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New cafe opened near Churt

Enclosed details of a new cafe opened near Churt [on the road between the Bell and Dragon pub and Churt crossroads pub.

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Tour of the Hills – plea for marshals, and an enticement

The Tour of the Hills takes place in just over a week’s time, on Sunday 16th August.  It is our première event of the year, and even though the entry fee remains remarkably low, it remains a very important event for us, enabling us to make a profit and pay for so many things through the year for the benefit of all members.  I am still short of marshals for the event, so I would urge members to volunteer now in order that this event can take place, and be at the high standard that has been set over the years.  You will not be committed to man a control all day, there are specific opening and closing times, dependent on the final number of entries.  If you can help out, please e-mail me asap on; thank you. It may be that some potential marshals would like to ride

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Comments on ‘Subscribe to the Forum’

For those who are interested, there have been some comments on my recent post ‘Subscribe to the Forum’, but someone has suggested that they will not have generated automatic emails which will draw your attention to them and that such an email is desirable.  Hence this post;  I apologise if you consider it to be unnecessary.

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Subscribe to the Forum

I am organising a couple of things which are not part of WSCTC’s formal programme – they are not on the Rides List.  I have posted information about them on the the WS Forum, but have recently become aware that most members neither look at it regularly nor are subscribers (for email notifications), so they are not aware of the ride to the seaside I am organising this Sunday nor of my tour in S France in September. WSCTC currently has two forums, ‘Discussions’ and ‘For Sale and Wanted’.  If you already have a WSCTC user name and password you can log in and then, at the top of each forum page you will find a ‘Subscribe’ hyperlink.  (If you are already subscribed it will say ‘Unsubscribe’ instead.)  Otherwise you can go to either Forum page and find the ‘Register’ section at the foot of the left-hand column.  Registering for

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National AGM

The AGM of the CTC took place in London last weekend, and three members of the West Surrey committee (Mark Waters, Laurie Mutch and myself) attended, as well as Chris Jeggo and Juden.   We were there as all four of the contentious motions that had been tabled were proposed by either West Surrey Members personally, or on behalf of the Club. It is therefore entirely appropriate to report on proceedings for the benefit of West Surrey members. We did not go with any great expectations, and that was a good job, for otherwise we would have been disappointed. However, our primary aim of raising awareness of our very firm view that CTC is now effectively run by the Chief Executive, instead of how it should be, as per the Articles, by the Council, comprising Councillor selected by members, was most certainly achieved. Our members own resolutions focused on the key

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Local CTC member rides the Tour de France

A local and long time member of CTC, Ciaran Doran, is currently riding with Geoff Thomas (and Lance Armstrong for two days, although the less said about that the better) on the charity event that involves riding the full route of the Tour de France, but one day ahead of the professionals. He is raising money for Cure Leukaemia, and members may wish to look at Ciaran’s blog at and perhaps also contribute to this most deserving charity. Ciaran lives in Guildford and I understand that he has occasionally ridden with the Sunday Riders, so clearly Clive has trained him well for such an immense challenge.

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Phil Gasson – new ride leader

With the increasing popularity of the Midweek Wayfarers rides, there is a need to ensure that there are sufficient ride leaders available every Wednesday.  This is a responsible job, although personally one which I find very enjoyable as well, and thankfully a number of experienced riders have volunteered their services in the past few months. The latest recruit is Phil Gasson, and I had the great pleasure of formally welcoming him as a new ride leader at the start of yesterday’s ride.  I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I do, Phil. John Murdoch

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National AGM – final chance to vote by proxy

The National AGM is to be held this Saturday, 18th July.  This year there are some important motions that have been put forward, and I would particularly draw your attention to Motion 8, which has been proposed by Mark Waters (Chairman) and seconded by myself, and is presented by the committee on behalf of West Surrey, after much discussion with members. The gist of the motion is that we believe that CTC Council have been emasculated by a Chief Executive who has strong views, and no longer exercise their responsibility in setting the strategic direction of CTC.  The “direction of travel” of CTC can very clearly be shown by the reduction in what we might call member services e.g. provision of Touring Officer and Technical Officer.  It is very clear from the CTC regulations that it is the Council who should set the strategic direction, and leave the Chief Executive

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Reliability Rides ~ 19 July 2015

A new start point has been arranged for the 100 & 75 mile Reliability Rides which will be ridden next Sunday. Find full details on the Events page or see this PDF:  100 & 75 mile Reliability Rides Entry Form and Info#1~2015 A route sheet, map and GPX track will be uploaded on to the Events page within the next few days.

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Sunday 31 May Audax events

On Sunday 31st May our club is organising three audax events from Elstead village hall: the Stonehenge 200k, the Danebury 150k and the Elstead 100k. See the Audax UK website for more details. Entries are accepted on the day. Thanks and regards, Nick

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