Following Government advice on Monday 16th March, 2020 the Committee took the decision to cancel all clubroom events with immediate effect. Since then the situation has moved on and advice has now been received from CTC Headquarters asking member groups across the country to cancel ALL of their planned rides and activities, again with immediate effect. Our website, www.norwichctc.com and our Facebook Group, Norwich CTC (Cycling UK in Norfolk) have been updated today to reflect this decision. I will use both of those to keep members informed of any further changes.
As I write this, the Government’s advice is that outdoor exercise can still be taken, just not in a group situation. That may well change at some point in the future. Some cafes in the region are already reporting that they are closing and no doubt others will follow.
The next few weeks and months are going to be challenging for everyone, all we can do is follow official advice and do all we can to stay safe.
18th March 2020
Kendal Mountain Festival Tour
Fire up your imagination with a thrilling night of adventure.
Watch an incredible collection of short films on the big screen, stories of human endurance and breathtaking environments. Plus hear from Jenny Graham recently smashed her way into the Guinness Book of Records by becoming the fastest woman to cycle solo around the planet! Jenny’s ride took her across 18,000 miles, over 4 continents and 16 countries, completing the trip unsupported in an incredible 124 days!
One of our presenting team will host the evening and there’ll be prizes from our tour partners.
More info and tickets – https://www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/ents/event/9725/
CTC Birthday Rides 2020
The annual Birthday Rides will make a welcome return to the Cotswolds this year. Based at the Fire Services College in Moreton-in-Marsh, they will be held from 2nd to 9th August. Further details at www.birthdayrides.org
Annual General meeting 2019
The AGM was held on Wednesday 20th November 2019 at the clubroom. There were only nine members in attendance together with two guests. That’s a poor turnout, even by our standards!
The Secretary’s annual report and the Treasurer’s financial report were both accepted by the meeting.
There was one proposal put to the meeting for discussion – That from February 2020 all weekend club rides become ‘meet at’ venues for lunch with no appointed leaders. This was proposed by Barry Smith. After a short discussion, a vote was taken and the motion was carried with all in favour.
The committee was elected as follows:-
Chair – Sue Gatehouse
Secretary & Registration – Sandra Franks
Treasurer – Robert Amies
Welfare Officer – Bryan Walker
Promotions – Tony Clarke
General Committee – Barry Smith
Auditor – Keith Harrison
The CTC in Norfolk
August 2020 marks the 90th anniversary of the formation of a CTC group in Norfolk. The group was formed at a meeting held at The Cat & Fiddle PH in Magdalen Street, Norwich. The inaugural ride, on 10th August, started in Tombland and riders made their way to Castle Acre for lunch. They then called at Mrs Littleproud’s teashop in Little Fransham for tea on the way back to Norwich.
The last time we celebrated the anniversary appears to have been for our 75th in 2005 when we held a picnic on the village green at Heydon with tea and birthday cake being served in the village hall.
Look out for events commemorating the anniversary next summer.
Using E-Bikes on Club rides
In the last couple of years, several members have acquired e-bikes and are now using them on club rides. While this is welcomed, we should all bear in mind that using them in a group is not without problems. Because of their characteristics, they tend to be much quicker uphill than normal bicycles. If you are riding one, please try to keep the group in formation on hills, and if you need to overtake a slower ride, please do so with care and courtesy.
Cycle Group Camping
If you’re into cycle-camping, you may be interested in this little eco-campsite at Rumburgh, Suffolk.
We have a map library which has almost all of the OS Landranger maps of the UK.
If you would like to borrow one (or more), contact Bryan W on 01603 736248 or 07815838213.
We also have a library of, mostly Natural History DVD’s. If you would like more information please contact Robert A on 01603 861175