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Website owners might relate to this very well… Having recently updated my website I started using a different contact form which was simpler to set up, but failed to utilise the Google Recaptcha function properly. So I started to receive lots of unwanted spam – you know the sort of thing… money requests, meeting requests, “I can help you…” etc. etc. Shame. Anyway, I came across this little plugin called CleanTalk. I researched it over a couple of forums and … Read More

Welcome to our new members in September 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in September. Robert Russell, Ivybridge, Devon – Centre 17 (17th September) Patrick Butcher, Barmouth, Gwyyned – Centre 3 (14th September) Stephen Stewart, Norwich, Norfolk – Centre 10 (12th September) Robert Salmon, Hastings, East Sussex – Centre 15 (5th September)

Welcome to our new members in August 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in August. Andrew Burton, Milton Keynes, Bucks – Centre 17 (26th August) Michel L’Hours, Adgestone, Isle of Wight – Centre 16 (23rd August) Allan Stent, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan – Centre 7 (20th August) Martin Smith, Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire – Centre 9 (17th August) David Clarke, Rushden, Northamptonshire – Centre 9 (9th August) Lewis Robinson, Clayton West, Huddersfield – Centre 5 (8th August)

Welcome to our new members in July 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in July. Allan Butler, Bilston, West Midlands – Centre 8 (25th July) Adam Smith, Warminster, Wiltshire – Centre 17 (23rd July) Lester Littler, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire – Centre 5 (21st July) Alan Smith, Newmarket, Suffolk – Centre 10 (1st July) Richard Newton, Little Urswick, Cumbria – Centre 6 (1st July) Roy Hill, Southwell, Nottinghamshire – Centre 9 (1st July)

Centre 6 Rally and Jumpstart

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Hi All, Hope you are keeping safe and well. We have decided to reimburse everyone that has purchased a ticket for the Centre 6 Rally or Jumpstart last year so that we can balance the books and start again once we know we have venues etc Please can you forward this to your members asking they get in touch with Liz to have a refund asap. Can I please ask that they send bank details to : lizzieallen1965@gmail.com Liz will … Read More

Welcome to our new members in June 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in June. Alex Carvajal, Desford, Leicester – Centre 9 (28th June) Tony Wheeldon, Bedale, North Yorkshire – Centre 5 (21st June) Paul Hegedus, Birdholme, Chesterfield – Centre 9 (14th June) Will Lawry, Redruth, Cornwall – Centre 18 (6th June)

Welcome to our new members in May 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in May. Anthony Liversidge, Rawmarsh, Rotherham – Centre 9 (23rd May) Billy Lowe, Coatbridge, Nth Lanarkshire – Centre 1 (16th May) John Laight, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham – Centre 4 (16th May) Graham Couzens, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire – Centre 13 (8th May) Steve Clark, Sutton In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire – Centre 9 (4th May) Philip Jones, BUSHEY, Hertfordshire – Centre 13 (4th May) Paul Wright, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – Centre 10 (4th May) … Read More

Welcome to our new members in April 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in April. Sarah Fry Handley, Trowbridge, Wiltshire – Centre 17 (21st April) Benn Moffat, Dunstable, Bedfordshire – Centre 13 (19th April) Steven Spencer, Blidworth, Nottinghamshire – Centre 9 (18th April) Martin Mckenna, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire – Centre 9 (18th April) Paul Bevan, Droitwich, Worcestershire – Centre 8 (4th April) Daniel Cushing, Dartford, Kent – Centre 15 (1st April)

Scrumpy Rally 2021

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(Subject to any Government restrictions or other World/UK event that may seek to stop this event….) This should be the first official VSOC event in two years. Let’s hope we all get to meet up for this one! VSOC CENTRE 17 (SCRUMPIES) RALLY – 27TH TO 30TH AUGUST 2021 Castle Carey RFC, Castle Carey, Somerset, BA7 7PF All the usual stuff you come to expect from a Scrumpy Rally: Food Disco Raffle 2nd Hand Stall -Bring it, Sell it! Tinny … Read More

