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petebagnall44
Apr 01, 2024
In Local Events
The regs and menus for the Coast to Coast 2024 event (on 5th and 6th of May) are available to download now from the 'Regs Available' Section of this website. Be quick because it is going to be good!
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petebagnall44
Apr 01, 2024
In Local Events
As we splash into April, just a reminder of the Founders Relay Rally that is on Sunday April 28th. The Section is hosting 2 checkpoints. There is one at Path Head Water Mill, Blaydon and one at Bradley Burn Farm Café, Wolsingham. At Path Head, we will be especially remembering our friend Barry Stevens. In his honour, we'll have an informal run from Path Head to Bradley Burn, setting off around 11.30 (ish). Both locations have cafes for tea and buns and will be open from 10.00 until 4.00. There will be a check-in desk where you can get your official signing in sheet...signed AND a VMCC sticker!!! After that, you can head out into the Wilds of Wannee and visit other checkpoints as well! What more could you want? For full details of the other checkpoints etc. please see the VMCC Members area https://www.vmcc.net/Founders-Relay-Rally So, tell all your friends, get your mighty beasts fettled and see you out there. It's going to be good!
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petebagnall44
Feb 05, 2024
In Local Events
As the title says, we are having a Great White Elephant Sale to banish the winter blues. What better way to get bits to fettle your mighty steed, bike gear that doesn't quite fit and presents for the relatives you don't really like! So get your pale pachyderm unpacked and come along to the bargain sale of the Century ( well - week actually) at Birtley Golf Club on Monday 26th Feb. Please note the items should be bike/engineering related. No Catherine Cookson novels, duff aftershave etc. please. Kick off about 8:15 'ish. Be there for all the bargains - it's going to be good!
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petebagnall44
Jan 23, 2024
In Local Events
Yes it’s the Breakfast Meet organised by Dave Harrison.   Dave has worked long and hard to find somewhere that actually opens for breakfast on a Sunday.   There’s a Full English Breakfast available, it’s bound to be good weather AND great people to talk to. What more could you want???   However, there’s more!   The brekky price has been discounted by a whopping 50%!!!!!   It’s going to be so good, I must go for a lie down to compose myself!   Follow the instructions attached to get yourself on a truly wonderful event!!
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petebagnall44
Dec 03, 2023
In National Events
This is the event organised by the national VMCC. In honour of Founder Allen, Sections around the country are setting up checkpoints which anyone can visit, in any order. We are tentatively going to have one at Bradley Burn Farm Cafe (as we did in 2023). There may also be another one. Details will be forthecoming - watch this space.
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petebagnall44
Nov 26, 2023
In Local Events
Tickets are now on sale for the aforementioned Bunfight – it’s the greatest Christmas Party ever! At Birtley Golf Club!! On the 18th December 2023!!! Well actually, it’s the only one but you get my drift. At this party, there will be quizzes, raffles, stand up bingo, nibbles, films, good craic and of course FOOD!! As if this were not enough, we have the return of an old favourite. No – not Peter Bates – it’s the passy the bucket game!!!! As with all such things, valuable prizes are to be won all over the place. So (I hear you say) surely such fun, frivolity and japery will be mega expensive? How will I ever afford it on my measly income? Will I have to sell my wife/partner/significant other? The answer is a resounding NO!!! It only costs YOU £6 a head! A positive bargain as our Prime Minister would say!! You can pay by cheque, cash or PayPal to me (petebagnall44@hotmail.com)(mailto:petebagnall44@hotmail.com). If you are going to use PayPal, please make sure you use the ‘Friends and Family’ option, otherwise we don’t get the full amount and yours truly has to make up the difference. Please also tell me ahead of time if you are going to come along as we need to get the buffet sorted. So buy those tickets, get your Christmas gear on and come along. The fun will kick off at 8.00’ish so see you there. It’s going to be good!! P.S Tickets are limited so get in quick. The first ticket has already been sold!! Write a comment… • • • • •
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petebagnall44
Nov 23, 2023
In Local Events
Don't forget that our very own MIB will be giving one of his world famous talks on Monday 27th November. This is on the Atomic Bomb. We'll have a raffle in aid of charity, nibbles and lots of fun. Come along - it'll be a blast...
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petebagnall44
Oct 26, 2023
In Local Events
Well, in preparation for Halloween, this is to remind you there will be a film night on Monday 30th October at Birtley Golf Club. By the time I get all the stuff set up, it should be around 8.15 when we get started. There'll be a selection of films about motorcycle touring from days gone by, old motorcycle events, dodgy modifications to bikes etc. All fun stuff. Also, there will be nibbles provided to enhance your viewing experience as they say. All for a measly pund! What more could you ask for?
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petebagnall44
Sep 24, 2023
In Local Events
Remember that, on the 8th October, we are holding the final Section run of the year. This is the Colonial Run. The starting point has been moved a couple of miles up the road from Kiln Pit Hill to The Anchor Inn, Whittonstall, Northumberland, DH8 9JN The run will start at 9.30. It is a run with some parts of the route on unmade roads and BOATs that make is more suitable for bikes equipped with trials universal tyres. An alternative route which by-passes these is available. Hope to see you there - good weather has been requested..
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petebagnall44
Jul 21, 2023
In Local Events
A newish event on the Northumbrian Section calendar, riders will enjoy a mixture of Co. Durham roads and scenery, with an excursion into Northumbria as part of the fun. The first one last year was a great event, very well received so why not come along? The central base is the Bradley Burn Farm Shop and Cafe on the A689 1.75 miles east of Wolsingham. The cafe is open from 9.00am and the first bike will set off at 10.00. Food, drink and toilets will be available throughout the day. There will be room to park trailers if necessary. The address for Bradley Burn is:- Bradley Burn Farm Cafe, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland DL13 3JH The route totals about 80miles, fuel will be available multiple times along the route.   The organisers will be happy for non-VMCC members, perhaps friends, who would like to sample a VMCC event, even on newer machines, to take part. There is no entry fee, but entrants can make a donation to the marshal’s expenses if they wish.   As always, fun, sun* and frivolity are guaranteed (* fingers crossed)!   What more do you need? Hope to see you out there – it’s going to be good! 
