and website changes
(Section Diamond Jubilee year - formed in April 1961)
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REGS AND ENTRY FORMS, WHERE AVAILABLE, CAN BE FOUND AT
THE BOTTOM OF
THE EVENTS CALENDAR
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.
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.
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.
Mid 50's Sunbeam for sale in the bar - needs some TLC, the bike is in Penarth.
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
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.
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
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.
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 - hereVOTE here
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.
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.
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
Reminder for John Lewis' funeral at the Barry Crematorium - this coming Friday the 25th at 13.00.
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
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
The funeral for John Lewis is on Friday the 25th March at 1pm at Barry crematorium. Contact me if you need directions.
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.
Entry forms for the Cheddar weekend in April and the Cornwall week in
September are now on the events
calendar page at the bottom.
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
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
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
There is a new bike for sale in the bar
- and a very good van, if you're interested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
next meeting in Llanharry will be a Noggin & Natter on the 10th
January - please make an effort to attend. Happy New Year to everyone.
A few notes and photos of our Christmas Dinner and prize giving are now
on the reports page.
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.