Club Room & Dinners

Come along to our Club Night at The Redbridge Cycling Centre, from 7.30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month, to meet Club Members and Officials.
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Don’t forget, we still have socials at North Weald Village Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

During the Winter months our Social Secretary organises various events for the enjoyment of Members. Popular nights have included Short Mat Bowls, Quizzes, Darts, a Beetle Drive, a Casino Night and the Annual Auction. This used to be mainly Cycle Equipment, however, these days the variety of goods is quite amazing, with unwanted Christmas Presents well to the fore.

The Redbridge Cycling Centre is on Forest Road, Hainault, Ilford, Essex, IG6 3HP.

A map can be found by clicking on this link.

Club Dinner Reports

The 40th Celebration Function

Yes, the Redbridge Cycling Club is forty years old, a club formed by the amalgamation of the Rapier R.C. and the Buccaneers C.C. back in 1972, the brainchild of Paul O’Kelly (formally with the Buccaneers CC and George Mulliner.

Such is the enthusiasm of those founding members that nearly all are still active members. Road Racing and Time Trialling may have declined with the passing years along with our club runs, but several die-hards are still signing on. Chris Hutchinson, finally a retired man, is breaking records with his trike, and George has revived evening club runs so we are far from dormant.

At 12 o’clock Sunday afternoon on the 13th May George opened the Village Hall and together with Roger Smith, prepared the hall for our 40th Anniversary Celebration. Steve Smith was the star of the show, bringing his ‘state of the art’ barbeque. While George opened the bar, Roger mounted a ten foot banner on the perimeter fence proclaiming the event,

Steve fired up his barbie while the ladies set out sandwiches and cakes in the club room. This tasty display was strictly out of bounds for a while, knowing what greedy buggers cyclists are!

Soon the club room and garden started to fill up. Paul O’Kelly, true to form, arrived late on his tandem accompanied by Maggie. Is she a saint, organizing our one time Yellow Jersey holder in the Tour of Ireland. (Is that O.K. Paul)? Roger Smith set up a French Petanque pitch, should have been leather on willow I know, but who would dare to take us on?!

The atmosphere was fabulous, the sun was shining, Stevie laying out kebabs, burgers and bangers on the grill “clear off Jamie Oliver, I’m in charge”. What a great afternoon. Roger was tossing a mean boule, George in charge of a keg of real ale, Maggie busy buzzing around, Wendy snapping photos, Stewart and Richard lamenting lost P B’s, Eric raving about his new Multi Gear Hub, Trevor with his nose in a tasty Merlot, Vic going on about some old Bugatti, and to end it all, Phil Coghlan banging out a short piece of Jazz on the old Piano in the main Hall. Could things possibly be any better, and a big “thank you” to all those boys and girls who put so much effort into making this such a resounding success with Forty members celebrating forty years !

Report by Vic CarrollThe 40th Annual Dinner and DanceTo celebrate the Club’s 40th year 45 Members and Friends gathered at Theydon Bois, Essex on 18th February 2012 at the function organised by Wendy Benson. Prior to dinner, a professional photographer took several photographs including one of a small group of members who were present at the 1972 function.Following the meal, Past President Roy Kemble addressed the gathering with some anecdotes which caused some amusement. This was followed by a summary from our President, Vic Carroll, who covered the recent 20 years. It was mentioned by Vic that whilst several members had served for many years, George Mulliner and Alan Osborne had been on the Club Committee continuously for the full 40 years, a fact which was applauded by the Diners.Alan then compèred the Prize Distribution for the 39th time (he missed the 1990 Club Dinner whilst competing in a time trial in New Zealand).2011 Club Dinner and Dance36 Members and Friends attended the 2011 Dinner and Prize Presentations on the 12th February, our lowest-ever attendance.Following the Dinner our President Vic Carroll, spoke of the happenings in the past year and congratulated those who were due to receive their Trophies and Medals for 2010. He also thanked Wendy Benson for the hard work she had put in once again with this particular function.Linda Carroll then presented the awards. Even though he had a relatively short season, Stewart Fung collected four individual Trophies, the Club Championship, Richard Russell Cup, 10 miles and 100 miles Championship, and shared the Evening Series award with Richard Kemp, who in turn received the Veteran Road Race Trophy and the 50 miles Championship. Steve Smith made his usual walk to receive a Trophy, this year it was the 25 Championship. Finally, Eric Angell received the Veteran B.A.R. Trophy.To loud applause, Roger Smith was presented with the Clubman Cup for his efforts to enhance our membership numbers.

2010 Club Dinner and Dance 

55 members and Friends enjoyed our 38th Dinner and Dance at the Theydon Bois Golf Club venue on 13th February. There was some mixed reaction to the Carvery, however the choice and quality was good.

