EKTC Trial – Sunday June 13th 2021

Our next trial is now scheduled for Sunday June 13th at the Maywood Farm venue in Woodchurch starting at 10.30am. Please see below to see the full details of the event and to download the entry form and send off to the meeting secretary as per the usual covid guidelines.
This event is restricted to any members of an EKTC club and we would dearly love to be able to have all 10 sections observed.
EKTC Clubs as follows:- Tenterden, Ashford, Barham, Sittingbourne & Folkestone

Results from the EKTC trial held on 18.04.21

Thank you to everyone that took part on Sunday, hope you had a great day. 

click this link to see the results from the trial EKTC Trial 18.04.21

Huge thanks go to the Santer family for the generous use of their land and to the few observers that we had. Lets just hope that when life gets back to normal we can encourage a few more volunteers to help out with that task.

It was a herculean task to get the event set up and packed away so big thanks also to Mick Baldock and his team including Dave Garner, Dave Little, Sylvia, Florence, Edie and Mark for giving up their time to set out a great trial. 

See you all at our next event in June, details to follow shortly.

Don’t forget our main event for this year is our 75th Anniversary Trial in August at Clay Hill. 


Revised Start List and Instructions for the Sunday 18.04.21 Trial

Good afternoon

Please find attached the revised start list and final instructions for this Sundays trial.

There has been acouple of last minute alterations to the entries and groups so please double check your group before Sunday. 

Could make your own numbers please and fit them to the bike in readiness for the start on Sunday.


Rakins 18.04.21 Rev 1

Cover sheet and Instructions – Rakins 18.04.21


Final Instructions for this Sundays trial 06.09.20 at Crabtree Farm

Please see attached final instructions for this Sundays Trial at Crabtree Farm, Cranbrook. For anyone that rode in our previous Covid compliant trias the format will be the same, for those that didn’t please read the attached and get familiarized with the new format. 

Please note that unless you have already entered no entries on the day will be permitted. 

Thanks and see you Sunday 


Final Instructions – Crabtree Farm

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Final Instruction for this Sundays Trial in Woodchurch

Please see attached final instructions for this Sundays Trial at Maywood Farm, Redbrook Street, Woodchurch. For anyone that rode in our first Covid compliant trial in June the format will be the same, for those that didn’t please read the attached and get familiarised with the new format. 

Please note that unless you have already entered no entries on the day will be permitted. 

Thanks and see you Sunday 

Maywood Farm Final Instructions





What can we say against Brian Hodges ”Tich” to his friends. Generous, industrious, always willing to help others at his own expense, husband, father and grandfather, but most of all a trials enthusiast. A lifelong motorcycle devotee, he had a reputation as a good mechanic and he helped the local lads repair their bikes, including me.

Then call up to the Army for two years. Here he honed his skills in “taking the mick” out of the Corporals and Sergeants. One year was spent in Aden, which is a very hot country and I remember going into the Bull at Brenchley one Christmas and seeing a tiny dark skinned Indian like man crouched over the fire. It was Tich! Back home he soon put all his weight back on.

By then his younger brother Robin “Minnow”had started riding Trials and we went off to Trials in the winter and Grasstrack in summer.

One ambitious trip was in 1962 to the Intercentre Grasstrack Championships on his old, ridged, Triumph tiger 100 outfit with Robin in the chair and me pillion. The destination was from Brenchley to Pershore in Gloucestershire, about 140miles.

We set out at 7am, got there at 1pm and back at midnight frozen to the marrow and very saddle sore! Only one breakdown to adjust a slipping clutch.

Then married life took over for many years.

Late seventies, when Robin started riding again, Brian and I joined the Owls and got involved with organizing events etc.

In the eighties Brian got the video bug. Instead of just walking round, following his brother, Brian started filming the Trials riders. The early ones were not as good as he only got the riders feet!

They quickly improved and video nights at the clubhouse were very popular. This soon expanded to a regular Tuesday night showing in each of our houses with drinks and snacks provided.

Tich, Robin and I had a pencherant of giving the hundreds of riders nicknames. They only had to vaguely resemble someone well known to be lumbered with names like Gene Hickman, Captain Mannering, Kojak, and Max Wall etc. etc.

Brian also had a habit of calling out “Well done” to a rider just before they fell off in the mud!

Another ruse we had concerned cousin Wally Hodges. He was living in a cottage by the old Seven Mile lane near the church. When we drove slowly past early on Sunday morning we would all lean out of the window and shout out as loudly as possible WALLY! Always wonder if he knew who it was!!

Brian also hated bureaucracy of any kind, but came up against it many times in his career as a plumber.

One funny story is the time he and peter were called out to a public building in the middle of winter to repair the water system. This called for a key to unlock the door to the roof. They were told the woman dealing with job applications had the key, so Brian approached her in his working clothes and she says “yes what sort of job would you like my man?” Instantly he replied “Yours will do very nicely and you can go up on the roof and fix the plumbing”

We had many a good long weekend away following the South East Team in the national Team Trials competition. This took us from Cornwall to Northumberland, Hampshire to Lancashire, Devon to Yorkshire and East Sussex to Mid Wales.

I always did the hotel/ doss house bookings and made certain if we shared a room we had separate beds, just to put Bobs mind at rest.

Brilliant events, sadly gone now.

The list of happy times is a long one and Brian would always say “we had the best years ever” and I know he was right

Goodbye old Mate

Tony Rout


Brian was often at Tenterden centre events beavering away with his video camera, whilst giving a running commentary to those within earshot.

He will be missed by us all. Another character gone and fondly remembered.

Dunlop Trial Sunday 26th January 2020 -Start list and Regs

Please click the attached documents to see the start list and Regs for Sundays trial. Don’t forget the start time for this trial will be 10am 

The club are also looking for a number of observers so any volunteers please report the the secretary on the day or call Marc Taylor beforehand so that he can allocate you a section. 

The success of any trial is dependent on having all sections observed, 13 sections are being set out so a few more than normal are needed. 

Dunlop Trial entry list Jan 20

Dunlop Trial Jan 20

Mrs Orpin

It is with great sadness that we have announce that Mrs Val Orpin, wife of John Orpin, has passed away. The Orpin family allow us to use their land for the “Weald of Kent” trial at the Harbourne Venue.
The funeral service will take place on Monday 23rd December at the Charing Crematoreum at 1pm.
Our thoughts extend to the family during this time.