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ACU Western and Brian Valder Trials Awards Presentation - Saturday, December 15

First, second and third placed finishers in each class of the ACU Western Trials Championship, and class winners at the ACU Western Brian Valder Charity Trial are invited to an awards presentation on Saturday, December 15 from 3pm at the Rose and Crown Pub, Nympsfield, Gl10 3TU. It follows the ACU Western Youth Squad coaching session at nearby Court Farm.

Centre vice chairman Tom Welch has commissioned the awards from ACU Western website sponsor Crystal Images for both - check out the Brian Valder Awards. All the names of those who will receive an award are on the ACU Western Trials Championship 2018 List and ACU Western Brian Valder Charity Trial 2018 List. (Subject to approval at ACU Western Board Meeting December 10, 2018) [on 9De201]

Cheltenham Home Guard New Year Trial

Traditionally the first event of the year in the ACU Western centre, CHG MCC stages the New Year easy trial based at Chedworth Farm Shop on Sunday, January 6. There will be routes for clubman, sportsman plus, and sportsman - experts may ride for no award. Youth A, B and C can ride the main trial and Youth C, D and E can ride a conducted route.

Entries are open now on the Event Calendar - please do enter online if you can, as it saves our volunteer organisers a lot of time and effort. On the day, two signing-on queues are planned - one for those who have already entered and another for riders entering on the day, to speed up the sign-on process. Breakfast and lunch is available for before and after the event at the farm shop cafe.

Observers are always welcome and usually get a free cuppa, breakfast roll and petrol money - please contact Tony Falconer if you can help. [on 9Dec2018]

West Glos Boxing Day Trial

The one ACU Western event which is held on the same day every year, the West Glos Boxing Day Trial has swapped venues to Stony Green, where the club's ACU Trials Championship Round is usually staged. Big climbs, big rocks and facilities over the road at Wenchford picnic site as well. Entries are open now - all the details on the club's website [on 9Dec2018]

Final coaching session of 2018 - and prizegiving

Book in for the final YDS training session and end of year bash on 15th December. SVMCC have kindly sorted out the excellent Nympsfield venue (Thanks John Luff). Pete Culliford has sorted the pub for us to retire to for the end of year YDS awards and Youth ACU Western Championship awards. 10am start, 2pm finish and awards bash 3pm.

To confirm a place please contact Youth Development Squad Co-ordinator Simon Welch via the YDS Facebook group or email him. The YDS continues to grow in popularity so places are on first come basis. We have not had to turn anyone away but it's starting to get tight. Three new riders this time will take the squad to 39 different youngsters for the yea - one more than last year. ACU head office refered to it as the best training programme running for trials, so don't miss out! £5 for ACU Western riders and £20 for out of area. [on 3Dec2018]

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]

ACU Western Youth Development Squad Hoodies

Message from YDS Co-ordinator Simon Welch: We are ordering a new batch of YDS hoodies with updated logos. Size available from 1yrs - 11yrs youth and adults from xs - xxl. £15 for youth and £20 adults. Aim to have them ready for next YDS on 15th December. Comment or message to order with the size you want at the YDS Facebook group or email Simon. [on 27Nov2018]

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]

BVM - Bikes Stolen

Keep your eyes and ears open for stolen bikes, cycles and gloves being offered as BVM have had a major break-in. More details on their facebook page. If you are suspicious then give them a call (01453 297177) and or the police. [on 31Oct2017]

Provisional Dates for 2018

After a dates meeting with only a few date clashes we can now show you what is planned for 2018. The obvious differences from previous years will be the reversion to a single Trials Championship consisting of 10 rounds. Also we have a new event in the calendar: the Brian Valder Memorial Trial which will be run by 'ACU Western', rather than just one club, and is proposed to be run as a charity trial.

Some of the events will be subject to changes as National rounds are confirmed by ACU HQ.

[on 14Oct2017]

ACU Western Trial Championship Standings - Updated

Trials Recorder John 'Laurence' Luff brings us the Final standings.

ACU Western Trials Championship - After 8 rounds, here are the Final standings. Kurt Brain finally demoted Simon Welch with 4 wins through the year against Simon and 3rd placed Ben Bowkett's single wins in the Open class. Matt Hanney had already done enough to win the Over 40 class but Phill Gardner held out for a joint 2nd with Mark Talbot. Despite missing his home round Steve Grindle nailed the over 50s class with Rob Faulkner leading the huge class entry behind him. Ronnie Day held onto Yth A and Harry Jeffries held off Fin Belcher, Ollie Goode and Zac Ward in Yth B not to mention a good bunch of future contenders. Victoria dominated the Ladies class with ex-champ Becky Cook only returning for one round.

ACU Western Clubman Trials Championship - The 4 rounds are now complete, the latest standings show Dave Morris is Over 60's champion ahead of Steve Venn, Martin Jones and Nigel Tomkins. Fin Kettle dominated Youth C keeping Jessica and Isabel away. Fred Bishop didn't put a foot wrong and lead Aaron Watson and brother Harry in D. And Zach Ellway had Youth E all to himself. John Jacka had Pre65 sorted while Dave Eeles was away for repairs. And Nick Draper gave everyone a stunning show riding and beating the moderns on their own territory to take the Twinshocks. [on 22Oct2017]

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]