Gracious me! I forgot to submit a report of CTC Plymouth activities in the Highwayman last month. Well, I suppose it shows how busy I've been. Members of the Plymouth section know that I have been a full-time carer for my sister for the last few months since she had a complicated operation on her foot, making her wheel-chair bound until quite recently. So I have not been able to give my cycling activities my usual attention.
Recently, as CTC Devon Treasurer, I have been involved in putting together the accounts of the three groups which make up CTC Devon - Plymouth, Torbay and S. Dartmoor, the latter of which is a juvenile group run by Mike Jones from Ashburton. I am happy to report that CTC Devon accounts have now been successfully audited by our fellow-cyclist and auditor, Miles Barrington-Ward from Buckinghamshire, and I am indebted to John Durham, who spent several hours going over my figures for the Plymouth section. I now enter my third year as secretary of CTC Plymouth and treasurer for CTC Devon.
As Christmas approaches, we all look forward to our annual seasonal meal, which Trevor Bradshaw has arranged for 14 December in Ermington. Let's hope that this year - unlike Kitley House in 2015 - the Brussels sprouts will be properly done!
Janus is the Roman god of gates and doorways and gives us the name for January. He is depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. This pivotal month looks back at the activities of 2015/16 and forward again to 2016/17. Our section trips and events of 2016 will be mirrored accordingly in the coming year. Dave Newman, Larry Clarke and Neil Crowley have taken on the planning of the Tamar 100 in 2017 and hope to make this a grander event than hitherto. It will be a DATC event, and those of you in the Plymouth section with a spirit of adventure could form a team (or take part individually) and compete to gain the maximum number of points in the CTC Devon Touring Competition. Geoff Sharpe will be publishing an article on DATC events in the current magazine, so please have a look, and I hope that some members of CTC Plymouth will group together to make up at least one team and – with a bit of luck – wipe the board. Those of you who remember Arthur and Margaret will remember that they went on to win the national competition.
Another thing to look forward to in 2017 is the Section tour, this time organised by David Newman. He has invited members of our section to stay in his house in Josselin, near Rennes. David is well known in the area by local cyclists - so-called "pignon fixe/fixed wheel" - and has a whole variety of rides for us to explore.
The funeral of Trevor Petley of Natural Cycles took place on Tuesday 29th November. Trevor was a keen supporter of local cycling and regularly advertised in the Highwayman. He was well known by a number of CTC Plymouth members as a highly competent engineer and cyclists' friend. Graham Black, Clare Hamon, Graham Reed and myself attended the funeral, which paid tribute to him as a lover of the outdoors and supporter of local charities. He died after a short illness at the premature age of 63 from pancreatic cancer and will be sadly missed by those in the Plymouth section who knew and respected him.