Welcome to the first issue of ClubShorts of 2013. I hope the poor weather has not meant the postponement of too many of your rides. Perhaps you took the opportunity to enjoy some indoor activities instead such as visiting the London Bike Show or planning your riding year? Julie Rand, Member Group Coordinator
Many happy returns
We have now completed the audit of all the Annual and Financial Returns sent in by CTC Member Groups. With minor exceptions, the documentation has been received at National Office with very few delays or queries. Chair of CTC Council David Cox said: "Many, many thanks to all our Member Group Secretaries and Treasurers for getting your annual returns and financial accounts in on time. This is probably our best year in the 134-year history of CTC, with a 99% return rate. This is a great help in finalising CTC accounts and enabling the audit process. I really appreciate your voluntary effort on behalf of your fellow members. Happy cycling in 2013." We have now updated the Member Group map on our website to show all the formal Member Groups with their contact details. It is hoped to add the informal groups also but to do so, we will need their contact details and the coordinates of the area the group covers, if available.
Bob Kynaston 1940-2013
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Bob Kynaston on 18 January, after a short illness. Bob had been a CTC member for over 50 years, and the driving force behind the Tourist Competition for nearly 20 of those years. He was also a stalwart of West London CTC for a long time. Bob’s death means the Tourist Competition will be on hold for the time being until a volunteer is found to take over the work of coordinating it. Cards, emails and donations to MacMillan Cancer Relief or Cancer UK regarding Bob may be forwarded to CTC to pass on to his family. He will be greatly missed by his wide circle of friends and cycling colleagues.
Needing to meet
The next meeting of the Member Group Steering Group will take place in London on Thursday 7 February. Items on the agenda include the annual returns process; events; communications; policies; and regional managers’ updates. Also on the agenda will be the proposed networking event for Member Groups and affiliated clubs at the AGM in North Yorkshire in May. Ideas for workshops so far include: protecting children and vulnerable adults; finance and insurance; and sharing best practice – how to attract new members to your Group. This also will be the chance to meet your fellow CTC Member Groups as well as staff from CTC National Office.
Try a Tri-Vets
This year sees the running of the Triennial Veterans’ rides. So far, 17 Member Groups and affiliated clubs have signed up to take part. The rides are 100-mile ‘century’ rides that take place every three years. Participants must be 50 years of age or over and the ride must take no longer than 12 hours; all events must be held between 1-30 June 2013. For your event to be included within the Apr/May issue of 'Cycle', details should be submitted no later than 1 February.
Would you welcome a printed Cyclists Welcome?
A few years ago, CTC published a yearly handbook of accommodation for cyclists. Nowadays, there is a free online directory called Cyclists Welcome. Now, CTC is considering reproducing in paper format a guide that would also include information about local groups in the area. This guide would be available to non-members, as well as CTC members, for a fee. We need to gauge interest in such a project before going ahead so would like to know your thoughts.
Where's there a wheel?
The old symbol for CTC-approved accommodation was the cast iron winged wheel symbol. Many of these can still be seen on walls of hotels, pubs and private residences, although some are hidden. You may be interested to know that Keith Matthews, who runs the Winged Wheel website, has now plotted all the known sightings of the historic signs on a Google map so you can zoom in and see the actual buildings they are on. Maybe you know of an unlisted one?
You may be wondering what to do with all extra cycling socks you got for Christmas. But spare a thought for Karl Baxter of Poole, who bought 10,000 copies of Lance Armstrong’s The Science of Cycling DVDs. After paying £1 each for them, the businessman was hoping to sell them on for £3 – but now fears they are actually worthless!
In the event
With the passing of Bob Kynaston, event registration will be done via National Office until a volunteer can be found to take it over. Eventually, it is hoped that all events will be able to be uploaded online automatically. If you have an event for 2013 to register, please complete the event registration form that you can download from our website and return it to me. If it is an event that ran last year, please tick all the changes for this year, which will make the task easier.
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