Hi Y'all and Happy New Year!
Just to remind you that Nash bash 2008 registration price goes up on March 1st, so get ur regos(see attachment) into Luv machine pronto!
Don't forget to indicate on the form if you want a bed at the hostel or camping (NO EXTRA COST FOR BEDS)
We have plenty of room for camping but limited space for parking, so we would ask you to share cars with a friend if possible
Please also ensure that you indicate on the form if you intend to bring a camper van
Tony "Postman Splatt" Frost - PA to general Nash Bash dogsbody dude - 01873 832419
More details on rego form and on Nash bash website courtesy of our friends at the Cranks -
Also don't forget that Horace is putting on Taf bash from the Nash bash venue at Talybont this coming Saturday 9th Feb - contact him for details on that
Thursday 31st January 2008
Issue 3 of Birdseye now available....Click Here!
The Words February - March 2008
WHAT a glorious day for the Oscars ceremony.
Brilliant weather with blue skies, no wind. Both on and off road riders had a great time on the lanes and the trails around Haldon and the Exe estuary.
And the carvery at the Welcome Inn - free for most and £4 for non-regulars (how much!), was top notch, with unlimited helpings of meat and veg that filled up even our hungriest riders.
It was another virtuoso performance by our CO, Pottsie, who was MC for the awards presentations, with some help from RJ and others who 'warmed up' the audience. The full list of winners is included further down the page.
About 50 bashers supported the day, but with over 100 fully paid up 'members', it could have been a lot better. Especially when you consider that anybody who turned up for at least four rides over a four-week period, got the nosh gratis.
Another disappointment was that only 31 bothered to vote. Perhaps next year it should be a condition of attending that a voting form is completed.
PS, The CO and his missus apparently ate Faggots' spleen, so thoughtfully and delicately produced for examination at the awards by Kamikazee.
"Waste not want not was how I was brought up in the war," Pottsie declared.
"Bedpig seasoned it well, and with a few veg and potatoes made a delicious, if somewhat different meal. I've had worse in some of the bash pus.It is the first time we have eaten any of the bashers, but I can recommend a slice of Faggots to anybody."
PPS, We hope the curse of the Best Newcomers award does not strike this year. Many past recipients have never been seen again!
THE Christmas party was also another hit, and again great value at the Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club, with cheap booze, excellent food, mulled wine, beers and mince pies on the fancy dress ride through Dawlish, and a storming band that had the dance floor packed from start to finish. Those who found the modern beat combo a trifle on the loud side, did have a quiet room to relax, chat about the old days, play cards, snooze and knit!
Well done to everybody who made the effort with some original and hilarious costumes.
If anybody has an idea for a different venue next year and is willing to put in the research to ensure it meets all the criteria, then speak to Pottsie now. Basically, it needs to be in a central location, close to a town so we can parade in fancy dress, have adequate parking - especially for campers! - provide good food and reasonably priced drink, and enough space for a band-disco and dancing - all at the right ticket price.
It's tricky, which is why we use the fishing and cruising club. It's a popular venue and we only go there once a year, so maybe most folk are happy with it. Let's have suggestions.
AND many thanks to Pottsie and Sturmey Archer for the generous food and drink at their joint birthday part at Holcombe Village Hall, and also to Bothways for the grub served up at her Exmouth abode for her 40th.
OUR traditional curry night is being held at the Old Thatched Inn, Bovey Tracey, on March 6, and will set you back all of £5......how m..... etc etc!
A short ride, and back to eat at about 8.30pm. It's a ticket only event, with places limited to 45, and advance booking only. Pay Pottsie or Poppy.
MOTHERS' Day is on Sunday, March 2, and the suggested venue is the Anchor Inn at Chudleigh Knighton, with Pane (young Stamp) as scout basher.
WE seem to have 'lost' a few bashers on some rides lately. So it might be worth emphasising that on live, unmarked routes (on or off), it is always best to have a nominated 'sweeper' for each section to keep and eye on the stragglers. There should be regroups at each junction, to make sure nobody misses the turn.
When the sweeper arrives, everybody should be there, and another 'sweeper' can then supervise the next section, and so on.
People can lag behind for all sorts of reasons, breakdowns, punctures, chatting, drinking, eating, amnesia, texting, admiring scenery, taking a leak etc, but it is a bit careless to lose too many.
JUST a reminder - the Nash Bash this year is deep in the Welsh Brecon Beacons from July 25-27. organised by The Dragons Bash.
The base is an outdoor activity centre in Talybont - no gays in the village, but three pubs - and there is room for campers and tents. £50 pp before March 1, and then rising in increments to £75. Full details on our web, or www.thecranks.co.uk/nashbash
FROM now on we are combining the Words, and eventually the Rides List, with the brilliant new Birds Eye
gossip and scandal column, which spares nobody, into one printed bundle, for those Luddites who don't have a computer, or have one but don't know how to access the web or email. (Believe us, they do exist!)
