> POSTED: 21/05/17 12:29

North Berks invited to the Oxfordshire Young Farmers County Show on 28th May.

Every year Oxfordshire Young Farmers' host a County Show to celebrate the year and what Young Farmers' Clubs are all about - ‘Fun, learning and achievement’. There will be main ring attractions, rural craft demonstrations, trade and food stands, a farm animal corner and a fun dog show for all the family to enjoy.

North Berks MCC have been invited to put on a Trials demonstration which will go on throughout the day, so if you're lookiing for something to do next Sunday drop over and say hello, it promises to be a lot of fun.

The Show raises money to keep Oxfordshire YFC running. Nationally they are one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life. Led by young people, for young people, Young Farmers' Clubs provide 25,000 members aged 10 to 26 with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local communities, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life.

The Young Farmers themselves will be competing in over 100 various exhibition and practical competitions. Over the year they have been learning new skills ready to compete between the Oxfordshire Clubs in the competitions that are held on the day. These include farming skills such as mini digger handling, ATV efficiency and safety to domestic classes such as cookery and flower arranging, as well as fun classes such as blind fold cake decorating and obstacle races. These can all be viewed on the day and can be both inspiring and entertaining!

On the day there will also be many other attractions for the public to watch such as the tug of war finals, a display of various tractors and farm machinery throughout the ages, the North Berks motorcycle display and more. There will also be a display of Floats in the main ring pulled by tractors; this year’s theme is ‘around the world’. Not to mention a selection of craft, trade and food stands, with sellers of local produce and handmade goods.

To find out more about Young Farmers take a look at the Abingdon & Oxfordshire YFC's website. They always welcome new members so feel free to go along to one of their meetings.... and remember you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer!

> POSTED: 21/05/17 12:04

Rounds 3/4 – Summer 2 Day Trial

Closed to Club

Date: 24 JUNE 2017, 15:00 Start / 25 JUNE 2017, 10:00 Start.

BESSELSLEIGH – Nr Abingdon, Oxon OX2 9QY.

This is our popular Summer two-day trial. Camping is available on the Saturday night. Bring the whole family, its a great club weekend, lots of fun!

The trial is open to non-members, club joining fee applies, £7 Adults, £4 Youth for the year, plus the normal trial entry fee which is £15 Adult, £10 Youth each day.

JUNE

24/25

> POSTED: 18/05/17 12:21

Next practice night at Seymours – 14 June

The third of our Summer Practice Nights will be on Wednesday 14th June at Seymours.

Let's hope it's a bit dryer than the last one. Don't miss the opportunity to ride at this great venue, if you're not up for the big stuff there is plenty of room to practice on the less extreme areas, there is something for everyone. Gates open at 5. Adults - £8, Youth - £6. Open to all, club joining fee applies if not a current North Berks member. Don't miss it!

> POSTED: 08/05/17 09:43

A couple of our local men at the SSDT

Will McBain and Bradley Cox took part in the Scottish Six Days Trial last week.

Sadly Will had an off riding to the group of sections at Strontian on the way round the Peninsula Road on Friday which ended his assault on the famous Highland trial, he was having a great week in the sunshine going into Friday in 79th position and was well in line for a First Class Award. Will was taken to hospital in an ambulance where he received treatment to his left leg, as far as I'm aware he is OK and on the mend, we hope he has a quick recovery.

Bradley, having returned from a year or two off had been out practicing for a short time before the trip north, he certainly hasn't lost the skill he was showing previously. He ended up with a Special First Class Award coming 46th out of the 280 strong field that left the Parc Ferme in Fort William on Monday 1st May.

Well done both and we hope to see you up there again next year.

> POSTED: 12/04/17 14:48

Dates for the Summer evening practice nights at Seymours released...

The dates for our popular Wednesday evening practice sessions at Seymours Arena have now been agreed and the first one is only a few weeks away so get it in your diaries and make sure the boss knows you won't be working late that evening.

The gates open at 5pm and close when the last person leaves. Its open to non-members, club joining fee applies, £7 Adults, £4 Youth for the year, plus the normal practice entry fee which is £8 Adult, £6 Youth.

These are great evenings, not to be missed!

