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Friday 23rd December 2005
Noah's Funeral. Noah's funeral will be held at
Trusham Church on Friday 30th December at 11.30am. Family flowers only,
but donations may be made towards a cancer charity.
There will be a short bash ride starting at 10 am
from the Bishop Lacey, Chudleigh. (Number 1 bash colours) going on to
the funeral, and afterwards at the Cridford Inn, Trusham for tea and
cakes. (Drinks optional!) For details please contact Blaster or Trucker
Wednesday 21st December 2005
Sad News. Today
we received the very sad news that Paul (Noah) Yates, had finally lost
his long battle with cancer. He died at home on Wednesday 21st
December. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Di, and his
family. We all share their grief.
Everyone in the Bash, without exception, admired his positive attitude
and great bravery displayed throughout his very painful illness.
Paul was always a popular character, both intelligent and witty, with a
unique sense of humour. A big man both physically and mentally, with an
equally large personality.
He leaves this Bash and this life with such vivid memories of how he
coped with the good times and the bad, that he will never be forgotten
by those who had the privilege to know him.
Monday 19th December 2005
A Message from Bin Bag Bob.
Hi all Bashers &
I really must thank
all the bashers who came to Brittany
with me recently, those who came to my bash at Exmouth on the Sunday
and also the
cake, cards etc at the 'Ship' at Cockwood on Thursday on my actual
birthday. At midnight on Saturday
last (on the ferry - about mid
channel) the die hards (Barsteward, Corkscrew, Lily, Tooley, Trucker
& me) were sat round a table in the bar and realised that without
the bash we would never have met up so we raised our
glasses and toasted the 'bash'
It made my day(s)
very special and proves what a great bunch
the 'bash' is, you are all very special people, long may it last.
For me I lasted
until midnight on Sunday, after fours days
of celebration and was found asleep in a Chinese restaurant. I now know
what they mean by
a bed of rice!!
Best wishes and a very
Bin Bag Bob xxx
'Lustleigh' says hi and rather likes here new bash
name and although a shock to receive it on
Sunday promises to do her best to
bare up to the title !! xx
Also a couple of other things:
19th December 2005
A Message from Manky.
After the bash at the Ship (Cockwood) I have
someones black helmet.
Left on the coach after Brittany, two items of chocolate, to
claim contact BBB
There are now some photos
of the Xmas Bash on the photos page for your
entertainment. Some are not for the faint hearted!! Semi naked
men, terrifying punks, Morris Dancing..........need I say more?
Wednesday 14th December 2005
A Message from Shinpads.
A Bike for sale...Cannondale Scalpel....Nice paint job...Full susser.
very lightweight. Any interested pedallers please contact Deb on 07771
662 484. ( I wonder why she's selling her bike just
before Christmas...... Ed)
Friday 2nd December 2005
A Message from Tonto.
Barney is not too well at the moment and has been in hospital for an
operation. We'll update the site when we have more news, but meanwhile,
best wishes for a speedy recovery from all of us.
Sunday 20th November 2005
A Message from Bobbiball.
Remember that all those who came on the Dorset weekend have only until
31st November to have fully paid for the Quantocks. I have
provisionally booked Minehead for Feb 2007.The problem is the rental
has almost doubled and unless we get 30 the cost will be about
£40. i know it is early to commit yourself but it would be
helpful if you let me know if you're interested.
Friday 18th November 2005
has had his hip op. and all went well. He should be up and
running (I use the term advisedly) tomorrow! Those of us who are
not bionic will look forward to seeing him powering past us up the
Devonshire hills soon! The only fly in the ointment is that he has been
placed in room 32! For the founding member of the "31 club" that must
be upsetting! Anyway I'm sure everyone will wish him all the best and
hope to see him out again in the near future.
18th November 2005 On Sunday
(13th Nov) Tonto found a sum of money on the
foot path leading from Lympstone village car park
to the main street - Pottsie asked in the pub + no one
claimed it, maybe it was someone who had already left or maybe not a
basher at all! Who knows. If no one claims it
it will go into bash funds - It is in the safe keeping of Bash Cash
Sticky Dicky. (who is at this moment browsing the Internet for a new
18th November 2005 The age of
communication........I expect everyone in the Internet community now
knows that Stuart left his helmet and gloves at the pub on
Sunday......He's got 'em back now thank to Tonto, Mustang and Buzzer
among others......Aren't we nice people!
Sunday 13th November 2005
A Message from Dandy........Any
- Leader of the 2004 Royal Marines expedition to climb the Himalayas talks of
Thursday December 1
2005 at 7.30 p.m.
Abbrook Park Sports and Social Club, Strap Lane, Kingsteignton - twixt
inn and New Cross Roundabout on B3193
proceeds to the Exeter Transplant Games Association and the Arding
Fund for Sherpas
arranged by Ken Robertson of Mid Devon Cycling Club.
Owens for the best part of 40 years.
Richard is a kidney transplant patient of Dandy’s, and has taken
several transplant games which publicise organ transplantation. Richard was in his youth a top cyclist, and
has managed despite Dandy’s care to get back to some less competitive
(Shin Pads used to work with Richard’s wife – small
Friday 4th November 2005 The Words are
rides list takes us past Christmas and into the new year. You will note
that Sunday 18 December is our annual fancy dress ride and Christmas
party. We return to the very popular Starcross Fishing + Cruising Club.
We took the decision to use SFCC again because we can’t find anywhere
better plus the fact that we have also managed to get a good outside
caterer to provide the meal.
