SCUK Memorial Ride 4 October - Updated 13/9/20
If Covid-19 restrictions allow we will be holding a ride in memory of members Peter Agent, Robin Moorby, Pat Basson and Colin Gowland who died this year and other members who sadly are no longer of this world, namely Matthew Melly, David Carrick, Jeff Fallon, Carol Dube, Len & Margaret Harvey, Jim Basson, Steve Hutchinson and Mick Cox.
Please let Steve know if you hope to attend the rideout and if you will be solo or two up; email email@example.com or text 07 968 448 891.
Members may wish to wear a black arm band or have the bikers’ traditional black ribbon pinned across their back patch.
We will have a 33 mile ride through the Surrey countryside starting at the Brewery Inn which Jo will be opening with the breakfast menu especially for SCUK from 11.30. Please make use of the ‘comfort facilities’ before leaving as there will probably be none available at our destination.
Please arrive at the Brewery Inn by 12.45 at the latest so you can form up into "Your Group of 6 for the Day" for social distancing purposes, (See Covid-19 Restriction Section Below).
We will leave from the Brewery Inn by 13.00 going to the Last Post Ceremony at the Brookwood Military Cemetery, A325, Dawney Hill, Pirbright, Woking, GU24 0JB. Members are most welcome to travel there direct by HD or by car if they so wish.
We will ride passed Peter’s family home at 29 Oakdene Close, Brockham, RH3 7JZ around 13.30 and then passed Robin’s home at 30 The Garstons, Great Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 3DS around 14.00. The Road Captains will be used as drop offs and back markers.
Click this link to see the route in Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Epy9MfkKRQv1SRH28
We should all arrive at the Brookwood Cemetery by 2.30 where there are lots of service roads for parking. There will be time for a look around the various memorials if people so wish. The grass area in front of the RAF Memorial is huge and members are reminded the Law, at the time of writing, requires us to stay in our initial Social Distanced groups of 6 and not to mingle into other groups.
L/Cpl James Hill has been nominated as the “Individual Remembrance” for October. His parents Clair and Brian Hill will read the Exhortation “They shall not grow old……” and say a few sentences about James who called his Harley Davidson look alike motorcycle his “Hog” and hoped to get a Harley once he’d passed his riding test. James was aged just 23 when he was killed in Afghanistan on 8 October 2009 - so the service is very near the anniversary.
The service starts at 3.00pm and lasts about 30 minutes. There will be no hymns. Peter's, Robin's and James’s crash helmets will be placed at the foot of the RAF Memorial building. Robin’s wife Shannon Moorby will read the Kohima Epitaph “When you go home…..”. A member of Peter’s family will read the bikers’ blessing.
Members may lay their own memorial wreath, (poppies are only appropriate for someone of the armed services while greenery and flowers will be welcome for all others). A wreath to our twelve finally departed SCUK members will be laid by Steve Whitmore.
After the service there may be the opportunity for refreshments on site at The Trench Experience, if C-19 restrictions allow.
Order of Last Post Ceremony
Bikers’ Blessing by Chris Agent
Individual Remembrance - L/Cp James Hill
Exhortation - Claire & Brian Hill
2 Minutes silence and laying of wreaths
Kohima Epitaph – Shannon Moorby
The Bikers’ Blessing
‘May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon the roads behind you.
dim-witted drivers and until we meet again,
may the blessing of your God go with you and those whom you love.
Now and always; Amen.’
Exhortation is said on Remembrance Day after the Last Post is played, and leads into the Two Minute Silence. It is an extract from a poem by Robert Laurence Binyon called "For the Fallen", written in September 1914, just a few weeks after the outbreak of The War. The poem was first published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.’
Response: ‘We will remember them.’
James on his 'HOG'
The Kohima Epitaph is the epitaph carved on the Memorial of the 2nd British Division in the cemetery of Kohima (North-East India). The verse is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875-1958), and is thought to have been inspired by the epitaph written by Simonides to honour the Greeks who fell at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC.
'When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today.'
We can now meet up at the start in multiple groups of up to 6 people the groups being at least 2 metres apart.