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The Newsletter of CTC Wessex Cycling

Spring 2013

CYCLE INK MAGAZINE The quarterly magazine of CTC Wessex Cycling in Bournemouth. for all CTC Wessex Cycling activities

Calendar Dates For 2013 Apr 6th Apr 7th

Hardboiled 200km Dorset Coast 200km Dorset Coastlet 100km

Shawn Shaw Peter Loakes Peter Loakes

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Apr 7th May 5th May 12th May 12th May 12th May 12th May 19th May 19th June 6th Sept 1st Sept 1st Sept 1st Sept 1st Sept 8th Oct 14th

Porkers 400km New Forest Challenge 50km New Forest Day Out 100km New Forest 150km New Forest Excursion 200km Dorset Downs 100km Dorset Downs 150km Brimstone 600km New Forest Challenge 50km New Forest and Coast 100km New Forest Century 150km New Forest On/Off Shore 200km Dorset Dirt 50km offroad The 21st Gridiron 100km

Shawn Shaw John Ward John Ward John Ward John Ward Justin Oakley Justin Oakley Shawn Shaw John Ward John Ward John Ward John Ward Ken Reed John Jackson

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Informal Wayfarers Rides to Burley This ride happens every Saturday and is completely informal. There is no leader and no back up, but generally an experienced cyclist somewhere around. The route is designed for beginners but joined in by all abilities.

Start 08:45 at Waitrose Supermarket, Christchurch every Saturday Or 09:00 at The Oak PH, Burton

Or just make your own way to the Old Farmhouse Tea Rooms, Burley for 10:00


The Magazine of CTC Wessex Cycling Our website(s) have been undergoing a bit of a makeover recently so lets talk about them. Traditionally, we have two: and but with the restructuring of our group we have made the information on both identical, so it doesn’t matter which one you hit. The Gridiron entry system which went on-line last year, but on a satellite site, has now been brought into the main site and sharpened up a little bit. There is still a bit of work to do on it, but Dave Langley and I have got together a couple of times to work on some of the problems. Dave has worked on some scripting which he has experience of and we have been building in a nifty bit of software which will compile the start list directly from the on-line entry. All of which will be transparent to you . . . we hope! Traditionally we have always printed a combined runs list with all the groups together. This is to try to avoid the tendency to stay with one particular group if you can see what others are doing. We are still going to print that list and it will be a downloadable list as before; but in addition you will find that the website now has a separate drop down menu page for each riding group. The eagle-eyed amongst you will perhaps note that at the bottom of each page is the little word Administer. This is so that the coordinators for each group can access the page themselves directly. So, if there is a change of plan they can change it immediately, and they can assemble their future lists on-line as they are arranged. Your paper list and the downloadable combined list are fixed of course, but the individual web pages should be up to date and incorporate any of those annoying changes that are sometimes forced on us. This is all a bit experimental at the moment and Dave Langley, who is a bit of a whizz at script programming, is working on some menu-driven data entry which can generate Google maps of the rides and the stopping points. Whatever he comes up with we will test it out and make sure ride coordinators are happy before we implement anything more. Look at that warm sunny track on the cover. Doesn’t it just make you want to ride up it? Anyone tell me where it is? Happy cycling in 2013


