Cheshire Canal Ring – Wednesday 31st October 2018 

We’ve been out on our travels again, in the Autumn sunshine. 5 intrepid CCats met up at The Salt Barge, Marston, from where Stephen took us on a tour roughly covering the southern course of the Cheshire Canal Ring. Coffee stop at Congleton Garden Centre then on to lunch at The Miners Arms, Adlington where the young staff were appropriately dressed for Halloween. 65’ish miles, thanks Stephen. A really enjoyable ride. Who knows maybe enough time for another one next week. Are you coming?

 

 

Another exotic location!....well OK its the car park at The Miners Arms, Adlington.

 

 

 Lunch in the pub......you cant go wrong with ham and eggs

 

 So where are you taking us next week?

  


Wednesday 17th October – Pontcysyllte Aquaduct

 

On a glorious autumn day we managed a ride to North Wales ending up at the Pontcysyllte aqueduct. An outstanding piece of engineering heritage, we braved the dizzying heights and walked narrow towpath. My knuckles were not too white once I had prized them off the railings. A good lunch in the Telford Inn and then continuing home via the Horseshoe Pass and the truck stop at Broxton for tea and coffee. Here’s hoping for a chance of more rides before the winter sets in.

Photos Here

 


 

Wednesday 10th October - 8 Lakes

 

After a short absence of mid-week runs we couldn’t have picked a better day to start them up again. A warm and sunny day seemed an ideal chance to take off into the hills on a mission to visit 8 lakes or reservoirs in the immediate area. Starting from The Three Greyhounds at Allostock we traveled a mere 200 yards to tick off the first conquest – Shakerley Mere. Across country via Goostrey, Lower Withington and Gawsworth we got a glimpse of number 2, Sutton reservoir, as we rode past. The first stopping off point for a photo-call was at reservoir number 4 – Ridgegate, one of a chain of three or four in the Macclesfield Forrest area. It was the last completely full reservoir we saw. The unusually hot and dry summer has taken its toll on water stores in the area and the next reservoirs, Trentabank and Lamaload bore witness to this as there were many walls and structures revealed below the normal waterline. We continued up into the near Cheshire hills, yes thats right hills and in Cheshire as well! Past Pyms Chair before dropping down to Kettleshulme and Whaley Bridge and then coming back to the Fernilee and Erwood Reservoirs. Continuing up the Goyt Valley and back via Flash, Gradbach and Algreave we had a good lunch at the Ship Inn in Wincle. The sun continued to shine as we checked of the final lake, Rudyard, and headed for home. About 80 miles but on a day like this we could easily have made it another 80.

Photos below and more HERE

 


Sunday 7th October – M&HP Phil and Tony’s Run

 

Good turnout of Cheshire Cats at M&HP’s Phil and Tony’s Run. Short 25 mile ride ending up at the Leigh Arms Steam Festival. Some seriously gorgeous machinery and I don’t just mean the bikes! 

Photos Here


Out for the Count – Sunday 16th September 2018 

We were lucky with the weather for the Out for the Count Run. When I say lucky what I mean is it wasn't torrential rain all the way round! We enjoyed a ride down to The Willey Moore Lock Tavern for lunch and completed a 60 mile round trip back to Winnington Park Rugby Club Jim Stephenson was the overall winner with a combined bike/rider age of 124 years. Well done Jim. 

Thanks to Bob and Stephen for the organising and the awards.

 


Out for the Count – Sunday 16th September 2018 

A reminder that it’s Out for the Count this Sunday 16th September. 

You may remember that Jeff Meehan was planning this event when he died.  Bob Moon took on the reins and did a sterling job last year based on Jeff’s format but not many folk participated.  It would be great if we could get more people on the run for this year’s event.

It’s a bit like a Treasure Hunt but without the need to get off your bike to search for clues.  All clues are visible, drive-past observations and there may be points and prizes involved at the end of a gentle jaunt round Cheshire (not a long route) with a lunch stop.  No local knowledge is required.

Start and finish at our Clubnight venue, Winnington Park Rugby Club (which will be open for tea, coffee and toilets!) and bikes will leave from 10:30.

 

See you on Sunday! 


Buxton Run 9th September 2018 

 

11 Cheshire Cats in total attended the Buxton Run organised by the Manchester and High Peak Section today. Approx 120 miles round trip. Great countryside, great company and we missed most of the rain! Sheep and caravans not withstanding your chairman managed to secure silverware for the Section trophy cabinet - if only we had one. 


