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

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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


News

5 January 2019

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?

Julian

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 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 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.

Ian


News

18 December 2018

Dear All

Anyone want to take on either of the other January rides 13 or 27? I’ve had no offers to date.

As I mentioned last time I’m still hoping to be able to do the New Year ride. Last weekend my knee got really awful and I could hardly walk but last Monday I was given a steroid injection which does seem to have improved things . The problem is that if I’m not going to be liability to everyone else I need to have a practice – even for such a short ride – first and I’ve been told not to do anything energetic (like getting on my bike!) for a week or so to allow the injection to work. But in any case as I said last time I’ll be there even if I have to come in the car rather than on the bike.

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.

Angela (D) and Wendy were hoping to include details of their Twelfth Night ride in this newsletter but Angela has been stricken with a very nasty bug (they always aim to attack you at Christmas or the day before you go on holiday) So they’re going to do it as a ‘pop up’ ride and will be letting us know the details in due course.

B&H Clarion Christmas Lunch: 14 December 2018  – Joyce reports

So we all met at the Hummingbird restaurant at Shoreham Airport – a wonderful get together of Clarion friends- according to my list 18 of us turned up for what was an excellent meal. According to tradition a list of names is required , but sorry – won’t add surnames, list just too long , and we know each other from way back, (and I won’t add food choices either), so here goes not in any particular order :-

Ian – Sue – David – Terri – Suzanne – Roger – Ann – Mick – Richard – Alan – Marilyn – Sikka – Jim – Sally – Fred – Angela – Leon – Joyce.

Clarion Xmas lunch 2018

It was great to see so many Clarion friends, especially for those including me and Leon who have not been able to get to ride for some time. We did all raise an imaginary glass to Julian who has not been able to be with us for some time. If you are reading this Julian – we look forward to that day and send our warmest wishes.

We all had a great time with our paper hats and poppers and of course our usual pub lunch conversations in full swing. The food was agreed to be excellent ( I checked …) . It was warm and comfortable on a freezing day and I therefore have to salute those who braved the cold – Sikka and Marilyn who rode from Brighton and back – Sally and Jim who did the same – Fred who got a lift there but rode back to Brighton after having picked up his bike [I only rode to the station… Fred]. Suzanne and Roger who, having tried the bus had a long long walk and arrived frozen. There may have been others, so sorry if any were left out – let us know.

Clarion Xmas lunch 2018

Herewith a special thanks to Ian and Sue for our lift – it was good to see them, and here’s hoping Ian will be back in the saddle leading us soon for a New Year.

Clarion Xmas lunch 2018

A really lovely festive time had by all – thank you Angela for taking on the organisation of our Clarion Christmas lunch.

Joyce

National Clarion Subs
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, before the end of the year:

Send or give to Jim a cheque or cash
– cheques payable to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club
– Jim’s postal address is Jim Grozier, 92a Springfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 6DE
– In case of queries Jim’s number is 01273-505550
Or, make an online bank transfer to our Co-op bank account:  (details in the newsletter), using your own name as the reference.

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

Clarion History
I was intending to write an episode of my Clarion History dealing with the events leading up to the Clarion referendum – but after If started it quickly became clear it was becoming a bit too long. So Part 1 this time and Part 2 in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ian


News

27 November 2018

Dear All

Thanks to Sikka and Tessa who have taken on our last ride of the year on 9 December (details below).

Along with her report of Sunday’s ride Angela (D) has sent me this message:

Wendy and I will be leading a post Christmas,  Twelfth Night ride of the Three Kings, or this being Brighton, the Three Queens aka the Three Wise women’ on Sunday 06 January 2019.

This short ride will involve a long stop at a suitable place for a convivial luncheon and a short pedal back home.

Sounds to me like a nice idea. I’ve asked for details for the next newsletter and added it to the ‘Future Rides’.

Anyone want to take on either of the other January rides 13 or 27?

I’m still hoping to be able to do the New Year ride. I have an appointment about my hip and knee X rays in early December so much will depend on what my options are. But in any case I’ll be there even if like in 2016 after I broke my ankle I have to come in the car rather than on the bike.

National Clarion Subs.

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, before the end of the year:

Send or give to Jim a cheque or cash (bank details etc can be found in the email newsletter)

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

Christmas Lunch
– at the Hummingbird Restaurant at Shoreham Airport on Friday 14th December, 12.30 for 1pm.

Don’t forget to let Angela (C) know your menu choices by 1 Decemberangela.coulter@btinternet.com
Just to remind you, the main course choices were roast turkey, sea bass or baked leek and Gruyère tart. while the pudding choices were Christmas pud, Belgian choc tart or cheese.

Ian


News

16 November 2018

Dear All

Nick tells me that he will be ‘investigating the Pier to Lewes ride detailed on the attached with Graham this Sunday’ So I think we should assume that the ‘Next Ride’ is ‘on’ unless we hear differently from Nick.

Assuming that goes ahead as planned all we need now to complete the year is an offer for 9 December.

Lots of interesting ideas from the Mitre meeting. When is the 2019 AGM? It’s not due till March – which gives us the chance of taking a position on any national issues that are going to be debated. I’ve always left it till nearer the time when everyone knows what they are doing and we can choose a date which suits if not everybody then the majority of those intending to attend.

Mitre Meeting Wednesday 7th November 2018 Wendy’s Notes

Present:  Graham, Nick, Wendy, Sean
These are not minutes – just notes so others can share the gist of the Clarion-related conversations.  Other conversations were available.

Possible Winter rides

Some discussion about offering a London ride, and possibly inviting London Clarion. Will discuss again when Jim’s around, and anyone else who knows London well, e.g. Prudence. Not enough people here to find out who’s got ideas in mind for the next few months. Agreed starting around 10am makes sense if we are to cycle around 15 miles with a coffee and lunch stop, returning around 4pm during the darker, colder winter months. If anyone has an idea for a ride, perhaps a ‘pop up’ ride could be organised to recce it.

Ride Schedule for 2019

Graham and Ian have been tinkering around with suggested ride dates for 2019 in an attempt to miss most of the disruptions caused by local events and scheduled railway engineering works. Graham has generated a rather impressive spreadsheet showing 3 possible configurations and will discuss further with Ian.

Sunday 6th January 2019

… was suggested as a possible date for a Post Christmas Lunch for everyone, especially working people and others who were unable to make the official Christmas lunch on 14th December.

AGM 2019 When is this?

Google Group

All present expressed satisfaction with use of the Google group, although others have grumbles, which Jim has kindly made suggestions to alleviate.

New Members

Graham knows of someone with a hand-build recumbent bicycle who would like to join.  Not sure how he will manage with trains, off road routes etc.

Wendy

Dates for Next Year

After my suggestions in the last newsletter, Graham produced a couple of alternative options which were discussed at the Mitre meeting last Wednesday. It’s always been a bit of a problem avoiding dodgy dates and is even more so this time because there are still so many weekend rail closures to come. But unless anyone spots anything problematic about the following here are the dates for 2019

13, 27 January; 10, 24 February; 10, 24 March; 7, 28 April; 12, 26 May, 9, 23  June; 7, 21, 28 July;  18 August; 1, 15, 29 September; 13, 27 October; 10; 24 November; 8 December

Christmas Lunch – at the Hummingbird Restaurant at Shoreham Airport on Friday 14th December, 12.30 for 1pm.

Don’t forget to let Angela know your menu choices by 1 December angela.coulter@btinternet.com

Just to remind you, the main course choices were roast turkey, sea bass or baked leek and Gruyère tart. while the pudding choices were Christmas pud, Belgian choc tart or cheese.

Ian