51 Thankful Villages Tour

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

At the end of the First World War in 1918 only 51 villages in the UK were fortunate enough to have every one of their soldiers return alive although this means that each village doesn’t have a traditional War memorial to commemorate its contribution.  So motorcyclists Dougie Bancroft and Medwyn Parry are embarking on a charity ride to visit each and every one.

The 2,500 mile, 9-day UK-wide route began at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn in West Wales last Saturday, 27th July, on board a pair of Triumph Trophey’s which have been loaned to the intrepid pair by the British manufacturer.  The route takes in virtually every UK County with representatives, often descendants of WW1 survivors, being presented with a commemorative slate plaque in remembrance of the village’s contribution.

Other than to offer recognition to the 51 villages, Bancroft and Parry aim to raise £51,000 in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Guy Masters, UK General Manager, Triumph with Dougie and Medwyn

Ahead of the 9-day tour Dougie Bancroft said: “Both Medwyn and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Triumph and all our other sponsors.  We can’t wait to hit the road on the two bikes. The incredible support and assistance Triumph has shown us has enabled us to concentrate on the important job of speaking to the villages to ensure we can raise our goal of £51,000 for the Royal British Legion.

Full details of the Thankful Villages Run can be found by clicking here.

This is the list of villages in the order by which Dougie and Medwyn will visit them:

  • Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Ceredigion
    Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire
    Colwinston, Glamorgan
    Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
    Coln Rogers, Gloucestershire
    Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire
    Woolley, Somerset
    Tellisford, Somerset
    Chantry, Somerset
    Chelwood, Somerset
    Rodney Stoke, Somerset
    Shapwick, Somerset
    Stocklinch, Somerset
    Aisholt, Somerset
    Holywell Lake, Somerset
    Herodsfoot, Cornwall
    Langton Herring, Dorset
    East Wittering, Sussex
    Knowlton, Kent
    Puttenham, Hertfordshire
    Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire
    Woodend, Northamptonshire
    Strethall, Essex
    Culpho, Suffolk
    South Elmham St Michael, Suffolk
    East Carlton, Northamptonshire
    East Norton, Leicestershire
    Teigh, Rutland
    Saxby, Leicestershire
    Wysall, Nottinghamshire
    Bradbourne, Derbyshire
    Maplebeck, Nottinghamshire
    Cromwell, Nottinghamshire
    Wigsley, Nottinghamshire
    Minting, Lincolnshire
    High Toynton, Lincolnshire
    Caistor, Lincolnshire
    Flixborough, Lincolnshire
    Catwick, Yorkshire
    Helperthorpe, Yorkshire
    Norton-le-Clay, Yorkshire
    Cundall, Yorkshire
    Scruton, Yorkshire
    Meldon, Northumberland
    Hunstanworth, Durham
    Ousby, Cumberland
    Nether Kellet, Lancashire
    Arkholme, Lancashire
    Harley, Shropshire
    Middleton on the Hill, Herefordshire
    Knill, Herefordshire
    Crossgates, Powys
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