Another year, another Gathering - and we were back at Pinkery 4 years after the original visit. The Naughty Hashing Fairies (car number plate is NHF) - aka the Bullbait and Child Catcher family - overtook us on the M5, and we followed them all the way up the north Devon link road and up the lane to Simonsbath. We admired their pumpkin on the parcel shelf (see photo later!). They were in turn following Spocky and his trailer, so when he took a left turn off the lane, we were torn about whether to follow him, or stay with the Sat Nav. We decided that he must know the best road to take, but it turns out that he was going to the Saturday pub, the Poltimore Arms. So we backed out and continued!
About 20 minutes later, we arrived. The centre hasn't changed much since we last visited. A few more Damp Patches, and two new ovens with The-Great-British-Bake-Off sliding doors, but only one kettle... there were going to be queues at breakfast time! More surprising than anything else was …
Today’s trail started from a deserted Wonford Sports Centre
car park. A depleted pack (probably
suffering the after effects of the Autumn Gathering) assembled, on time for
once, for Happy Snapper’s virgin lay.
There were very specific instructions given about the
placing of the marks. We needed to
follow the marks on the right-hand side, although we may also find some on the
left, in which case they weren’t relevant until we were going in the other
direction. It was a three and on trail.
Firstly, we headed out into
Ludwell Valley Park, up and down and around fields. It was slippery in places and I saw Blobby
fall over, although I forgot to tell the sheriff and he got away without a
fine! The second half of the trail took
us across Topsham Road, towards the crematorium before taking a detour into the
trees for a sweetie stop.
Next, we headed towards and over
the river (thankfully by the bridge, although I have known hashes go through it
in the past). There was some confusion
I'm no longer going to be writing words to this blog - time to have a rest on a Sunday afternoon! Sorry.
Ideally someone would step up us On Sec or Scribe - so please volunteer! Else, if anyone wants to send me their words, I'm very happy to upload it. I can even give you an email address so that you can post directly yourself.
If no-one can help, then I'll continue to freshen it up every month or so with the diary and a few photos, and I'll continue to post the hash venues to the facebook group.
So the AGM saw Groucho reelected as GM, Spocky continue as hash cash, Miss Peaks as Sheriff (albeit she said it was her final year, then 'someone else can have a turn'), and me as Hare Raiser. Blobby will continue to look after 'Rate the Hash' and the Bullbait family are taking over the Hash Beers.
As for the trail, Spocky says it was the 'Best Trail of 2017' (and he needs a new t-shirt). Thanks to him and X-bitz for cooking some pizza and chips!