Cheshire Cats By(ley)ways Run 2 September 2018

 

The day dawned dry and cloudy as 29 intrepid riders, assorted pillions and other hangers-on descended on Byley Village Hall near Middlewich in deepest Cheshire. Phil had planned a gentle amble round the lanes with questions and a lunch stop in true RSR tradition. 

It was great to see some new faces as well as the old favourites taking part, and the friendship was evident from the start as Phil asked the first question and they were off at 11:00 

We’d increased the  entry fee a tad to include a buffet lunch at the Golden Pheasant in Plumley. This seemed to be generally well accepted! 

Separating the Men from the Boys saw Bernie Horrigan win overall, after scoring an impressive 8 points in the questions. Malcolm Ross was the only breakdown (gearbox) although a few missed checkpoints…! 

 

The rain held off, and everyone seemed to have had a good time. Next year beckons!

Good turnout from the BSA Owners Club who rode away with a couple of awards. They have a report and photos somewhere on the internet. Those of you more savvy than I will be able to find it. In the meantime there is a copy below the photos.

Next up will be Out for the Count on 16th Sept. Watch this space.

Some photos below and more here.

 

‘BSAOC Report’

Next up was the VMCC Cheshire Cats Road Safety Run from Byley. A veritable cornucopia of quality classic machines on this one, as you would expect with VMCC. A warm welcome from our near neighbours was had plus tea and biccies as is tradition at these VMCC hosted runs. Another good showing by us Cheshire BSAers who contributed 9 riders to the total turn-out of 29 men and machines. Such was the dedication of the Cheshire BSA brigade that Rob W even turned out on what will likely be his final wedding anniversary !! …..that takes devotion to the classic bike cause and a certain amount of bravery. Anyway, over the next few days a few of us will be visiting Rob in hospital after the mysterious accident that befell him when he got home !

 

A very well crafted ride around some of the less used leafy lanes of Cheshire was augmented with a buffet lunch stop at The Golden Pheasant in Plumley. Also at the pub was none other than Steve the Milk and the extended Edwards family celebrating a significant birthday for one of the clan elders J. I don’t think Jackie even suspects contrivance in the choosing of their lunch location….well not until she reads this anyway.

 

After 50+ miles navigating around Cheshire’s B, C, D and E roads it was back to Byley for yet more tea and the eagerly anticipated awards/prizes. Unlike us Cheshire BSAers, no cheese was involved in the awards ceremony.

 

 

Despite there being no cheese, you will be delighted to hear that our branch record of picking us some form of award or recognition at (almost) every organised event that we have attended this year has been further bolstered by yet another chunk of silverware with the Cheshire Cats VMCC ‘Best Post War’ award going to…..and this is going to choke many of us…..only Phil Hingley and his trusty Tribsa !!! Awsome Mr H…. very well done sir. But that was not all…..as well as Phil’s well earned individual award, those of us forming the ‘Beeza Geezas’ riding team were awarded the albeit slightly less prestigeous team prize. Well done one and all J

Photos here.

 


The  By(ley)ways Road Safety Run - Sunday 2nd September 2018

Next up, our second Road Safety Rally will be coming up soon. The By(ley)ways Run will take place from Byley Village Hall - details below. Link to location here. 

Cheshire Cats Section invites you to:

The By(ley)ways Road Safety Run
(formerly the Goostrey RSR)

2nd September 2018 

Byley Village Hall

Nr Holmes Chapel, Cheshire CW10 9NG

Next to Byley Church on Moss Lane SJ 722 693

 

Come and join us for a 50 mile route through undulating Cheshire countryside.

Open to VMCC eligible machines, especially suitable for older bikes and lightweights. 1st bike away 11:00

Contact

Stephen Herbert 07557 907509

 

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The 47th  Whitley Road Safety Run - Sunday 5th August 2018

Next up for the Cheshire Cats  is this years Whitley Road Safety Run taking place on Sunday 5th August from Lower Whitley Village Hall near Warrington. Open to all VMCC members and Affiliated Clubs. £5 Day Membership available. 25 year rule applies. Enter on the day or contact Richard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). First bike away 11.00 am. 50 - 60 mile run through Cheshire. Lunch stop at The Crown in Lower Peover - burger and chips £4.50 thanks to Janet the landlady.

