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Tues 31st May 2016    Ok, an update on Manky and Plugger's New Improved Cornish Caper.    The campsite is booked for Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July. Just turn up, no need to pre-book. There are only 6 hook ups so it'll be first come first served.
Saturday there will be the option of the flowy trails of Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods or for the hardcore there are the more downhill trails of Grogley and Bishops Woods.
On the Sunday we'll decamp up to Minions and meet at the Cheesewring Hotel on the beautiful southern edge of Bodmin Moor.
There will be a road ride under the guidance of Nora (Batts) who grew up in the area and knows it well.
Off roaders will be treated to Manky's epic tour around Caradon Hill, with techy sections in the old mine workings and a fabulous grassy descent from the TV mast.

There really will be something for everyone, so hope to see you all there.
Sun 29th May 2016    Pullit needs your support!!!    She is cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the charities Backup & Aspire.
This involves cycling 259 Km (160 miles) over 3 days with a total climb of 1954m (6,410 ft) over the trip.
As a result of her personal experience of a spinal injury, she is raising money to help others with spinal injuries that have been less lucky than herself.
Please visit her Virgin Money Giving page to make a donation.
Sun 15th May 2016    Slovenia Campaign successful!    A small group of 5 bashers under the leadership of Spiderman, carried out a reconnaissance mission to Slovenia in early May. It was found that the food was plentiful, alcohol was widely available, and despite a heavy snowfall just before the mission, trails were exeedingly good. You can see photos by clicking this link or by following the link on the photos page.
If you fancy going, our trip was organised by "Ride Slovenia". (Follow the link to their website)
Mon May 9th 2016    Timotei's Cheddar weekend 2016    Cheddar reminder...................... about 5 weeks away now - time to go and check out the trail conditions and do a bit of tweeking/trimming etc.

So Cheddar this year will be June 10,11,12

Same routine as always;

Rides Friday evening 1930 then to a pub in Cheddar for food/drink
Saturday 1000 ride stopping at a pub around 1400 en-route. BBQ in evening
Sunday 1000ish ride returning to campsite about 1400

Same campsite as always Broadway Cottage Campsite, Cheddar BS26 2DP. 10 per pitch per night (a pitch can be anything from a family tent to 2 people in 2 small tents)

Any q's .. fire them back to Timotei
Mon May 9th 2016    Debs Cunningham gets her Bash "Handle"    Debs Cunningham has been christened "DINKY" by Pottsie after he first ride as a scout basher from the Bishop John de Grandison, Bishopsteignton. Our resident poet Hatrack, has composed an ode to mark the occasion...

Rationale~ to be read as a sort of Pottsie Poem:

Some of the Nobs wanted Bob whilst the rest of the Tossers shoutedTurnip,
but she's not a veg cos she's too fit ,sporty and spunky.
She's also happy, yappy, frothy and bubbly.
Yes! she's small and quite trim so she's neat and petite
and she's cute and she's dainty. So Bob or Turnip she ainty !!
Cos All in all she's just lovely and now the Bash "DINKY"

p.s. apologies to Major Dandy Nicholls our Senior M.O. who feels badly that his very exclusive "Dinky Tour" title has now been basterdised, in so much that he is considering rebranding them as "Turnip Trips"
Tues 12th Apr 2016    Nash-Bash 2016... An invitation from Milton Keynes H3    Hi Teign Valley Bash
MKH3 (Link to website here are hosting Nash Bash 2016 this year. Would anyone be interested in joining us for a weekend of partying, beer, oh yes... cycling!
It would be great to see you. Details are below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. On On Bell End MKH3

Nash Bash 2016
June 24th-26th 2016
MKH3 Welcome you to Nash Bash 2016
We have some great trails for you through Bedfordshire's rolling countryside. We have some fab and welcoming pubs who want to serve us beer!

