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done everyone - last Monday we raised a grand total of £570 for the air
ambulance. Thanks go to Rob and John for running the auction and the
£111 that has been added into the above total, being straight
donations. I had £5 earlier this year, but can't remember who from, so
apologies for that. Other donors, Bob J, Dave W, Tony D, Terry H,
Roger T(on behalf of Simon Pritchard). Added to that is the fact that
Bob bought one of the Christmas Hampers and it has been donated
direct to the Air ambulance for them to raise money with. Thanks to
Barry for providing his large jars of pickled onions - he wanted to
prepare them when he was in hospital, but was refused permission by the
medical staff, but he still managed to get them done in time. Thanks
must also go to Mary and John for their hampers, which raised some good
hard cash. Not forgetting all the donated items and those who bought
them - only a Rob, as auctioneer, could have waxed lyrical about some
of the items, just as though he was describing a Velo.
my visit to HQ last Thursday I learnt that all the motions on the
agenda paper for the last General Meeting were passed, with the
exception of the one regarding turning the Library into a trust.
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Very poor response so far for the Xmas dinner - if you intend to come,
please let us know. Don't forget the charity Auction on the 18th.
to say that it looks as if the Bristol Section will not be running the
South West Coast Run in 2020, as they could not find someone to
organise the event. Their section calendar is on our events page, at
We're now getting well into the "dinner jacket season", with runs just
about all but curtailed - our next is "The day after Boxing day run".
On the 26th Jean and I were at a lunch in Porthcawl with Howard and
Carol. Afterwards we paid a visit to Brian and Wynne - who send best
wishes to the section members. From Porthcawl we headed to Llandeilo
and the West South Wales Section annual dinner, where our Rob collected
the trophy that he won on the Saundersfoot.
Report on the Isle
of Wight Scurry is now in the Library under features.
Report on Saundersfoot
weekend now in the Library under features.
Latest HQ secretaries newsletter now on the button above, along with
the latest CMB newsletter.
date for 2020 is 31st May - moved from the third Sunday in June, as
that is father's day and the idea is to attract younger members who
feel unable to ride Banbury, when they feel that they need to spend
time with their fathers.
Some photos and notes from the recent Vale of Glamorgan event are now
on the Reports page.
week report now in the Library under features.
First Xmas dinner booking has come in - please don't forget.
just received an email from David Sheppard who tells me that his father
Roger Sheppard has passed away. Roger was the Section Treasurer from
1972 to 1977 when he and his family moved to East Anglia. David now has
his father's Douglas Mk4 and 1951 BSA Bantam.
VMCC Section Secretaries newsletter now on the above button. The end of
this week is the last call for entries for the Vale of Glamorgan road
event, do let Rob know if you intend to ride. Regs available on the
above link to events calendar. Sad news recently is the death of Bob
Fisher, the leading light in the West Wilts section and Midland area
rep. Bob supported the Dragon Tour through many years and was renowned
as the conductor during the sing along nights that we had.
A few pics from the Gloucester Classic Retro from last Saturday are now
on the Reports Page.
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Vale of Glam event on the 15th September - regs posted on the bottom of
the Events Calendar
page in the Lounge. Please enter early as the organisers will be in
Cornwall the week immediately before the event.
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Report on the Fish & Chip run now on the Reports page in the
New bike for sale in the Bar
Report on the Historic Tour now on the Reports page in the
Monday meeting on the 29th is the Fish & Chip run, 7pm from
the Mughal Emperor restaurant on Cowbridge Common. Food is organised at
Mansel's chippy Trecco bay, Porthcawl. Parking for the bikes is
arranged and all that is needed is to turn left in front of
chippy, between that and the outdoor tables, and park in the area
behind, which has plenty of hard standing. Three-wheelers can park on
the grass area in the car park opposite for free.
A short story titled "Three
men in a boat" now on the articles page in the Library -
curious? follow the link and have a bed time read.
Follow the Velo run report and photos now on the Reports page in the
New Spanish site for downloading manuals etc has been added to the Technical info page
in the Library - scroll down and find it linked as "Various makes". If
anyone spots any broken links - please let me know, so that I can fix
seems to be a certain amount of confusion over 'recovery' insurance
which is included in most old bike insurance policies. It would appear
that some recovery providers are refusing to attend if your bike does
not have an MOT, Green Flag being one such company. However, Green Flag
have since changed their minds and have now stated that they will
attend a breakdown for a vehicle that is MOT exempt. Footman James have
also stated that anyone with one of their policies is covered. It seems
that it's best to check what cover you have - just to be sure.
Another Director resigns - Raymond Albeson from Scotland has recently
the resignation of Geoff McGladdery as Chairman I believe we have lost
the only person who would have been capable of driving through the
changes necessary to address the Club's problems .... I feel that I
cannot continue as a Board Member
has to wonder just what are "the Club's problems", that only Geoff
McGladdery could fix.
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter is now on the VMCC HQ button
is coming - well, I know it's a bit early but we have the menu for our
Xmas dinner on the 16th Dec and the menu can be seen here.
The Club has a new caterer this year and I'm told his dinners so far
have been well up to standard. I shall get the order forms out a bit
later in the year.
A couple of photos of the BBQ are now on the reports page in the
I've just heard that the Club Chairman, Geoff McGladdery, has resigned
the Chair and his directorship - stating on Facebook:
is with great regret that, I have tendered my
resignation from the role as a director of the VMCC and thus as
Chairman of the
Board. I stood for the post with high hopes, supported by a detailed
(the 3 year plan). It is becoming increasingly clear that I will not be
achieve much of that manifesto as I have been unable to win the trust
backing of the Board and key staff members.
Rob is sending daily reports and some pics from Scarborough - have a
read on the 2019
Scarborough page in the Library. I hope to add Rob's photos
and notes as I get them.
Some notes and a few photos from bring a bike night - now on the Reports page
Some notes and a few pictures from the Banbury Run are now on the
Reports page in
Bring a bike night this evening.
meeting on the 1st July is the BBQ - please do make an effort to come
and bring wives, girlfriends etc - there'll be plenty to eat.
New HQ newsletter on the above button.
Report on the Dare Valley Park Gathering and the Seaside run are now on
the Reports page
in the Lounge.
Two new bikes for sale in the Bar.
Wednesdays ride out to the Victoria Inn took place on an evening when
the weather was not at all nice, still some 8 people managed
make it ok.
We've just returned home from Aberystwyth and the
Irish/Welsh weekend, It was not without incident and Howard and Carol
had to have their Lomax recovered after it blew a plug out at the Elan
Valley Visitor Centre. That evening during the gala dinner saw Howard
taken to hospital with some worrying symptoms. He was discharged at
5.30am on the Sunday but had to be taken back in a few hours later.
Howard and Carol are now home ok and H is recovering after the hospital
diagnosed his problem on the second visit, all caused by a complicated
list of ailments.
Meeting tonight - Seaside run entries are still
needed - don't forget the Gathering next Saturday at the Dare Valley
Country Park - 12 noon for a meet up.
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This evening's ride out is to the Victoria Inn, Siginstone and the
weather looks pretty dismal, so do come in your cars.
clearing out some stuff - covers everything does that word - I came
across one of the monthly newsletters that Bruce used to write when he
was the Chairman , have
if you fancy, it's the third one and is from April 1988. 31 years ago
now and it seems like only yesterday. Just click the link.