Cossington and the VMCC

PUBLISHED: 10:10 04 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:51 20 February 2013

Ruth and Bryan Pope

Ruth and Bryan Pope

Members of the Vintage Motorcycle Club in Somerset say a new state-of-the-art village hall is a building to be proud of

Members of the Vintage Motorcycle Club in Somerset say a new state-of-the-art village hall is a building to be proud of

After more than 20 years of campaigning and fundraising, the community of Cossington in the Polden Hills can enjoy its new village hall.

The multi-purpose building, with its state-of-the-art facilities, has taken 15 months to build and has replaced the old village hall that had served the community for more than 90 years.

Among those who are delighted with the new construction are various local groups and organisations, including the Somerset section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club who met at the old hall once a month for nearly 50 years.

The group is part of the national Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC), which has some 16,000 members and is split into 80 sections across the country.

Here in Somerset, members enjoy club nights and a variety of events. These include runs tailored to suit all types of vintage and classic motorcycles.

Club Chairman Ruth Pope says that the new facility in Cossington is "a hall to be proud of" and says that her members are particularly pleased with the new toilets, which are a significant improvement on the old facilities!

Ruth, who is the first ever female chairman of the Somerset section of the VMCC, travels in the sidecar of a 1922 Royal Enfield, which is ridden by her husband Bryan.

The couples love of motorcycles goes back to their courting days when Ruth rode pillion. Bryan, a retired motor mechanic, rode a motorbike to work and once bought a vintage motorbike for just 1.

"I decided I had to join him or be a grass widow," says Ruth, who says that as a passenger in the side car you tend to feel every pothole in the road.

"The Royal Enfield has had plenty of use," says Bryan.

"You have to give the old motorcycles a lot of care and attention and I am always looking out for spare parts."

Ruth and Bryan say there is a great camaraderie between riders, and the public love to see the vintage bikes on the road.

The Somerset section will be staging a number of runs this year and various events will raise money for their chosen charity, the Air Ambulance.

Meanwhile, Ruth is looking forward to using the new facilities at Cossington Village Hall, including the new kitchen for club lunches.

The new building has been made possible through a combination of sustained local fundraising and the generosity and goodwill of local landowners and the developers of the site. The hall is a low-energy building with features such as solar panels on the roof, rainwater harvesting and ground heat pump technology.

Speaking at the recent opening event The Cossington Village Hall Committee Chairman Geoff Cross said the building had been a real team effort.

"Im sure the new Cossington Village Hall will be the pride of the Poldens for many years to come." 

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