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Mon 14th Jul 2014    Change of venue for 27th July    The Tweeedle's ride on 27 July will now start from The Parkers Arms, Collaton St Mary, TQ4 7DE.
Soapy, Hornie, Melon Picker and Pork Torpedo
Wed 9th Jul 2014    TVPB in the news.....and the nude!!!!    TVPB members have been visible this week..... Bothways and Always managed a few seconds of fame at the "Grand Depart" of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. Here's the link to the video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5kUvCWwseM. Check out 13 mins 13 seconds into Video - the 3 cyclists racing down the start of the course you may recognise!!! The tour riders started, followed by the caravan followed by the tour buses followed by TVPB before security realised what was happening!!!!!

Soapy, Melon Picker and friends bared all for charity this week too. They took part in the Naked Bike Ride in Portsmouth... See pic!! They were raising funds for a very good cause....Breast Cancer Care. They've raised over £2000 so far... Let's try to make it more! Visit their "just Giving" site at www.justgiving.com/naked-bike-ride to make a donation.
Fri 4th Jul 2014    This Sunday's ride (6th July)    Road ride from the Bell Inn, Kingsteignton- Patch.(Although there is a car park the landlord has requested that we park near by, rather than in the car park itself, so that his lunchtime punters arenít put out.) Also, if there is anyone who will be turning up at the pub afterwards, but who wonít be riding, please can they let someone know (at the start of the ride) so that the pub can have notice on numbers?
N.B.Off-roaders meet at the Ley Arms Kenn at 10am. (Back to the Bell at Kingsteignton after the ride)
Wed 18th Jun 2014    Bodmin Camping weekend    Cardinham and Bodmin weekend 28/29 June. Can we have an idea of numbers for those who want to camp next weekend? (text Plugger 07976 876761 or email webmaster@tvpb.org.uk) The campsite is on the lane into Cardinham Woods so vehicles can be left there to avoid paying to park. If you want to look at their website... it's here: http://www.littlemargate.co.uk/
Fri 30th May 2014    Good news for cyclists in Teignbridge.    As part of the Bovey Tracey to Newton Abbot cycle route, there are plans to build a new bridge over the A38 which is due for completion in March 2015. More details can be seen on the Teignbridge website. Follow this link http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/trails and click on the link for the "Cycle group minutes May 2014" to open the .pdf file.
Phoebe
Mon 26th May 2014    Evie's snapped her bash "handle"!    On strict orders from our absent CO, Blaster managed to keep to the script at our new venue, the Tally Ho at Littlehempston, and open the white envelope provided, and rename Evie "PHOEBE"
Why "PHOEBE"? By using the logic only available from our learned leader -

P. PINK PHONE PHOTOGRAPHER who records
H. HISTORY
O. OF
E. EVERY
B. BASH
E. EVENT

Also in Ancient Greek mythology PHOEBE is the daughter of Uranus and we all know what a pain she can be in that region! No doubt there will be plenty of photos available of the event from PHOEBE!
Fri 23rd May 2014    It's that time again....Bash Tax...A message from Pottsie    Hi All Bashers ,
Our next Bash Tax year starts on July 1st and the "Bash Tax" we will be collecting is once again £10.
Our prime Bash Tax Collectors are Mustang Sally and Aunt Sally, backed up by Sticky, Pottsie, Blaster, Mudsie & Unda. So there are plenty of Officers who will only be too pleased to take your Tenners!
Every existing TVPB Bash Rider is expected to pay the Tax ~ even if they only ride occassionally! No exceptions, save for those over 75years of age and certain designated Officers. The number of Bash rides you attend is purely up to you,but once you become a Pedal Basher you automatically become liable for tax. That means we expect you to pay even if you only attend 3 or 4 times a year.
Let's face it, it's only £10, and if we are able to, we return much of that in the form of "TVPB Special Event" subsidies. Look how much we gave you back in this last Tax Year!
I will now be absent from the Bash returning on July 1st, so that's why I'm mailing you now in the hope that we can get most of the money in during June, whilst I'm campaigning overseas.
If you're reading this and you are a "Lapsed Basher", then we'll be very pleased to welcome you back on the strength of a £10 note. If all goes well then it's probable that I will be able to arrange a Special Summer Sunday event (maybe on the 27th July) for all 2014/15 Bash Tax payers.

Ride On Pottsie
Calling at the pub! An offer for Brompton Dock users.
  
Mustang has forwarded this email.... Could be good for city breaks etc.

