3 January 2019

Dear All

As reported in the ‘reminder’ Jim has taken on 13 January (see below) – so now we are looking for a volunteer for 27 Jan. Or February? Any offers?


I rang Julian on New Year’s Day to wish him Happy New Year from all of us. He’s recovering very slowly. Let’s hope for faster progress in 2019

Easter Meet and National AGM

I’ve had details from Ian Clarke which I will send on to everyone in the next few days

New Year Ride 

Thanks to Anne and Graham for getting their reports to me so quickly.

It was nice to see everyone. Seing Wendy (T) again at the Pier and the cafe . I have a vivid memory of a New Year Ride years ago – back in the days when we always had it on 1 January before finding a spare seat, never mind a table, at Carats became totally impossible on New Year’s Day.

Wendy, I recall came with a small dog in a ‘shopping’ basket on her bike. It seemed very happy to be carried along the seafront with Wendy supplying all the effort. It was amazingly mild -even warm – that day (unlike yesterday)and we sat outside. Wendy’s dog then got into an argument with another canine about six sizes bigger. I think it   ended without casualties.

I was really pleased to be able to make the ride. The steroid injection at the beginning of the month seems to have worked quite well and the follow-up consultation this morning was encouraging But being totally out of practice and unfit just riding to Carats was a bit of the effort. Quite a bit of an effort in fact. I don’t think I’m going to beat my all-time record, made in 1984, of riding 108 miles in a day any time soon but I hope that gradually I will be able to get up to coming out on a ‘proper’ Clarion ride before too long. But I’m going to follow the advice to do things very gradually.

 National Clarion Subs.

(in case there’s anyone who still hasn’t rejoined for 2019)

Important   If you’re paying by bank transfer please let Jim know at so that he knows who has paid this way’

Normally, Clarion subs for the year include two elements, the national fee and a local one.  We have suspended our local sub for the last few years and did so for 2019 at the last AGM.   So the total we need to pay is £12.  This covers not only national membership but also third-party insurance without which no-one should risk going out on a bike.  At £1 a month this is a real bargain.

In recent years this has been done via a PayPal account. We have been having problems with this account.  We have also realised that PayPal charges us fees.  For these reasons, we have decided this year to collect subscriptions using the old fashioned method, using our equally old fashioned Co-op bank account.

Jim has kindly volunteered to act as treasurer while Julian is recovering, so if you would like to join or renew your membership please follow the instructions sent out by Jim. In due course, he will pass on the subscriptions received to the National Clarion and you will receive a membership card, as usual.



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