New Faces on the Bun Run

By Shawn Shaw

The forecast was for cold frosty start with possibly some icy patches and mist in places; clearing with sunny periods in the afternoon. It was a frosty start and the gloves were white with it. The icy patch was just by Wimborne Football Club and a two wheel slide occurred as traction was lost. Remaining upright the wheels soon ‘bit’ again. The misty place was from Merley Bridge to Bryanston. On the ridge road from Bryanston the mist was in the hollow clinging to the river; beautiful clear bright sunshine bathed the fields on the southern flank. Four of us out today. Two new faces chose this exceptional day to see what Steve and I find so attractive about the Saturday Bun Run: Geoff, relatively new to cycling, and Sam an old hand having had a teenage racing career. They faced up to the terrain without a whimper. “I've been up Bulbarrow once before and hated it.” Geoff re-echoed the feeling of many a cycling newbie before we set out, but, once at the top: “So much easier this time!” he enthused. You don't hear that very often. A brief stop to enjoy the view and to brief the freshers on just what to expect on the descent of Stoke Wake. Safely down we were flying towards Hazelbury Bryan and then slid slowly into the reality of the hiccup of a rise into the village. We arrived at The Bee Shack in Holwell just a little before 11:20. Pretty good for the conditions. Not only the cold and mist but Shapwick was under water with pressure forcing water up through the drain covers. Yuck, nasty! Over tea and buns; “Are we going back the same way?” “We can if you really want to … (answering looks that said ‘not keen’) … but we usually go through Milton Abbas”. And so it was, with the first deflation in Sam's front in Hilton. No offending article was in the tread so all fixed and off past Milton Abbey and school (explaining the grass stairs over the bridge was hard) through the village and on to go paddling at

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the ford in Winterborne Muston. The ‘ford’ here is normally nonexistent as the Winterborne passes beneath the road by culvert. 2012 has not been a normal year and the ‘ford’ was a sound rival to that ford of pertinacious notoriety along from the A354 into Monkton Up Wimborne. It was long; it was deep; it had gravel banks below the waves. Grinding to a halt in the loose gravel, paddling was all that was left to me. At least this was ‘clean’. At Red Post we turned left onto the A31 and Sam went teazle picking. It was a rear puncture you understand and there is nowhere to stand to fix such an occurrence so no option but to find a gap with firm standing between two hedge growths. Repair accomplished and with the burrs (like Christmas baubles) clinging on for dear life we batted along to the Worlds End to turn for the Lytchetts. Happy with the route and the days challenges the new faces beamed their satisfaction but were bemused at the lack of numbers. As we parted each to their home “See you next month!” they enthused. Now, I don't hear that very often.


Song of the Open Road An excerpt from a poem by Walt Whitman

Allons! the road is before us! It is safe - I have tried it - my own feet have tried it well. Allons! be not detain’d! Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the book on the shelf unopen’d! Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money remain unearn’d! Let the school stand! mind not the cry of the teacher! Let the preacher preach in his pulpit! let the lawyer plead in the court, and the judge expound the law. Mon enfant! I give you my hand! I give you my love, more precious than money, I give you myself, before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?


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Right to Ride Report

By Paul M. Turner

February 2013 Following on to the successful bid by the Government LSTF, a new website has been established for Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch enhancing low carbon travel choices: ● Bus - new bus lanes and bus priority measures ● Walking - improved signage, lighting, surveillance, subways and crossings ● Cycling - completion of the cycle network, improved facilities for cycle parking and ● cycle hire, as well as improved crossings for cyclists ● Electric vehicles - more charging points. See:

Poole A new bridge is planned at Shapwick Road in Hamworthy near Poole Yacht Club over the railway lines at Poole Port. It will be an alternative to Blandford Road to Hamworthy Recreation Area.

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Bournemouth Turbary Park Avenue - Detail design work is on-going for the provision of a Puffin Crossing on Turbary Park Avenue near to Daws Avenue. lt is proposed that this will be constructed in spring 2013. Cycle Parking - Funding is available to provide cycle parking facilities at workplaces, educational and establishments and in residential areas from Life Cycle UK. Free Bike Lights - 500 sets of free bike light handed out started in October 2012 half term with volunteers from cycle forum, local cycle charity. Hopefully the students and school pupils will be seen in the dark!


Seine Sortie

By Penny & Damian Buckley

Penny and Damian have been on their travels again. Read their travelogue at


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Ted Davis - Young at 90!

