Thames Valley Centre Events

Most of our events during the year are club runs. All We organise frequent runs to interesting venues, mostly on weekends but some mid-week as well. Our runs are well controlled by the Run Leader and Back Marker with a comfortable pace aimed to suit the riders and bikes. We also join up with other Centre’s runs and will lead our group to the meeting point. For dates of planned runs see below.

Get on Jon’s email list and join us on a run, you won’t regret it.

jon.dunsdon@btinternet.com

From time to time we also organise events mostly on Club nights at the Cherry Tree, such as our popular Question nights on technical Velo matters of guest speakers – see Events List below.

2020 Events List

Coronavirus update 16th September 2020

We have had to suspend all club meetings until further notice due to a change in the Covid Rules – we will continue to monitor the changing situation and Jon will email if there any changes that affect us .

Mid week runs

We will aim to have at least one per month hopefully more from Spring to Autumn and we have a small team of volunteers to try to achieve this and the first run in April is currently being planned. Generally confirmed within a weeks notice to fit in with weather and member availability. Any changes or cancellation will be via our email circulation list so contact Jon Dunsdon to get on his list.

We are considering some other runs to be added to those below so watch this space.

March 10th Tuesday (clubnight) 

Technical Talk at the Cherry Tree. Stuart McGuigan and John Crocker of Criterion will host an evening on Velocette Technical subjects and questions.

April 5th Sunday – Cancelled

Meet up with South Hants Cantre on their run to Lasham Airfield. They will meet at Loomies, West Meon, and we are planning a run down and will meet up with them on their run.  To join us, meet at the BP Service Station at Three Mile Cross postcode RG7 1BA at time to be confirmed once we have finalised the details of our run.

April 26th Sunday – cancelled

Classic Meeting at the Royal Oak pub at Bishopstone near Swindon. Lots of classic cars and bikes on the FBHVC Drive It day. Meet in the car park of the Bull pub at Streatley at 9:30 for a 9:45 departure.

May 8th Friday (Bank Holiday) – Cancelled

Fleet Lions 37th Classic Motorcycle Rally. The rally includes a 45 mile run with a lunch stop. Meet at the BP filling station on Basingstoke road at Three Mile Cross  postcode RG7 1BA at 9:30 and depart 9:45.

May 16th Saturday – Cancelled

Kempton Park Southern Classic Bike Show and Autojumble. We will have a stand showing a selection of interesting Velocettes. Some help from members to man the stand over Saturday open times would be useful.

May 20th Wednesday – Cancelled

Cheddar Gorge Run. Run to be confirmed the previous week based on weather forecast. This is a 85 miles each way run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at (provisionally) 8:30 for a 8:45 departure.  See Jon’s email for confirmation and other meeting points.

May 24th Sunday Cancelled

Run to Crofton Beam Engines “in steam” at Crofton Pumping station  a 34 miles scenic run there but may be shorter return. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

June 13th Saturday – Cancelled

Show off Your Bike Day. This is our big Open Day at the Cherry Tree pub starting 12.00 noon and our biggest event of the year, with lots of visiting bikes. Barbeque food available and lovely weather booked! Awards (but not ultra concours judging!) in classes from vintage to modern, for Velo and non-Velo. All welcome – no need to book.

June 17th Wednesday – Postponed

Microlite and REME Museum Run. Details including meeting point and times to be confirmed.

July 1st Wednesday Cancelled

Flower Pot Run. This is a 35 mile each way run with lunch at Cheriton near Alresford. Meet at Shell Services Padworth at 9:45 for a 10:00 departure. (Note: Changed meeting point to avoid heavy traffic at Henley.)

July 11th Saturday  – Cancelled

Woodcote Steam Rally. A two day public event local to Cherry Tree. We will only have a display stand on the Saturday. Pick up an entry form at club night or internet and get your entry in.  Our meeting time at the Rally to be confirmed.

July? – Sunday Cancelled

Founders Day Run. We will have a run (70 miles approx each way) to the VMCC Founders Day at Stanford Hall. Meet at the Waterfront Cafe Benson at 8:15 for a 8:30 departure.

July 19th Sunday – Cancelled

South Hants “Up the Downs Run”.  We will have a 30 mile run to their starting point and join them on their run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

August 9th Sunday Cancelled

Popham Megameet. We have two stands as usual in the best position up at the marqee with plenty of room for visitors from other Velocette sections so we usually have lots of Velos. There will also be a 19 mile club run to Popham Airport meeting at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 9:30 and depart at 9:45 am.

August 19st Wednesday – Cancelled

Gaydon Museum Run. The museum has over 300 vehicles with the worlds largest collection of Historic British cars and a cafe serving a selection of hot and cold food. This is a 50 mile each way run meeting at the Waterfront Cafe at Benson at 9:45 and Depart at 10:00AM. Please see Jon’s email for more details and for a possible additional meeting point.

August/September – Sunday  – Cancelled

Sammy Miller Museum Run. The museum has an amazing collection of bikes, great cafe, and always new exhibits and the Autumn Bike Jumble this year. This is a 60 mile each way run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at 8:45 for 9:00am departure.

September 1st – Wednesday – Cancelled

Berkshire Downs Run This is a 55 mile approx run through beautiful Downs countryside via the White Horse and a lunch stop at a location to be confirmed.  Planning to meet in the car park of the Bull pub at Streatley but times etc are still to be advised.

September 13th Sunday – Cancelled

Seymour Run.  Our established annual charity run on a 65 mile scenic route through Oxfordshire stopping first at Thame opposite where Ralph Seymour had his shop/workshop and then off for about an hours pleasant ride before stopping at the Chearsley Classic & Vintage Fun Day for lunch/drinks etc. After a while at an agreed time the run will head back towards Reading. Meet at Waterfront Cafe at Benson on the A4074 at 09:30 for a 09:45 am departure.

September 16th Wednesday – Cancelled

Run to Brookwood Cemetary. This is a 20 miles each way run, meet at Arborfield in the Britich Legion Car Park (post code RG2 9PR) on the A327 at 9:45 for a 10:00 departure.

September 19/20th Saturday/Sunday – Cancelled

Kop Hill Climb near Princes Risborough. This is an amazing car and bike event specializing in old vehicles. Spectacular attendees on show, like a local Goodwood Revival. Lots of Velocettes and other interesting bikes entered for the Hill Climb, and overall a very good day. We are planning to have a big display again this year, developing on what we did last year. Details to be available later.

September 27th Sunday – Cancelled

Run to Crofton Beam Engines Steam Fair at Crofton Pumping station, a 34 miles scenic run there but may be shorter return. Really good day with variety of food on offer. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

December 8th Tuesday – under Review but very unlikely to be possible

TV Velocette Christmas Dinner. To be advised.

January 12th 2021 Tuesday – Unlikely to be possible

TV Velocette AGM.  This is a normal clubnight which includes the Annual General Meeting but we will have to establish if there is a suitable venue where it would be possible for us to hold it – Jon will advise details by email.

Keeping Velocettes Alive.
In the Mind, on the Road, on the Track.