Hi all Bash Tax Payers, our Fancy Dress Bash & Party is being held on Sunday 23rd December starting from the Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club from 10:15 AM onwards.
This year, once again, it will cost just £10 (any visitors/guests/ & non tax payers will have to pay £15). As always the fancy dress theme is “anything goes”  i.e. it’s your chance to surprise and amuse others with your personal choice, on your own or in a group ~ BUT REMEMBER ~ you should be able to ride a bike with your kit on! Fancy dress is not compulsory but it is advisable if you want to get into the spirit of the day.
The format and route is now traditional, so we will start with nibbles and drink at the SF&CC car park – where we will also take a group photo before we set off, about 11am, to ride to the gathering in Dawlish Warren – opposite the Boat House pub for Mince Pies, Sherry, Carol Singing etc etc.  Then it’s on to the Brunswick Pub in Dawlish, via the cycle path, to gather once again in the skittle alley for some more nibbles – You will need some cash here to pay for a drink.
Then, it’s cycle back the 4 miles to Starcross via the cycle path for Lunch which will be served from about 2:15 – Please note the best place to spend your money on booze before lunch is at the SF&CC cos it’s offers really inexpensive wine, shorts & beer.
After Lunch there will be a Disco till about 6:30 pm and the bar will close when demand peters out.
Both trains and buses serve Starcross so there is no excuse not to let you hair down – if you’ve got enough that is!
What we need now is  £10 for your ticket – Cash payable to Pottsie or Sticky, or you can pay by credit transfer to Barclays Bank, Sort Code 20-60-88, A/c 90455377 – please ensure you let Sticky know if you do this by email to
NOTE: We need  ALL bookings &  payments to be received by
              DECEMBER 16th LATEST!!


Please see below some details from Ruth, with respect to Manky’s funeral.

Doug’s funeral will be on Thursday 6th December at 11.30 at St. Peter’s chapel, Exeter Crematorium, Topsham Rd. Exeter, EX2 6EU.

There will be no dress code; Doug wasn’t given to convention or formality.

Following the service, there will be a reception at The Mill on the Exe, Bonhay Rd, Exeter, EX4 3AB

There will be an opportunity to share memories and anecdotes of Doug for those that might wish to stand and speak. If you wish to do this, please contact Doug’s brother, Chris Flack, on

If you have any photos of Doug, please print these and bring them along. There will be a chance to display them.

Similarly there will be a book available should you want to share a thought/memory about Doug.

We would ask that there are no floral tributes.

There will be a collection for the Devon Wildlife Trust at the end of the Service. Doug was a Devon man born and bred who loved his county and its flora and fauna.


Douglas “Manky” Flack passed away suddenly at home on Monday 19th November from a massive brain haemorrhage.
Doug had cycled with Teign Valley Pedal Bashers for many years, both on and off road, and he was an important and popular member of our group, being our original Web Master until fairly recently. In fact he was the Bash I.T. Guru because he designed and set up the system that modernised the Bash and brought us into the 21st Century, for that alone we are eternally grateful.
But that’s not all, he was first and foremost a Gentleman, as well as kind, thoughtful, interesting and very intelligent – I doubt he had an enemy in this world and everybody liked him for what he was. This is why it’s been so difficult for us to comprehend why he’s been taken from us and his family so early, when he had so much to live for and so much more to give,  in particular with respect to his daughter, Lucy, who is due to give birth any day now to a Granddaughter. How difficult it must be for Ruth, her girls Lucy & Roz, and the extended family to have to experience the joy of a new life, together with the devastation of their husband and father’s sudden death.  
However, we are all now be left with so many special happy precious memories of our times spent together when we recall the life of a truly exceptional man who was our friend too.                                                                                
Manky’s funeral will be held on Thursday 6th December at 11:30am in the larger chapel at Exeter Crematorium.
There is no dress code and it’s likely to be Humanist Service. There will be a gathering afterwards at The Mill on the Exe, Exeter. 
With great Sadness,