Website updated 17th November 2023
Annual General meeting of the Bedfordshire Section of the VMCC.
I'm sure we don't need a slogan but, if we did, it could be "Steady as she goes" or "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". We have a tried-and-tested formula of talks, runs, quizzing and lots of eating. And, unless, people shout loudly for change, it seems like the sensible way to continue. Indeed, your hard-working committee have put together another exciting programme for next year – homegrown and invited speakers, runs and yet more eating. We have, however, taken Norm's suggestion on board to bring the Autumn Run forward by a few weeks to encourage a few more riders to join in.
I would like to express my thanks to the committee, notwithstanding the fascinating conversations that take place whilst I'm trying to get them to focus on the business in hand. I echo Brent's praise for everyone who helps make this section such a good one, and add particular thanks to Brent himself for continuing his secretarial support and organisation of the Albert Brown Run in what has been a difficult year for him.
In a moment, Bob will tell us whether we need to call in the official receiver but, before then, as usual, I'd like to thank you, the members, for continuing to support our events.
Bryan Marsh, Chairman November 2023
At the AGM last November all was deemed to be okay within the section and members seemed happy to let the committee continue for another year.
Our Xmas bash and auction went well. Good work from all the gang working on selling off the items, also Martin and his elves in the kitchen, great stuff everyone.
Also Will for his Quiz Night, just as hard as usual, once again producing the questions to make everyone's brain hurt.
The Breakfast Meets and Mid-Week lunches, organised by Richard, have all been a great success. Talks were all extremely well received too.
Another good turnout for the fish and chips night. The food was excellent and reasonable weather meant that a lot of us were able to enjoy it outside.
The Newsletter from Bryan still continues and is brilliant. Well done to him and his contributors, particularly the core team of scribes.
Runs this year included the Spring Run by Bryan, a lovely trot out through the villages. The Roger & Arthur King Memorial Run, with a great route by Will and the usual exemplary standards set by the King family in the catering department. Our Albert Brown Run lived up to it's title of 'The Sunshine Run' as did the Summer Saunter, another well organised run, courtesy of Nigel and Sam. We only had a splash of rain at the end of Norm's Autumn Gold last week, a lovely run and lunch.
Mid-Week Runs continue at full throttle, magnificent work by Don, setting a very high standard of route and lunch venue. Bryan's informal runs have also kept people entertained with great routes and grub throughout the colder months.
We thank Chris and his wife Heather for their continued sterling work in coping with the committee descending upon them at regular intervals. The tea and cakes have been first class and very much appreciated as usual.
For yet another year Nigel and his son Sam have really pulled out all of the stops with their work on our projector, computer, archive and general IT work.
Bob has kept the books for another year, and we'll be hearing from him for an up-to-date report on where we are financially, thank you Bob.
I'd like to thank the committee: Bryan, Martin, Chris, Nigel, Will, Don, Bob and Richard, for yet another industrious year, well done.
Also some of our other helpers including Malcolm, Sam and Brian for helping chief raffle guy and head of prizes, Chris, great work prising quids from people you guys. This money pays for the hire of the hall and anything we need throughout the year so please buy a couple of tickets if you can afford it in the coming twelve months.
Now, finally, the Hoppy Cup, this year is awarded to Richard, for all of the good work sorting out the breakfast and mid-week lunches and for being an all-round top bloke. Richard, come on down!
Brent Fielder, Secretary November 2023
11th November 2022 to 9th November 2023
Balance for year: £55.00
Cash in hand: £260.00
Cash in bank: £1561.48
Bob Culver, Treasurer November 2023
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