Fishtail 443 – March 2017

The main event for Thames Valley since the last Fishtail was the Annapurna Trail presentation by our quest speaker Nigel Adcock. Nigel went to Nepal and completed the ride just before the earthquake struck and some of his before and after pictures showed the total destruction of ancient temples in Kathmandu. The pictures and videos of the ride were quite amazing. The roads could only be described as terrible but the 500cc Indian Enfields on standard road tyres made the trip. Not a journey for the faint-hearted. Many thanks to Nigel for coming along and giving us his presentation.

As the weather should be improving, we are about to start our programme of runs. The first being a joint run with South Hants to Tangmere. The programme continues through the summer and into autumn and we look forward to seeing as many members as possible enjoying at least some of the runs. Dates for all the events are in Fishtail and I will circulate details of meeting places and times closer to the event. Please contact me to be included on the email circulation list if you want to receive details and are not receiving them already.

Good progress is being made with our new Thames Valley Centre website and we hope to have it up and running in the next couple weeks. I will give the web address as soon as it is available. Let’s hope the weather stays fair so we can enjoy some early runs out on the bikes.

Fishtail 442 – January 2017

The Centre held its AGM on 10 th January at the Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row with 19 members in attendance. The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary reviewed the past year and informed the meeting of the financial health of the Centre. Overall the Centre had another successful year with many good runs and events. The current committee was re-elected for the coming year and the events list for 2017 reviewed. An interesting discussion of the new Centre website followed and we hope to have this up and running soon.

The final action at the AGM was the award of the Hardman Expert Cup for special efforts for the Centre. It was awarded this year to Ed Tilsley for his excellent work on the production of the pull-up banner on the History of the Velocette. The award was accepted on Ed’s behalf by Norman Bailie.

The next significant event for the Centre is the Annapurna Trail presentation by guest speaker Nigel Adcock on 28th February at the Cherry Tree. It’s an intriguing trip through Nepal on standard Enfield motorcycles which I’m sure we will all enjoy.