Barry Jordan - CTC Swale - Certificate of Merit
The Borough of Swale is located geographically midway through Kent and cycling was organised via the West Kent branch, which was always slightly unsatisfactory. Being at the time a national councillor, Barry was and is passionate about expanding cycling locally, and came to the conclusion that having a Swale branch would be a better way of promoting cycling.
The branch was formed in 2009 with Barry working hard to form a committee of officers with himself as secretary. Start-up funding was obtained from CTC and there was regular and efficient communication with members using a regular rides list, a very good website and e-mail. This had the effect of introducing casual riders to a hard core of regulars, the casual riders often returning after finding a friendly and welcoming club. Membership has risen steadily and a mixture of rides of different length and difficulty means that there is something for everybody.
The result is a strong section which will continue into the future, riding across the whole of Kent and venturing across the channel on occasions.