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15th March
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter on the above HQ button, where you can read the outcome of the AGM appointments and awards.

11th March
Haven't heard much about the VMCC Agm apart from the proposal to close the retail shop. It failed with 606 votes for the motion and 625 votes against, with 57 abstentions.

8th March
Latest CMB magazine on the button above.

2nd March
Disappointing turnout for Geoff's talk on Alec Bennett. We ordered 20 Faggots & Peas and only 17 sat down to eat. However, Geoff's talk was as informative as ever, "Thank You Geoff".
Don't forget the St David's day run on the 10th March - leaves the Mountain Cafe at 10.30am and the long range weather forecast doesn't look too bad - so time to change the oil, dust off the cobwebs and get something out of mothballs to be ready for the years riding.

18th February
Please don't forget that next Monday is the St David's Day Lecture, given by Geoff Harris. Food will be available at 5 per head. We have 20 meals booked and it will be on a first come first served basis.

15th February
Latest CMB newsletter on the button above. Our good friend Paul has at last relinquished the Presidency of the CMB. Paul took over the President post of the CMB for a short period of two years - it took 33 years before he was able to hand it over to a new incumbent. Welcome to Dany Faict

14th February
I've just received the following from the Bristol section regarding the South West Coast Run:

After many years, the present organisers of the event are standing down for a well earned rest, and although people have offered to help, no one has come forward to take on the considerable amount of work involved in managing the event in the future. Consequently, the decision has been taken not to run it this year. It is hoped that this will be a temporary break and that after a year to catch our breath the event will re-emerge albeit in a simpler and more manageable form.

Please pass this information to anyone you know who also entered the event and may need to know, and thank you once again for your support in the past

John Dodimead

Chairman, VMCC Bristol Section

13th February
Latest Section secretaries newsletter is now on the HQ button above.

6th February
AGM voting forms were sent out with the February magazine and there are a few propositions that need clarification. I shall outline the background to some of them at the next section meeting in order that you are all a little more informed, so as to make your choices regarding some of the items. Otherwise just give me a ring and I can explain.

1st February
Entry details for the Cheddar weekend and the Cornwall week can be found at the bottom of the Events calendar page.

29th January
Last night's AGM was poorly attended with only 18 members turning up. The committee were re-elected en bloc and the whole AGM business was finished in 25 minutes. After the business part of the meeting was done, the floor was opened up to a general discussion, which raised some interesting points. My problem is why did members not bother to attend? We normally have a good turnout at AGMs, but we seem to be doing something wrong, somewhere.

24th January
Some time back a serious accident took place, off road, with a farm tractor, somewhere in the EU. Consequently, the EU decided to draw up a new directive to cover the situation. You may, or may not, be aware of this new MID(Motor Insurance directive, sometimes referred to as the "VNUK") that has been quietly progressing through the EU.

The directive requires compulsory unlimited third-party liability insurance to be carried by anyone using any form of motorised transport, in any location. That includes everything from ride-on lawnmowers and tractors to single-seater and tin-top competition vehicles, even at private venues like race circuits, throughout the EU. This means crashes in motor sport events would be treated as road traffic accidents and would involve the police, as would any road traffic collision.

IMCO, the European Parliament committee responsible for MIDs, has just voted by an overwhelming majority of 32 to 2, with one abstention, to exempt various vehicles from the scope of the Motor Insurance Directive. The proposed judgement threatened motorcycle and motor sport by making road traffic insurance compulsory during off-road use (e.g. on a motor racing circuit).  This would require a form of insurance not commercially available and according to the insurance industry, probably unachievable.  At the top end of the scale, just think of trying to insure a Formula 1 car - let alone what the premium could be.

21st January
A rather nice 1972 Yamaha CS3 for sale in the Bar.

18th January

12th January
Arteck jump starter pack for sale in the Bar. Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter now on the above button.

3rd January
New reports page for 2019 now set up with the 2018 reports now moved to the 'previous year' button, all under the Lounge as above. If anyone needs any information/photos etc from a previous years reports page, then I still have them, just email me.

1st January
Happy New Year everyone.
One small change to our calendar is the need to put the St David's day run back a week from the 3rd March to the 10th March, all other details are the same.

30th December
There have been six nominations for the posts of Director for the club. Some are new names. Geoff McGladdery was co-opted onto the MC during the last year whilst Brian Southam served on the MC for 14 years with myself. The most important thing for you, is to vote for these six as they are prepared to step up to the plate, which bodes well for the future of the club after the past few turbulent years. The following are copies of their applications - do have a read and vote for them all:
Bob Clark - Clyde Valley Section
Brian Southam - West Kent Section
Geoff McGladdery - Herefordshire Section
John Lay - Brooklands and South Hants Sections
Raymond Albeson - Auld Reekie(Edinburgh) Section
Roy Moore - British Historic Racing

28th December
A note on the Day after Boxing day run, now on the Reports page along with Bruce's tale of his ride out. Entry form for the Llanishen Bike show is downloadable from the events calendar page.

18th December
Last night's Xmas dinner was attended by 47 and we managed to present most of the Vale of Glamorgan Trophies during the evenings proceedings. It's always nice to see some members from the West South Wales section and to welcome two new members, Iulian and Monica Casalean. Photos etc on the reports page in the Lounge.
Next event is the meeting on the "day after Boxing Day" at the Red Lion on the A48 in Bonvilston - followed by the "Day after New Years Day" at the Victoria Inn, Sigingstone. Meet at the pubs around 12 noon.
Merry Christmas everyone.