The Whitley Run has long been regarded as a gentle easy ride suitable for older and lightweight bikes allowing members the opportunity to bring out some of their older machines. The route will lead out to Daresbury, Appleton, High Legh, Rostherne, Ashley, Mobberly and lunch in Lower Peover. The afternoon route returns to the village hall via Goostrey, Lostock, Pickmere and Antrobus. Questions on Road Safety and motorcycle knowledge will be asked at the start and there will possibly be further questions at checkpoints along the route. Free biscuits and drinks will be available in the village hall on return. The entry fee is £4 with entry for Veteran machines free.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the day - the weather is on order!


Cheshire Cats Machine Night – Thursday 19th July

A big thank-you to everyone that attended tonight’s Machine Night making it one of our best yet. 43 machines of all ages lined up in the sun (including some modern visitors – no not you Phil!) We were lucky to be able to welcome Rod Thomas, Chairman of the Natal Classic Motorcycle Club. Rod is over from South Africa visiting Theo and we were able to persuade him to judge the evenings event. Al Green generously donated a prize awarded for the best Japanese machine. This was awarded to Alan Twibell for his immaculate Honda 350 Four. The overall winner was no surprise and went to Fred Rogers and his wonderfully restored Indian Chief outfit. OK I said it might not be for the shiniest bike but let’s be fair they are both superb machines.

We also welcomed our national Vice-Chairman, Justin Harvey-James and we hope he had an enjoyable time and wasn’t hassled too much with ‘affairs of state’ – tonight was about meeting, mingling and enjoying each other’s company and machines - there seemed to be plenty of that going on.

The magnificent summer weather looks set to hold for a little longer – anyone fancy organising an evening meet while there is time?

 

A couple of images below and more here. If you have any photos of the evening please send them to me and I’ll add them.

 

 


Cheshire Cats Machine Night – Thursday 19th July

This months’ section meeting is Machine night. A chance to get your bike out and ride it down to the Rugby club where a special guest will pick a winner. It might not be the shiniest, fastest, most desirable or must popular so everyone will be in with a chance. The winner will walk away with a warm feeling of satisfaction and pride and if I can get my act together a suitable trophy. More importantly it’s a good chance to catch up and chat with friends and take in the variety of machinery we have in the section. 7.30 for 8 pm. Prize giving and club business in the club house at 8.30pm.

The picture below shows last years’ winner, John Coxon and his beautifully original BMW, receiving his award. I have been told that he is quoted as saying - “This is amazing, I can’t believe it. My life will never be the same.”

 

See you on Thursday and we’ll find out if success has changed John.


Sunday 8th July 2018

 

Mikes 5 Counties Run – 

Mike Griffiths is leading a Run next Sunday 8th July. Leaving Holmes Chapel Library/Shops car park 10:30. He’s taking us round the Peak District, and stopping for lunch at a pub en-route.

Manchester and High Peek - Meet and Greet - 

This is the forth year of this event and was started by Cheshire Cats who organised the first one, it is the turn of M&HP this time and it will involve representatives of each attending section giving a short talk on their sections activities - but don't worry I'll be doing that. There will be food and drinks available, also a short quiz and a finish with a short run to a local place of interest.  

Poynton Workmens Club, 142 Park Lane, Poynton. SK12 1RG

 

10-30 for 11-00 am


Stretton Mill Gathering 17th June 2018 

Despite uncertain weather and Fathers Day there was a good turnout to the gathering at the mill and all attending seemed to have a good time socialising, admiring the bikes and the ancient charm of the mill.

This year there was a good array of interesting machinery including a 1928 Morgan family four, and 1928 Rudge in about totally original condition in the line-up of many interesting machines.

Alan and Janice put on a good barbecue to compliment the Millers tea and cake stall, tours of the mill were enjoyed by many, it was a good way to spend an afternoon.

Next year I will be negotiating for the week end following Fathers Day which should give more of us the opportunity to attend.

Photo below - more here


Stretton Water Mill Ride-in Picnic - Sunday 17th June 2018

This coming Sunday sees the second Stretton Watermill picnic. All VMCC members are invited to join the “Cheshire Cats” section for a gathering at the Historic Stretton water mill nr. Farndon SY14 7JA at 1 pm. on Sunday June 17th.

The mill will be open from 1 pm. And working, for an admission fee of £3. a tour of the mill and demonstration of the workings can be enjoyed.

It is a beautiful place with a good car park and picnic area, the mill has toilets and a small shop where I believe fresh flour can be purchased to take home to make a cake.