As with previous years this will be a ticket only event – you must book
and pay for your place by Sunday 11 December. Our bash tax collectors –
Mustang Sally + her Aunty – will be happy to receive your remittances.
If they’re not around when you want to pay then I’m sure you will be
able to find Unda, Sticky Dicky, Tonto or myself who will be happy to
relieve you of your cash. The subsidised price of the tickets is
£12 for all fully paid up bashers and £14 for guests. For
that you will get a hot 2 course meal, disco dancing to “Awsome
Sounds”, drink stops on the ride plus the benefit of inexpensive beer +
wine in the club house. Timings are much the same as in previous years
ie 11 am start, back to SFCC @ approx 2.30. The event generally
finishes before 7 pm. We want to sell at least 80 tickets “so let’s be
having you” and your money ASAP.
Before the Christmas party you might like to join Bin Bag Bob on his
“60th birthday Booze Cruise” - that’s Friday 2 December, returning
Saturday 3, landing Sunday 4 in time to join him on his “Sagi” ride
from The Beach Hotel, Exmouth. If you are interested ask BBB for
to 2006 please note the following special bash events.
3 – 5 February - Bobbiball’s
1st weekend in May - hope you get a brown envelope for the Dandy Dinky
2006 – which promises a new + exciting format
- 13 May - Bash main tour in France – Timotei
– 16 July - Nash Bash – organised by Sore Ass at Malborough
Football Club. Places are limited so get your booking form (available
on website) in ASAP. It’s only £38 and as we are the ” largest
and most active bash in the world” we need to send as many troops as
possible. I’ve already got my ticket – what about you? Details are HERE
June – 2 July Timotei’s Cheddar weekend – details from Timotei
– 30 July - Tonto’s Dorset weekend – squaws +braves please take
– 3 September – Valley Boy’s bash @ new venue – Moretonhampstead
Sports Centre – see website for details
– 17 September – French Exchange in partnership with Mid Devon
Cycling Club centred on Adbrook Social Club in Kingsteignton
Much of the information about
these 2006 events can be found on our website (That's here then!!) as
can the appeal for the “31 Club fast boys” to make sure that slower
riders and in particular “soldiers of the other kind” are not left to
fend for themselves. Race if you want to, no harm in that, provided you
appoint a “sweeper” who knows the area and whose task it is to get all
the troops safely back to the “Sadlers Well”.
Finally we’ve ordered 40 long
sleeved cycling tops in club yellow that will be printed with TVPB
logos front + back selling @ something like £30 each. If you are
interested see Poppy as we need to sell them quickly to recoup club
funds used for the original purchase.
On November 18 I am becoming
another “hippy” when I join Mudsie and Tweedledee who are already in
the club – hopefully it will eventually restore me to full fitness so
that I can, once again, enjoy bashing with the regiment.
PS I have spoken to Rubber (Peter
Jones) who so nearly perished in France and probably would have done so
had it not been for the timely intervention of the “enlisted men’s”
M.O. (Debacle) who suspecting a puncture provided a solution. Rubber
has been back on the bike but still feels "tyred" (sic) when riding
round his own patch. However he intends to keep on pedal pumping in an
effort to inflate himself to such an extent that he will soon be
hardened enough to share air with us in the not too distant future.
May 13 - 20
After a couple years in France next year’s tour is returning to sunny
Spain in the picturesque village of Bubion in the Sierra Nevada which
boasts stunning scenery and awesome riding from “Switchbacks” the
company Finn founded with Mike who now runs it.
This destination is a choice of Aunt Sally whose 50th birthday it is in
As usual there will be enough variation for all three groups of riding
from technical to easy fast-flowing single-track, and from well
surfaced fire-roads to that good old black tarmac!
There are lots of mountain villages with tavernas for the piss-heads as
well as lots of bars in the sunshine for the after-ride drinks!
Included in the weeks rides will be uplifts taking us up the mountains
in the mornings and/or pick up’s in the afternoon from the valley floor
The price is to be confirmed but will be no more than last year’s
£400 all inclusive excluding flights!
I’m swayed to using Easyjet from Bristol to Malaga; they’re very bike
friendly and cost a lot less than Flybe from Exeter!
All will be confirmed within a couple of weeks and Easyjet will be
releasing flights by the end of November so we want to get in there
first for the cheapest flights
Sunday 13th November
2005 Message to Dandy.
I am 5foot 10ins tall, but, wider than
Friday 4th November 2005 Re Tonto's
Loved your comments on website - 3 times I was left at junctions
crossroads last night (3rd November) - I might have known vaguely where
I was but not
how to get to Ideford via the back lanes! We definitely need a
back marker or at least just WAIT at every junction!!! it's not that
Friday 4th November 2005 Re Thursday
I stick my head above the parapet.
For the club with no rules, some suggestions about Thursday rides.
1. It is always straight on unless we turn off at a
junction. Then we always regroup.
2. The return from the destination pub should always be shorter
than the outward leg.
3. The return will typically be by the shortest route.
4. If someone does not know the way home from the destination
pub, then tell someone.
5. Several of us enjoy a blast on the return leg. Not just
those called Blaster.
6. The people at the back are the responsibility of everyone, not
just those at the front. That is, it is the job of those near the
back to ensure no-one is riding alone.
7. Those of us at the front actually always count numbers to
ensure no-one is missing in action.
8. The reason people don't always turn up on 31 club rides at 7
is usually decrepitude (Pottsie), weather (November to March), or
working late (Unda). A shorter ride can usually be arranged for
those who want it. Look at Flossie and her preference for short
Wednesday 2nd November 2005 A message from
I think Dandy and Heidi should take it
in turns to be backmarker then there might not be a timetrial in the
Tonto, most of us think "keeping
up in the dark" is not an unpleasant
ON OFF ON 2 THURSDAYS!
