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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 2019
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
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May 11-14 The Mega Cream Tea Run
The planning for the Mega Cream Tea Run (MCTR) is now well under way with routes agreed and hotel bookings being made. For those unfamiliar with the idea, The BMW Club is arranging an informal research trip to the South-West peninsula to test the principles of Cream Tea etiquette; cream first (Devon) or jam first (Cornwall) on your scones. The research will start on Sunday, 10 May 2020 at The Haven on the A30 near Salisbury, with a ride to The SS Great Britain in Bristol, before heading off for our first night in Clevedon, Somerset.
Crystal Ball Gazing
June - Calling all sophisticates - It’s run down to the Champagne region of France. The tour will include local rides to some of the world-famous Champagne houses as well as ride-outs into the local countryside. Erica leads with full details to follow.
July - Short tour of Brittany organised by David Appleby. Chance to see the Northern French countryside and enjoy the local cuisine with a short ferry crossing direct to the region.
September - Early in the month it’s another Mix n Match, this time looking at the Bakewell area of Derbyshire. Stay for the day or the week, there will be hotel, camping, or caravanning options, with ride-outs around the Dales, the Peak District, and a few special destinations. Bob & Susan to lead with Mike &Lesley on route planning.
September later - Dordogne holiday with gites and bunkhouse accommodation available. Full details form Erica.
Full details of all of these events and the rest of the Club calendar will be available on this page in the near future
On Monday morning we will take up the spectacular route that follows the North Somerset/Devon coast through to Barnstaple. Tuesday will take us on to Newquay and then Falmouth on Wednesday, before heading to our final night, Thursday, at Yealmpton, near Plymouth.
We will be looking to cover a fairly gentle 100 miles (ish) each day with time available to see the many sites of interest found in this part of the Country. These are likely to include, Port Issac (Home of Doc Martin and The Fishermans’ Friends), Tintagel (Home of King Arthur - possibly), Lands End and many more tbc.
If this appeals, we would recommend early booking of each of the hotels. Please email me, Webmaster, for details of the hotels and .gpx routes.
SS Great Britain - Bristol
Final destination: The Kitley House Hotel
Early Ride-Ins for 2020
Happy New Year to all of our readers.

Here's some dates for your diary:

Sunday, 19 January 2020: Skittles - The Grudge Match? - Milburys (SO24 0PB) Organised by Greg and Eve Smith, this annual event is as popular as ever but, sadly, nobody is really good enough to create any grudge! Get yourselves booked in with Greg for a super Sunday.

Sunday, 26 January 2020: Winter Talk II - Vines, Guildford (GU1 1RD) 10.30-11.00 start. This is a new joint venture with dealership, Vines and features 2 parts. Part one is a presentation by The Club’s own DVLA Representative, archivist, and professional magician, Robert Freeman who is telling us about the history of the BMW marque in the UK. Following a break for lunch, there’s a presentation from behind the scenes of the world of motorcycling journalism by Paul Blezard. This is a joint venture with Vines, but the Southern Section has first call on the 20 places available.  If you intend to join us, please email me, the Webmaster, by Wednesday, 15 January. After this date, remaining seats will be offered to Vines Customers.

Sunday, 9 February 2020: Winter Talk III - Rake Village Hall (GU33 7JA) 2.00pm start. (Change of plan!) We return to Rake for a presentation by Bob Melvin  -' Fuelled for Fun - the anatomy of what goes into the stuff between your legs.' The mind boggles! But no. It's about petrol. What it does, how it does it, and, surprisingly, a bit of entertainment.  Miss it and miss out.