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Cotton heads to new fields

Gloucester and Cotswold's Cotton Trophy Trial on 6th August will now be at Hayes Coppice Monmouth due to the club's normal popular Longhope venue being unavailable. The Monmouth venue is very weather dependant so their advice is to enter early or phone to make sure the event is running. Regs and entry form in the Event Calendar. [on 26July2017]

ACU Western Trial Championship Standings - Updated

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

ACU Western Trials Championship - After 5 rounds with 3 to go, here are the latest standings. Of course, sadly there was no Wye Valley AC round, but it is hoped that event can be staged at a later date. Kurt Brain leads Simon Welch by 3 points in the Open class, Matt Hanney has a 22 point buffer in Over 40s, Steve Grindle is close to unbeatable in the large over 50s class, Adam Juffs holds the Yth A and Harry Jeffries holds off Ollie Goode in Yth B. Victoria is probably watching the Clubman Championship for her next batch of opposition with 3 more ladies now scoring points. Next round is the tough Stony Green WG venue

ACU Western Clubman Trials Championship - After the first 2 rounds with 2 to go, here are the latest standings Dave Morris is keeping ahead of Steve Venn in over 60s, Fin Kettle is keeping Jessica and Isabel away in Yth C but daren't miss a round, Fred Bishop holds off Aaron Watson and and brother Harry in D, And Zach has it easy in Yth E until he too moves up a class. John Jacka is ahead of Dave Eeles in Pre65 and Nic Draper is firmly in control of the Twinshocks. Next round is the Longtown Trial after the training camp. [on 5Jul2017]

ACU Western Youth Development Squad Summer Weekend Coaching and West Glos Trial - 3 days of trialling!

The ACU Western Youth Development Squad's summer training weekend is on the 28th (Friday) and 29th July, with a trial on the 30th being run at the same venue by the West Glos and Dean Forest MCC. Training is also open to adults. Groups for all abilities at this fantastic venue!

Venue - Longtown, Herefordshire.

Camping right next to the pub at: Tan House Farm, Longtown, Herefordshire, HR2 0LT. Telephone: 01873 860221, Fax: 01873 860221, E-mail:

Training costs: Western youths - £5 per day, Neighbouring centre youths - £20 per day or £30 for both days, Adults £30 a day or £50 both days. All money goes to covering costs or back into the youth squad.

Call or message YDS main man Simon Welch to reserve a place - 07855772189. Details of the trial and entries available now on West Glos website.

[on 28June17]

Hot Bodenham

Results are now in for the 6th round of our Trials Championship. We'll bring you an update for the series as soon our Trials Recorder gets some time. Tom Vivian tells us: My thanks to everyone who helped with section marking and observing, a lot of hard work in scorching temperatures produced an excellent trial. Also thanks to all the riders who entered, we had 77 entries which is the largest entry in a Malvern trial for as long as I can remember. [on 21Jun2017]

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]

Glos & Cots' Summer Series sets off.

The Glos and Cotswold MC are staging a 3 round SUMMER EASY SERIES aimed at Sportsman/Clubman/twinshock/Pre 65/Youth riders with routes tailored to their needs and including a conducted route for the less experienced youth, and adult riders. The first round is on Saturday 6th May at Brookthorpe followed by their traditional Saturday Trial at Syde on 8th of July, and culminating in their Western Centre Clubman championship round at Longhope on 6th August.

Supplementary regulations and an entry form can be found in the event calendar and care should be taken when entering to make sure that you are in the correct class. Further information is available from the Clerk of Course Tom Welch on 07813 327956. [on 16Apr2017]

Zona 1 MCC Tim Fry Land Rovers Charity Trial, Sunday, April 2

Was Postponed: The club hope to find a date later in the year. Current OnLine Entries will be refunded and Rob will contact others. Please spread the word. Updated 30Mar2017 23:30

An open, charity trial with proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Children's hospital. All adult classes plus youth A, B, C, and conducted route for youth D, E, Osets and Adult beginners. If riders don't want an award they can indicate online or on the entry form that if they win an award it can be donated to Great Ormond street. This is the same venue as the club's successful Kia Twinshock Championship Round last year and is a super venue with a variety of sections and a nice long lap. Entry form and online entry via the Calendar [on 8Mar2017]

Zona 1 MCC Trials - Seven Trials open for entry

Get your diaries out for Zona 1 MCC's trials - the club's mega-efficient paperwork machine has got regulations and entry forms out for no less than seven trials and you can enter them all now if you wish, and online entry is now available.

First up is the Tim Fry Land Rovers Charity Trial on April 2 at Piccadilly Farm, Aggs Hill, then the Dennis Saunders trial on Sunday, May 14 at Bidfield Farm, The Camp, between Stroud and Birdlip. There will be Standard, Clubman and Sportsman routes with 50/50 classes either side of the Clubman route - AND a green route trial for D&E riders and adults who are complete beginners. Regulations and Entry Forms are on the Calendar where online entry is now available.

John Workman Trial on Sunday, September 17 at Bidfield Farm, The Camp, between Stroud and Birdlip. There will be Standard, Clubman and Sportsman routes with 50/50 classes either side of the Clubman route - AND a green route trial for D&E riders and adults who are complete beginners. Regulations and Entry Forms are on the Calendar

Race Techniques Trial on Sunday, December 3 at Nettleton Quarry, Birdlip. There will be Standard, Clubman and Sportsman routes with 50/50 classes either side of the Clubman route - AND a green route trial for D&E riders and adults who are complete beginners. Regulations and Entry Forms are on the Calendar

All these trials will be run under Trials Standing Regulation 22A (Stop Permitted).

[on 26Feb2017]

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]

2017 Trials Championship Dates

Dates for ACU Western Trials Championship are in the calendar but here's a handy list of those dates:

Main Championship:

Gloster & Cotswold January 15, Stroud Valley February 19, Wye Valley March 5, Gloster and Cotswold March 19, Cheltenham Home Guard April 9, Malvern June 18, West Glos December 3, Stroud Valley October 1, Wye Valley October 15.

The Clubman Championship Dates are:

Stroud Valley March 26, Cheltenham Home Guard June 4, West Glos July 30, Gloucester & Cotswold August 6. [on 25Nov2016]

2017 Calendar Changes

Planning next year's events is never easy and at the November board meeting several tweaks to the calendar for next year were made. Check out the changes, which are:

West Glos's Centre Championship Round moving to September 3 - thank you to Gloster and Cotswold for vacating this date for a trial whose date has yet to be fixed.

Zona 1 MCC will stage a round of the ACU British Sidecar Championship on October 8.

Zona 1's Dennis Saunders Trial will be on May 14, with the Tim Fry Land Rovers Trial on April 2.

West Glos will stage a round of the clubman championship at Longtown the day after a Youth Development Squad session.

[on 25Nov16]

Ledbury Flyer Grass Track

Ledbury MCC concluded its successful season of grass track meetings with the Flyer - Report. Well done to the club for another successful season, which takes a lot of work to put on. [on 28Aug16]

ACU Western

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]