posted 7 Oct 2015, 15:27 by Section Webmaster

Hi everyone, 

I think Southern Section have gone into hibernation following all our work for the National as I have only got one section event to tell you about.  I know Dave Wright has done his Forge open day for a few years running now, but this year seemed just as popular.  On 13th September, thirteen people made their way down to Chiddingfold, many with a picture of the item they wanted to make.  I know that Chippy was making a wellie boot holder on Lesley’s instruction!  Nigel kindly brought along his BBQ and supplied everyone with sausages and burgers.  Thanks go to Dave for giving up his Sunday to entertain us, and thanks to Nigel for the cooking.  Although not a BMW event, Erica has sent me the following report.  ‘Ride to the Wall sees motorcyclists from all around the UK and Europe (mainly from Belgium) come together to remember the names engraved on the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial.  Well, it was a bit of an early start, but well worth it.  I met Dean Carpenter (Chippy) at Chieveley Services and we travelled on together to Cherwell Valley Services, where we met up with Godfrey and Chris Potter and Chris Tite and hundreds of other bikers.  After a well deserved bacon butty, we left for the long ride up to the National Memorial Arboretum, arriving at 11am together with 7,100 other bikes for the events of the day.  There was a performance by the Royal Signals White Helmets music from the Band of the Rifles and a flypast by both a Tiger Moth and a Dakota.  After a very moving service and tea and cake (for me), we all made our way home.  Thanks to Chippy for organising this and we hope to include this in next year’s diary of events.’

Hopefully we will have had a good AGM, and lots of members will have come up with ideas for runs and events for next year.  For anyone who didn’t attend, I will give further details next month.  Well, sorry, but nothing else to say, except for those of us who are fair weather riders, there may still be some decent days to get the wheels rolling, and for the people who ride all year, hope you don’t need your waterproofs too often!  Look forward to seeing some of you at the Christmas dinner on 5th December.

Gerri Chandler