April club meeting

The April club meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th April, 8pm, at The Green Man, Leighton Bromswold.

The meeting is a week early in order to make arrangements for the April 19th Kia trial for which the club needs a strong working party.

South Mids Nov 14 News

 

AUTO-CYCLE UNION                 SOUTH MIDLAND CENTRE

21 Buckingham Drive       Luton Beds LU2 9RA

Phone 01582 455714

Mob 07747 855264

terrylgolds@ntlworld.com

www.southmidlandcentrea-cu.com

       19th November 2014

To All South Midland Club Secretary’s.

I apologies that this letter is late, just had a busy period with the AGM etc

Insurance and event costs.

I have just today received a note from Rugby with new insurance rates. There will be a new Insurance Matrix issued on Friday, but the nub of the costs are Trials Insurance Adult £3. (from £2.70) and Basic Package for Motocross from £650 to £700, and the additional / reduction for rider numbers will remain the same.

I will bring this up at Management as a discussion point, as a big jump after two zero movement years does not impress anyone !

You should already have seen in the Management Minutes that the Centre has increased some costs. They are Permit per event £22 (£20) Levy per rider £1.10 (£1) However the Stewards Fee for all Expert and Total Championship Trials will be paid by the Centre, so that will probably save most Clubs £35 per year. It will probably cost around an additional £2.50 for other trials events assuming 50 riders.

 

Affiliations

Unfortunately this letter doesn’t seem to get to Club Treasurers, as I asked that Affiliation Forms should all be sent to me, either with a cheque for the value, or the cash could be sent electronically to the Centres account. After numerous years of sending the form and cheque to the Centre, some still went to Rugby. As they are virtually all in now, I will remind clubs in a year.

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Dates Meeting.

            The dates meetings went fairly well, with no clashes that were irreconcilable. So thank you to all the clubs who gave way – however grudgingly – we got there.

 

AGM and Board Meeting

            The AGM and Board meeting went well and we gained a couple of new Management Committee members, and retained many existing members. The list is

President, Colin Moram;                      Chairman. John Coles;

Vice Chair, Chris Mawer;                     Secretary, Terry Golds;

Treasurer, Judith Ayres;                       Permit Secretary, Ian Reynolds;

Stewards Co-ordinator, Roy Watson;    Track Racing Recorder, Dave Porter;

Motocross Recorder, Judith Ayres;       Trials Recorder, Karen Southwood;

Noise Inspector, Terry Golds;               TSM Editor, Fred Sparkes.

Rights of Way, Chris Hurworth              Ben Fund, Fred Henley and Dave Porter

The Centre Life Vice Presidents are Mrs Myrna Green, Mr F Henley, Mr Colin Sweby, and Mr Brian Valder

Vice Presidents are Mrs Mary Martin, John Coles, Laurie Erwood, Colin Nunn, Bob Twigg, Fred Sparkes

 

Clerk of the Course Seminar.

The Centre Trials CoC Seminar will be held on the 17th January at North Hall, start time to be 10 am sharp. If your club needs Clerks, please get your names to Bob Twigg certainly by the 15th December or there will not be time to get papers etc from Rugby. NO day entries!!

The Centre Motocross CoC, and Technical Seminars will hopefully be held in January or February, and I am currently in contact with Eddie Jones, Roy Humphrey and John Coles to find a date to hold both, Motocross in the morning and Technical in the afternoon.  So let me have names and addresses for these two asap.

I am not sure if there is homework or not.

Any member of the Centre is welcome to attend a Management Meeting, They are held at 7:30 pm on the last Tuesday of the month, at North Hall. Please let me know if you or any club members would like to attend.

With kind regards.

 

Terry Golds

Centre Secretary

The Auto-Cycle Union was founded in 1903 as a Branch of the Royal Automobile Club and is the Governing Body of British Motorcycle Sport

South Mids Sec Report 13-14

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.

 

Terry Golds

S Midland Centre Secretary

Ravensoake Trial Report 16th Nov 14

Report on the Nene Valley Motorcycle Club Annual Ravensoake Trial

Venue: Wadlands Railway, Near Daventry.      Date: 16-11-2014

Report written by Paul Davies

Nene Valley MCC held their annual Ravensoake Trial at Wadlands Railway, near Daventry on Sunday. This is a new piece of ground for our club. This was the final round of the club championship. With 37 riders, including Celebrity Motorcycle enthusiast and Comedian Ross Noble attending for what was to be a great Traditional South Midlands Centre trial. The trial was set out on Saturday with the wet conditions in mind. The trial was 5 laps of 8 sections, and it certainly was exciting and entertaining for the riders, observers and spectators.

