Plainly, I was being a bit too optimistic when I scheduled a possible ride for tomorrow. But we had an excellent turnout for the ‘brunch’ ride last Tuesday (see Suzanne’s report below – already a strong contender for the 2017 B&H Clarion poetry prize!). And Tessa and Sikka have come forward with a ride for 22 January. I’m hoping to be able to lead one or two rides later in the year – but still don’t feel able to take anything on at the moment. So is anyone up for either of the two February rides – particularly the first one on 5 Feb? Let me know as soon as possible.
The 2017 AGM
No one has disagreed with my decision to have the AGM sometime in March, and, as you already know, Roger and Suzanne have volunteered to host it. We always have it on a weekday evening and since R & S can’t make Thursday or Fridays the choice narrows to a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. If anyone intending to attend has a regular commitment on any of these evenings please let me know at once and we’ll try and avoid that one.
When the AGM does take place one thing we will have to decide is whether to reinstate (or increase) our £1 p a local sub for 2018. (In order to make life a bit easier when it comes to collecting the subs – so that we know right at the start of the year how much we need to pay – we adopted the system of deciding it a year in advance.)
Last time I heard from Julian there were still quite a few people who hadn’t renewed their subs for 2017. If they’ve decided not to that’s fine of course. But if it’s just that you haven’t got round to it – easily (not) done at this time of year – please help Julian and the national membership secretary (if we have one!) by doing it now.
Sad News for the New Year
I heard yesterday from two different sources – one of them was Fred – about the death of Dave Gravett. Dave was a contemporary of the late Brian Hutton in the old Brighton Clarion section back in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I haven’t been able to access it (otherwise I’d include it in this newsletter) but there is a photo of Dave doing a very stylish bit of fast cornering during a time-trial in the History section of the old website <found it – fred!>.
I knew Dave as one of the long-time organisers of the Brighton Jazz Club. He was still in touch with Brian and I tried on a number of occasions to get him to follow the latter’s example and join us (‘you don’t have to ride a bike, Dave!’) or at least to come along to one of our social events. Without success. I think he felt a bit shy about being out of place – which he wouldn’t have been, of course.
His funeral takes place next Wednesday (11 January) at 2 pm at Woodvale. Sue and I will try to attend.
Better News for the New Year (from Cycling UK’s ‘Cycle Clips’ )
And hats off to the incredible Robert Marchand, who this week covered 22.547km (14 miles) at France’s national velodrome to set a world one-hour record in a new category – for riders aged over 105!
We’d all better get in training now!
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