Ride in for 12.30 or so, it’s easy to find from the Nantwich Wrexham rd. Turn Left at the Cock at Barton and then left at the brown sign for the Mill, all are welcome.

Why not join us if not for the ride then a mooch and natter at an interesting little known place?

Bring a picnic if you wish, or enjoy the barbecue while you soak in the Cheshire sunshine.

Should any members wish to know more or fancy a nice ride out then drop me an e-mail as it would help the mill staff to have an idea of numbers?

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Phil Barton Memorial Run - Sunday 10th June 2018

Thanks very much to Manchester and High Peak's Cath Barton and her sister Lisa for putting on an excellent run on Sunday with glorious scenery and another sunny day, The route through East Cheshire and Staffordshire moorland took us through glorious scenery on a bright sunny day. The pork pie and homemade cakes courtesy of Lisa at the end of the run were a welcome extra. 

With two clashing events on the day. 5 members of the Cheshire Cats Section were in attendance at Cath's run with a number of other members attending the VJMCC meet at Lymm. Its great to have so many options with more to come over the next couple of months.


Bob’s Berwyn Run Sunday 13th May 2018

Twelve gallant riders assembled at the Leigh Arms on Sunday the Thirteenth of May and set off for the Berwyn’s collecting two other riders on the way in beautiful weather. Our first stop was at Llangollen motor museum where we tarried a while and as no cups of tea were available we sallied on up the Dee valley road stopping above the Bluebell bank to take the scent of the bluebells and the view which according to the late Harry Seacombe is   “ The finest view in all Wales” , not bad for a South Walian.

Onwards to Carrog station we went where cups of tea and snacks were enjoyed in the sunshine and by careful management a G W R steam train arrived for all to admire.

We then went down the A 5 and turned right for Vivod climbing over the Berwyn’s with magnificent views all there to take attention from the road, the drop down into Glyn Ceiriog was taken with great care and we arrived outside the hotel with rather hot brakes, so all can be more confident that their brakes are good enough.

The landlord of the Glyn Ceiriog hotel welcomed all as he had many motorcycles back in his home country of Switzerland and spent some time chatting and admiring our varied steeds.

 

So down the Ceiriog valley to the aroma of wild garlic to our homes we went after another epic ride.

Some photos below - more here

 

 

 


Bob’s Berwyn Run Sunday 13th May 2018

Bob will lead us on a run to the delightful countryside surrounding Llangollen in North Wales. This is a truly wonderful Run and if you're really good, Bob will take you on a special visit to his favourite Shrine too! Start point – Leigh Arms, Acton Bridge, CW8 4QT, 10am. Additional pick-up at the Red Fox layby on the A49 Tarporley, 10.30am.

Contact Robert Moon - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Tel. 01925 601734


Founders Relay Rally Sunday 6th May 2018

As promised by the weatherman Sunday provided glorious wall to wall sunshine as we met at the J&S Motorcycle Superstore on the A556 at Delamere. Bernie had arrived and set out the checkpoint and was manning it with his band of helpers (thanks all) by the time we arrived on the BMW outfit. After having ample opportunity to chat and browse the machinery a small group of us set of to visit the M&HP section at the Davenport Arms, Stockport. New member Paul Wolf, giving his recently finished Velocette Venom a shakedown ride managed to shake off his offside foot rest. A simple job to fix and we eventually re-joined the other Cheshire Cats at the venue. Sign on get a sticker and off to the next point. Well maybe for some of us! From there the group divided with three ‘Cats’ heading off to Hulme end and the North Staffs checkpoint lead by Phil. The remainder were unable to resist a swift drink in the pub before setting off at sidecar pace to Bunbury Watermill and the Cheshire and North Wales Section checkpoint. A brief delay as Pauls Velo decided to play up again and then lunch at the mill and a chance to catch up with fellow members.

 

It’s always a difficult one to judge in terms of success as there is such a huge variety of possible points to visit but the Cheshire Cats section saw about 25 riders pass through and the consensus was that a good day was had by all. So, with that in mind – SUCCESS. Here’s hoping for similar weather and turnout next year for our local North-West Relay Rally. Might as well put it in your diary now!

Some photos below and more here

 

 

More Photos here 

 


General Data Protection Regulations 2018 

On 25th May this year, a new set of rules about Data Protection come into force called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). If you want full information, go to https://ico.org.uk/. Basically you need to explicitly give permission to VMCC for storing your data and using it for the purposes you choose, and you have the right to have your data removed from any databases held by the organisation at any time in the future. 