By Jeanette King

Born 31 January 1923 Ted celebrated his 90th birthday at his home in Ringwood with family and friends, including several members of the Thursday Dawdlers and families. He then joined the group the following Thursday for the ride as usual. He rides regularly with the group and on his own and this year will take his bi-ennial cycle ride to Segre, France for the Ferndown Twinning visit. When not cycling he visits his local gym and does Pilates and circuit training as well as keeping his allotment full; and in his free time walks. Ted was born in Islington London, leaving school just weeks before his 14th birthday. He had various menial jobs, in a pawnbrokers and jewellers shop followed by work at Universal Franking Machines. When World War II started he transferred from the office to the factory, where engineering was done, testing equipment, relative to war equipment. In 1940 he volunteered for the Royal Air Force having previously been in the Air Cadet Corps. Unfortunately he was unable to fly being colour blind, so did maintenance on the ground mainly on flying boats. He ended up in West Africa until 1946. He had met Ada at 16 and they kept in touch through the war and married in April 1944 on a snowy day in Islington when they were both 21.

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After he returned to this country he returned to college and got professional training as a Quantity Surveyor, a career he followed for the rest of his working life. After working in a very reputable company in London he set up his own practice specialising in Bank work, first in an office off Baker Street, London and later working from home in Hertfordshire. He and Ada had 2 children, Colin and Sarah, (Sarah had a daughter, Amanda, who has now provided Ted with a much loved great grandson, Oscar) both children very interested in horses and both qualified as instructors; eventually they set up a family equitation centre near Matchams. Ted also had spells of working in Baghdad as a Quantity Surveyor helping to design Superstores and also in Somerset. Finally he returned to Ringwood. Sadly, Ada passed away in 2000 just around the Millenium. In the 80’s he enjoyed long distance running and has photographs of himself having just finished the Bournemouth ¼ marathon. He also ran the New Forest ½ marathon 3 times. Daughter Sarah met some of the Thursday Dawdlers at coffee in Greyfriars, Ringwood in the late 1990’s and said she thought Ted might enjoy some rides with them. The rest is history! A truly remarkable man. Ted’s son Colin looks on


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Come In . . .

By Big Bob

Come in she said. and I’ll give you shelter from the storm. So what is the old fool on about now, and why the quote from a track from that 20/21st century troubadour Bob Dylan? To all hard bitten Cycle Touring men the answer is obvious. On the bike the one thing we value above all is independence, the freedom to roam and pedal through a scintillating landscape of hills, valleys, green open plains and quiet villages. Hearing, seeing and tasting all the world can offer on the journey caught in a web of delight which first drew you out of your comatose domesticity with its numbing comforts and time frittering days busy about nothing of real import. But, and this is a big but, there are times on the journey however far flung it may be when that much treasured independence is placed under strain, rare fortunately, but it does happen and then, if you are lucky, you can be suffused in a rainbow coloured warmth which can only be described as “The kindness of strangers�. Personally, and over a number of years, there have been occasions when I have been astounded at the help readily offered which has enabled the journey to continue: Being rescued from a small rain washed tent, dried out and given a hot meal after a Cornish maelstrom. A dedicated shop bike mechanic returning late at night from well earned revelry agreeing to rebuild a bottom bracket for me in the early hours to facilitate an early morning departure from deepest Yorkshire. Being offered the use of the families bathroom facilities at an isolated Norwegian farmhouse when discovered camping in the area. A French Doctor in mid France insisting on visiting our small tent to treat a scalded arm and after treatment and bandaging would accept nothing but gave a warm smile and a handshake. The way the whole of a small German town from the Nuns in the local Hospital to the polite enquires later in the town square seemed to mobilize after an unfortunate skid and fall on a wet level crossing. A strange time when spending a few days on the banks of the Seine, where in the evening the whole river glowed with a trance inducing pink

