WEST SURREY DISTRICT ASSOCIATION OF THE CYCLISTS' TOURING CLUB

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ANNUAL REPORT 1991/1992

It has been a successful year for increasing our scope for the existing groups and introducing new groups in the riding activities.

D.A. members have been entering into the D.A.T.C./AUDAX spirit throughout the year, enjoying themselves, travelling to many places.

Our own 'Benstead Cup Events' have attracted more riders, inside and outside the West Surrey area.

We must not forget the campaigning work that members undertake;  reports later in the report.

Also some sad news about our President, Bill Inder.  He died this year but his contribution to the cycling world will never be forgotten.

BRIEF REPORT ON RIDING GROUPS

The Sunday rides are our main activity but these are supported by other kinds of riding groups.

Also starting this year are rides in the Farnham area, 2ND week in the month.  Our thanks to them for taking on this extra commitment.  Nicky and Terry are happy to lead rides in the Chertsey, Egham and Staines areas.

We must not forget the established evening rides, this year led by Chris and Helena.

We welcome Sally and friends to the D.A.  They have started a Junior Section, the first ride took place on March 28TH 9.30 starting from the car park near the Onslow Arms.

Midweek Wayfarers report:

The group continues to flourish and maintains a slow but steady increase in the numbers attending.

Average number for year ending 30TH September 1992 was 10 with a highest turnout of 18.

All regular riders are expected to take responsibility for leading runs and to choose a destination for lunch when listed to do so, only the elevenses venue being pre-selected.

The only change in the riding groups has taken place in the Wayfarers:

MORNING ONLY RIDES - MOST SUNDAYS - Woking members and newcomers.

INFORMAL RIDES AVAILABLE IN STAINES, CHERTSEY & EGHAM AREA.

RIDES SOUTH OF GUILDFORD - these are flexible, only the start and elevenses being pre-selected.

Our thanks to members and friends in providing coffee and tea stops, it all helps to make the cycling trip even more enjoyable.

STATISTICS

  1991/2 1990/1 1989/90 1988/9 1987/8 1986/7
Riders out for all or part of day 26 21 21 23 25 26
Riders out all day 9 9 7 9 10 10
Total number of people joining
at least 1 Sunday run during year
155 199 163 187 158 152
D.A. Membership 867 861 854 912 811 840

BENSTEAD CUP

EVENTS FOR YEAR

APRIL 12 50 MILE RELIABILITY
JUNE 21 STONEHENGE 200KM
JULY 26 ROUGH STUFF
AUGUST 16    TOUR OF THE HILLS
SEPT. 27 75 MILE OR 100 MILE RELIABILITY
OCT. 18 TRICYCLATHON (SPEEDJUDGING, HILLCLIMB, FREEWHEELING)

RESULTS

BENSTEAD CUP - CHRIS AVERY
LADIES SHIELD - HELEN PINKESS
ATTENDANCE CUP - ROY RICHARDSON

D.A.T.C.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 1ST CHRIS AVERY 110 POINTS
  EQUAL 4TH ROGER PHILO 105 POINTS
  EQUAL 6TH SIMON JONES
IAN PARKER
  EQUAL 10TH PHIL HAMPTON
   EQUAL 26TH  GEOFF SMITH
TEAM SCORE WEST SURREY 1ST 622 POINTS  (2ND YEAR IN SUCCESSION)

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK - 20-28 JUNE

ORGANISED BY MEMBERS IN FARNHAM AREA.

20 JUNE  Visit the C.T.C. stand, have a free bike check at the Dr Bike Clinic, and try some Puncture practice.
Cycle postcoding at the policestation.
21 JUNE  Family Bike Ride, choose 6, 13, 20 miles.
27 JUNE  Tandem rides for the visually impaired.
28 JUNE  Leisurely cycle ride 35 miles.

