Tenterden Museum

Roy has very kindly updated the museum with some new pieces donated by Karl Pugh’s family through Ned.

Please take a look at the attached photos…well worth a visit as well.

Museum 1 Museum 2 Museum 3


Barry Swann R.I.P 1948-2015

BARRY SWANN 1948-2015

I’ve known Barry since the 1960’s, at a time when we both used to frequent a Tunbridge Wells café called “Toms” It was a favourite meeting place of local motorcyclists or “Rockers” as we were known in those days. I remember first being introduced to Barry at Brands Hatch. They had open practice on Wednesdays back then and if it was my half day at Philpot’s Motorcycle shop I used to go up on one of my bikes to watch.

This particular day Barry had come up on the pillion of some local hero that thought he could be world champion. Needless to say he went out in one of the practice sessions, crashed and ended up in hospital, wrecking his bike also. This left Barry stranded at the circuit with little money. Someone, I forget who, asked if I could give him a lift back to Tunbridge Wells, which I duly did. “Never again” I heard him mutter as he got off!

After that he took up an interest in trials, as had I, and we used to travel together sometimes to events. One notable event was the 1970 Isle of Wight 2day trial, but that’s another story!

He joined Tenterden and District MCC, and later the Owls MCC, sitting on the committee, and helping set out trials for some years.

In the late 60’s we both got married and started families, so other things occupied our time. We met again in 1973, when both moved into a new estate at Matfield where we have remained to this day.

After a few years we got back into pre 67 trials on Triumph Twins with some success. Barry also worked as a reporter for TMX, and covered many South East trials including national and internationals.

In the mid 70’s he started working as a mechanic at the Kawasaki Paddock Wood motorcycle business run by Paul Smart and Roy Francis, during the boom time for bike sales. He was a valued and well liked trials riding member of the staff.

One day he asked me if I would like to help out as a mechanic on Saturdays “you bet” I said! We had a lot of laughs there and made contact with several famous motorcycle racers at the time.

The years rolled by and Barry spent more with his other passions, fishing, train spotting and model railways, which I believe he kept up to very near the end.

Barry was a good looking lad with a great personality and always made a big impression with whoever met him.

We will all miss him a lot.

Tony Rout.

Mr Gordon Davis – R.I.P

The South Eastern Centre and trials has lost one of its ‘characters’ in the form of Mr Gordon Davis.

He died at his home in Bexleyheath on New Years Day at the age of 87.

Gordon has been a leading light in the South Eastern Centre trials scene for many years, a former Centre President and Management Committee member.

His funeral will be on Thursday 22nd January at 10:15am at Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, SE9 2AZ.

Everyone is welcome to attend and I’m sure that many will!

Gordon’s family have requested no flowers, but donations instead to Diabetes UK, for which Gordon raised donations by various means.  One for which he would enjoy relating was a ride on his 1955 BSA from Lands End to John o’Groats, where he even persuaded diners in transport cafes to part with some loose change!

Donations can be made on the day of the funeral, or a cheque (made out to Diabetes UK) posted to the undertakers, W. Uden & Sons. 6, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 7HL.  Please mention the donation is in Gordon’s memory and the date of the funeral.

EKTC Trial 11th January – Entry List

This weekend sees Round 1 of the 2015 East Kent Combine Championship (and our own club championship round) with a trial run by our friends from the GEST Club. Details and entry list below. Day entries accepted and all riders are eligible for championship points. For those that have never been there before this is an excellent piece of land to ride with some good banks, a rocky gulley, streams and usually plenty of mud!

1030am Start. Monkins Farm, Horns Cross, Northiam, East Suusex. Trial will be signposted off the A28 between Northiam and Broad Oak. Seceratry is Jen Heathcote 07541206131. Entries to date.


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Barry Swann

Sad news that former club member and correspondent for the Trials and Motocross News, Barry Swann passed away just before Christmas.

Some may remember him from working at Kawasaki Paddock Wood.

The funeral is on Wednesday January 7th at Tunbridge Wells Crematorium.

New Years Club Practice Trial – 31.12.14

A good turnout today for this relaxed practice event that was made possible by Colin allowing the use of his excellent land, which was in prime trialing condition. Pete with able assistance from Colin and  Dave H laid out 6 sections for all to play on and enjoy and it was a great way for everyone to blow off the cobwebs of the festive season and get some practice for the trials ahead…. And a huge thanks to the boys and Colin for putting this event on. Good fun was had by all and we hope to have few more similar events during 2015.  Happy New year. A couple of pictures below

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Where’s Wally??

Warm up Dunc style!

Warm up Dunc style!

EKTC Sittingbourne Cup Results December 2014

Sittingbourne ran the last EKTC Combine trial of 2014 at Wormshill. A decent turnout of Tenterden riders rode in what was an excellent trial run by our friends from the Sittingbourne club,  3 of the seven class winners were Tenterden riders!!! – well done boys.

Experts – Keith Francis 13ml, Matt Strank 19ml, Dave Strank 45ml, Rob Whorlow 67ml, Chris Anderson 83ml, Connor Dowling 89ml

Inters – Darren Bayfield 17ml, Fergus Campbell 22ml

Inter O/40 – Micheal Nutbrown 10ml, Adam Bell 10ml, Mark Smith 27ml, Graham Kemp 30ml, Mark Ridge 34ml, Mark D’Amico 49ml, Bradley Mears 63ml

Novice – Tony Whitcombe 9ml, Peter Fox 10ml, Neil Cozens 23ml, Gavin Horley 27ml, Dave Mears 36ml, Chris Still 47ml, Micheal Care 61ml, Steve Wormley 83ml

Youth Novice – Oliver Whorlow 24ml

Novice O/50 – Brian Cornelius 1ml, Graham Knowler 15ml, Peter Campbell 23ml, Debbie Kemp 23ml

Pre 67 – Neil Sinden 10ml

Yellow – Sarah Bell 11ml, Scott Hammond 46ml

Late Entries – K Dampier 32ml, S Ridley 47ml, M Cole 28ml, T Gray 24ml, J Smith51ml, J Hunt 58ml, J Millen 19ml, R Marsh 24ml, R Marsh 54ml, W Eves 32ml, C Gray 70ml, K Wells 28ml