Well, winter arrived at the beginning of December and unfortunately the group meeting at Banstead had to be cancelled. I know this was disappointing for a lot of Associates but with temperatures dropping to below 5 degrees and the high possibility of ice in micro-climates we could not take the chance of anyone having an accident, whether Associate or Observer. Fortunately the cold snap soon disappeared and the group meeting at Tatsfield was able to go ahead.
I have had a few comments from various Associates regarding the events for next year and the fact they are all “closed”. This does not mean the event has sold out, it’s most likely that the event hasn’t opened yet. If you wish to attend, go to the shop and sign up to be notified when a space becomes available and when the spaces are put into the shop you will receive an email. With regards to the group meetings, the event will only open once the previous group meeting has taken place.
The last official run of the year was the Cider Run, and due to the time of year it doesn’t always run if the weather is bad, but we made it this year. This is one of my favourite runs, mainly because it means that it is nearly Christmas. There were enough Members and Associates signed up for there to be two groups taking 2 different routes. The two groups were led by Carsten Oliver and Mike Seary both of whom did a sterling job. The Cider Run heads down through Sussex to Middle Farm where you can sample different ciders before filling your flagon with your cider of choice and/or buy locally made cheese (a must just before Christmas).
I understand that the weather is going to take another turn for the worst next week so keep an eye peeled regarding January’s group meeting on 2nd January as to whether it goes ahead and/or what format it may take.
That’s LAM done for this year, unfortunately we were not able to have a Christmas party, but hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll be able to have one next year.
Don’t forget to get in your practice miles before your next OR, we would like you to do 150-200 miles, not including commuting miles.
I hope you’re all on Santa’s good list and he brings you that “must have” gizmo for your bike.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2022.
Jane Harle, Chair of LAM
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