Monday 31st October 2005 A message from
Re your note on the website. I'm not much of a Thursday rider,
especially in the Winter - but here are some comments anyway.
On Thursday dark
night rides there are
usually no trails and no maps so eveyone rides as a bunch and the pace
is always set by the fastest.
The re-groups are
minimal and very short, slower riders are often left behind.
Being on your own and
unsure of where you are in the dark is not a pleasant experience.
no longer come along on Thursday because they feel unable to "keep
up". This seems somehow contra to the spirit of the
Maybe it would be better
if someone was designated to act as a "back marker" or sweeper to
ensure no one got lost.
(Several Bashers have expressed the same concerns to me. The "31 club" is a nice social occasion as well as an opportunity
to exercise. I think it would be a shame if any bashers felt that they
weren't good enough to take part. Do feel free to comment by emailing email@example.com. Ed)
27th October 2005
Thanks to the Great
Western Hotel tonight for hosting our ride and providing plenty of
roast spuds and sausage rolls. However, some bashers felt that the
Thursday night rides have become a little too competitive and that
riders who fall behind the pack are being left to fend for themselves.
If anyone would like to make any suggestions or comments, please email
me and I will post your replies on this page.
Thursday 27th October 2005 Jonno
still has a bike for sale (Getting cheaper now!....Make an
i-drive . Full sus, brakes have been sorted by Knobblies in
Exmouth. Now reduced even more..Click
pictures Contact Jonno on either 01395
263506 or 07729 503127 for further details
Thursday 27th October 2005
FOR DIARIES ---
CAMPING/BASH WEEKEND 2nd+3rd SEPTEMBER 2006
NEW VENUE--BRAND NEW
ACTIVITY CENTRE, MORETONHAMPSTEAD, SHOWERS, TOILETS, EVERYTHING!
(DUE FOR COMPLETION
FIELD FOR CAMPING, CAR
PARK FOR CAMPERVANS
NEW AREA FOR SAT + SUN
RIDES, ON + OFF ROAD
NEW "LIVE ON STAGE" AT
MUSIC FROM ROCK GROUP
PACKED WEEKEND -REMEMBER, NO DEVON BASH NEXT YEAR DUE TO NASH
THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE
NEXT BEST BET SO, GET IT IN YOUR DIARIES, BOOK EARLY IN 2006 ONCE WE
HAVE PRICES FINALISED! WE PROMISE IT WILL BE TOPS FOR VALUE FOR
BARNIE, BLASTER, HEIDI,
Wednesday 26th October 2005 My
spies are everywhere........Paparrazi pics of the Millionaires tour
have come into my possesion. The idle rich relaxing on their yacht at
Polperro. Click here
Also.....Bashers have been named! Chris Brains will
henceforth be known as "Faggots". All those of us who have lived
in bedsits with a Baby Belling and limited resources will
understand...... and Iain Honeyman will be known as "Buzzer".
Tuesday 18th October 2005 An Item for
the well dressed Basher! Get your orders in now for the latest
club shirts. After three years, we now have a new supply. Long sleeve
in tasteful club yellow, all sizes. Quality Altura shirt retails @
£30. Printed up in club logos front and back, about £27.
See Poppy soonest.
Saturday 15th October 2005 A couple of dates to note:
The Curry night will be held on the 10th of November at The Plough Inn,
Haytor Drive, Milber, Newton Abbot.
Also a change of venue for the ride on Oct 27th. We will now be riding
from the Great Western Hotel, St David's, Exeter: not the New Inn as
Lastly, the Xmas Party will be held on Sunday December the 18th at The
Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. More details to follow....
and Tweedledee have kindly sent in a
couple of pics of the French exchange visit. Click here to see 'em.
still has a bike for sale
i-drive . Full sus, brakes have been sorted by Knobblies in
Exmouth. Now reduced to £500.Click here for
pictures Contact Jonno on either 01395
263506 or 07729 503127 for further details
Monday 3rd October 2005 An apology......Yes Really!!!!
A break down in communications occurred when I was talking to Debacle
the other day. Hard to believe I grant you, but nevertheless it
transpires that when he told me that the Chamonix tourists were going
out to celebrate Joe's birthday, he was not talking about his son, but
Scrubber! So happy birthday Jo!!!! (...........and bad luck Joe!!!!
You'll just have to wait for your card!)
3rd October 2005 A Message from
Sore Ass Bash of Swindon are hosting
next year's Nash Bash in the picturesque market town of Marlborough.
Join us for a fun-filled weekend with
two superb rides taking in the best scenery, public houses and beer
that the Marlborough Downs has to offer.
The Bash weekend will take place over the weekend 14 - 16
July 2006 at
a cost of only £38 per person.
A booking form is attached so that you may secure an early
Please right-click here and
select "save target as" to
download the form. Then print out and send to the address on the form.
If you have any queries please contact Jack.Dipper@nationwide.co.uk
Tuesday 30th August 2005
News from Chagford and Chamonix
Two bashers have decided to get their money's worth out of the Health
Service this week.
Mayday hurled himself into a succession of rocks near Chagford on Chris
Braines' maiden ride, but has no memory of the event, and was escorted
to hospital by Old Fart and Sticky Dicky. He's a tough cookie though,
and will be fighting Henry Cooper for the World Title tomorrow!
