Clarion Latest 13 January 2020

17 January 2020

Dear All

Angela (D) and Nick have volunteered to take on the 26 January ride, so now we are looking for an offer for 9 February (and/or 23 February)  Anyone up for taking on one (or both!)?

Thanks  to Nick also for getting the report of yesterday’s ride  to me with exemplary speed.  Pity about the nasty 4×4 driver. Who do such people think they are?  And what century do they think they are living in​?  Born in 1941, I still catch myself writing ’19–‘ on cheques etc.  But at least I actually know we are nearly a fifth of the way through the 21st century.  Some people!

National conference motions

I explained in the last newsletter that  with motions for the Clarion national conference – at the Easter Meet in Warwick – we need to make any proposals  ‘no later than 2 months before the annual conference.’   That means – as I also explained –  that I need to receive any in order  to allow time for a meeting if necessary by Friday 18 January  – this Friday!  None received so far.

Our AGM

I’ve had a message from Anne saying that she and Mick are willing to host the AGM in March once again.

Great!  That’s a load off my mind. Thanks to them  both.

As soon as I can find time I shall begin putting my Secretary’s report for last year together.  I wouldn’t want to twist anyone’s arm, but it would be nice if other office-holders sent in a written report for circulation –  as has often been done in the past

I’ll be consulting Anne and Mick about which day in March will be best for the AGM.  Then – assuming there is more than one possibility –  as I have done in the past I’ll ask everyone to choose the best one for them.  Inevitably, it’s             all too likely that it won’t be  good for someone – but it does seem the fairest way of doing things.

Ian


Clarion Latest 3 January 2020

17 January 2020

Dear All

I’m quite used to getting emails from my friend – indeed our friend – Peter Roscoe who I first met at an Easter Meet about 15 or so years ago when he was the Clarion’s national treasurer and secretary of Bury Clarion. Hope I’ve got that right.

As I’ve reported from time to time in these newsletters he is on our mailing list and very much enjoys reading our ride reports. Sometimes I get an appreciative message about them which I then pass on to everyone in this newsletter.

However, this week marks the first time I’ve heard from him about – not a report of a ride – but in response to the ride details from Tessa and Sikka (repeated below) which I had sent out in advance.

            Happy New Year to all in Brighton Clarion. May you long continue as the club you  are.

I have just done the 12th January ride in my mind with you – it ‘was’ wonderful.

Peter

Thanks Peter. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading our newsletter for many, many more years and let us know what you think from time to time.

National conference motions

I’m proposing to call our AGM, as usual, sometime in March – but it’s not too soon to volunteer to host it.

I am also sending on to you the message I’ve received from Ian Clarke, the national secretary, with attachments concerning nominations and motions plus the draft agenda for the national conference on 10 April.

You will see that he’s asking for any motions or nominations to be sent (see Nominations and motions to conference doc) ‘no later than 2 months before the annual conference.’ In the past we have not been exactly prolific in proposing motions or making nominations at the conference. But this time we might want to. Since the conference is on 10 April that means that we will have to make any proposals by 10 February.

I propose that anyone wishing to suggest a motion or nomination lets me know ASAP and in any case – since our constitution requires me to give you notice of meetings at least 21 days in advance – not later Friday 18 January. If I’ve received any by then I’ll call a meeting – Sue and I will volunteer to host it. It should be then in time to meet the deadline assuming that whatever is proposed is agreed. I think that’s a better solution than bringing our own AGM forward to early February. If there’s time – if I get a proposal well before 18 January – I might put whatever is proposed out to everyone to see whether there is any opposition, in which case a meeting might not be necessary if there is none. Hope that’s OK with everyone.

