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For those interested the Western Region Road Trials Championship, the results can be seen here - all in Excel spreadsheet format. Quite a few of our members are in the lists, with trophies won as class runner-ups, by:
Bruce and Di - Post Vintage
Rob Jones - Post war
Bill and Jean - 3 wheeler
photos from the Levis cup trial of our members are now on the reports
page in the Lounge. New CMB magazine now on the button above. Film
night next Monday.
HQ newsletter is now on the above button. Also included with the
newsletter are copies of the five year plan. Download version one here - download version two here.
Any comments can be passed back to the Chairman via HQ. If you haven't
had enough of that then you can have a read of the latest proposed
amendments to the club By-laws here. The changes are in italics and they are a bit haphazard, I must say.
New bike for sale in the bar and a report on the recent Isle of Wight Scurry - now in the Library on the features page.
New bike for sale in the bar.
Some notes and photos of the Saundersfoot weekend are now on the Reports Page in the Lounge.
Vale of Glamorgan event report, results and photos, now on the Reports page in the Lounge. Next meeting on Mondaythe 27th, followed by the wednesday evening rideout to the Creigiau Inn on the 29th.
of Glamorgan event tomorrow first away from the Llanharry club at 11am
- if you haven't entered then turn up tomorrow and enter on the day.
The grape vine has it that John F is to sell his Bond Bug, so if you
fancy something different, contact John.
photos added to the Roof of Wales report on the Reports Page, many
thanks to Steve T. Don't forget the Chairmans run this coming Sunday -
meet 10am for a 10.30am start at the Mountain Cafe.
A few notes on the Roof of Wales run are now on the Reports page. Anyone got some photos?
CMB magazine is now available on the above button. Don't forget the
"Roof of Wales" Run this coming Sunday . It includes a free BBQ at
around the halfway point. Also - entries are desperately needed for the
Vale of Glamorgan event - regs at the bottom of the calendar page in the Lounge.
I now have a copy of the minutes from the Area Reps meeting, so if you're interested, just ask, and I'll pass you a copy.
Report on yesterdays "Historic Tour" now on the Reports page.
Don't forget the Wednesday evening rideout on the 25th - venue? the Red Lion in Bonvilston.
Mondays clubnight is the Fish and Chip run - 7pm from the car park on
the south side of the A48, outside the Indian restaurant - NOT at the
old cafe, where we used to meet. F&C back in the clubhouse, after
the ride, at £5 per head.
Reports on the Follow the Velo run and Ireland visit with the West South Wales Section are now on the reports page in the Lounge. Don't forget Geoff's "Historic Tour" this coming Sunday - leaves at 10.30am from the Caerphilly Mountain cafe.
Vale of Glamorgan entry form etc now on the events calendar page at the bottom.
nights BBQ went off very well, especially as the weather was very good.
We had two new members attend, which was a real positive. We
were down on numbers a bit at something like 40 odd, but much of
the grub went, which means that I don't have to eat burgers for the
next two weeks.
Some of us are off to Ireland on Friday, so
this is a reminder for the "Follow the Velo" run on Sunday the 15th -
10.00 am meet at the Caerphilly Mountain Cafe for a 10.30 start.
came to my notice in the past couple of days that there is, in
existence, a so-called "five year plan" for the club. It has not been
well distributed and I had to ask the Chairman for a copy - find it here.
He needs responses within the next ten days, which gives very little
time - so please read it and pass any comments direct to Pat on his
email here. I must say that I
find much of the historical analysis incorrect and it would appear that
it is obviously based on much of the agitation that a small group
within the club have carried out over the years. Then there's our
President, who openly stated at the AGM that his position was
'apolitical' and who is not following that line at all. The plan also
seems to be suggesting an 'area' event - just as we held at the Dare
Country park in June - what amazing planning. It would appear that
there has been two consultative exercises - I remember one only, but
may well have 'missed' the other. Personally I see little in this five
year plan to cheer me up concerning the management of the club. The
management structure is dire at the moment - we don't seem to elect our
directors any more and likewise our area reps, let alone their deputies.
Final episode of Rob's Scarboro report now in the Library. BBQ next Monday - please don't forget, we need you.
Scarborough report updated daily, as I get reports and photos from "our man oop North"
Rob has been sending in reports and photos from Scarborough and I've compiled them on a new Scarborough report page in the Library. More will be added, on a daily basis, as Rob sends the pics and notes.
Latest HQ Section Secretaries newsletter in now on the button above.
Some photos and a few notes from the Banbury Run now on the Reports Page.
After the news that Cefn Carnau Lane was re-opened I got a bike out and
took my camera for a ride. The lane at each end is still
marked as "No through road", but the gates have gone and
the lane has been cleared of debris and patched up very well.
