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27/07/2020

The TandemClub server has had a major update to its Linux OS and systems. Please contact us if you see or have any problems with the system. webgroup@tandem-club.org.uk.

04/07/2020

The 48th Annual General Meeting of the Tandem Club was scheduled to take place on Saturday 11 April 2020 at the Easter rally. The Agenda was published in the Tandem Club Journal (vol 288). We said in the TCJ (vol 289) that the 2020 AGM was postponed indefinitely, but of course we don’t know if and when we will be able to hold an AGM in 2020. It may be that we cannot meet together until 2021. In these exceptional circumstances the business usually transacted at the AGM has had to be done elsewhere:

  • Club Accounts – the accounts for the year ended 31 October 2019 were published in the April/May Tandem Club Journal (vol 289). The Treasurer has received no comments or queries from members on the accounts.
  • Membership fees - As stated in the April/May Tandem Club Journal (vol 289) the annual subscription has been raised from £10 per year to £15 per year.
  • Election of Officers – Club Officers are elected at the AGM. Committee members and ex-offico officers have been assumed to continue in role unless they have indicated otherwise. Barry Wilson has served as Chairman since 2015 and has been on the committee since 2011. He had indicated a wish to stand down. Further information about this is given below.  Janet Wilson has been on the committee since 2011 and has stood down as an Ordinary Member. If anyone is interested in joining the committee as an ordinary member please contact the Secretary. Our thanks go to Barry and Janet for serving the Club diligently over this period.
04/07/2020

Barry Wilson wished to stand down at the AGM so the Committee considered how to deal with this in the absence of an AGM. The outcome was that Peter Weeks, Club Publicity Officer,  was willing to stand as Tandem Club Chairman. On 26 April 2020 the Secretary contacted the Committee and Regional Officers to conduct an election. 

Nomination of Peter Weeks as Tandem Club Chairman

  • Proposed by Pauline Fox, Club Secretary
  • Seconded by Eifion Francis, a former Club Chairman and who, with his partner Jill, is a Regional Officer and oversees the Club’s Talking Journal service.
  • 49 individuals (TC Committee members and Regional Officers) invited to vote in lieu of the AGM
  • 2 abstentions, the current Chairman, Barry Wilson and one Ordinary Member, Janet Wilson.
  • 29 votes received, all were in favour of Peter Weeks being the Chairman of the Tandem Club.
  • No other votes, objections or comments received.

Peter Weeks was therefore elected as Tandem Club Chairman with effect from 1 May 2020. This will be subject to formal discussion and election by members at the next Annual General Meeting.

Our congratulations and thanks go to Peter as he takes up the role of Chairman. He has also, fortunately, agreed to continue as the Club’s Publicity Officer for the time being.

27/05/2020

On page 4 of the April/May Tandem Club Journal (Vol. 288) there is a notice regarding the increase of the subscription rate. Please remember to change your Standing Order before your next renewal date. The club is unable to do this for you.
If you are unable to do this via on-line banking and need a paper form please contact the treasurer.
Tony Prichard (Joint Treasurer)

25/04/2020
Tandem National Rally 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the National rally 2020 in Corsham has been postponed. This will now take place in 2021 as the 50th National rally. We have sent an email to everyone who has booked onto the rally to let you know your options. Please let us know if you haven't received this.

The rally website is available for information Tandem 2020 National Rally in Corsham

03/08/2020
Very helpful Chris. I've been hoping someone would report an actual loading since the new policy for Azuma was posted by LNER (as shown and linked in our Tandems on trains page). Did you use a strap to hold the front up? We used an Arno strap when we loaded our Thorn into the mock up carriage in win ... more
02/08/2020
Thanks so much John and Brian - very helpful. I'll check out the suggestions!
01/08/2020

Thanks to the Tandem Club for quickly providing an answer to our request - we're now the proud new owners of an Orange Thorn Raven. Thanks also to Cliff and wife for passing it down to us.

28/07/2020

Hi Spencer, i saw this old post and i have just put my longstaff tandem on for sale section if you are interested - it should fit you both well.  i anticipate you are probably sorted but then again it is a rare beast you are after! 

02/08/2020
July 2020 Report

19th July – socially distanced group tandem ride!

This was our first group ride since the beginning of the New Year and with some restrictions lifted we decided to try out something new.

We would need to socially distance, only 6 people in a group, this meant putting cyclists into pods and sending them off at intervals – no catching up and chatting! A maximum of 12 tandem places were offered for our trial ride.

Maps were issued and leaders for each pod were sure they knew the route which took riders through nature reserves and moors on the Somerset levels.

It was a beautiful day and the reserves and moors looked their summer best. Some riders were pleased with the flat ride, there were wildlife photo opportunities and time to walk the bumpy bits and share news.

The pods worked well, thanks to our guides Malcolm, Isaac and Alex.

We used the Avalon Marshes Centre as our base where we could park, use the facilities and enjoy the café which was well set up with a one way system and tables spread out in the open air to accommodate our social distancing.

Though our group has been in contact on Zoom doing quizzes and Bingo it was refreshing to catch up in person finding out how we spent our time in lock down and speculate on the future. We had 9 tandems and three solos and welcomed new members Nic and Jane.

We enjoyed showing off our corner of Somerset – ‘the north levels’ recently featured on the One Show. There was plenty of information on the area available from the Avalon Marshes representative which may encourage some of us back for a spot of bird watching. In the mean time we were treated to a bee swarm at the information point!

As a trial ride the pods worked well, looking to the future we will need to brush up on our map reading skills as we set the pattern for further meetings.

Rex and Hannah Whitcombe

05/07/2020
Just a reminder to everyone in the LA Group, our July ride will not be going ahead but I don't think it will be long before we can get together for LA Group rides again. Please continue to send me your photos from your lockdown rides. Thanks for all the photos I've received so far. Email stephen.webb001@gmail.com
06/06/2020
May 2020 3rd Report

A third quiz was organised by Nick and Rachel for the Taunton group. Ten couples attended and questions ranged from trees to gin and ‘seconds’ (highest, longest etc).

Malcolm suggested a bingo game next time and to get us into the spirit, Grace’s questions were based on the bingo nicknames that callers have traditionally used: half a crown in pre-decimal currency was two & six - 26! The pre-decimal currency also featured in Ian and Lisa’s questions so perhaps some of us are ‘of a certain age’.

A new feature this evening was newsround and we learned that John and Judy had been out and about; their questions were based on their rides. Tim and Mary’s tandem is still locked down in France, Mark and Liz are still hoping to work in the Shetlands and many of us were looking forward to meeting up with family (socially distanced of course!) Several members have birthdays in May. We usually celebrate with them on a Tandem Club Rally but not this year. Many happy returns went to Grace, Katherine, Rachel, Ian and Len.

31/07/2020
Club Ride

On July 26th 4 tandem crews had a 32 mile pootle through some Worcestershire lanes, lunch was taken at The Galton Arms in Himbleton. 

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