Cycling uk north hampshire agm

Janice receiving her certificate from Frank

Our AGM has taken place with a good number of local cycling members in attendance.  Chairman Frank Pote reflected on the last year’s cycling activities which included the fund-raising Phil Hampton Memorial Ride, a weekend away to Malmesbury in June and a pace-judging and freewheeling competition, as well as weekly club rides.  He highlighted the absence of our usual barbecue this summer and questioned whether it was missed.  He also thanked the outgoing committee for their work to support the group during the previous twelve months.

Secretary Richard Care has dealt with communications from Cycling UK’s main office in Godalming and admin at committee meetings.  Treasurer Mark Beauchamp declared the club’s finances to be in a healthy state and a discussion followed about various projects which some funds could usefully be spent on.  Website manager Bob Bending discussed the problem of the website being full, and put forward the options available to overcome this.

Welfare officer Kaye Hicks was pleased to report there had been no welfare issues in the preceding twelve months.  Alton rides co-ordinator Janice Montgomerie said that the local group continues to meet twice-weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays, and once a month on Fridays for an easy-paced ride.  She highlighted next year’s planned Festival of Cycling which is being organised by Alton Town Council, and several club members have come forward to lead rides or volunteer to help with bicycle maintenance sessions.

Basingstoke’s Right–to-Ride Representative Heather Rainbow spoke of her year of networking and communicating with councillors, officers, the public, Cycle Basingstoke members, other cycle campaigners, clubs, community groups and businesses.  She felt that she has finally seen a major positive shift among councillors and officers towards cycling.

Andy Key from Winchester was welcomed as our guest speaker and he explained his role as a Cycling UK trustee, after which he answered a number of questions put to him by some of the members present.  The meeting moved on to the election of officers, and Robin Poulter proposed that the existing committee be re-elected en masse, which was carried.

Usually the winner of the annual pace-judging and freewheeling competition is presented with the Mike Wilson tankard at the AGM, but this year’s recipient Robert Watson was absent.  However, a presentation of a certificate was made to Janice Montgomerie who has been named as one of this year’s 100 Women by Cycling UK, an event now in its third year which acknowledges the contribution of women in inspiring others to cycle.

Finally, during the any other business section, the question of whether to design and order some new club jerseys was raised once again, the main barrier being their cost.  This, along with the website, will be discussed at the next committee meeting.

The date of next year’s AGM was set for 31st October 2020, and after just under two hours the meeting was declared closed.

Pace-Judging & Freewheeling competition results

Our annual pace-judging and freewheeling competition recently took place under a cloudy sky with ten cyclists taking part. Congratulations to the winner Robert, and thanks to all who came along and supported the event. We enjoyed tea and cakes afterwards at Nosh Cafe, Four Marks, where Dan the organiser presented prizes to the runners-up Bill and David.
More photos of the event will soon be available to view under the Photo Gallery tab.

Bike ride in memory of Malcolm

Ten Alton riders gathered recently for a repeat of last year’s successful ride in memory of former club mate Malcolm Seal. A hilly route favoured by Malcolm was chosen, and like last year’s ride, the weather on the day was extremely hot.

The cyclists were joined on the ride by Malcolm’s son Graeme, and afterwards his wife Maureen met the group for tea at Gilbert White’s in Selborne.

Cycling UK North Hampshire AGM

Our AGM took place recently, and 23 local members attended.  The above photo shows our Chairman Frank presenting Pete with the Mike Wilson Tankard for winning the pace-judging and freewheeling competition.

We were pleased to be able to welcome Julie Rand from Cycling UK head office in Guildford to our AGM.  She gave a very interesting talk on some of the new initiatives that Cycling UK is undertaking towards its aim of getting more people cycling.

The officers elected for the forthcoming year are as follows:

Chairman – Frank Pote

Secretary – Richard Care

Treasurer – Mark Beauchamp

Membership Secretary – Richard Care

Welfare Officer – Kaye Hicks

Website & Publicity Officer – Bob Bending

Alton Rides Co-ordinator – Janice Montgomerie

Basingstoke Right-to-Ride Representative – Heather Rainbow


Publication of the Hampshire County Council Cycling Strategy 2015

The following item was published on the Hampshire County Council website on 18th November.

Following public consultation earlier in 2015, the County Council Executive Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward approved a new Cycling Strategy in September 2015.

Aims of the strategy

The aim is to provide a clear statement on the County Council’s overall aspirations for cycling; set a strategic framework to support the planning and development of cycling measures with local partners including district councils; provide a means to prioritise available funding for cycling to the best value for money investments; and support the County Council in attracting new investment from funding partners for cycling and other associated sustainable transport measures.

The strategy links the County Council’s corporate priorities of health and well being, economic development, supporting communities and improving efficiency, as well as the planning and implementation of cycling measures with local partners. It aims to support and strengthen the importance of current and future cycling and the active travel strategies developed by local authorities in the County.

How the strategy was developed

Following public consultation earlier in 2015, the County Council Executive Member for Economy Transport and Environment, Sean Woodward approved a new Cycling Strategy in September 2015.

Over the Spring and Summer of 2015, Hampshire County Council prepared and consulted on a draft Cycling Strategy. The vision is that by 2025, cycling will be a convenient, safe, healthy, affordable and popular means of transportation and recreation within Hampshire.

This document went out to public consultation for 12 weeks between 6 May 2015 and 29 July 2015. There was an enthusiastic response from members of the public and the comments and suggestions submitted were incorporated, where appropriate, into the final strategy. The strategy document was approved by the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment on 15 September 2015.

Comments and questions

If you want to comment or have any questions on the strategy then please email:

Related links

Cycling in Hampshire: Over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes and urban cycle paths make Hampshire a great place for cycling