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2017-01-12 00:00:00TandemClub
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Regalia Shop News
We have relaunched for 2017 three items in the clubs attractive modern design. Mudguard Decals, Car Windscreen Stickers and Metal Badges. These and other items are available at rallies or by post. Have a look in the Regalia Shop at all our Regalia items. There is a printable order form available for ordering by post or items can be purchased from the shop at rallies. Items can also be ordered for collection at rallies if previously paid for.

2017-05-25 00:00:00TandemClub
Important! Withdrawal of Members 3rd. Party Insurance

After many years we have been unable to re-new the member’s third party insurance cover. This has come about due to changes in U.K. law which changes the level of liability which needs to be covered. Please note that this cover is withdrawn immediately (25th. May 2017). Check your home insurance policy as you may find you are covered under that. Other member’s benefits remain unchanged.
Members: Please delete reference to insurance on any business cards you have as currently we are unable to offer this service.

2017-07-04 00:00:00TandemClub
BBC Radio Scotland - Tandem Riding

Catch up with crew of MatildasMusings promoting the joys of #tandeming in a 15 minute chat on Out of Doors on BBC Radio Scotland.
We have the relevant audio clips extracted into a single file. Includes presenter Mark Stephen teaming up with my Captain Colin Calder for shot as Stoker - in place of regular Diane Lockhart.
Hope you enjoy! Listen here.

2017-11-29 00:00:00TandemClub
Tandem Club on Twitter

The Tandem Club Twitter feed is now live. (from Friday 1 December)
The official Twitter "handle" or name for our account is:
@thetandemclubuk
So you need to go into your Twitter feed and search for that handle and then hit the "follow" button!
Include the hashtag '#tandem' in tweets - then you will be ale to see them immediately by searching for #tandem in the search bar and hitting latest on the menu bar
 And if you're not yet on Twitter then here is a link to a simple guide to signing up. It really is easy and you get to choose who you want to follow so you won't be swamped with messages you don't want.   https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990

2017-12-15 00:00:00TandemClub
Renewal e-mails failing

Orange have discontinued their ‘freeserve’ and ‘fsnet’ email service so renewal reminders are not being delivered. If you had a freeserve or fsnet e-mail address which has been discontinued please let the renewals secretary know your new e-mail address. e-mail: renewals@tandem-club.org.uk

2017-12-15 00:00:00TandemClub
German Tandem Rally

The rally is being held in Bensheim, a small town in the south of Hessen, about 30k north of Heidelberg.The dates are 9/5/18-13/5/18. Arrival on the 9th and departure on the 13th with rides on the 10th, 11th and 12th. Participants can choose a long ride (80-100k), medium 60-80k or short 40-60k)  The base is at the Allee Hotel :- alleehotel@alleehotel.de A double Europa room costs €540 for 4 nights inclusive of breakfast and the evening meal. Bookings are to be made direct to the hotel quoting Tandemtreffen 2018 The rally is being organised by Reiner and Marion Bünger and their email is :- TT2018@fam-buenger.de The German rallies are very social affairs and we thoroughly enjoyed last years, we have already booked for this one. E-mail Jane Taylor for more information.

2018-03-01 00:00:00TandemClub
Email with link to Journal in audio MP3 form

You can now get an email sent to you with a link to the journal in audio MP3 form sent to you once Eifion has done his magic. Email webgroup@tandem-club.org.uk to set this up for you or you can set it up the next time you renew, there is a checkbox on the membership form.

2018-11-17 00:00:00TandemClub
More mobile friendly

We have been working on making the website more mobile phone friendly. Its not complete yet, but hopefully most pages should display better on these devices.

Peter Weeks2019-10-16 16:34:50TandemClub
Stickers in Oct/Nov Journal
Stickers in Oct/Nov Journal

We are always looking for ways to raise awareness among potential new members who don't know there is a Tandem Club. 

 In the latest copy of the TCJ are 5 Club stickers in a white envelope.  Please put these on your tandem (on all your tandems if you have more than one).  People admiring your tandem out on the road are sure to spot them and ask about the Club. This is your chance to tell them about what we do and get them interested.

If you need more stickers please get in touch.

Thank you for helping to raise awareness of the Tandem Club amongst potential new members.