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petebagnall44
Jun 01, 2023
In Local Events
Just a reminder that - as we move into June - the Gathering is fast approaching. If you want an entry and have not sent in your forms yet, please can you get them in ASAP! It's going to be good!
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petebagnall44
May 28, 2023
In Local Events
The Breakfast Meet on Sunday 25th June is a chance to have breakfast at a lovely location in Northumberland, chat with your friends and then tootle out for a run into the glorious Northumbrian countryside on a route of your choice. It's a great way to get in the mood for the Northumbrian Gathering in a couple of weeks' time. It has proved difficult to find a venue for breakfast this year (last years venue at Thropton has closed) . The organiser has arranged an alternative venue for LUNCH at :- THE CROWN INN, HUMSHAUGH, HEXHAM , NORTHUMBERLAND, NE46 4AG. If this proves to be a success or if riders prefer this option, then this venue can be used in future years. Riders should arrive at the Crown Inn at 12.00 hrs . To add to the enjoyment, the breakfast is subsidised by the Section. Could anyone wishing to attend please let the organiser Dave Harrison know so we can pass on numbers to the manager of the venue What more could you want when good weather is (virtually) guaranteed!?
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petebagnall44
May 08, 2023
In Local Events
Now that the excitement of the C2C.has turned into a rosy glow in people's memory, the fun just keeps on growing in the Northumbrian Section. Yes, the Rookhope Ryde takes place next Sunday (7th May) after the coronation of C111. So blow away the patriotic fervour by turning up at Wylam, ready for a 10.00 start. This year, we go nowhere near Rookhope (as is tradition). The good weather we missed this weekend has been transferred to next week instead. See you there - it's going to be good!
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petebagnall44
Apr 07, 2023
In Local Events
Regulations are now available in the 'Regs Available' section of this website for the Northumbrian Gathering 2023 - the 44th time this has been run. You have to be there - it's going to be fun!
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petebagnall44
Apr 06, 2023
In Local Events
Just a reminder that we will be holding a ride in to Path Head Water Mill on Sunday 23rd April to honour Barry Stevens. Barry was a long-term member of the Section who died a few months ago and Jon Warren suggested to his brother-in-law Steve that it would be nice to remember Barry on the date nearest his birthday at the Mill. Barry’s family agreed so we will get together and ride to the Mill where the bikes will have a parking area so we can have a chat, get coffee and cakes and remember Barry. The current plans are to meet up at Wylam around about 9.00’ish, chuff round to the Mill (which is not far away) and be there from about 10.00 until (preferably) 2.00. Visitors can then look at the bikes, chat to us etc. etc. Please tell anyone you know who might have known Barry about this and can you let me know (for planning purposes) if you will be coming. The address for the Mill is :- Path Head Water Mill Summerhill, Blaydon on Tyne NE21 4SP
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petebagnall44
Mar 21, 2023
In Local Events
Don't forget our next club night event. On the 27th March, starting around about 8.15, we'll be having a talk by Gordon Stuart on his trip up (or is it down) the Dalton Highway in Alaska. We've had talks by Gordon before which have been really good so why not come along? We'll be having a raffle and collection to support Gordon's chosen charity, so put your lucky trousers on and have a go! Hope to see you there - it's going to be good!
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petebagnall44
Mar 19, 2023
In Local Events
The entry form for the 2023 C2C is now available to download. It's on the Regs Available page on the Website!
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petebagnall44
Feb 12, 2023
In Local Events
Come one, come all to the Great Northumbrian Section White Elephant Sale. Bring along your unwanted bits n'bobs and our expert Auctioneer will sell them on at truly fantastic prices to the waiting throng. Of course, you can also buy items to stock your workshop or garage for years at bargain prices as well. I'm sure some people buy them as Christmas presents. Please note we only sell items relating to motorcycles or engineering. So no Mills and Boone or Ikea rejects please.
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petebagnall44
Nov 30, 2022
In Local Events
Yes - it’s time for the bestest ever Christmas Party ….. in the world!!! Well maybe not your actual world – but it is definitely the best one in Birtley Golf Club on the 19th December 2022 starting at around 8:00 ‘ish. There’ll be games, raffles, quizzes, bingo, prizes, festive music, the lot!!!! ‘Surely it’s not possible to have any more festive cheer in a single bunfight’ I hear you say. Well, there is – of course there will be a SUMPTUOUS buffet as well!!!! And all of this for the cost of a measly £5.00 per person. The bargain of the century!!! So, start your Christmas season in the right way and come on over – tell your friends as well! Please let me know beforehand (by email) how many tickets you want – even if you mentioned it before. I’ll then reserve tickets for you. If you want to pay using PayPal, use the friends and family option and mark it ‘Bunfight’. If you see me beforehand, can you pay me then as it may be a bit hectic on the night? Hope to see you there – it’s going to be good!!!!
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petebagnall44
Nov 25, 2022
In Off Topic
Michael, Barry’s son, has informed that Barry’s funeral will take place:- Friday, 2nd December 2022 at 11.15 a.m. Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Rd S, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6DT Thereafter at the Low Eighton Angel View Inn, Gateshead NE9 7UB England Everyone is welcome
Barry Stevens Funeral Arrangements. content media
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