This year has not been a good year for the club or our sport because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. We started the year running as normal but if February the Covid-19 virus struck and in March we were in lockdown.
This meant that All our trials were cancelled and we had to close down our practice area at Charltons. However we carried on with the business of the club though we were not taking anymore memberships because of the closure. At first we operated without any committee meetings because of the numbers rule then we were allowed more so we started having meetings in the open at Charltons, weather permitting of course. These had to be curtailed when the six rule came into force, and we may have to close down Charltons again.
We started to accept memberships again on 1st August 2020 and our membership is good mainly due to the practice area. Our annual prize award night has had to be cancelled because of not running all our trials. We did however run three trials including Boxing Day 2019. So those who have awards to come will be contacted and arrangements made for trophies etc to be handed out/collected.
The new website is now fully up and running.
Some of us have still being working behind the scenes for the club and we have arranged to have the road down to the car park where it is always getting washed away, concreted. Hopefully this will be a great improvement especially for the lowered van brigade. We have also arranged for more fencing along the beck side to make it safer.
Our AGM has had to be cancelled so here are some of my proposals for 2021.
1, The fees stay the same as last year for 2021,
2, The members who joined for 2020 should be allowed to rejoin for 2021 at the fee £20 for membership, pass and key.
3, The reigning committee members carry on enbloc if they are willing to do so.
4, All our dates should once again be booked for 2021 including a Ladies and Girls Championship round.
5, We carry on with our Farmers and Landowners supper in March if restrictions allow. Although it has been a bad year and we have spent a bit of money we are still in a good position both financially and member wise and I hope we can get back to some sort of normality soon and able to resume our sport in 2021. I thank Hannah and Sheila for their help and support especially over this crisis. We are still without a trials secretary but I must say a big THANK YOU to those who have stepped up and deputised for trials secretary and Richard for publishing the results on the web site.
Until we can resume keep safe
Secretarys Report 2020
This year has seen unprecedented times for our sport, club and members. The club planned to run our usual calendar of trials and social events with the addition of a Thursday Night Easy trial series and a ladies & Girls BTC. Due to the imposed national lockdown the club only managed to run a few events, one of which was the land owners dinner, this year seeing fewer attend. However the event was enjoyed by all. Unfortunately due to running a small number of events we are not in a position to hold our annual prize presentation. The practice area was closed for a period of time, the controlled reopening was managed via an email booking in process which allowed for a safe and controlled reopening and provided the data which the committee used to decide when it was no longer required. The lockdown restrictions have resulted in the committee only managing to hold two meetings since March. Looking forward we may look at what options/technology is available to aid us to have our monthly meetings as current restrictions could be in place for 6 months or more. Its great to see the club investing in a new modern website and the practice area with the new road and additional fencing. We should look to continue this as time and funds allow as this is appreciated by our practice pass members. The club is still without a trials secretary which is an essential role we need filling to run our trials. This is currently being covered on a trial by trial basis. I remain very optimistic about the clubs future and look forward to what the future holds. I would like to thank all who have helped me this year for which I am very grateful. kind regards Hannah Arbon general Secretary.
CHARLTONS PRACTICE AREA. It has been brought to our notice that some members are allowing non members to ride at the practice ground. This must stop. There will be extra patrols of the area and those not showing proper passes will be escorted from the area.
PRIZE PRESENTATION As we have not being able to run our trials due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are not hosting our annual prize presentation this year. However the riders who did ride the three trials that we did run have donated their award money to the BEN FUND. This amounted to £322. Thank you to ALL those riders.
THE PRACTICE AREA WILL REOPEN ON Thursday 1st April 2021 at 5pm. Members are reminded that they must obey government guidelines that are in force at the time.
The easy trial series that Richard will be running is scheduled to start on 15th April 2021 at 18.00 hours. This is for club members only. Entry is by the ACU online system maximum 50 riders. This is hoped to attract those who don’t normally ride trials but any club member can ride. The practice area will be closed to practice on these Thursday nights. Please observe the Social Distancing and Group rules at ALL times. Also Please check the web site, facebook and other news outlets for local government rules that apply to the Guisborough area.
We will be carrying out Practice Pass checks and anyone found to be breaking the restrictions or allowing anyone in who is not a member risk losing their membership. There is a ban on anyone coming to watch. Youths can be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the grounds of safety.
Please obey the rules and enjoy the sport.
Bill, and the committee.
HULL AUTO LTD TRIALS
The committee of Hull Auto Club have decided not to hold any Trials until further notice, thereby safeguarding our members, observers, and landowners until the Covid infection threat is severely reduced and the Government/ACU restrictions are eased considerably.
We also feel that organising an event at our venues under present circumstances would show a lack of awareness of the concerns of local communities, which could damage the good will that we have nurtured for years and affect future land use.
Therefore, Hull Auto Club will not run any events until September at the earliest and memberships will be carried over to include 2021. When conditions allow us to safely resume events this will be publicised on our Facebook page, Trials Central, TMX News, Scarborough & DMC and Guisborough & DMC websites. Thank you for your understanding. Jim Austermuhle secretary Hull Auto Club.
This is from the ACU. We will cooperate as much as possible to stamp this out. This also applies to the National Parks and any Private Land where you do not have permission.
Despite the current lockdown, some people are choosing to flout the rules and risk the future of our sport by illegally utilising Forestry Commission land and private venues. Illegal activity on Forestry commission land is a criminal offence and puts legitimate events at risk. The ACU take a zero tolerance approach to this in partnership with the Forestry Commission, and local police. Anyone caught illegally riding on Forestry commission land can expect:
-Your bike WILL be impounded under section 59 by the Forestry Commission and Police,
-You WILL be prosecuted for a criminal act by the Police,
-You WILL be reported to the ACU/AMCA head office for a termination of your competition licence. This WILL be shared with ALL authorising bodies.
If you have any information you are encouraged to contact the Police through 101