 10th January where we’ll be looking for a new Section Secretary as Bettie has stated her intention to stand down after seven years in the role. We sincerely thank her for the enormous contribution she has made to the Section.


Our Annual Dinner at the Virginia Ash, Henstridge on 10th December saw 21 of our members and guests in attendance. Unfortunately this was
less than the 30 who originally booked with organiser Roger Gillard as there were a number of unavoidable last minute cancellations. Thanks
go to Roger for undertaking the organisation and making the day a success. In February we have the following, subject of course to any further
restrictions which may be in force by then: a talk by Charlie Pattison on the history and work of the ACU Benevolent Fund on the 14th; and the
Bristol Classic Show where, although we don’t have a Wessex stand some of our members will be supporting local sections that do; and the
Somerset Section’s Shepton Mallet Autojumble. If any or all of these events go ahead then our printed 2022 Calendar of Events will be available
at all these venues.




Our AGM on 14th February was well attended and saw one major change when our Secretary Bette Barber stood down. We thank her for all the hard work and effort she’s put in for the Section which was recognised by the members when they unanimously elected her Honorary Section President for Life. Bette has agreed to continue as a committee member doing what she likes best, organising section outings. Martin Goodman has taken over as Secretary, having worked behind the scenes for some time, running the section’s website and Facebook presence. Otherwise the committee remains the same. For those yet to pick up the 2022 events calendar they are available on request. Our next meeting on 11th April is a talk by Jon Rock
entitled ‘Three Hats,’ followed by our first run of  the season, the Ken Blake Memorial Run – 10.30 for 11am start at Silton Village Hall.


Our March breakfast meet was well attended and we welcomed two members from Bournemouth who joined us at Ansty for the first time. We started our third monthly meeting of the year earlier than usual with a light lunch of bacon and egg baps courtesy of Christine Hunt and Rachel Gray who did sterling work in the kitchen catering for members including President Mike Wills. This was followed by Mike’s excellent talk on the Bradbury motorcycle. Hopefully we’ll see Mike on one of our future runs. A busy month in May starting with a breakfast meet on the 7th, our club meeting on the 9th when members are (hopefully!) going to bring ‘items of interest’ which don’t always have to be motorcycling related, and a picnic run on the 12th 12.00 for 1.30pm start from Ansty PYO SP3 5PX. Hope to see you at one or more of these events.


Our April club meeting, a talk by VMCC member John Rock, was well supported and well received in spite of some initial technical difficulties. On the 25th of the month we hosted an extra meeting at which the Vice Chair Steve Allen gave a presentation on the present and future plans for the Club. At this meeting we also welcomed members from other local sections who were able to put their questions and concerns to Steve in a question and answer session after the presentation and a break for tea, coffee, sausage rolls, scones and biscuits. Thanks to Rachel Gray for organising this. Our June meeting on the 13th will be a ploughman’s lunch, hopefully outside if the weather’s good, starting at 12.30. On the 26th we have our annual On the Beaded Edge Run. Congratulations to our Section Life President Bette Barber on reaching a real milestone birthday


May has been a busy month, starting with a well attended breakfast meet a week earlier than usual to avoid clashing with another local event. Two days later we were at Silton for our monthly meeting. No speaker as such, just a number of ‘interesting items’ brought in by members and subsequently described in detail by the owners. Some fascinating items and the stories behind them. Three days later saw us at Ansty once again for our annual Picnic Run, lunches being ably organised by section president Bette Barber. The weather looked somewhat inclement which undoubtedly deterred some of our ‘regular’ participants from riding. However, those taking part enjoyed a ride on the almost completely traffic-free roads of Wiltshire. July’s breakfast meet is on the 9th while our annual barbecue at the home of Paul and Denise Lydford in Laneside, Shaftesbury takes place on the 12th from 6.30pm onwards.

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