Quiz with Fish & Chip Supper

Friday 10th November

 Arrive from 7pm, quiz starts 7.30pm

Venue: The Jolly Farmer, Binsted Rd, Blacknest, Alton GU34 4QD.

Arrange a team beforehand (maximum of eight) or join others on the night.  Bring your family and friends!

Cost: £12 per person to include a fish & chip supper.

Please reserve your place before 3rd November by emailing a booking form to danjanmontgomerie@gmail.com and sending £10 per person by Paypal to ctc_nh@yahoo.co.uk (underscore after ctc). Alternatively, complete the Quiz and fish and chip supper booking form and post with a cheque payable to Janice Montgomerie to the address given on the form.

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Informal Monthly Friday Rides from Alton

Our monthly easy-paced rides which started during summer are continuing into the winter.  We’ll meet at 9.30am outside Alton Community Centre. The pace will be leisurely and the distance about 15 miles or so, and will include a coffee stop.  If you’d like to join us, just turn up!

The next ride will be on Friday 20th October 2017.

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May be of interest…

Chair of the Alton Ramblers, Chester Whapshare, will be visiting Alton Library on Tuesday 10 October: 7.30pm to give a brief description of the joys and challenges that come with a small group. He will explore the history, workings and aspirations of the Alton Ramblers in his presentation and all are welcome.

Places are limited so tickets (£4.00) should be booked in advance from the library (01420 85734). I attach a flyer with details for those who you think may be interested.

Helen Beevers
(Library Events Officer)

Basingstoke Discovery Centre
19/20 Westminster House
Festival Place
RG21 7LS

(01256 478670)



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Hampshire Countryside Access Forum

New members are being sought for the Hampshire Countryside Access Forum, a statutory advisory body established under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 which includes a number of interest groups from landowners, farmers, councillors and rural business owners, to walkers, horse riders, carriage drivers, cyclists and motor vehicle users.

Details can be found via the following link https://www.hants.gov.uk/news/sep01accessforum. The closing date for applications is 25 September 2017.
I should be grateful if you would promote this opportunity in any way that you can to your members and any other contacts, as appropriate.
Many thanks,

Petronella Nattrass
Countryside Access Development Officer / Forum Officer

(normally available Monday-Thursday)
Countryside Access Team, Countryside Service,
Culture, Communities & Business Services (CCBS)
Hampshire County Council,
Ground Floor, Castle Avenue, Rm 0.01,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL
Telephone: 01962 845326
HPSN2: 845326


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Pace-Judging & Freewheeling Contest 2017

Our annual Pace-Judging & Freewheeling Contest was held on a sunny Saturday afternoon along some quiet lanes south of Four Marks.  Twelve took part, cycling first anti-clockwise, then clockwise, round a short 2.5 mile circuit.  The winner was the cyclist whose time difference for the two laps was the smallest.

The group then moved on to the freewheeling part of the competition, where there was quite a large difference in the distances reached by the riders.  Positions from the two parts of the competition were counted as points and added together, and the lowest combination won overall.

Congratulations to David who was the overall winner, and thanks to everyone else who took part and made it such an enjoyable afternoon.  After the competition the cyclists rode to Nosh Cafe in Four Marks where prizes were presented to the winner and the runners-up by Dan, who had organised the event.

The results are here:

More photos from the event are in the Gallery section of this website and also on the Cycling UK Alton Facebook page.

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Summer Barbecue

Our annual barbecue has taken place and, as always, there was plenty of tasty food and lively conversation.  Once again we welcomed a group from Winchester CTC who cycled over to join us as part of their Saturday ride.   Our thanks go to the small team of local Cycling UK members who worked hard to make the barbecue such a success again this year.
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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2017

A very big “Thank you” to all who supported the recent Phil Hampton Memorial Ride at which we collected the outstanding sum of £752.00, by far the largest amount we have ever raised at this event.  This is down to the amazing generosity of the 82 riders who took part on the day together with the contributions of other supporters.  The full sum has been donated to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund via the Just Giving page and you can see the donation displayed on the Just Giving website:  https://www.justgiving.com/CyclistsDefenceFund.

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund said “Thank you for donating to help the Cyclists’ Defence Fund raise awareness of the law relating to cycling and support more cyclists facing legal battles. With your help we can strive to preserve and protect the health and safety of the public by encouraging and facilitating safe cycling. Thank you for your support!”

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What if it gets stolen?

Immobilise is a national property ownership database whereby members of the public register their property through the website in the hope that if it is lost or stolen and comes into the hands of the police, their property will be returned to them. Immobilise is a police data base where items that have serial numbers can be logged.

Bike crime is particularly prevalent in Basingstoke and many of the bikes recovered by Police cannot be traced back to their owners.  Equally if we suspect that a person is in possession of a stolen bike we find it hard to prove unless the owner has registered the serial number on Immobilise.

More information can be found on the website  www.immobilise.com

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Opening of the Butser Cutting Cycle Route

On 19th November the new cycle route between Petersfield and Queen Elizabeth Country Park was officially opened.  A large number of cyclists from all over the area congregated outside Petersfield train station for a group ride to QECP via the new route.  Once there, the ribbon was cut and this useful link was declared open.  See below for photos from the day.






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A letter from Cycling UK Vice Chair Dan Howard

Following our national AGM earlier this month, I wanted to write to all member groups and affiliated member groups to keep you updated on key decisions which were made. As someone who took part in my first member group ride almost exactly 25 years ago, our member groups and affiliated groups are hugely important to me and I’m proud of the enjoyment our members get from rides and events organised locally through our groups.

Our AGM was well attended and we celebrated the excellent work we do across the UK and also debated a number of important motions.

While we had important motions to discuss at the AGM – for me our AGM was also an opportunity to consider, reflect and focus on our shared purpose – it is about the two year old child scooting along on their balance bike for the first time, or the student riding across town because it’s the best way to get around, or maybe the touring cyclist riding around the lanes for the day, or maybe the adventure touring cyclist dipping their wheels in the ocean ready to ride across the continent, or the commuter or leisure cyclist out for a 10 minute ride, or maybe someone riding their bike to the shops – and recognising that we support all of these things for people all ages and abilities whatever they ride.

At the AGM we discussed a number of motions relating to the way in which we operate and our policies on cycling within the UK. The motion which we rightly dedicated the most time to discuss was motion 5. This related to noting the report from the governance group, agreeing the changes proposed by Council and approving the changes to the Orders in Council of CTC. We discussed these changes in depth during the meeting. This motion was passed and what this means is we’ll now make a number of governance changes. These include agreeing and implementing a transition plan to a smaller body of Trustees elected from all of the UK rather than regions and we will also introduce a number of replacement Board sub-committees. Collectively these changes will allow us to work in the most effective way possible. We’ll provide further updates as necessary through our usual communication channels – Cycle magazine, CycleClips and our website.

You’ll be aware of our rebrand to Cycling UK last month. We are hugely proud of our history and heritage but recognised that our branding needed to better reflect the breadth of excellent work we do now, who we are and what we stand for. We consulted with around 13,000 of our members ahead of this change. Feedback at events and with Government has been hugely positive.

Support and guidance on the brand continues to be available from Head Office and should this be required please contact Julie Rand, Member Group Co-ordinator, Julie.rand@cyclinguk.org, 01483 238308

I ended our AGM by asking members to pause and reflect back on their own cycling story, to think about the work we individually do and to consider the collective difference we can make. Let’s get started!

Thank you for your continued support and I’d welcome feedback from groups.  My contact details are below and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dan Howard

Vice Chair, Cycling UK



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