The Expert class was won by Jonathan Lee who dropped 39 marks, followed by Graeme Watson in second place with 50 marks lost; Simon Dignan came in third place with 58 marks lost.

The Youth A class was won by Sam Rolls who dropped 42 marks, followed by Joe Collins in second place with 80 marks lost; George Barker came in third place with 92 marks lost.

The 50/50 class was won by Alistair Allen who dropped 85 marks, followed by David Gardner in second place with 97 marks lost.

The Inter class was won by Paul Haddingham with 51 marks lost; second place went to Callum Wilkinson on 102 marks lost.

The Youth 50/50 class was won by Conor Southwood with 92 marks lost, second place went to Fraser Strutt with 95 marks lost.

The Clubman class was won by Paul Davies with 42 marks lost, followed by Colin Ridgeway with 60 marks lost, Paul Robinson dropped 66 marks in third place.

The Novice class was won by Tom Bishop with 68 marks, followed by Steve Southwood in second place with 94 marks lost, meanwhile our celebrity guest Ross Noble came in a respectable third place with 100 marks lost, but he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

The Easy route was won by Bryan Deveroux who lost 36 marks, followed by Gary Hall in second place with 38 marks lost

The Sportsman route was won by Brian Ayres with 61 marks lost, followed by Toby Mears in second place with 66 marks lost, third place went to Ryan Brown who also lost 66 marks, but was placed third due to Toby having more cleans recorded on the day.

A very BIG thank you to the land owner for allowing us to use the land, and all of the observers for manning the sections. Also a big thank you to all of the people who have helped in the preparation and setting out of this seasons club trials.

A BIG thank you to all the riders and land owners who have supported the club over the last 12 months, we hope that you have all enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you again next year.

The first round of the 2015 club championship will be held at Hills & Holes – Uppingham on January the 18th 2015, hope to see you all there.

 

Full results:141116 NV Ravensoake Trial Results

 

Ross Noble

2015 ACU MEMBERSHIP

2015 NVMCC membership and unique codes for 2015 ACU license renewal available at our trial Sunday 16th November.

See Jamie Howe, NVMCC membership secretary, or contact him by email: jamie.howe@hotmail.co.uk

Nene Valley Normandale 7th Feb 2015

It is confirmed that Nene Valley MCC will host the first round of the 2015 Normandale Championship on 7th Feb.

The trial is a road based circuit and will be two laps of approximately 15 miles and 20 sections.

The circuit will start at Cranford Firs and take in up to five groups of sections using existing and new venues.

The championship is primarily aimed at twin-shock and pre-65 bikes but modern bikes are welcome too.

More info will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Albert Glover Trial 14th Sept 2014

Report on the Nene Valley Motorcycle Club Annual Albert Glover Trial

Venue: Cranford Firs.      Date: 14-09-2014

Report written by Paul Davies

Nene Valley MCC held their annual Albert Glover Trial at Cranford Firs on Sunday. This was the eighth round of the club championship with 29 riders attending for what was to be a great day for everyone.

The trial was 4 laps of 10 sections and the riders comprised of 4 experts, 2 Youth A riders, 1 50/50 rider, 5 Inter riders, 9 Clubman riders, 5 Sportsman riders, 2 riders preferring the easy route and 1 D Class rider made up the entry.

The expert class was won by Mark Harris who dropped only 10 marks, second place went to Steve Swanson who dropped 28 marks. Third place went to Graeme Watson with 60 marks lost.

The Youth A Class was won by Joe Collins who dropped 43 marks, second place went to Sam Rolls who dropped 54 marks.

The 50/50 class was won by Tony Jones who dropped 22 marks, he was the only 50/50 rider.

The Intermediate route was won by Daniel Ledger with 22 marks lost, followed in second place by Paul Haddingham who dropped 25 marks. Third place went to Josh Hewitt with 31 marks lost.