Rubber has decided to see if his E111 works and has hurled himself into
a sharp rock at Chamonix! He's broken a few ribs and is in Hospital
near Chamonix, but still has a twinkle in his eye.
Makes you proud to be a Basher dunnit?
Anyway, we wish them both a speedy recovery and hope to see them out
The rest of the tourists are going out for a Japanese meal tonight to
celebrate Kamikase's (Bloggs', Joe's) birthday. I expect they will be
as restrained as they usually are! Happy Birthday Joe!
Monday 22nd August 2005 A Message from Blaster
Teign Valley Pedal
Riverside Camp + Ride Weekend.
Venue Teign House
W/E in Sept, Fri 2nd – Sun 4th
Price £5 all in or
Format Set up camp Friday eve, meal+ drinks in Pub.
(Give numbers to Trucker if you want to book fish + chips)
All day bike
ride on Sat (on and off road)
BBQ + Camp fire
entertainment in the eve
Bash ride from
field 11am start on Sunday
Equipment Campervan, caravan or tent
Provisions Grub + booze for Sat BBQ
And as Usual we
will provide the BBQ and logs for campfire!
Details? Contact Blaster 07831615737 or Trucker
Friday 10th August 2005
A Message from Bin-Bag-Bob
The Royal Beach Hysterical Society
in conjunction with
TVPB and Exmouth Rowing Club
Assault of the Exe
A day to guarantee to make you
saddle sore and tipsy!
Meeting at the 'Beach Hotel' Exmouth at 12:00h
Ocean going trip across the briny to the
Ancient Port of Starcross
Or meeting at 'The Atmospheric Railway Inn' at 12:30h
for those cycling from further afield
Passing through the historical parishes of,
Kenton, Powderham and Cockwood.
Bin Bag Bob
07870 676 580 firstname.lastname@example.org
07860 447 089
The day is to be finished off with an evening of fine food and wine,
merriment and song at the
Olde Worlde Manor Cottage Clubbe, Exmouth
This must be pre-booked with Karen Brice (07795 434 832)
Saturday 24th September 2005
Friday 10th August 2005
Words September, October, November 2005
Tonto's Thursday ride from the Lord Nelson, Kingskerswell concludes our
Summer Programme and as from Thursday 8 September we revert to the "31
Club Dark Riders" format, which means good lights and reflective
clothing are essential.
If you would like to nominate a pub for a "31 Club" ride then please
feel free to do so, but first and foremost you MUST negotiate with the
publican prior to recommendation. Important considerations are the
price and variety of real ale and wine on offer, location, parking and
the landlord's willingness to provide gratis snack type food for up to
31 people, much the same as they do for a darts or skittles team.
In this respect small traditional pubs are generally more suited to our
needs, but once again I emphasise that "free food" is not to be thought
of as an integral ingredient for every Bash ride, neither are Scout
Bashers expected to provide "eats" out of their own pocket. If you've
got a problem or need some help in this respect please speak to us
first before committing the Bash to any payments.
By now you should all have paid your TVPB subs which were due on 1
July, if not you now owe £12 for the current year. You can of
course pay £3 bi-monthly. The next £3 is due on 1
September. The subscription costs are so small compared with the
benefits on offer they must apply to everyone. Mustang and Aunt Sally
are our tax collectors and they are doing a splendid job, so pay
promptly to make their jobs as easy as possible.
Finally when talking about making Bash jobs easier would you speak to
our Calendar Girl and Scout Mistress - Mash - and book a ride for the
next two months programme November/December and early January 2006,
especially if you haven't been a Scout Basher recently. If you've never
organised a Bash ride then you haven't got a Bash handle. If you're new
to bashing then this is the only way you'll get a Bash christening. If
you've not sure about doing what, where, how and when then why not ask
from help from an experienced Basher?
Let me highlight some of the special events in this and future ride
programmes. First the Real Valley Boys Bash Weekend - a snip @ £5
- book with Blaster, Trucker or Heidi before 29 August if you want to
camp. There's also the Lynmouth camping weekend with Timotei and the
Head Bangers. Then in October Chockie is organising a weekend in France
when Bashers will receive reciprocal entertainment and hospitality of
the very highest level from our French cycling friends. We need support
in good numbers from TVPB - the costs relative to what you'll receive
are in fact minimal - so let's be having you!
Lastly in October 4 - 9 is RJ's Millionaires Cornish Tour, when all the
wealthy pissheads head West in search of good food and liquor.
Other dates for your diary - 31 Club curry night will be held Thursday
Friday 2 December - Sunday 4 is Bin Bag's Bob's Booze Cruise
Sunday 18 December - traditional Christmas fancy dress ride
Sunday 1 January 2006 - Tonto's ride and "At Home"
Details of all events to follow.
September - October - November 2005
Remember - Sunday rides start at 11 am,
Thursday rides at 7 pm or ride to the pub for a pint at 9 pm
Names with phone numbers for Thursday rides or the pub landlord's
29th July 2005
A message from Tonto.
companion(s) wanted for a few (3-4) days riding + sight seeing in
rides planed - Penzance to Land's End (circular circa 32 miles) +
Helston to Lizard (circa 38 miles). Both rides on road and hilly.
fixed plans yet about camp site or dates. Prefered dates
somewhere between 15 - 24 August.
22st July A photograph has
come into my possession which shows an aspect of some of our Bashers
that few would ever have suspected! Click on the
photos page to see the shock picture.
