Doctor Bill Henry joined the club in 1962, after a chance meeting with Lew Morris when he was on a club run in the Forest of Dean. Dr. Henry was a G.P. at Parkend in the Forest and along with his wife Vera and daughters Jill and Carol would make regular appearances on club runs. Bill and his family each had a Hetchins painted in West Ham Football Club’s colours; the bikes were always immaculately maintained.
At least once a year the Henry’s home would become a tea place where most active club members would make an effort to attend and enjoy the fantastic spread that would be laid before them. All the money charged for this would be donated to club funds.
Bill would regularly turn out to help or take part in club activities, riding the Three Cities (taking a racing bronze medal in 197l), and 25 and 50 mile time trials. He was also invited to provide medical care at some of the spring training camps in Majorca.
He became club president in 1971 and was so honoured to be given this position that he gave the club a trophy to be awarded to the winner of the October 25 Mile time trial.
The ‘Doc’ also enjoyed motor bikes and in his later years he joined a motor cycle club. It was while on ride with his club in South Wales in 1986 that he had a stroke from which he never completely recovered. Despite this Bill and Vera remained cheerful and were good hosts to the club as a coffee stop in the Forest of Dean.
Bill died in 2009, he was 83.
Awarded to the Overall Winner of the Autumn 25
|2019||Max Stedman||HuntBikeWheels||55m 43s|
|2017||Pile/Amery/Davies||VeloClub SEVALE||58m 20s|
|2016||3 up||Cycology Bikes||55m 16s|
|2015||3 up||GCCC/ Velovitesse||1h 3m 3s|
|2014||3 up||Veloton||55m 41s|
|2011||Rob Pears||Bath CC||55m47s|
|2010||Dave Kiddall||Cavalier CC||52m11s|
|2009||Jeff Jones||54m 41s|
|2008||Jeff Jones||Chippenham & District Wheelers||56m30s|
|2003||Steve Marchant||Swindon RC|
|2002||S. Batsford||Hounslow & Ditrict Wheelers|
|2000||Roger Iddles||Stourbridge CC|
|1998||Terry Wood||Worcester St. John CC|
|1996||B. Buss||RAF CC|
|1984||C. Williamson||1h 0m 4s|