Birds Eye has really taken off, and the editors are offering a small incentive to anybody stitching up a fellow basher, whether true or not. As they put it, the old adage of 'what happens on tour, stays on tour', has now well and truly gone. So beware, the girls are watching.
Scout Basher of the Year - Anna 'Bothways' Reffel;
Crasher - Chris 'Faggots' Brains;
Most Promising New Male Basher - Lee 'Stinka' Atkinson;
Female - Jacqui 'Q' Warrender;
Cranker of the Year - John 'Unda' Ware;
Dope Pedlar - Nigel 'Ingle' Hayman;
Best Pub - Old Thatched Inn, Bovey Tracey;
Special Achievement - Mike 'Farther' Wareham (for still riding at 80 plus);
Best Mini Tour - Joe 'Bobbiball' Bassett (Minehead);
Drinker of the Year - Julie 'Fallen Woman' Ridd;
Bash Beast - Colin 'Dodgy' Gibbs;
Most Disastrous Ride - Paul 'Flatmate' Silvestre;
Tandem Award - 'Mustang Sally' Pike and Jon 'Aunt Sally' Sell, for collecting 104 subs
Pottsies' Plinth - Francis 'Tonto' Popley; CO's personal award for cake making - Shirley 'Poppy' Stringfellow;
Best Young Basher - Ross 'Pane' Stamp;
Campervan award - Dick 'Sticky Dicky' Owen;
Stirring Spoon - Aunt Sally;
Engineering Officer's Special Award - Tim 'Timotei' Nelson;
Hospital Case - Jenny 'Bedpig' Potts;
Shinpads' Award - Bothways;
Anna's Lost Cause Award - Doug 'Manky' Flack.
ON, ON ETC
Tuesday 29th Jan 2008
A Message from Jonno
are organising a mountain biking trip to Wales on Feb 12th, leaving the shop at 7am. If any bashers are interested, please call 01395 270182 to book a place
Tuesday 22nd Jan 2008
'BE NATURALLY ACTIVE' FUN DAY
A public event to celebrate the opening of the Exmouth to Lympstone section of the new Exe Estuary Trail.
To be held in Exmouth and Lympstone from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 1st March 2008.
The fun day is a celebratory event for local communities plus the wider general public with the aim of promoting the fantastic walking, cycling and horse riding opportunities available in Devon. A carnival atmosphere is expected at each end of the route, as well as along it, with stalls, refreshments, musicians and exhibitions throughout the morning at King George’s Playing Field, Exmouth and a street party in Lympstone Village.
Devon County Council will be providing a marquee at King George’s Playing Field and shall be manning two ‘Stamping Stations’ at each end of the route where the public are encouraged to collect a stamp from each end of the new route in order to win a ‘Goody Bag’ full of exciting freebees! The event is to be advertised in the local press and we are expecting several hundred visitors to the event.
Exhibitors include the Exe Estuary Partnership, the Cycle Circus, André the trick cyclist, DORIS the Community Roadshow, Segway, Public Rights of Way, the Lympstone Band, a Cycle Rickshaw, Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival plus many more.
Monday 21st Jan 2008
Bashers biking for charity
Mike and Linda Slade, who have become familiar figures on their tandem, are undertaking a charity ride starting on Friday April 11th from Plymouth to Ilfracombe on the coast-to-coast Devon route. The proceeds of the ride are to be split equally between the Teignmouth Lifeboat
and Operation Imprezza
, which is a charity formed to help the Imprezza secondary school in Nairobi, Kenya.If you would like to help, contact Mike and Linda on 01626 775288 or 07504 727788, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 8th January 2008
Ride for the Homies on Sunday 4th Feb
For those not going to Bobbiballs Dorset weekend, Blaster and Flossie have kindly agreed to organise a ride for Sunday 3rd Feb (in CTC style --- with Coffee!!). Meet at "GREENAWELL PARK FARM, WEST OGWELL, NEWTON ABBOT" 10.30am for coffee. 11.00am start with a finish after ride at the UNION INN, DENBURY.
(Plenty of room for car parking for any wimps not riding to the start!)
Friday 4th January 2008
It's that time of year when the acheivements of Bashers are recognised. Everyone is invited to make their nominations for the awards ceremony to be held on Jan 27th. Download the voting form by right-clicking on the following link: Awards Voting Form
and selecting "Save Target As". Fill it in and give to Pottsie by 20th Jan. (with your money if needed)
31st December 2007
Happy New Year
Good health and a happy new year to all.... As an incentive to get back on your bike after the New Year Festivities, the C.O. has offered that bashers who attend at least 4 of the rides before Jan 27th will be entitled to receive a free meal at the Awards Ceremony. See you all soon!
A Message from Both Ways
And if you were wondering what to do with all the money you're going to save on the cost of your meal....
All bashers who have their name down for Bobbiballs Dorset weekend, please pay either Anna or Bobbi a.s.a.p:
£35.00 per person staying in youth hostel:
£25.00 per person staying in van:
No payment - No weekend! Thanks Anna