Notices and website changes
(Section Diamond Jubilee year - formed in April 1961)

Latest Newsletters from:

11th May
I have received some notes regarding the recent club AGM and they make some harrowing reading. For sure there is a desperate need to return the club to being a motorcycle club, as all control has now been wrestled away from the membership, leaving no grounds for members to input opinions etc. Please, Please read this report.

29th April
There are some extreme concerns, see item below from our area rep, over the article changes proposed for the AGM.
Please read this letter and vote, on-line, against the proposed changes. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

15th April
I'm postponing my talk on Charlie Sgonina, scheduled for Monday, as I really need the large screen in the main hall for a slide show and, no response has been forthcoming to my query regarding when the main hall will be available for use. Please watch this space.

13th April
Mid 50's Sunbeam for sale in the bar - needs some TLC, the bike is in Penarth.

11th April
Reports page now updated with a report on yesterdays successful Spring run. Black Mountain run details now on the events calendar page.

Section concern from our Area Rep

For most members the monthly journal or magazine is our only source of information about club direction, with progress apparently looking very good. However the magazine does not give the whole picture particularly the dire financial situation we are facing with heavy losses for the third consecutive year.

As an Area Rep for nearly four years and along with the other elected reps we have repeatedly tried to engage with the Directors in open debate with Section concerns. As a group we have never been made welcome and we seem to be regarded as an irritant.

Currently the Area Reps have the option subject to a majority vote to insist on a meeting with the Directors to discuss serious concerns. Should agreement not be reached the Area Reps have the option to call for an EGM.

At the forthcoming AGM and elections you will be asked to vote to remove this option from the Area Reps.

If this vote is carried then it begs the question, ”should Sections stay in the VMCC?”.

Sections as we know are the beating heart of the club, full of dedicated volunteers who deserve sound representation.

Sections thrive on open debate and transparency and as far as I know do not lose money.

Please look at items 11and 12(15 and 16, if you follow the "VOTE here" link below) on the voting form which I will be voting against. I would ask you to do the same and Vote Against. First and foremost this is a club which must be run by the members for the members. This is your club so ask for more detailed discussion rather than accept an autocratic edict from the Board.

AGENDA - here
VOTE here

3rd April
The GWENT section - have a "ride in" on every 1st Wednesday of each month, to arrive around 11am, at the Baffle Haus cafe, which is about 1 mile south of Llanover on the A4042 road from Pontypool to Abergavenny - on the right if approaching from Pontypool. Post Code NP4 0AD.

30th April
We're informed by the Llanharry club that food, in the shape of a curry night, will be available for our next meeting on the 4th April - our quiz night.  Sorry, but I don't know the cost at the moment, but am sure that it will be reasonable. We have 15 servings on order, so please come hungry and enjoy the evening.

24th March
I'm told that Pete Merrick is at last home after a 9 week hospital stay. He is getting around on crutches and I'm sure we all wish him a good and speedy recovery.

22nd March
Reminder for John Lewis' funeral at the Barry Crematorium - this coming Friday the 25th at 13.00.

22nd March
Please note that the Spring run has been postponed to the 10th April, all due to Bob's workload. Same time, 10.30am, and place, Llanharry club.
Details of the Isle of Wight Scurry are now on the events calendar page, at the bottom. Entry form is to follow - let me know if you're interested in the event and when I am sent an entry form I can copy it on.

11th March
Two date changes to note - the quiz night will be on the 4th April and the "Follow the velo run" will now be on Sunday 24th July

2nd March
The funeral for John Lewis is on Friday the 25th March at 1pm at Barry crematorium. Contact me if you need directions.

24th February
I'm sad to have to report that John Lewis passed away this morning. Funeral details will follow. John has not been seen at club for a number of years as he has been fighting the onset of Parkinsons. Condolences to his wife, Jean.

Picture showing John and Jean Lewis who rode their A65 from South Wales to the ACE Cafe reunion in 2007. They were presented with a trophy, which John is holding. The person behind them is James Hewing, who was the club General Manager at the time. Over the past few years John has been using a Honda Shadow Trike and he and Dave Cooper ably ran the Seaside run for a number of years.

12th February
Entry forms for the Cheddar weekend in April and the Cornwall week in September are now on the events calendar page at the bottom.

7th February
LARA are supporting the fight against the closure of a by-way in Cornwall - this is important and there is a crowd funding page looking for support. Please contribute, if you can. Firstly, read about the problem here.

1st February
I have heard that Pete M has come off his scooter after skidding on ice, and has broken his ankle. The last I heard was that he was in the Heath Hospital.

26th January
Our AGM last Monday was completed successfully. Many thanks go to John Fisher and Geoff Harris, who have both been active committee members and have now left the committee. Whilst a big welcome to Mike Eytner and Andy Whitely who have joined. Bob J as Chairman, Bryn T as Vice Chair, Howard J as Secretary and Bill P as treasurer. Bob is to continue as the section scribe and needs some photos please that he can include with his reports. Andy has volunteered to take on the organising of the Fish & Chip run and the Vale of Glamorgan road event.
There is a new bike for sale in the bar - and a very good van, if you're interested.

22nd January
We have just received Some sad news - Willy de Hoog from Antwerp passed away yesterday. He and Mady, his wife, have been friends of a number of us for some time. The photo to the left I took in Antwerp when we all stopped for a beer when riding the "Early Riders" weekend. Willy certainly looked after us all when we were there and he rode most of our Dragon Tours and was usually seen on the Scarborough and Cornish week long events.

17th January
I'm told that George Egan, a former section member, passed away during the first week of January. His funeral is at Coychurch Crematorium on the 27th January at 13.15 and afterwards at the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. Sincere condolences to Gill and the family.

4th January
Does anyone know the whereabouts of a Vincent comet - reg no OPE836 - sold to someone, thought to be a John, who lived near Cardiff. Please let me know if you have any leads.

28th December
With only four names on the list for the proposed bus trip to Sammy Millers Museum, it is obvious that we cannot justify organising the event so it has been cancelled.
I have uploaded our events calendar for 2022, but please note there is a shortage of volunteers to organise some of the runs and events, so keep an eye on the calendar as some of our runs etc may well be cancelled. Those events have a "no organiser" in bold type against them.
The next meeting in Llanharry will be a Noggin & Natter on the 10th January - please make an effort to attend. Happy New Year to everyone.

14th December
A few notes and photos of our Christmas Dinner and prize giving are now on the reports page.

11th December
And now for a little Xmas story - anyone seen this on Facebook:

Followed up with

Someone spotted the fake and gave Phillip Tooth a mention as well.