Our hosts at Cranfield Football Club are looking forward to our Arrival.
Get your Regos filled out and join us for some great cycling in Bedfordshire where the Sun always shines!
We'll start off on Friday with a gentle ride visiting a couple of the local hostelries and back to the venue where PAYG home made pizzas will be cooked freshly for you in a wood fired oven by our very own Foot in Front,, followed up with an evening entertainment by the talented singers we have within the Hash on Karaoke.
Saturday will take us through some of Bedfordshire countryside, keeping off the roads for as much as we can, using our network of Bridleways and Stewardship land, visiting quiet villages with some great pubs serving a selection of real ales.
Saturday evening we will have a themed party based on those "Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines". Don those Pilots uniforms and Stewardess Uniforms for an evening of entertainment with Nash Hash 2015 Band Uke Tunes.
Sunday, there will of course be a short hangover Bash to blow those cobwebs away, where the weekend will culminate with a Beer Stop, Barbeque, and Closing circle, and voting(kind of anyway) in some unsuspecting Basher for Nash Bash 2018. Then a 2 mile cycle back to the venue, to pack up and head home, or stay another night if you feel the need.
All this for 70. Cheaper than any other Hash weekend you'll do this year, and you won't have to do any R*nning at all!
We look forward to seeing you for a great weekend of Bashing
Bell End & Good Head and Everyone at MKH3
Fri 8th Apr    Batts gets a Bash name!!    Batts set her first ride last night.... a challenging ride by all accounts, but all managed to get back to the "Welly" in time for a pint and some well earned grub! By popular demand she was named "Nora" (after Nora Batty... She of the curlers and wrinkled tights in "last of the Summer Wine") We're waiting for a photo...
Wed 6th Apr    New Birdseye!    Bothways has been hard at work compiling the latest tranche of scintillating titbits for your delectation...
Click on the "Birdseye tab at the top of the page, and select "issue 26" to see!!
Sun 3rd Apr 2016    Woody's naming.    Woody set his first ride today and drew a big crowd... He's a poplar bloke! Well... what to call Woody? The naming comittee thought a great deal about it. They put alder heads together and decided to name him..... "Woody". At least he won't forget it!
Wed 23rd Mar 2016    Update for Blaster and Flossie's camping weekend 25th - 27th Mar.    Saturday evening 26th March we have organised a BSc event (no, you don't need a degree, RJ is attending!) B - beer, S - Skittles and C - curry at Jolly Sailor, East Ogwell starting at 7pm all for 7 ---HOW MUCH!!! Sunday's Bash ride "The Egg Hunt" starts at Greenawell Park Farm (plenty of room for car parking if needed) at 11am ( note clocks go forward!) and we will end up at the Union Inn, Denbury at about 2pm for the usual. Hope the weather is better than the forecast!! RIDE ON, BLASTER and FLOSSIE.
Sun 6th March 2016    Photo.    For those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Ian Whitear (who was recently named "Lughole"), we've now got a photo, so you'll be able to put a name to the face! Pottsie came up with the name because Ian drives/rides/sails/flies a lugger and "ear" is part of Whitear... Hence "Lughole" Easy when you know innit?
(Portrait courtesty of Bats using Manky's phone)
Mon 29th Feb 2016    New Scout Mistress!! A Message from Pottsie.    Hi All Bashers, I am very pleased to announce that Irene"Diamond Lil" Munday has volunteered to take up the special role of Scout Mistress recently vacated by Phoebe. This can be a demanding task that will be made so much easier provided that all Bashers pay heed to the comments made in my last email covering the need for more of you to step forward in respect of trail laying.
Warmer weather should be on the way and this hopefully means that there are possibilities to occasionally and sensibly expand the boundaries or format of our riding area.~ e.g. something like Woodovis Park last year.
Diamond Lil will be looking to recruit Scout Bashers for Sundays from April 2nd onwards and likewise for Thursday "Light Night" rides from May 5th until September 8th.
Please email