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Below you will find reports of the Christmas Lunch by Anne and of the New Year ride by Suzanne

2020 Subs – one last time!

Just in case there’s still anyone who hasn’t renewed their membership for 2020 – and wants to I’m repeating our Treasurer/Membership Secretary’s message below once more

Ian

Next Year’s Subs Message from Julian

Your Clarion subs for 2020 will be due on 1 January. The fee will be £15, as Brighton & Hove section agreed at its last AGM to a local sub of £3 to supplement the national fee of £12. It is some time since we had a local sub, but it is necessary to levy one every few years as our bank balance dwindles. (The £12 all goes straight to the national Clarion).

The £3 will contribute towards various costs such as website fees, together with providing a buffer in the event of an increase in national Clarion fees (last year we lost a substantial portion of our reserves following an unanticipated national fee rise). The subscription does NOT buy members any “services” other than third party insurance, which is covered by the national portion of the sub. All our rides and other events are organised by members, on a voluntary basis.

Membership details are held in an on-line database called “Membership Mojo”, to which you should have been given a unique login that does not require a password, and you can use this to update your details.  Membership Mojo has the facility to renew directly by making a payment to Paypal, but we have disabled this because we cannot access our Paypal account. Instead, you need to EITHER transfer £15 by BACS to our account at the Co-Operative Bank, sort code 08-92-99, account no. 65377325, with your name as the reference, OR send a cheque for £15, payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club, to:

Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club
92a Springfield Road
Brighton BN1 6DE

Julian Arkell,

Treasurer


Clarion Latest 10th December 2019

13 December 2019

Dear All

In spite of Chris sending me the ride report for last Sunday with admirable alacrity, because we haven’t any more rides until next year – apart from Angela’s ‘informal’ one which I remind you of below – I had planned to leave it for a while before sending out this newsletter.

But I’ve changed my mind. With dire predictions of the election from polls and bookmakers it struck me that if I left it until next weekend I would be in grave danger of spreading gloom and despondency in a very unseasonable way.

So, while there is still some hope of a better outcome, can I wish everyone all the best and -if you go in for it – ‘Merry Christmas!’

Next year’s rides

Anyone want to take on either of the other January rides 12 or 26? I’ve had no offers to date.

New Year Ride

For many years we always had our short New Year ride to Carats café on New Year’s Day. But eventually the place got more and more popular and full to the rafters so we switched to 2nd

January

Last year some people decided to make it a ‘real’ ride by going on afterwards – to Worthing and beyond, if I remember rightly, Should you fancy doing something similar this time that’s of course absolutely fine

I do intend to take part – but if I can’t make it (I’ve regressed a bit legwise recently) please go ahead without me. Whatever happens I will be at the café

I’ll send out a reminder about 2nd January between Christmas and New Year and should the weather forecast be absolutely awful we can move the ride to 3rd January

Sunday 22 December. Angela D’s. Informal. ride (there won’t be a report)

Meet at Hove Park Café at 10am for 1030 departure up to the Dyke, then down and along the Undercliff path to Rottingdean. Lunch stop in a café en route

2020 Subs

According to the last message I saw from Jim 23 people have already renewed for next year. If you haven’t yet – but want to – please read carefully the message from Julian that follows immediately below.

Ian

 

Next Year’s Subs Message from Julian

Your Clarion subs for 2020 will be due on 1 January. The fee will be £15, as Brighton & Hove section agreed at its last AGM to a local sub of £3 to supplement the national fee of £12. It is some time since we had a local sub, but it is necessary to levy one every few years as our bank balance dwindles. (The £12 all goes straight to the national Clarion).

The £3 will contribute towards various costs such as website fees, together with providing a buffer in the event of an increase in national Clarion fees (last year we lost a substantial portion of our reserves following an unanticipated national fee rise). The subscription does NOT buy members any “services” other than third party insurance, which is covered by the national portion of the sub. All our rides and other events are organised by members, on a voluntary basis.

