Update on changes to CTC South Hampshire
Many of you will be aware of potential changes to the structure of CTC South Hampshire (CTCSH) and will have seen from “Cycle” that Winchester CTC (WCTC) wishes to become a formal group.
The following message from John Spiers (SHCTC Chairman) has been emailed to current CTC members outlining proposed changes to South Hampshire CTC.
This update provides a brief background and a summary of the proposals. More information is available from current contacts and the website www.southhampshirectc.org.uk
Please be assured that we are keen to keep the changes as simple as possible. We wish to build on what we currently have and continue the cooperation between individual groups in the current CTCSH area.
We cannot cover everything in a short update and if you have any questions, please contact me or a group contact.
Earlier this year, CTC HQ advised CTCSH that it considered the financial arrangements instituted by CTCSH in 2011 – with sub-accounts for Winchester and Southampton - did not comply with the current CTC Policy Document. It indicated that the two informal groups within CTCSH must become formal groups. WCTC convened a meeting of its committee and decided to become a formal group. CTC HQ subsequently modified its position and would have allowed a continuation of the status quo albeit with constraints. However, WCTC decided that this “reprieve” was likely to be temporary and it preferred to take action now.
Winchester CTC (WCTC)
WCTC submitted a formation notice to CTC HQ and this has appeared in Cycle. The formation meeting will be on Wednesday 9th October (7.30 pm) at the Baptist Church Hall, Swan Lane, Winchester SO23 7AA. Full details, including postcode coverage and draft rules will be posted on the new WCTC website at www.winchesterctc.org.uk and the current CTCSH website at www.southhampshirectc.org.uk
South Hampshire CTC (CTCSH)
The CTCSH committee subsequently met and acknowledged Winchester’s decision. Following a discussion on the future South Hampshire, the committee agreed that this was a decision for members but expressed a preference for the name South Hampshire CTC to be retained as a marketing brand for the two groups. It also suggested that members of the current Southampton Sunday and the Hares and Tortoises should be invited to discuss a future group based on Southampton and Romsey. This meeting was held and proposed that these two groups should form the nucleus of a revised CTCSH formal group with a working title of Southampton and Romsey CTC (SRCTC) and an amended area of operation. This avoids the necessity for this group to set up formally as a new member group.
As a result, the following proposals will be put to the AGM of CTCSH on Thursday 10th October (7.30 pm) at the Romsey Conservative Club:
1) CTCSH acknowledges Winchester’s decision to become a formal Member Group and wishes it every success.
2) The name of CTCSH to be changed to a working title of Southampton and Romsey CTC (SRCTC) – the new group is considering a competition for a new name.
3) The area of operation of SRCTC to be changed to reflect the new area of operation
4) The current funds of CTCSH to be shared equally between the WCTC & SRCTC.
The AGM will then consider other motions, elect officers for SRCTC and consider AOB.
Areas of Operation of SRCTC and WCTC (Postcodes)
The two new groups (SRCTC and WCTC) will have core areas of operation and areas of overlap. The overlaps are in the centre of the current CTCSH catchment area as these members often ride with Southampton, Romsey or Winchester or a mixture of all three. You can, of course ride with any group.
Joint Services under the banner of South Hampshire CTC
CTCSH has operated joint services and it makes sense to continue some of these.
WCTC has set up a new website (www.winchesterctc.org.uk) and it is likely that SRCTC will do the same. After a transition period, www.southhampshirectc.org.uk will become a marketing platform for the promotion of activities likely to attract a wider audience. It will also have clear links to the 2 new websites.
CTCSH currently produces a printed Events Programme that is distributed to bike shops, libraries, etc. and is available to members by post or from the website. We hope to maintain a combined printed version for the two groups that can also be downloaded from the CTCSH website and the websites of each group.
CTCSH currently organises open events: In future, events will be organised by WCTC or SRCTC but marketed jointly on the CTCSH website. Hopefully each group will provide logistical support to the other e.g. marshals.
Right to Ride campaigners are appointed by CTCHQ. Local campaigners already cooperate extensively, including with campaigners in Portsmouth and North Hampshire.
Saturday Riders Google Group
There is currently a combined Google Group for the Winchester Easy/Intermediate and the Romsey Hares &Tortoises groups. The future of this Group will be the subject of discussion. There will also be discussions on the best ways to communicate with members and which channels are appropriate.
As indicated at the start, this update can only cover the main points and if you are uncertain about anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Chairman CTC South Hampshire
The following abbreviations are used in this document:
SRCTC Southampton and Romsey CTC