John became a member of the Berkhamsted club in the late 1960’s when he and his wife Brenda moved to Tring.
He rode trials on a 350cc. Matchless, and in those days there was only one route, ridden by both Experts and Novices. Occasionally there would be a Novice only trial to give an easier ride for beginners and the not-so-able!
In 1980, when John was covering the duties of Club Secretary, Treasurer and Trials Secretary, Nash Mills was pointed out to him as a possible trials ground, and so started protracted negotiations with the then Dacorum District Council to gain permission to use it for motorcycle trials riding. The area had previously been used as a landfill tip which was covered and planted out when full, so an official Enquiry and tests for gas had to be arranged to check for safety. Negotiations then began for a 15 year lease which was achieved, starting on the 26th October 1980, but was not actually signed until the 2nd. June, 1981. This, after a great deal of time and effort on John’s behalf.
To see the trials ground so extensively used today, by a club with more than 350 members is due to the foresight, effort and enthusiasm of John Holmes.
On retirement, John and Brenda moved to Eastbourne and in due course, heart problems resulted in a by-pass operation and the fitting of a Pacemaker.
In May this year he felt unwell and was admitted to hospital on the 7th. June, where he died on the 19th. from pancreatic cancer and heart complications. He would have been 83 on the 1st.July.
A Memorial Service was held at St. Johns church on the 28th June attended by family, friends and three members of Berkhamsted Motorcycle club.
John was a gentle man and a true Gentleman. He leaves his wife Brenda, sons Graham and Alan and his daughter Julia. Our thoughts are with them all.