Membership details are held in an on-line database called “Membership Mojo”, to which you should have been given a unique login that does not require a password, and you can use this to update your details.  Membership Mojo has the facility to renew directly by making a payment to Paypal, but we have disabled this because we cannot access our Paypal account. Instead, you need to EITHER transfer £15 by BACS to our account at the Co-Operative Bank, sort code 08-92-99, account no. 65377325, with your name as the reference, OR send a cheque for £15, payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club, to thhe address in the newsletter.

Julian Arkell,

Treasurer


Clarion Latest: 26 November 2019

30 November 2019

Dear All

No-one on Jim’s ride on Sunday was able to take on writing the ride report but I persuaded Jim to do one himself as you’ll see at the end of this newsletter. We’ve included ride reports in our newsletters right from the start. As I recall it was Joyce’s suggestion back in 2004 and an excellent one since it is really good to have a record of what we do. Over the years we’ve had all sorts of reports – long ones, short ones, learned ones, funny ones – there is no requirement for any particular approach – all are very welcome and long may they continue. I sometimes get emails from people saying how much they enjoy reading them even if they haven’t taken part. One fan of our ride reports is that veteran of Bury Clarion, Peter Roscoe, extracts from whose messages of appreciation I have included in this newsletter from time to time.

Julian

Sue and I went to see Julian this afternoon. He’s coping remarkably well but with much of his left side paralysed and a frozen shoulder, progress is slow though his physio treatment is helping.

Next Year’s Ride Dates

In the last newsletter I gave proposed dates for next year’s rides and asked for anyone who spotted any problems to let me know. Jim pointed out that 19 April is the date of the 2020 Brighton Marathon and therefore another date best avoided. I don’t think we need to decide now what to do about this- probably moving it to either the previous week or the one following – but we will clearly need to keep an eye on this nearer the time

You will see that I’ve included the January dates in the ‘Future Rides’ grid below. I know it’s difficult to think about next year this side of Christmas but if anyone wishes to take on either 12th or 26th January please let me know,

But please check train availability for these dates.

Informal Sunday ride on Sunday 22 December. Message from Angela D

Meet at Hove Park Café at 10am for 1030 departure up to the Dyke, then down and along the Undercliff path to Rottingdean. Lunch stop in a café en route

  I’ll include this again in the next newsletter after the 8 December ride

National Clarion Survey

As I mentioned last week do please take part in the survey. It is genuinely aimed at finding out the direction – or directions – members want to see us go in. It finishes at the end of this month.

Ian

 

 


Clarion Latest

15 November 2019

Dear All

I had hoped to be able to offer a – nice and short – ride for 8 December but my efforts to ‘get back on the bike’ have been rather uneven recently though I certainly am making some progress and have real hopes for next year. But for now I’d better operate on the basis of discretion being the better part of valour.

Which is a very convoluted way of asking ‘does anyone want to take on 8 December?’

National Clarion Survey

The questionaire for the national survey has been sent to everyone individually. Mine arrived on 30 October, which should help anyone who hasn’t already filled it in to find it in the inbox . If you haven’t yet responded you still have up to the end of this month. Quite a few people certainly have taken part already including some from our club/section.

A few days after I completed and returned it I chaired a meeting of the national committee in Nottingham– on 2 November – at which it was reported that up to then over 300 members had taken part. This is an encouraging start – but we have more than 2,000 members so it’s to be hoped that the numbers will continue to grow.

Please give it a go,

Proposed Rides for 2020

Last year, around this time, I suggested a ride schedule. Various people then made suggestions to change some of the dates – which we did. That seems to me a sensible way of doing things, many heads being better than one, so I propose to do the same with regard to the 2020 dates.

In working out a schedule I tried to avoid the beginning (especially) and end of BST (29 March and 25 October) the London Brighton Bike Ride (21 June) and the Sunday of Brighton Pride Weekend (2 August) and – somewhat to my own amazement – managed to miss them all. But there may be other dates we should avoid – let me know if you think there are

So, here are my proposed dates for our fortnightly rides (‘extras’ can of course also be offered any time).