Thur 25th Feb 2016    A Message from the C.O.    We need more volunteers please, to plan Sunday rides throughout the year and also Thursday evening "light night rides" in May, June, July & August. We cannot expect the same people to keep the ride programme going. Every Basher should be prepared to organise at least one ride per year.
If you don't feel confident about planning a ride on your own then find another Basher to partner you, or ask one of our regular Scout Bashers for advice about the Venue or Route you are thinking of using. We've now been Bashing for 23 years and have completed 2280 Sunday/Thursday rides. So it's likely there is nothing new, because we've probably done it all before. Therefore have no fear!
Finally our current Scout Mistress Eve "Phoebe" Bates is standing down . We thank her for all the energy and enthusiasm she put into the roll but now, with a young family, atheletic training, a new home and work, her spare time is very limited. We eventually hope to see her back with us, complete with her famous pink photo phone.
We are hopeful of announcing the name of her replacement shortly.
Ride On Pottsie
Tues 23rd Feb 2016    A Naming!!    The jungle drums have been beating, and we understand that Ian Whitear has been named "Lughole". We'll publish a photo when we have one... and hopefully an explanation of Pottsie's thought processes in choosing the name!!
Mon 8th Feb 2016    The Annual Bash "Oscars" Ceremony.    The Awards were held at the Jolly Farmer in Newton Abbot yesterday. Pottsie was on sparkling form with a new tranche of jokes and stories for our entertainment, but the proceedings were tinged with a note of sadness when Ziggy's award for the best newcomer was presented posthumously, and was collected by his daughter.
We have a few photos of the the awards presentations which you can see by following the link on the Photos page.

And for those who weren't there.... A list of the winners.

Drinker of the Year: Gary "Gassa" Clifford.
Ladle and Pen Award: Tim "Bucktu" Davenport.
Most Promising New Male Basher: Graham "Ziggy" Zimbler. (Sadly a posthumous award. Ziggy passed away on Jan 28th.)
Most Promising New Female Basher: Amanda "Bats" Batten.
Top Bash Camp 2015: Bruce "Trucker" Prowse.
Top Bash Pub 2015: Glen and Maria at The Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot.
Tandem Award 2015: (For Woodovis Park weekend) Julie "Fallen Woman" Ridd, and Tony "Broken Man" Ridd.
Crash King 2015: Jon "Plugger" Dykes.
Top Electric Biker 2015: "Sticky" Dick Owen.
Best Offroad Basher 2015: Stuart "Spiderman" Blundell.
Achievement Award 2015: Anna "Bothways" Atkinson and Lee "Always" Atkinson.
Cranker of the Year 2015: Rob "Hatrack" Clifford.
Supreme Basher 2015: Ian "Blaster" Glendinning.
Downhill Glide Champion (Male): Gary "Gassa" Clifford.
Downhill Glide Champion (Female): Amanda "Bats" Batten.
Tues 2nd Feb 2016    Ziggy's funeral details. A message from Paul White.    A date for Graham 'Ziggy' Zimbler's funeral has been set for Thursday 11th February. The service which will be non religious (humanist) will commence at 12.15pm at the East Devon Crematorium, Whimple EX5 2PT.
Members of the club are most welcome to attend with Michael 'rent boy' Foundley kindly agreeing to be representative of the club as a pallbearer.
Family are extending an invitation to toast Ziggy at the Bickley Mill, Stoneycombe, TQ12 5LN and Paul would be grateful if he could have the number of club members wishing to attend in order to finalise the catering. ( Please send email to to let him know you will be coming )
Thur 28th Jan 2016    Sad News.    We've heard that Graham "Ziggy" Zimbler died in his sleep last night. He has been a regular and enthusiastic member of the bash for the last year and was a frequent contributor of photos to the Bash Facebook page. A thoroughly likeable guy who will be sadly missed.

Ziggy... A message from Pottsie.
Graham "Ziggy" Zimber was new to the Bash in 2015 but he took to it like a fish to water~ as we did to him. He was one of those truly nice guys that was a pleasure to be with and now sadly we've lost him well before his time. He was 72 and leaves 3 children & 6 grandchildren together with many other family members who loved him.

His ex son in law Paul White will keep me informed about further details as and when they become available.