Saturday 16th July 2005
A message from Chocky.
weekend for the exchange visit with the Plourin Les Morlaix cyclists /
Walkers & others will take place this year on the first week of
who wish to go should book the night Brittany ferry from Plymouth on
Friday 30th September and return on the afternoon ferry on Sunday 2nd
October. Those participating will be responsible for booking their own
crossings & cabins etc. as required.
just returned from Plourin and there is capacity at the French end to
host in excess of 20 to 25 families / couples. If the norm is followed
there will be a breakfast / reception on the Saturday upon arrival at
Plourin followed by an afternoon ride (mountain bike and road bike)
plus a walk or other entertainment. Saturday evening there will be a
meal / party and on Sunday morning another ride probably with the
Plourin cycling club.
a very social event and friendships will no doubt be formed with our
French friends. Alcohol will flow and the food and entertainment will
be as normal - excellent.
those who haven't been before, take the opportunity to meet the people
of Plourin and enjoy their generous hospitality.
please to Le Chocky (Dave Hockin) who is co-ordinating this years visit
with the French organisers. I will match up TVPB members / families
with the French. If you have a preference with whom to stay in France
please let me know and I will oblige.
BE SHY - COME ALONG AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.
mail to Chocky@hockin.org.uk
or by phone 01803 813437
from Kit-Kat and Lather. Sun
For those not going to Cheddar there is an alternative ride
for roadies only! ie NO off-road. 25-ish mile road/quiet
lanes ride from Beer Engine at Newton St Cyres (off Crediton-Exeter
road). Half-way pub stop if required. KitKat and Lather
16th July 2005 Update
for the ride on August 28th from Chris. I'm pencilled in for doing the ride on the
28th August but need to change the meeting place to meet outside 'The
Globe' in Chagford (opposite church). (there's not much parking at the Sandy Park pub!) They have said they will do some
food for us ....... Yippeee!.....(ed)
Monday 4th July 2005
Bash Pics (Not the cycling though.....Couldn't see for the rain and
mist!) Click Here
Wednesday 29th June 2005
Words July – August 2005
Following the excellent French Tour and then the Devon Bash we can,
hopefully, now look forward to a long hot summer featuring lots of
really good rides and events.
As you can see from the July/August programme we already have planned
three Sunday BBQ Bashes and an away weekend, none of which should be
Two regular bashers are scouting their first trails and so earn their
bash names, they are Keith “Jonno” Johnson who will now be known as
Snudge and Joe Arkle who will bash as Bloggs. Explanations at
Mudsie has resigned her position as Words Sales and subs collector. I’d
like to thank her for her dedication and effort in this role. These
tasks will now be taken over jointly by Aunt Sally and Mustang Sally.
Please co-operate with the two Sallys to make their job easier. By this
I mean going to them instead of them having to search you out. The same
applies equally to our Trails Mistress – Mash. Please, when you
volunteer to organize a bash ride give her FULL DETAILS of the pub or
venue. This is something it is NOT OK to advise later.
Subscriptions 1st July 2005 – 30th June 2006. THESE ARE NOW DUE. Annual
subscription will remain at £10, but MUST be paid by 7th August.
After this time it will raise to £12. Bashers who opt for
bi-monthly subscriptions will now pay £3 every 2 months. These
fees are NON NEGOTIABLE save for newcomers and junior members who will
be advised by Mustang or Aunt Sally. Everybody is expected to
contribute – no exceptions!
Friday 24th June 2005
If anyone fancied a trip
to Chamonix? Jonno had an airline ticket (possibly two!) which he wass
unable to use. You should have called him on 07729 503127 if you were
interested, but you're too late!!!!! they,ve been snapped up! Sold
Friday 24th June 2005
See Taff's pics of Froggie
and Wangle's Cwmcarn weekend on the
Monday 20th June 2005
More pictures of The
Bashers in Provence, (Courtesy of Jonno) on the
Saturday 11th June 2005
I've just put up one
picture of some bashers troughing on the photos
I know I'm gonna get killed.....I just couldn't help it!
Tuesday 7th June 2005
Taff has let us have some
pictures of the French tour which are now on the
It looks as if the Bashers really went through it on this tour....all
that eating, drinking and cycling to do in the sunshine....poor old
Saturday 4th June
don't mean he's cute! but he did manage to persuade Noah to undertake a
sponsored Helicopter ride over Dartmoor. Many thanks to Humphrey
Walters who provided the ride free of charge. but he has asked for
donations to be forwarded to The Royal Marsden Hospital.So come on all
you Bashers....dig deep and make a contribution! Trucker is collecting
the cash on behalf of the Royal Marsden and can be contacted on 01626
852201. If you want to see the Hospital's site it can be found at www.royalmarsden.org
Friday 3rd June
Book Now for Timotei's Cheesy Cheerful Cheddar
Campsite on A371 between Axbridge and Cheddar
£5 per person per night 2 nights
Friday 29 July - Sunday 31 July 2005
For more details contact Timotei 07834 181076
Or email email@example.com
30th May Another
announcement! Noah and Dirty Di have got hitched and bought a camper van! We
tried to get a picture of the camper van but none was available, so we
have a picture of Noah and Di instead. You can see it here.
18th May A Message from
Jingle.....For those who don't frequent Lidl....apparently, they have
track pumps for £2.99! Jingle says they are similar to the ones
sold in Halfords for about fifteen or twenty quid and have a twin head
and pressure gauge.
10th May Words May –
Pottsie is away and has asked me to
pen a few words on his behalf – so here goes. He will, of course,
be joining you all on tour.
The current rides list includes two
action packed bash weekends and a ride in the Quantocks.
It was good to see Kit Kat and Noah
at the Teign House - both looking really well.
