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Sunday 7 January 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Hennock Reservoirs
1 present: Graham Brodie
Four were out on the first afternoon ride to Hennock Reservoirs the following week. The scenery was like that of another planet, with great walls of snow disappearing into thick fog and Trenchford Reservoir frozen solid!

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 14 January 1979
1000
Day ride: Unknown
1 present: Graham Brodie
The weather has still dampened enthusiasm for recent runs, but the “Old Faithfuls” still return each week for another dampening!

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 21 January 1979
1000
Day ride: Kenn
2 present: Graham Brodie, Don Hassall
On 21st January we had an enjoyable run to Kenn where we met up with Don Hassal. We had a fairly dry, although cold, run into Starcross, where we stopped for tea at the Old Georgian Café, who looked after us very well indeed.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 28 January 1979Day ride: Millcombe
3 present: Graham Brodie, Sue Shepley, Raymond Snelling (Junior, Devon)
The following week our run to Millcombe was a wash-out, although the turnout included Sue Shepley and three of “the lads” as our youthful followers are known. Our route to Ashprington proved very interesting as we took the footpath along the river and, had there been a little more sunshine, the scenery would have been very spectacular. Unfortunately the run ended in a bus shelter at Tuckenhay, where we sheltered form the pouring rain which continued throughout the brisk return journey which followed.

There has been renewed young interest in the Section with a new lad, Raymond Snelling, who braved the rain to come out on his first run, and we are hoping to see two more new youngsters when the weather improves.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 4 February 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Unknown
0 present:
(No report available)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 11 February 1979
1000
Day ride: North Bovey
1 present: Graham Brodie
It was back into the snow for our run to North Bovey. Although none actually fell, the surface snow increased as we headed towards Moretonhampstead and then continued on to North Bovey, after which we found the going a bit tricky on the thick slush as we headed down through Manaton to Bovey Tracey, and then finally home through Teigngrace.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 18 February 1979
1000
Day ride: Gara Bridge
0 present:
Report to follow.

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 25 February 1979
1000
Day ride: Hembury Woods
0 present:
Report to follow.

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 4 March 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Denbury
4 present: Graham Brodie, Gary French (Junior, Torquay), Raymond Snelling, Paul Unknown (Junior, Brixham)
In addition to last month’s new member, another keen youngster, Gary French of Torquay, has joined us and proved to be very enthusiastic.

The March afternoon run was a great success, mainly due to the great hospitality of John and Win Reynolds who made us tea at their Denbury home. Ten were out, including Gary, Raymond (Cake Eater Extraordinaire) and another new lad, Paul, from Brixham. All were indeed very well looked after.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 11 March 1979
1000
Day ride: Blackpool Sands
1 present: Graham Brodie
Our ride to Blackpool Sands we thought we’d end up sheltering in the bus shelter at Tuckenhay again but, fortunately, we dodged the showers and found a damp but sheltered hedgerow for lunch. Afterwards we dropped down to the beach and climbed the long hill to Dartmouth where we reluctantly parted with 25 pence each to cross on the ferry and then braved the long drag over the top of Brixham. But we made up for it on the run down the other side.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Saturday 17 March 1979Weekend ride: Inter-DA Photographic Competition Day 1
4 present: Graham Brodie, Basil Ellis, Gary French, Raymond Snelling
Both Gary and Raymond rode a good section of the route from Torbay to Crowcombe and back, and Raymond seemed the least “puffed out” of the lot when we returned. Basil (who’s just turned 76 years young – congratulations Baz) also rode extremely well and must be one of the Section’s hardiest members, seemingly unaffected by the cold and wet runs we’ve been having.

Our ride up to Crowcombe was mainly with the Exeter crowd and proved to be quite enjoyable, with even hints of spring in between the cold spells. It proved a worthwhile ride after the 5-star treatment given to us by Crowcombe’s wardens, Len and Alice Beck. Many thanks to you both.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 18 March 1979Weekend ride: Inter-DA Photographic Competition Day 2
4 present: Graham Brodie, Basil Ellis, Gary French, Raymond Snelling
The return trip was rather different. We set off in flurries of wet snow and had only travelled a few miles when first Raymond’s toe strap broke and then Jean Brierly’s back tyre punctured. After this it was the “Capes on – Capes off – Capes on” routine as the skies continuously turned from brilliant blue to dark grey and back. We were startled to meet two tanks hurtling through the lanes at Tedburn, but after this we were graced with a peaceful ride down the Teign Valley, then home via Newton Abbot.

