Welcome to the spring issue of ClubShorts, CTC's e-newsletter for Member Groups. Now that this awful winter is finally over, I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and longer hours of daylight by getting in some great rides. Julie Rand, Member Group Coordinator
Bag some money
A number of CTC Member Groups have been in touch with National Office in recent weeks asking for advice on giving donations from their reserves to other cycling charities. Earlier this month, all Member Group Secretaries were sent a letter by Chair of CTC Council David Cox reminding them that, as a charity ourselves, we have causes of our own that spare funds could be donated to. For example, our Road Justice campaign tackles injustices in the criminal law system that affect cyclists, and our linked charity The Cyclists’ Defence Fund supports cyclists through legal test cases. A major new campaign, Space for Cycling, will also deserve and need the support of all cyclists. However, CTC does have some limited funds available for Member Groups to promote cycling in their area, or for a particular purpose, or to set up a new Group. If you would like to apply, please contact me and I can send the application form to you - it's a very simple process.
Get connected in Glasgow
The CTC AGM and National Dinner in Glasgow on Saturday 10 May 2014 are fast approaching. A free networking event for CTC Member Groups and affiliated clubs will take place in the morning with sessions on: influencing Parliament; organising PR; using social media; working with volunteers; and engaging with new members. It will also be a chance to catch up with CTC Councillors and staff. If you would like to attend any of these sessions, please contact Sue Cherry at National Office. And don't forget that the following day, Sunday 12 May, you will have the choice of three guided rides in and round the city, hosted by CTC Glasgow. The short film 'A Cycling Legacy' shows how Glasgow hopes to encourage cycling in the wake of the Commonwealth Games.
Do you want some free publicity?
CTC is looking to develop a suite of materials to help Member Groups publicise their rides and events to the general public - business cards, posters, banners, flags, tablecloths and the like. If you would like to request specific items, please contact Membership Director Matt Mallinder with your requirements. In addition, we can provide you with membership leaflets plus a small selection of branded merchandise such as Road Justice fridge magnets and postcards, Cycletopia brochures and so on - just drop me a line with the approximate quantities required.
Big up Bike Week
This year’s Bike Week will take place from 14-22 June. All events registered between now and the end of June 2014 will be covered by Bike Week insurance and organisers will also be entitled to free publicity materials. The theme this year is 'everyday cycling for everyone'.
CTC Member Groups can now upload their events and rides to our UK Cycling Events listing via your Group’s own landing pages. We have added some helpful fact sheets to the site to make this task a lot easier. If you do not know how to manage your own pages, or would like to know more, please contact CTC webmaster Jonathan Pontet.
On the way to the Group Events Forum...
The CTC Member Group Steering Group and the CTC National Events Steering Group have now merged to form the Group Events Forum. The new forum met in Feburary in London and was well-attended. A wide range of issues was discussed. The next meeting will take place in the autumn. If you would like to get involved, please contact me or Chair Jim Brown.
Take us to your leader!
CTC Technical Officer Chris Juden wants to expand the guidance we currently offer on leading rides. Chris is a longtime CTC Cycling Holidays’ tour leader and learnt his craft leading dozens of rides for CTC Member Groups. He is interested in hearing from Member Groups who have any tips they would like to share with others. Or you can post on a thread on the CTC Member Groups’ forum.
Wonderful wheeling in Wales
This year’s Welsh Festival of Cycling will take place in Llandovery from 25-28 July. There will again be a full programme of rides for all abilities on lanes with little or no traffic, as well as a map-reading competition and a treasure hunt. There will also be off-road options available and freewheel and hill climb events, meaning lots of fun for all the family.
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