KDCS members you may have been aware that Kendal Town Council declared a
Climate Emergency last year and commissioned a ‘ Climate Jury ‘ to debate the
issue of what should Kendal do about climate change. The report containing
recommendations from the panel is attached for information only as there are a
number of areas including those relating to transport and cycling that you may
find relevant and interesting. If you wish to know more please see the attached
link which will take you to their website. KDCS have not been directly involved
in this panel and of course we are a cycling club not a climate change
campaigning group hence the issue information only emphasis. Steve
KDCS 12/02/2021 *******************************************************************************************************************************************************************
To KDCS members you may have been aware that Kendal Town Council declared a Climate Emergency last year and commissioned a ‘ Climate Jury ‘ to debate the issue of what should Kendal do about climate change. The report containing recommendations from the panel is attached for information only as there are a number of areas including those relating to transport and cycling that you may find relevant and interesting.
If you wish to know more please see the attached link
which will take you to their website. KDCS have not been directly involved in this panel and of course we are a cycling club not a climate change campaigning group hence the issue information only emphasis.
MINUTES OF THE KDCS COMMITTEE MEETING HELD VIA ZOOM MEDIA ON 25/1/21
- FINANCE REPORT
- MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Mike / Anne confirmed that there had only been 5 new members this
year which was understandably down from the 14 last year. Dave advised that the
system generated JOT form provides an accurate update on new joiners.
- RIDES CALENDAR STATUS
AND INTENTIONS FOR THE YEAR ( Road, MTB, easy Tuesday )
- SOCIAL ACTIVITY PROPOSALS
The member responses produced numerous suggestions which included
themed zoom meetings, news updates and exchanges, trips, events, virtual rides,
recipes, cycling stories etc. Those that have attended the weekly zoom meetings
being held to keep everyone in touch felt that they would like to see more
members dialling in and some felt they would also like to see MTB group members
more actively participating in the wider club activities. Mike Pezet advised
that he has experience of break out groups within his work related zoom
sessions allowing smaller groups to hold their own mini meetings. It was
recognised that large zoom sessions were not easy given that only one person
can speak at a time. It was therefore agreed that this could be trialled with a
potential experimental date of 2/2/21. Dave / Mike to discuss.
- PLANNED TRIPS
Whilst all agreed that the MTB group had been successful
organising these in the past there had been no enthusiasm from the road rider
members to do something similar. Given the current lockdown restrictions no
further action is proposed.
- WEBSITE UPDATE
After some discussion it was agreed that members seem to be happy
with the existing set up and format. Subject to the subgroup outcome and any
subsequent need for on line ride booking amendments no further changes are
- DIRECTION OF THE CLUB
- COMMITTEE POSITIONS TO
Rides co-ordinator / news - Anne Brookes
Treasurer - Martin Slader
Social Secretary - Dave Wills
MTB subgroup co-ordinators- Will Beck / Steve Warner
Road section membership co-ordinators- Mike Pezet, Anne Brookes
Web access and assistants - Dave Wills, Anne Brookes, Brian
Woodward, Neil Hazlehurst, Andy Gillham
Easy Tuesday rides co-ordinator- Simon Rose
Steve Warner - Chairman KDCS
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CHAIRMAN
TO ALL KDCS MEMBERS
I think we can all agree that this has been an unprecedented year for the world which has impacted on everyone’s lives. Here in the KDCS cycling club we’ve never had a year like this too. Early on in the pandemic the committee and I agreed that to try and continue with our ride schedules would not only prove difficult to organise but would present unnecessary risks to both ride leaders and those attending. We therefore made the decision to cancel all club rides until we felt it was safe to put them on. Our mountain bike subgroup similarly made the same decision.
I don’t think any of us thought that nine months later we would still be no nearer bringing these back. I know many of you have continued to get out on your bikes whether that was solo, family or in agreed small manageable groups maintaining safe distances.
As I write this memo the news from our leaders has resulted in new rules governing Christmas arrangements and those of you intending to visit family and friends have no doubt now had to alter your plans significantly.
