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John Draper Trial Cancelled

More sad news as Chelt' Home Guard have to cancel their championship round this weekend. Landowners concerns after this record breaking Damp March yet again take their toll. Please pass the news on. [on 13Apr2018]

ACU Western Youth Squad Session - April 21

With help from West Glos and Dean Forest MCC, ACU Western Youth Development Squad have the use of Roy Breakwell's farm at Rockfield just outside Monmouth for the 21st April YDS. ESW centre have kindly agreed for us to run just over the border at this superb venue. There are streams, banks and rocks for all levels.

Please book in asap with Simon Welch as places will be limited with the continued growth of the YDS. We have kept it at £5 admin fee for Western residents and £20 from those out of region. This is only achievable due to the supporters/sponsors and ACU Western. [on 12Apr2018]

Ledbury Grass Track Back ON

Sadly Ledbury MCC was been forced to cancel Sunday, April 8th's Grass Track due to the weather but a new date has been found. Club statement: "We are very pleased to be able to inform you with grateful thanks to Bewdley MCC and consent from the ACU we will be re running the Ledbury Leader now on the 6th May 2018.

Reg's are now available from myself and will be on Banter shortly. We will be running all the same classes as previous and please note all riders will have to re- enter for the meeting on the 6th May as no entry's will carry over from the cancelled April meeting. However as yet I have not shredded cheques that were received for the April meeting (due to lack of time) so if so wished these can now be used for the new event. Please can all riders that wish to enter again put in a note with entry if they would like to reuse their original cheques and I will hold back on shredding at the moment.

If you would like the new Reg's posting or emailing please message me, or email or call 07968649327 or please contact Banter. Please note all riders that we will no longer be issuing rider passes at all Ledbury MCC events, and that a name on gate system will be operating, so no SAE is required with entry.

Please can we ask if all our usual wonderful volunteers that come along and help us on race day are free to offer their services for the 6th May can get in touch please as we are aware it is a Bank Holiday weekend and people will have other plans arranged. We hope to see you all on the 6th May, lets go racing folks!! [on 6Apr2018]

2nd Round of Trials Championship Complete

Points have been awarded and include the Conducted championship too. See Current Points and remind yourself of the Championship rules and format. [on 01Mar2018]

Round 3 of Trials Championship cancelled.

Glos & Cot's Smith Trial planned for the 4th March has had to be cancelled. The club offer their apologies but key workers will not be available. There are other Open trials in neighbouring centres. Midland, South Midlands and a Restricted in Wessex. This means the Championship will be 1 round short leaving 9 rounds to count [on 12Feb2018]

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

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 unavoidable 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]

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]

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]