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Cotton Trial Entries Too Low - Cancelled

Glos and Cots didn't get enough entries for their Cotton Trial on Saturday and have called it off. Please pass the message on to your friends if they were riding just in case the secretary can't get in touch. (The conflicting Sunday Championship Trials still has entries available and Colin will extend the online entry closing date and time to 23:00 Saturday evening to help any riders who might fancy a tougher alternative.) [on 06Sep2019 17:25]

West Glos' Stony Green Trial All Go

West Glos are very pleased to say their superb Stony Green venue has been authorised by 'Forestry England' with only a few parking requirements imposed. This is after fears that all future events would have to use a normal public Forestry car park and therefore be parking miles away, crossing public roads and causing disruption to other car park users. Entrants should check the club's website for more information nearer the day. This is even more pleasing when you know there is a Police and Forestry operation underway in the Forest of Dean area to stop illegal and anti-social use of off-road bikes. The organising team appreciate that the Forestry and other Forest users all know there is a big difference between anti-social riding and an official ACU organised Trial, rather than the unfortunately held view that 'They are all illegal scramblers'! [on 16Aug2019 10:15]

Brian Valder Trial 2019

The ACU Western Board has approved an application from Tom Welch to run the second Brian Valder Memorial Charity Trial on the weekend of December 15th - as last year, it is intended that the efforts of club members from across clubs in the ACU Western area can be harnessed to bring this special event together and make it an event Brian would have enjoyed. Find out more about Brian and last year's event, keep an eye on this site for more details nearer the time, and add the date to your Event Calendar [on 06Apr2019]

Youth Development Squad Dates 2019

After a very successful 2018 where 40 youngsters attended yds events, it is more of the same for 2019! Following some feedback I have tried to do some Saturdays and some Sundays and the now annual training weekend.

Here are the dates:

Venues will be confirmed nearer the time. I will put out info re venue, times etc and take bookings when sorted. With ongoing support from the ACU Western and our sponsors we hope to keep costs to the same as 2018 for the majority of training days. More sponsors are always appreciated.

Watch this space for info on the 1st training day of 2019.

Simon Welch ACU Western YDS Co-ordinator [on 06Feb2019, updated 24Feb2019]

Harold 'Sonny' Cleaver, RIP

Sad news from Stroud Valley MC - Sonny Cleaver has passed away. John Miles has written a lovely tribute on the SVMC website, which is reproduced here:

"Harold Cleaver, Sonny to all his friends sadly passed away on Monday 10th December at the age of 89 after a lifetime love affair with all things motocycling.

Sonny was a long time Stroud Valley Member who competed in Scrambles in the 1950s and early 60s. He was a tireless worker a staunch supporter at the 3 scrambles the club ran every year. He could be found running the start, a job he usually did with John Ballinger.

My first recollection of Sonny was at Nympsfield where I asked for another roll of Chestnut paling around the start and this chap appeared over the top of hill with a roll on his shoulder having carried it from the bottom. That was Sonny. (most people struggled to lift one).

Living in Tetbury he was a skilled Cotswold roof tiler, a dying art, and his skills were always needed keeping him busy all the time.

As the scrambles side of the club declined Sonny started to join the informal, mostly trials, gatherings in Bisley where he found many new friends and became a popular member of "Team Stirrup Cup" going on regular trips to the TT and coming for a few years on the spring trip to the sun in the Canary Islands.

With the start of the Pre 65 movement He found a new outlet for his energies and was able to indulge his lifelong love motorbikes until quite recently. When I visited him a couple of weeks ago he was bemoaning the fact he could no longer kick-start his Gold Star.