Register with Brompton Dock for just £1 and get two days of free cycle hire.
Brompton Dock is an innovative cycle hire scheme offering residents, commuters and visitors the chance to explore on an iconic Brompton folding bicycle.
Itís your chance to cycle in maximum style and with minimum expense Ė and itís free for two days when you register for just £1!
A British design classic, Brompton folding bikes are the only bikes that can be taken on all public transport, even during peak times, making them ideal for commuter and business trips as well as leisure use.
Youíll also swerve parking charges, fuel bills and traffic jams. So, for a convenient, healthy, environmentally-friendly and affordable way to travel around the city, give Brompton Dock a try.
To benefit from this offer, individuals must register online to become a member before claiming the free, two-day consecutive bike hire offer. Join as a leisure member for £1 using the "Free2Ride" code and you will get 2 free consecutive free hire days? (The 2 days free hire must be used within a week of registration)
Brompton folding bikes are available for both long and short-term hire with a range of tariffs to suit all needs. Whatís more, Brompton Dock is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Freedom has two wheels!
Find out more here: http://www.bromptondock.co.uk/

Mon 19th May 2014    Pottsie's "Bridges of Exeter" Ride    Thankyou for supporting,what was the 4th year of my annual "Exeter Bridges Ride". Every year has been slightly different in terms of the route, the direction of cicumnavigation, the mileage and the number of different bridges both major & minor that we went under or over.
The bridge count this year was 35 plus one level crossing. Mileage 18.5. Time 1hr 59 minutes.
Finally it was nice to see a Thursday Bash so well attended ~ it was just like the old days of the 31 club. 35 riders and 5 Social attendees. However Flossie collected £28:50 for food so either 11 didn't eat, didn't come to the pub, or worse, some escaped Flossie's whip.
And why 50p? Flossie does a good job and doesn't ever rat to me about people who don't pay ~ so if it's you, it's only a quid for God's sake !!
I hope to run the 5th Bridges ride next year in May (if I'm spared) ~and I promise you it will be slightly or even considerably different to this year.

Ride On Pottsie
Thur 15th May 2014    Timotei's Cheesey Cheddar Weekend on the 6, 7, 8 June.    Same campsite as the last few years - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=9051 The rides; Friday - there will be a short ride up the gorge at 1930 ending up at the pub at 2045 in time for food. Saturday - all day ride over the Mendips with a pub stop for food/drink, communal bbq and fire pit in evening. Sunday - shorter ride with pub stop aiming to get back by 1500 Please let me know if you're coming (email timotei99@hotmail.com) so can give the campsite numbers. Forgot to add - £10 per tent/van per night. Pay when you get there.
Thur 8th May 2014    Tonight's ride    This evening the Bash Ride is @ The Royal Oak, Ideford. Last week I volunteered to lead a "K&S easy ride" but only Mudsie turned up for it. However, I will do the same thing this evening ~ "looking for Bluebells". It will not be very long, it will not go very far,and it will not be too difficult. Hopefully a Bobbiball & Dooty route will be available too.
Pottsie
Sun 4th May 2014    Death of Jeff Franke. A message from Pottsie    It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Jeff Franke (Moaning Geezer). He was only 56 years of age - far far too young to die!
As so many of you who used to ride with him on Thursday nights already know, he had only recently been taken ill and hospitalised at Torbay. The serious nature of his illness soon became apparent to us all when he was transfered to the RD&E Wonford.
Unfortunately his condition proved terminal and he passed away on Sunday 4th May.
Jeff was well known in the area and he had been a very good club footballer. Also he worked for Glendinnings for over 20 years. In short, he was a nice steady guy even if he did like to operate under the guise of a constant complainant.
We all liked our "Moaning Geezer" - he was after all a bit different to the standard Basher, so he will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts must be with his wife Paula, and his two daughters at this very sad and stressful time.
Pottsie