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shimmer and in the twilight, sitting outside my little tent, an intense Frenchman slipped a bottle into my hand and smiling walked away. I looked at it gratefully to discover it was Aftershave! A trifle worrying. These kindnesses and many more are called to mind and placed with thankfulness under the heading of “ the kindness of strangers” which although rarely needed gives an uplift to the Bikie life when manifested. So come on, I give it to you one more time, here’s to THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. Now enough of these mumbling memories lets get back to the present. Did you have a good Christmas? Of course you did. I must apologise for asking the question somewhat belatedly but I haven’t seen you since the last Newsletter. This unfortunately means that a good half of my cycling companions will have clean forgotten, in the flurry of remembering, what they had for breakfast let alone what happened at Christmas. I am sitting in the library of our Cyclists Residential Retirement Manor, “The Hotel du Velo Sportiv” penning this short article (“not short enough” I hear the cries ) gazing out of a stone-mullioned window at a January snow covered vista of rolling downland and trees. In the grounds our grass track oval is invisible apart from the wheel tracks of Roger V, heavily engaged in his morning interval training before breakfast, while inside the distant sound of turbo trainers whirring away can be heard. You’ve probable noticed the large patch of burnt grass and bushes outside of one of the dining hall windows caused, I am ashamed to say, during our Christmas dinner by the hasty departure of the major portion of our communal Christmas Pudding in a sheet of flame before it could take out the whole West Wing! The idea was a gentle ignited brandy glow not a bloody Olympic cauldron of fire flying through the air! John H, is being questioned about the matter as we speak. Luckily for us Lord Compton, one of our guests you remember and also one of our major benefactors, was by this time deep into his cups and was seen raising his head crying “Damned fine cabaret sir, eh what? Damned fine”. It was shortly after this statement when the fire extinguisher jet hit him full in the back of the neck. Aghast I swung round to catch our own Jim Mc, with a fixed mask of fear on his face manfully trying to control the overlarge cylinder in the best traditions of the Keystone Cops. At this point half of the top table descended into chaos and the general shock caused me to violently choke on what had been an excellent dinner. Jo G, our watchful resident Medical Officer, ever mindful of our good health and safety, sprang up behind me and with a strength which never ceases to amaze me in one so small wrapped two arms of steel around my middle doubled me over and commenced the Heimlich Manoeuvre. The first jerk cured the choking but the second unfortunately slammed my head into the half eaten dinner plate. The last thing


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I heard above the uproar was Margaret P, bravely attempting to complete her rendition of “ God rest ye merry gentlemen” before I passed out. I awoke in the morning with the mother of all headaches just in time to catch my bedroom door opening and John H, sheepishly peering around it. “Not too bad an evening eh Bob, could have been worse I thought ?” The mark is still on the door where the tea mug hit it! So here I am some days later with the memory of the event fading. The bruising on the forehead and cheek is looking a lot better and I am champing at the bit to jump on the back of one of the groups going out when the snow permits. In fact, if no one is moving I might grab a snack from the pantry for my saddlebag and disappear down the lanes and become part of that glorious thing the English Countryside which, even in winter, has a sparkling lyrical intensity made up of so many things not least the crackling log fire seen through the village Pub window! As you read this it will be verging on springtime and we will, God willing, all be immersed in that which we love the most pedaling this marvellous machine called the Bicycle through a world of so many delights. What on earth have we done to deserve so much? Ride thankfully, Big Bob

Horton Village Hall Horton Village Hall will be open for afternoon teas on the first Sunday of the month starting with Easter weekend. Well worth a visit!


Top Tips! (Apologies to Viz Magazine) ● Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop. ● A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button. ● You only need two tools in life - WD40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape. ● If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

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Thursday Potterers New Year Day Walk

Photo by David Birch

Sunday Potterers - Downton July 2012

Photo by David Wiseman


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On the Road Again

By Shawn

7 am. The Poole conurbation was astir and vehicles were setting about their work. Though still sparse the mix was of trade vehicles interspersed with commuting cars and then there was us; two pleasure cyclists out for a days jaunt.