What this means for us, is that because VMCC need to comply with these regulations, Cheshire Cats also need to comply in order to protect VMCC from possible future prosecution. 

In practical terms, this means that the email database that we use to contact you will become non-compliant because you have not formally given permission under the new regulations for us to do so. 

You will find a link to download a form below.

This will collect your data and your consent for us to use it in future.  For simplicity it has been copied and pasted from VMCC’s latest ‘welcome to new members’ pack so that we’re consistent with VMCC on this.  Please either:

  • ·     print, fill in with pen and hand it to Stephen Herbert at next Clubnight
  • ·     print, fill in with pen, scan (or photograph) it and email it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • ·     type your details in and email it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

If you use this method you’ll need to paste an image of your signature into the ‘signature’ box…

 

DOWNLOAD FORM HERE

 


VMCC Founders Day Relay Rally Sunday 6th May 2018.

 

Coming up this Sunday is this year’s National Relay Rally. The Cheshire Cats checkpoint well be at JS Accessories motorcycle superstore on the A556 at Delamere courtesy of Bernie who will be manning the stand from 10am to 4pm. Why not keep him company and add it to the list of checkpoints you visit.


Tuesday 17th April 2017 – Astley Mining Museum.

Thanks to all who turned out, in not the best of weather, for the first of 2018’s Mid-week Rides. Starting from the car park of The Golden Pheasant in Plumley we made our way round a small corner of Cheshire, taking in some of the minor roads and small villages of the area. The route took us through Lower Peover, Toft, Mobberley, and through the Manchester Airport runway tunnels. From there it was back through Ashley and Rostherne, over the Warburton toll bridge (no charge for motorcycles!), up through Glazebrook, Culcheth and a short stint down the East Lancs Road to the Old Boat House pub for lunch.

After lunch we arrived at the Mining Museum ( https://lancashireminingmuseum.org/ ) and met up with members from Central Lancs, East Lancs and North West Sections (apologies if I missed out any others). We were treated to a guided tour around the restored Engine Shed dating from 1910 and containing two huge steam engines used to drive the winding gear, The oldest remaining examples in Europe.

It was good to welcome two new section members out today, thanks Geoff and Les, and we look forward to seeing more of you out on forthcoming runs. Also thanks to Adrian Such, secretary for Central Lancs Section for organising the event - hopefully to be repeated next year?

Check out the calendar and the home page on our website and there are always reminders at club night.

 

Some photos below – more here.

   

 


Cheshire Cats Mid-Week Runs. 

We are hoping to start this year’s mid-week runs again beginning this coming Tuesday,17th April, with a ride up to the Lancashire Mining Museum to meet up with the Central Lancs Section. We will start from the Golden Pheasant car park at 10.30 prompt and travel across via Mobberley Ashley, High Legh, Warburton, Glazebrook and stop somewhere for lunch before continuing to the museum. If you want to meet up on the way we will be at Warburton toll bridge at about 11.30am. No restrictions on bikes but it would be nice to see as many older machines as possible.


April Club Night - Thursday 19th March 2018.

Intersection Picture Quiz – our usual challenging adventure into the world of vintage motorcycling, amongst other things. Come and uphold the honour of the Cheshire Cats and lets see if we can keep the prizes for ourselves! A cordial invitation to local, or even not so local, Sections to join us.

Bill Roberts also hopes to demonstrate some laptops he is able to source for anyone looking to join the 21st Century or maybe just wanting to upgrade their current kit. Also lots of time to chat, catch up and plan this years rides.

All welcome 7.30 for 8pm

Winnington Park RFC, 

Burrows Hill, 

Northwich. 

 

CW8 3AA

 


Big Brekkie to Llanuwchllyn Run 8th April 2018

A total of 12 Cheshire Cats ventured out for this slightly modified event. Meeting up at Prees Heath we set out at 10.30am led by Phil Green on a very pleasant ride across to the Welsh Hills, along the Tanant valley and eventually to The Eagles Inn for lunch. An absence of photos for this a s the writers phone wasn't up to scratch - if anyone has any shots let me have them and I will upload into the article.

Having missed the Big Breakfast event maybe its a good excuse for another outing next weekend?

