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Sunday 10 October 1982
1000
Day ride: Hartland Cleave SX 853965
8 present: Colin Brierly, Matthew Burrows, Phil Burrows, Ian Lee, Richard Read, Dominic Sanders, Matthew Tewson, Mike Ward
Phil and Matthew Burrows help with the puncture repair
I believe this photo was taken on this ride, possibly near Tedburn St Mary. Can you confirm the location? If not this ride, then next week.
Phil and Matthew Burrows
Colin and myself were the entire Marldon meeting the following week, but we met seven others at the Chudleigh Bridge pickup. The destination was Hartland Cleave near Whitestone, so with clouds gathering above us we sped up the Teign Valley and crossed the A30 at Five Mile Cross. By this time many were feeling hungry, so we picked a suitable spot off the road for lunch.

Then the rain started – light at first but with increasing momentum. We didn’t spend long at the Cleave as we could hardly see it through the rain. We made for Cheriton Bishop at great haste, complete with Dominic’s loose rear cones and Ian’s clicking front ones!

Phil and Matthew Burrows left with Colin (and the rain) for Chudleigh to pick up the car while the rest of us continued via Whiddon Down to our favourite tea shop in Moretonhampstead. Suitably refreshed, we sped towards Bovey and home – I don’t know how Richard and Matthew made it after all those Devon Splits!

(Michael Ward)

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Sunday 17 October 1982
1000
Day ride: Buckland-tout-Saints
3 present: Mark Morton, Kevin Presland, Mike Ward
Buckland-tour-Saints (not the bottled variety) was the destination on 17th October. On what was a sunny but fairly breezy day, nine of us set off up Totnes High Street and took the Cornworthy road to Tideford. We continued through Blackawton, East Allington and on to Buckland, finding a nice wall to shelter behind so that we could eat our lunch in comfort. The church is very interesting as it is a long way outside the village of Goveton.

With lunch finished, punctures repaired, and Matthew’s shoe recovered we re-mounted our machines. The return route took us through Woodleigh to Moreleigh. We took that very fast stretch of road to Harbertonford, Mark and I pressing on ahead of the others. After ten or fifteen minutes in Harbertonford, however, we feared the worst and slogged back up the hill, only to find that Kevin had a puncture. We bade each other farewell at Totnes after a good day’s cycling.

(Michael Ward)

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Wednesday 20 October 1982
1900
Social: Section Slides and Photographs
1 present: Michael Jones
Social at the Maypool youth hostel clubroom.

Sunday 24 October 1982
1000
Day ride: Great Shaugh Wood
6 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Paul Harman, John Roome, Mike Ward, Andrew Winstanley
The day started sunny and humid, but as usual in these circumstances, the cloud soon started to pile up. The rain began before eleven, just like the old proverb says, and it was ten soggy cyclists that sheltered under the trees at Avonwick. Enthusiasm shattered, the majority decided to abandon the run. The minority was me, but my sanity has always been in question! Amid claims of hypothermia from Jean, we squelched back to whence we came. Despite the rain, it was nice to see Paul Harman, John Roome and Andrew Winstanley back with us again.

(Michael Ward)

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Saturday 30 October 1982Weekend ride: Salcombe Youth Hostel Day 1
0 present:
I believe this weekend was cancelled.

Sunday 31 October 1982Weekend ride: Salcombe Youth Hostel Day 2
0 present:

Sunday 31 October 1982
1000
Day ride: Beesands
2 present: Robert Spence, Mike Ward
I believe these photos go with this ride, but can you see where they were taken?
This photo of Mark Morton and Matthew Tewson caused much amusement at our slide shows
Looking back to Rattery on the way out of the village towards Buckfastleigh
This was taken in the centre of Rattery village, probably on the way home today.
View to New Barn, Luscombe Wood and Hood Ball from the Rattery to Buckfastleigh road near Pennywell Farm
There were seven out on the Beesands run, including a welcome return by Rob Spence. On a chilly morning we pedalled up the mountain out of Totnes again and on to the old road through Harbertonford. From Moreleigh we cycled via Combe to Coles Cross and then took a road we don’t often ride, dropping through Sherford and Frogmore. We were relieved in more ways than one when we reached Loo Cross at the top of the hill!

