Monthly Archives: February 2017

Vacancies for Gazette Editor & Permit Secretary, Avery Cup Centre Champ Trial Results 26th Feb, NSMSC Jack Ball Chase T/trial Regs for 26th March available.

Good evening all,

The Gazette Editor & Permit Secretary have both given notice of their retirement – so it’s up to you guys to “step up to the plate” & volunteer if you want to continue to have events to ride – You have been warned!

We went over to the Avery Cup today & it was run over 4 laps of 10 Sections which made finding sufficient Observers easier, in fact Observers were oversubscribed**, so we had a day out watching riders in action in all the Sections & having time to chat with people. I wondered why Lee Hassall had the letters Molly on the bike, but worked it out later when we saw 4 generations  of Hassall’s in the quarry. Young Molly is only three months old with lovely blue eyes. Congratulations to Lee & Hannah – the hard work starts now!. Richard Elliott was out on his “new” Jotagas & very pretty it is too. Only 5 Experts, but some cracking (i.e. an achievement to clean them) Expert routes with Sections 3 & 4 observed by Mandy Jefferies & Neil Riddle, and Sections 7 & 8 observed by Colin Hassall & Jeff Budd respectively causing most mayhem for them. Kurt Brain was comfortably best Expert on 23m/l gaining most advantage, as Mick Perry will say, on Mandy’s section, which he cleaned every lap – one of those sections where catchers were wise & riders needed confidence to attack the vertical step & the drop off to get back down again. At the other end of the classes, Fin Kettle was looking very assured & showed Dad Lawrence how to do it in several Sections.

Results are here: K:wood Avery Champ Trial Results 260217260217

The NSMSC Jack Ball Chase 90minute Time trial Regs are available here: NSMSC Jack Ball Chase T:Trial Regs & Entry Forms for 26:03:17 thanks to Jerry Walters

Keep em up!: Frank

ps ** but we were  “propositioned” to observe at an out of Centre Trial at Easter!



BSSA Reg Lewis Trial Postponed, Sad news at Ted’s funeral, Dave Norris RIP. Centre Champs John Stait T/Trial Regs & Entry Form, Swindon’s Corinium Entries open online 20th February

Hello all,

Jan Watkins has just Mailed to say “Hi Frank, Sorry to inform you that the BSSA Reg Lewis Trial has been postponed until further notice. Please let people know  via the web-site. Regards, Jan”

We went to Ted Heather’s Funeral on Tuesday, in a lovely gesture Derek Daniels followed the hearse in on Ted’s last bike, an OSSA MAR which he’s had since Ted sold it to him 13 years back. Although Derek has restored it beautifully, it was only the day before that it had oil put in the gearbox & fuel in the tank. It fired up first kick!

We were impressed, but not at all surprised, that 4 members of the SSDT Committee flew down to attend, it shows how Ted was appreciated ‘up there’: as you would expect many of us ‘older’ Wessex Centre stalwarts were there as was SW Centre VP George Sartin all paying our respects. We don’t think there was vacant seat at the Service.

Sadly, back at Corsham Cricket Club, we heard that Dave Norris, Adams’ Dad has also passed away. So our thoughts are also with Delya, Lee, Jamie & Adam. It doesn’t seem long since Adam was on that TY80 when he & Rob Sartin were two outstanding schoolboy riders.

Jerry Cross has sent over the Centre Timed Trial Championship, John Stait Trophy Regs, & Entry Form. Several months of negotiations with the new Landowner have paid off & it’s going to run at the usual Rookham venue. The Regs are here: Wells John Stait Champ TTrial Regs 190317 & the Entry Form is here: Wells John Stait Champ TTrial Entry Fom 190317

Bodaff reminds me that Swindon & District MCC’s Corinium Enduro Entries will be open on line on Monday!  More details are on the club website or Club Facebook page, or via the Riders//Members – Club Event Entry Tab on the ACU Website

Keep em up: Frank




Centre AGM – Changing of the Guard! Date changes. Regs available for ..

Hello all,

The dust has settled on the AGM, & the old guard will be changing. A brief Report follows.

Roll call of Clubs: All affiliated Clubs were represented except BGRC, Frome, Mendip Vale & Wells.    Apologies were tendered & accepted for Alan Brown & Vic Osman of BGRC.  {Editors comment: Mendip haven’t been represented at the AGM at any of the last six, Frome have only been represented for  three of the last six & Wells haven’t been represented at four of the last six. That suggests the Centre is not in “good health”}

The retiring President, Martin Bracey presented the Harry Croft Trophy to Mike Fear, The Chairman, Keith Wooster remarked that new people were needed on the Board  The Hon Secretary echoed the Chaimans remarks. {that’s the third consecutive year he or the Secretary have said that – Ed.} The Hon Treasurer said we had an excess of income over expenditure only because there were no Inter Centre Event Teams to be supported, but the income showed there were fewer riders & fewer events in the Centre.

