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We held our committee meeting via zoom last week. among the items we discused was if we could hold our AGM via Zoom. After a brief discussion it was decided that it would be unfair for those who aree unable to participate via zoom to hold the AGM. So we will endvour to hold a physical AGM ASAP. John is going to write up the accounts for this year and these will be emailed out when ready.
I have assumed The Chairmans role after Mark decided to stand down and concentrate on other matters. The committee wishes to extend our thanks for the many many years of work Mark has inputed to the section. Tom O’Connell has also stepped up to the plate and taken over Marks role as Founders Day Organiser. Many thanks Tom.
As of this moment our Boxing day run is officialy cancelled .
But we have set a date for next years Founders Day of the 18th of July.
This statement is in reply to the the email which was being passed around last week.
Statement from The President
Members will be aware that the Board of Directors of the VMCC are at present seeking to address
the Club’s financial losses, which are expected to be in the order of £100,000 this year. If significant
action is not taken, this gap between income and expenditure would continue to increase each year.
Within three or four years the Club’s reserves would be exhausted and the VMCC would be
The underlying causes of these losses are understood. They were discussed at the AGM, and in the
Journal in April. They are the result of reduced subscription income from a declining membership,
the loss of “sponsorship” from companies such as auction houses who no longer see it as good
business to support the VMCC financially, and above all a very significant reduction in the level of
insurance commission we receive with this being likely to drop to zero in 2021 as a result in changes
in the motorcycle insurance market. The Board has looked at all suggested options to increase
income, and has concluded that nothing has even the potential to deliver net profits on the scale
Something must be done: it is not an option to do nothing. Some weeks ago, the Board concluded
that there is no alternative other than to limit the scope of the activities undertaken by Allen House,
and thereby to significantly reduce costs. I am aware that a good many members have for some
while felt that this should be done anyway, but understand that the Board considers it is now a
matter of absolute necessity rather than desirability. Against this background, on 5th June the Board
released a statement to Sections and members saying that it had begun a formal consultation process
with the Club’s employees in relation to a staffing restructure at Allen House which could lead to
redundancies. The Board also said that because such a process is confidential, no further
information could be given until it is complete.
In the interim, and during a period when the Board itself can make no comment, rumours have been
widely circulated within the Club as to how the restructuring process is being taken forward, what
the outcomes will be, and about the Board’s longer-term plans. As President, I have held it to be my
duty to carefully consider all that I hear, and to investigate where I feel it appropriate. This I have
done, and can report that the Chair of the Board has responded in detail to all of my questions, and
with great open-ness. I feel I am fully aware of all the facts, although the same legal and
confidentiality issues as bind the Board mean that I cannot at present disclose much of what I know.
I can, however, use what I know to provide Sections and members with some clear and confident
There will be no ongoing secrecy. For a few short weeks the requirements of employment law will
continue to severely limit what the Board can say, but once the current process has concluded I can
assure you the Board will produce a full report. The Board Statement on 5th June promised full
detail for mid July and publication in the August Journal, and I understand that remains the
The staff restructure and the associated redundancy consultations are being undertaken in a
sensitive and methodical way, in full accordance with best practice in employment law. In this, the
Board has been and continues to be advised by a qualified and very reputable independent specialist
and has been carefully following the legal and human resources guidance it has received.
The Chair has assured me that when the Board Minutes covering all of this are published in July, they
will show that all decisions have been taken by the full Board in the manner set out in the Club’s
constitution. He explains that a minority within the Board has consistently opposed the change
process, and that certain Board Members have at times found it hard to accept the majority vote.
However, no alternative has been proposed by the minority Board Members.
Since I began to be involved with the Board late last year, I have seen no evidence to support the
rumour that part of the Board’s response to the Club’s financial difficulties might involve selling off
the Club’s bikes or its heritage collections in the Library. I have directly challenged the Chair on this
matter, and he assures me that no such proposal is even on the agenda, and that if it were even to
be suggested he would be first in line to strongly oppose it. Indeed, he tells me that the Board is not
far from being ready to put a consultative proposal to members, to change the Club’s constitution in
ways that would give legal protection to its heritage collections.
The need to make major cost savings at Allen House may have an impact on the way in which
national events are organised in the future, but at Board level I see no sign of any lack of enthusiasm
for, or commitment to, such events. What I do understand is that the Club simply can no longer
afford to have as much done for it by paid staff as has been the case for many years, and in future
members will inevitably have to do more themselves. To an extent, this takes us back to where we
were before insurance commission, but that is the consequence of things outside our control and
hardly the fault of the current Board. As I understand it, the Board’s view is that once we know the
situation with Allen House, plans for how things will work in the future should come out of
discussion within the membership and with Sections, rather than be delivered from the centre as a
set of instructions. This seems to me to be the right approach.
First and foremost, we are a club interested in old motorcycles, and whilst we may wish that
everything could remain the same, we are in a situation where we need to move forward and be
financially sound to continue. I know that lies at the heart of everything the Board is doing. I am
confident that the Directors are acting in the absolute best interests of the VMCC, and that
members should let them do the job they were elected to do. I fear, however, that there is a move
underway to undermine due process and cause as much damage as possible. I urge you all to wait
for full details before commenting, speculating, and spreading rumours.