Hi all!
This is a reminder that the 2016 Christmas do will take place on Monday 19th December from 7.30pm onwards at the CMC (Cheltenham Motor Club). There will be a buffet and the trophies will be given out. It will be a great opportunity to have a drink and a chat with your fellow club mates. You don’t need to buy tickets or reserve a place, just turn up. Hope to see you all there!

We are on the lookout for a new destination or two for the Saturday road rides. If anyone knows of a cafe within 15-18 miles of Cheltenham that can accommodate 40-70 riders that we don’t already use, please let either Fred Gittings or Simon Worsley know.

As promised at the AGM, the 2016 Road Captain’s Report is now available.

There has been a few important changes in some key positions at the club, as well as some reassuring continuations in post:

John Hawes has completed his stated tenure as Chairman and has left the club with some key areas resolved (like governance, budget guidance and role clarification) as well as competently managing some very difficult events whilst in the full glare of the local press.

The next change is to General Secretary, with Doug Gale stepping down after bringing his sense of proprietary from the past, whilst being keen to help sort out new issues where needed.  His recent work has probably gone under the radar of most club members but he has effectively managed the club affairs/affiliations, BC memberships, etc., and generally kept things ticking over.

The next important news is that Martin McGreary has stepped down as Finance Secretary.  Martin has always put the same amount of his enthusiasm for riding into helping the club throughout the years with a careful management of finances and a huge (and instrumental) input to key events like HONC.

Finally, Harry Walton has stepped down from the Committee as the Member without Portfolio (which is basically a role created to represent all parties and help governance).  Harry is always the voice of common sense so his attendance has been particularly welcome whenever the Committee has looked for solutions.

Here is the current team then:

  • Robin Mainwaring, Chairman (& acting Membership Secretary)
  • Gary Rickards, Club General Secretary
  • Jonathan Nicholls, Finance Secretary
  • Simon Worsley, Road Captain
  • Charles Zanettacci, Race Captain
  • Ed Wilkins, MTB Captain
  • Emma Trueman, Ladies’ Captain
  • Laura Finucane, Social Secretary
  • Rob Haynes, Web Coordinator
  • Roger Smith, Member without Portfolio

The main story is that the John, Martin and the team have done a cracking job of cautiously managing the budget whilst the club have also been able to run a good list of events and functions across all disciplines. We did have a little unexpected bad news in that we needed to make an urgent payment for club equipment storage, which was not in forecast. On the upside though, membership was incredibly buoyant (we now have over 330 members).

Back in 2015 we introduced a scheme which we hoped would encourage volunteering by recompensing those who helped the club run some of the great things on offer (like HONC, Road Racing, TT, etc.) and we elevated the subs to cover the expected payments. However, volunteering levels remained pretty much the same (and we are increasingly reliant on a small number of individuals who are prepared to help us when needed) so the increase in subs effectively has just meant a little more money. Hence, we have reduced club subs across the board, scrapped the volunteer recompense scheme and are discussing some options on specifically recognising those who help us all to enjoy the events on offer.

The other key point is that we actually made money on something which might usually be seen as a cost, which was the cyclocross series. So, expenses were down given the injection of cash there. We will be looking to see how we can ensure the continued success in this growth area, possibly reinvesting some more of the money back into the events.

So, in summary (and rounded up):

Revenue was £10,250 (forecast was £9k)
Expenses were £7,000 (forecast was also £9k)

Balance is now £32,000

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Coming events

Thursday, 8 Dec 2016
Club Evening
Saturday, 10 Dec 2016
Road Ride: Prinknash via Painswick (16, 14)
Road Ride: (H1) Toddington via Stanway (16, 18, 20)
Sunday, 11 Dec 2016
Club Ride: Broadway Tower
Winter Training Road Ride
Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016
MTB - Evening Ride
Evening Road Ride: Faster Road Ride
Evening Road Ride: Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne (Pub Stop - Lights needed)

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