The Treasurer presented his Financial Report for the year which was discussed & formally accepted. The Gazette Editor presented his Report reviewing his tenure & announced he was standing down at the next AGM Read that Report here: Gazette Editors Report for 2016 070217

All Officials were elected unopposed, & were exactly the same people as last year, except that your new President will be Denys Plaster of NSMSC, outgoing President Martin Bracey becomes an ex officio Vice President, & Bob Burt replaces Denys as our 4th VP.

The Board Meeting followed & the Officers appointed are the same as  last year as well. Mike Fear announced this would stand down as Permit Secretary at the next AGM

So that’s two important positions you, out there in the Centre, have got to take on to keep your sport running {everyone in the room was over 50 years old – as usual – Ed.}

Please note the following date changes/corrections to your Fixture Card: West Wilts James Cup Centre Trials Champ from 19th March to 26th March, Kingswood Abbotside Enduro from 30th July to 23rd July, BSSA Glens Sinclair T/Trial is on 14th not 13th May.

Regs are available for:


Wilts Border Centre Restricted Trial on 5th March here: WBorder Salutation Novice Regs 050317 & WBorder Salutation Novice Entry form 050317

West Wilts Centre Championship Trial on 26th March here: West Wilts JamesCupChampTrial regs & EntryForm26:03:17

Out of Centre: How about a weekend away? there are 22 classes & choice of two courses either with or without roadwork in the Isle of Wight MCC 50th Anniversary Two Day Trial on 22nd & 23rd April. Info & Regs are available here: IoW MCC 50thAnni 2 day info 2017 & IoW 50th Anni TwoDay Regs&EntryForms 22&230417

It’s time to get involved Guys:  Frank



Centre AGM Report, NSMSC’s Terry Bunn Championship T/Trial results from 05/02/17

Hi all,

Centre AGM Report to follow

In the meantime the NSMSC Terry Bunn Trophy Time Trial Results are here: NSMSC TerryBunn CentreChamp TTrial Results 050217 & Jerry Walters reports ”

Evening Frank,

Results of Sunday’s North Somerset Club Terry Bunn Trophy Time Trial held at Malthouse Farm, Chelwood are attached for the website.

This was the first round of the 2017 Wessex Centre Time Trial Championship, and Andy Frost threw down the gauntlet by taking an easy overall victory losing just 3 marks on observation plus 4 on time. Kye Steel grabbed 2nd spot in the trials class on 21 marks, just ahead of Jason Hamblin, who seems to be struggling to stay in contention on his new Honda 4Ride trail bike.

In the non trials class Tom Smith Tom Smith was also in a league of his own, setting standard time and losing just 21 marks on observation which also gave him the overall runner up spot. Harvey Dark took second place in the class on 61 marks just ahead of rapidly improving Ben Sinclair on 76.

Regards: Jerry”


More news to follow: Frank

Centre AGM tomorrow. NSMSC’s Wynnes Trophy Time Trial Regs & Entry Form for 26th Feb available

Afternoon all:

A reminder about the Centre AGM tomorrow: 8:00pm at Warmley Community . Riders, it’s your chance to come & make suggestions for improving the way the Centre does things

Jerry Walters has sent over the Regs & Entry Form for the NSMSC’s Wynnes Trophy T/Trial which you can find here: NSMSC Wynnes Trophy T:Trial Regs & Entry Form 260217 26.2.17

The ‘paid up ‘ entry list for the SSDT is growing quickly, I notice that Wessex Centre riders, Scott & Mark Cameron, Victoria Payne, Ian Fortune, Craig & Gareth Talbot have already guaranteed their rides. Dabill isn’t riding it this year, & there aren’t any Lampkins on the list yet so it may be a more open competition this year? We will see.


Ted Heathers Funeral is on 14th February, BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Time Trial Results

Hello all,

Rachel Heather has just called me to say that Ted’s funeral will be at the West Wilts Crematorium at Semington on Tuesday 14th February at 1:45pm. TMX’s  John Dickinson will have a short piece about Ted in this Thursdays edition, & the Trials Guru, who you know has an affinity with the SSDT,  has an appreciation of Ted.

Jan Watkins has sent across the Results of last Sundays BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Series Time Trial. An entry of 51 with a couple of non starters, Tom Smith took the Premier Award doing 10 laps, setting standard time & losing 93 marks in the sections. Pete King was best A class with Jason Hamblin R/up, Ade Dark was R/up in the non trials class. The Results are here: BSSA 2nd Alan Brown TTrial Results 290117