Rye and District Wheelers Newsletter, December 2019.

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Rye and District Wheelers

Newsletter December 2019

From the Chair

It was good to see so many active members out for the Captain’s Ride and many thanks to those who attended the Club AGM on 12 December.

As I said at the AGM on Thursday 12th December, I am so very grateful for all the hard work of all committee members throughout 2019. It is sad to see Paul Osbourne, Steve Gooch and Helen Fox leave the committee but they have been replaced by new and very able successors.

Following the elections at the AGM the new members of the committee are as follows.

Chair: Paul Wilson

Captain: Dave Greenwood

Hon Secretary: Steve Blattman

Hon Treasurer: Doug Lambert

Racing Secretary: Nick Wilson

Web Administrator: Paul Simpson

Additional Members: Angela Collier, David Richardson, Ivor Rushforth, Phil Riley and Simon Bliss.

Best wishes for a happy and fulfilling Christmas and New Year holiday.

Annual Dinner and Awards Evening

As previously notified, the Annual Dinner and Awards Evening will take place on Saturday 18th January at Udimore Village Hall, starting at 7 pm. Nibbles will be available from 7 pm with dinner being served from 7:30 pm. We would hope to begin the presentation of awards at about 9 pm. Catering is provided by Patricia Wilson of Passionate Food Ltd (no relation to me!) You will have the following menu choices.

Main Course

Beef Carbonnade or Chicken Pie or Salmon with Pecoroni Pesto Topping.  All served with roasted or boiled new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Vegetarian option

Parmigiana de Melanzane (Aubergine, Mozzarella Bake) served with garlic bread and mixed salad.


Triple Chocolate Brownies or Apple Streusel Tart or Fruit Salad

Please bring your own alcoholic and soft drinks as only water will be provided on the tables

Please book your tickets and make your menu choices by contacting me directly at stonegarth@gmail.com or by telephone on 07988569683. The cost is £22 per head. If possible please pay online in advance to the club account – HSBC Sort Code 40 23 18 Account No 42337894 – and please put your name on the bank transfer. Alternatively, payment can be made on the night by cheque made to Rye and District Wheelers, or as a last resort cash will be accepted.

There will be a raffle but there is no need to bring prizes along this year.

I hope and trust this provides all the information you need and that we have the usual good turn out on the night. If there are any outstanding questions please contact me, as above.

Paul Wilson

From the Captain

Thank you to all who rode and supported the captain’s ride. The self-catering idea was a great success and as a club, we had ownership of the day. Big thanks to the catering team, Paul, Freda, Rod, Ros and Claire Whittaker, who looked after us very well with very tasty bacon rolls, coffee and cake. The ride leaders did an excellent job in getting their groups there in good time and have enough time to enjoy the excellent vibe in the hall. The day was an excellent template and with good feedback from all who attended, I’m sure we will explore this idea again. An additional veggie/vegan option will be included on the menu next time.

Ride safe and look out for each other as you continue riding through the winter.

David Greenwood

From the Treasurer

Rye Wheelers: 1 Nov.2018 – 31 October 2019
INCOME 1-month Oct 2019 12 months Oct 2019
Members’s subscriptions   £1,357.50
Kit Sales   £1,205.00
TT Entry Fees   £670.00
Awards Donations charitable   £126.00
British cycling fee   £594.00
 Total   £3,952.50
Kit Purchases £978.36 £1,641.30
CTT Levy   £432.00
Website £64.74 £281.52
Awards, Trophies, Medals, plates   £246.50
Affiliations £74.00 £163.00
Up for lunch costs   £98.28
Admin Costs   £40.00
Donations   £0.00
High Vis Jackets   £186.29
Rye Wheeler Awards   £200.00
 Total £1,117.10 £3,288.89
Opening as @ 1 Nov. 2018   £1,883.45
Less Expenditure   £3,288.89
Plus, Income   £3,952.50
Closing as @ 30 Apr. 2019 £2,547.06

The above table reflects the whole year of Rye & District Wheelers Club accounts.  It shows that the Club has increased cash reserves to a healthy £2,547.06 from the open balance of £1,883.45.  The closing balance is following the payment this month of approximately £1,000 in kit purchase.  

The kit (as a Club asset) should, therefore, represent cash income to the Club as it is sold throughout 2020.  We currently hold kit to the value of £3,000. 

The cash balance also represents the hard work of those responsible for the Clubs activities, such as the ‘Up for Lunch’ event and the TT races, albeit we will be making a donation of £450 to the hospital from the ‘Up for Lunch’ income.

Doug Lambert

From the Racing Secretary

Although there has been no racing since the end of October, a few hardy souls have been starting their 2020 preparation with the regular Wednesday evening chain-gang laps of the marsh, and some of those will also be looking to test their fitness at the Southborough & District Wheelers 10 on New Years Day. This will again be run on the Q10/1 Hamstreet bypass course and the event HQ is the Victory Hall in Hamstreet (as featured in the recent captain’s ride), and I’m sure there will be plenty of tea and cake for anyone wishing to come and have a look.

Looking forward to riding and racing with everyone again in 2020.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Nick Wilson

Contact Details

Paul Wilson, Chair
Dave Greenwood, Club Captain
Steve Blattman, Hon Secretary
Nick Wilson, Racing Secretary
Doug Lambert, Treasurer
General Enquiries
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