Catch up with all the news in spoke 2017 spring, the newsletter of Bury Tandem Club for Blind and Partially Sighted People.

Peter Jackson memorial ride 20 August 2017

What a great show! A speedy time, no-one got lost and not one puncture. Glorious weather and we smashed our £1000 target. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us. We really couldn’t have done it without you.

Big thanks

More thanks to the very kind people at UK Rigging, who once again, have helped the club out with a large donation of £1500. UK Rigging is the company that sets up all the fantastic light displays at music concerts and the like.

The club has been awarded a grant for £1900 from the Peter Harrison Foundation to help us with the cost of updating the brakes on the tandems (a safety  requirement) and respraying some of the tandems, which will help us to maintain them in excellent condition.

Did you spot us?

Newly wed Olympians Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were spotted on one of our tandems in The Times magazine on 12 November 2016. We’re very pleased to have been able to help The Times out with their photoshoot.

Club affiliates to Cycling UK

We’re excited to say that Bury Tandem Club has affiliated to Cycling UK, the national charity championing cycling for all. This gives us access to training, insurance and much more.

Club members can now join Cycling UK as affiliate members, or full members. Benefits include insurance, legal cover, discounts, courses and even cycle holidays.

Extraordinary General Meeting 15 January 2016

At our EGM, all members voted to approve changes to the club’s constitution. We’re updating our details with the Charity Commission (our charity number is still 1017270), but the biggest change is to our name!

Draft minutes from the AGM and EGM are now available on the Club History page.

New club tops

Nick modelling the new club top It’s taken us a while but we have recently received our new club tops and they are creating quite a stir, with club members appreciating the quality, features and the modern design.

The tops are mainly black and yellow, with yellow front and black panels and black side panelsNew club top from the back and sleeves. They have a hoop of black and white chequers across the chest and back. On the sleeves and on the pocket at the back, they have the Rotary International symbol, in blue and yellow, in recognition of the support we have received for the past three years from Tottington and West Bury Rotary. On the front, we have the tandem club logo. This is a black and white stylised image of two people on a bicycle with the front wheel as an eye and the rear wheel in solid black. On the back, we have the tandem club logo between the shoulder blades.  Under the logo we have the club name, which is visible from the rear when we are bent over the handlebars – allowing other people to see what the club is called.