I think that I say this every year but where has the time gone, it really doesn’t seem five minutes since I was sending out the renewals for 2019 and here is your 2020 one!
It has been another good year for the club, the new ground is looking quite established now and being enjoyed by everyone.
This year saw the club hold its first youth national trial which attracted the top youth riders from all over the UK, the event went very well, and we had very positive feedback from the riders, parents and the ACU. Unfortunately, we could not get a date for 2020 that fitted around our club trials so we will not be holding one this year. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this weekend a success, there were many jobs that needed to be done, sections set then changed on the Saturday night and cleared away afterwards, observers for both days, machine examiners, Anita and John for providing food and drinks for everyone all weekend (if you did a job that I have forgotten to mention I apologise and thank you).
The 2-day trial this year was to be sponsored by Dunlop with tyres for prizes but unfortunately due to a change of personnel at Dunlop these didn’t appear. Thank you to everyone who supported the trial we raised £675 for the Air Ambulance. If there is anyone that you know of who would be willing to sponsor the event in 2020 please contact us to discuss.
The training days have been well supported again this year and dates for 2020 will be on the website shortly, these will be open to riders of all ages and abilities. Please email us to book a place.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Vintage Taverners Trials Club will be holding a trial at the ground on Sunday 29thDecember 2019, this is only open to vintage bikes. If you would like further information about this trial, please contact Roger Monk or Mark McEvoy.
Earl Shilton Trials Club Ltd New Year trial has changed its date, we will now be running on January 12thstarting (10.30am as usual). This change was made to allow the first round of the Centre Championship at Lincoln MC&CC to move date, this will now run on the 19thJanuary and Loughborough will be run on the 26th. If you were planning on riding any of these trials, please note the changes (if you were selected to provide an observer for our event please be aware that you will be asked to do it earlier than expected).
The new lock will be fitted to the gate on the 10thJanuary at the end of the trial so please continue to use the old key until then.
Earl Shilton Trials Club Ltd AGM will take place at The Earl Shilton Constitutional Club, Station Road, Earl Shilton on Wednesday 29th January 2020 at 8pm. If you would like to attend or have any issues that you would like to be discussed, please contact us at the usual email address.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, we look forward to seeing you all soon.
NEWSLETTER MAY 2019
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Just a quick reminder that there will be NO PRACTISING at the ground from Friday 24th May until Monday 27th May due to the youth national rounds that are being held at the ground. Preparations are well under way but we could still do with a few more observers for either one or both days, if you would like to give a hand please let me know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 0781 5565285 this would count as your observing duty for the year and you won’t be asked to help at a club trial (there will be the usual burger voucher as a thank you for your help). Entries are coming in for all of the classes from all areas of the country, this trial will give the club an opportunity to showcase the excellent facility that we are lucky enough to own.
DUNLOP TYRE 2 DAY CHARITY TRIAL 29/30 JUNE 2019
This year we have had a change of name for the trial as Dunlop have offered to support us once again by supplying tyres as prizes for class winners. We will be supporting the Air Ambulance charity again so please dig deep in your wallets for this very worthy cause, the entry will be increased as it has been for the last few years the difference going to the charity along with any monies raised from the raffle. If anyone would be prepared to donate a prize for the raffle, please let Gail know. The trial will start on the Saturday afternoon at 4.30pm, the Sunday will begin at 10.30am. Camping will be available within the car parking area and paddock so please enter through the usual gate this year not the camping field that we have used in the past. Toilets will be on site all weekend but no running water. Anita’s burger van will be on site from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. Please see the website and Facebook for updates when available.
I hope that you will all join me in thanking Mick Moore from Havenfine Ltd and his drivers Pete and Tom, Andy, Dave and Luke for the time and effort that they have put in to transforming the ground from the flat area of wasteland that we purchased three and a half years ago into what we see today. A huge thank you also to everyone who turned up at the working party day where we managed to get the trees and hedge planted that were donated to the club by the Woodland Trust in conjunction with Leicestershire Council. Unfortunately part of the hedge was removed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, this has been reported to and logged by the police who have said that they will patrol the area as and when they are available and have asked me to keep them informed if we have anymore problems. The youths who did the damage have been spoken to by members of the committee and told that the ground is private property, there is no public right of way to the lake (the footpath through the ground does not go that way), we also explained that the water is not safe, we have had the fence erected and planted the hedge to prevent people getting into danger.
NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018
I can’t believe it is December already, this means one thing, no not Christmas, club membership and ACU licence renewals. A copy of the 2019 membership form accompanies this newsletter, as soon as I receive your completed form and payment, I can issue the ACU code that you need to renew your licence.
2018 has been another good year for the club, the work at the ground has been progressing and hopefully we should soon have full use of all the land, we will let you know as soon as we have a completion date until then please don’t ride on the side where the work is taking place.
We have been offered a large number of hedging plants from the Woodland Trust which will be delivered early next year. We will be holding a ground working party to prepare the area and then another to complete the planting once they are delivered. If you have indicated that you would be willing to help us with work at the ground, I will drop you an email once we have a definite delivery date to let you know when the work days will be taking place (many hands make light work!).
The club has agreed to run an ACU Youth National Trial on the 25/26 May 2019, this will mean that there can be no practicing over this weekend. We will also be needing observers and helpers for this event, if you would like to volunteer to observe over this weekend (either one day or both) this will count as your observing duty for 2019 meaning that you wouldn’t need to miss a club trial to fulfil your duty! Please contact Gail if you would like to discuss how you could help. Anita’s burger van will be on site all weekend. We are also hoping to hold a youth training day on the Monday following this trial, please watch the website for details of this if you would like a place.
Our monthly training days have been well attended again this year and we will continue to run them in 2019, the dates will be on the website as soon as they are available.
The AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 8pm at the Earl Shilton Constitutional Club, Station Road, Earl Shilton. Please contact Gail if you would like to attend or have any matters that you would like to be discussed.
NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2017
Time certainly does fly, it doesn’t seem five minutes since I was doing the renewal letters for this year and here I am doing them for next year! You will see from the renewal form that we have held all the membership prices at the same level, trial entries will also remain the same as this year. Please don’t forget to complete your name and address details on the form! As soon as I receive your form and payment I will issue the ACU code that you need to renew your licence by email (or letter if you don’t use email), and then send out your membership cards and key, the lock will be changed at the trial on 22nd January.
The presentation of 2016 awards will take place before the start of the trial on 5th February, winners will be notified beforehand. We will be running our usual trials in 2017 including a round of the East Midland Centre adult and youth championships at out trial on 22nd January (please don’t be put off attending this trial it will be set out as usual, we may just get a few extra riders). Please support the Centre championship which this year will be run over six rounds spread throughout the year. The championship dates are: 8th January 2017 – Lincoln Motorcycle and Car Club 22nd January 2017 – Earl Shilton Trials Club Ltd 29th January 2017 – Sheffield and Hallamshire 8th October 2017 – Sutton Falcons 26th November 2017 – Lincoln Motorcycle and Car Club 10th December 2017 – Mansfield Maun.
The club has had another good year, with many new members, and our trials have been well supported. A big thank you to everyone who plays their part in the smooth running of the trials, setting out and observing (without you the trials wouldn’t run). Many people feel nervous when they come along to observe but then find that once they get started it is nowhere near as daunting as they expected and many report back that they have enjoyed the day, seeing the different riding styles and what is possible with a little practice!!
As you will have seen the groundworks plans are starting to come together we have made a start on shoring up the existing hill and have had to barrier off an area to allow the soil to compact down before we can ride on it, if we don’t do this the new soil will just wash out. Once this area is ready to ride on we will remove the barrier and move along. On the “new” ground there has been a lot of clearing out and new soil brought in and work is progressing well. We would like to stress that at present there is no fence around the lake so we need you to avoid riding in this area, the fence will be erected when all the clearing around the lake edge is completed as obviously, it can’t be done whilst the machinery still needs to get there.