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An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on 8th March 2015 regarding the future of CTC West. The minutes of the meeting are shown below:

CYCLISTS’ TOURING CLUB – CTC WEST
Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting
Sunday 8th March 2015
Horton Village Hall, Horton, Gloucestershire

The meeting opened at 11.00am with 40 members present. Hugh Marshall, President of CTC West and Chairman of the meeting, outlined the history of the District Association to date, a total of 108 years.

The Motion to dissolve Bristol District Association, now known as CTC West, was read. This was proposed by Nick Horne, seconded by David Woodward, and the members present were invited to put forward any questions.

Letters were read from two CTC Bath members objecting to the Motion. There were queries about:

  1. Funds: £500 had been sent to each of the six Sections (member groups) with the balance of the funds to go to the CTC’s Cyclists Defence Fund

  2. Trophies: These will be kept

  3. Website: The Webmaster, Tony Hadfield, outlined three methods for future use and suggested that he agrees with the six group Secretaries which method is preferred, and how it will be funded.

The Motion was then put to the vote, the result being:

33 members –  For

5 members –  Against

2 members –  Abstentions

All of the committee members of CTC West present signed the official form. A vote of thanks was proposed and unanimously approved for all the work of Hugh Marshall (President) and of the Committee. The meeting closed at 12.00 noon.

The minutes were taken by Mrs. Joan Griffiths in the absence of the Minutes Secretary.

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CTC is an independent national cycling charity which aims to inspire and help people to cycle and keep cycling. CTC encourages all types of cycling, on the road or off it, and can support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.

CTC has been working for cycling for over a century. Nationally and locally, the organisation uses its knowledge to influence decision makers and help people discover how cycling can change lives. CTC relies on 70,000 members, volunteers, grant funders and partners for support. Without them, it would not be able to do vital work in communities inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to cycle.

On joining the CTC, one automatically becomes a member of the CTC Group closest to where one lives. Each local Group is an association of members who have come together to encourage cycling in all its aspects and to foster social spirit amongst its members. CTC West currently has around 3,900  members living within its boundary.

Within CTC West there are six Groups: Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Frome, Stroud Valleys, and Swindon. To find out about any of these please visit their web sites by selecting the Group links above. Alternatively, to find out about CTC, select this link.

Geographically, CTC West includes Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and most of Somerset and Wiltshire. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes the Cotswolds, Mendips and Quantock Hills, part of Exmoor, the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Wiltshire Downs, all of which are ideal for cycling.

CTC West and its Groups enable members to enjoy regular club rides which, together with the CTC national programmes, provide a comprehensive series of events throughout the year catering for the interests and abilities of most cyclists. Many of these events qualify for the CTC Tourist Competition, details of which can be found on the CTC web site.

In addition to running cycling events, CTC West holds a lunch at Luckington at which annual awards are presented. CTC West members can participate in CTC national events, including the York Cycle Show, and the CTC Birthday Rides.

Major Events

For the dates of the events that will be run by CTC West in 2015 click here.

The Tourist

The last issue of The Tourist magazine, dated April 2014 , is available online. It has been decided that this publication will no longer be produced.

Annual General Meeting

The 2013/2014 Annual General Meeting of CTC West was held on Sunday 2nd November at Horton Village Hall, Horton, South Gloucestershire, starting at 11.00am.

CTC West Carol Service

The CTC West Carol Service was held on Sunday 14th December at St Georges’ Church, Upper Cam, Gloucestershire, starting at 2.30pm. A write up is on the Stroud Valleys CC home page.

CTC West Annual Lunch and Presentation of Awards

Once again we visited the Old Royal Ship at Luckington, a very cycling friendly hostelry, for our annual lunch and prize-giving. This was held on Sunday 6th April and a write-up is in the last issue of The Tourist.

CTC West Castle Combe Church Service

Held every year since 27th May 1945, the Castle Combe church service is a celebration of cycling, and a service of thanksgiving for the men in cycling battalions who fell in the Great War and for the many cyclist soldiers, commandos and paras who did not return from World War II.

The Castle Combe church service, like the services held in May on the village green at Meridian, the centre of England, and at Coxwold, a few miles north of York, is now a memorial service and an informal, ecumenical gathering – especially for today’s cyclists in the West Country.

This year’s service was held at St Andrews Church, Castle Combe on Sunday 13th April at 2.30pm, and was followed by tea and cake served in the church.

Veterans’ 100 Miles in 12 Hours

The Veterans’ ride, for cyclists aged over 50, was held this year on Sunday 8th June.

The ride started from Winterbourne Community Centre Car Park, and the route covered South Gloucestershire, the Cotswold Water Park area and as far east as Cricklade.  This was an easy-paced ride to be completed within 10 – 12 hours, with a  stop for elevenses in Tetbury and lunch in Cricklade. There was a taxing climb before elevenses at Tresham, otherwise the route was gently undulating.

CTC West supports Wye Cycle

We are pleased to have been able to contribute to the development cost of the new Wye Cycle portal which aims to promote all forms of cycling in the Wye and Severn Valleys, and in Monmouthshire. Click here for more information.

CTC West supports proposed Chepstow to Tintern cycle path

Nik Peregrine, who organises some of the Audax rides for CTC West has started a petition to persuade Monmouthshire County Council be restore the disused railway line between Chepstow and Tintern as a shared-use path for cyclists and walkers. For more details, and to sign the all-important petition click here.

For further information about CTC West please email: ku.gr1427502579o.tse1427502579wctc@14275025794102t1427502579seWCT1427502579C1427502579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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