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MB Swindon Skittle Score Settler!!

It’s where the playing field is levelled and everyone is equal. It doesn’t involve pressures, distances, or even …….dare I say it……. a bike! It’s time to bag yourself a good team to challenge the others to a game of SKITTLES. Who has the skills when it matters? Who can pull it out of the bag? Who will be VICTORIOUS!!

The MB Swindon Skittles evening will be held at the White Hart pub in Wroughton (High St.). The cost for the evening will be just £2-£3 pounds to cover hire of the alley (depending on numbers). Food is available but ideally needs to be pre-ordered.  Please email sharon@mbswindon.co.uk to let me know you’re coming and any food you would like pre-ordered.

This event is likely to be highly entertaining and lively, so put the date in your diary and come and join your MB Swindon friends for a great social evening.

Menu: http://whitehartwroughton.co.uk/assets/winter%20menu%2015.pdf

There are also basket meals available:

  • Scampi & chips, Fish & chips, Sausage & chips, Veg. sausage & chips – £7.50
  • Chicken curry, Beef chilli, Veg. chilli – £8.95
  • Jacket potatoes (see menu) – £6.95

Ride report: Check Inn to Wansdyke (FFS) Sun 11th Sept 2011

Mountain bikers near Wroughton.

Mountain biker on the Wansdyke.

This was the FFS ride (Family friendly social).

A group of 8 riders set off from the Check Inn at 10am ish. The original plan was to ride around the Ridgeway for a bit and then make it back to the pub to eat at 2pm.

Chris introduced some spec creep, so once we’d made it to Avebury then a “short loop” round the Wansdyke was part of the plan. He had’t factored in 3 punctures, each of which cost us around 10 minutes.

The short showers of rain interspersed with sunlight gave some great light conditions and views from the Wansdyke so we weren’t too bothered. The various families expecting to eat at the Check Inn for 2pm were going to have a bit of wait though.

Grip levels on the chalky track back down to East Kennet varied from “not a lot” to even less. Once across the A4 then we just had to follow the ridgeway back to Barbury castle and then down to Wroughton.

We made it back to the Check Inn for 3:30pm ready for cider, beer and the meal.

Thanks to Chris for organising, the Check Inn for delivering a great meal and everyone else for getting on with it.

Route Map

OS Map, GPX

View from Wansdyke in Wiltshire.

Club ride + family friendly social (FFS)

Chris Hopkinson says:

Cider at Tucker's Grave Inn.

If you’re anything like me you’ll be getting endless grief from your other half over the summer because you’re spending all your time riding, fixing or cleaning your bike! Hopefully this event will go some way to helping the situation and earn you a few brownie points too.

Riders will meet at the Check Inn for 10am when we’ll set off for a ride around one of our local loops (example route). We’ll return to the Check Inn for about 2-3pm to meet up with the WAG’s/HAB’s/Kids/whoever else you want to invite along for a Sunday roast and maybe a cider or 3!

Please contact Cchris@mbswindon.co.uk with number of guests and choice of main course by Wednesday please. Cost is £10.95 per person for 2 courses (£8.95 for kids). Those of us who are riding will leave at 10am, returning to the Check inn to meet up with friends and family at approx. 2pm ready to eat at 2.30.

Also known as the WAG/HAB/U ride (wives and girlfriends,husbands and boyfriends, unknown).

Mountain bike riders on the Wansdyke in Wiltshire.
Example of riding.
The Red Lion pub at Avebury.
Example of eating.

Eating report: Curry night Mon 11th Oct 2010

This was a fund raising social night. The Bombay Lounge restaurant at (Steve) Peatmoor and Swindon Link magazine offer community groups, charities and good causes the chance to raise money whilst enjoying a great curry.

Bombay Lounge curry house.

Lounge owner Hanif Robani committed all of his profits on the night from the restaurant, take-aways and home deliveries to MBSwindon Mountain Bike Club.

The food took the form of an all you could eat buffet. There was plenty of beer drinking going on too.

Local businesses had very generously donated prizes for our raffle. Suspense was high – we had some high value items available. We ran it as a double draw: first a name was drawn out of a hat and then the winner picked a ticket to determine their prize. Everyone wanted to know who was going to win the Bressner Photon Torpedo head torch.

Things got off to a good start when the guys from Hargroves Cycles drew the special bonus prize (a pair of DIY fingerless gloves that were found in the trail car park). We’re going to keep a keen eye on the next deal of the week to make sure the gloves don’t come back. We worked through the prizes until the headtorch was still not claimed with only a few prizes to go. Simon Morgan thought he had it in the bag and ended up with a free MBSwindon subscription (this way we can guarantee at least one member next year). His words were “I paid £15 for a lousy £8 club subscription. How do I get my money back?”. As luck would have it Simon’s name was drawn again and this time he scooped the torch.

List of prizes


Hargroves Cycles Bressner Photon Torpedo 1 head torch
Red Planet Bikes Race Face Jacket
The Big Adventure Store Hope DH Jersey
Dirt Divas Half price training course
Red Planet Bikes Lezyne hydro Pack
The Big Adventure Store Gelert hydration pack
Spoke Shirts Hoody with “pub!” logo
The Link Family ice skating pass
The Oasis Family swimming pass
The Big Adventure Store High 5 Nutrition Pack
MBSwindon MBSwindon T shirt
MBSwindon Free annual subscription (x2)