Message from Diamond Lil

Our old Contemptibles Farts (Wallace, Grommit, Basmati, Kermit) have now returned from their epic endurance feat alive and well, although the Tweedles remain in France for the time being.  As you know, this has been a fund-raising effort and to boost the amount already raised Lord Stretch and Diamond Lil will be hosting the Farts meet at their house: Decks, Brook Lane in Shaldon, starting at the usual time of 11.00 a.m. to replace the previously arranged venue at Chudleigh (The Phoenix).   There will be sausage and bacon rolls and cakes, coffee/tea with a minimum charge of £5.00 which will all go towards their Charities.

This event will be weather permitting so if it is raining heavily we will revert to The Phoenix at Chudleigh.

Lord Stretch and Diamond Lil look forward to seeing all their Farting friends (mobile:07817 561065).
On on
Diamond Lil


Hi All Bashers,

On the 20th June Wallace & Gromit, two TVPB “Wrinkles,” will set off on a Charity “French Ride” to undertake a cycle from Bilbao to Roscoff – approximately 800 miles! They will ride fully loaded & intend to camp en-route which will probably take them at least 3 weeks to complete.

Both Wallace, who will then be 80, and Gromit at 78 are recovering from Cancer and they are raising money to support 2 Cancer Charities and Muscular Dystrophy.

They will be joined on this epic journey by a “Young Basmarty”, who, having been discharged from Langdon as surplus to requirements, has kindly agreed to help with the planning, feats of strength, hill climbing, Rugby information etc, and any complex psychiatric problems – should the need arise. 

But that’s not all! The Tweedles will also join them en-route in France – most appropriate as Tweedledum is a Cancer victim too, plus the fact that both the Tweedles have also had both hips replaced.

Last, but not least, is Plugger who has offered to transport them and their bikes to Bristol Airport for free – Plugger has also fought off Prostate Cancer – what a Motley Crew they make!!

So that’s what it’s all about? Cancer is something that can, and has, affected so many Bashers. Therefore, please be sympathetic and give generously to their designated Bank Account. 

Sort Code 40-64-20     Acc. No. 11918614.

They also have a Go Fund Me page at –

Wallace and Gromit would like to thank you all for taking the time to read this.  OR, you can cross their palms directly with “folding silver”. Pottsie (non-invasive Bladder Cancer) or Sticky would also be happy to take your money on their behalf.                                                      

Ride On,



Bobbiballs Birthday

Attention all – we’ve been invited to The Parkers Arms, Collaton St Mary, Paignton on Friday May 17th to celebrate Bobbiballs Birthday.

The fun and frivolities commence at 19:00 (7PM) and there is a buffet and disco provided for Free (How Much!!!)

Let’s hope that plenty of Bashers can attend to make this a special night – apologies from myself and Bunty though as we are on holiday!!



2018 TVPB Awards & Lunch


Hi Bashers, this year’s 2018 Awards/Oscars will be held on Sunday 3rd February at THE WELCOME INN, DAWLISH WARREN, as this is now less than 3 weeks away you need to act QUICKLY if you would like to attend.

The Lunch will be provided to BASH TAX PAYERS at the BARGAIN PRICE of £5, NON-TAXPAYERS and GUESTS will pay £8 – cos that’s what it’s costing TVPB.

We will be seated in the function room – which has been upgraded in terms of seating & heating, there is plenty of free on-site parking plus direct contact to bus & train services.

The new Landlords are offering us a quality meal, which will also be served in the function room, and a choice of 2 real ales, therefore we have decided to go for the change as it gives a chance to return to a safe riding area – that we already know from past experience.

Because we don’t have a lot of time you need to buy your £5 lunch tickets ASAP by paying Pottsie or Sticky in hard cash, or if you can’t get to a Bash Ride, or you prefer to pay electronically the funds can be transferred to Barclays Bank, Acc No. 90455377, Sort Code 20-60-88 – However if you use this method please email Sticky at and let him know.

Let’s be having you, cos where else are you going to get a carvery Sunday lunch for £5? Please note, if you want to eat then you must pre-book as it’s NOT POSSIBLE to pay on the day. The very latest date for booking is Thursday 31st January!!! If you are a veggie, please let us know when booking. We plan to serve lunch from 2:15. and hope that the whole awards ceremony will be complete by 4:30.

Thanking you in anticipation of your prompt action.

                                  Ride On – Pottsie




All Bashers intending to drive to the Bash this Sunday 6th January, are requested to park at Greenawell Park Farm, TQ12 6EW, AND NOT Denbury Green near the pub.

The intention is to leave the farm at 10:45 to cycle up to The Union Inn, Denbury for the traditional start time of 11:00.


 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,   


Hi All,

Please see below details of next years Bobbiball weekend that Anna ‘Always’ (or is it Bothways? I always get them mixed up!!) Atkinson has asked me to post.

Its that time of the year when we start taking bookings for the amazing the “Bobbibal Festival”.

This year however the Bobbibal festival is being dedicated to Snakebite who was one of our regular “bobbiballers” only missing last year due to ill health. The date we have chosen for the 2019 weekend coincides with Snakey sadly losing his fight against cancer so for 1 year only we have renamed the festival “The Snakebite Festival” to allow us to celebrate a great guy, cyclist and friend.

This year we are going to the Brecon Beacons in Wales for a weekend of cycling and fun – yes the most fun you can legally have in one weekend. The format will be the same – Friday evening meeting for food & copious amounts of alcohol, Saturday a full day of cycling supported by a pub lunch and evening meal followed by a nights partying, bringing back the fancy dress theme. A final day of cycling ends the weekend on Sunday.

Dates February 08/02/2019 – 10/08/2019.

Venue: YHA Brecon Beacons

Cost: £65:00 per person in the hostel – sorry we have had to put the prices up this year due to the increase in the cost of the YHA hostel.

£35:00 per person in campervans – there should be enough room for campervans on site but we will confirm this.

Booking: Places will be in short supply in the hostel due to its size so BOOK EARLY. To secure your place a £20:00 deposit is required PLEASE email me once you have transferred the money and I will send you a receipt.

Once the hostel is full we will run a “cancellation list” for people interested and who were unable to book on. If interested please contact Anna


Hi all Bash Tax payers, please note the forthcoming “SUBSIDISED” Special Bash Events being planned for November & December.
1) On Thursday 1st November we will be holding another Curry & Quiz evening at the The Jolly Farmer, Newton Abbot. Serving will start at 7:30 pm. If previous years are anything to go by it should be a ‘Food & Fun Evening NOT TO BE MISSED!! ~ AND it’s only going to cost Bash Tax payers a measly £3!!  Visitors/Non Taxpayers will have to pay £7. Veggies will also be catered for ~ and if some peculiar reason you can’t eat Chicken Curry but want to be there then speak to me ASAP and I will try to arrange an alternative.
As it is now less than 3 weeks away you need to act quickly and book your place BEFORE Sunday 28th October. You will need to pay Pottsie or Sticky ASAP, if you can’t get to a Bash before then please note that you can also pay by credit transfer to Sort 20-60-88 A/c 90455377 – However if you intend to use this method please email Sticky at to let him know.
 2) F.A.R.T. Christmas Lunch event will take place on Tuesday 18th December at Dainton Golf Club. Details to follow.
 3) TVPB “Silver Anniversary” Fancy Dress & Christmas Lunch and Disco will be held on Sunday 23rd December from the Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club. Full details to follow.