p.s. Further details will be published when they become available.
Wed 30th Apr 2014    Summer's cummin'.....Thursday night rides    As we are now entering those months when Thursday night rides can ridden, for the most part without lights,we would expect and hope that more of our slower riders might be interested in turning out, provided there was something organised to suit them. With this in mind, Dooty & Bobbiball have offered to lead such rides on Thursday nights .... So, if you want to ride within your comfort zone then why not turn up at the Keyberry and give it a try?
As for the very Aged, Infirm, and Wimps - Pottsie will also make himself available with an Knitting and Sewing type ride. So hopefully we will be able to provide "Light night Tarmac" rides to suit all abilities. Start time 7pm.
Pottsie
Fri 11th Apr 2014    21st Birthday Bash. A Message from the C.O.    Hi all Bashers,
Further to my original email 28th March,
I now urgently need to know how many of you are planning to attend our 21st Birthday Bash on Thursday April 24th @ The Anchor, Chudleigh Knighton so that I can organise the appropriate amount of food and drink . To this date only 3 Bashers have confirmed that they will be there . It's going to cost you £2 and the Bash much more!! So please reply to this email A.S.A.P. if you want to be there. We will be riding the original route and you will be timed ~though it's not meant to be a race. It's just that we used to time the first Bash rides and they were not races then either. In 1993 I was 57 and it took me 1hr:41:54 . In 2012 Dandy & Pisspot gave it some welly and recorded 1:17:4~ Blaster & Flossie clocked 1:21:31. However the minor roads we used have now become more difficult and dangerous due to potholes & the lack of general maintenance so care will be needed. Once again I stress that you do not have to ride the whole route as it's quite easy to short cut if that's what you want. Surely more than 3 of you will be joining me on the 24th. If so let me know NOW !!
Pottsie.
Sat 29th Mar 2014    Off-Road ride tomorrow (30th Mar)    The road ride tomorrow will start from the Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club led by Pottsie. Off-roaders to meet at the Ley Arms, Kenn (best not to use their car park though, as we're not drinking in the pub!)
Fri 28th Mar 2014    New Birdseye    Bothways has been working her fingers to the bone producig the latest edition of Birdseye for your delectation and enjoyment..... Click on the "Birdseye" link at the top of the page, and then follow the link for Birdseye edition 22.
Tues 11th Mar 2014    Loadsa Photos!!!!    We have a Papparazzo among us.... well... she's female, so should it be a papparazza maybe?...... Anyway... Eve has deluged us with emails and photos... many more than would fit comfortably on the news page... but worth seeing nevertheless! So they have all been collected together in a gallery on the photos page. There are photos of the FARTS rides, Noddy's 60th birthday celebrations, "Spanner's" naming, Melon Pickers "stirrer spoon" award and many more. Just click the "Photos" tab at the top of the page and follow the link for "Eve's photos"
Phil and Caroline  at the Royal Oak, Ideford
Sat 8th Mar 2014    The Royal Oak at Ideford wins "Pub of the Year Award"... AGAIN!    Well, Phil and Caroline have triumphed yet again ... winning the TVPB "Pub of the Year" award. It's not luck. It's a good pub with good beer and there's always a welcome.
Thanks to you both. We'll be back!!



Sturmey Archers ride on Sunday 16th Mar.
  
Sturmey Archer will be leading a road ride from Greenawell Park Farm, West Ogwell, Newton Abbot TQ12 6EW next Sunday. As yet, there is no off-road route planned, so any offers to set a ride will be gratefully received! Otherwise the off-roaders will probably do an ad-hoc ride on the day.





Tues 25th Feb 2014    Debi's naming. A message from the C.O.    Hi Bashers, The Virgin Scout Basher, Debi Underhill Clegg, was duly christened "Bunty " after her ride in the Teign Cellars pub, Newton Abbot. As so often happens, it was contentious but then, TVPB namings are never intended to be totally Democratic!
I had considered a fair number of other possible Bash Handles... ~ "Smiler" (cos she always is!) ~ "12 Volt" Bunty's namingcos it's DC current ~ "Beaujolais" cos of Clegg in last of the summer wine, (she's partial to a drop of vino) and she's new ~ so "Beaujolais Nouveau" too ~ all of which would get shortened to "B Jolly" ~ "Wunbe" cos there's only one B in Debi as opposed to Debbie ~ Or even "No Bra/Bra-less" cos she's Debi not Deborah. Then there was "Whoopie" cos she's often making it. Finally there was the popular "Not Nick's/No Nicks".
BUT unfortunately I only see her as a "Bunty". All the Bunties I have known have been well rounded, jolly,happy, nice girls & women. Just like our Debi!. So I feel confident that This name will become a TVPB generic just like Poppy, Flossie, Mudsie etc etc have. AND if my choice frustates you that much you could perhaps even refer to her as "Bunty No Nicks".
But I will only ever call her "Bunty" cos that's what she is to me!
Ride On Pottsie
Wed 19th Feb 2014    Video of Jonno's off-road ride last Sunday.    Thanks to Pete, who has posted some headcam video footage of last Sunday's off-road on Youtube. Here's the link http://youtu.be/TD-eI6W-Pl0. Beautiful day wunnit?... so nice to see the sun!
Mon 17th Feb 2014    Bobbiball weekend photos    Bothways has sent in some photos taken at Exford last weekend... Prodigious quantities of cider and beer are frequently consumed over the Bobbiball weekend and things can become a bit of a blur.... some of the photographs reflect this.....
Click on the photos tab at the top of this page and follow the link for Bobbiball weekend.
This Sundays ride (23rd Feb) A message from Gazza
  