Whilst this has been an extremely difficult year for everyone; here in KDCS we have put on a weekly Zoom virtual club meeting and for those dialling in these have been an excellent way of keeping in touch, receiving news and even communal baking. Thanks to our Social Secretary Dave Wills for organising these as they have certainly lifted our spirits. These ‘ gatherings ‘ resume in the new year and I would urge you to give them a try as they are fun.
We continue to be financially viable thanks to your voluntary contributions when we needed it. We have continued with our support for Cycling UK by remaining as an affiliated group. Our website is still there for all even if there isn’t a lot to publish. We’ve even had a few new members this year.
Given the news on the vaccine I do hope that 2021 will allow us to restart our activities at some point in 2021. In the meantime I wish you and your families all the very best for Christmas and the New Year. Keep your hopes and spirits up and above all keep safe. Thank you all for your support.
I would also like to thank the committee for your contributions over the year.
Note to all members from Steve Warner the Chairman of KDCS dated 3.10.20 regarding the clubs current position given the impacts of the pandemic
All, there seems to be a never ending change to the advice given out on this and I recently wrote to the KDCS committee regarding the topic of a formal road ride calendar. Will Beck the MTB rides co-ordinator did something similar with our MTB rides group ( 47 members ).
The overwhelming consensus was not to put any form of official rides on for the foreseeable future and that remains the position across the club.
Cycling UK have regularly updated the guidance on the impact for cycling which can vary due to country, area, lockdowns etc. Please visit the site for the latest information.
As all of our rides are not ‘official’ club rides then our position remains that members organise their own get togethers at their own risk ( despite our Cycling UK affiliation and ride leaders insurance this will not apply to these rides ). My advice based on current guidance is to ride in a group of no more than 6 and maintain social distancing. Whilst it is possible to have more than one group the other group is then considered a separate entity with either a different route or a generous time lapse between the groups ( e.g 15 mins ) if doing the same route. I would strongly recommend that you stick to organising one group of no more than 6 to avoid problems and public criticism, legal enforcement etc. These of course are your unofficial ‘bubble’ rides so the responsibility rests with you. I’m sorry if this seems a bit like a headmasters speech but as Chairman I’m anxious to avoid any criticism of our club. The MTB group have a members contact list by agreement so organising informal rides is a lot easier for them as a result. The wider KDCS doesn’t have any agreement to share e-mail addresses etc. so I’m afraid it is up to individual members to contact others should they wish to organise any unofficial social rides.
Whilst these are difficult times can I remind you that most Tuesdays Dave Wills your Social Secretary organises a Zoom on line meeting at 7pm in an effort to maintain social contact, share information and news and cheer people up. They usually last no more than 40 mins so please join one as you will be surprised how uplifting they can be.
One bit of news linked to this is that we are planning a ‘Halloween‘ special zoom with dressing up yourself and / or your background room optional and the musicians amongst you may well play a tune or two ( no jokes about Thriller, Monster Mash etc. please ).
We are all trying our best in very difficult circumstances and many of you will I’m sure have had family life severely disrupted. Don’t suffer in silence as friendly faces are out there and if you feel a bit isolated join us on the zoom or contact other members for a catch up.
Keep cycling if you can as it is good for physical and mental health well being.
Take care and many thanks - Steve
Steve Warner - Chairman of KDCS email@example.com mobile01539734867
Current position on group riding - Wed 03/06/20
I today contacted Cycling UK to discuss their advice given the most recent response from the government.If you go on the Cycling UK website you will be able to view the detail.
Clearly given the current position it would not be wise to consider putting on official club road and mountain bike rides even though up to 6 members can ride
( provided they adhere to social distancing ).
The organisation, selection of riders, appointing leaders etc. would be beset with problems.
As Chairman I have taken the decision to monitor the position until things improve and further advice is provided.