Our new President, Vic Carroll, spoke for quite a while during which he mentioned the efforts of Steve Smith during the past 37 years and how he took the Junior B.A.R. in 1972 and still collected three Trophies in 2010. He went on to mention the long service to the Club by George Mulliner and Alan Osborne, both of whom have served every year on the Committee since the Club was founded.

The trophy table looked rather bare this year because of moves to other Clubs by three previous members, two of whom would have collected several of our Trophies had they stayed with us, but the attending recipients received loud applause when they came to collect their just awards from Linda Carroll. The loudest applaud was for Wendy Benson, who received the Clubman Cup for her work as Social Secretary. The “Links Trophy” for the Challenge 25 was on show and several members and visitors were interested in it.

Our new Vice President, Thomas Moore, brought the awards to a close when he presented bouquets to Linda Carroll and Margaret Mulliner and a bottle of wine to Wendy Benson.

Martin Le-Beau then took over and provided dance music for the rest of the evening.

2009 Annual Dinner, Dance and Prize Presentation

52 members and friends gathered at the Theydon Bois Golf Club on 14th February to celebrate the Club’s 37th year.

Prior to the normal sequence of events Brian Martin, Club President, called for a few moments of silence in memory of Dennis Bayford who died on 26th January, 2009.

During dinner several complimentary remarks were made about the work put in by Wendy Benson and Margaret Mulliner who had decorated the tables in a Valentine Day’s theme.

Brian Martin addressed those present and mentioned our eighth placing in the ECCA Festival Team Competition and hoped that a few more Club competitors would enable us to move up even further in the table in 2009. He congratulated Ron Atherton on finding good form in September to take First on Standard in the Redbridge leg of the Challenge 25 and secure equal third place when the Hamilton’s results were collated with ours. Ron also took the Joan Osborne Memorial Handicap Trophy. Mention was also made of Eric Angell retaining the Veteran B.A.R. Brian congratulated Richard Kemp on his fine come-back season after a gap of 25 years.

He went on to mention the hard work put in by the Club Committee during the year, but said he felt it was necessary for them to discuss the reason for falling attendances at the Annual Dinner. Wendy Benson, our social secretary, who once again was in charge of the dinner arrangements was thanked for her enthusiasm with this event and other Socials during the year, including the popular Christmas Dinner Run. Brian then presented her with a suitable gift in recognition of her efforts. In closing, Brian stressed how he wanted our Club to win the Challenge 25 during his final year as President.

George Mulliner, Toastmaster, then welcomed our Visitors and Ladies.

With the assistance of Margaret Martin, our President’s wife, Alan Osborne compèred the presentation of the awards. Eight of the Trophies went to Richard Mellor for events ranging from 18 miles to 12 hours. Steve Smith took four of our Championship Trophies (30 miles, Hill Climb, Veteran Evening Series and Veteran Road Race), Richard Kemp won the all-comers Evening Series Trophy. The Richard Russell Handicap Trophy went to Stewart Fung, this was a double for Stewart as he had also triumphed in the ECCA Handicap Competition. A new name appears on the Clubman Cup following Trevor Benson’s win in the voting. He appeared to be quite dumb-founded about this and took some time to make his way to collect the Trophy.

Vic Carroll then presented beautiful floral arrangements to Margaret Martin and Margaret Mulliner in recognition of their work during the evening and the rest of the year.

With the formal part of the function completed the Club enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing to the Martin Le-Beau Disco.

2008 Annual Dinner, Dance and Prize Presentation

48 members and friends gathered at the Theydon Bois Golf Club on 9th February to celebrate the Club’s 36th year. Once again the decor of the room was enhanced with each table being decorated with helium-filled balloons in Club colours and a bowl of tulips as the centre point.

Brian Martin, our President, addressed those present and mentioned our eighth placing in the ECCA Festival Team Competition and hoped to see more Club riders competing in this popular weekend in 2008. He congratulated Eric Angell on his fine year which culminated with him winning the Redbridge section of the Challenge 25 and also triumphing in the Veteran B.A.R. Competition. Eric also took two ECCA Awards.

Brian went on to mention the hard work put in by the Club Committee during the year and also the success of our Website which had attracted a good number of visits during the past year. Wendy Benson, our social secretary, who once again was in charge of the dinner arrangements was thanked for her enthusiasm with this event and other Socials during the year, including the popular Christmas Dinner Run. In closing, Brian stressed how he wanted our Club to win the Challenge 25 at least once during his term as President.

Vic Carroll, Vice-President, then welcomed our Visitors and Ladies. Derek, one of our friends from North Weald, then responded.

With the assistance of Margaret Martin, our President’s wife, Alan Osborne compèred the presentation of the awards for the 35th time (he missed the 1990 function during a Down Under visit). Brad Pearman and Steve Smith each took four of our Championship Trophies.
Other trophies were taken by Richard Mellor (100 miles); Stewart Fung (Flippin’ ‘Ard Racing Trophy and Spring Circuit Trophy) and Mark Adams (Richard Russell Handicap Trophy). The voting for the Clubman Cup this year resulted in a tie between Stewart Fung and Alan Osborne.

