Secretarial Report 2013-14 9th November 2014
As always I would like to start with a few statistics, there are 30 Affiliated clubs in the Centre, There are 1179 registered members in our centre, around 20 are non riding member’s, they are stewards and Clerks etc. So we are maintaining a good share. The ACU currently record 21 Centres including Scotland, 340 clubs that have requested Permits and almost 20500 members including Road Race and Speedway..
The last statistic is that after 51 years Mr Moram left the South Midland Panel of Stewards, so on behalf of the Centre can I say an enormous thank you Colin, great job. After the other jobs he has done both at the FIM and at Rugby, He has certainly earned his position as Honorary Vice President of the FIM. Vice President of the ACU and President of this Centre. I imagine Mrs Moram has been wondering who this strange man is that has appeared in her life this year.
Individual licensing and affiliation is again available on-line, and of course still by paper copy using snail-mail, but it both cases you need to get a “unique number” from your membership secretary.
There is an option for clubs to enter their membership details on the system at Rugby, which will then allow their current members to rejoin the club and renew their licence or affiliation at the same time, without unique numbers. There is no deduction of handling charge when the membership cash is returned to the Club.
The Event Entry system at Rugby is currently being used by Trials and Motocross clubs in our centre, and it is very easy to use. In fact Northampton and Luton are in the top 3 as users, and the S M accounts for 15 % of all events entered in this way. For lads who are not A-CU members who wish to ride in the event, the system takes an extra £10. This covers either a one event licence for motocross or an annual Trials Affiliation. So this may get the club a few new members. Members can still enter by post and paper on the day. Clubs can also access the Stop list of riders who for whatever reason are currently banned from riding in A-CU events, and I encourage clubs to look at this from time to time. A new reason for the ban has been added “Caution; only allowed to enter trials’”
If any club Secretary does not have their ACU System Login, please let me know.
Insurance this year will rise by around 10% from January 2015.
The Centre Finance committee decided that some of the charges should rise this year after remaining constant for the last three years. To leave them again may well mean that next year the increase could be excessive. Therefore from 1st January 2015 the cost of a Permit will be £22, the Centre Trials Levy will be £1.10, and honoraria to increase by 5%. Mileage costs to remain at 30p per mile. However to help clubs running Expert Championship rounds, the Centre will pay for the Steward: Board approval of this will be by acceptance of the Management Minutes of July 2014
At risk of repeating this annually, can I stress that the Accident Report Forms should be sent to our insurers for every event, even if the report is blank, and the Risk Assessment form needs to be completed for every venue clubs use at least annually, and re-assessed if there is a relevant change at the venue. It will be invaluable should any incident reach the courts, to show that we have tried to do our homework before the event starts.
Some of our centre members have had some really good results this year. Alexz Wigg has come 12th in the World Trials Championship, and 3rd in National Championships with Sam Haslam 6th. The Normandale A Class has Billy Bishop first and Tim Blackmore second, and D Class, Chris Koch won with Graham Haslam second. In the British Expert Sidecar Championship Jamie Howe as passenger is in fourth place with 1 round to go.
In Motocross I can only find reference to Neville Bradshaw, who has come 4th in the Maxxis MX2 Championship.
In sidecar Enduro Dan Lawry with Jamie Mitchell in the chair managed 4th in the Expert championship this year, and Dad, Peter Lawry riding shotgun for Andy Strutt in the Clubman Class came 8th, all four being members of South Reading, so a feather in your caps boys..
In Track Racing Harland Cook is on his third win in the 500cc British Championship that I know of, as well as good placing’s in the 250 and 350, and Mark Cossar has again won the British 1000cc Right hand sidecar title.
James Putterill of Hitchin has won the Bemsee MRO Clubman 600 Championship in Road Racing and several local lads, who unfortunately many of us will not have heard of, are doing really well in that particular discipline, a couple of them winning their classes.
My Congratulations to all of them.
Centre trials have been entertaining again and entries I think are being maintained at similar figures to last year. The youth entries have picked up a tad, possibly due to the revised format of a Total Championship being run at a number of venues where the land lends itself to run all classes. The majority of events are now run as No stop and it is now pretty much working. But again not all land we use lends itself to that style.
The Sporting Motorcyclist is still put to good use, advertising to the other Centres that we have some really nice events going on. The Classic Trials series pulls in riders from other centres, and I think the Motocross clubs get a few too.
At Management we have had a number of things going on. I have been able to cancel a few meetings, resulting in a couple of longer meetings making the journeys of a number of members more worthwhile.
Last year The SM Centre suggested an open day at Rugby, It turned out successfully and would be repeated, I am disappointed to note that it hasn’t been repeated, and I have asked Dave Porter to take that up at NC. We also asked for more visibility of the ACU, and we have had a reduction in the cost of tape, we can purchase banners and shirts and jackets, but I have not seen any change, probably because clubs or individuals have to buy the items. We also said that communication was poor, specifically distribution of Committee minutes, and now they have to be distributed within 2 weeks and that seems to be working.
You will all know about HS2, which was expected to affect the trials ground at Dews Farm. This kick started a land search through Ian Reynolds using an agent and we are expecting a report around the end of November. I also have to thank Bob Brown of South Harrow club who asked his MP to look into any effects HS2 may have on the land, and we have received a note, copied to Bob from the CEO of HS2 effectively saying that they will not require the land.
We have asked the Motocross Committee at Rugby to look at track layout, as it has been suggested by riders that a Supercross style track could put off the guys that have to go to work on a Monday morning. We suggested that tracks are built and looked at from the point of view of enjoyment and safety, not just as an exercise in ensuring that every track has every obstacle in the handbook, taken to the limit. That should be discussed at MX Committee next week I believe.
The use of Drones to film events came up and with the cost of them coming down, we could envisage problems arising with dads wanting to follow their sons at motocross events and there being dozens of them in the sky. We made Rugby aware of our worries and there will be a piece in the handbook saying that, if notified prior to the event, the club or CoC has the option to allow their use, but only if the operator has a CAA licence and relevant Insurance.
The website has been having around 150 hits each month but has had 250 since September, so please make your members aware of the site and encourage them to visit the site.
I have made a start on the Roll of Honour on the website, I hope to add more names and mini biographies of World Champions from our Centre when I get quiet months. If anyone has one they would like to add please send it to me.
There are still a handful of Clubs that have not returned their affiliation to me so please do so asap.
Dave has left the collecting tin for the Ben Fund, and a few TT badges for sale and I would encourage you to drop in your change. You should be aware that 2 Centre Members received £2000 each from the Ben Fund last year, and it would be good if we could contribute to the fund in appreciation of the donations it makes to all Motorcyclists.
As usual, nuff said, Thank you to all the Clubs who have put on events, I have enjoyed participating in many, and on behalf of the riding members, thank you to all the organisers, your work is really appreciated.
S Midland Centre Secretary