Chairman’s update 3/6/20All attached below is the link to the Cycling UK website which has been updated to reflect the latest Govt advice and guidance in relation to the current Coronavirus crisis.
They cover the position in each of the countries that make up the UK. In particular they advise that it is permissible now to ride in a group of up to 6 people provided social distancing of 2 metres is met.
Given the current restrictions there is no proposal to introduce any official KDCS rides.
Any group rides you therefore choose to arrange are by personal choice.
You must of course adhere to the social distancing requirements.
Should the position change in the future I will keep you informed.
Keep safe and take care.
Note from Chairman 15/03/2020
Note from Chairman 15/03/2020
Minutes of the KDCS Committee meeting held 20/1/20
Attendees - Steve Warner, Anne Brookes, Martin Slader, Brian Woodward, Dave Wills, Bill Jackson
Apologies - Mike Pezet, Neil Hazlehurst
As Chairman Steve welcomed all to the meeting and advised that Mike Pezet had another engagement and Neil is away on holiday.
1. Finance Report / income generation
2. Membership update
A discussion took place on options / ideas for attracting new members. This included the following:-
Business cards with our details to hand out to interested parties
A Cumbria Radio interview 21/1/20 where Steve hoped to be able to publicise our club and request for members (Steve was subsequently interviewed on the James Philips show on radio Cumbria for a new slot which aims to interview a variety of clubs across the county and KDCS was the first one )
Advertise our club through other groups / clubs e.g. SLACC as we have a ‘ green footprint ‘ that may appeal to their members.
3. Update on rides calendars including road, MTB, Easy Tuesdays
It was proposed that we put a mixture of longer and shorter rides on this year and measure the impact of success or otherwise. We will also seek opinion from the membership ( again ) to capture any thoughts / views they may have. We will try to do this at the start of our proposed talks / social events during the year. In the past we had a business element included in such events that provided a communication process for both members and the committee and we agreed we should reinstate this where we can.
4. Social activities / slide shows for the year
Dave suggested that we form a social activities sub committee and we agreed to seek nominations from the members to form such a group. This should then provide an opportunity for the wider capture of ideas.
5. Planned trips
6. Website update, any changes, security, web authors
The issue of ride reports was raised and we agreed that these were useful as they provided members with a summary of particular rides / trips. We already have 2 Facebook sites which include details, photos etc. but as not every member is on FB we thought some of the detail could easily be transferred over to the website for inclusion under the ride report header. Ride leaders will be encouraged to give such reports but it is purely voluntary.
Dave advised that on the website we now have a comprehensive list of rides routes with narrative and maps originally put together by Mark Bazeley and suggested we might do something similar for MTB rides. To be explored.
7. Any other business
Chairman - Steve Warner
Rides co-ordinator / newsletter - Anne Brookes
Treasurer - Martin Slader
Social Secretary - Dave Wills
MTB subgroup co-ordinators and membership - Bill Jackson / Steve Warner Road section membership co-ordinators – Mike Pezet, Anne Brookes
Web access and assistants - Dave Wills, Anne Brookes, Brian Woodward, Neil Hazlehurst, Andy Gillham.
We agreed that Simon Rose should be invited onto the committee should he wish given his significant ‘ Easy Tuesday ‘ rides role.
There being no other business Steve thanked all of the committee for their hard work and assistance and the meeting was brought to a close.
Chairman of KDCS
Minutes of the KDCS Committee meeting held 23/1/19
Attendees - Steve Warner, Anne Brooks, Martin Slader, Brian Woodward, Dave Wills, Mike Pezet.
As Chairman Steve welcomed all to the meeting and thanked everyone for making it a very successful year for KDCS. He appreciates the amount of work put in to provide members with a great range of regular rides and social events. The Christmas meal was initially oversubscribed demonstrating the support we enjoy from our members and we have had high numbers out on our rides during 2018.
