Thames Valley Centre Events

Most of our events during the year are club runs. 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.

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.

2019 Events List

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.

February 12th Tuesday (clubnight) 

Technical Talk at the Cherry Tree. Stuart McGuigan of Criterion will talk about the Velocette clutch.

February 26th Tuesday (clubnight) 

Technical Talk at the Cherry Tree. Jon Dunsdon will give a talk about chronometric speedometers.

April 6th Saturday

Meet up with South Hants Cantre on their run to the  Hovercraft Museum. They will meet at Loomies, West Meon at 10:30, and we are planning a run down to Loomies.  To join us, meet at Doubles Garage, the Murco filling station on B3349 in Spencers Wood postcode RG7 1AF at 9:30 for a 9:45 departure.

April 24th Wednesday

Canal Museum Run Stoke Bruerne. A really interesting museum with a cafe. We will be meeting at the Waterfront Cafe, Benson at 9:30am and depart at 9:45. The run will be 45-50 miles each way approx.

April 28th Sunday

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

May 6th Monday (Bank Holiday)

Fleet Lions 36th Classic Motorcycle Rally. The rally includes a 45 mile run with a lunch stop. Meet at Doubles Garage the Murco filling station on B3349 in Spencer Wood postcode RG7 1AF at 9:30 and depart 9:45.

May 18th Saturday

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 22nd Wednesday

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 8:30 for a 8:45 departure.  See Jon’s email for other meeting points.

May 26th Sunday

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 15th Saturday

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 16th Sunday

Run to Prescott Bike Festival. Unfortunately there is insufficient support for a club run and anyone interested should make their own way to Prescott.

July 3rd Wednesday

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 13th Saturday 

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 21st Sunday 

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 28th Sunday

South Hants “Up the Downs Run”.  We will have a 30 mile run to their starting point at the White Hart Inn, Stockbridge for 10:30am and join them on their run. Meet at Shell Services on A4 at Padworth at 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

August 6th Tuesday

Care Home Run. We will be repeating our run to the Whitefarm Lodge Care Home in Twickenham this year. There will be more than one meeting point and associated times, and these will be detailed in Jon’s email for the run to be sent out the previous week. Please check the email if you are planning to take part in the run.

August 11th Sunday

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 21st Wednesday

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.

September 1st Sunday

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 8th Sunday

Seymour Run. Our established annual charity run on a 65 mile scenic route through Oxfordshire returning to the Waterfront Cafe where there will be food options available. Meet at Waterfront Cafe at Benson on the A4074 at 09:30 for a 09:45 am departure.

September 11th Wednesday

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 21/22nd

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 this year, expanding on what we did last year. Details to be available later.

September 29th Sunday

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 (near Aldermaston Wharf) at 9:15 for 9:30 departure.

October 2nd Wednesday

Berkshire Downs Run. This is a 55 mile approx run through beautiful Downs countryside via the White Horse and a lunch stop at Ardington. Meet at Bull Car Park (Traffic Lights at Streatley) at 9:30 for a 9:45 departure.

December 8th Sunday

Reading Toy Run (Provisional Date) – This 7 mile run attracts several thousand bikes every year in aid of Barnardo’s School in Wokingham. We will be meeting at 12:45 at the car Park (opposite Bell & Bottle pub) in Hyde End Road, Shinfield  and riding as a group to the start at Foster Wheelers.

December 10th Tuesday

TV Velocette Christmas Dinner at the Cherry Tree. Full details to be available later.

January 14th 2020 Tuesday

TV Velocette AGM at the Cherry Tree.  This is a normal clubnight which includes the Annual General Meeting which will start at 8:00pm.

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