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20th February
All members have recently been sent a survey voting form with several options on the way forward for the club. A strategic response to that survey has been compiled by a number of 'long standing' members and it may help you in making a decision on whether to return the survey form or not - I haven't. The response document can be seen here.

6th February
I've just been informed that the Chairman, Bob Clark, has resigned and left the club. His resignation letter is quite lengthy and his final paragraph states:
The Club’s members will want to know why the Chair resigned.  Perhaps the good guys amongst those reading this message will win out over the bad ones and ensure members get to know the truth.  I have resigned because I have had enough. I stand bloodied and bowed, my spirit utterly broken by the vile-ness of the organisation I idolised for decades.  The Club’s future is partly now once again in the hands of the old guard, those who failed before.  And it is partly in the hands of those who stand on the sidelines shouting instructions, but who run a mile when asked to take on work and responsibility.  To the many of you at Section level who are decent people joined by a love of old bikes, I salute you and hope for your future in the hands of the blockers, the wreckers, the critics and the accusers who now hold power within the Club.  Stay well, and safe riding.

I must say that I object to the statement about the club being "in the hands of the old guard, those who failed before". I sat on the committee for 14 years and reckon that I did a good job.

20th January
Recently the Management Committee have put out a bulletin on the future of the club and where it should go. I circulated the paper to our committee, who's opinion, after reading the document, was that the current board couldn't run a bath, let alone the VMCC.
Do please have a read.
Since the circulation of the above, Roger Bibbings has penned a response, and a number of high profile members have endorsed the letter. Whilst my name is not attached, due to the fact that I was not given the opportunity, I would have happily added my name, although I do feel that the response is rather passive.

14th January
Sorry to say that Dave Danielson passed away this morning in hospital. Condolences to Gina and the family.

12th January
New For Sale and wanted in the Bar

9th January
The funeral for Dilys Hopes is next Tuesday and attendance is family only. Dave Danielsen was diagnosed with stomach cancer prior to Christmas and is currently at home.

7th January
Details of the West South Wales Section visit to Ireland in June are now on the calendar page - If you want any further information, please contact, Bill, Howard or Rob.

30th December
Again sadlly, I've been informed that Johnny Thomas from the West Wales Section passed away on the 27th. Not many would have known John, but I have known him fairly well for nearly 60 years. We have lost a real gent - condolences to Binks, Chris, Eirios and Morgan.

28th December
Sadly, I have just heard that Dilys, Terry Hopes' wife, has passed away in hospital this morning from coronavirus. Condolences to Terry and the family.

24th December
I've just heard that one of our long standing members, John Humphries from Barry, has passed away, aged 90, from coronavirus. We haven't seen John for some years due to ill health, but I have managed to kept in touch with him through emails. He owned a very rare Maico Typhoon scooter. Condolences go to John's family from us all. The following rather grainy photo shows John when he and Hugh Davies were manning our display at the Pontir Bike show in 1986:

Merry Christmas to all our members, keep safe.

21st December
We've just received the latest Bulletin from HQ and it is quite lengthy and contains some interesting information. If you fancy a bedtime read simply send me an email and I will forward a copy to you. I have also uploaded to the HQ portal, the main events on our calendar - in hope!!
Sorry to say that Terry H's wife, Dilys, has been hospitalized with the Corona-virus.

18th December
A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all. I trust that everyone is keeping well and avoiding the covid bug.
I've uploaded a Calendar page in the hope that we can start our meetings and events as soon as is possible, but please note that nothing will take place until a notification is placed on the Calendar page.

27th November
The website storage has now reached it's maximum and is slowing down, so in order to ensure that it loads faster, I have removed some of the older posts. There were quite a few going back to 2009. I've kept just the past 3 years online. If anyone wants access to older pages for photos etc, then I have retained all the copies and can forward them. 

26th November
Apologies for anyone who has tried to contact me recently as our phone line has been in and out of action for over two weeks, so only now am I trying to catch up, as things seem to have stabilised at last.
I'm told that there were 21 bikes at Pete Newton's funeral, which went off well.
Other news is that the NHS are taking over the Shepton Mallet, West of England show ground from December until the 21st April. The Bristol Classic Bike show has been tentatively pencilled in for July. The Somerset Section Autojumble, normally in February, has also been cancelled.

6th November
Peter's funeral is to take place at the Coychurch Crematorium on Thursday 12th November at 1.30pm. We have been asked if we can attend on bikes, where possible. The arrangements are to meet at Thunder Road Motorcycles at 1pm, so that we can all ride together.

2nd November
I've just heard that one of our members, Peter Newton has passed away:

The latest CMB magazine is now on the button above.

12th October
As most will know there is a VMCC forum, for members to interact with each other. Against my better judgement, I joined and found some of the posts interesting, however, there was an atmosphere of "don't dare to question the management" and I was rebuked for simply asking how many redundancies were there to be at HQ. Today, I have received information about a second forum that has been set up to be able to discuss the management of the club in a more open manner - details here, if you wish to join, just follow the link in the document.