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Margaret Slatter 1931-2019 RIP

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Margaret Slatter, who died peacefully in her sleep following a short illness on 11th March, aged 88.  Margaret was the wife of our late chairman, Mike Slatter and mother to Jacqui Brooks, our membership secretary and Chris Dowse former club secretary.  Margaret was a former Nomads committee member, lifelong supporter of the Nomads and long suffering passenger for Mike’s sidecar trials. In the early days she kept us all in coffee and biscuits when working late on the bikes in the club workshop (aka Mike’s garage at the end of their garden). She also tried to sink us all on the club outings to Aldershot Lido with a limitless supply of her famous bread pudding.

Our thoughts are with Chris, Jacqui and Matthew at this difficult time.

Dave Chapman – RIP

I have to report the sad news that Dave Chapman recently passed away, aged 76.  Dave had been a Nomad since the 60’s and was still riding big road bikes right up to his recent illness.  Davids funeral is at Thatcham crematorium 11.15 on Tuesday 16th April.


Our thoughts are with his family.

Increased price of club trials

Just a note to advise everyone that we have increased the entry fee for Nomads club trials from £10 to £15 , though youth entry remains at £5. The increases are primarily to help cover the costs of running trials.

The last time we increased the entry fee  was 12 years ago, so we still feel £15 is excellent value.

Aldermaston Nomads – CTC round 4, Barlows Pit, Hermitage – 2nd March – RESULTS


Aldermaston Nomads MCC

Closed to Club Trials Championship 18/19 – Round4

Barlows Pit, Hermitage – 2nd March 2019


Aldermaston Nomads held Round 4 Closed to Club Trial in Hermitage Sandpit    on the 2nd March. 24 riders negotiated the 4 laps of 10 sections and all finished. The only clean ride was achieved by John Emery on the easier route. Middle route was close at the top with Adrian Steele ahead by just one mark on his Beta from Alex Taylor on his very tidy Fantic, with Dave Barrett not far away on his new Beta.

The hard route drew blood from winner Reynard Norris ,Beta, from Mark Elms similarly mounted and a good third from Tom Hawthorne, Sherco. Bailey Tidbury rode well as youth A on hard route as did Max Bird , youth A on the middle route. John Hawthorne continued his pre’65 Scottish shakedown of his mighty AJS on middle route .

A route :  Reynard Norris( Beta) 2, Mark Elms(Beta) 12, Tom Hawthorne (Sherco) 25
B route : Adrian Steele (Beta )5, Alex Taylor (Fantic) 6, Dave Barrett (Beta) 15
C route: John Emery (Gas Gas) 0, Jonathan Evans (Gas Gas) 6, Jack Huckstep (Sherco) 7
Youth A:  Expert -Bailey Tidbury (Beta) 64 . Youth A inter Max Bird (Beta) 75.
Pre65: John Hawthorne (AJS) 59

Full results here:results CtC 18-19 – Round 4 – Barlows Pit – 020319

Well done to the class winners. Thanks to Reynard and Dave Barrett for course setting, and also to Bailey and Mark for clearing up.  Thanks also to Jacqui and Anne for signing on.

Next trial is the Round 5 on May 25th at Ellisons, Greenham

Prior to that, we have the Pathfinder 3 Stage trial on Sunday 7th April at Bagshot – Help is required with marshals/observers. Please call Mike Leeke on 01635 297255 or 07860 725928 if you would like to help.