Hi all,
This Sundays ride (23rd) will be from Newton Abbot - meet at Newfoundland Car Park (below the Police Station and free on Sundays). This will be Debi Underhill-Clegg's first ride, so another chance of 'friendly banter' at someone's else's expense for some of you at the naming ceremony!
The pub venue will be the 'Teign Cellars' (formerly The Green Man & Devon Arms) in East Street adjacent to The Dartmoth Inn.
If someone would like to volunteer to lead an off road ride then please do, if not then come along and ride your MTB on the road for a change!
Hope to see lots of you on Sunday,
On on,
Gazza
Thur 6th Feb 2014    Lost a Garmin???    A Garmin Edge 206 was found near Turf Locks last Sunday (2nd Feb), If you think it might be yours, please contact Aunt Sally on 07545 577504.
Mon 3rd Feb 2014    Bash awards photos and more!    Many thanks to Eve, who really went the extra mile today and sent me over sixty emails with a photo attached to each one! That's dedication!! So we have loads of pics of yesterday's awards ceremony. Also we have a selection of photos of the Christmas Bash taken by Mike Alsford. Mike's a professional photographer who has worked for all the well known newspapers as well as TV, advertising and promotional work. (Click the link to see his website.) So many thanks to him for letting us use the photos on our site.
Eve's photos of the Awards and Mike's pictures of the Christmas Bash can be seen by clicking the links on the photos page.
Bash Awards ...And the winners of the Bash Awards this year are....
  

Mike Wareham Memorial Glide - Female:    -----    Lin (Flappy) Proctor
Mike Wareham Memorial Glide - Male:    -----    John (Debacle) Arkle
Helping Hand:    -----    Ann (Mudsie) Wareham
Stirrer Spoon (Tonto Award):    -----    Ian (Melon Picker) Hegerty
Cranky Knee:    -----    Anna (Bothways) Reffell
Engineering Officer's Award:    -----    Stuart (Spiderman) Blundell
Best New Basher - Female:    -----    Eve Bates
Best New Basher - Male:    -----    Phillip (Dhobi Man) Cunningham
Best All Rounder:    -----    Andrea (Flossie) Wallace
Pottsie's Plinth:    -----    Janet (Tweedledee) Ceely
Tandem Award:    -----    Anna (Bothways) Reffell + Lee (Allways Atkinson)
Happy Basher Award:    -----    (Blow Job) Maxine's Choice, Debbi Clegg
TVPB Best Sunday Pub:    -----    Starcross Fishing + Cruising Club
Best Bash Pub - Thursday:    -----    "The Royal Oak, Ideford"
Crasher of The Year:    -----    Julie (Fallen Woman) Ridd
Unda's Paparazzi Award:    -----    Chris (Bin Liner) Board
Most Disastrous Thursday Ride:    -----    Michael (Rent Boy) Foundly
Most Disastrous Ride on Road:    -----    Jon (Aunt Sally) Sell
Drinker of the Year:    -----    Gary (Gassa) Clifford
Dope Pedlar:    -----    Jack (RJ) Smith
Hospital Case:    -----    Mary (Night Mare) Smith
Best on Road Scout Basher of the Year:    -----    John (Pottsie) Potts
Cranker of the Year:    -----    Ian (Blaster) Glendining
Special Achievement Award:    -----    Not to be awarded until Diamond Lil + Stretch return,
Basher of the Year:    -----    Frances (Tonto) Popley
Sat 1st Feb 2014    Bobbiball weekend... Spare place available.    Plugger can't make it to the Bobbiball weekend because he's got to spend two weeks skiing in the Alps. Poor Plugger!!! Anyway.. it means that there is a spare place available. If you're interested, contact Anna A.S.A.P.
Fri 31st Jan 2014    Off-Road ride this Sunday (2nd Feb)    Hi all headbangers, Please note that there will now be an off-road ride before the awards. Off roaders are going to meet @ 11am at the top of Haldon Hill (A38) in the redundant cafe car park (was a Happy Eater ??) North bound carriageway off A38 to Exeter~ (behind the filling station close to the communications mast). The awards lunch and presentations is being held after the ride @ Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club. All are welcome to attend ~ N.B. The buffet lunch that will be served from 2pm is only available to bashers who have already bought their ticket!!
Tues 28th Jan 2014    Oscars venue closed!!!!    Unfortunately, the Welcome Inn at Dawlish Warren, which was to host this year's "Bash Oscars" celebration next Sunday, has closed until further notice. So we're going to relocate to the Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. The C.O. is on the case and is in the process of getting food organised. Sadly, we won't be able to have our traditional carvery meal, but the beer's cheaper at the S.F.& C.C. which is a good thing! Watch this space for any further developments
Mon 20th Jan 2014    Dinky Tour 2014    Dandy would like to invite any basher to the sixteenth Brittany Bash known as the Dinky Tour. The dates are outbound Thursday night 8 May, returning Tuesday afternoon 13 May. The cost will be approximately £120 (how much?) to include ferry, cabin, food and booze. The plan is for cross-country off-road riding as usual, but, as ever, people can do their own thing. Contact Dandy at anicholls@talk21.com if interested. Deposits of £50 would be useful.
Cheers!
Dandy
Rachel
Fri 17th Jan 2014    Sad news.    Death of Rachel Pannell.    One of our former bashers, Rachel Pannell, has died at the horribly young age of 49.