The important bit is where the Nant-y-pwyntel stream used to ford the
road and I found that "proper" culverts had been put in. All of which
indicated that the opening was not a short term measure. The VMCC and
TRF can take a pat on the back for the six year effort to get the road
super news - after a six year campaign by two of our members
one from the Trail Riders Fellowship, the dear old Caerphilly
council have repaired Cefn Carnau Lane and removed the gates and
re-opened the road last night. The council had 3 x 18 month
TTROs(Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders) in place from time to time
over the past six years and gated the road with the stated intention of
permanently closing it. Despite numerous letters to the council and the
Welsh Office, objecting to the councils actions, the last letter that I
had from the council stated that they were repairing the road and that
it would be re-opened soon. That I didn't believe, as I've had a lot of
'fobbing-off' rubbish quoted to me by the council in the past and, in
fact, Paul D squeezed his Tiger cub through the gates to ride the lane
and found nothing being done at all after I posted my note, dated the
11th May, below. It seems that it was a final letter from counsel that
tipped the scales. Lousy weather, as I write this, but tomorrow - the
sun is out and I shall get a bike out and go for a ride with my camera.
A few notes and pics on the "Great Gathering" and Black Mountain event
are on the Reports page.
Something to note
- whilst at the Dare Country Park someone canvassed us all with details
of the Three Cocks Show on the 12th August. The entry form contained a
declaration that you had to sign that you accept the conditions of
entry. One of those conditions that you are agreeing to is
exhibitors should carry appropriate Public Liability Insurance for
their exhibit". Your road legal insurance covers you for that, of
course, whilst the bike is in motion, but you wil not be covered as a
static exhibit, yet you have stated that you are covered by entering.
In fact it is the organisers who need to have PL cover for the whole
show and they should not try to shift the requirement and cost on to
the exhibitors, which many organisers do in the hope that any problems
are not theirs and that they do not have to pay out for PL insurance.
This is something that the VMCC flagged up years ago - hence the Yellow
Permit insurance, that we run our events under. So if you see a show
organiser asking you to declare that you have PL insurance - my advice
is avoid the event like the plague - because - guess who they'll point
the finger at, if a problem occurs whilst your bike is a static exhibit.
More for sale in the Bar, including a very good Lomax.
Don't forget the "Gathering" this coming Saturday - arrive around noon
at the Dare Country Park, Aberdare.
Latest CMB magazine on the above button.
Seaside run report now on the Reports
page in the Lounge.
entries for the Seaside run and we could do with more please - see you
on the day in Penarth. The weather promises to be good for the whole
Back in 1994 a Leslie Jenkins applied to HQ to set up a
section in Bridgend. That was only a mere 10 miles from where we were
meeting at that time and we objected, so the Bridgend VMCC section did
not get off the ground. All a bit of a shame that they did not want to
attend our meetings or discuss matters with us. Consequently, Les
Jenkins set up the Bridgend and District British Motorcycle
I notice that OBM, this month, reports that the club has disbanded due
to dwindling membership. However, it's always a shame when a club
closes. Several of us have given them talks over the years and we have
sent invites to our events.
don't forget the Wednesday evening rideout to the Victoria Inn, on the
30th. There was a very poor turnout last month at the Black Cock Inn.
final call for entries for the Seaside Run this coming Sunday - just
email details to me by Wednesday and you can pay on the day. Entries on
the day, however, have an entry fee of £10, so if you intend to come,
let me know quickly please.
from the 25th May the GDPR regulations, regarding privacy, come into
force and they have an impact on this website. Photgraphs are
considered to be 'personal data' and any photographed individual needs
to give their written consent for any photo that they are in, to be
on this website. The best way to achieve this is via a photography
release form. This must be signed and include a clear indication of how
the photos are going to be used. That is difficult and a near enough
impossibility in some cases - for example, the need to
get the written permission from each individual in a group photo, even
more so when members of the public are milling around in the
Consequently, site visitors need to be aware that under
article 17(the right to erasure) any photograph that they appear in, if
they wish it to be deleted , then all they have to do is email the
web-admin, as listed on the office
page, and the request for deletion will be dealt with as
quickly as possible.
Entry form and details of the Isle of Wight Scurry are available to
download from the bottom of the events
calendar page in the Lounge.
Latest Section Secretaries newsletter now on the button above.
South West Coast Run report on the Reports
page in the Lounge.
May - Cefn Carnau Lane to re-open?
Over the past 6 years, Ken Griffiths and myself have been dealing with
Caerphilly CBC over the continued closure of Cefn Carnau Lane. This is
the road that runs from the top of Caerphilly Mountain on the
A469(Thornhill road) down to Van Road on the east side of Caerphilly.
If you take the road towards Cardiff from the Mountain Cafe
after a right hand bend, Cefn Carnau Lane is on the left. Over the past
year we have received support from the Trail Riders
Fellowship to get the road
re-opened. Two days ago, I received a reply to my last letter which
ended with the statement that "the Highways Operation Team are
currently carrying out a range of maintenance works within the lane to
enable the road to be re-opened as soon as possible". At present the
lane is barred with gates at each end and I would be obliged if anyone
passing could look to see if the gates are still there - please let me
know, one way or the other.
These are the photos of each gate:
Latest CMB magazine is now on the button above.
The Management Committee have put out a strategy document for members
to comment on - that's up to you. Read the document here.
thanks to Rob J for his report and photos, not forgetting the manning
of our Relay Rally checkpoint at Tintern. Report on the Reports page in the