Welcome to our new members in March 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in March. Toby Salter, Dartford, Kent – Centre 15 (31st March) John Salway, Downham Market, Norfolk – Centre 10 (30th March) Amy Welford, London NW9 – Centre 13 (29th March) Gerald Clifford, Bristol, South Glos – Centre 17 (25th March) Michael Parker, Matlock, Derbyshire – Centre 9 (13th March) Joe Salt, SEAHAM, County Durham – Centre 4 (12th March) Ian Atkinson, Brotton, Yorkshire – Centre 4 (9th March)

YCCBE Rally – Cancelled

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Cancelled Events

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis and partial lockdown we are unfortunately forced to cancel our 2021 Rally. It’s not easy for us to take this decision, but first and foremost we have to take care of each other and take our precautions. At the moment we are uncertain how long this crisis will last and therefore we can not take the necessary preparations for the rally in time. Stay safe! Sincerely yours BDVSC-YCCB

Centre 6 Rally – Cancelled

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Hi folks, I do hope that you are all well and keeping safe. Following discussions with our C6 committee we have decided that our rally at Kendal in July is cancelled. Another bitter blow I know but despite the governments intentions to lift all restrictions by 21st June ‘at the earliest’ we feel that our rally would still put our members at risk and there are still a lot of unknowns and questions regarding holding events with a mass of … Read More

Terry Ashby – RIP – VSOC Heritage Officer

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Terry Ashby

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately I have some sad news about a fellow member. On Tuesday evening, 16th February 2021, at Salisbury Hospital, Terry ‘TC’ Ashby sadly passed away after a heart attack. I have had a chat with Blacky this evening, who has been the point of contact for Annette, TC’s wife, that by all accounts he passed away peacefully in hospital. Annette is happy for me to let all his Scrumpy and … Read More

Steve Tyson Latest News

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08/02/2021Steve Tyson doing well. Oxygen levels going up and down but slowly improving. Had a brief chat with him and he is obviously an ill man looking on the bright side but appreciating he has a long way to go. 03/02/2021Steve Tyson – Good News He is home but in his own words “totally f***ed”. Sends thanks to all for the kind messages. Promises to buy you all a drink at the next rally. And if you believe that ???? … Read More

Welcome to our new members in February 2021

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in February. John Smith, Sittingbourne, Kent – Centre 15 (28th February) Lorraine Conrad-Jamieson, Haverhill, Suffolk – Centre 10 (26th February) Carl Foster, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland – Centre 4 (26th February) Bill Stevenson, Stevenage, Hertfordshire – Centre 13 (5th February) David Stracey, Knaphill, Woking – Centre 14 (1st February)

Welcome to our new members in December 2020

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in December. Michael Lockwood, Arlesey, Bedfordshire – Centre 10 (22nd December) Francis Kosek, Haslemere, Surrey – Centre 17 (6th December) Owen Brown, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – Centre 10 (2nd December) John Bailey, Stockport, Greater Manchester – Centre 06 (1st December) Mark Bright, Felixstowe, Suffolk – Centre 19 (1st December)

New Vice Chair for the VSOC

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Helen Saw-Hutson is the new Vice Chair for the Virago Star Owners Club. She takes over the role from Peter Gauntlett, who has provided sterling service to the club since 2008. I am sure you all will wish Helen well and offer her good luck in helping guide the VSOC through the next few years of rally fields and fun. Helen can be contacted by her new email: vicechairvsoc@gmail.com Alternatively, her contact form is here: https://vsoc.org.uk/national-committee/contact-vsoc-vice-chairman/

Peter Gauntlett

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Peter Gauntlett

The 1st of November marked the end of Peter Gauntlett’s tenure as the VSOC Vice Chairman. Peter carried out the role conscientiously and with the utmost dedication. He was a regular at the National Rallies, the International and also the Dutch and Belgian rallies. I am sure you will all join me in thanking him for his efforts over the years. On a personal note I would also like to thank Peter for his advice and support since I took … Read More

Welcome to our new members in October 2020

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Welcome to our new members who joined the VSOC in October. Chris Plumb, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire – Centre 09 (24th October) David Smith, Leeds, West Yorkshire – Centre 05 (10th October) Chris Pendlebury, Hope, Flintshire – Centre 06 (9th October) Paul Shakespeare, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire – Centre 09 (6th October) Roy Robson, Darlington, Durham – Centre 04 (2nd October) Peter Bounds, Chesterfield, Derbyshire – Centre 09 (1st October)