To sum Sonny up, a great bloke, a good friend to have and in the words of another Stirrup Cup regular "One Of Us". Sonny Cleaver RIP." [on 17Dec2018]

Peter LePlain - funeral details

With great sadness we heard today of the passing of Peter LePlain. A major supporter of motorcycle sport over many, many years, he was president of Cheltenham Hawks AMCA club and widely respected and liked across the centre. We will bring you more details when we have them - more details are on the Hawks Facebook page - including the funeral which will be at Cheltenham Crem' at 3pm on Wednesday, December 12, with the wake at Charlton Kings club after. [on 9Dec2018]

Zona 1 Les Davis Trial

Zona 1 MCC's first trial of 2019 takes place at Nettleton Quarry, Birdlip on Sunday, February 3. This will be a stop permitted trial and there will be three routes with half and half routes between - Expert, Clubman/Expert, Clubman, Sportsman Plus and Sportsman. Entries are limited to 100 and online and paper entry is open now - to enter and for more details, see the Event Calendar [on 28Nov2018]

Simon Wynne

Lifelong trials rider and supporter of trials events Simon Wynne has passed away at the age of 59. As well as competing regularly aboard a wide variety of machines including a Beta Alp, an immaculate Yamaha TY, and pre-65 bikes, he could be relied on to observe and help out at events, and gave his time to the sport willingly.
He will be very much missed by all involved in trials in and around Gloucestershire, and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Simon's funeral will be held at Oxenton Church on Tuesday, September 18 at 1pm. More Details... [on 9Sep2018]

Glos & Cots Summer Trials Series Results

The 3 round series concluded with Matt Welch taking Exp Adult, Ollie Goode on Exp Youth, Dan Sanders Club/Exp, Rob Maller Club, R Smith Sports+, Trudy Silvey Sports Adult, Freddie Bishop Youth C, Aaron Watson Youth D and Harry Bishop taking Conducted Hard and cousin Henry taking Conducted Standard. Here are the Full Results. [on 9Sep2018]

Frank Yates RIP

Ledbury MCC has had to report the sad news that Frank Yates has died.

"It is with huge sadness that on behalf of Karen McCabe and family (daughter) of Frank Yates that we have been asked to inform you that Frank passed away yesterday evening. We send massive condolences to Frank's daughter and family at this very sad time. Please respect the family's privacy at this sad time, and we will update with any information that we receive from Karen, thank you Ledbury MCC," reads a club statement. The thoughts of all in ACU Western will no doubt be with his family at this difficult time. [on 20Aug2018]

The Biggest threat to UK Bikesport.

If you haven't already read the Update on the VNUK threat to Off-Road events then click on the link to see what the ACU say. [on 7Jul2018]


It's Scottish Number 12... for Craig and, slightly better, win number 12 for Dougie. So success for our locals at the Six Day. You've probably all seen the full results but 2 first class awards and a second will be landing on the mantelpieces of Craig, Gareth and Vee.

And here is day one of the Video Log from one of our website sponsors and 82nd placed rider Craig Talbot.

And more days: day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6.
[on 15May2018]

Effects of the ACU Western's AGM - 8th Jan 2018

All officials were re-elected and congratulated on keeping Western running through another year. Elsewhere, you will find details of our exciting revamp of the Trials Championship with 11 rounds to contend - Start Planning. And Ben Falconer is welcomed back into the Editor's chair after a few months break. So I (Colin) can try putting my feet up - in all senses of the word! [on 09Jan2018]

Presentation of Centre Awards

Took place after the final YDS training session organised by Simon Welch plus a great supporting crew and a New female Coach.

The presentation of centre awards had unavoidably been pulled forward by one week to 9th December at Woolaston. The Netherend Inn was full to near bursting. Chair of the Trials Committee Tony Falconer presented the awards from the Main and Clubman Championships followed by the Year's YDS awards presented by BVM's Craig Talbot, and in true Xmas spirit played Plain Clothes Santa with Goodie bags for all the youth contenders.

A large number of winners turned up, but with the unfortunate short notice some will not be getting their awards for a bit. They will be contacted as soon as possible. [on 10Dec2017]

Mrs Bridget Valder

The late Brian Valder's daughter Amanda brings us sad news that Brian's wife Bridget passed away 5th Dec. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th December at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill Road, GL4 4PA at 2.30 pm.