The Clubman class was won by Pete Ablewhite with a loss of 9 marks. Second place went to Paul Davies with 13 marks lost. Third place went to Paul Robinson with 16 marks lost.

The Sportsman route was won by Josh Davies with 17 marks lost, second place went to Simon Cort who also dropped 17 marks, Josh won on most cleans. Third place went to Toby Mears with 18 marks lost.

The easy route was won by Brian Ayres with 9 marks lost. Brian was the only rider finishing the trial.

The D Class route was won by Alfie Ray Turner who dropped 74 marks. Alfie was the only D Class rider.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing you all again at Irthlingborough on the 19th of October for the October Cup trial.

A very BIG thank you to the land owner and all of the observers for manning the sections. Also a big thank you to all of the people who helped in the preparation and setting out of the trial.

Results: 140914 v2 Albert Glover 2014 Results

 

Chairman's Shield 27th July 2014

Nene Valley MCC held their annual Chairman’s trial on Sunday.

41 riders arrived for what was to be a great day’s riding. The weather forecast was for showers in the morning, but these did not materialise.

The trial was 4 laps of 10 sections and the riders comprised of 6 experts, 8 Intermediate & 50/50 riders, 11 Clubman & 3 Novice riders, 5 riders used our new sportsman 50/50 route, 2 riders preferring the easy route and 6 riders from the youth A,B,50/50 & D classes made up the rest of the entry.

The sections were mainly variations of tried and tested favourites at this venue. With the conditions being so dry, some of the sections were very slippery due to surface marbling. This resulted in marks being lost by all of the classes in many of the sections.

The Expert class was won by Sam Gent who lost only 20 marks on a very tough Expert route, a very impressive ride from Sam. Second place went to Steve Swanson who dropped 36 marks. Third place went to Greame Watson dropping 47 points.

The Youth A class was won by Joe Collins who dropped 68 marks, Joe was the only Youth A rider on the day, but a very good ride from Joe none the less.

The 50/50 Class was won by Mick Thurman who dropped 21 marks, followed in second place by Tony Jones who dropped 31 marks. Third place went to Stephen Young who dropped 37 marks.

The Intermediate Class was won by Paul Haddingham who dropped 20 marks, second place went to Jamie Howe who dropped 29 marks. Third place went to Josh Hewitt who dropped 45 marks.

The Youth 50/50 Class was won by Harry Coleman who dropped 31 marks, second place went to Conor Southwood who dropped 53 marks.

The Clubman class won by  Paul Davies who dropped 21 marks. Second place went to Chris Aylott who dropped 25 marks, Third place went to Andrew Lancaster with 26 marks lost.

The Youth B Class was won by Jake Woodlock who dropped 81 marks. Jake was the only Youth B Rider on the day.

The Novice Class was won by Steve Southwood who dropped 35 marks, second place went to Mark Barrington who dropped 44 marks. Third place went to Shaun Woodlock who dropped 76 marks.

Our new Sportsman 50/50 route was won by Simon Dumbrel with 60 marks lost, followed by Mark Willis in second place also on 66 marks lost. Third place went to Toby Mears who lost 68 marks.

The Easy route was won by Veteran Brian Ayres riding his very trick BSA, he dropped 43 marks. Second place went to Sam Mann who also dropped 43 marks. Brian won on the basis of more cleans.

The Youth D Class was won by Alfie Ray Turner who dropped 99 marks.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing you all again at Great Addington on the 10th of August for the next round of the club championship.

A very BIG thank you to the land owner and all of the observers for manning the sections. Also a big thank you to all of the people who helped in the preparation and setting out of the trial.

Written by: Paul Davies

Full results: Chairmans Shield Results 27-07-2014-1

Photos from award presentation for 2013 Championship

MINUTES OF AGM, 8th APRIL 2014

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Nene Valley Motorcycle Club, held on Tuesday 8th April 2014 at the Carriage House, Higham Ferrers, commencing at 8 p.m.

 

Present: Daphne Robinson, Judith Ayres, Roy Watson, Paul Davis, Doug Swanson, Jamie Howe, Dave Watson, Steve Swanson, Malcolm Evely, Simon Dunbrell, Eileen Swanson, Grame Watson. Graham Bishop.

 

Apologies were received from Tony Jones, Toby Mears, Julian Collins.

 

Report on the accounts:  The accounts were discussed fully and were referred to the May committee meeting when the books will be available for inspection.

