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Some Ride Out News for January Feb &March.

Rorke’s Drift Victoria Cross Memorial Ride Out. Saturday the 24th of January 2015.

To mark the 136th Anniversary of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift on the 22nd to the 23rd of January 1879 a Parade and Graveside Service will take place at the Church at Llantarnam, Cwmbran.

This being the final resting place of Private John Fielding VC. Awarded his VC for his valour during the defence of the Mission Station during the Zulu Wars, when he defended the hospital building in hand to hand combat for over an hour during the attacks.

John Fielding enrolled as John Williams and at his death he was the oldest surviving VC holder from the battle. Buried with full military honours and his funeral parade was filmed by British Pathe News and can be viewed on You Tube.

After the service we will ride to the border village of Peterchurch where we will visit the grave of Private Robert Jones VC, the second of the Welsh VC holders.

Robert Jones VC passed away in what was suspected (but disputed by some) as a suicide. He was buried in the Church Yard at Peterchurch but his headstone is reversed and faces away from the body and away from the Church. Due to the Church believing that Jones had committed suicide, initially they refused to allow his burial in the Church but later relented after appeals. They did however refuse to allow Jones’ coffin to be carried through the Church gate and it had to be man handled over the wall. (The Grave of Robert Jones VC is pictured here).

Two very different tales of two very heroic Welsh Soldiers whose bravery lives on.

We have done a ride out to visit here before but this is to coincide with the Annual Parade & Service for John Fielding.

Meeting at Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar at 9am for an early departure. Due to the Parade there will be a road closure from 10.30am so we will need to be inside the closure limits before then.

‘Zulu’, We’ve all seen the film, but now you can come and pay your respects to the real heroes of that remarkable historic event.


February Ride Out. Sunday the 8th of February, to the Classic Bike Show at the Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet.

Details will be posted here closer to the event.


March Ride Out Sunday 15th of March to the Thames Head Inn near Cirencester to the Source of the River Thames. Last time I went there was no water there!! So this time I’m going to take along my own bucket to help it along. Further details will be posted closer to the date.


Our Next Big Event is our 3 Countries Advanced Motorcycle Course. May 12th to the 17th. This is a unique opportunity to get intense training to the highest level. You will get the opportunity to take all three advanced tests & assessments for the RoSPA , IAM & Enhanced Rider Schemes.

We still have a few spaces available. Check out the details here or visit the ‘Advanced Training’ page or our website for full details. You won’t be disappointed!








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  1. Can’t make Jan but see you in Feb.

  2. I think the Classic Bike Show is actually the weekend before — on 7-8 February.

  3. Rides WooHoo I’ll have a bit of them. Keep me updated. See you soon Andy.

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