News

15 April 2019

14 April 2019

Dear All

Easter is always difficult with pubs and cafes full to overflowing and difficult to ‘book’ unless you can be 100% accurate about numbers. Hence the longer than usual gap between the April rides. We’re still very well set-up for the next 3 rides but if anyone wants to offer an alternative ride on 12 May for ‘stay-at-homes’ not signed up for the Late Spring break please let me have details ASAP. Likewise for either of the June rides.

Ride Cancellations

We’ve always encouraged as many people as possible to volunteer to lead a ride. A problem that has arisen is that this necessitates sending the mailing list to every ride leader in case they have to cancel, typically because of a really bad weather forecast.

So we’re trying a new system. The cancellation message has always said that I can be phoned on the Saturday afternoon if the ride leader has trouble sending out the cancellation message. The problem with this is that I can’t guarantee to be available every Saturday For example, the day before the ride on 24 March I was in London hobbling down Whitehall on the shorter version of the People’s Vote march. And sometimes I’m going to be away. Roger usually covers for me on these occasions.

So if you need to cancel a ride please phone me well before 5 pm on the Saturday prior to your ride . If you get no answer try any of the following – Roger, Jim,or Graham – all of whom will have the mailing list . It seems extremely unlikely that all four ‘custodians of the list’ will be unavailable at the same time though we will keep things under review. I will give the phone numbers in the cancellation message I send to ride leaders, though, clearly, this won’t be necessary in the case where the ride leader already has the mailing list.

This new system will reduce the number of people who have access to the mailing list and ensure that messages are always sent out blind copied to protect the addresses of those on the list.

Insurance cover and ride leaders

At our AGM last month Graham asked whether our existing insurance covered ride leaders. (see 5.2 of the minutes). I was fairly sure that the answer to the question was ‘yes’, but at the time couldn’t completely recall the message I had received from the national secretary just before Christmas which dealt with the matter. I have now checked it. The relevant part reads as follows:

I have been speaking to our insurance providers regarding insurance cover for ride leaders and club officials and volunteers.

From our brokers at Butterworth Spengler they have said that they “can confirm that all Organisers, Officials and Ride Leaders of the Clarion and your events, will be covered for Third Party Liability insurance under this policy, provided they are members of the Clarion.”

Ian Clarke ended the message by underlining the importance of having third party insurance cover – a very good reason to be a Clarion member.

I recently heard a story whereby a non-Clarion rider rode into the back of a Tesla by accident and was sued for damages of £15,000…so it does and can happen.

Potholes – a frightening statistic

If, like me, you first joined in 1954 you still tend to think of Cycling UK as the CTC. The latest edition of its magazine Cycle has a small item which begins with a frightening statistic – and ends with something we should all support, and when we spot potholes, use. It goes like this:

At least 431 cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on British roads since 2007 because of road defects. That’s why on 3 March Cycling UK launched the UK’s first Pothole Watch to shine a light on the human cost of our crumbling local road networks. We called on Government to fix the roads everyone uses first – the UK’s local roads- before building new motorways and trunk roads. Over the course of one week ,625 potholes were reported via our pothole reporting tool http://www.fillthathole.org.uk

Ian

Message from Angela (D)

There will be a hustings in Brighthelm centre to discuss transport issues on Thursday 25 April 7pm for 7.30 start. Candidates for local elections from all parties will speak for 3 minutes only and then there will be questions from the floor. Lots of issues around cycling we might want to raise, so hope to see Clarionistas there.

Message from Roger

We all love a challenge (I hope)

Slotted neatly between Jim’s 12th May ride and the currently vacant 26th May, is the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge.

I must of course declare an interest. I’m a trustee of Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) which organises the event. As a result, I’ve had a chance to learn about the work that this wonderful organisation does and to meet some of the people it has been able to help.

It is not just a social landlord. Much of its work is about supporting people who are coping with addiction and mental health problems, and the threat of homelessness that they create.

The Cycle Challenge is an opportunity to raise funds for BHT or for any other charity you choose. I know that some Clarion members have already signed up for one of the longer rides. If you’re not wanting to do 30 or 60 miles, why not join me for a few laps at the Preston Park Velodrome as part of the Around the World Challenge.