 


Big Brekkie to Llanuwchllyn Run 8th April 2018

OK so having completely messed up on the Big Brekkie Run we are going ahead with what will now be the Little Brekkie Run. Same format - just no breakfast. Sunday 8th April, meet at Prees Heath truck stop ready to set out at 10:30 from the junction between the north end of the access road and Tilstock Lane, Prees Heath SY13 2AF
Then it’s over the hills via the Tanant Valley to Llanuwchllyn (south end of Bala lake) to meet up with the Cheshire and North Wales Section for lunch at the Eagles Inn followed by a return via a different route.
Anyone starting from the Northwich end might want to meet up at the Shell petrol station at Oakmere for 9.30am. 
Weather looks promising, sort of, so hope to see you there.


 North Staffs Oatcake Run 25th March 

A rather misty and cool start to the day down on the Cheshire Plain but once up in the Staffordshire hills the sun came out and a number of us enjoyed a glorious ride followed by the usual oatcakes for lunch. Many thanks to the North Staff section for the continued success of this early season opener.

 


North Staffs Oatcake Run 25th March 

Next up for Cheshire Cats

 

Weather permitting some of us will be heading off to the Oatcake Run at Bradnop near Leek, 10.30am on Sunday 25th March. Organised by the North Staffs Section it’s a great run round North Staffs moorland and, as the name suggests, oatcakes at the finish – not your crunchy biscuit types, proper oatcakes with sausage and cheese – go on you know you want to!


Cancelled

Wistanstow Show 18 March - Due to the incoming poor weather this weekend (snow and sub-zero temps), we’ve regrettably cancelled the Wistanstow Run – which is just as well as the show organisers have come to the same conclusion and this year’s show has been cancelled. 

 

However, there may be an opportunity to fill that empty void! Rumour from Bob Moon has it that the North-West section are having a bike show at The Barons Club, Burscough at 10am. Best check with the organisers before you make the trip though.


March Club Night - Thursday 15th March 2018.

Film Night. This month's club night will be souped up with a film show (no, not that kind of film show, what's wrong with you...?). No - period motorcycling films provided by Chairman Richard. Maybe vintage scrambling, maybe vintage road-racing - who knows; it will be a great surprise!

All welcome 7.30 for 8pm

Winnington Park RFC, 

Burrows Hill, 

Northwich. 

CW8 3AA

 


This Sunday - Spring Run.

Mikes new Spring Runtakes place this Sunday starting at 10.30am for 11am from The Vine, Rope Lane, Shavington, CW2 5DT.

We will set-off at 11am for a run of approx 50 miles, colling for a coffee break and returning back to The Vine where refreshments are laid on f-o-c.

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Advance Notice  - New Social Runs.

Following on from the AGM, Mike Griffiths has offered to organise two social runs this year.

The first Spring Run will be on 11th March and will start from The Vine, Rope Lane, Shavington CW2 5DT (click here for map). We will set-off at 11am for a run of approx 50 miles, calling for a coffee break and returning back to The Vine where refreshments are laid on free of charge. 

Mike also has plans for a Four Counties Canter sometime in July. Starting point would be Middlewich with a total journey of approx 130 miles envisaged.  With a lunch stop and ending with afternoon tea and cakes.

More details as they become available or contact Mike on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 


 January Club Night  18th January 2018.

AGM & Bring-n-Buy

As announced before Christmas, Clubnight is on 18th January and will consist of our AGM followed by a Bring-n-Buy masterminded by our very own Auctioneer Derek Thom.

As usual, we’ll try and keep the AGM as short and non-bureaucratic as possible…

Please bring along any (vaguely) bike-related stuff for Derek to auction.  Proceeds will go to Club Funds and therefore to your future enjoyment so please bring quality stuff (no rusted-through wheel rims and exhausts please!).  Oh and don’t forget to bring a bulging wallet so that you can buy other quality stuff to finish your Pride & Joy. Who knows, someone may bring along a treble thrunge-pin and sprocket-wobbler to enable Richard’s Scott to take to the road this year!!!


December Club Night  21st Dec 2017.

Don't forget that Decembers club night is our usual Christmas Meal at the Cock of Budworth.

You can still come along for a chat even if you are not eating with us.

January club night will be back to normal at the Rugby Club with our AGM and a Bring and Buy so clear out all those hidden gems you haven't used for years and bring them along. You can replace them with more things to keep and at the same time raise some money for Section funds.



Wednesday 8th November – A Mystery Ride.

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

Full report here

Photos here

Have you got an idea for a run? We would like to know like to know.

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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.