The club’s AGM, which took place on Tuesday 18th October at Banbury Cricket Club, attracted a record attendance of 60 members. An excellent turn out, particularly welcomed as a number of long-standing committee members were standing down and new candidates needed to be voted in.
The meeting was initially chaired by outgoing president Paul Dean, who gave a review of the club’s achievements over the last 12 months, as well as during his period as president. Paul has held the role since 2017 and has been the main driving force in the growth and success of the club we have today. On stepping down, he was unanimously awarded honorary membership.
There were two candidates for president, Simon Bingham and a joint submission from Mark Boyles and Matt Sleath, with both parties putting forward their plans for the future. The vote supported the views of Mark and Matt, who now take on the joint role
Other new appointments were: Oil Wright – Secretary, Izzy Gilliot – Treasurer, Richard Santhouse/Josh Lovell – Race Secretary(s) and Women’s Representative – Heidi Yates.
The following were re-elected to their existing roles: Membership Secretary – Andy Perry, Ride Secretary – John Tustian, TT Secretary – Rhys Martin, Social Secretary -Darrel Foulk and Welfare Officer – Simon Bingham. The position of Press Officer was not filled, but Roger Gollicker has agreed to caretake for 6 months.
Some of the main points that came out of the meeting were as follows:
The club is currently in good financial health, with funds available for new initiatives.
The membership currently stands at 230, with 55 women members. Most encouraging though, is that 20% of the membership now comprises juniors under 16 – great for the future of the club.
The club membership fee will increase by 10% to £33pa, but the “early bird” discount for anyone paying between 1st December and 31st January will be £22.
It was agreed that the club should switch membership back from TLI to CTT for the 2023 TT season. This will enable members and visiting club members to once again enter/register on the day. Before annual membership of TLI was required to enter.
Cyclocross is growing in popularity and many members, particularly juniors, are giving it a go. Some weekly training has already started and the club is actively looking at running our own event.
Club rides were discussed with lots of suggestions, including alternatives for Sunday rides, something else for the new committee to discuss.
The date for the 2023 AGM is Tuesday 17th October