Every lap you complete will be counted and will contribute to the target of 66,792 which, if achieved, would get us all the way round the world. Last year, on a pretty hot day, I managed 30 laps. Apparently, we got as far as southern Australia!

You can do as many laps as you like, with as many breaks as you want for tea etc. It starts at 8am and finishes at 5pm. If you can round up some sponsors then you can donate the proceedings to BHT or any other charity of your choice.

You can register on-line. It costs £15 (concessions £5) or £25 for a family. I’ll see you on the way round!

Roger

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News

26 March 2019

26 March 2019

Dear All

Easter is always difficult with pubs and cafes full to overflowing and difficult to ‘book’ unless you can be 100% accurate about numbers. Hence the longer than usual gap between the April rides. We’re still very well set-up for the next 3 rides but if anyone wants to take on 26 May please let me know.

DENIS PYE MEMORIAL BENCH

I’ve recently received details of the plans to commemorate Denis Pye, author of Fellowship is Life. The Story of the Clarion Cycling Club. The plan is to unveil the Denis Pye Memorial Bench on Sunday 12 May at 2 pm at the Nelson ILP Clarion House, which, as Fred reminded us last month, featured in one of Portillo’s railway programmes recently. Most of the message is about a free coach from Bolton and other details of the day. I don’t anticipate many of us being able to attend although I’m sure we should send our best wishes. But I could be wrong about people not able to participate – won’t be the first time! – so if you would like me to forward the whole message I’ll be happy to do that.

A Bit of (our own) History

I will resume my Clarion History before too long. But in the meantime I have just stumbled on some early stuff from when we started in 2004 which somehow survived last year’s computer crash (though I lost much of the more up-to-date material – all very odd) I’ve put a bit of it at the end of this newsletter where the Clarion History usually is found.

The AGM

I’ll be circulating the minutes as soon as possible.

Ian

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Joyce writes:

The Planning Application for Toads Hole Valley (BH2018/03633) is causing great concern and disappointment amongst those who look for environmental and social improvements in large-scale projects such as Toad’s Hole Valley and B&H Clarion support the objections from Friends of the Earth Brighton & Hove on the basis that the opportunity to take the needs of cyclists and pedestrians  have been ignored. To   add your individual objection/support for Friends of the Earth email maria.seale@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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A MESSAGE FROM ROGER

We all love a challenge (I hope)

Slotted neatly between the 12th May ride and the currently vacant 26th May, is the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge.

I must of course declare an interest. I’m a trustee of Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) which organises the event. As a result, I’ve had a chance to learn about the work that this wonderful organisation does and to meet some of the people it has been able to help.

It is not just a social landlord. Much of its work is about supporting people who are coping with addiction and mental health problems, and the threat of homelessness that they create.

The Cycle Challenge is an opportunity to raise funds for BHT or for any other charity you choose. I know that some Clarion members have already signed up for one of the longer rides. If you’re not wanting to do 30 or 60 miles, why not join me for a few laps at the Preston Park Velodrome as part of the Around the World Challenge.

Every lap you complete will be counted and will contribute to the target of 66,792 which, if achieved, would get us all the way round the world. Last year, on a pretty hot day, I managed 30 laps. Apparently, we got as far as southern Australia!

You can do as many laps as you like, with as many breaks as you want for tea etc. It starts at 8am and finishes at 5pm. If you can round up some sponsors then you can donate the proceedings to BHT or any other charity of your choice.

You can register on-line. It costs £15 (concessions £5) or £25 for a family. I’ll see you on the way round!

Roger


News

14 March 2019

13 March 2019

Dear All

Jim has taken the 12 May slot, so we are now well supplied with rides up to 26 May. I’ve now added the June dates to ‘Future Rides’

The AGM

As I said in the last newsletter I’ll be sending out the (corrected) agenda paper for the AGM in both modes by the end of this week. If you are planning to attend the meeting please print it off together with whatever you think you’ll need of the other agenda papers that I sent out earlier. I don’t have access to copying facilities so I won’t be able to supply spare copies at the AGM

Ian

Message from Jim (as in googlegroup)

Membership cards have been sent out by the national Clarion club system. If you are a member but have not received yours, this may be because you have moved house in recent years and we have an out-of-date address for you.

If you have changed your address since joining the Clarion Club, please log into the Membership Mojo, using the login details that will gave been sent to you, and update it. If you can’t remember how to log in, please email me giving me your current postal address.

