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.

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 a forum automatically subscribes you to that forum (as well as letting you post to it).

I’m fairly sure that’s how it works, but if I’ve got some detail a bit wrong I hope our Webmaster will provide a correction.

Please note that ‘Latest News’ and the Blog are intended for official stuff.  The Forum is the place where unofficial posts may appear.


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 decisions made recently, each of them reducing member benefits such as the redundancy of the Technical Officer. They also drew attention to the lack of communication from CTC nationally including, quite shockingly, the complete absence of any proper appreciation of the contribution made by Chris Juden, the former Technical Officer, over so many years. It was a pleasure for Laurie and myself to speak on the two resolutions put forward by David Wood and Angela Byrne, who unfortunately were unable to attend.

The specific motions opposed by Council were rejected, albeit with substantial minority support, but the West Surrey committee motion was upheld having been supported by Council – after all they could hardly say they were opposed to exercising their responsibility in determining their strategy for CTC.

Other members present remarked that we as a Centre had certainly got our act together and were able to present a cogent argument. We struck no killer blow, but it would require a very feeble Council, or one with a complete lack of self-awareness, not to realise that in future they have to demonstrate both that they are

responsible for strategy, and communicate clearly to members the reasons behind key decisions affecting the future of our own Club.


John Murdoch

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.

Phil Gasson – new ride leader

John Murdoch welcoming Phil Gasson as a new ride leaderWith 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