Wednesday 8th November – A Mystery Ride.

No mystery now - we went to visit the Lewis Carroll Centre at Daresbury.

Full report here

Photos here

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Wednesday 8th November – A Mystery Ride.

Hello ‘Cats’

Anyone fancy a ride this Wednesday. The weather looks bright and crisp and can you believe this will be ride number seven in the Last of the Summer Wine series. It will be a shortened run since we lost the hour, maybe 40 miles. I’ve got a mystery route that includes a couple of points of interest, then lunch and home.

Leigh Arms car park Acton Bridge 10.30am – see you there.

As usual, if the weather turns bad we’ll give it a miss

If you have a route you would like to share let us know and we can try it on a subsequent ride.

 

Cheers - Richard

 


D&K Motorcycles and Mow Cop Castle 1st November 2017 

We all had a good day but didn't buy any motorcycles- read the report here. See the pictures here.

There is always a chance that we might get another one in next week. Keep an eye on your email or check back here for news.

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Wednesday 1st November – Across the border to North Staffs.

Wednesday 1st November we will be embarking on the next LWSA ride. Come and join us leaving from Holmes Chapel precinct at 10am. A straight forward run to visit the cafe and bikes at D&K Motorcycles in Newcastle-under-Lyme, across to the Rudyard environs for lunch after which we will make our way home via Timbersbrooke and Congleton.

 

As ever if the weather turns against us, in the true spirit of the Cheshire Cats, we’ll bottle it and spent the day in the garage for some spannering.


The Pondarosa 26th October 2017

After a little more persuasion at club night  we had an increased turn out of eight riders for our next adventure on a wide mix of bikes of all ages. Despite Bob M not making it to the start (magneto problems on his Velo), between us we led out the ride, starting from our regular departure point of Oakmere Service station and heading down the A49 towards Tarporley. We cut across the back roads through Eaton Tiverton, Beeston and Burwardsley to arrive at Malpas where we took some refreshment at the Old Fire Station café on the high street. Drinks consumed we set of on the next section of the ride - well once we had found Theo’s ‘lost’ keys.

From this point Stephen took the lead and we continued through Wrothenbury, Bangor on Dee, Overton and across into Llangollen. From there we climbed the Hourseshoe Pass and arrived for lunch at the Ponderosa Café. The weather was decidedly Welsh grey on the top so not much in the way of views today.

Phil G took us on the last leg of the day skirting Wrexham, up through Gresford and Holt for the final rest stop at the tea bar at Broxton. From there we made our own way home to conclude the latest of our excursions. Maybe we’ll get another one in before the weather takes hold? 


‘Last of the Summer Wine Adventures’

No not Compo and Cleggy, just a few members of the Cheshire Cats getting out and about in the local area. With nothing better to do we have been embarking on regular rides out over the past three weeks, making the most of what remains of the decent weather this year. Why not come and join us?

Mow Cop – 27th September 2017

The first was a simple affair taking in the Staffordshire/Cheshire borders out via Swettenham, North Rode, Timbersbrook and Biddulph we visited Mow Cop from what was a rather dull and hazy view over the empire of the Cheshire Cats, more commonly known as the Cheshire Plain. After stopping to assist a fellow young motorcyclist who had decided to take the scenic route up the hedge bank (a result of too much speed and not enough road), we took coffee at a local garden centre in Congleton and then made our way home.

Parkgate – 4th October 2017

Our second foray saw four of us leaving from the Leigh Arms at Little Leigh over to Parkgate for a fish and chip lunch. On a sunny day at the beginning of October, Stephen led us via Acton Bridge, Norley, Kingsley and Helsby to the BMW dealers at Ellesmere Port where we had a mid-morning drink before perusing the overpriced offerings in the showroom. From there we headed out towards the Wirral and arrived at Parkgate via Capenhurst, Puddington Burton and Neston. There is an excellent chip shop in Parkgate with fish cooked to order. We all enjoyed our meal with an interesting discussion on the merits of electric motorcycles. The journey back took us over to the northern side of the Wirral through Raby and Eastham, returning to Ellesmere Port and home via Delamere Forest. A big thanks to Stephen for leading this run through many small and beautiful Cheshire villages and on roads new to most of us.

Shady Oak, Tiverton – 12th October 2017

With the unsettled weather requiring a shift from Wednesday to Thursday our group of four set out from Oakmere and headed south. The route took us through Whitegate to Winsford and on to Bunbury.  We had hoped for refreshments at Bunbury Locks where there is a small café that apparently do a mean carrot cake. But it was not to be. After a look around the locks on the Shropshire Union Canal we relocated to Tilly’s Coffee shop in Bunbury where, despite taking up most of their small parking area with our bikes, we were made warmly welcome and treated ourselves to an indulgent late breakfast of bacon and sausage sandwiches. Taking some of the less travelled roads of south Cheshire we rode on to a lunch stop at The Shady Oak in Tiverton. Although not planned this way the ride took on a distinctly canal based theme. Our next stop was at Wrenbury where we stopped to assist a narrowboat using the lifting bridge that crosses the canal at that point. On through Swanwick Green and No-Mans-Heath to Malpas. After recently retiring this gave me the excellent opportunity to wave smugly as we passed the school which until last July provided my employment. Do you know what? There wasn’t a hint of regret. We arrived at the pub after approaching from the south to be treated to some spectacular views of the imposing side of Beeston castle. Pub lunch consumed we set of home. Another great ride in great company. Right, where next?