countryside lay in an evenly bleached white pall that was crisp and deep and eerily quiet. We could see the cold around us and the spectral spume of clingy phantoms floated oblivious to our passing. Turning at the Horton Inn we rose again to the high ridge road betwixt valleys of laying mist. The sun, beginning to warm this aerial activity, dappled these low floating clouds with Gold Top creamy yellow but it had little warmth for us. We followed the well worn route towards Compton Abbas Airfield and enjoyed the Winter view of the main stage, all orange and white, that now marks Larmer Tree Gardens from the hills My companion, Andrew, had trained about. We were headed for Pythouse over from Dorchester. Together we at West Hatch on the rise overlooking had overcome the perennial challenge Semley. that is the hard boiled 300 back on St Our path lay straight ahead off Win Patrick’s day. Having enjoyed it so Green and on through the Donheads. much he went on to complete the The trees that had kept the road from York Arrow, the WessexSR series ice on the cold side of the hill were (twice) and set the Weymouth CC dropping rainspots of thawing frost. 24hr record at the Mersey Roads. First right then second left - through a From our March trip I knew we would crystal grotto to Milkwell. Through be out to enjoy the day and not the Donheads the green hued ashlar so flogging ourselves unduly or at least, prominent in spring and summer when Andrew wouldn't be: me? – well, we'll bedecked with the flora of the see. gardeners craft was now outshone by After seven sets of traffic lights we the thick hoar frost. There was thin ice were looking for the countryside. In in the odd water pools at the gutterless the half-twilight of the early start the edge of the road. We took note and vaulted trees of Yaffel Hill & Gravel wheeled on - aware every bend in Hill made it seem so. Sneaking these lanes could turn us through a through sleepy headed Wimborne and puddle in ice. Shortly we turned left, purring along the rising road real and after breasting the rail bridge,

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right, to be engulfed by arching yawning trees as we tackled a pebblebottom-stream of a rapidly rising road. At the top, Pythouse; cafe and garden shop. It was closed; we were there before opening time! We took a few minutes to condense some breath in the cold morning air and study the sheep gently grazing against a backdrop of sunlit haziness. Some, curious, watched us graze on cereal bars. Where to now? Ashcott, near Bridgewater - another control to sort for next years events. We floated down the hill towards Semley and through the remnants of the weekend's snow asserting our pressence to oncoming 4x4s by taking the dry side where we needed. We took to the the ridge again in the full shine of day and below us the rising spume once more. By the time we were tracking the Lodden into Gillingham the mist had dispersed. The road rose gently before dropping us past a farm manor nestled in a fold and forced us to honk back to the ridge above Cucklington. Not a lot of traffic finds its way to Cucklington. The locals, familiar with this, park where ever they want; to pick up Mrs Neverumind or drop off Mr Nunoyurbiz. And so it was this Tuesday as we dropped off the hill in Cucklington: a people-carrier disgorging from both sides at once: open doors stretching hedge to hedge. Blissfully unaware was The Ancient

Carter behind the wheel. Luckily someone was conscious and an arm pulled a door shut and we glided through the gap unperturbed. Fortunately we had descended on our brakes otherwise ‌ Still, no harm done and in Wincanton a nice lady sent us to The Cat Cafe for which we will be eternally grateful as coffee was long overdue. Through the one way system back to the countryside and a main road closed to traffic. Generally, if you can walk through you can push a bike through and what joy to float along a good surface with no motors anywhere!

We courteously asked the roadmenders if there was room for us and they grinned us through. Life was good. We turned for Yarlington and yellow ham stone cottages featured strongly in the picture laid before us through Galhampton, North Barrow, Foddington and Lydford-on-Fosse. We turned to ride the ridge of the Polden Hills passing Glastonbury Tor, Hood's Monument and the black


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capped Snowcemed unsailed windmill before arriving at The Albion on the far outskirts of Ashcott. Perched high on the ridge, the levels spread all before, just seems to bring out a certain trait of character to endure the life of truck stop cafe staff; the gruffness and the surliness; the no nonsense business attitude. No malice you understand just a lack of interaction; staff to customer. However, food ordered and eaten and control arrangements made we left hoping to gain some assistance from the wind that had sprung up to make the past leg a tough grind. Back along the Poldens (scaling heights that were sweeping descents and honking what had been swift drops) we were headed for Cerne Abbas with the major obstacle of the A303 ahead. There are ways to cross; Podimore roundabout is one. We refused the obvious however and found Babcary and South Barrow before passing under the A303 at Sparkford in a gentler frame of mind away from the heavy traffic. The warmth of the sun was fast fading so hot chocolate was bought at the service station and sipped whilst donning a layer against the chill. Cerne was now along the main road which being mid Tuesday afternoon at half term was nearly quiet. Marston Magna and Sherborne. Longburton and deflation in rear tyre. The chipping was there plain for all to see and soon enough the repair was made. Approaching Lion Gate I had to stop and refuel with a Toffee Crisp. OK -

