I think that they should keep the CTC membership and charity as two distinct and seperate entities. The Charitable Trust working as it does, almost like Sustrans does (albeit with slightly different aims) but with the aims of the CTC membership at heart. Sadly it also seems as though certain senior people within the CTC have alterior motives within this, which is sad. (edited - see my reply further below for wider reasons for the short comment)
But also, as a personal view, I think the CTC needs to work hard to try and recruit younger members to keep it's head above water. I believe there is a CTC group in York, and I'd love to ride with a group, but I've never ridden with them because (after looking at their website to see who to contact) and it suggesting I take a spin with the Wednesday Wheelers, I think I'm in the wrong age bracket at 35. Especially as I work during the day on a Wednesday :)
Simon L6 wrote:it is possible. Half the riders on the FNRttC are under 35 - and 30% are women, which is even harder to credit! And - the good news is that next year we're coming your way!
meic wrote:The argument seems to be seperating out into two different levels.
1) The "incrowd" these are so closely involved that the personalities of the people not only count but have overiden the big picture.
2) The "outcrowd" who are looking at the systems which will change the way that outside influences will control the club. Oblivious to the individual characters involved.
Simon L6 wrote:hitherto, apart from a circular from my DA sent out to branch secretaries, there has only been one side to the argument. Articles in Cycle, pages on the website, bits on Newsnet all put the National Office view - even before the text of the special resolution has been determined, and the special resolution voted for (or against) on Council.
The 'nay' campaign, which includes current and past councillors, hasn't got going yet. That's because there's no rush. Proxy voting forms will be sent out in March, and, by that time, the 'nay' website will be up and running, and we'll be doing our level best to do a David against the Goliath that is the National Office publicity machine. In the end it's about the strength of the argument, the weight of evidence, and the trust you place in assurances. We're still amassing the evidence and attempting to simplify the argument.
So this is going to take a while to play out. Those of you interested in it now run the risk of being thoroughly bored by it by May..........but hang on in there! Together we can save the CTC!
mark_w wrote:Sadly it also seems as though certain senior people within the CTC have alterior motives within this, which is sad. (edited - see my reply further below for wider reasons for the short comment)
simonconnell wrote:mark_w wrote:Sadly it also seems as though certain senior people within the CTC have alterior motives within this, which is sad. (edited - see my reply further below for wider reasons for the short comment)
Could you please elaborate on the "ulterior motives" you are assigning to "certain senior people"?
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