Dear Cycle Seahaven member,
The new committee met for the first time on the 7 March and I thought it would be a good time to tell you a bit about what’s going on behind-the-scenes.
Before going into detail I’d like to make a request; put simply ‘Your committee needs you!’
We want to build upon the excellent work of the previous committees and with so many opportunities to develop the club we need your help. As of yesterday there were 252 members and with only 10 committee members, all of whom are volunteers, there’s a lot for us to do. We have to consider legal matters, child protection, health and safety, web design and a whole host of other things that some of you will be experts in and we’re not! So, if you can help we’d love to hear from you, even if you can only offer a couple of hours now and again.
Roles within the committee are listed below together the names of the committee members overseeing them. If you want to help with any of those roles or you have suggestions for the committee please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
||MTB Ride Leader
||Road Riding Leader / Dr Bike
Our most pressing project is arranging this year’s Family Easter Egg ride, which you will have seen from the slideshow at the AGM is a very popular event. Keep an eye on the website for further details.
We are also discussing plans around the use of the new bike trailer which will enable us to take riders, of all disciplines, to new locations and events. Hopefully we can plan some great trips away this year.
Communication is a core function within the committee and we are looking at ways to heighten our profile in Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven. Hopefully we can get new members and identify funding opportunities to support new and exciting projects.
Ride Leaders are vital to the club and without them there would be no rides. The committee will continue to explore ways to assist them in developing their own skills, rides, routes and rider progression. We could always use more ride leaders, of all abilities, so if you are interested in becoming a Ride Leader please follow this link: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/leadinfo (you don’t need to be an expert cyclist).
Last weekend saw the launch of the Dr Bike project in Seaford. This is essentially a ‘pop-up workshop’ that provides free safety checks and minor repairs to get people back on their bikes. It’s a project we would like to develop and if we have any budding bike mechanics who want to get involved, please contact Dave Geering email@example.com
The Puncture Repair Workshop was also last weekend and this was well attended too. Thank you to the volunteers that made it a success. We hope to host more of these and similar events during the forthcoming year. Keep an eye out on the club website or subscribe to regular updates.
Finally a few words about the AGM. We hope those that attended the AGM this year enjoyed it? I thought the talk by our nominated charity, the Kent and Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSSAA), was really interesting and informative. Whilst we hope we never have cause to call them it is reassuring to know they are there providing expert medical care available where ever we ride. If you are unfortunate enough to become unstuck in the back of beyond you may want to consider downloading one of the many free apps available on the internet, such as ‘View Ranger’ or ‘Easy SOS,’ as they pin point your location for the emergency services or loved ones.
The size and success of the club means that we will have to change the way that members of the committee are elected in future. We want everyone to have a voice so there will be a new process in place for the next AGM. More of that nearer the time.
For those of you that missed the AGM, it’s a shame you weren’t there. You not only missed a good evening but also a great free Chilli prepared by Denis Bass and his team (it’s worth coming just for that). Thank you to everyone who worked to make it a success.
I look forward to hearing your suggestions for the committee over the next year.
Finally, just a reminder it’s that time of year to renew your membership. Please follow this link if you need to do so. Join and Renew
Guy (Chair Cycle Seahaven)