Notices and website changes

Latest Newsletters from:

27th June
A report and a few photos of the run to the Dean Forest Railway on the 22nd are now on the Reports page in the Lounge.

24th June
Rob's report and some photos on Scarborough week are now on the Reorts page in the Lounge.

20th June
Entry form and details for the Saundersfoot weekend are now at the bottom of the Calendar page in the Lounge. A few photos from Banbury are also on the reports page

18th June
New bike for sale in the Bar

14th June
Last night was bring a bike night and a short report is in the Lounge on the Reports page. April edition of the CMB mag is now on the above button.

10th June
A Wednesday mid week run has been organised for the 22nd June. Start from the Nantgarw Multiplex at 10am sharp for a run to the Dean Forest Railway.
Reports on the Cheddar weekend, Black Mountain event and the Ireland visit are at last on the reports page in the Lounge. Apologies for being slow in reporting on these events. Rob J and John F are currently in Scarborough, so I hope for a few pictures from them. Banbury run next weekend - and if you've never been, do try and get there, as it's a super day out with nearly 500 pre-1930 motor cycles and a huge auto-jumble. I'm one of the concours judges for the event, so will be mega busy all day.

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.