Finally, we arrived at Beesands. We found a sheltered spot at the mouth of a quarry, just along the beach, and settled down to enjoy our lunch. Afterwards there was an expedition into the depths and heights of the quarry, during which time one or two people got rather dirty!

We decided to take a short cut across the sands to Torcross, which turned out to be a long trudge, having to carry our cycles in places. After an irresistible stop at the café we sped up to Strete, taking the Cornworthy/Corkscrew Hill route back to Totnes.

(Michael Ward)

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Wednesday 3 November 1982
1900
Social: Open Evening
1 present: Michael Jones
Social at the Maypool youth hostel clubroom.

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Saturday 6 November 1982
1830
Social: Bonfire Night
1 present: Michael Jones
Hostel meal at 6.30 if required.

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Sunday 7 November 1982
0930
Day ride: Woodbury CommonTurning very wet
1 present: Colin Brierly
The destination for the energetic run on the first Sunday in November was Woodbury Common. The day didn’t start too badly, although there were ominous-looking clouds as we met at the Drum Bridges pickup. It stayed dry as we made a good pace up the Teign Valley and ground over Longdown into Exeter, where a brief stop was made to find some food for a new rider, Gary Throgmorton, who hadn’t come prepared with a picnic.

We made another brief pause to drop something in the Luxton letterbox before, foolhardily as it turned out, pressing on to Poltimore heading for Broadclyst and Whimple. We had not gone very far before capes had to be donned in a hurry, and thoughts were of possible shelter for lunch.

A “better than nothing” bus shelter at Dog Village had to suffice, although Pete’s shed at Stoke Canon would have been true luxury in comparison. There was not the slightest sign of any let-up in the deluge after lunch, so a unanimous decision was made to head for home by the coast road.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 7 November 1982
1415
Afternoon ride: Decided on the DayHeavy rain
3 present: Jason Bath (14, Paignton), Michael Jones, Kevin Philips
Meanwhile, back at Five Lanes … Yes, it was raining there too. I cycled out to Marldon as a duty rather than for pleasure, expecting to see no-one there, but I was in for a surprise. Don’t ask me what makes youngsters want to go cycling in torrential rain, because I don’t know, but waiting in the shelter were Kevin Philips and fourteen-year-old Jason Bath. Jason had been meaning to come out with us for many months, but every time we had a short run and he was free, it either rained or he had had an accident just beforehand. Today he could wait no longer, so there he was, wet and bedraggled!

We enjoyed our ride, squelching around the lanes through Denbury, Broadhempston and Ipplepen, but it’s not something I want to make a habit of. I hope the two boys enjoyed their afternoon, otherwise we might have all been better off staying indoors!

(Michael Jones)

Saturday 13 November 1982Social: AGM, Exeter YH
2 present: Colin Brierly, Michael Jones
Report currently unavailable.

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Sunday 14 November 1982
1000
Day ride: Gidleigh CastleWintry showers
5 present: Andrew Billington, Colin Brierly, Michael Jones, Kevin Presland, Eddie Wingfield (Junior, South Brent)
The AGM and slide show were followed by a run to Gidleigh Castle. After the previous day’s sunshine, we were looking forward to the prospect of a good ride, but some very heavy showers just prior to the start made sure that attendance was low and that those who had made the effort were wet and cold. Seven of us met at the Bovey Tracey pickup, including Andrew Billington and Kevin Presland who were just out to say hello (which incidentally they did beautifully).

Well, we set off along the Manaton road, with Colin and our new rider Eddie Wingfield from South Brent setting a good pace up front. Unfortunately, Michael Ward got a puncture around the first corner, and we were standing in the cold for twenty minutes while he wrestled with his cold fingers. Colin and Eddie were now out of sight, so we set off up the hill as quickly as we could. A hail shower almost turned us back, but we persevered and finally reached the top to find the place deserted! There was no sign of Colin anywhere, so we carried on in the hope of seeing them beside the road.