January      February          March           April             May           June

2 Jan

(New Year

brunch ride)

12, 26            9, 23              8 , 22            5, 19      3,17, 31          14, 28

July          August       Sept.        Oct         Nov          Dec

12, 26      9, 23          6, 20       4, 18    1, 15, 29       13

Clarion Christmas Lunch – Message from Sean

Due to circumstances one of our number now cannot join us on the 21st December Luncheon.

Therefore, if anyone could cover the placement please get in touch with me to confirm.

Boots

Sean

 

ust to remind you, the Xmas Lunch will be at The Walrus, Ship Street, Brighton, Saturday 21 December, midday. Contact Sean at seangburke1962@gmail.com if you can take up the spare place

 

Message from Jim

‘I have now put two “oven-ready” ride files on my cycling web page – these are files which contain all you need to know about a ride – description AND directions. One is for the Bindley Heath ride (Three Bridges Circular via Lingfield) – the one Leon liked. The other is a Horley ride which features Redhill Common, which was the subject of a conversation on the ride yesterday.’

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Charlotte’s Problem

I don’t know whether anyone had any useful suggestions to make in response to the email I’d had about getting help with her daughter learning to ride a bike which I included in the last newsletter.

I mentioned it at the national committee meeting I touched on earlier and Ian Clarke had what I think is very probably a possible solution which was to contact Cycling UK’s GoRide scheme. I emailed her with this suggestion.

 

Please also read the message from Julian that follows if you haven’t yet renewed.

 

Ian

 

Next Year’s Subs Message from Julian

 

Your Clarion subs for 2020 will be due on 1 January. The fee will be £15, as Brighton & Hove section agreed at its last AGM to a local sub of £3 to supplement the national fee of £12. It is some time since we had a local sub, but it is necessary to levy one every few years as our bank balance dwindles. (The £12 all goes straight to the national Clarion).

The £3 will contribute towards various costs such as website fees, together with providing a buffer in the event of an increase in national Clarion fees (last year we lost a substantial portion of our reserves following an unanticipated national fee rise). The subscription does NOT buy members any “services” other than third party insurance, which is covered by the national portion of the sub. All our rides and other events are organised by members, on a voluntary basis.

Membership details are held in an on-line database called “Membership Mojo”, to which you should have been given a unique login that does not require a password, and you can use this to update your details.  Membership Mojo has the facility to renew directly by making a payment to Paypal, but we have disabled this because we cannot access our Paypal account. Instead, you need to EITHER transfer £15 by BACS to our account at the Co-Operative Bank, sort code 08-92-99, account no. 65377325, with your name as the reference, OR send a cheque for £15, payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club, to:

Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club
92a Springfield Road
Brighton BN1 6DE

Julian Arkell,

Treasurer


Clarion Latest

3 November 2019

Ride Cancellations – New System IMPORTANT. 

No one has objected to the proposal to change the system for ride cancellations made in the last two newsletters. So in future when it’s necessary to cancel a ride leaders will be do that via the google group. It will still be important if you are planning to go on a ride to check your emails at 5 pm the previous day.

The new system is a bit of a relief for me – and the other mailing list holders – I will still try and send any cancellation to you via the mailing list if I spot one in the google group emails. It’s always good to have another message in such cases – but it won’t be vital any more.

In case there is anyone – and we have some new members – who isn’t yet in the group I will repeat the details of how to join the google group

If you want to join the Google Group you can email Nick – hidern@gmail.com – and ask him to add you, or you can visit the group’s web page at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/brighton-hove-clarion.

To join on-line, or to choose the “no emails” option, you will need to create a Google login if you don’t already have one.”

Clarion Christmas Lunch

I recall that last year there were a few complaints – perfectly reasonable ones – about the lunch being held on a weekday rather than at the weekend. So it’s good to see that Sean has been able to arrange things so that this is avoided this time.

 

As reported in the last newsletter Sean has taken over from Wendy and is now acting Social Secretary. I know everyone will agree that he has acted with exemplary speed in organising this year’s event.

