Nacelle Report – February 24

Below is the report published in the February 2024 issue of Nacelle, which covered Branch activities in December 2023

It was a very good year for the Berkshire Branch. We’ve seen lots of new faces at both our ride-outs and club nights. We’ve met every Thursday with turnouts of 20 plus in the winter months, around 40 on soft summer nights and more than 50 turned out to hear Norman Hyde speak in March. Collin, our runs leader has excelled again, with 44 rides organised this year. We’ve also had two lunchtime bike meets, our own Old Motorcycle Gathering and we’ve taken our Branch stand to several other shows including the Swallowfield Show and Dr B’s. We started December by joining over a thousand other bikers for the annual Reading Toy Run in aid of Dr Barnado’s, riding with toys, acting as marshals and Derek using his van to provide extra transport.

Gathering at the end of the Toy Run

We had a good turnout for our Special Christmas Club night, with music, a raffle and free hot Christmas buffet for members and partners.

Our Christmas club night

We managed to fit in a couple of rides as well. Dire forecasts meant only four people turned up for a ride to Savage’s garden centre. They set off optimistically in the dry, but a deluge of rain meant they all got completely soaked. However, the following Sunday, with fine weather forecast, we had a good turnout for a dry run to the H Café and browsing in the motorcycle accessories shop next door.

We’re looking forward to another very good year, with lots of activities being planned.

Keep on rolling!

Ton-Up Ted