(Graham Brodie)

Sunday 25 March 1979
1000
Day ride: Postbridge
1 present: Basil Ellis
Our run to Postbridge was a wash-out with heavy rain at the start of the day, putting off all except Basil who ventured for a few miles before returning home.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 1 April 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: No Man's Land, Daccombe
1 present: Graham Brodie
A large crowd went out on the April afternoon run, and we had an enjoyable ride to No Man's Land, which is situated near Daccombe, not far from Combe-in-Teignhead.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 8 April 1979
1000
Day ride: Rough Stuff Event
4 present: Colin Brierly, Graham Brodie, Margaret Maxtead, Raymond Snelling
On 8th April, Section members swept the board in the Rough Stuff Competition with Colin Brierly, Raymond Snelling and Graham Brodie all tying on points and Graham Brodie winning the tie-breaker. Margaret Maxtead took the First Lady and Raymond won the First Junior.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Friday 13 April 1979Tour: North Devon and Cornwall
1 present: Graham Brodie
Three of us went on the Easter Tour to Cornwall and really enjoyed ourselves. With glorious weather throughout the tour we could appreciate the great beauty of the coast of North Devon and Cornwall. Places visited included Boscastle and Elmscott, and the coves between them, the villages of Hartland and Clovelly with a ride along the Hobby Drive, and the last night was spent at Instow, near Bideford.

The most notable item on the tour was the meal provided at Elmscott hostel. Although only a simple hostel with limited facilities, the meal would have replenished the weariest of tgravellers, and the wardens should be praised for their efforts which were greatly appreciated by everyone.

(Graham Brodie)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 22 April 1979
1000
Day ride: Oldridge
1 present: Colin Brierly
We had a fair amount of sunshine for a ride up the Teign Valley on our way to Oldridge. We had a very pleasant picnic lunch near Kingsford before climbing up towards Holcombe Burnell. After a short stretch of easy going there was a much harder climb to the top of Whitestone Wood before running along the ridge to Oldridge and down the track to Culvercourt.

The sky had clouded very heavily by now and, when the rain started we were pretty certain it was in for the rest of the day. There was a unanimous vote to head for home, arriving rather late and very wet.

(Colin Brierly)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Saturday 28 April 1979Weekend ride: Exeter Day 1
1 present: Colin Brierly
The next weekend was our Exeter trip, when we enjoyed the hospitality of the B-Section. Saturday evening was taken up with a magnificent meal at Liz and Robert’s at Exminster.

(Colin Brierly)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 29 April 1979Weekend ride: Exeter
1 present: Colin Brierly
Sunday took us over Woodbury to Exmouth for elevenses. After a very enjoyable picnic lunch near Otterton we wandered up the Otter valley, only to discover that we had left Veronica with, we discovered, a broken seat pin. A temporary repair was just being completed when Jean Luxton amazed Don and Ralph, who were doing the job, by each producing two seat pins out of our saddlebags – not quite a feat of magic, for Ron Morgan does live at Harpford!

After an excellent tea at Vron’s we decided that the coast road home would be the best route, and we had the pleasure of the company of the Exeter folks as far as Starcross. Thanks a lot for a superb weekend – we’ll have to return the compliment sometime!

(Colin Brierly)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

Sunday 6 May 1979
1415
Afternoon ride: Littlehempston
2 present: Frank Boyes, Colin Brierly
It was nice to see Frank out of his hibernation on our May afternoon run, as well as, of course, the other folk who came out. The weather was kind to us and the countryside was also showing the first real signs of coming out of its long hibernation, with the hedges full of primroses and violets. We wandered to Broadhempston and Littlehempston and then crossed the main Paignton-Totnes road to Aish and Yalberton.

(Colin Brierly)

[The attendance list for this ride is incomplete, and sadly no attendance records were kept for this period]

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