Jim.

 

 

 


News

27 February 2019

Dear All

Thanks to Graham, Jim and Wendy we are nicely set up for rides in March and April. But time flies as we all know. So it’s not too early to think about rides in May and June! I’ve added the dates for May in the Future Rides grid though for the moment you’ll need to check on train availability.

Julian

I ‘phoned Julian yesterday afternoon. Things are still very frustrating for him – especially for someone normally so active. He says he’s less mobile than ever, has been in hospital for several days and has an MRI scan scheduled for today. We just have to hope that it helps to identify the problem and that they can do something more to help him. He tells me that Tessa and Sikka plan to visit him next week – which I’m sure he will appreciate. I know we all hope for some better news then.

The AGM

I’ll be sending out agenda paper for the AGM (25 March) at the beginning of next month in both modes as I explained earlier this month. Do let me know if there is anything you’d like on the agenda.

BHT- Greater Brighton Challenge 19 May

There’s been some discussion of this in the google-group. Does anyone want to take up Roger’s role from last year and do a piece for the next newsletter? (Should be 12 March if all goes to plan)

Hilda Fox (1924-2019) and the Clarion

Unless, like me, you take Cycling Weekly you won’t have seen the obit to Hilda which say she was ‘a formidable racing cyclist and still holds many Clarion records’. It goes on to say that she learned to ride a bike at the age of 14 after she had saved enough working (presumably part-time) in a mill to buy one. Then she met members of Stockport Clarion CC when she worked at Fairy’s Engineering during World War II, joined them at the age of 16 and began to race in 10 mile time trials as well as being the only woman rider on the club’s weekly rides. She attended the annual dinner of her local Dukinfield cycling club just a week before she died.

The obituary reminded me of an even more formidable woman cyclist. It says that Hilda won a bronze medal ‘in the 1958 100mile Ladies National Championships behind Beryl Burton and Millie Robinson.’ I think I may have mentioned Beryl Burton in these newsletters before. When I was growing up she was a legendary figure in cycling circles though never given the wider recognition she deserved. I think this is the best bit from her Wikipedia entry

In 1967, she set a new 12-hour time trial record of 277.25 miles – a mark that surpassed the men’s record of the time by 0.73 miles and was not superseded by a man until 1969.] While setting the record she caught and passed Mike McNamara who was on his way to setting the men’s record at 276.52 miles and winning that year’s men’s British Best All-Rounder. She is reputed to have given him a liquorice allsort as she passed him. Apparently, McNamara ate the sweet.

According to the foreword to her memoirs, a Frenchman wrote: “If Beryl Burton had been French, Joan of Arc would have to take second place.’

Clarion History

As I mentioned last time for today’s episode I’m recycling a piece I wrote some years ago about the Clarion and cycling connections -and exploits – of the composer Gustav Holst. Following this I may have to suspend the series for a bit though I do intend to take it on till the early months of World War I eventually.

My problem is that I’m very busy ‘history-wise’ for the next few weeks. Among several other things I’ve agreed to give a talk in London to the Socialist History Society about my ILP book on 16 March and I need to spend some time putting this together.

Ian


News

11 February 2019

Dear All

Very brave riders yesterday, battling against that wind! See the reports below.

Thanks to a very successful ride planning meeting we now have rides planned for the whole of March and April – as you will be able to see from ‘Future Rides’ (below). So now may be the time to start thinking about May and June! In fact it seems from the most recent message I’ve had from him that Jim is already doing so.

Ride Guidelines
Attached together with this newsletter, and elsewhere on this blog, are some guidelines for B&H Clarion rides. Back in 2014 our Chair, Roger, put together very useful guidelines for ride leaders. Recently Jim has suggested that with so many new people taking part in rides it might be useful to extend the guide to give people an idea of what to expect on our rides as well as giving advice for those leading them. So Roger and Jim have revised the guide and added a preliminary section for all participants so that it’s not just for prospective leaders. See https://brightonandhoveclarion.wordpress.com/leading-rides-a-rough-guide/

The AGM
Thanks to those who contacted me about the dates. As a result we were able to rule out the Tuesday and the Thursday and Anne and Mick decided on Monday 25 March. Please make a note of the date in your diary or on your calender. I’ll be sending out the papers for the AGM fairly soon. Please let me know if you have any motions or anything else you’d like on the agenda. I will of course include the New Forest weekend under ‘Proposals for activities in 2019.’ I’ve started writing my secretary’s report. Reports from other officers will be most welcome.