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2017 Calendar

JUNE

2 DAY CLUB TRIAL
Rnd 3 and 4

Besselsleigh

24th / 25th June 2017

JULY

JOHN WHEELER
BIKE NIGHT

Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne

11th July 2017

 

EVENING CLUB TRIAL
Rnd 5

Seymours Arena

19th July 2017

AUGUST

BERKS BONANZA
SUPERTRIAL

Seymours Arena

19th/20th August 2017

SEPTEMBER

CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 6

Besselsleigh (Venue may change)

24th September 2017

NOVEMBER

DOWNLAND TROPHY CLASSIC TRIAL

Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne

19th November 2017

DECEMBER

CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 1 (2018)

The Moors

26th December 2017

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> POSTED: 29/03/17 14:43

Dave Williams – Funeral

It was very gratifying to see 16 club members turn up at Dave's funeral last week on a very very wet morning, his family thanked every one who came from the club.

The collection was taken for the local Donkey Sanctuary.

Thanks

John Lightfoot.

> POSTED: 26/03/17 07:43

Spring Trial – Round 2 of the Club Championship at Seymours

Wow, what an amazing day! The sun was shining on the Arena, there was a brisk wind but a great entry of 50 odd turned up to challenge themselves on the rocky sections at Seymours.

Thank you to all the club members as usual for their help and support. The marking out/clearing up crew, Sue and Pauline for getting everyone signed on, all of the observers, Sue for the results. Well done all, we hope you enjoyed it.

There's a bit of a break until the next round now, which will be the 2 Day Trial at Besselsleigh on the 24/25 June, we hope to see you there, its a great weekend and one not to miss.

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Sad news

Again I'm the bearer of sad news. I learned this morning of the death of one of the oldest club members, Dave Williams.

Dave joined the club as a school boy in the early 50s. He used to tell the story of how he got taken along to North Berks events on the pillion of his cousin's motorbike. In 1959 when the club was reformed he was very involved on the committee and had taken on the job of club secretary. One of his assets was that he could write a good letter.

Dave was never a competitor although he had many road bikes, the last of which was a BSA A7, a big old thing.

Dave and I go back a long way, I was privileged to have been the best man at his wedding. As youngsters we went to many road race meetings eg Aberdare Park, Mallory, Oulton Park, and in 2009 we went to the Isle of Man where he was in his element using his camera, photography being one of his hobbies. Dave's claim to fame in the club was that he was lap scorer and assistant commentator at all the club's national and international grass track meetings held between 1966 and 2007. His final love of motorcycle sport was watching Oxford Speedway. In fact he was the organiser of club trips to Cardiff to watch the British Round of the World Speedway final.

Dave who was aged 80, had been ill in recent times and died in the early hours of Monday 6th March in the John Radcliffe hospital.

We send our deepest sympathy to his children Tracy, Sam, Robert, Martin and their families.

 

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Dave's Funeral will be held on Wednesday 22nd March at 10am at St Peters Church,
Newlands Avenue, Didcot followed by the cremation at South Oxfordshire Crematorium, Garfield, nr Abingdon, OX13 5PA.

 

 

John Lightfoot

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An Amazing Championship Opener at Seymours

Round 1 – 2017 ACU, Acklams Beta British Ladies & Girls Trials Championship.

The first round of the 2017 Ladies/Girls Trials Championship got underway this weekend at Seymours Arena in Aston Tirrold, Oxfordshire, with a good entry of 38 riders across 9 classes, so we were in for a great event.

Victoria Payne was the first rider away at 10.31. The sections had been eased a little on the morning due to the rain we'd had the night before and was still coming down at the start. The rain did ease off a bit later but it had made the rocks and tree stumps pretty slick after the mud had been drawn up onto them.

Current World/British Champion Emma Bristow on her MRS Sherco 300 was certainly in a class of her own at the top of the field, she completed 3 laps of 12 sections for the loss of a single dab which is pretty remarkable. Not taking anything away from Jess Bown who was in brilliant form as Emma's closest rival on the expert route taking second place, dropping just 39 marks which is a great result on the rocks and banks at Seymours, renowned for its technical sections. Louise Alford and Nikita Smith were tied for third on 77 marks, but Louise took the third spot having 12 cleans as opposed to Nikita's 10. Victoria Payne was fifth on 108 with North Berks Alicia Robinson close behind for sixth place on 111, this was Alicia's first outing in the top class, hard route so it was a creditable ride by her. Rounding out the top class was Gabby Whitham on her Inch Perfect Beta dropping 148 marks.

Well done to all the Ladies and Girls who took part across all 9 classes, we hope you enjoyed your day at Seymours, thanks for coming and good luck for the rest of the Championship.

Thank you to all the club members as usual for the help and support with this brilliant event. The marking out crew, Sue for getting everyone signed on, Pat for seeing the competitors of at the start, all of the observers who stood out in the grotty weather, Sue and Geoff for the results and Leah for presenting the trophies at the end.

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