Sunday, April 29, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
After a short (by our standards) stay at Rusper Golf Club, six were keen for more. We bypassed Rusper, passed by The Gate (under new management) and headed into the Crawley sprawl at Whitehall Drive. We now reversed one of Andy's routes; the editor experiencing anxious and sinking moments on the sodden Cottesmore bridleway. After that it was follow NCN 20 south. Travelling this way gave a first; the views on the descent from Handcross to the Victory Inn Staplefield; previously I've only climbed that hill.
With the forecast in mind, we were away early along familar lanes through Slaugham, Ashfold Crossroads and Colgate to Faygate. Paul departed at Wimlands whilst we continued through Friday Street to our first Capel Church tea of the year. Up to now the gods had been kind; warm sun, not quite so warm in any wind. But as we left, the threatened heavy rain fell. Changeable was the word; Burford Bridge was bathed in sunshine, Chessington dull (nothing new) and drizzle in Surbiton. Around 75 miles door to door.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
When you think that it couldn’t get worse, it does!
The Charity Commission has now explicitly stated that, with the CTC as a Charity, its members will have no power whatsoever to control or influence the policies and governance of the CTC.
Having advised the CTC on how to reword the relevant Articles within the revised M&As to meet its own requirements, the Charity Commission has now noted that Article 11 provides for a poll of the whole Club on any question, the outcome binding the Club and Council for 6 months. This is the Article that we used to challenge the conversion proposal.
The CC has now told the CTC, at some length and in some detail, that this Article, while not affecting charitable status ‘isn’t really appropriate for a charity’ and ‘we would strongly recommend its deletion’. If not at the AGM, because a 'faction' might oppose it, then at a subsequent General Meeting.
It is pretty difficult to summarise the 1,367 words used by the CC to support this claim.
The nub of it is that the trustees of the charity have ‘a legal duty to act as trustees only in the best interests of their charity in furthering its charitable purposes. ………In the case of a charity with a membership, the members role in its administration is normally to elect the trustees………But it would not be appropriate for trustees to be obliged to act on the recommendations of the membership.’ As we have been able to require since the CTC was founded in 1878.
The CTC responded to the CC: “The poll of the whole club was used for the first time in many years during the campaign by a small CTC faction to try and stop this charitable proposal. To suggest its removal at this point could antagonise this group again and jeopardise the prospects of getting the new objects approved.”
The CTC has asked the CC for further advice on how to respond to this concern. When is it going to be honest with members? Before the AGM on 12 May? It won’t because it is too scared that the truth would influence the vote!
Is it the legitimate role of the Charity Commission to conspire with the directors of a company owned by its members in order to influence and manipulate the outcome?
In other words, this is precisely what we have been saying for the past 18 months. The CTC ceases to be a members’ club, the members lose all power to control or influence the policies and governance of the Club and the members (an appropriate word) become no more than impotent eunuchs in the harem of the CTC and Charity Commission.
Are you prepared to vote for the castration of your Club? Is that worth a cycling jacket?
How on earth do we get this message out to the 50,000 odd voting members of the CTC, the media and the wider public?
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Saturday's and Sunday's routes without the mistakes!The glorious weather of March never featured on this tour. Cool and dull were the norms; indeed frosty on Friday. Occasional warmth might be felt when sunny and sheltered from the northerly winds. Monday was a washout; excuse enough for many to abandon plans of riding home.
No doubt the usual incidents(mechanicals, lost, falls, etc) will be relived by victims in the months to come.
SaturdayFrom salubrious suburbs, we reached Poole Harbour and headed north. After the town centre, the route lie along a dual carriageway from which we were rescued by a local. From Upton Country Park, the Roman Road led back to our intended route, Castleman's Corkscrew(NCN 25). By outrageous fortune Mike found a courtyarded and inexpensive cafe in Wimborne Minster.
NCN 25 oddly bypasses Blandford Forum but not us thanks to an unmarked footpath beside the river. Pete's choice of lunch pub gave us plenty of space and only one beer; no food but carry-ins OK! After some ups we headed east for a photo shoot at Tarrant Monkton's ford. Quiet lanes east of Wimborne Minster took us over the A31 on a forestry bridge and onto a handy footpath beside the busy B3073. After the municipal dump (A348) suburbia beckoned though parkland provided respite as raindrops fell.
SundayA busy promenade got us to Poole and the chain ferry where the offroaders departed right. For 11s Pete found an outdoor seaside cafe at Studland(Redend Point). More climbing followed as we bypassed Swanage for Langton Matravers. Neil overshot on the descent to Worth Matravers and had to climb back to the Square and Compass pub - most unusual with a fossil museum! Hot pastries or pies were the only options but welcome in a biting wind.
A rapid descent through Kingston and cross country saw us into Corfe. We were well spread out on the lumpy Sandy Hill Lane but had regrouped when we depleted the cake stocks at Studland's Manor Farm tearooms. The outward route was reversed though abandoned on the now very busy promenade.
Around 275 miles (and two trains) door to door
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 09, 2012
The drizzle having dried out, it was 'on your bike' for the second leg to lunch at Hurley - not so far. Dave led us via Cookham on rural lanes with a bit of linking dual-carriageway, to the wooded Honey Lane and the beautifully secluded 16c Dew Drop Inn, near Ashley Hill. The Brakspear bitter was perfect, but Easter Sunday meant tables were fully booked for lunch, with a Family Easter Egg Hunt. The food looked and smelt delicious . Chips were offered and declined - a victory for those (I won't say who) on a mission to plunder the blubber. The DIY set were quite content.
The return under skies still low, grey and heavy, was via White Waltham and Drift Road to Windsor Great Park for tea at the Post Office. Then back past the Château Chambord aka Holloway College, Chertsey and Weybridge, with each man then breaking off where suited him best. For me it was home still dry with an enjoyable ride behind and 85 miles in the legs.