Mudsie – Words Sales and Subs –
wishes to “retire” soon. She has worked tirelessly for the bash
for many years and will be a hard act to follow. Anyone
interested please speak to Mudsie to find out what is involved.
9th May Pedal
your own canoe?
Paddle Bash? Canoe trip
Satuday 23 July 11.30 - 5.30 ish
Canoe from Tuckenhay - Dartmouth + back
Canoes are 12 seater canadian style NOT kyaks
see pics go to www.canoeadventures.co.uk
possible places - 10 per canoe
Tonto for details
Bashers who have been on previous trips include Tweedledum +
Tweedledee, Spook, Jingle, Mustang Sally
8th May "The
Dinky Dirty Dozen" tour was a fantastic
success. The weather and the riding were great and the drinking was
spectacular! Doubtless, details of the nefarious goings on will emerge
in the course of time under the Freedom of Information act! Tales of
Whisky, keys, fleeces and bumbags, phones and toilets, BBQ's and
tumbles, haircuts and laughter induced incontinence may all come to
light! Pictures on Photos page! See Blaster modelling clothes too!
If anyone would like to take part in
the Dartmoor Cycle Challenge which is run in
aid of the British Heart Foundation charity, and takes place on Sunday
22nd May 2005, Please
24th April 2005.
thanks to Trotski, Pavlova and Sputnik for organising today's ride.
It's a shame
they couldn't be there to enjoy it! However, a small but elite band
elements and returned tired and covered in muddy freckles!
Secondly, for those Bashers who are able to read....and who have
inclination.... Here's a little poem. If you think that poetry is for
me reassure you. This is an Australian poem... Just
click on the picture!.
Thursday 17th March
A Proper announcement!
For any of you who were not aware already, Lather and KitKat tied the
knot today and are now Mr and Mrs Ingram, although I suspect that the
normal terms of abuse will be used to greet them amongst bash members.
More importantly, they've bought a new tandem. You can see a picture of
(Try to ignore the people in the foreground)
Words March – April 2005
REGISTRATIONS from TVPB
full members are very slow. Get
your skates on because the popular weekend at Ivybridge RFC on the
first weekend of July has now been thrown open to all-comers, including
our friends from other bashes.
from March 20 the discounted price of £30 for the full package
members only, will cease and everybody will pay the full price of
if there are any full catering tickets left.
Pottsie wants this all
tied up before he heads off to Europe
THE main bash tour to Provence in May
is now definitely on with about 30 deposits paid. A
second payment of £50 pp is now needed – you cab pay more if you
want – and cheques please to bash cash Dick “Sticky Dicky”
Owen at Salty Cottage, Platway
Lane, Shaldon, Devon
ALL went well with
another good meal for £4 and a virtuoso performance by the CO –
he should be on stage, maybe sweeping it!
Shipwrights at Shaldon were well chuffed at receiving their Best Bash
Pub award, but Ingle was not so thrilled at getting the Dope Pedlar
gong. He refused to accept it, which goes
to prove that he is once again the perfect choice for the award!
Special pats on the back
to Cobbler and Blow Job at Thomas Trophies, who do such splendid work
for us at very reasonable rates. Thanks
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
FALLEN Woman and Broken
Man have returned. Nice to see them back,
albeit prompting a tsunami of words by the Countess on the wonders and
rites of SE Asia.
By the time this is published the torrent may have subsided
MUDSIE and Father leave
on March 2 for a tour of Oz and Kiwi country. Bedpig
will collect subs during her absence – don’t mess her about, or you’ll
have Mudsie to face on her return!
NOAH made a welcome visit
to see us at the Great Western, after his sailing trip to Tenerife. Unfortunately
he’s hit rough water health wise, so he can’t ride a bike.
We wish him a speedy recovery and a quick return to the pedals.
KITKAT too is under the
weather. Hope you soon return to good
Bedpig, Unda and Poppy are turning their wagons to the East in April
for a sojourn behind the old Iron Curtain, and will catch up with some
of you at the main tour in Provence,
and the bulk of the bash at the Devon
Bash. We know that bash will be in good
hands with the other officers during our absence, and might even
improve! All text messages on bash news
will be welcomed.
BOBBIBALL is due thanks
for organizing his best ever hostel weekend at Litton Cheney, Dorset,
right next door to a pub. A very wet and
wild Saturday did not deter the hardy on and off roaders, but luckily
it was much better weather on the Sunday. What
a great display of table dancing on Saturday night!
And who forgot the drive home from the pub after the rugby, with
Flossie at the wheel of the Landy? What
control by the girl.
BUCKTU also deserves a
mention for providing such a feast of gourmet food.
Nobody went short and there were even doggie bags to take home.
GLENDINNING, wandering son of Blaster, made an appearance at a couple
of bashes lately, sparking speculation he has returned to claim his
inheritance at the quarry. The explosives
officer seems in fine fettle to us with no sign of being off the pace,
but does the prodigal son know something we don’t?
Whatever, nice to see you again Mark.
CROSSIE could be unjustly
taking the blame for the poor performance of the England rugby team of late,
our spies tell us.
With the boys in white
crashing to humiliating defeats, the hunt is on for scapegoats. Rumours
have reached us from HQ at Twickers that coach Andy Robinson is
despairing of finding a winning formula, and could be targeting our
Pete, the official England
mascot, to take the rap.
“I can’t blame the
players or the management, so it must be Crossie’s fault.