1. Finance Report and move to a modern on line account
Martin advised that we have £337.18p in our Skipton Account. This account can be accessed at Branch level only and requires any 2 of our 3 named signatories for withdrawals. A recent donation of £10 was made to a non passbook holder and the process to pay it in was a little long winded. Further expected expenditure for 2019 is a small sum of £23.98 to cover the KDCS domain name for the next 2 years plus the Cycling Uk ride leaders insurance of circa £75. It was agreed that we now need a more modern account that gives an on line facility. Following subsequent enquiries with the Skipton it was confirmed that there is the facility for members to pay monies into the account on line using the BACS method. There is however the need to provide the title KDCS, the branch account number, our account number and sort code. There is no facility for a reference name so members would need to e-mail a named committee member to advise of any payments made. All amounts will appear in the passbook once it is updated. Given that we have such an on line pay in facility there is no need to change our account.
2. Income generation
Given that we will be left with just over £200 in our account after this years costs it was agreed that we need to generate further capital. All stated that they were not in favour of charging a joining fee or collect annual subs but rather that we seek to raise the money through a voluntary appeal supplemented if necessary by requesting a small top up to next years Christmas meal cost. There was a debate around requesting donations at social events and whilst this is to be considered it was felt we needed the direct appeal as this would go out to all members not just those attending events. The introduction of an on line account would also assist in facilitating such payments.
3. Membership awareness
Mike advised that we had around 14 new members last year quite a few being MTB riders. Anne advised we have over 120 members in total. All agreed that we are a unique club that appeals to people not wanting to join the more competing type club such as KCC etc. Mike has an article shortly going into the widely circulated ‘in focus’ magazine and we agreed that there wasn’t a need to formally advertise wider.
4. Social Events
It was agreed that we should aim for 4 quarterly social events again this year but that we should also seek to introduce talks / slide shows appealing to members who would like share their experiences. A suitable venue at nil / low cost to be sought for this. Some members put on quirky rides last year
including a trip to a pizza venue and an Arnside Fireworks ride. These additional trips just add to the great ride experiences provided for members and it will be left to individual members to decide whether they want to put such events on.
5. Additional trips
The MTB Group have already met to plan a range of multi day trips but in addition there will be an all comers long weekend trip to North Yorkshire in June this year. Members who wish to organise any additional trips are welcome to do so.
6. Authorisation of content for the website,Facebook site and e- mails to members and layout of our web pagesFollowing last years changes in data protection we have already advised members that content and communications will be appropriate, relevant and kept to a minimum. The regular monthly newsletter issued by Anne provides relevant and up to date news as well as ride details. It will not include members contact numbers or e- mail addresses unless permission has been given. After discussion we agreed that some posts were more appropriate for the website rather than by e-mail to all members and that we need to ensure we are not contravening data protection principles on content sent to members.
In terms of layout it was noted that our front page (LHS) should be used for details of immediate and at times urgent information. These posts often go out of date quickly although several posts have been removed / archived recently resulting in the top post being quite out of date. Dave to look at layout options that could facilitate sale items / archive / delete options.
The issue of ride reports was raised. Bill Jackson recently produced a good article covering a ride organised in conjunction with a Kirkby Stephen based e- bike business. It was agreed that whilst ride reports are interesting they should be on a voluntary basis only. Dave will look at a location for such
reports whilst reviewing layout options.
Some of the news could have their own dedicated pages with links from the front page. We may perhaps need to write to members if we make changes to offer direction on where to find items include recipes, bike shops, mechanical services etc.
7. Any other business
There being no other business the meeting was brought to a close.
Chairman of KDCS
The inaugural meeting of the KDCS Committee met on the 29/1/18 and this note is to give you a brief outline of the key actions we agreed to progress.
1. We will seek to recruit more volunteer ride leaders to relieve the burden on the small group currently undertaking this role. We recognised that the role comes with responsibility and practical support and partnering will be offered to those new to the role. The Chairman will write directly to all KDCS members and Anne Brooks will continue to recruit via social events and ride compilation.
2. Income generation - we have limited capital funds and still have to meet the costs of the website, Cycling UK affiliation and ride leader insurance. It is not the intention to charge a joining fee but rather obtain small additional funds through donation via events, raffles etc.
