News

17 December 2015

Not So Bleak Midwinter Edition

Dear All

Volunteers Needed!

So far I’ve had  no offers to lead rides from 10 January onwards.  As I said last time, If you are stuck for inspiration have a look at the detailed  rides on Jim’s website https://jimgrozier.wordpress.com/cycling/.  Or look through previous rides on the blog/previous website. As long as we aren’t doing the same ride every fortnight there’s nothing wrong in repeating those we have already done. And if you crave orgininality you could always plan to do the ride in the opposite direction from last time! Please don’t rely on the “usual suspects” coming forward; sooner or later they are going to get fed up if they are left carrying too much of the burden.  We were in a similar position this time last year – but offers soon came forward – so I live in hope!

Yesterday’s Christmas Lunch

Twelve of us invaded the Café Rouge at the Marina: Angela, Anne, Fred, Jenny, Jim, Joyce, Julian,  Leon, Mick, Roger, Sue and me.  Angela had asked us to meet from 12 30 onwards ready to eat at 1 p m.  As the hour approached concerns began to be expressed about the non-arrival of Jim. Roger tried to phone him without success.  Wild theories were exchanged; he’d gone to the other Café Rouge by mistake; he’d been abducted by aliens. But on the stroke of 1 o’clock – or more or less – he appeared.

Xmas lunch 2015

Meanwhile Anne had distributed some snazzy glittery brooches featuring little Christmas trees among other seasonal emblems.  The jokes in the crackers were of the usual high quality (!) but everyone seemed to enjoy the food and we were well looked after.  As usual when you’re enjoying yourself time speeded up.  Mick had to leave early to return to work.  Roger thanked Angela for organising the party on behalf of us all and all too soon it was over and we were off on our separate ways.

The 2016 AGM

Just to remind you, we altered our constitution at this year’s AGM to allow for the AGM to be held a lot later than has been the case up to now – anytime for 1 January to 31 March.  There are advantages to holding it a little later – among other things it will make it easier for us to take a collective position on at least some of the things that may be proposed at the national AGM at the Easter Meet.  So I’m proposing to call it for a date early in March, (Easter is early next year)

When it does take place one thing we will have to decide is whether to reinstate (or increase) our £1 p a local sub  At this year’s  AGM, 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.  So, if you think we need a local sub (or you don’t) please come along prepared to make the appropriate proposal.

Sue and I are quite happy to host the AGM but if anyone else would like to take it on this time – needs to be someone fairly central – do let me know.

New Year Ride

As I wrote last year after the second time we had re-scheduled our traditional little “Brunch” ride to Carats café to 2 January “we couldn’t have had a sunnier day for our New Year ride this morning.”  Let’s hope we are lucky with the weather again but if it looks like being better to revert to New Year’s Day – or go for 3 January – I will make sure to let you know in good  time  – so do check your emails.

Meanwhile, this is the last newsletter for 2015 so the usual hearty season’s greetings to everyone.  All the best for 2016!

 Ian

2016 Subscription –  our Treasurer/Membership Secretary writes:

The subscription is unchanged at £8, all of which will be passed on to the National Clarion Cycling Club as in 2015.

Prompt payment would appreciated.  Membership ceases if payment is not received.

Please complete the form attached with the newsletter and return it to me at the address on the form. 

If you prefer to pay by BACS, details of which are shown on the form, please use your surname as reference.  If you want to save a stamp and not send me the form, then email me at: arkell@arkell.info to confirm your payment via BACS.  Payment by PayPal is not possible

Julian 

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Christmas social – this Saturday!

8 December 2011

Clarion Christmas social:  Lunch or afternoon tea at Hove Museum & Art Gallery – Reminder. Do please let her know you’re coming – see end of the message.

Saturday 10 December, 1.30–4.30 pm (but do come along earlier!)

The museum is at 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4 AB. Entry is free. The permanent collections are based around ‘Toys, cinema, local history and fine art’ and the special exhibition (also free) on 10 December will be ‘Robot Invasion’ – a vast range of robots and space toys from the collection of Sussex artist and illustrator Chris McEwan. Sounds fun!

On Saturdays the museum is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Our booking in the tea room is at 1.30 pm, but I hope people will want to turn up earlier and have a wander about first. Buses to the museum are numbers 1, 1A, 6, 6A, or 49 from Brighton North Street or Churchill Square stops, and Hove station is a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk away.

The tea room offers a range of afternoon teas, from cream tea (£4.50), or cream tea with sandwiches (£7.95), to a sumptuous-sounding three-tier cake stand loaded with cakes and sandwiches at £10 a head. The light lunches include rarebits, omelettes, jacket potatoes and fillings, lamb casserole or veggie options, etc, and should cost no more than about £9.

For more information about the museum go to the website at www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk and select ‘Museums’. Then from the side bar on the left choose Hove Museum & Art Gallery.

The tea room will need some idea of numbers nearer the time, so please contact me as soon as possible this month via the Google group or text me on 07527 119 736 to let me know if you are planning to come.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Jenny


News and Christmas social

22 November 2011

Dear fellow members and friends 

The New Year gets closer all the time with no rides yet apart from our little New Years Day excursion – Any offers for 8 Jan. (or beyond)?

