Website updated 23rd November 2019
Annual General meeting of the Bedfordshire Section of the VMCC.
Following our usual format, our Secretary Brent has given us a comprehensive run-down of everything we got up over the last year so I'll try to avoid too much repetition. In my opinion, the section is thriving with loads to do — talks, meets and runs. But we don't want to rest on our laurels — we'd love to hear your ideas for new activities. We'd also love to hear suggestions for talks — even better, volunteers. You don't need to be a brilliant public speaker and we can help with slides.
I say this every year but we'd particularly like some new run organisers. It's not difficult and we can offer all the support needed to get going.
The email distribution list is continuing to prove useful for getting news out to those who use the internet. There is still only just over 30 names on that list, so please let me know if you're not getting the emails but use the computer.
To finish off I'd like to offer my thanks to everyone who makes this section work so very well: the committee and, in particular, Brent the Secretary, the various helpers and, very importantly, yourselves for coming along and making it all worthwhile and very enjoyable.
It's hard to believe that it is 10 years since Brent and I have been in post, but we're still new kids on the block compared to several other committee stalwarts. Brent will read the list of nominees looking to take over from us. Something tells me that isn't a long list.
Bryan Marsh, November 2019
Hello My Friends!
Wonderful to see so many people both here tonight and at our club-nights on all of our runs and gatherings.
Right, what's happened in the last year:
December - The Christmas Auction raised a good wad of cash that was paid to charity. The Committee have agreed that this year's money raised will go to the Diabetic Society Charity.
Don't forget next months auction, which will be on the 19th of December due to the club being used as a polling station on the 12th, so put that in your diary in big letters!
PLEASE bring anything in you don't need and we'll auction it off next month. Try to bring it along early so that we can get the various lots sorted out before the auction starts.
We've had the usual action packed year, starting off with a great talk on Cotton Motorcycles by Bob Smith and Chris Sawyer, then the Vincent film starring our own Bob Culver, then Will's fabulous, mind boggling Quiz, a great night that we all enjoyed tremendously. Super stuff from Rod and Ron doing all of the behind the scenes marking Then a very interesting, and unfortunately very long, talk on BSA. Bryan then told us about the day he gave away a brand new bike, to the Health Riders in Africa. A great tale and much appreciated. We also had an excellent talk by Bob and Eddie on obscure machines. We also had the usual fish and chips night, concours night, ride a bike to Shefford night and of course we've also had Nigel and Sam's brilliant slide shows, great stuff. Fancied a ride out with the Section this last year? Well then, you were spoiled for choice. You could have got out with us lot fifteen times in the last twelve months. These events have included Will's Boxing Day mince pie and coffee get-together, the Roger and Arthur King Memorial Run. Really good that Roger's family, assisted by Will, have kept this superior run going so well. Poignant moments there but terrific to keep it going. The Spring Run was a great day out and lunch, well done John for originating this and to Don for organising yet another top run.
As has become usual now, Bryan also organised another excellent Summer Saunter, very well done Bryan. On top of this Bryan also did the excellent Autumn Gold Run. Great day out I've been told. Also the Albert Brown Run which was well supported, thanks for all that come on that. I really enjoy that day, book early for 2020!
Then there was a fantastic series of six mid-week runs from Don and his band of helpers. These are great days out, if you want a ride out in the mid-week with a good bunch of blokes then just turn up and join in. Well done Don.
Richard very kindly took over and carried on the great Roger King mid-week lunch tradition. The food and company are great here. Roger would be very pleased, well done Richard.
There was the usual ride out to the Velo Club in May; thanks to Reg Cross and friends for the hospitality.
The Shuttleworth Breakfast Meets organised by Chris have gone from strength to strength, members just turn up at their own speed and have a cuppa and a chin wag, great stuff. These have now gone monthly, the last Sunday morning of each month.
I'd now like to thank our committee for all that they do for the club:
Bryan works hard at every club-night, organises major runs such as the Summer Saunter and anything else that gets dropped on him at the last minute! As well as all of the work behind the scenes he also scribes the magazine notes for us every month too. Not easy!
Now, Dave Watts is our fantastic fundraiser Raffle Man. The raffle pays for the hire of the hall, the food and drink laid on for Quiz Night and the Xmas bash, the subsidised fish and chips and it also pays any other expenses that the Section faces. Dave and his wife Jennifer also organise the food collection to help Martin with the catering and that's great.
On this same subject I'd also like to thank Malcolm and Chris and also the other Dave. They step in and organise the raffle when Dave takes the occasional break. Thanks you guys.
Chris provides the committee night venue and he and his wife Heather spoil us rotten with tea and super cake!
Next it's Will. He publicises all of our activities through the website and then takes ages working out those monster questions that have us all sweating at the quiz night. Marvellous!
It's time to once again thank Martin and his helpers for all of the hard work they do in that kitchen over there. Knocking out food and drink for us all to enjoy. Well done Martin, Dave, Jennifer and Fay and Sue and anyone else that turns up and gets stuck in, you know who you are!V
Now we come to Nigel and Sam our team of projectionists, P.A. and archive specialists. Not only do they drag all of this stuff in every month they also compile and produce the slide shows and help with all of the other presentations, thanks you two.
Don McKean organises all of the terrific mid-week runs and comes up with new routes and that is incredibly difficult. Great stuff Don.
John is our long term committee member. For years he organised the Spring Run, he helps with the quiz and is a club stalwart.
Bob Culver keeps our books up to date and in the black. He sorts out the cheque book and keeps the club finances in tidy order as you will hear tonight. Thanks Bob.
Now, I'd like to present the Hoppy award to the person that does an incredible amount of work for the club. Bryan come on down! (Applause)
9th November 2018 to 14th November 2019
Balance for year: £314.48
Cash in hand: £174.00
Cash in bank: £1049.90
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