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Easter Meet 2008 at Rhayader Easter Meet 2008 was at Rhayader and base at the Elan Valley Hotel which is 2 miles south of Rhayader, on the B4518, at GR 938658. Maps OS Maps 1:50 000 147 Elan Valley and Built Wells is quite adequate but for more detail 1:25 000 Explorer 200 Llandrindod Wells and Elan Valley For more information see: Books The Drovers Roads of Wales by  Shirley Goodwin and Fay Toulson Roads and Trackways of Wales by Richard J. Colyer-Moore Websites The Elenydd Hostels Trust, Cambrian Mountain Society and Elan Valley Trust.
Click here to see more photos of Saturday ‘B’ ride, taken by John Kemp
Easter Meet 2008 Elan Valley With Easter falling the earliest for a number of years we shouldn’t have been surprised by inclement weather. In fact over the weekend we experienced rain, hail, snow, sleet, icy winds, and even in-between, some sunshine. Some 64 members, many regulars, and a few new faces, sat down to an excellent dinner - the Elan Valley hotel really looked after us well. On the Friday evening we were entertained by a presentation of competition slide entries as judged by Frank Brierly. Next year we will be allowing digital photos as fewer and fewer people are taking slides, so no excuse for not submitting entries. The AGM went smoothly with encouragingly new people joining the committee specifically Geoff and Lynn Rowbotham sharing the Public Relations role (a dream team) and Calum McRoberts and John Zwarts doing likewise for the RSJ Distribution. There was vote of thanks to John Bedwell for all the hard work he has done in the latter role over the last 10 years. Next year’s venue will be near Milnthorpe, north Lancs. What about the riding you cry, or did you all hide in cafes between meals? Most riders enjoyed the cycle path  around the reservoirs. A few more adventurous souls took the Rhos Saith Maen crossing (made more exciting by the National Trust chasing some illegal motorcyclists) south to Llanfair Fawer where time was spent in the oldest pub in Powys. Also high on the favourites was the minor road on the west of the Wye north of Newbridge. The latter has wonderful views of the sweeping curves of the river at this point. All too soon it was time to pack away fleeces and waterproofs and load up for the return journey. Steve Griffith
Click here to see more photos of Sunday ‘B’ taken by John Kemp.
Annual Photographic Competition Results. Slides Rough-Stuff: 1st Rassay by Margaret Berwick, 2nd North Raasay by George Berwick, 3rd Loch Choire by Margaret Berwick. General: 1st Reflected memories by Roger Thorp, 2nd Mont Blanc from Col de la Seigne by Malcolm Lomas, 3rd Athabasca Falls by John Bedwell Best overall slide: Reflected memories by Roger Thorp. Prints Rough-Stuff: 1st Deep Mud by John Kemp, 2nd Dunnerdale by Graham Nevett, 3rd Loch Muick by George Berwick. General: 1st: Ben Nevis from Stroncreggan by Graham Nevett, 2nd Sunlight in Calderdale by Malcolm Lomas 3rd River Ribble at Sawley by John Kemp The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Limited, Annual Report, 2007 Review of the Year The Easter Meet at Sneaton Castle, Whitby, benefited from good sunny weather. It was unusnal for being held at a simple conference centre, originally a priory and more recently a school. A higher proportion than usual were able to be lodged at the venue. Having given members a choice of three venues for 2008, we were unable to conclude satisfactory arrangements with the one selected. Our next Easter Meet in 2008 will instead be at Rhayader. The Autumn Meet at Ravenstor hostel in the Peak District was very well attended in comparison to several recent years, but the weather was disappointing. We will be at Arnside in Autumn 2008. As in 2006, the main concern of the Directors has been the continuing loss of membership. Membership Our membership stood at 545 (465 full members) at the year end, 40 down on the previous year. This is about the same reduction as previous year, and in line with general trend since 2001, excepting only 2005 when we succeeded in maintaining our membership. The number of new members in the year, 34 , is almost the lowest number ever, contrasting with average of 50 new members per year since 2001. Active local groups are important for building and maintaing membership. Some area groups continue to thrive, especially in the north-west. The active groups have their own websites with significant traffic. Group activity is much more patchy elsewhere. The Rough-Stuff Journal The editor has continued to produced six well-appreciated journals per year in very timely fashion occasional journals having additional pages. Expenditure is similar to the previous year. Publicity In line with recent policy, our adverting is now mainly focused on the CTC. Our popular website www.rsf.org.uk, run by John Brewer, was moved to a new service provider, improving reliability. It link to Wiggle mail order cycle parts suppliers, from whom we gain increasing commission on sales. The websites of the various active groups in the north-west obtain considerable traffic, and made lively by ride photos rapidly displayed, and blogs. Accounts The Fellowship has lost £349 for the year, in contrast with £309 in 2006. Despite falling membership we have been lucky that income increased elsewhere - Wiggle commission, and journal advertising. Costs have also remained in control and are low by historic levels, although retaining the level of expenditure in the journal. Our journal distributor has resigned with effect from Easter. In the event of not finding a replacement we would have about £600 extra costs in paying for wrapping and addressing the magazines at the printers. If that happens, the Directors feel it would be necessary to ask for a subscription increase of £2. The last increase was in 2003. The J Vaughan Fund, shown for several years at £424, has been absorbed into the Accumulated Fund. It was originally provided to improve the journal. In view of the subsidy provided to the journal over a number of years, in total in excess of that amount, we consider it extinguished. Signed: Steven Griffith, Peter Kenner, Ivan Viehoff (Directors)