First of all Happy New Year to all members. At the time of writing we are still in second lockdown but by the time you read this hopefully some of the restrictions will have been eased. Like all other sections (I suspect) our 2021 programme is on hold until we get the go ahead to resume normal section activities. We should have held our AGM this month (January) but have decided to postpone that until such time as we can hold a 'proper' meeting later in the year. In the meantime your Secretary and Chairman are keeping in touch regularly with the membership by phone and face time. We hope that by April we will be in a position to run our first riding event of the year, and in fact the first since September 2019, Gabby's Hinton St Mary Run. We'll keep our fingers crossed that it goes ahead!
I should be reporting on the AGM held in January but instead I'm writing to say that in agreement with the existing committee, we have decided to hold the AGM at our first meeting after the current crisis is over. In the meantime your committee will remain unchanged. Bette is still keeping in regular contact by phone and Facetime with the membership. Most of us haven't met up in person for months now but hopefully as we move ever closer to spring, restrictions will be relaxed and we'll be able to meet (if only initially) outdoors. It remains to be seen how many of the pubs and coffee stops we use on our events are still in business by the time runs commence again. On a brighter note I understand work is progressing well on the Treasurer's vintage Rudge so we look forward to seeing that out on runs.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, all our over 70's section attendee's will have received their first vaccination and we'll have a clearer idea of when the current lockdown restrictions will end. In the meantime Bette has a number of ideas for speakers and activities once we're able to meet again. VMCC members John Rock and Peter Benger have both indicated they're prepared to give talks at short notice. John's family firm, J.S. Rock and Sons who were chain makers in the Black Country, also made the little known Rockson motorcycle in the 20's, mainly two strokes with Villiers engines, made in fairly large quantities . Most were exported but an example still exists and is currently on display in the Black Country museum whilst John himself has the only survivor of the 3 350cc Blackburne engined machines originally owned by John's Father and his 2 Uncles.
As I write these notes Boris has just announced the proposed 'Road Map to Freedom'. On the basis that we will be 'free' to hold meetings of up to 30 outside from the 17th May (assuming no more setbacks before then) Bette has provisionally arranged our first meeting since last March. This will be a breakfast meet to be held on Saturday the 12th of June at Ansty PYO (SP3 5PX) from 9am onwards. Dependant on things returning to normal in June and the availability of the village hall at Silton we will also commence monthly meetings as there is covered open air space where we can socially distance for a light lunch followed by our recently postponed AGM. This meeting will take place on a Monday as usual at a date yet to be confirmed but will be from midday onwards. In the meantime stay safe and well.