I’ve already sent out a message with an attachment with the menu for the lunch at the Walrus but if you have trouble opening it please let me know and I’ll send it you inside an email .

Here’s the key info just in case you missed it. The Xmas Lunch will be at The Walrus, Ship Street, Brighton, Saturday 21 December, midday

If you intend to come please contact Sean at

seangburke1962@gmail.com if you haven’t already done so.

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Any Ideas?

I’ve received the following email. If anyone has any helpful advice or can help in any way at all please contact Charlotte.  I’m going to take it to the national committee meeting on Saturday to see if we can give her problem wider publicity.

To Whom it May Concern

I suffer from Lupus, Fybromialiga, ME and have had 76 operations including 2 on my back and many other illnesses which prevent me from teaching Isobel to ride a bike. She is in Year 3 now and she’s on her second bike because she has grown, but she’s getting more and more scared of trying to ride as I can’t bend to hold onto her because of my back but she is also desperate to be able to ride.  She is a Great Ormond Street Hospital patient and she wants some normality in her life.  Please help.  I am on benefits so the cheapest but most suitable situation possible please.  I thank you in advance for your help with this matter.

Best wishes

Charlotte Eade
07841 900453
Charlie.eade@btinternet.com
8 Rowley Court
Caterham
Surrey
CR35AY

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Please also read the message from Julian that follows

Ian

 

Next Year’s Subs Message from Julian

Your Clarion subs for 2020 will be due on 1 January. The fee will be £15, as Brighton & Hove section agreed at its last AGM to a local sub of £3 to supplement the national fee of £12. It is some time since we had a local sub, but it is necessary to levy one every few years as our bank balance dwindles. (The £12 all goes straight to the national Clarion).

The £3 will contribute towards various costs such as website fees, together with providing a buffer in the event of an increase in national Clarion fees (last year we lost a substantial portion of our reserves following an unanticipated national fee rise). The subscription does NOT buy members any “services” other than third party insurance, which is covered by the national portion of the sub. All our rides and other events are organised by members, on a voluntary basis.

Membership details are held in an on-line database called “Membership Mojo”, to which you should have been given a unique login that does not require a password, and you can use this to update your details.  Membership Mojo has the facility to renew directly by making a payment to Paypal, but we have disabled this because we cannot access our Paypal account. Instead, you need to EITHER transfer £15 by BACS to our account at the Co-Operative Bank, sort code 08-92-99, account no. 65377325, with your name as the reference, OR send a cheque for £15, payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club, to:

Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club
92a Springfield Road
Brighton BN1 6DE

Julian Arkell

Treasurer


Clarion Latest

24 October 2019

Ride Cancellations – changing the system? IMPORTANT.

Last time I asked anyone who doesn’t want to change the system to a simpler one with the ride leader simply announcing a cancellation via the google group. I explained that this would be absolutely fine from my own point of view but the problem was, I believed, that there were several members not in the google group and others who had selected ‘no emails’

To adopt the proposed new method would mean the former joining the google group and the latter – if they were planning to take part in the ride – checking before 5 pm on the day before the ride.

So far I have had no objections. But before we change the system I want to be sure that we are not going to end up with anyone turning up a the start of a ride not realising it’s been cancelled. So, if you are against the proposed change please let me know.

Meanwhile, here is how to join the google group

If you want t join the Google Group you can email Nick – hidern@gmail.com – and ask him to add you, or you can visit the group’s web page at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/brighton-hove-clarion.

To join on-line, or to choose the “no emails” option, you will need to create a Google login if you don’t already have one.”

 

Wendy Resigns

I’ve had an email from Wendy saying she wishes to resign as Social Secretary, and suggesting that Sean, who has expressed interest in the role, might be willing to take it on. I have been in touch with him and he is willing to do so which I hope everyone will welcome. So thanks to both Wendy and Sean.

Ian