I think he’s bringing us bad luck, and it could be time for a
change,” the England
supreme is reported to have told a down market tabloid.
players are just not motivated by seeing Crossie waving his big flag
anymore, so I’m thinking of bringing in some lap-dancers wearing an England
thong and not much else to fire up the players and the crowd.”
at TVPB will be doing all we can of course, to keep our boy in his job
– watching him in action on the TV is one of the highlights of the
rugby week for many of us. So we have
launched a Save Crossie campaign, and all our members are urged to
flood Twickers with protests.
SECOND curry and karaoke evening for the ’31 Club is being lined up by
poplar demand at the Old Coach House, Babbacombe on Thursday March 17. Tickets are £5, but you must pay in
advance. Let’s hope our vocalists are in
fine voice for the singalong.
JOEY THE LIPS CONCERT
Rugby Club on Thursday 24 March 8 pm. Tickets
£10 available from Crossie 01626 863864. Proceeds
to Epilepsy Bereaved.
lawyers warn us that the rampant sexism, foul language, homophobia,
sicko jokes, misogyny, ageism and jibes against veggie, ridiculing the
disabled and other minority groups, and racism, among certain sections
of the bash, must cease.
more and more organizations are being sued by employees or members who
have been offended by non-politically correct behaviour.
Unless we take steps to clean-up our act, your officers could
end up in court.
from now on all references to members’ sexual orientation, physical
appearances, dress sense, choice of partner, performance on the bike or
in the bike shed, alleged affairs, religious beliefs, size of
genitalia, sanity, political persuasion ,drinking and eating habits,
along with groping of bottoms, breasts and other private parts, ritual
humiliation of the less fortunate among us, profane and offensive
language, sexual innuendo, “jokes” about the handicapped, the sending
of obscene e-mails, the spreading of malicious rumors, gossiping about
the private lives of others, and general inappropriate behavior MUST
Inspectors have been
appointed to collect evidence of non-PC behaviour and offenders will be
court marshaled and severely spanked by the newly set-up PC Police
Sunday 20th February
Its back by popular
Yes the Devon bash is staying
at ivybridge rugby club on the edge of Dartmoor after the rip roaring
success of last year.
The format will be similar with
two great rides, on or off road, with possible beer and food stops; a
superb flat camping field; plenty of toilets & hot showers two
course evening meals, two traditional breakfasts and a Sunday lunch.
And there will be a live rock
band in the super new clubhouse on Saturday night, plus a disco on
The bash will be reverting to
our traditional first weekend in July date, from Friday July 1st -
Sunday July 3rd. you can also stay over 'til Monday morning.
There are only 110 full
catering tickets so early booking is essential.
For fully paid up bashers the
cost for the whole package is a measly £30. to qualify you must
have paid the annual £10 sub or the two monthly sub, from July
All others and non bashers will
There are limited children's
tickets at £10 for under 12s eating a junior meal.
A self catering camping deal is
available at £5 for bashers (children free) and £10 all
Priority will be given to TVPB
members up until Feb. 20th _ after that it will be open to our friends
from other bashes.
for the form,
complete and attach a cheque for the appropriate amount made out to
TVPB and give to Pottsie, Mudsie or Sticky Dicky.
Cheques can also be posted to
bash cash; Dick Owen,
Shaldon Devon. TQ14 0AR. Tel
Wednesday 9th February
2005. Update from Fallen Woman in Thailand. Well hello again ! Still
island hopping but on a downward spiral now as we will be home a week
today. We went for a walk on Ko Lanta and ended up in thick
jungle at a cave where the inevitable guide turned up with lights and
batteries and not knowing what to expect we just went for it ! Down
wooden ladders , across rickety wooden bridges , huge cave
spiders..yuk..a rat and a very large colony of fruit bats we then
wriggled through a two foot head space etc and emerged an hour
later back into the jungle to go down a hundred foot vertical
wooden ladder back to near where we started ! All in a days fun….
Caught boat to Phuket Island where we have two friends from Brixham
that live there every winter. Not so much of a holiday this year as
they are totally involved with helping to sort out a local village that
was devasted by the Sunami. The Thai government and others seem to be
witholding funds from many people that really need it to get their
lives back together again. The appaling bit is that most of the aid
workers from the large charities stayed in five star hotels with money
for bar bills etc seemingly no problem. Some of the large hotel chains
were donating fishing boats etc – particularly with their chosen names
on which was not so useful without engines, nets,fishing gear etc so
our friends are organizing on the spot help to sort out these sort of
problems which has to be a lot better than working in the mortuary as
they were . We have been helping out in a very small way here and
there.One of the local ladies was caught in the wave at seven months
pregnant and gave birth the same evening. Her baby was very unwell so
we gave some money to send her to hospital as her Mum had lost her job
, home etc. The doctor refused to charge any money as he said that
everyone had been so good to the Thai people and that if any other
people needed immediate treatment, he would not charge. On the whole,
rebuilding is happening very quickly and things are looking very
We hashed with Phuket hash in
the jungle. A great bunch of people. They have done an amazing job
raising huge funds and spending them locally on projects such as
rebuilding a school for the children to go during the day so that
the parents can get on with rebuilding their lives while the children
are being looked after. This included all the uniforms, books etc.The
Bangkok hash have raised a huge sum which is being transferred to
Phuket hash this week.
Now we have moved on to a tiny
island off Phuket where everybody knows each other. They are so unused
to tourists where we are stopping that when we asked for an orange
juice this morning , someone dashed off to the shop to buy the oranges
! Tomorrow on to the neighbouring island then back to reality and
Bangkok on Monday. On
Monday 7th February
2005. A Message from Tonto. On Saturday 19
March Heather & Roy Wheeler will have been at The Crown &
Sceptre in St Marychurch for 30 years. The longest serving land
& lady in Torbay. Quite an achievement.
