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Blue Knights Chapter XIV seventh visit to "The Hawthorns Gracious Retirement Hotel" at Clevedon.
This year on Saturday the 7th September thirteen of us on eleven motorcycles arrived at The Hawthorns where we were greeted by Sam one of the Managers and many of the interested residents.
Prostate Cancer UK Ride Out over Exmoor, it was a ride in suport of Paul Dear who organised this for the last few years since he has been diagnosed with this horrible disease. It was a great day out in dry but chilly weather conditions. Around 65 bikes set off on a 96 mile route led by our good friend Steve Bendell (Wales 1) Our Ride Captain Geoff Gregor bringing up the rear. Fellow England XIV Knights Restegoulash, Clarke and Kettleborough assisted on the Ride Out and helped to make it an enjoyable day for Paul and Maggie Dear.
Saturday 21st April was our annual St Georges Day Rally which saw Blue Knights coming from all over the country, Europe and Australia.
People began arriving on Friday evening ready for a busy weekend. Saturday morning saw a ride out of about 25 bikes led by our ride master Geoff Gregor with a stop at the Haynes Motor Museum for lunch. The evening was our black tie event with 70 people where we raised over £1000 for 2 charities those being Blood Bikes and COPS. Music for the evenings entertainment was provided by the band Ragged Union.
Sunday 1st October saw the Avon and Somerset Emergency Services Openday for all 3 emergency services with displays, Comms tours, Helicopter landing and exhibits by various groups. Our chapter had a stand that was in a prime position with the public recording a memorable moment and having their photos taken on the bikes.
Donations made at the event will be donated to UKCOS.
Well Saturday the 12th of August was our sixth consecutive invitation and visit to The The Hawthorns Gracious Retirement Hotel.
We mustered at Ollie's Café on the A38 near Brent Knoll at 10.30am for a drink before departure at 11.30am.
The weather was kind to us and the roads dry, our route being Cheddar Gorge, Burington Coombe, Lower Langford, Congesbury, Yatton and arriving at Clevedon.
We were slightly late due to the amount of cyclist ascending the Gorge.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Jules Gilliam the organiser of the event from the hotel.
There were seventeen of us in total and we were promptly seated being dispersed amongst the residents, which I personally prefer. I was sat with Ken Strangward who was the manager of BSA Motorcycles when they existed, a very interesting gentleman with many memories to share, he gave me a BSA book printed in June 1961.
After a wonderful lunch with a choice of Fried Brie, Honey Roast Ham or Chicken Coq Au Vin we retired to their car park where our motorcycles were admired and then ridden upon pillion wise by the brave or insane *:) happy.
We all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, a big thank you to Jules and The Hawthorns Hotel, a good time was appeared to have by all.
Claire Anderson Suzuki SV1000s
Simon Anderson Rocket 3 Trike
Mark Clark Triumph Speedmaster
Jack Clempson & Charlotte Anderson KTM 390RC
Paul Dear Triumph T100
Barry & Marcia Lock
Dave Newman Harley Davidson
Maggi Mickshik Triumph Bonneville
Dave Porter BMW R100RT
Mike & Joy Savage BMW K75
Phil & Theresa Resteghini Honda Goldwing
Roger Smith & Jenefer Parry BMW F800
Ride Captain Simon Anderson
Excellent chapter breakfast at the Hobbs Boat at Lympsham today. A very gratifying turnout with twenty six of us sitting down for good food and a catch up. And a goodly array of bikes festooned the car park. It was a particular pleasure to welcome our two newest members Craig Kirk and Max Gridley with his good lady Christine. We were also joined by England XVIII Pres and general all round good chap Taff Greening. Gosh Taff all that way on a scooter....! Amazing.
Hi All, just a brief report from Saturday’s event. About 25 gathered for breakfast at Tortworth. We enjoyed a very good breakfast and recruited 3 new members so welcome Andy Chris and Craig. After some short messages and a bit of a briefing we set off at about 11.30 on my rideout. !4 bikes and 18 people. A meander around Gloucestershire and Gwent and bits of Monmouthshire saw a pleasant 80 or so miles covered with a welcome break at Jo’s Place for refreshments.
Back through the Wye valley to mine for a BBQ and cheque presentation to Freewheelers EVS for £343.75. raised during the very successful St Georges Rally.
I believe there were about 21 present at the BBQ and I managed to fob off all the cooking duties. The final guests left about 8.30ish and then FEMB made us watch Eurovision but I was a bit tired by then so didn’t mind. Thanks must go to Mrs H who excelled herself wit the preparation including what I was told was a superb Lemon Meringue. All gone before I got the chance to sample it.
A very enjoyable day which I may think of holding again in about 5 years.
This year’s UKIC Convention was held in conjunction with the annual England XIV St Georges celebration weekend.
Our venue was the Park Hotel in Barnstaple Devon and the event drew participants from throughout England and Wales. In addition a healthy contingent from the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey joined the festivities and International was ably represented by International VP Jerry Bryan.
With brothers and sister knights arriving throughout the Friday afternoon, the Hotel soon filled and an excellent A-La-Cart dinner was followed by a social evening in the main bar, where our surprise entertainers for the evening were England XIV members, vocalist Dave Reed and Bass Guitar player Geoff Gregor.
Saturday morning was mainly taken up with the Conference AGM discussing several topics on both the national and international front. The afternoon was of course taken up with an excellent ride in the beautiful English countryside, brilliantly organised and led by chapter Ride Captain Shane Dick.
Saturday Evening began with our usual champagne reception with a red English rose given to each lady present, and Simon Chapman from Guernsey I played us into dinner with his bagpipes a little bit of Scotland in the southwest of England.
Our always popular formal Gala Dinner culminated in a charity prize draw which this year raised a staggering figure in excess of £700, this giving the assembled Knights and their partners much to celebrate while dancing the night away.
Tired but happy, after Sunday morning’s breakfast, we said our reluctant goodbyes after a successful convention and a brilliant example of what makes the Blue Knights quite simply ‘The Best’
I’d like to thank my fellow attending chapter members for hosting the event with such aplomb. And I’m looking forward to next year’s St Georges already.
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