HOC January ride out !

First ride out of 2017 and I was volunteered to lead, 10:00 am seems a late start but it’s a bit like catching a plane, you have to get there, you have to get there early, and there seems to be so many things you need to do before you leave. So it was an early start for me out with the dog long before dawn, the weatherman was right for once and it was pouring, but neither my dog nor the fisherman I spoke to seemed to mind.

 

 Back home and change cloths, oil the chain and off I go to meet Paul at the petrol station, passing two Lycra clad runners on the way, Paul arrives and we exchange banter, I suggest the rain is easing and give the time honoured  sign of an open palm turned towards the sky, to which I’m informed I am still sat under the canopy, we chuckle and depart.  

 Arriving early at The Jolly Boatman, we park were the bikes can be seen from the road and  point them in the direction we intend to go, then take shelter under the porch and indulge in conversation, 10:00 am passes with nothing other than a text from Ted, the pub cleaner comes out and offers us a coffee and we have a three way conversation for another twenty minutes; it is now decision time, forward or back.

 Forward it is, through the conurbation of Kidlington and out into the countryside, hump back bridges sweeping bends slippery railway crossing and we arrive at Yarnton nurseries,  hot tea, warm bacon butties and more conversation was the order of the day; just time to purchasing exotic beers from the extensive selection on offer, load the beer on to the bike’s and onward again, we walk round the corner to the antiques shop.  Sometime later after looking at lots of recognisable item that we had once thrown away – it was slightly sickening to see the prices they were now fetching.

 Time to go home?   But the rain has slowed and I can see the sky was lighter, I suggest we could go for a ride, Paul’s look said otherwise, so back to Banbury it is and the heavens open again, on us and the small children that were playing rugby in a muddy field.

Yes it was wet, but we had a good time.

 

Andy Sammons

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Christmas ‘Jolly Jumper and Silly Sweater’ Get Together!

On a dark, dreary and very wet night, the evening was lit up with fun and games during the Oxford HOC Festive Meal and Get Together at the new venue, The Jolly Boatman at Thrupp, just outside Kidlington.
 
The evening commenced with a sumptuous three course meal with choices of delicious soup, smoked salmon and other starters and then onto the main course of nut roast, steak or a wonderful traditional Christmas meal, followed by the most amazingly indulgent puddings! And what generous helpings!   Then, topped off with coffees,  the fun and games began. 
 
Firstly – a Secret Santa with lots of intriguing prizes which ranged from TT racing videos to candles to chocolates and gimmicky gizmos!  Then the range of silly sweaters and jolly jumpers where judged – what an array!  However, the winning ‘flashing’ Christmas tree display worn by Andy got the most votes and Andy walked away with the bottle of wine. Then onto the chuckles with all the jokes – some bike related, some not, mostly clean and some a little risque! Again votes were taken (some votes being given to a person who wasn’t even there!) and the winner was announced – it was Jim who had (in full character) relayed an entertaining tale of what made the same sound as a Honda (say no more!)  Again wine was presented!
 
Even the weather had cheered up as everyone wended their way home, vowing that they would not need any further food for ages!  (Hmmmm wonder who still managed breakfast Sunday morning!)
 
The evening definitely got us in the mood for our Festive Quiz and then our New Year’s day indulgences!
 
Erica 
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Resume of the HOC Oxford AGM Minutes – 1st November 2016

 

Chairman’s report:-

I’ll try to
keep this report short – as those who attended the National AGM will know,
these things can get very strung out and boring!!  Firstly, can I congratulate us branch members
who went to the National Rally this years, as we won the Highest Branch
Attendance Award. I’m sure you would all agree that this year’s rally rates as
one of the best so far, as everybody seemed to enjoy themselves. Next year it
will be held in North Wales, so I hope a lot of you will make the trek up to
there.

Our Rally at The Gate Hangs High was also well attended this year and a good time was had by
all. The large marquee (once we worked out how to erect it) helped in keeping
up a community spirit. For next year I have managed to acquire a 5 litre water
heater/dispenser, so we won’t need to keep so many kettles on the boil.

