Trials, & Tribulations of Organisers. The ACU Ben (Benevolent) Fund. Wessex Centre AGM – brief Report. West Wilts Dinner supports the Ben Fund

Hi all,

Just a reminder of the West Wilts Centre Championship Trial on Sunday. Please heed that comment about last weeks Trial regarding Observers, please twist an arm & bring an Observer with you if possible. Wilts Border had to ignore Section 1 when calculating the Results as it had not been independently observed – it was ‘self observed’.   I’m sure you Riders understand that there may just be a temptation to give yourselves the benefit of the doubt when marking yourself or your companions. So in Championship events, the level playing field is ensured by the Observers.

After the James Cup Trial I hear there is free food laid on at Clive Jones Pub  – the Foresters Arms in Goose Street in Beckington. Drinks are on you though! 35 Entries so far, & I hear that we may have more than the usual numbers of visitors from the other side of the Bristol Channel, but the best Entry yet is from a Rider who shall be nameless who has tried to enter on a Entry Form for the 2010 Event & with his cheque made out to Wilts Border. The Secretary of the Meeting will have a word!  CofC Brian Shuttleworth has been out already checking how it is up there & has 10 sections sorted already

Have you ever given the Ben Fund any thought? The Ben Fund exists to alleviate Hardship amongst ACU Members. It’s income is entirely reliant on donations to the Fund, & you can see who has made donations month by month on the ACU website. As it happens the Wessex Centre has a small levy on each Rider at events which is collected & then passed to the Ben Fund at the end of the year. At Tuesdays Board Meeting, the Board made up the  levy collected during the year to the nice round sum of £1000.

The Centres Ben Fund Officer is Martin Bracey, who has been invited to the West Wilts Dinner on Friday the 22nd – so that’s just a fortnight away!  This year the Club celebrates its 80th Birthday & that as well as a WWMC celebration gift for everyone we’ve decided that we will have an Auction in aid of the Ben Fund. We’ve got some attractive things to be Auctioned off as I understand it, theres a Meal for four, a Rogers Hill Raceway Off Road practice day  a Free MoT & Interim Service & a Food Hamper amongst others  So beside coming to our Dinner please have your wallet stuffed with cash to spend at the Auction. Please get in touch with Chris Kelly 01125 865497 if you have an idea for a prize or something worthwhile you can donate to be auctioned. There are still a few tickets available from Chris so why not come & join us? It should be fun.

Centre AGM —-  This is really brief, you can find the elected & appointed Officers & Officials of the Centre on the appropriate Page, but I’m delighted that Theresa Talbot has been elected as Centre President.  As you know one of the pleasant tasks that the outgoing President has to do is to decide who should be awarded the Harry Croft Trophy. This year it was awarded to the Centre Treasurer, Clive Chapman & well deserved it is too.

See you soon: Frank


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