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Easter weekend up date on Barry. Sunday, progress looks good and Barry
is more alert and has good memory, however he tires very quickly but is
talking of going home. Monday, even better today and joking with
Derryl. He is getting his appetite back and the staff are pleased with
his progress. Tuesday, Barry was a bit down today, confused, muddled
and tired. The staff got him out of bed and into a chair for a short
time - apparently Barry fell out of bed later on and hurt his knee.
Babs, Barry's wife, has requested no
direct contact at the moment from well wishers apart from one nominated
person which is Ivor Slade.
Wednesday update: Babs
says that Barry woke today and said that he feels absolutely knackered.
about the same as yesterday(Tuesday) although he did eat a little
ice cream later on. Barry is sleeping and still recognizes people,
although he has
light communication. The hospital said that he has fractured his skull
,which after seeing the back of his helmet it is no surprise.
He seems to be doing well, considering it is still under
a week and the wollop he had.
Tuesday, latest on Barry:
to report that Barry has taken a few steps back from how he
was yesterday. Not as alert, or awake as much and is not eating at the
moment . Babs says that he is a bit spaced out . Lets all hope that
this is temporary and is the bodys way of coping with the
trauma and that he will return to improving.
HQ newsletter on the button above. Picture of Geoff and Kevin who won
trophies at the Llanishen bike show last weekend now on the reports page.
on Barry is that he is making good progress and is out of intensive
care and has been moved into the Neurological ward. The first thing
that he asked when he awoke was how was his bike. He is still a little
groggy but is moving all his limbs and recognised his wife Babs.
been in formed that whilst out on a ride with the moped group on
Friday, Barry Cooksley came off his bike near Ogmore and suffered
concusion. He was treated on site by a trainee paramedic and then
air-lifted to the Heath hospital. Currently, Barry is in an induced
coma having suffered a bleed on the brain and several broken ribs. I'm
sure that we all wish Barry well and I will add information here as and
when I get it.
Seaside run regs, Cotswold touring week regs and Cotswold signpost
rally regs are now at the bottom of the the Events calendar page.
were treated to a very interesting talk on Perry making at the club
last Monday, thanks to Dr Mike Penny, who brought along a couple of
bottles for tasting purposes.
Finally, a reminder for the Llanishen Bike Show
this coming weekend.
would appear that Bruce's 3rd place in the PV class during the Cheddar
weekend was incorrect as Bob Ashwin had his bike incorrectly listed as
1956, yet it was really 1936, so Bob pipped our Bruce for the 3rd place.
Cheddar weekend trial results here.
Well done to Bruce for making third in the PV class. Also the latest
CMB magazine on the above button. as well as the Saundersfoot regs and
entry form now on the bottom of the events calendar page.
NEWS FLASH - At last Rob Jones has decided to buy a Triumph
- well, it is April the first.
Some notes on the Cheddar weekend are now on the Reports page.
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter on the above HQ button, where you
can read the outcome of the AGM appointments and awards.
heard much about the VMCC Agm apart from the proposal to close the
retail shop. It failed with 606 votes for the motion and 625 votes
against, with 57 abstentions.
Latest CMB magazine on the button above.
turnout for Geoff's talk on Alec Bennett. We ordered 20 Faggots
Peas and only 17 sat down to eat. However, Geoff's talk was as
informative as ever, "Thank You Geoff".
Don't forget the St David's
day run on the 10th March - leaves the Mountain Cafe at 10.30am and the
long range weather forecast doesn't look too bad - so time to change
the oil, dust off the cobwebs and get something out of mothballs to be
ready for the years riding.
don't forget that next Monday is the St David's Day Lecture, given by
Geoff Harris. Food will be available at £5 per head. We have 20 meals
booked and it will be on a first come first served basis.
CMB newsletter on the button above. Our good friend Paul has at last
relinquished the Presidency of the CMB. Paul took over the President
post of the CMB for a short period of two years - it took 33 years
before he was able to hand it over to a new incumbent. Welcome
I've just received the following from the Bristol section regarding the
South West Coast Run:
After many years,
organisers of the event are standing down for a well earned rest, and
although people have offered to help, no one has come forward to take
on the considerable amount of work involved in managing the event in
the future. Consequently, the decision has been taken not to run it
this year. It is hoped that this will be a temporary break and that
after a year to catch our breath the event will re-emerge albeit in a
simpler and more manageable form.