 We’ve had plenty of events to keep us entertained. Ted’s Poke Run was again well
received, even though we lost someone before the first leg – and I had to abort
after lunch as my engine threatened to fall out of the frame.

 There was the Test Rides and Open Day at Blades Abingdon. I must say the burger chef was
excellent!  We’ve also had diverse events
as well in karting, tea & scones and island hopping to the Isle of Wight.

 Some members have helped out at HOC shows at Peterborough and Brackley, either manning them
or showing of their bikes. This was much appreciated by Head Office.

 Nearly all the monthly ride outs have shown many members turning out. We’ve started to see
some new faces attending these, and I hope they’ve enjoyed it, plus starting a
new trend.

 Finally, Iwould like to thank all those on the committee for their dedication and hard
work and all of our members for making this branch what it is – one of the best
in the club – if not THE best

 

Treasurer’s report:-

As you can see from the Financial Report, we have had a good year (see below).  The Oxford Rally this year didn’t cost the
club and we actually made a small profit of £38!

 Our expenditure has been very low and thanks to Dave, our Raffle King, our income
has been boosted by £256.70.  Dave
deserves our thanks for his hard work over the year and so do all the members
for supporting the raffle

 We have not supported a charity this year as we decided to give our own club funds
a boost, which we have, perhaps this is something we can consider next
year.  With fantastic support from our
members we have not been able to ask for funds from the National HOC – let’s
keep it up!  Looking forward to next
year!

 Balance at AGM 2015   £458.58
Bank + Petty Cash £29.28 = £487.86

Income 2015/2016:

 Clubnight raffle/sandwiches £256.70

Oxford Rally                       £486.00

Less Expenditure 2015/2016:

 Rally Entertainer £200/Camping charge £248

£448.00

Abingdon Honda Test Ride Day  £23.10

Balance at AGM 2016             £626.58
Bank + Petty Cash £132.88 = £759.46

 

Secretary’s report:-

The Secretary thanked the members for their brilliant ongoing support with all the
events and activities during the year and asked that any specific requests be
given to her so these could be included in plans.  A draft schedule of meetings and activities
planned for 2017 was issued to the meeting.
This was not ‘cast in stone’ and would be added to as the year goes on.  These events would be added to the web site
with full info as available.  Erica
thanked everyone for their input and looked forward to another year of fun and
activity

Webmaster’s report:-

Alan reported that the site was secure and there had been no serious
attempts at hacking into it. A vote of thanks was given to Alan for all his
hard work and support during the year, ensuring that the site was running
efficiently and effectively.  Statistics and comments showed that the web site was one of the Branches most effective
marketing tools.  Due to a planned move to France Alan was retiring from the position of Webmaster and Elaine Heckford
had been proposed to take on this position.

Ride out co-ordinator’s report:-

Ted thanked everyone for leading the rides during the year and it was agreed that
the process of a different person leading a ride each month had worked well,
with good turn outs to each event.  A variety of destinations had been visited with some excellent weather enjoyed.  The Poker run had been a great success, as had the Four Counties Ride.   Ted was
remaining as Ride out Co-Ordinator and would be looking to allocate rides on a
similar basis in 2017.  Another Poker Run was planned for the Spring also, with improving health, Ted hoped to lead
mid-week rider outs to some of the Wednesday night Bike meets.  Rides were advised via email, Face Book and
text so that no one would miss out.

 Election of officers:-

With the exception of Webmaster, the existing Committee re stood for election.  Elaine Heckford was the only nomination for Webmaster.     With these amendments, theCommittee was proposed for election by Jim Gettings and seconded by Andy Hale. Passed
unanimously.

 Any other business:-

(a)Elaine thanked the members for their support of the Dilligaf racing team.