Vic Carroll was called on again to present bouquets to Margaret Martin and Margaret Mulliner. A new touch this year was the presentation of a fine bottle of Port to Wendy Benson in appreciation of her organisation of six Club Dinners and numerous Social Evenings.

With the formal part of the function completed the Club enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing to the Martin Le-Beau Disco.

2007 Dinner, Dance and Prize Presentation

 

Brian Martin, who had just completed his third year as our President, addressed those present and mentioned our good placing in the ECCA Festival Team Competition. He welcomed the enthusiastic come-back to racing by Eric Angell and Chris Hutchinson, saying that he hoped to see greater participation this year by all members, culminating in a higher position in the Festival Club Championship and a determination to win back the Links Trophy in this year’s Challenge 25.
Brian went on to mention the hard work put in by the Club Committee during the year and also the success of our Website which had attracted a record number of visits during the past year. Wendy Benson, our social secretary, who was in charge of the dinner arrangements for the fifth time, was thanked for her enthusiasm which had been responsible for several other Social events during the year. He then welcomed our several visitors and guests including friends of the Club from North Weald Village.

With the assistance of Margaret Martin, our President’s wife, Alan Osborne compèred the presentation of the awards for the 34th time (he missed the 1990 function during a Down Under visit). The lion’s share of the awards this year went to Brad Pearman when he collected seven Championship Trophies. Other trophies were taken by Richard Mellor (10 miles); Steve Smith (Flippin’ ‘Ard Racing Trophy and Veteran Road Race); Stewart Fung (50 miles, Evening Series and Hill Climb), Jeff Neal (Veteran Evening Series), Martin Bryant (Consolation 25). However, the loudest reception this year was for Trevor Benson who after a season-long contest with our President, collected his first-ever Redbridge trophy, the Vi Denson Memorial Cup for the Veteran B.A.R. The Clubman Cup this year was taken for the ninth time by Alan Osborne.

Our President’s wife then received a bouquet for her work in the presentation of the awards and Margaret Mulliner received a similar gift for her consistent work and generosity during the year.

With the formal part of the function completed the Club enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing to the Martin Le-Beau Disco.

2006 Annual Dinner, Dance and Prize Presentation

Once again Wendy Benson organised a very successful evening at Theydon Bois Golf Club where a good attendance celebrated our 34th Annual Dinner. The decor of the room was enhanced with each table being decorated in a Valentine theme, with three helium-filled red balloons as the centre point, the table cloths were sprinkled with miniature hearts and each lady received a red rose. Margaret Mulliner also placed a small vase of roses on every table.

Brian Martin, who had just completed his second year as our President, addressed those present and mentioned the high placing our Club achieved in the ECCA Festival Team Competition and hoped to see greater participation by our Roadmen this coming year. He mentioned four recent enrolments from Ladies, Rita and Jaclyn Isgar who had now taken out full membership of the Club. Erini Dawson, now an Associate member and Karen Sindall, who joined us in the past month. Karen is already a regular on our Sunday runs and has recently tried out one of the Novice events at Eastway and managed to hang on to the 24 m.p.h. bunch!

Brian spoke about some new names appearing on our trophies. However, Richard Mellor who sustained some serious injuries in a 2004/2005 winter training accident, had made his feelings clear by fastening notes to five Trophies which simply said “On Loan”. The 2006 racing season could be interesting.

Continuing, Brian mentioned the hard work put in by the Club Committee during the year and also the success of our Website which had attracted a record number of visits during the past year. Special mention was made of Wendy Benson, our social secretary, who was in charge of the dinner arrangements for the third time. He then welcomed our several visitors and guests including friends of the Club from North Weald Village. Mark Marsh was celebrating his Birthday and presided over a table of ten members and friends.

Alan Osborne (introduced to the gathering as Vice-President Vic Carroll) compèred the presentation of the awards with the assistance of Margaret Martin. Stewart Fung and Steve Smith made several trips to receive their trophies. Other awards were presented to Martin Bryant, Gwendoline Manning, Mark Marsh and Ron Atherton. Brian Martin then received the Richard Russell Handicap Trophy and the Veteran BAR Trophy. The announcement that Stewart Fung had won the Clubman Cup in recognition of all his efforts with the Club Magazine and willingness to take on the promotion of a Club event, was greeted with enthusiastic applause.

Our President’s wife Margaret Martin then received a bouquet for her work in the presentation of the awards and Margaret Mulliner received a similar gift for her consistent work and generosity during the year.

With the formal part of the function completed the Club enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing to the Martin Le-Beau Disco.