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The first edition of 2015 is as usual hurriedly cobbled together. Sorry it’s late and has missed our frst events of 2015.

The February Classic Enduro set the scene, and exactly four weeks later, on 22nd March, Witley MCC organised and promoted the Weston Trophy British Championship Trial at Butser Limeworks. The result of a great deal of hard background work by Neil Bowker, this is a real coup for the Club and we trust that it will have been just the first of many.

But we also have quite a few

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Posted by: Laurence Richards in GeneralEditors Bit on

 As we approach the end of our 90th Anniversary year, we can look back on it with satisfaction, though somewhat tempered by a few disappointments.

The high point must be said to have been the Anniversary Celebration in August, with so many past and present members joining in, along with their amazing range of machinery, to make this a really enjoyable and memorable day.

It was certainly unfortunate that the Long Distance Trial was unable to go ahead this year, but the date is in the calendar for next October so we will be looking to set up an organising team from early in the new Year. We are looking for people with experience of these events or at least of byway usage, and/or of dealing with officialdom! If you are interested in being involved – or know anyone else who would be – please speak to any Committee member.

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Posted by: Laurence Richards in Editors Bit on

The 90th Anniversary Day at the beginning of September was a memorable occasion and testament to the Club spirit that still underpins Witley MCC.

Many thanks to Bernard and Diana for a great deal of hard work in getting it all together, and many thanks too to all those members who turned up to help – and indeed to everyone who turned up to talk, laugh, reminisce and eat cake!

Now, as the unexpected extension of summer that was September fades into a very distant memory, and we slosh around the garden in wellies, we still have plenty to look forward to at Witley MCC as the busy part of the year kicks off.

Firstly we have the Annual Bonfire Night at Frank and Di’s, continuing a tradition that goes back into Witley’s distant past. There may no longer be a piano, and I sincerely hope that there are no tyres and other similar fuels (the misdemeanours of the past do slightly make you cringe these days). But no doubt the atmosphere will be there and you are most welcome to come along for the price of a firework!

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Posted by: Laurence Richards in Editors Bit on

Clearing out the loft takes forever, not just because it’s awkward/dark/ messy/heavy, but because you keep finding interesting stuff.

Plucking a random copy of the Club News from one of the several thousand cardboard boxes currently clogging up our house (we are moving in case you didn’t know - in fact will have moved by the time you read this) I discovered that it was another edited by me, this time in July 1978, running to 24 pages (plus enclosed forms) with no pictures! Many highlights were to be found, including: a rant by the editor about the front cover design (a hot topic of the time); 16 new members, including the Tyrrell brothers and Phil Cannon; report of a mammoth tour to the Unicorn Rally; a coach trip to the TT; regs for 2 Closed to Club trials; road test of a 350 Morini; extensive trials reports (Group Trial Best Novice was Dave Mair!); Dinner & Dance info; Barons (new vehicles acquired by members); Witley Road Trial report (75 miles, with 84 riders!); and of course, Have You Heard, the place for all Club chit-chat.

Although it was pretty low-tech - scribbled out on the back of fag packets and similar, typed by Sally at Effingham and duplicated on an old Roneo machine - the “Yellow ’Un”does have a certain charm and reflects the life and exploits of the Witley Club at a particularly lively time.

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