Sunday 15th November 2015 – Cornwall CTC AGM

An opportunity to celebrate a year of great achievement for our CTC branch and to assemble a committee to take forward next year’s adventures – sorry, I mean, work!

Our 2015 AGM was again at Trethurgy Social Hall, near St. Austell and, as well as the formal meeting, included various ride options.  Some of us elected to cycle there (20 miles) and to have a lift home; some to start at Trethurgy and to cycle a circular route via Lostwithiel; some to start at Trethurgy and cycle back to Liskeard; and some to do all of it.  Many congratulations to David Byfield for getting this logistic nightmare to run smoothly  – and to anyone who did complete the whole thing.

The ride down to Trethurgy is a pleasant one, via Landhydrock, which is still displaying dramatic autumn colours, and then along the lanes through Luxulyan.

Once at Trethurgy, we started with a bit of networking and lunch –  and a big thank you to those who put this together for us.  We want to say a special thank you to Mike and Rose who had suffered a very close family bereavement the night before.

As for the meeting itself, this was chaired by David Byfield, the current CTC Chair, who would be handing over to the new Chair when they were elected later in the meeting.  David was supported in running the meeting  by Martyn Aldis, the current Secretary.  Full notes will be published in due course, but highlights included:

2014/15 Activities  A notable development had been the formation of the Liskeard Ladies Cycle Group.  This group had been going out monthly with the aim of supporting women who wanted to build up their cycling.  The women participants had certainly achieved a great deal, moving from very short rides to some of the long club rides and several had taken part in the St. Luke’s charity Moonlight Ride in July.

The club had maintained its fortnightly Sunday rides and the Wednesday night pub rides, including right through last winter.  It had also organised some longer outings, notable a two day camping trip to St. Agnes; a full day cycle ride to Lands End and a car assisted ride from Launceston to Bideford and back.  All had been hugely enjoyed.

In addition the club had successfully organised its  spring Equinox charity ride from Devoran Village Hall r raising £442 for Shelterbox.

Martyn Aldis had continued to represent the branch on campaigning issues, focusing this year on the A30 crossing near Temple; a planned A30 development near Chyverton Cross and a planned cycle scheme in Falmouth.

The Cornwall CTC website had been overhauled by Margaret Aldis so that the out of date material had been removed and the Equinox ride could be advertised.  Margaret had also set up a framework for a new, more manageable website on WordPress.

Finally, it was noted that during this year, Ann Wendik-Byfield had organised an affordable and attractive CTC Cornwall jersey for the two Liskeard Groups.  This was proving both popular with members and was effectively promoting the groups in the Liskeard area

2015/2016 activities:  While nothing firm had been fixed, the meeting agreed that it would like CTC Cornwall to do more of the same; to plan some longer summer rides again; to run another charity ride; perhaps to think about one or two exchange rides with neighbouring clubs e.g. Plymouth or Newton Abbot; and to promote our current activities to the wider membership in Cornwall to see if anywhere else wanted to put together a group for regular rides.

New Committee Members: The AGM voted for the following officers and committee members who would have their first formal meeting on 14th January:

Chair:  Megan Evans                                                                                                                                                       Secretary:  David Byfield                                                                                                                                                          Treasurer:  Ann Byfield                                                                                                                                                          Registration Officer:  Martyn Aldis                                                                                                                                          Welfare Officer:  Andy Ferris                                                                                                                                                  Promotions Officer:  Ann Kinahan                                                                                                                                               Other Committee Members:  Mike Trise;  Dave Ball

Once the meeting closed members set off on their cycle rides.  Thank you to Martyn for booking the hall again.

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