Please pass this information
to anyone you know who also entered the event and may need to know, and
thank you once again for your support in the past
Chairman, VMCC Bristol Section
Latest Section secretaries newsletter is now on the HQ button above.
voting forms were sent out with the February magazine and there are a
few propositions that need clarification. I shall outline the
background to some of them at the next section meeting in order that
you are all a little more informed, so as to make your choices
regarding some of the items. Otherwise just give me a ring and I can
Entry details for the Cheddar weekend and the Cornwall week
can be found at the bottom of the Events
night's AGM was poorly attended with only 18 members turning up. The
committee were re-elected en bloc and the whole AGM business was
finished in 25 minutes. After the business part of the meeting was
done, the floor was opened up to a general discussion, which raised
some interesting points. My problem is why did members not bother to
attend? We normally have a good turnout at AGMs, but we seem to be
doing something wrong, somewhere.
Some time back a
serious accident took place, off road, with a farm tractor, somewhere
in the EU.
Consequently, the EU decided to draw up a new directive to cover the
situation. You may, or may not, be aware of this new MID(Motor
sometimes referred to as the "VNUK") that has been quietly progressing
through the EU.
The directive requires compulsory unlimited third-party liability
insurance to be carried by anyone using any form of motorised
transport, in any location. That includes everything from ride-on
lawnmowers and tractors
to single-seater and tin-top competition vehicles, even at private
venues like race circuits, throughout the EU. This means crashes in
events would be treated as
road traffic accidents and would involve the police, as would any road
IMCO, the European Parliament committee responsible for MIDs, has
just voted by an overwhelming majority of 32 to 2, with one abstention,
to exempt various vehicles from the scope of the Motor Insurance
Directive. The proposed judgement threatened motorcycle and
sport by making road traffic insurance compulsory during off-road use
(e.g. on a motor racing circuit). This would require a form
insurance not commercially available and according to the insurance
industry, probably unachievable. At the top end of the scale,
just think of trying to insure a Formula 1 car - let alone what the
premium could be.
A rather nice 1972 Yamaha CS3 for sale in the Bar.
OF DATE FOR THE GUEST SPEAKER IN APRIL - DR MIKE PENNY WILL BE WITH US
ON THE 8TH AND NOT THE 21ST, please make a note in your diaries, etc.
Arteck jump starter pack for sale in the Bar.
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter now on the above button.
reports page for 2019 now set up with the 2018 reports now moved to the
'previous year' button, all under the Lounge as above. If anyone needs
any information/photos etc from a previous years reports page, then I
still have them, just email me.
Happy New Year everyone.
small change to our calendar is the need to put the St David's day run
back a week from the 3rd March to the 10th March, all other details are
have been six nominations for the posts of Director for the club. Some
are new names. Geoff McGladdery was co-opted onto the MC
the last year whilst Brian Southam served on the MC for 14 years with
myself. The most important thing for you, is to vote for these
as they are prepared to step up to the plate, which bodes well for the
future of the club after the past few turbulent years. The following
are copies of their applications - do have a read and vote for them all:
Clark - Clyde Valley Section
Southam - West Kent Section
McGladdery - Herefordshire Section
Lay - Brooklands and South Hants Sections
Albeson - Auld Reekie(Edinburgh) Section
Moore - British Historic Racing
A note on the Day after Boxing day run, now on the Reports page along
with Bruce's tale of his ride out. Entry form for the Llanishen Bike
show is downloadable from the events
night's Xmas dinner was attended by 47 and we managed to present most
of the Vale of Glamorgan Trophies during the evenings proceedings. It's
always nice to see some members from the West South Wales section and
to welcome two new members, Iulian and Monica Casalean. Photos etc on
the reports page
in the Lounge.
event is the meeting on the "day after Boxing Day" at the Red Lion on
the A48 in Bonvilston - followed by the "Day after New Years Day" at
the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. Meet at the pubs around 12 noon.
Merry Christmas everyone.
We've had an invite to enter our bikes etc in a show on the 8th june
organised by the Ystrad Mynach College. Entry forms are here
in PDF, or here in Word format. Please note
that I have queried the first requirement on the form that asks all
entrants to declare that they have "appropriate 3rd party insurance". I
am assured that this refers to road insurance and that the college has
it's own PL insurance in place. I'm not sure how that affects anyone
who wishes to enter and to take their bike on a trailer as they may not
have road insurance for it - best to check with the organiser.
Latest CMB magazine now on the button above.
Last call for dinner choices, if you intend to come. Raffle prize
donations will be welcome on the night.
The Wednesday evening rideouts have been finalised and are on the
calendar on the events
Briefly they are:
April - The Black Cock, Caerphilly mountain
May - The Victoria Inn, Sigingstone
June - Y Maerun, Marshfield
July - Red Lion, A48, Bonvilston
August - Creigiau Inn, Creigiau
September - The Farmers Arms, Aberthin