SOCIAL RIDES (A) AND SOCIAL EVENTS (B)

(A)  MAY 10TH LONDON DOCKLANDS - ORGANISED BY KEN
MAY 17TH JOINT RIDE WITH SOUTHAMPTON DA WINCHESTER SECTION - ORGANISED BY JEREMY
JUNE 14TH  BREAKFAST RIDE
(B)  XMAS LUNCH  1ST DEC
(B)  XMAS TEA 15TH DEC
(B)  OUR ANNUAL RIDE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

CLUBROOM

The clubroom - every 4 weeks - is organised by Rory and Keith.  A social event was held last November (9TH) 'A Barn Dance' enjoyable evening, live music thanks to Liza and friend.

Information for anyone thinking of organising a social event, this clubroom is available (free) 4 Saturdays during year - usually not problems with booking - use this facility while it is available.

OTHER NEWS

PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL EVENTS

D.A. members have taken part in the following:
HOME COUNTIES RALLY, THE BIRTHDAY RIDES, ANY OTHERS?

CAMPAIGNING

CTC RIGHTS NETWORK (FARNHAM) REPORT 1992 - REPORT ATTACHED - APPENDIX A

GODALMING BASED WEST SURREY CYCLE PLANNING GROUP - REPORT ATTACHED - APPENDIX B

GENERAL NEWS

Road Lobby Pack will "enable" public protest

Surrey Wildlife Trust says that the battle to protect the county's environment from MAJOR TRUNK ROAD DEVELOPMENTS, such as the M25 collector/distributor roads and widening of the A3 and M3, could take many years of campaigning activity.
end of quote. - more in The West Surrey Cyclist.
I have taken on being the contact for this campaign, and have subscribed for a year to the RAPID RESPONSE LOBBY. - Keith

HOME COUNTIES RALLY - BROADWATER SCHOOL - 1993 - 30 APR, 1,2,3 MAY

The Sub-committee has met several times - Chris Juden will give a short verbal account today.

PUBLICITY

The D.A. has taken part in shows at Aldershot, Guildford and Farnham.
Jeremy, Rory and Keith have met once during this year, which resulted in a report being published, covering all aspects on publicity - useful document for next year's committee.

RUNSLIST

A separate runslist has been produced every quarter, which is incorporated in the magazine.  Our thanks to Anne for producing a clear attractive runslist - please carry on the good work.

MAGAZINE

This incorporates the runslist, produced by Anne, and has been printed every quarter.

Finally thanks to everyone who has helped the club, - internal and external events.

Keith Parfitt on behalf of the West Surrey D.A. Committee.


APPENDIX A

CTC Rights Network (Farnham) Report 1992

A busy year, with links being strengthened in the Farnham area and with Surrey Officers.

Cycle Parking  lobbied Sainsbury's who have now promised converting 5 car parking spaces to 30 Sheffield Stands.
BR forecourt to have cycle parking facilities, funded by SCC.
3 CTC Stands @ Maltings markets.  Dr. Bike and postcoding at Police Station.
National Bike Week  FoE Fathers' Day Bike Ride / Dr. Bike / Bike to Work / Tandem Ride / Cranleigh Ride
Farnham Study  SCC officers have included a large part of the Cycleroute in their plans.  They also suggested ideas for an extensive cycle network in Farnham.
A31 Improvements  CTC were consulted by SCC about cycling provision in Shepherd & Flock, Hickley's Corner & A31 developments.

Members have also turned up at the Oxford CRN conference, supported the Rushmoor CTC Stand, and formally responded to the Surrey Structure Plan.

Other activities included designing individual tour sheets, and organising monthly rides on an experimental basis.

Finally, we managed a social with Godalming CRN members - more of that next year we hope!

Colin Kent


APPENDIX B

The Godalming-based "West Surrey Cycle Planning Group" has striven to keep alive the issue of cycling in Godalming town centre, obtaining front page, picture and favourable report in the Surrey Advertiser (with a rush-hour demonstration of bikes enlarged to the size of cars with wooden frameworks!), but to little avail.  The group is also watching carefully the council's intention to make some kind of route between Godalming and Guildford.  On a more cheerful note, a flurry of letter writing by Sue Hall takes some of the credit for Network Southeast's rapid retraction of their regional blanket ban on tandem carriage.


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