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Over the past couple of years we’ve started taking donations at each event as means of raising funds for the Section’s chosen charity. The collection of any funds is entirely voluntary and won’t be prohibitive at around a £1 an event. The final donation approved at the AGM was £294 paid to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for 2019.
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It's that time of year again!
Don't forget to renew your Club membership to continue receiving all the benefits and friendship from the Southern Section
Southern Section Charity Collection 2020
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
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£74 @ 9/2/20
Colin at Redline Clothing is now open for business post CV-19. Please support him with your regalia orders. (We do get a commission from your orders to support the Club).
2021 Kick-Off Calendar

Let's face it, a significant part of 2020 has been something of a write-off for all things social. Uniquely, therefore, we have started to assemble next year's Calendar of Events a little earlier than usual. This is a .PDF file of a spreadsheet designed so that you can download it and print to stick on your fridge door.  Keep your eyes peeled, we will be updating this pretty frequently and you can choose your outings in advance.

Just click here or on the photo to download
Hitting a moving target

What seems like a lifetime ago we had a programme for the year's events with places to look forward to riding to. Following the recent announcements by the Government however, we no longer have much concrete to anticipate with everything effectively reverting to a virtual lockdown.

The directive, as of Monday 14 September, is that the maximum number of people able to attend a social event,  either inside or outside, is 6 from any number of households effectively curtailing ride-outs organised by the Club. 

For the foreseeable future, any ride-out promoted by the Club and published on the website will have to include the caveat of pre-booking only with the nominated organiser and a maximum number of 6 participants.

There may be ways in which informal gatherings can occur but cannot be publicly endorsed or promoted by the Club but, as individuals, you can do as you please.

Unfortunately, the Club's hands are tied but we will keep you abreast of situations as they change.
From The Government Website: - From 14 September - when the new rules apply - it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.
We started chatting and found we lived close to each other. That was the start of a long biking friendship where we enjoyed many miles together. We attended many a club rally and did some super tours of Europe with other like-minded members. After a number of years, we had done most of Europe and I started to look further afield and suggested to the others about going to the USA to ride around the Grand Canyon Off Road, Richard said yes as soon as he got permission from the Boss. Eight of us went and had a fantastic time, one memorable moment was when Richard had run over a Rattle snake which would make a nice trophy photo.

Richard never seemed to stagnate, always moving on to other things to keep his interest and rebuilt a BSA Bantam and then attending rallies in France and winning prizes for furthest travelled on the Bantam. He went on a few events in France to all sorts of gatherings to do with old vehicles as well as coming to Trois Maison in the Dordogne. He must have liked France as with Dot had many short trips there to enjoy the cuisine and stock up on some of their favourite delicacies.

Richard Tavener R.I.P.

Richard Tavener, a long-term member and former Chairman, passed away on 22nd September

Bob Denman pays tribute: I first met Richard in the early 90’s, neither of us could remember exactly when, at one of the Southern Section Natter Nights at The Flying Bull in Rake.
Richard was quite ingenious and one time he fabricated a back rest for the Honda Helix scooter which could back to be used for a pillion if needed but worked perfectly well for the rider when solo, I was impressed with it and suggested it could be a commercial product for many machines but Richard wasn’t interested.

Richard was a clever, sociable and quick witted individual and didn’t suffer fools very well but put up with me for a long time.  Richard Tavener sadly passed away on Tuesday 22nd September, after suffering ill health for a couple of years. He will be missed by family and friends.

RIP Richard
Richard's widow, Dot, has identified that any memorial donations may be made to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and would be gratefully received. Your committee has decided to make a donation to this good cause on behalf of the Southern Section but many of you were good friends of Richard and you may want to make a personal donation.
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