Log for 2019
Sunday 24th - Pioneer Run ride - Photos
Saturday 23rd - GH-D Birthday Party - Photos
Aaron and his team at GH-D celebrated their tenth Birthday in some style with a very busy party at the Dealership that featured live entertainment, hog roast, and trade stands. A big thank you to Aaron and his team and to all those from the Chapter who got involved with helping out with traffic control, manning the Chapter stall dealing with membership renewals and queries, selling tickets for the charity raffle and LoH Tombola, and with the LoH refreshments. And the weather was kind improving as the day went on.
Sunday 17th - ABC 1 ride - Photos
Well what a lovely day, two determined riders joined Axel and ride leader Robin Seymour on a beautiful sunny day off to Wiltshire. It was a little on the chilly side to start with (6 degrees rising to 11.5 at lunchtime) which might have deterred some from joining. It just made it quicker and more fun and even with a lunch stop and a coffee stop we were back home for 4.00pm.
We 'collected' Bentley, New Alresford, Itchen Abbas, Stockbridge, Grateley, Quarley, Thruxton Down, Wiltshire, Zeals, Dorset, Mere, Kingston Deverill, Hill Deverill and Longbridge Deverill. Good time had by all and no drama’s.
Saturday 16th - Battle Cafe ride - Photos
Steve Routh led 9 other bikes on a ride along a good and varied selection of A and B roads as well as one small motorway section! The weather was better than expected for most of the ride with only one shower of driving rain. Yummy breakfast were consumed by all, with Steve having two: one at Ryka's and one at Route 1066 café !! Thanks to Jane R and ADM for backmarking.
Sunday 10th - SoS Nutcracker Breakfast ride - Photos
Graham Woods led the 8.30am 'Start of Season' ride. Following the evening storm, a hardy group of riders decided to set off for the coast dodging windfall debris and strong winds. It was a pleasant surprise when we were greeted in Bognor by blue sky and brilliant sunshine. A full English was followed by a leisurely ride and we were back home by midday. Thanks to RC Henning Roesch and Andy Parker who took the fabulous Sussex landscape pictures.
Saturday 9th - New Road Crew Training - Part 2- Photos
The four new Road Crew prospects must now organise a ride for Road Crew Only from GH-D all 4 are expected to give a pre-ride brief then take turns at Leading, Sweeping and dealing with a faux breakdown procedure stopping the ride at a safe location while observed by the Head Road Captain & Safety Officer. A good RC turn out supported this training ride stopping off at Billy’s for brunch.
Awesome fashion show organised by Beth as part of Club Night at GH-D, great clothes, beautiful models ... well all except the great grand finale .... with Scary Chris Doody.
Monday 4th - Moto Mondays @ GH-D - Photos
First of a series of monthly bike nights at GH-D running throughout the year.
Saturday 23rd - Winter Ball - Photos
What a fantastic night: beautiful ladies all dressed up in their ball gowns and the men suited and booted. Hogsback Chapter do it in style, and yes, we do scrub up well! The Thatchers Hotel turned out to be a great venue and the food was really lovely. Great music from DJ Rob Paston who had everyone up on the dance floor and some great guitar action from the men with the ladies giving them a run for their money.
The Black Jack and Roulette tables, manned by professional croupiers, were full all night and great fun. No real money changed hands but the Lady and Gentleman with the most chips at the end of the night won a bottle of prosecco each (the winners were Al Denton-Miller and Marion Morris).
There was also an amazing charity raffle with all of the prizes donated by our very generous members with the Hotel also donating a great prize. We raised a lot of money for our charities. To sum up it was a brilliant night, and congratulations to our Activities Officer Eileen Ostinelli who pulled it all together.
Saturday 23rd - Road to Reading ride - Photos
Dell Evans led 35 Harleys on a short ride to Reading H-D for a burger and a coffee then Robin led us all back to GH-D. Thanks to Liz Getgood, Steve Foster and Woody for protecting the rear of the ride!
Saturday 16th - Mileage and Membership Day @ GH-D - Photos
Saturday 9th - Garage Talk on Engines - Photos
Thursday 7th - Club Quiz Night - Photos
A buzzing evening ably hosted by the team 'Top Dog' aka Dell Evans, Eileen Ostinelli, Chris Doody and John Fluker with a guest appearance from Trevor Rawlings which included him singing one of the questions though that didn't seem to dampen the spirits too much!