Peter Weeks Publicity Officer

Tony Prichard2020-04-21 13:07:46TandemClub
2020 Rally News

2020 International Rally Information
Sadly this year's International rally has been cancelled due to uncertainties caused by COVID-19.  Full refunds will be made to all those who booked on the rally.  The refunds will be processed starting 27th April.  An email has been sent from Bob and Mary with a little more detail.  Further information is available from: tci2020@tandem-club.org.uk.

Phil Harmer2020-04-21 21:00:16TandemClub
2020 Easter Rally and AGM

Full refunds are being issued for the Easter Rally.  An email has been sent to all those who booked on the rally giving details.To contact the rally organiser: tce2020@tandem-club.org.uk

The 2020 AGM, scheduled to take place on Saturday 11 April 2020, has been postponed to take account of current guidance on avoiding social gatherings.  The Club Secretary can be contacted via: secretary@tandem-club.org.uk

Terry Barnaby2020-04-25 09:29:00TandemClub
Tandem National Rally 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

Tony Prichard2020-05-27 14:46:54TandemClub
Increase in Subscriptions

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)

Peter Weeks2020-07-04 08:22:41TandemClub
Chair

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.

Peter Weeks2020-07-04 08:28:36TandemClub
2020 AGM

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.

Peter Weeks2020-08-13 18:47:51TandemClub
Tandem use surges during lockdown

https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/bicycle-made-two-tandem-use-surges-during-lockdown

Article currently on the front page of Cycling UK  website and will be featured in Cycle Clips 14 August.  Should create interest in the Tandem Club and attract new members

Terry Barnaby2020-09-21 22:17:31TandemClub
Updated website style

The TC website group along with our Journals editor have been busy modernising the style of the TC website. We hope you like the new style !  There is on-going work to improve this style and to improve the websites functionality. To login please use the "User/Login" top menu item of the "User" quick link icon at the top of the webpage. Some of the webpage content still needs editing, GPS files need adding and we need additional articles and content for the website, so we are looking for TC member volunteers to help out. If you can spare a bit of time to help the club, please contact us at: internetgroup@tandem-club.org.uk

Peter Weeks2020-10-07 10:02:46TandemClub
Highway Code consultation
Highway Code consultation

The Department for Transport seek views on changes to the Highway Code to improve road safety, and so as a club we will make a submission on behalf of tandemists. If you wish to contribute to the Club’s response, which is set out in the latest TCJ, please send your comments to Eifion Francis and Jonathan Flower. Details below.

There are 3 main changes proposed:

  1. Introducing a hierarchy of road users - those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility
  2. Clarifying rules for pedestrian priority
  3. Guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and priority at junction
The proposals should make tandeming on UK roads safer and more enjoyable and they might even encourage others to join our ranks!  We think that improvements can still be made however and our draft tandem-specific suggestions in outline are:
  1. Tandem riders need to exercise greater prudence and responsibility than ordinary bicycles.
  2. Special mention should be made for tandems and other ‘non-standard’ forms of cycles, which may be longer, wider or less manoeuvrable than a conventional single bicycle. 
  3. It should be made clear that people who cycle, especially on tandems and adapted cycles, may have impaired sight, hearing or mobility.
  4. The proposals about cycle crossings could be strengthened.
  5. The proposals advise cyclists to: “ ...leav(e) enough room (a door’s width or 0.5m) to avoid being hit if a door opens unexpectedly ..."  We think 0.5m is not enough when passing parked vehicles especially on a tandem which is less manoeuvrable
  6. ‘bicycle’ should be replaced by the more inclusive ‘cycle’ which embraces trikes, hand cycles and other variants  
  7. Clubs such as the Tandem Club could help promote and disseminate these changes.

Comments to be included in the Tandem Club response must be received by 20 October.  Please send comments to: eifandjill@aol.com or jonathan.flower@uwe.ac.uk

Peter Hobson2020-10-16 00:18:51TandemClub

Humberside Tandem group will be heading out from Baysgarth Leisure Centre at Barton Upon Humer on Sunday 18 Oct 20 at 1030. heading out over the Humber bridge, up to Skidby Mill for a brew andaround through Little Weighton to Rowley and on to North Ferriby back over the Bridge to the start. 44.7 KM roughly 3 hours.