Cycling UK North Hampshire Annual General Meeting

The AGM of Cycling UK North Hampshire will be held on Saturday 5th November 2016, starting at 2pm.  The venue is the Village Hall, Church Street, Upton Grey, GR 699484.

Doors will open from 1.30pm and free refreshments will be available.

There will be a led ride to the AGM starting from Alton Community Centre at 12 noon, somewhat earlier than the usual Saturday ride.

Please come along to the AGM to find out what’s going on in your cycling club, and to have a chance to have your say.  The club values your input and ideas.

The AGM is expected to last about an hour and a half, so there will still be time to cycle home again before it gets too dark – the sun will set at 16.31 on that date.


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Social Events

Quiz Night

with a fish and chip supper

Friday 11th November

 arrive from 7pm, quiz starts 7.30pm

Venue: Alton Rugby Club, Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NB.  There is car parking available.

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

Cost: £10 per person to include fish & chip supper.  The bar will be open all evening.

Payment instructions are on the booking form. Please reserve your place before 7th November by emailing a booking form to Janice.

Right click the link below to download the booking form.



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Pace-Judging & Freewheeling Competition

The annual pace-judging and freewheeling competition took place this afternoon.  Due to the poor weather conditions there were only four entrants.  It was decided to cancel the pace-judging part, and the four who had braved the weather freewheeled down the hill then cycled home.  The freewheeling competition was won by Dan, with runners-up Janice, Frank and Mark.

Thanks to all for taking part.

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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,, 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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John Dowie

John Dowie is crowd-funding his memoirs on Unbound – telling the tale of a man who launched a comic career when no-one was interested, and walked away from it, just as the crowds (and the money) showed up. About a man who took to cycling ahead of the rest of us – but in baggy shorts, not Lycra, and eating lukewarm baked beans rather than performance gels. A man, in short, whose nature ensured he took a very different road. Literally.

And you can get involved in the story – support the book, get your name in there, get exclusive mementos (emphatically not ‘merchandise’), and even have John cycle to your door with your personal copy, followed by your personal story.

It’s an unmissable opportunity to support one of the lost legends of  British comedy and to read a genuinely extraordinary life story.”

Below is a link to the Unbound website where you can read excerpts from the book (as well as watch a video narrated by the great Barry Cryer), and choose a level of pledge that suits you.

As a token of gratitude, Unbound are offering a discount to any cyclist who makes a pledge. Simply apply the code CTC16 at the checkout stage and £5. 00 will be wiped from your bill.

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Grit Storage Facility Planning Application

There is a planning application with Waverly DC for Hindhead Hill Farm,  where the Hindhead Tunnel Construction Compound on the side of the A3 was located, to now be made into a road maintenance compound.

The access they are proposing for the site traffic, lorries, gritters etc etc is along Boundless Road and Bedford Lane.  Boundless Road is the new ‘quiet lane’  that  incorporates the hard surface / commuter cycle route from Hindhead to Thursley (that avoids the tunnel), for cyclists, horse riders and local traffic.   Bedford Lane is only a bridleway.

This flies in the face of the extensive work and costs in getting the design of the A3 tunnel right so as to afford protection to local amenities and public rights of ways.

The Planing Application can be seen online here.

Anyone wishing to comment or object can do so through the ‘On-line comment’ button.

The site is here

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Approx area of site

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The two access lanes are Boundless Road via the underpass into Bedford lane

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The underpass

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View from A3 southbound of prospective site just behind trees. Works vehicles are parked in bus stop bay.

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Phil Hampton Memorial Ride 2016

19 Mar 2016 Phil Hampton ride

Sixty cyclists descended on Medstead Village Hall recently for the annual Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, held to commemorate the local cyclist who was killed by a lorry while cycling in 2002.

Local riders were joined by others from further afield including Reading, Poole and London.

Organised as usual by Dan, this year the grand sum of £525 was raised for the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity which was set up to fight legal cases involving cyclists.

Setting out into a cold north wind, the cyclists chose one of two routes, either a 30 mile northerly loop via Upton Grey and Cliddesden, or a 50 mile circumnavigation of Basingstoke.

On their return the cyclists enjoyed hot drinks, rolls and cakes prepared by the kitchen team of Janice, Kaye, Chris and Dave.

Follow this link to see the donation displayed on the JustGiving website:


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Leisurely bike rides in Alton

Now that the winter is drawing to a close we expect you’re looking forward to getting out into the countryside again on your bike, hopefully in some warm sunshine!  The Saturday afternoon leisurely bike rides are starting up again soon, as usual leaving from Alton Community Centre at 1.30pm.
The first ride is 12th March and will be led by Rupert, who will stop at Nosh in Four Marks for refreshments.  We have a few confirmed dates as listed on the poster below, and later dates will be confirmed nearer the time.  The leisurely rides will run at least once a month, and hopefully twice, look for further updates here on the CTC NH website.
 Leisurely Bike Rides 2016 poster updated
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Rebranding of the CTC

The following letter has been received from the Chief Executive of the CTC Paul Tuohy by a few members, and due to its importance it deserves a wider audience.  The national organisation is soon to be called “Cycling UK”, and we await more information on how this will affect us locally.

rebranding letter from Paul Tuohy

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Good home wanted…

I am trying to find a home for a cycle trailer.  It was made by an engineering student many years ago.  It is located here in Andover and as a CTC member thought that a member might give it a good home.  We are not talking money, but don’t want it scrapped!

Email for details

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