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not what the sports nutritionist would recommend - but it tasted good and the couple of minutes spent relaxed worked very well to stave off the nadgers. Next Minterne Magna, then Cerne Abbas. A sandwich and a bottle of Diet Coke later and it were proper dark with a choice to make. Carry on through Dorchester; shorter and rolling. Cut across to Milton Abbas; longer and lumpy. Piddle Lane hangs over us as we strike out at its meatier rises. We beat the one-in-five odds this time knowing that it will stand as but a fleeting victory. Once crested the downs spread out bathed in moonglow and the stars are all mixed and jumbled with many not seen in towns. Piddletrenthide and Cheselbourne. Streetway Lane then Milton Abbas. Whitechurch through to Anderson and on to the Lytchetts, Matravers and Minster. The star points are less and the patterns more familiar now, the weakest cut out by the street lights strength. Back where we started, on the garage forecourt, another days riding over, we congratulate each other and ourselves. There's a train to Dorchester in ten minutes time so a shake of hands and our routes divide; our paths now each for home.




PRESENT:- Terry Walsh, Mike Walsh, Keith Matthews, Jim McDonald, Dave Langley, John Jackson, Jo Gordon, Julian James. Observed by Agnes Walsh, Ralph Huckle


APOLOGIES:- John Ward, Paul Turner, Bob and Joan Courtney, Steve Gray


MATTERS ARISING FROM LAST MINUTES:- Jim reported that he has only two names so far for First Aid Training and has not yet researched a course.


TREASURERS REPORT:- Mike reported that there is ÂŁ1500 in the bank account. Money has been spent on subsidising the Christmas lunch and also a training course attended by Paul Rush for Bikeability which cost ÂŁ300 for which Paul is now trained.


NEWSLETTER:- Jo said she has been approached from members of the group since being a committee member wishing to know more about the business at the committee meetings. Keith said the minutes could be added to the Newsletter and/or put on the website - and this was agreed by all. Keith is always happy to receive news or articles for the Newsletter.


RIGHT TO RIDE:- Paul Turners report was read out by Terry. There is now a new website established for Poole, Bournemouth & Christchurch enhancing low carbon travel choices - In Poole a new bridge is planned at Shapwick Road in Hamworthy. In Bournemouth Turbary Park Avenue is to have a Puffin Crossing, there is funding available to provide cycle parking facilities from Life Cycle UK and 500 sets of free bike lights have been handed out to students and pupils.


RUNS LEADERS REPORTS:- Sixty cyclists attended the Christmas lunch at Bournemouth Rugby Club and if was thought that the subsidy may have influenced this. All groups will receive notification and invitation to this years event earlier to encourage involvement of all the groups. It is being considered whether the lunch should be at the weekend as the midweek time could exclude those members still working. Dave, Jim and Denis will liaise and this will be discussed during the May committee meeting. Rouleurs - Dave said Thursdays group averaged ten riders but the Sunday numbers are now down to an average of four and it is rare for anyone to continue after coffee. Some riders are now riding with Jubilee instead. Inters - Jo thought the group of 14-20 riders are now going further, faster and with individuals now planning the routes the rides are slightly more varied but as usual constrained by available coffee stops. Potterers - Jim reported that numbers are still good with approximately 12 - 18 on a Thursday and an average of 17 on Sundays. Dawdlers - Jim said the Dawdlers still meet but we are not in receipt of any information to report on. Poole Heart Group- Keith said that the ride averages 8 with a total of 15 on the books. The group meets monthly but on a variable day. Pedal Again in Poole - all the bikes were stolen - there is a course booked but Poole Council are reluctant to buy more bikes. Saturday Morning ride - now seems to start in more places and is consistently a large gathering. Saturday 60 is being supported every week. Bun Run - there was no report from Shawn. Poole Leisure Cycling numbers are increasing. Disability Group - this has been suggested and perhaps Paul Rush would like to take this on.