The family ask for there to be no flowers but donations to the same two organisations, The British Heart Foundation and the ACU Benevolent Fund. If there is anyone else that you think should be notified please could you forward this message on. If you could give Amanda a rough idea on attendees for catering please, that would be appreciated.

[on 06Dec2017]

Brian Valder

Most of you will already know we lost Brian Valder in May 2017. A most valued member of our sporting community. As an observer in the majority of our trials for a long time we will all have met him and benefited from the time and care he put into our sport. Read the obituary Ben Falconer compiled and see some great action shots from his past.

[on 04Jun2017]

Defibrillator - the Yellow Bag at Trials

You should all know what is in that Yellow Bag. If someone, anyone; You, A Rider, A Marshal or even a spectator has a medical emergency that could be heart stopping then watch the video of how the thing works. It may give you enough confidence to get on with saving a life! [on 05Jun2017]

Gloucester and Cotswold MC ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

The Gloucester & Cotswold Motor Club would like to thank all riders who opted not to receive awards at their trials. This has resulted in a donation of £500 being made to the ACU Benevolent Fund. Thank you, all of you. [on 26Feb2017]

Stroud Valley MC Yercombe Lodge and ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

Stroud Valley MC has donated £300 to two good causes - £150 each to Yercombe Lodge near Dursley, which brings the total it has given to 400 in two years, and the same amount to the ACU Benevolent Fund. The day centre and residential home provides valuable care to families who need it. [on 26Feb2017]

Cub Help

Antony Bowie would like to know more about a bike he's bought. He writes:

"I have a 1963 Triumph TR20 Tiger Cub that according to a hand written note that came with the bike when I purchased it was owned or used by Jon Bliss in the 1960's:


Purchased new in 1963 by the late John Husband. Ridden in 1964 Wye Valley Trial by Jon Bliss to win the Western Centre Championship. Numerous trial success over the years.

This is a rare and original ex works trials bearing matching frame and engine numbers. Still has original high tensile Dunlop rims, original Energy Transfer Ignition Alpha big end fitted and Italian piston which need full engine temperature to eliminate exhaust smoke.

I would be most interested to hear any history/information on the bike (registration number EAD 248A which may or may not have been with the bike from new) and even have a photograph of it in action if such exists that I can see and keep with the records."

Contact Antony at

[on 8Jan2017]

ACU Western - Name Change/Logo

Did you notice our logo changing? That is because all the ACU's regions have dropped the 'Centre' and our re-branding means we are now 'ACU Western'. You will continue to see references to the Centre in some of our documents and web pages for a while, but they will be phased out as soon as practicable. We don't have to scrap any paperwork already printed, so the change will be as green as possible. If you don't already have the new logo for your documents then contact the ACU Western Secretary for the file. [on 31Dec2015]

Stroud Valley MC Charity support

Stroud Valley have recently paid a visit to Yercombe Lodge at Stinchcombe where they handed over a cheque for £250 to help fund the Day Centre and Residential home. Chairman Phil Marsh explained to them that SV are a not-for-profit club, so they like to put surplus money from organised events back into the community. The money will go towards activities in the Centre, like cooking or crafts, as well as their frequent day trips. The club have also been supporting the Alzheimer's Society recently. [on 17Sep2015 13:40]

Photo Help - Geoff Gibbons

Would any of our readers have, or know of, any photos of the late Geoff Gibbons who was a rider and supporter of events in the centre?

His son, Bill, spotted this one on our site where he was handing over the keys to a Ford Transit to Malcolm Davis.

He still has a cup, named after him, given in the CHG's British Championship Sphinx Trial. Bill hopes that 'some of the old hounds out there may have some kicking about (Jon Bliss has already sourced one, which was fab) It'd be great to see some more pics of him knee deep in the mud, scans and electronic copies would be great. I'm not expecting people to part with originals. Thanks ever so much in advance. Regards Bill (David) Gibbons.'

We will pass any emails on to Bill if you send to [on 11Jul2015 22:30]