She lodged with Aunt Sally in Starcross for a time, and made quite an impression with her bubbly personality and sense of humour. She had been battling ovarian cancer for some years, and despite fighting it all the way, succumbed in Rowcroft Hospice just before Christmas.

Rachel was buried in the church cemetery at Holne on Dartmoor, where she lived with her partner Matt Powell for many years. He told us she looked back on her time with the bash with great fondness, and often spoke of the happy days.

RIP Rachel.
Fri 10th Jan 2014    New Birdseye!    Bothways has been slaving away (in spite of having a poorly knee) compiling the latest edition of Birdseye for your delectation. You can see it by clicking on the link for issue 21 on the Birdseye page.
And a message from Bothways.....
  
Hi Bashers - Have the post Christmas/New year blues hit you? Do you need a holiday? Fancy some fun and cycling with friends? We have the perfect oportunity for you. 2 places have become available in the hostel for the Bobbiball weekend in Exford. The weekend is the 7th - 9th February 2014. The cost remains an amazing £55.00 - this includes all meals in the hostel from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, pub lunch Saturday and it includes alcohol and entertainment within the hostel. There will be daily rides set off road riding (by Timotei) and Road rides which will cover all cycling abilities, there is also great walking around the area being in close to Exmoor. This is a really great weekend for all cyclists and non cyclists. If interested please contact Bothways asap so we can book you in.
Tues 7th Jan 2014    Christmas Bash Pics    Thanks to Melon Picker, who has sent us loads of photos of the Christmas Bash. You can see them by clicking the link on the photos page
Update on Mary "Nightmare" Smith's accident.
  
Mary is back home on light duties. She is still experiencing some discomfort but it is hoped that she will make a full recovery without the need for further treatment. (Best Wishes from all of us Mary.)
Xmas bash Wed 1st Jan 2014    Happy New Year!!    Best wishes to all you Bashers.... Hope 2014 is a good year!!

The Christmas bash was a great success as usual.. Thankyou to those of you who are members of the TVPB Facebook group and posted photos of the event... (I've pinched one of Rent-Boy's photos for the website... Let's hope he doesn't pursue his copyright fees too aggressively ;-))
Aunt Sally's Disastrous ride!! (Sunday 29th Dec from the Ship Inn at Cockwood)
  
Tha weather was sunny, bright and warm, with hardly a breath of wind, so we decided to ride to Bothways house in Exmouth to check on her progress. Eve got lost en-route to Cockwood, Nightmare crashed on the way through Starcross, requiring a trip to hospital, where she remains with some damage to the kidneys. We send our very best wishes to her for a speedy recovery. Barsteward slid off and bumped his swede on the deck. Crossy ran into him and did likewise. Both reckoned their lives were saved by helmets. Spiderman crashed into a bollard along Topsham quay whilst using his mobile phone and nearly fell off the quay, Unda pressed on with a breakaway and we lost them. To top it all we never made it to Anna's as members could not progress any further than the pubs in Lympstone !! Finally I was last to arrive back to The Ship due to two punctures (1 front,1 rear) Thankfully, Heather served us some nice beer and chips to restore our karma !
On On, Aunt Sall.