April Newsletter Apr 2, 2018 6:40:05 GMT
Post by Admin on Apr 2, 2018 6:40:05 GMT
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North Birmingham – April Newsletter
Happy Easter I hope you haven't eaten to much Chocolate and are ready for warmer
dryer days to come (well we can always hope)
The Current Quarters Rides list. Can be found on the Internet at
www.northbirminghamcycling.uk or northbirminghamcuk.simplesite.com/437293283
Check the Rides list choose a ride, turn up and enjoy Britain on your doorstep by bike.
-----The off road ride (organised on the second Saturday each month) for April 14th will start at 9:45 at the same start point as the normal Saturday Ride
and will head off to Aston Hall for coffee. Bikes should be capable of riding on roads, Bridleways and the odd tow path.
Distances will be around 25 Miles or shorter depending upon the conditions.
Will Any one Please lead May's or June's Alternative Ride ?
Beginners rides. There has been a suggestion made that we offer rides to enable newer riders to gain confidence in riding with a group over a short but reasonable distance with
a view to them being invited (and having confidence) to join the club after 3 rides.
These rides will be at a social pace and will be approx. 10 – 15 miles long. The idea is that they will be held on Saturday afternoons (which gives all riders chance to do their normal Saturday rides) and will be initially advertised for 2 rides per month. If anyone is interested in joining a group of people who are prepared to lead/support these rides, please let us know. Email as above.
This year the Audax will be held on Sunday 29th April. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather again this year (can we make it three in a row?) and lots of cyclists taking part.
Where there are lots of cyclists there is a requirement for lots of food. Last year we increased the variety of food that was provided and this was very much appreciated by the participants however there were only three people who managed the catering and with a 6.30am start and a 10:15pm finish, this made for a very long day. The suggestion has previously been made that we outsource the catering for the day however, one of the reasons that the Audax is a great fund raising event for the club is because we keep costs to a minimum by keeping as much as we can ‘in house' so
..................................WE NEED YOUR HELP.................................
- Do some food in advance – cakes, pasta salads, sausage rolls etc. and bring it down to the Cooper Rooms early on 29th.
- Join a rota for catering services during the day. Any Little will Help.
Please let us know if you are able to help with either (or both). Email as above.
- Club Jumble
Beer and Skittles Night : Walsall Arms 12th May 2018
You Need to Contact Julie or Ros to get your name on the List. The Walsall Arms is a very friendly and accommodating Pub in Walsall.
They can supply us with traditional meals of scampi, chicken breast or veggie burger with home made chips for £5.95 per person including the skittles.
We have the room all night from 7pm and they suggest food at 8:30pm. The club have initially reserved 25 places so please book early.
We require the food order 2 days beforehand.
The Derby Velodrome
We are Investigating the possibility of a visit. We Need 16 people to book a slot
So PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST with Julie or Ros to get on the list.
Your Contacts for the above Socials are either
Julie Snook - 07977 142236 email@example.com
Ros Llewellyn 0121 354 5413 firstname.lastname@example.org
TRIBUTES TO THREE CLUB MEMBERS by Mary Evans
HARRY CHILD 1930 (?) – 2016
Harry was one of the oldest members of the Northern CTC. He joined the CTC in 1951 and remained a loyal member until his death in August 2016.
He represented the Northern in the Birmingham DA. for more than 20 years. He spent a long time in helping to organise the 75th anniversary celebrations of the North Birmingham CTC which was an occasion to remember.
Coupled to that, he and Sheila his wife, liaised with the Vicar of Meriden Church organising the Meriden Service held each year on Meriden Green in remembrance of the cyclists who died in the two World Wars.
Harry also started the Social Section (lower grade) and also took part in the cycling and YHA weekends which were well supported in those days, staying in many different parts of the country.
Harry worked for Foseco but suffered ill health in the latter years from lung problems so although still connected to club life, he continued to take an interest in the cycling calender. Before his illness, Harry contributed much to the success of the North Birmingham CT
SALLY LANGDELL 1935 (?) – 2017
Sally joined the Northern Cycling Club in 19/52 where she met Brian. Together they were a backbone the Cycling Club.
Sally was an exceptionally strong and able cyclist. When cycling beside, she did not change her pace, keeping the same rhythm up or down hill. It appeared to be effortless.
Sally was the representative of “the formed group”, i.e. Alternatives or Hard Riders” Section, now no longer. She, together with husband Brian, who still cycles with us partook in the CTC and YHA cycling weekends and also latterly with Brian gathered together other club members and went to Spain each year meeting up with the Bournemouth CTC, staying for a month in Denia.
Sally regularly helped with catering events and was fondly known as The Tea Lady” at Clubroom for 20 or more years.
Sally was a familiar figure in and around Sutton on her old, heavy shopping bike laden down with goods on the front, on the back and full panniers. She would cycle from Walmley to Sutton and sometimes she was spotted with her bike and shopping in New Oscott.
The Club has lost a lovely, kind woman.
BRIAN HAILING 1930/2?- 2017
Brian first joined The Northern at least 30 years ago and was loyal, supportive member of the Club.
Brian worked maintaining and restoring public transport. He lived in Calcutta and Egypt training and instructing workers in those countries. He grew to like the countries and people and often talked about his time there.
Brian proved himself to be a good leader who never let anybody down. For many years, he led the Tuesday ride to Nether Whitacker and Handsacre. He also led the Friday ride to The Dog at Whittington. At Christmas he organised the Christmas meal for the Friday riders which was well supported.
One of Brian’s strengths was keeping the group together. He ran a tight ship. Woe betide anybody who overtook the leader! He would show his displeasure in no uncertain terms. In contrast he had patience if a cyclist was slow. He would always wait
Brian was Chairman of the Club from 2007 – 2010. He took his role seriously and conducted orderly meetings. He resigned because of ill health.
Among his many interests was fishing. It was he who introduced me to Fisherwick Lakes many years ago long before we began using it as a coffee stop!
Brian accompanied us on some trips abroad, i.e. Brittany, Holland and cycling in the Pyranees. Again Brian was a valued member of the North Birmingham CTC.
Ladies Mercian with 19 1/2” Mixte 531 frame. Blue. 5 speed with down tube lever. 700x25 wheels/tyres. Mudguards. Straightish handlebars. Age unknown but in good condition. Suit a beginner or classic bike collector. Tel: Barbara Foster, 0121 373 2435 (Wylde Green)
Some Photos can be viewed northbirminghamcuk.simplesite.com/437293282
Anyone with photos can send them to me for inclusion onto the club gallery.
Birmingham Bike Week
We have received the following email from Simon Davies who is working with The Birmingham Cycling UK Development Officer to promote the event
The first Sunday of Bike Week 10th June we are having the British Cycling "Let's Ride" event, which is the new name for the "City Ride" which was the new name for the "Sky Ride" a circuit of at least 7km on closed roads in the city centre for people to come out
and ride, all with a carnival atmosphere and lots of stands and attractions to look at.
The theme this year is Community Cycle Clubs.
I know that technically you are a Member Group rather than a CCC but if you've any any advertising literature for the Northern that you'd like displayed then I'm sure that we can accommodate it.
We are also trying to organise a number of bike rides and smaller events across the city for Bike Week. Thus, if you would like to nominate one of your shorter more beginner friendly rides as a Bike Week ride and open it to anyone, we could put it in the Bike Week / Birmingham Cycle Revolution advertising media for you, and you would have the opportunity to attract potential new members.
If anyone would like get involved in these events, please email as above
Dates for your Calendar
Club Audax Sunday 29th April.
Beer and Skittles Saturday 12th May
Bike Week 9th - 17th June.