 The meeting closed at 9.20pm

 

Erica Gassor

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Swanage weekend and trip to Isle of Wight

With various meeting points between Bicester and Newbury, nine of us met up to ride down to Swanage on Friday afternoon.  The traffic was horrendous with lots of filtering making it a long journey to the Swanage Bay Holiday Centre and to meet up with Deb and Roger who live in Swanage now.  However, the journey was soon forgotten when we all met up for drinks and eats at the Holiday Centre and watched Wales win (!) before toddling off to bed to get a good nights sleep  before our trip to the Isle of Wight to see Roger and Jill who used to run our previous venue, Foxcombe Lodge.  Infact, for those in the caravans it was more of a mountaineering course as it was a continuous climb to the caravans perched on top of the hill!

Saturday dawned bright and dry and off we set to Southampton Docks – again traffic was quite heavy but we all arrived safely to find that the ferry had been delayed due to the round the island yacht race……ice creams soon softened the blow and time passed quickly as we waited.  Arriving later than planned, it was a quick dash across the Island to Roger and Jill’s at Sandown where we were greeted with wonderful sunshine and great hospitality.  The sumptuous food was irresistible as we had a lovely few hours relaxing in their beautiful garden chatting about old times at Foxcombe Lodge.   A brisk walk down to the beach and a paddle for those who insisted on testing the water (i.e. Tracy and Erica – cameras banned) and it was time to bid our farewells all too soon.  Back over on the ferry and a brisk ride back to Swanage, after being caught in a very heavy rainstorm as we left the terminal.  Spirits were lifted with fish and chips on the prom and a lot of laughter before climbing the hill once again.
Sunday morning saw a walk to the beautiful seafront, coffee and icecreams being the order of the day before everyone invaded Roger and Deb’s house for another sumptuous buffet lunch sitting in their lovely garden! Once again too much was eaten and everyone then waddled back to the bikes for the return journey to Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
An excellent weekend – brilliant hospitality from our hosts Roger and Deb and Jill and Roger and lots of laughs with great company throughout.
Erica
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Burgers galore!

The Oxford Branch had a Great weekend at the June Blade Abingdon Honda Event – new members signed up for the HOC – loads of burgers and cake served. Good to see lots of the Oxford members plus folk from Wilts and Northampton Branches.  Thanks to Mark for his excellent BBQ chef skills, Tracy for cakes and Abingdon for having us there !
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Terry and Mary Ann’s rideout with a difference!

As motorcyclists we have always thought of ourselves and been treated as different from the norm. So when Terry and Mary Ann saw a sign near Brize Norton that pointed the way to a Crocodile Zoo they thought “wow that’s different” and would make a good ride out destination.

So last Sunday saw a few members set off for Pear Tree services to meet up with them for what promised to be a new experience for us all. The day was fine and bright if somewhat on the chilly side, the first thing of note was a good look around Andy’s new 1200 VFR which we all admired and agreed he seems to have bagged a bargain there.

We then set off for what proved to be a wonderful 70ish mile ride Terry had found a route to satisfy and reinforce what makes our passion so great. Several small and pretty villages along the way where riding at the 30 mph limit with the visor up with time to savour the houses, churches and general village attractiveness proved relaxing and good for the soul.

Some nadgery country roads kept our speed down and guessing as to what lay around the corner. But Terry being a true biker we also had several miles of fast sweeping roads where on at least two occasions I saw three figures on the speedo.

We were also treated to some circuit riding what with 2 laps of Chipping Norton so thanks Terry for a great ride. 

We then stopped off at the Burford Little Chef for a comfort break where Andy and Sally took there leave of us before we progressed on to the Zoo.

This turned out to be as good as hoped for with lots of different species of Crocodiles to look at from very small to very large and we were very grateful that we could not get close enough to stroke them, although looking through the glass panels at some very large eyes and teeth gave us the feeling that we could have been diner had the glass not been there. The story of how this the only Crocodile Zoo in the UK came about was fascinating. The owner of the Zoo started his passion for these wonderful and ancient creatures when still at school around the age of 8 and his dreams of running a zoo dedicated to the study and knowledge of these dangerous yet magnificent creatures has become a reality.

