cycling in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and beyond…..

Monthly archive for April 2016

Norton (Paddy or Pat) Shea

Paddy gave up cycling a good many years ago because of a knee problem, but a few of you will remember him from when he was very active in the club way back.  I have just received an email from his son Paul to say that he died suddenly last week aged 75.  His funeral will be at Woking Crematorium – details to follow later.

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Cycling UK AGM – Your Vote Counts!

Cycling UK (formerly CTC) has its AGM on 7th May in Derby. The motions to be voted on accompanied the April/May issue of Cycle magazine as a pull-out sheet. If your views on the way the club has been run over recent months tallies with those of your own West Surrey CTC Committee, you’ll probably feel compelled to vote. We hope you do! If you want to learn about the background to the motions, then you need to look at David Cox’s article in the magazine as well as the full Agenda in the magazine. Plus you should really also look at Standing Order 6 and also the ‘Orders in Council’ for which there is a URL link in the magazine. There are several ways to vote: please read the form carefully for full details. Briefly, these are as follows: (a) By post, remembering that you must return the form,

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Anne Milton MP Meets G-BUG 22nd April 2.30pm

The next meeting of G-BUG (Guildford Bike User Group) takes place on 22 April and local MP Ann Milton will be attending. You are welcome to attend – 22nd April 2.30pm at GBC Offices Meeting Room 5      

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100 mile / 100 kms Tri-Vet Rides with Fleet Cycling

Colin Waters writes… This year we are running our first ever open event and have chosen two Tri-Vet rides of 100 miles and 100 kilometres to be held on 19th June 2016.Information about the rides can be viewed here Briefly the 100 mile ride starts at 8.00 am from Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet and the 100 kilometre ride at 10.00 am. The rides will be led by our ride leaders in groups of about 10 entrants. Refreshments will be served at the end of the ride and gels/energy bars distributed at two points during the ride. Entry fee is £9.00 which includes the above refreshment but a hot lunch and beverage is extra at £6.00. We would be grateful if you could let your members know about the rides. Many thanks, Colin WatersSecretaryFleet address: 61 Victoria Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51

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Tour of the Hills Catering “gros fromage” – Replacement Needed for 2016!

The Tour of the Hills event, held yearly in August at Seale and brilliantly organised by Don Gray, is the major source of funding for the West Surrey CTC.  Such funding is essential as it allows our club to partially subsidise a wide variety of things which are dear to us, from the purchase of club shirts, an occasional CTC membership for a member in need, first aid training for ride leaders, refreshments at AGM or club events, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed assisting Don by organising the catering for the 160 plus riders we typically get but time for a change after 3 years in the job so this position of “Catering Big Cheese” will become vacant in 2016.  Not much to it: recruiting the best volunteers for the job (already a fantastic crew of 6 on hand!) purchasing the food a few days prior to the event and

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CTC Governance Matters.

I am currently in Japan.  Lynette and I have spent a couple of weeks visiting our son Mike and his family in Tokyo, but today we took a train south-west to the tip of the Izu peninsula and my plan for tomorrow is to hire a bike and explore some wild coastal scenery. Being away, I have yet to read the April ‘Cycle’ but I gather from facebook that it has generated a great deal of comment.  I hope the WSCTC Committee will consider the rebranding and the proposed governance changes and come up with a plan for action at the CTC AGM on 7 May.  I shall be going, and am more than happy to act as proxy for anyone who wishes to vote but cannot attend.  Instruct me how to vote on each agenda item, or leave it to my discretion, whichever you wish, but please, please vote. 

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