3. Social events - it was agreed that we will organise 4 social events per year based on the seasons and these might include ride events, treasure hunts, meal outings, slide shows. Edward and Romola have agreed to hold one such event at Sprint Mill in Burneside
4. Membership generation - Mike Pezet will shortly take over the membership secretary role. We currently have around 120 active members including those who are in the mountain bike group. There are a large number of inactive members. Our aim is to recruit more members and we will be writing out to those lapsed members to see if they want to go back on the mailing list. Additionally we will be seeking to advertise our rides via the Westmorland Gazette and Lakeland Radio.
5. Website reorganisation - The content of the site will be reviewed, historical or irrelevant posts removed, a seamless joining process established and updates put on as required to inform members of news, changes, events etc. One example is this Chairman’s page creating a medium for Steve Warner to advise members on progress and key messages.
6. KDCS organised trips - not an easy task for those with the responsibility. There is an intention to organise a trip to the Rosedale area of Yorkshire in early June ( probably Friday - Monday ). There may be others but we elected not to run before we can walk given the progress we want in other areas. The mountain bike offshoot are organising a number of small scale events.
7. Partnership with Cycling UK ( formerly CTC ). - Steve Warner will take over the liaison role from Andrew Judson and we will continue with our affiliation and ride leaders insurance. There is the opportunity for KDCS members to join Cycling UK at a reduced rate using a unique code. Membership offers members individual cycle insurance as well as discounts, advice etc.
8. Bike workshops - several events have taken place in the past and we will look at this again. These may include riding skills, bike maintainance, GPS / Strava knowledge.
Some of this will take time but we are already on with progressing our agreed action points and we very much hope you will offer your support to the committee.
Hi all KDCS members
Please see code of conduct Feb 2018
As I start my second term as KDCS Chairman I thought I would just give you some background information on where we are at this time. First of all there have been a few personnel changes that are being phased in:
Chairman - Steve Warner
Membership Secretary - Mike Pezet
Social Secretary - Dave Wills
Rides co-ordinator and mailing list / news - Anne Brooks
MTB rides co-ordinator - Bill Jackson
Finance Manager - Martin Slader
Website manager - Dave Wills
Website access team - Dave Wills, Anne Brooks, Neil Hazlehurst, (Steve Warner, Brian Woodward)
As we look forward to 2018 we will be holding a committee meeting to discuss future direction, publicity, membership, finance and our aims and goals. Providing a wide range of rides will of course be fundamental and a priority. We hope that members will continue to support the club to ensure we are an active cycle group in Kendal for many more years to come. We also welcome any thoughts or suggestions that you might like to put forward. In particular we want members to volunteer to lead more rides this year to avoid too many ‘ meet at Kendal Leisure Centre to be decided on the day’ rides.
The Kendal Cycling Club is a fast developing group but we are not seeking to compete with them as we believe we are a unique club that caters for cyclists of all class and pace. The development of the ‘easy rides ‘ and MTB rides has been an added benefit for members. Joining the club has remained free for many years now to encourage membership. This has been possible because we hold a small residual fund that has allowed us to pay for the website costs and Cycling UK ( previously CTC ) ride leaders insurance etc. Our initial thought is that we will continue to offer free membership and propose generating any finance needs through social initiatives, raffles etc.
In the early years of the club we were actively involved in developing cycling in the Kendal area, campaigning for cycle paths and even funding bike racks. Whilst we will continue to encourage members to offer opinion and submissions on change proposals from the likes of Cycling UK, LDNP, SLDC etc. we won’t be appointing anyone to lead on campaigning specifically. Please remember that we run the club through enthusiastic volunteers and without them there would be no KDCS so your support is essential.
I would also like to thank those who have kept the group going through the years including those that have relinquished their roles. That of course includes all of you who have lead rides over the past year. Finally I look forward to joining you all at the KDCS Christmas meal.