Roy & Heather
have supported both bashers and hashers plus many other local
I am making a small collection to make a presentation to them. I
hope to organise some sort of happening.
suggestions and donations greatfully received. Email Tonto at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 6th February
2005. A Message from Wan. All TVPB members are cordially
invited to celebrate Wang's 50th birthday on the 23rd of April.
It's at Finlake Leisure Complex, near Chudleigh.
There will be a band,disco, sumo wrestling and lots of
drinking!! Accommodation is
available @ £15 pppn in
their luxury cabins and homes. I
MUST have your numbers for this to confirm
bookings!! There is a late bar
- 12.45 and a good time is
wang ( AKA Paul Kerr )
Phone on: 07779063196 or email
Sunday 30th January
2005. Pics from Fallen Woman in Thailand. Broken man and fallen woman have
sent us Some pics. Click Here
see. Also.....A suspicious picture of Jonno.....I can't help
it's been doctored in some way....Click Here to see for yourself!
Tuesday 18th January
2005. Update from Fallen Woman in Thailand. Hello everyone ! Since my last
message we have been staying on a bamboo thatched raft with a thai
family n a lake in a nature reserve with dog cat and TV when the
generator was on in the evening. Then we went up to the far North of
Thailand next t o the Myamar-Burma border and hired a motorbike to
explore. Golden triangle interesting but Burma not nice- open sewers
drugs so came back after an hour! Found very cheap budget air fare to
far South of Thailand by Malasia. Explored East coast – very like The
Gambia. Very windy beaches . Hired bike again- just two pounds a day.
Then took minibus ninety miles only one pound each to Eastern coast.
Found heaven on tiny island of Ko Lipe in Tarutao nature reserve near
Malasia. No Sunami here. Living in a bamboo house on stilts on edge of
jungle next to the sea. We lie in bed with breeze and listen to sea. No
one on the beach, no roads. The family that own the house cook for us
and the local bar has satelite internet-does that make sense… Mainly
divers come here. Only inhabited island in the reserve as sea gipsies
were given the land a long time ago. They are still here and are lovely
people originally from China.
We only have electric for three hours in the evening but who cares !
See you sometime. FW XXXX
Saturday 15th January
2005. New Pics To See! Check out Taffs Pics of Christmas on
the Photos page. See if you can spot the lucky girl who got a new bike
for Christmas. (No prizes for guessing though!)
Sunday 9th January
2005. Update from Fallen Woman in Thailand. Hi everybody ! Interesting 12 hour
train ride for 7 pound including 3 meals. Saw paddy fields and on to
mountains and then thick jungle with tiny villages. Now in North of
Thailand at Chang Mai. Went hashing with Chang Mai hash. Nice people
and lovely run through flower farms, paddy fields and little villages
etc but down downs went on for an hour....American RA. Today going up
to highest mountain here and expect to see some hill tribe people,
temples and the kings palace. Tomorrow moving further North up to
Golden triangle. Hope you all OK. Love FW.
Thursday 6th January
2005. A Message from Fallen Woman in Thailand. Hi everybody ! Done the
delights of Bangkok and off on 12 hour train to Chang Mai tomorrow.
Hashed with Bangkok hash
yesterday . Great run along klongs-mini canals around hares house. His
cook prepared Thai meal for our return at his lovely house on private
estate and all proceeds went to the disaster fund so we did some good
as well as having a brilliant time! Hope to hash with Chang Mai at
weekend. Take care xxxxx
Tuesday 4th January 2005. Voting Form Please right-click here and select "save as" to
download a voting form for this years awards.
Tuesday 4th January 2005.
Words January – February
Hope you all had as good a
Christmas as I did similarly I extend my best wishes to everyone for
2005. Unfortunately the tragic loss of life caused by the
terrible tsunami has dampened down much of the joy and rejoicing this
time generally brings. So if you can afford it, and if you want
to, please act quickly to easer the pain and suffering of those
afflicted by a disaster that seems to get worse each day. Thank
Looking back to the Xmas party
and fancy dress ride it was nice to see so many people making a real
effort to dress up in such a variety of clever costumes and it was of
course very good to see the return of our fancy dress pharaohs –
Barsteward and Tooley whose antics have been sadly missed for the last
two years. I think we all enjoyed the meal and the party, we were
certainly blessed with wonderful weather for the ride.
Now, looking forward you will
see that we return to The Welcome Inn for the 2004 Awards on Sunday 30
January - in this respect please can last year’s winners hand their
trophies back asap so that they can be prepared for the new
recipients. Voting forms will be issued shortly (and will
be available to print off on-line) and a carvery lunch will be
provided for only £4, but you MUST pay in advance. A rides
list for 2004 to help you choose your winners will be available
soon – but most importantly if you’ve been a regular basher in 2004
please take the time to cast your vote even if you don’t have a
nomination for every category. If you have an idea for an award
that isn’t covered on the voting form then please feel free to do
something about it. You will, of course, have to provide an
TVPB tour 2005 – 21 May – 28
May cost plus air fare £375.
If you are interested in going
please let Timotei know asap. Venue is Apt in Provence,
France. To get cheap flights you need to book early. The
hotel is of a very high standard with lots of facilities and good
food. It is near the town centre with many shops and bars.
As before the rides will be
guided and graded into A, B, and C with a day off for sight seeing.
to April 2002
to July 2002
to December 2002
January to July 2003