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Dear All       

I know that we were all very sorry to learn of the illnesses of Joyce and of Leon and that we wish them both the speediest of recoveries.

Forgetting to do things? People keep reassuring me that you don’t have to be old (though I think it helps!) to forget   to do things you meant to.  One thing I meant to say in the last newsletter  – but forgot – was on this very subject

At the AGM Julian reported that about a dozen people who had been members in 2015 had not renewed their subscription this year. Now, no doubt some of those were folk who for one reason or another really don’t  want to rejoin – but the list of “non-renewers” that Julian gave us at the AGM included some names that were surprising given that they belonged to people who could reasonably be considered as “regulars” on our rides.  My belief is that in some cases at least the explanation is simply that those concerned forgot  to send in their subs (in spite of my frequent reminders in these newsletters!).   It may even be the  case – it’s happened to me enough times in other contexts – that they may not be sure whether they have renewed or not.

So, what to do?   I’ll repeat Julian’s message from earlier in the year and attach the form.   If you can’t remember whether you did or didn’t I’m sure Julian will be happy to confirm – or otherwise – if you email or phone him.

The subscription is unchanged at £8, all of which will be passed on to the National Clarion Cycling Club as in 2015.

Prompt payment would appreciated.  Membership ceases if payment is not received.

Please complete the form attached with this newsletter and return it to me at the address on the form.

If you prefer to pay by BACS, details of which are shown on the form, please use your surname as reference.

We’ve always scheduled our rides for Sundays and will no doubt continue to do so generally but please note that the next ride is on Saturday 16 April, so that it links up with the ride already planned by the London section (and,incidentally, avoids any problems that might be caused by the Brighton Marathon

Future Rides

Jim’s ride planning meeting seems to have been a great success with a very decent attendance and lots of ideas for possible rides during the next weeks.  That’s terrific and suggests that we ought to have more such meetings in the future

But we don’t want to cut out other people who don’t attend but may well also have rides in mind. As I said in my google-group message, planning meetings are fine as long as they don’t pre-empt other people volunteering when they want to. So I will continue to operate on the ‘first come first served’ basis.  As soon as anyone emails me with a definite offer to lead a ride, it’s theirs – whether they have conferred with other people or not.  It won’t be pre-empted by what’s discussed at any meeting.   So if you want to claim one of the ride dates – whether or not you attended the meeting last evening – please e

Sean and Jim also suggest that some of us might be interested in the following.

Going Backwards on Climate Change cycle ride (Climate Kilometre)

8th May 6:15am @ Preston Park, south end, Brighton – Arrive 11am in Westminster.

Join Climate Kilometre on May 8th and ride to London to take part in the Going Backward on Climate Change March, Whitehall. It”s time to tell David Cameroon and his cabinet- No more UK backtracking on climate! We demand an effective and coherent climate policy now.

The ride is from Brighton to London (60 miles) and involves road, cycle ways and gravel. Some fitness and a reliable road bike are essential.

For more info, contact Steve: steve1.moses@me.com

Don’t forget – the next ride is on a Saturday!

Ian

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