 

Elect a President:   Paul Proposed Doug Swanson 2nd Jamie Howe

 

To Elect Vice Presidents    Vice Presidents Mr D Jones, Mrs D Robinson,  Mr N Holt, Mr G Watts, Mr J Lee,  Mrs J Ayres, Mr B Ayres.

 

To Elect a Chairman:          Doug Swanson proposed Steve Swanson        2nd Tony Jones

 

To Elect a Vice Chairman  Doug Swanson proposed Paul Davis 2nd Jamie Howe

 

To Elect a Minutes Secretary   Malcolm proposed Eileen Swanson 2nd Paul Davis

 

To Elect a Committee

Daphne Robinson, Judith Ayres, Roy Watson, Paul Davis, Doug Swanson, Jamie Howe, Dave Watson, Steve Swanson, Malcolm Evely, Simon Dumbrell, Eileen Swanson, Grame Watson, Graham Bishop, Tony Jones, Toby Mears, Julian Collins. Were all elected to the committee.

 

To Elect an Auditor  Roy proposed Robert Gibson 2nd Doug Swanson

 

To transact any other business

 

The committee agreed that subs should stay the same.

 

Entry fees Doug proposed Entry fees should be increased to £14 with youth staying the same at £10 this was 2nd by Jamie Howe.

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8 50 p.m.

 

 

Signed………………….

 

 

Janet Jones Memorial Trial 16/03/14

Nene Valley MCC held their annual Janet Jones Memorial Trial at Glendon Quarry on Sunday. This was the Second round of the 2014 club championship and a round of the South Midlands Centre Championship encompassing all classes of the South Midlands Centre Championship at one event, a new idea for 2014.

With 74 riders attending for what was to turn out to be a great trial for all of the classes. The Trial was set out on Saturday for moderate to dry conditions, and that’s exactly what we got on Sunday morning with sunshine. The Trial was planned and set out for 4 laps of 10 sections.

Robert Twigg, the South Midlands Centre ACU Steward was in attendance and prior to the start of the trial handed out various trophies to the 2013 South Midlands Centre Champions.

The Expert class was won by the 2013 South Midlands Centre Champion, Chris Koch who managed to get round for a loss of 10 marks, followed in second place by Thomas Plant with 13 marks lost; third place went to Steve Swanson who went round for 18 marks lost.

The Intermediate class was won by Paul Haddingham who dropped 21 marks, followed in second place by Marcus Jaggard with 22 marks lost; third place went to James Phillo who lost 25 marks.

The Clubman class was won by Paul Davies who dropped only 6 marks, followed by Tony Ritchings in second place with 14 marks lost, third place went to Mark Kenyon-Bell with 14 marks lost.

The novice class was won by Frazer Strutt who lost 10 marks, Second place went to C. Hackett who dropped 29 marks and third place went to E. Jones who dropped 31 marks.

Nene Valley MCC have introduced a new class for 2014, which is the Sportsman class. A 50/50 route between the Easy and Middle route. This route was won by D. Freeman who dropped 21 marks, second place went to Simon Dumbrell who lost 40 marks, third place went to Toby Mears who dropped 66 marks.

The easy route was won by Bryan Deveroux who went around for only 2 marks lost. Second place went to Alan Jones with 2 marks lost and third place went to Bryan Ayres who dropped 11 marks.

The Youth A class was won by Joe Collins riding the hard route, he dropped 44 marks.

The Youth B class was won by Harry Coleman who dropped 28 marks,  second place went to S. Rolls who dropped 32 marks, third place went to Gus Oblein who dropped 44 marks.

The Youth C Class was won by J. Gil who dropped 141 marks.

A very BIG thank you to the land owner and all of the observers for manning the sections. Also a big thank you to all of the people who helped in the preparation and setting out of the sections, without all of these people we could not have run the trial.

Our next trial and the third round of Nene Valley MCC Championship will be held on the 20th of April at Great Addington, we look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Report written by Paul Davies

The Nene Valley Motorcycle Club (NVMCC) runs observed motorcycle trial events in Northamptonshire. NVMCC is a friendly club and aims to encourage youth and novice riders by providing routes suitable for all abilities. NVMCC is affiliated with the ACU and all its events are run under the ACU’s sporting code.