I feel that we as bikers can relate to his passion as our passion for biking while not understood by the non-biking majority gives us pleasures that know no bounds. So a day with a difference for Terry, Mary Ann, Erica, Nigel, Tracey, Andy, Sally and myself so trust me it does not get much better than that so thank you Terry and Mary Ann your hard work was well worth the effort.

Colin

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Fun at the annual Poker Run

Twenty-nine bikes turned up at the H Cafe on a chilly but sunny morning, to join in the fun on our annual Charity Poker Run.

Members from Oxford, Bedford, Northants,Reading and Wilts branches were in attendance plus a posse from the BWDE group who must’ve been up at the crack of dawn to join us! 😊

After registration, in which 42 people contributed towards the Motor Neurone Disease charity, we set off to our first destination Triumph M40, led by myself with Peter Jordon as tail ender. Unfortunately we lost Phil Naylor with a puncture, which was really bad luck as he missed a great day!

Pete Johnston received a kind donation of a gift voucher from the Triumph dealer towards our prizes, which was a kind gesture!

After dealing the first of 5 cards and a look at some bikes, we set off for the 2nd destination, On Yer Bike, a Kawasaki dealer near Aylesbury.

I made a boo boo on the way which led to some confusion….why spoil the habit of a lifetime 😜……but we all arrived safely. Pete Johnston again worked his magic and received a couple of T Shirts from the dealer towards our prizes.

After dealing the 2nd card, we rode to our lunch stop, The White Hart, Nettlebed. I somehow lost everyone bar four riders, don’t ask, and ended up getting to the pub after everyone else, who took the direct route. This led to some banter amongst us but we all arrived safely for what was a very nice meal in the function room laid on by the proprietors……just as well we pre ordered at the start else it would’ve been manic!

It started to rain soon after we arrived but cleared up before we left…good timing. The 3rd card was dealt here prior to making our way to the fourth stop, Abingdon Honda, who donated our main prize!

The ride to Abingdon, on some nice roads, went smoothly…hooray…. and we arrived just as the rain started to fall, another stroke of luck. It was a extended stay here as interest in the bikes and the popularity of the coffee machine was to take it’s toll so it was decided to deal the last two cards at the last leg of the day, The Swan Hotel, Eynsham where refreshments where laid on and the results were declared.

Claire Robins from Wilts Branch was recipient of the 1st prize followed by Gus Smart from BWDE winning 2nd prize. Further prizes awarded to Roger Elvin, Beds Branch and our own Elaine Heckford….well done guys!

Myself and Erica, would like to thank everyone for their contributions and efforts, you ALL made it a great day out!
£225 was raised for the charity….which was a good result!

A special thank you to Erica as she works tirelessly behind the scenes and without her help I’d have struggled.

Here’s to next year!
Ted

(for photographic proof see ‘pictures’ or click on this link   https://goo.gl/photos/LQNHopcmMXe8ffC28)

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Ride to Hayling Island

 

Ride to Hayling Island 

 
We had a good ride out today, 10 bikes tuned up on time, and we were all fuelled up and ready to go by 09.30, minus Sandra as she was still at home trying to start her bike, Keith gave us a ride brief and off we went in rather cool conditions with Pete on the tail.

We encountered a bridge closure before got to Wantage and had to take a diversion, Sandra joined us at Tot Hill services, and Greg’s brand new triumph broke town before we got to Loomies, a push down the hill by myself and Chris and Greg and he was on his way again, Loomies was standing room only, so a quick comfort break and on to Hayling island, were we all went for a swim, NOT!!  After lunch and some banter with the café owner, we returned to Petersfield and onto Nelson’s Diner via Alton and Basingstoke, Nelsons Diner was also busy, 8 of us stayed for refreshments and the remainder made a run for home in ever increasing temperatures, I saw the sun and 9 degrees on my thermometer at one point, a good varied route, some good riding and a good day was had by all, thanks to Keith & Sandra!