When we reached Hound Tor and still hadn’t found them, we decided to grab a bite to eat from our lunch boxes and make for home – it wasn’t the kind of day to sit around enjoying the view! Obviously, Colin and Eddie had had similar thoughts, for we caught up with Eddie just past Cold East Cross (a very apt description). He was drinking something hot before descending the hill to Ashburton – a sensible man!

(Michael Jones)

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Wednesday 17 November 1982
1900
Social: Mend Your Bike
2 present: Colin Brierly, Michael Jones
Social organised by Colin Brierly at the Maypool youth hostel clubroom.

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Sunday 21 November 1982
1000
Day ride: Mamhead Obelisk
4 present: Michael Jones, Ian Lee, Mark Morton, Mike Ward
When we woke up on 21st November, several people swore. It was lashing with rain – again! We had planned to go to Mamhead that day, but enthusiasm was somewhat lacking when the six brave souls met at Newton in torrents of rai. We put on a brave face and made for Kingsteignton, but when Ian Lee got a puncture and we’d been standing around in the cold for twenty minutes, water running into our shoes, it all became too much for four of us. Michael and Mark went on to Don’s for a cup of tea, but I’m not sure they enjoyed their afternoon as much as we did at home!

(Michael Jones)

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Sunday 28 November 1982
1000
Day ride: Bigbury-on-Sea
4 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Michael Jones, Richard Read
And that brings us rather quickly to the last Sunday in the month … which began with a shower! Fortunately, this was the only rain of the day, and the six who completed the ride had a superb run. They rode down through Moreleigh and Woodleigh, having lunch along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford. The tide was soon lapping across their exit, however, so a hasty escape was made to the destination – Bigbury-on-Sea.

A short stop was made in the village before the long journey homewards via Modbury and Kittaford. Richard was finding things a bit hard towards the end as temperatures plummeted and darkness fell. He made it home, though, with a little help from Jean in the form of a Mars bar! Here’s hoping that the weather improves sufficiently next month to get Torbay off to a fresh start, before the new year begins. See you at Cockwood for the Christmas Lunch? Of course we will!

(Michael Jones)

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Wednesday 1 December 1982
1900
Social: Open Evening
0 present:
Social at the Maypool youth hostel clubroom.

Saturday 4 December 1982
1830
Social: Annual Dinner, Torquay
0 present:
Glenn Powling sells raffle tickets to Philip Wrigley and I believe Geoff Sharpe at the Annual Dinner
Michael Ward enjoying the Annual Dinner at the Trecarne Hotel, Babbacombe with Jean Brierly
Glenn Powling sells raffle tickets to Ivy Thorpe
Held at the Trecarne Hotel, Babbacombe, Torquay.

Sunday 5 December 1982
0930
Day ride: BrentorDull and overcast
2 present: Mark Morton, Mike Ward
With December constituting the third month of wet Sundays in a row, the attendance situation was beginning to look serious. A little encouragement was clearly needed during the Christmas period to revive enthusiasm amongst the ranks, and the result was an average attendance of ten over the month.

(Michael Jones)

On the morning after the Dinner, poor support for the long run could have been predicted. Only Mark and I met in Avonwick for the start, and on such a dull, overcast morning we decided not to press on to Brentor. Instead, we went for a spin around the lanes to Ivybridge and returned to Buckfastleigh via Brent Tor (similar name anyway) to meet up with Mike for the Afternoon Run.

(Michael Ward)

Sunday 5 December 1982
1415
Afternoon ride: IpplepenRain
4 present: Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Sue Shepley, Mike Ward
By this time the clouds had given way to continuous rain, and the three of us were rather damp on arrival at Marldon. There were only four other insane people there, including Sue Shepley, who after a lapse of nearly three months, felt she ought to make an effort. We rode out towards Littlehempston and on to Ipplepen before we decided to follow Mark’s lead and go home.

(Michael Ward)

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