Finally an extract from CyclingUK’s Cycleclips that is worth knowing about.

There’s a theme of bike security this week so if you’re worried about your wheels this might be a good way to deter thieves. While a strong, quality lock is the first step in the prevention of theft, you can also register your bike online for free. So, if the worst does happen the police have the best chance of returning your bike to you. BikeRegister is the UK’s national cycle database, used by all UK police forces and the leading initiative aiming to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assist in owner recovery. Cycling UK members can get a 15% discount on all their products.

Ian


News: 29 January 2019

31 January 2019

Dear All

I had two responses to my appeal for volunteers for the 10 February. Jim got in first but, frustratingly, his planned ride proved not to be practical. He hopes to offer it again a bit later in the year. The situation was then saved by David – details of whose ride you will find below in the usual place.

Graham has taken on 24 February which completes our calendar for the next month. We are now looking for offers for the March rides on 10 and 24.

Easter Meet and National conference

I’ve still had no suggestions for motions or nominations to date. They have to be notified to Ian Clarke the national secretary by 19 February. So, if I get any I will circulate them ASAP to see if anyone objects or opposes and if necessary quickly call a meeting to make a decision.

Our AGM

As you already know Anne and Mick have offered to host our own AGM in March again. They have suggested the following possible dates:

Monday 25, Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 .

We’ll follow the usual procedure we have used in the past If you’d like to come to the AGM but can’t make one (or more!) of these dates please let me know in the next two weeks – before the newsletter following the 10 Feb ride. Just tell me which day or days you can’t make. If that leaves more than one date as a possible I’ll leave it to Anne and Mick to make the final decision. With a bit of luck, we’ll end up with a date that suits everyone.

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 j.r.grozier@btinternet.com 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 do one of the following:

Send or give to Jim a cheque payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club or make an online bank transfer to our Co-op bank account. Contact Ian or Jim for details.

In due course, Jim will pass on the subscriptions received to the National Clarion and you will receive a membership card, as usual.

Ian


News

14 January 2019

Dear All

Jim was was hoping to take on 27 January but what he’d wished to do turned out not to be possible. So, at the moment there is no ‘Next Ride’. But if anyone can send me in details of a ride for 27, I’ll circulated it separately immediately. Otherwise we are looking for offers for 10 February.’

Easter Meet and National AGM
You should have already received details about the Easter Meet in York – at least once if not twice! If you haven’t please let me know.

https://clarioncc.org/events/clarion-easter-meet-2019/

I’ve had no suggestions for motions or nominations to date. You’ll see that we – and the other sections – have until 19 February to send them in.

With the newsletter I’m sending a separate document featuring the provisional motions which the national committee is proposing. I’ve had a quick look through and haven’t spotted anything contentious – but please check yourself and let me know if I’ve overlooked anything.

Motion (No 3) about changes in the method of paying subs is something we need the advice of Jim and Julian about. If we want to carry on with the old methods (see below) much depends on how the word ‘should’ in the committee’s proposed rule change is going to be interpreted.

There may be more or revised motions coming from the national committee later and of course from sections. I will circulate any such as soon as I receive them.

In the past we have considered motions for the national conference at our own AGM along with all the other business. Holding our AGM in March should enable us to consider any motions that come in from other sections as well as the ones I’m sending together with this newsletter from the national committee.

In the past our practice has been to instruct our delegates (i e whoever attends the Meet) on anything we have a definite view about but otherwise to ask them to listen to the debates and vote – or abstain – accordingly.

I’ve also had the following message from Alex of London Clarion:

‘Grateful if you also let your members know about our (London Clarion & National Clarion 1895) non-racing Easter Meet in Bradford at Easter. About 15 coming so far. Ribbons have already come! Full details here https://www.londonclarion.org.uk/clarion-easter-meet-2019.html

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 j.r.grozier@btinternet.com 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
The instructions are in the newsletter.

In due course, Jim will pass on the subscriptions received to the National Clarion and you will receive a membership card, as usual.

Ian