The 'Toothless Wonders' went on to win and in the process, earnt themselves the privilege of hosting Quiz Night next year!
Sunday 3rd - Ten Pin Bowling - Photos
Wednesday 30th - Road Crew training - Biker Down - Photos
Sunday 27th - Shooting Day at Bisley - Photos
The Annual Chapter Shoot at Bisley was hosted again by Dell and Bill. A record 16 members braced the cold and experienced shooting a variety of firearms during the morning. After a hot lunch they returned to the cold to blast away with a black powder pistols and shotgun. The Annual Chapter Shoot cup was awarded to a new member Tom.
Saturday 26th - Boot Fair @ GH-D - Photos
Chris Doody and Dell Evans were there nice and early to erect the Chapter tables and easi-ups by 09:00 am and were soon joined by Roger Bonnici, Stephen Foster, Richard Mangold and others who quickly set out the Chapter Members items for sale. Thankfully, the weather stayed dry and despite a light drizzle after lunch the busy 'Chapter salesmen' did their very best to sell what they could.
It was a very well natured event with a mobile pizza van on sight to keep the energy going for all attendees. By 2.00 pm the crowds had dissolved to just a handful and a joint decision was made to call it a day. It was a good result for all selling and after 15% of takings was deducted for our charities we counted a good balance of £388.50! Well done to all who manned the stall and thanks to Aaron and the dealership for the opportunity.
The cake stall was also a great success and managed very good sales during the Boot Fair raising £398.89. A big thank you is therefore due to all our wonderful bakers and to all the ladies who helped with the stall with a special mention for Julie Legg who ran the stall.
Saturday 19th - General Garage Talk - Photos
Saturday 19th - New Road Crew Training Day – Part 1
An inaugural presentation to the four new Road Crew prospects from Graham Woods illustrating the established Hogsback group riding style, commitments, rules and briefing new riders using our handbook illustrations followed by a screening Roger’s Hogsback group riding video and distribution of the full RC equipment, the event was supported with input from our Safety Officer Vince Pyle and Assistant Director Paul Andrews.
Friday 18th - In memory of Ian Hardy-Evans
Ian's funeral took place this afternoon.
Thursday 17th - Committee Meeting
Wednesday 16th - In memory of Simon Selby
Simon's funeral took place this afternoon.
Monday 14th - Cliff Michie's funeral - Photos
Cliff's wife Golly wants to thanks everyone who turned up to see him off in such style. A sad day was made bearable for her by all you folks who cared for him. The funeral director who has done many such events was very impressed with the escort (of over one hundred and thirty bikes) so many thanks to the road crew, you did a grand job. We are all also very grateful to GH-D for putting on a lovely spread and hosting so many after Cliff's service.
Saturday 12th - Charity Race Night - Photos
About seventy punters and jockeys joined Master of Ceremonies Howard Pullen for the second ever Hogsback Charity Race Night, with many people dressing for the occasion and everyone enjoying a social evening of fun and frolics with a fish and chip supper.
In addition to the exciting racing, the raffle was very lively and our thanks goes to all those involved in the setting up and running of the racing .... and also to all those who donated raffle prizes.
We raised the very impressive sum of £886.34 for charity on the night which has got our 2019 Chapter Charity Fund off to a great start!
Saturday 12th - LoH Garage Talk - Photos
Sunday 6th - Snowball Run - Photos
The 2019 riding season got off to a flying start with Carl leading twenty four bikes through the Surrey country side on a twisting ever changing route, enjoying lovey dry road conditions, be it a little nippy though. New and nearly new members, a sole trike rider along with a female solo rider made a real diverse mix showing a totally inclusive Chapter ride. Over fifty drop-offs were perfectly executed by the Chapter members on the ride, well done! Jack’s café in Bagshot was the final destination, where most enjoyed a gorgeous Full English, a pie or two and a good chat. Many thanks to Gary M, Dik and Andy P for the sweeping duties at the back.
Saturday 5th - Ladies Shopping Day - Photos
Thursday 3rd - Club Night - Photos
The New Year started with a visit to the Princess Royal for the first Club Night of 2019. Plenty of pals, pints and patter to be had!