Meriden Branch Report August 2018

It is my sad duty to report the passing of Bill Howells, one of our respected members, after suffering from cancer and spending a short while in a hospice. Affectionately known as Bargain Bill he regularly attended the branch and rides-out until his illness took hold. His funeral was held on 3rd September.

Our Bring it Home Rally went very well as we were blessed with great weather and a field full of happy campers. The only downside was the band which we apologise for.  The rides to the factory and the tours were well attended and could be repeated in the future if requested. Bristol had the best branch turnout and  I heard rumblings of other branches bringing more members next year, I hope they do.

Only two members turned up for the Warwick classic vehicle show so maybe we will attend a different event next year.

In contrast nineteen riders made to the Shropshire and Long Mynd run on the 18th. A breakfast stop at Tony's Cafe and tea and cake at the Severn Valley Railway on the way back ensured everyone was fed and watered.

The branch barbecue was pretty well attended. The burgers and hot dogs were demolished by our hungry members and friends with the proceeds of £161 being donated to the Myton Hospice in memory of Bill Howells.

We welcome Gary Grice this month. His '68 Bonnie is being restored so we hope he brings it to the branch when it's finished.

Cheers Ian

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