REGISTRATION RUNS LEADERS and the WEBSITE:- There was a lively discussion concerning the CTC members list supplied by the CTC - not very comprehensive and the accuracy summed up by Keith saying that if a runs leader is not on the list let Keith know so he can check and update! Website - the Gridiron on line entry works but Keith says needs improvement. Keith has set up every groups runs list page and a password will allow an allocated person to update. Keith will contact the runs leaders for each group to set this up. There will be individual lists but Eric will combine them also. Dave would be happy to do a visual demo of each ride which could increase the profile and be good for new members - Jim was unsure of the take up for this.


CHARITABLE STATUS;- Following information received from the CTC Mike felt that there was no hard and fast rules so that we can decide what to do with any monies.

10. WOMENS CYCLE GROUP:- "The committee agreed to support a women's cycle ride with a view to increasing the number of women cycling with the CTC and introducing them to the joys of club cycling. The rides will take place on Saturday morning and will stop for coffee at The Old Farmhouse Tearooms, Burley. Jo Gordon and John Jackson will initially organise it but it is hoped that if a women's group is successfully formed that they will take on the organisation. The committee was asked to think of existing women cyclist who may be willing to act as run leaders and men who would be willing to provide back-up, speak to them directly and let Jo and John know of any volunteers ASAP. The rides will initially start at around 30 miles and all levels of ability will be catered for, but if the group want to cycle further and to different venues we will be flexible to their wishes. The formation of the group/rides will be advertised via the website/newsletter plus email to all female cyclists on Keith's membership list."


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11. AOB:- SCARF - cycling experience “You may remember this time last year we agreed to provide financial (I think we said up to £500) and 'human' support for the above charity. Well we provided two CTC members for each monthly event (from: John and Sheila Ward, Katherine, Sam and John Jackson) but as Cycle Experience in Brockenhurst refused to take any payment for transporting and maintaining the bikes or wages for their staff who helped throughout the sessions there was no need for financial assistance. A recent funding bid to Sports England has been unsuccessful due to the high demand post Olympics. They are expecting funding from Hampshire County Council from April 2013 onwards but want to run 2 Multi-Sports Cycling sessions in March (9th and 23rd) for 12-14 children, to maintain momentum. These will use qualified Support Workers so that family do not need to be in attendance (CRB and all that) and give the families some respite care. The cost is £256. I would like Gridiron/CTC Wessex (I'm never sure of the difference) to fund this as a first and LAST payment.” This funding was agreed by all. GRIDIRON - John reported that there is a good structure for organising the event with the website set up by Keith and Dave. The car parking issue at Boldre could not be solved so Lymington is now the new starting point with two halls available at the Community Centre with two cafeterias staffed for us. All inclusive for £174. There is hard parking throughout Lymington and if not free there the maximum cost will be £5.00 Entries are already coming in and are limited to 1000 with no on line entries Julian reported from the CTC saying that affiliated club members were not officially allowed to Lead rides but unofficially it was thought to be OK and this would not be put in writing. The committee felt this was of not help at all and did not answer the question. Keith cannot even check the status of those claiming to be affiliated members as there is no available list from the CTC. 12. The next committee meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY 22nd MAY 2013 AT 19.30 13. The meeting closed at 21.30

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t mind who takes the credit.” Ronald Reagan. “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”


Committee meetings at the Conservative Club, Kinson. Next committee meeting: 22nd May 2013 at 19:30 Meetings 2013: 21st August 23rd October (AGM) ; 20th November Secretary: Mike Walsh: 17 Grove Gdns, Southbourne Rd, Bournemouth BH8 9JQ TEL: (01202) 429985 Email Editor: Keith Matthews: 10 Hill View Road, Ferndown, BH22 9QY TEL: (01202) 855001 Email The committee meeting date is the deadline for Newsletter contributions. Contribute by any way you like. Photographs are welcome in any form.

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