Pottsie's 80th
Mon 25th Jan 2016    Pottsie's 80th birthday.    Our glorious leader celebrated his 80th birthday at the weekend. Happy Birthday Pottsie!!
Spaces available for Bobbiball weekend. A message from Bothways.
Hi, Hope you're all well and those booked on are looking forward to the Bobbiball weekend.
We still have the following spaces available in the hostel for this great weekend -

1 female in the ladies room
2 Males in the men's room
2x couples in the couples room

So its not too late to book on - if you're booked on, why not bring a friend along?
Tues 19th Jan 2016    Rides News from Pottsie    Hi all Bashers, here is some information about the next 3 Sunday Bash Rides.
Sun 24th Jan Pottsie's 80th Birthday Bash. Will start and finish at St Marys Hall ,Dawlish Warren. To get to the hall and parking. At the entrance to Dawlish Warren drive up the cycle path towards Dawlish~gate is on left hand side
Unda has voluntered to lead my Birthday Bash~ However Knitters ,Sewers and Wimps should note there is the opportunity to ride to Exeter completely on the level using the cycle path ~probably the flattest ride in Devon.
After the ride food and drink will be provided in the hall. Thanks to the Catering Corps.
Sun 31st Jan will be from the Malsters Inn ,Woodbury and will feature "Pottsie's Long Flat One Bash" with a pub stop at the New Inn ,Talaton. Off Road volunteer required please.
Sun 7th Feb 2015 Oscars & Lunch (5) Bash from Jolly Farmer Newton Abbot. Scout Basher needed ASAP please.

Tues 12th Jan 2016    Ride on Sunday 17th Jan.    Hi Sunday Bashers, next Sunday Noddy & Big Ears have, at short notice, volunteered to organise the bash ride. Their ride will take place from the Ferry Boat Inn Shaldon~however the Landlady of this pub is currently on holiday so Noddy has arranged for some food to be made available after the ride via the covering staff @ 2 per head. He has estimated that there will be at least 20 bashers eating i.e. 40. What he really needs to know is how many of you plan to be there ~ So if you could confirm by email ( that will help him greatly.!!

Ride On

Tues 5th Jan 2016    Pottsie's 80th birthday ride!!    Hi All Bashers , on Sunday 24th January I will be celebrating my 80th Birthday and I plan to hold an On Road Bash ride from St Marys Hall , Dawlish Warren. Free Refreshments Alchoholic and non Alchoholic together with Food will be provided after the ride, say from 1:30 0nwards. No presents are required and There's plenty of parking on site.
What we need to know now is ~ How many Bashers to cater for, so if you intend joining me then please tell me ASAP.
Getting Older And Older
Mon 4th Jan 2016    Scam...    Hi all Bashers ,below you can see the reference to the JULES HOLLAND evening in July.... Unfortunately Unda has since discovered that on trying to finalise a booking that the advert in placed on the Heart Of Devon web site is nothing more than a SOPHISTICATED SCAM . There is NO such event planned! Thanks to Unda's detective work, he, and in turn we, have avoided being ripped off. YES it's ~ Yet another star for Unda's professional investigative journalism skill . So sadly there will be no picnic in the park in July.
Ride ON Pottsie
Fri 1st Jan 2016    Happy New Year    Best wishes for a grand new year to all Bashers. The now traditional Christmas fancy-dress ride was a brilliant spectacle once again. The Starcross Fishing and Cruising club again hosted the Christmas lunch and very tasty it was too!!.. There are many photographs to be seen on our Facebook page, but here's a composite of some of them. Christmas bash composite
Wed 30th Dec 2015    Jools is coming !!    On July 30th Jules Holland is coming to Powderham Castle,
hopefully it will be a splendid summers evening and we will be able to arrange a "picnic in the park" and have a great time dancing and listening to this wonderful big band of absolutely brilliant muscians and singers. Last time it happened several took camper vans and stayed the night. The Bash ride on Sunday 31st should be organised close at hand too.
SO if you are interested then please let UNDA know ASAP ( or 01626 779387) ~ and provided we get more than 10 people in our party he will be able to arrange a block booking which will save 10% on the ticket price of 35.

Ride On Pottsie