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Bill Hignett

Bills funeral will take place this Monday, 16th October - 3.00pm at Walton Lea Crematorium. A motor cycle escort is being provided from his home to the crematorium. If you wish to take part in the escort please contact me for details

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Bill Hignett

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bill Hignett. Bill was involved in a Road Traffic Collision on Tuesday 3rd October on the A556 at Sandiway.

Bill was a well-known and well-liked member of the section and will be sadly missed. Details of the funeral arrangements will be circulated once finalised

 

Our sincere condolences go out to Bills family and friends.


Cheshire Cats Christmas Meal 2017 

This years Christmas meal has been booked at The Cock @ Budworth on Thursday 21st December, 7.30 for 8.00pm.

We have been able to subsidise the cost again this year. A 2 course meal is £12 and a 3 course meal is £15. Numbers are limited so if you want to attend make sure you complete your order form and give it to me with the appropriate monies to ensure you reserve your places. We are restricted to 45 places so it will be on a first come first served basis. I will bring order forms to October club night but if you can't get you can download a menu and order form here

Richard

You can visit the Cock at Budworth web site and check out the facilities.


Cheshire Cats 2017 in pictures

Check out this montage of images from the year so far, either from this link or on the Video's page. If you have any images of Cheshire Cats out on their bikes send me copies and details and I'll add them to the presentation.

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Out for the Count the Count Sunday 17th September

Twelve of us had fun hunting for clues yesterday on Jeff Meehan’s ‘Out for the Count’ Run. Richard won the trophy for getting the clues right, and we collected over £70 for Jeff’s favourite charity, the NW Air Ambulance.  Thanks to all who participated, and to Bob Moon for finishing & adapting Jeff’s plans and for organising the run. Some photos below. For more click here.

    


Cheshire Cats go to Buxton - 10th September 2017.

Despite a none to promising weather forecast six members of the Section made their way across the hills to take part in this years Buxton Run. A change of start venue this year, no longer at the Pavilion Gardens, who seem to be doing their best to dissuade the event from being held there, but at the Palace Hotel just a short distance further down the road. With a choice of two runs we opted for the long 51 mile route which took us on very rideable roads across the High Peak. M&HP have plans to change the format of the run to a more social gathering and it will be interesting to see if this will encourage more people to participate. All in all, it was a very enjoyable day out with only a smattering of rain 3 miles out from home on the return journey.

 

 

 

Out for the Count the Count Sunday 17th September. 

It’s our inaugural ‘Out for the Count’ run on Sunday 17th September – details as follows: 

One of our regular members, Jeff Meehan, was sadly killed last September in a ‘bike accident en-route to our Goostrey Run. At the time, he was putting the finishing touches to a new run which he called ‘Out for the Count’. This was to be a fun-run involving a route round Cheshire, lunch at a local hostelry and a series of ride-by clues to questions in a simple treasure-hunt.  In his memory, Cheshire Cats are putting this run on next Sunday (17th September) 

Unlike traditional Treasure Hunts, where riders have to stop, get off their machines and seek out clues, this one is simple: the clues are flagged up in the route list and riders won’t have to stop as the clues/answers are visual and easy to spot whilst riding by. 

You are cordially invited to take part in this event, which kicks off from our Clubnight venue, Winnington Park RUFC, Burrows Hill, Northwich CW8 3AA shortly after 10am on Sunday 17th September.  There should be refreshments available from around 9:30 at the Clubhouse, lunch at the half-way pub stop and more refreshments on return to the Rugby Club. 

Jeff’s widow, Maureen has kindly agreed to present the winner’s trophy at the end so this promises to be both an enjoyable run and a social event.  Depending on attendance, we may run this annually (which was Jeff’s intention…) 

Hope to see you there!

 

 


For more photos of the Not the Goostrey Run - Sunday 3rd September 2017 click here. 

 

 


 

For more photos of the 44th  Whitley Road Safety Run - Sunday 6th August 2017 click here.

 

  

 

 


 

The 44th  Whitley Road Safety Run - Sunday 6th August 2017

 

Sunday 6th August sees the 44th Whitley Road Safety Run taking place from Lower Whitley Village Hall near Warrington. Open to all VMCC members and Affiliated Clubs. Day Membership available. 25 year rule applies. Enter on the day or contact Richard for an entry form (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). First bike away 11.00 am. 55 mile run through Cheshire. Lunch stop at Carden Arms pub in Tilston. Lunch menu below. If you planning on lunch at the pub let us know when you sign on.