And please let Jenny know about the Christmas Social; I was the only one who’d replied last time I heard from her

Tessa’s Christmas Open House with a wide range of work from other artists as well, of course, as her own ceramics will be open at weekends from 11 to 6 on 27/8 November, 4/5 and 11/12 December.

Congratulations to Fred who has just been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Surrey. (My spies are everywhere!)

If you’re a member of the section/club you should have received an email from me earlier about the date of the 2012 AGM.  If you haven’t please let me know straight away; I try to keep the membership mailing list up-to-date but people can get left off accidentally for several reasons – including that they forget to let me know about changes in their email address.

I’ve missed a lot of rides this year for a variety of reasons.  Some of them have been connected with my book Romancing the Revolution. The Myth of Soviet Democracy and the British Left which – after several delays – is I’m pleased to say now published. If anyone is interested you can find out more from www.aupress.ca/index.php/books or let me know and I’ll email you a copy of the “sales sheet”.

Ian

Clarion Christmas social:  Lunch or afternoon tea at Hove Museum & Art Gallery – Reminder. Do please let her know you’re coming – see end of the message.

Saturday 10 December, 1.30–4.30 pm (but do come along earlier!)

The museum is at 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4 AB. Entry is free. The permanent collections are based around ‘Toys, cinema, local history and fine art’ and the special exhibition (also free) on 10 December will be ‘Robot Invasion’ – a vast range of robots and space toys from the collection of Sussex artist and illustrator Chris McEwan. Sounds fun!

On Saturdays the museum is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Our booking in the tea room is at 1.30 pm, but I hope people will want to turn up earlier and have a wander about first. Buses to the museum are numbers 1, 1A, 6, 6A, or 49 from Brighton North Street or Churchill Square stops, and Hove station is a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk away.

The tea room offers a range of afternoon teas, from cream tea (£4.50), or cream tea with sandwiches (£7.95), to a sumptuous-sounding three-tier cake stand loaded with cakes and sandwiches at £10 a head. The light lunches include rarebits, omelettes, jacket potatoes and fillings, lamb casserole or veggie options, etc, and should cost no more than about £9.

For more information about the museum go to the website at www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk and select ‘Museums’. Then from the side bar on the left choose Hove Museum & Art Gallery.

The tea room will need some idea of numbers nearer the time, so please contact me as soon as possible this month via the Google group or text me on 07527 119 736 to let me know if you are planning to come.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Jenny


News and Xmas social

8 November 2011

Dear fellow members and friends

I’m sure that all our fingers are crossed for a mild winter – especially on the days when we’ve got rides scheduled. But I think it’s time to bring back into play the system we tried out last year whereby the ride leader can – if the forecast looks really awful – cancel (or postpone to a slot later on) the ride by 5 pm on the Saturday before.

This can be done in two ways – and I’m happy with either. Either the ride organiser (which apart from me is just Sue P at the time of writing) can let me know before the deadline and I’ll send out the appropriate message to the mailing list, or I can supply the latest version of the list to whoever is leading the ride and s/he can send out the message. I don’t think we need to bother about confirming rides unless there’s been some prior discussion about whether a ride should go ahead or not. In the normal way, if you haven’t had an email by 5 pm on the Saturday you can assume that the ride will go ahead the next day.

No one has volunteered to take on the 4 December ride so, in my role as “back-stop”, I’ve put myself in for it. But we can always change that if anyone is really keen to organise something for that date but hasn’t got round to letting me know yet. Probably, given my extreme susceptibility to cold weather, I’m not the best person to offer two rides in December – but my fingers are firmly crossed!

And it’s not too early for offers for rides in the New Year – starting with 8 January.

Ian

Clarion Christmas social:
Lunch or afternoon tea at Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 10 December, 1.30–4.30 pm (but do come along earlier!)

The museum is at 19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB. Entry is free. The permanent collections are based around ‘Toys, cinema, local history and fine art’ and the special exhibition (also free) on 10 December will be ‘Robot Invasion’ – a vast range of robots and space toys from the collection of Sussex artist and illustrator Chris McEwan. Sounds fun!

On Saturdays the museum is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Our booking in the tea room is at 1.30 pm, but I hope people will want to turn up earlier and have a wander about first. Buses to the museum are numbers 1, 1A, 6, 6A, or 49 from Brighton North Street or Churchill Square stops, and Hove station is a short bike ride or a 20-minute walk away.

The tea room offers a range of afternoon teas, from cream tea (£4.50), or cream tea with sandwiches (£7.95), to a sumptuous-sounding three-tier cake stand loaded with cakes and sandwiches at £10 a head. The light lunches include rarebits, omelettes, jacket potatoes and fillings, lamb casserole or veggie options, etc., and should cost no more than about £9.

For more information about the museum go to the website at www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk and select ‘Museums‘. Then from the side bar on the left choose Hove Museum & Art Gallery.

The tea room will need some idea of numbers nearer the time, so please contact me as soon as possible this month via the Google Group or text me on 07527 119 736 to let me know if you are planning to come.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Jenny