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Month: April 2016

Club AGM 2016

Greetings one and all,

Because of the fact that we’ve been super busy preparing Jez for her 100th birthday bash we were unable to hold our AGM before the Easter holiday. However, better late than never; we will be holding our AGM on the first Saturday after we return from the holidays, Saturday 30th April at 2:00pm. For most of you this will be some time before your exams start – for the unfortunate few others: sorry. We will discuss the important business (*cough* elections *cough*) at the beginning of the meeting – people are welcome to leave early or to participate via email.

We will be holding elections for the following positions:

Chairman (2016-2017)
The Chairman is ultimately responsible for everything that occurs within the club and is in charge of running the club from day-to-day. The Chairman’s official duties (as listed in the club’s constitution) are:

  • overseeing the other officers
  • chairing all meetings of the Club
  • overseeing all mechanical work on Jezebel
  • the purchasing of materials for stocking the garage
  • the maintenance of the Club’s tools
  • the organisation of all Club events
  • the Club’s membership of external organisations and any other external affairs
  • the organisation, in conjunction with the Treasurer, of Club finance
  • the compilation of reports as requested by the Recreational Clubs Committee or its parent bodies
  • the maintenance of the Chairman’s Log

Treasurer (2016-2017)
The Treasurer is generally responsible for financial matters, notably helping the Chairman to write the club’s budget each year. The Treasurer’s official duties (as listed in the club’s constitution) are:

  • the keeping of the Club accounts
  • the payment of bills
  • the selling of regalia
  • any other general financial matters

Secretary (2016-2017)
The Secretary is generally responsible for note-keeping and publicity. The Secretary’s official duties (as listed in the club’s constitution) are:

  • taking minutes at all general meetings of the Club
  • recording any formal decision made by the Executive Committee
  • managing publicity for the Club
  • maintaining the Club’s computing facilities
  • the maintenance of the uniforms

Secretary (2015-2016)
We will also be holding an election for a secretary for the remainder of the year. Because the Secretary’s only remaining major role is to minute the AGM, this role will not involve much work, but it will provide an excellent opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with the workings of the club prior to adopting any roles next year.

If you wish to stand for any of these positions, send us an email including the name of your seconder.

If you wish to stand but don’t think you will be able to attend the meeting, don’t worry – we can arrange for you to be represented at the meeting.

Constitutional Update
There will also be a discussion and a vote to approve updates to our constitution, which has been reshuffled to simplify the appendices and generally read easier. A copy of the constitution and the Club’s guidelines can be downloaded below for anyone that wishes to read it through and email us any suggestions to be discussed at the AGM.

AGM 2016 Papers

Brighton Preparation
Some of you may have noticed that Saturday 30th April will also be the May Brighton Run prep-day. Most of the prep will in fact have been done before the 30th, but the tradition of a huge gathering in the garage later in the day will probably still go ahead regardless…

Best regards,
Oscar “Winnie” Farrell


A Trip to Germany


The RCS Motor Club web site contains a cross reference to “A brief history of Jezebel”. This claim to brevity is all too accurate in respect of the trip to Köln in 1982 which is covered in one sentence:
“in 1982 she appeared on Blue Peter just before being transported to Cologne in Germany to take part in the Karnival of which the twenty five crew have only hazy (alcoholic) memories”.

Hazy memories or not Jezebel deserves a fuller account than that, says Andy Stevens who provides the following account of the trip abroad with Jezebel.

A Trip to Germany

Karneval has been celebrated in Köln since time immemorial but the 1982 format was of indoor balls and parties and outdoor street parades culminating in grand parades on the Sunday and Monday before Lent. The theme for the parade is traditionally declared at 1111 hours on the 11th day of the previous November after which floats and costumes are made and stocks of chocolate, eau de cologne and flowers assembled to shower upon the bystanders. Karneval is also an excuse for the consumption of lots of the local beer, Kölsch, which made it very appealing to the Motor Club members.

All the Motor Club needed to join this fun was: an invitation, a place to stay and Jezebel in Köln. John Walkington’s friend Rolf Kuschel arranged with a local school for Jezebel to accompany the children in their parade, organised our supply of sweets to ‘distribute’ and also arranged with an international haulier (Westermann) for Jezebel to be transported to and stored safely in a warehouse in Köln. Andy Stevens borrowed a public address system from EMI to play Karneval music on the parade, and John Walkington provided the floor to sleep on. NB the RCS Motor Club web site records that 25 people came for Karneval; but John and I believe that there was only room for 15 on the Walkington floor. It should also be recorded that everyone wanted to sleep on Debbie’s side of the room rather than Charlie’s; since Debbie was Queen of Jez and Charlie was a large piranha in a tank you will understand why.

After much polishing and cleaning in the warehouse and the fitting of boards, balloons and sound system, Jezebel was ready to take part in the school’s parade and her picture duly appeared in the local newspapers and WDR TV report. Jezebel was then off to the Deutz fire brigade for a little pumping demonstration. The local feuerwehr were amused that our first hose leaked a bit but when we attached a better one they were impressed with Jezebel’s performance. Fun was had by all until the boss arrived on the scene and told us to stop as we were lowering the water pressure in his main. Killjoy.

Although I know that Jezebel featured in the newspaper report of the Sunday parade I do not have a copy but John Walkington has rounded up some photographs which are reproduced below. NB The words on the boards on Jezebel: “M’r losse nix aanbrenne” are local Kölsch dialect; almost untranslatable but I’m told that “Whatever happens we are there” gives some flavour of the meaning.

germany_1Jezebel demonstrates her party finery to the locals.

germany_2With Koln cathedral in the background it is time to parade. Notice young Andy Wilson in the white boiler suit and…. Marco, put that brass nozzle back!

germany_3Now see what you’ve done, Marco, they all want one, even Duncan.

germany_4Parade over. Now is the time for the Rolf Kuschel to show us hiss skill in the Culinary art of Reibekuchen (potato fritters). The women in the green hat is Rhea Kuschel, provider of these photographs.

germany_5Meanwhile, Nick Wilkinson and John Walkington stick to a liquid diet.

germany_6And others brush up on their driving skills.

Photos from the 100th

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