17th December
We've had an invite to enter our bikes etc in a show on the 8th june organised by the Ystrad Mynach College. Entry forms are here in PDF, or here in Word format. Please note that I have queried the first requirement on the form that asks all entrants to declare that they have "appropriate 3rd party insurance". I am assured that this refers to road insurance and that the college has it's own PL insurance in place. I'm not sure how that affects anyone who wishes to enter and to take their bike on a trailer as they may not have road insurance for it - best to check with the organiser.

14th December
Latest CMB magazine now on the button above.

10th December
Last call for dinner choices, if you intend to come. Raffle prize donations will be welcome on the night.
The Wednesday evening rideouts have been finalised and are on the calendar on the events calendar page
Briefly they are:
April - The Black Cock, Caerphilly mountain
May - The Victoria Inn, Sigingstone
June - Y Maerun, Marshfield
July - Red Lion, A48, Bonvilston
August - Creigiau Inn, Creigiau
September - The Farmers Arms, Aberthin

4th December
There is a mistake in the section notes in the December journal - the "day after Boxing day run" is not to start anywhere at all. It is simply a ride from the riders home to the Red Lion on the A48 in Bonvilston to arrive around 12 noon.
Another calendar change is to the Cheddar weekend - due to a clash of dates with the Cotswold section Felix Burke trial, the Cheddar weekend has been brought forward a week to the 30th/31st March. That gives us a small problem in that we have the Spring run listed for that weekend. I do not propose that we amend our calendar, so unless announced here, the Spring run will take place on the 31st as listed.

26th November
I've now added most events to the events calendar in the Lounge. If anyone spots a mistake or has anything to add, then please get in touch. The 23rd June is a busy day with 5 events listed, including our 'Remember the Dragon'. If you have a few minutes then please complete the FBHVC survey on the costs of owning and running an old vehicle - it's not too onerous and is important for the FBHVC to analyse the state of the old vehicle movement in the UK.
I've deleted the old Cotswold section newsletter button from above as the Newsletter ended with the last one from Reg Eyre in December 2017. I still have the copies, so if there is one that you'd like, I can email it.

20th November
Well done to everyone who attended the club last night for the charity auction. It was a good night which raised 400 from the sales - amiably run by Rob, with John as backup. We also had 105 of cash donations from Barry, Roger, Bob and two non-members one of whom was present and wanted to contribute. Barry's gold plated pickle onions produced 111 - they do have a secret ingredient I'm told, and are well worth the cost.

6th November
Latest Section Secretaries Newsletter is now on the VMCC HQ button above.

23rd October
Free laptop computer in the Bar.

18th October
For those interested the Western Region Road Trials Championship, the results can be seen here - all in Excel spreadsheet format. Quite a few of our members are in the lists, with trophies won as class runner-ups, by:
Bruce and Di - Post Vintage
Rob Jones - Post war
Bill and Jean - 3 wheeler

17th October
Some photos from the Levis cup trial of our members are now on the reports page in the Lounge. New CMB magazine now on the button above. Film night next Monday.

7th October
Latest HQ newsletter is now on the above button. Also included with the newsletter are copies of the five year plan. Download version one here - download version two here. Any comments can be passed back to the Chairman via HQ. If you haven't had enough of that then you can have a read of the latest proposed amendments to the club By-laws here. The changes are in italics and they are a bit haphazard, I must say.

4th October
New bike for sale in the bar and a report on the recent Isle of Wight Scurry - now in the Library on the features page.

28th September
New bike for sale in the bar.

20th September
Some notes and photos of the Saundersfoot weekend are now on the Reports Page in the Lounge.

21st August
Vale of Glamorgan event report, results and photos, now on the Reports page in the Lounge. Next meeting on Monday the 27th, followed by the Wednesday evening rideout to the Creigiau Inn on the 29th.

18th August
Vale of Glamorgan event tomorrow first away from the Llanharry club at 11am - if you haven't entered then turn up tomorrow and enter on the day. The grape vine has it that John F is to sell his Bond Bug, so if you fancy something different, contact John.

10th August
Some photos added to the Roof of Wales report on the Reports Page, many thanks to Steve T. Don't forget the Chairman's run this coming Sunday - meet 10am for a 10.30am start at the Mountain Cafe.

7th August
A few notes on the Roof of Wales run are now on the Reports page. Anyone got some photos?

3rd August
Latest CMB magazine is now available on the above button. Don't forget the "Roof of Wales" Run this coming Sunday . It includes a free BBQ at around the halfway point. Also - entries are desperately needed for the Vale of Glamorgan event - regs at the bottom of the calendar page in the Lounge.
I now have a copy of the minutes from the Area Reps meeting, so if you're interested, just ask, and I'll pass you a copy.

23rd July
Report on yesterdays "Historic Tour" now on the Reports page.
Don't forget the Wednesday evening rideout on the 25th - venue? the Red Lion in Bonvilston.
Next Mondays club night is the Fish and Chip run - 7pm from the car park on the south side of the A48, outside the Indian restaurant - NOT at the old cafe, where we used to meet. F&C back in the clubhouse, after the ride, at 5 per head.