North Staffs Section Oatcake Run - Sunday 24th March 2019

Meet at Holmes Chapel precinct car park for a 9.30am getaway. Its about a 45 minute ride to the starting point, Bradnop village hall near Leek.


Club Night March 21st 2019

Usual reminder that Thursday 21st March is this months Cheshire Cats Club Night and along with the usual raffle and chat we have a presentation by Bernard Dennis on “The Canal Duke” – the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. You may remember Bernard’s fascinating talk on the History of the Longbow at one of last years meetings. I’m sure this one will live up to expectations and will be one not to miss.

Usual time and place :-

The Cock of Budworth, Warrington Road, Great Budworth, Northwich CW9 6HB



7.30pm for 8.00pm


Wistanstow Bike Show Sunday 17th Marchikes Spring Run Sunday 10th March 2019

Another chance to battle the elements with our annual run to the Wistanstow Classic Bike Show in Craven Arms. Meet at Prees heath truck stop for a 10am departure. Phil Green will lead us the rest of the way. More details are on the calendar on our website. This run was snowed of last year! looks like the weather may be slightly more favourable this time.


Take a look at the Wistanstow Bike Show website for a flavour of the event - 



The first run of the season successfully overcame the weather forecast and four hardy members enjoyed Mikes Spring run on the 10th March. Below is Mikes report and the photos are courtesy of Les Hodgkinson.


Mikes Spring Run Sunday 10th March 2019

Had four of us on the Spring ride to-day and had a nice sunny ride-out. Went down one or two interesting lanes with some 'Cheshire dual carriageway' also a bit of the same in Shropshire. We travelled from Nantwich via Shavington Park to Market Drayton . Then on to Newport to follow a 'B' road to Wem. Then winding through the lanes to finish at the Truck stop at Prees Heath. As it was a tad on the windy and chilly side we decided that after 50 miles we would not do the afternoons planned 40 miles and had a nice chat and meandered home. My A7 decided to be a bit daft on the way back and refused to rev. Cleared after 1/2 mile slow riding and on returning home I found the filter to the carb partially blocked . All cleared now and ready for the off again. Thanks to Alan Crutchley, Les Hodgkinson and first timer and new member Andy Royle for facing the weather.....I must admit when getting up this morning I was a bit doubtful if we would be going but in South Cheshire at 10-15 the cloud broke for a nice fresh , windy day to ride in . We kept the pace down so as not too get the wind chill factor. Some roads had quite a bit of water lying across but not enough to deter us lads. Thanks to all for turning out . I for one certainly enjoyed the ride . Yes washed my bike when I got home.....



Photo below – more here.


Mikes Spring Run - Sunday 10th March 

Just a reminder that this Sunday sees the first of our runs on this years calendar. Mikes Spring Run starts from Nantwich Lake car park 10.30 for 11am.  See the calendar on our website or, for more details, contact Mike Griffiths - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Change of date - Mikes 4 Counties Canter 

This run will now take place on Saturday 6th July 2019. Same place same time. Details on the calendar


Club Night – February 2019 

February’s ClubNight (21st February at the Cock@Budworth) will feature our 

 Annual Bring ‘n Buy Auction 

run by Derek Thom as usual. This year’s event promises to be the best ever – we’re advertising it far and wide and Derek will be in fine voice as usual, and dressed for his part as The Greatest Showman! 

The flyer has some details for your perusal – please share this with any friends/relatives/enemies etc as appropriate – who knows, they may have something to bring or want to buy… 

The main reason for the advance warning is to give you chance to  

clear out your bike shed and have a good supply of Stuff To Sell!  

Remember: that Treble Thrunge-pin you have gathering dust under the bench may be the very thing someone needs to complete their winter project. Conversely, that Sprocket-wobbler you’ve been looking for all year may turn up at the Bring ‘n Buy at a special knock-down price.  

(Derek tells me you have to buy now before he puts the price up after Brexit!). 


 More details on the flyer; please act now to make this event a success! 


A Couple of reminders and announcements :- 

  • It’s Clubnight NEXT Thursday (17th January).  Don’t go to the Rugby Club ‘cos we’ve moved to the Cock at Budworth. Details on the website, but it’s just off the A559 near Great Budworth.  Usual time, 7:30 for 8:00 
    This month being January means it’s our AGM.  According to my records, it’s our 6th AGM – how did that happen…???!!!  
    This is your opportunity to volunteer for stuff, sack the existing Committee, trigger Brexit and all manner of interesting stuff! (OK forget the Brexit bit, that’s not true…!) No other activities planned for this month’s meeting so it gives us time to settle into our new ‘Home’ with a couple of drinks and a chat etc 
  • For those of you with Tiddlers (smaller capacity bikes), there will be two runs specifically for you this year.  Bob Moon is planning one for September (details in the VMCC Events Guide booklet) and Mike Griffiths is planning one earlier in the year, probably late April.  Should be a nice change! 
  • Talking of VMCC Events Guides, I handed them out at the Christmas Meal, but this exhausted the allocation supplied by VMCC HQ.  The good news is that I’ve managed to get more which I’ll have at Clubnight so come along and claim your copy! 
  • I’ve been advised by Acorns Motorcycle Club about two Motorcycle Scrambles locally – in May and July.  Information sheet below so if you fancy getting muddy, these could be for you! 


  • On 20th April (Easter Saturday), Blackpool & District Section are holding a get-together at Ghost Bikes in Preston.  If you fancy a trip north, let me know and I’ll supply details… 

Stephen Herbert 


VMCC Cheshire Cats Section Secretary