Andy

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Ride out’s 2016

During this year we have planned a ride out on the third Sunday of each month, with a different leader and tail ender.  The leader chooses a destination and plans the route (with help from Ted if required) and the ride is promoted on the web (‘Events’), our Facebook page and then a reminder text is sent out to those registered onto the ride out group twenty-four hours before the ride leaves.

This ensures that we have a least one ride per month but does not exclude anyone planning an ad hoc ride at another time and submitting to Ted (RideOuts@oxfordhoc.co.uk) – it can then be promoted in a similar way and even last minute ideas can be sent out via the text group.
If you want your mobile number to be added to the text group – email Erica (Secretary@oxfordhoc.co.uk).
We have already had two excellent, well supported rides this year, led by Andy and Paul and look forward to at least ten more!
Erica
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The HOC Oxford AGM with election of Committee

ABRIDGED M I N U T ES

of the

HOC OXFORD BRANCH AGM

Tuesday 3rd Nov 2015

                                                                                      (28 members present  inc Committee Members)

Mark Clargo, Chairman –  another year as Chairman for one of the best branches in the HOC.  As a
branch we have represented the club in many worthwhile ways.  Ted’s Poker Run is attended by
many other branch members’, we always have some sort of participation at other
branches rallies as well as holding our own at the Gate Hangs High, Hook
Norton, which was a success this year. Phil Naylor and Pete Johnson won awards
at the HOC Classic Show at Brixworth – congratulation boys.  And there have been many other HOC events
throughout the year.  We nearly came top of the branch attendance at the National Rally this year. We only needed about four more members, so let’s try to get that trophy next year at Poole.

Some of us volunteered to help erect and man the HOC marquee at the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling which
turned out to be a very busy day. And all the hard work was much appreciated by the management and our visitors to the stand.

Dave Andrews won the Saddle Sore Shield this year – well done Dave, and Gerald came second in the pillion
competition. Steve Davenport (SSS Organiser) and the HOC committee are working on a new format for next year which, hopefully, will encourage more members to enter the competition. Someone needs to give Dave a run for his money. I’ll be one next year!!

Mary-Anne Gilmer – Treasurer, reported that finances were positive with a healthy balance but showed a slight drop from last year and, although the Branch was not a profit making organisation, this reduction would be monitored during the coming year and steps taken to ensure it did not continue into 2017.  The cost of the camping and the entertainment at the rally being the cause of the reduction.  Dave was thanked for his hard work in doing a raffle at the meetings which was a source of income for the Branch.

Alan DeVerteuil – Webmaster, reported that it had been a good year with the site receiving many visits and no successful or serious attacks from hackers. The steps taken during the year had worked.

Ride outs – Clive and Ann could not be at the meeting but a brief overview of the ride out’s and events were included.  There hadbeen an and excellent Hot Cross Bun Run in April, a delightful but soggy Fish and Chip run, rides to the Isle of Wight to see Roger and Jill, Bank Holiday ride outs and ad hoc events organised as the year progressed.  Thanks were expressed to Clive and Ann for taking the task on amidst their own busy schedule.

Withthe exception of Ride-out Co-ordinator the existing Committee re-stood forelection (Mark Clargo – Chairman : Erica Gassor – Secretary : Mary-Anne Gilmer – Treasurer : Alan DeVerteuil – Webmaster)  Ted German had been nominated for Ride-out Co-ordinator with assistance to lead monthly ride outs. With these amendments, the Committee was proposed for election by Chris Tristrum and seconded by Terry Gilmer. A schedule of anticipated monthly ride out dates for the whole of 2016 were issued with an appeal for leaders and tail enders.  Several volunteers came forward and the list was to be finalised.

Any other business – (a) it was decided not to have a Branch charity as such for the coming year (b) a trip to Swanage and the Isle of Wight to see Roger and Jill during 2016 was to be planned

 

Erica Gassor
OXFORD BRANCH SECRETARY
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