We are pleased to confirm that Paul Hart has agreed to be our Journal Editor w.e.f. 2018 Spring edition. Paul has been a member of the VVC for a good many years and at one time was a committee member. In more recent years his dedication to Vespa has been expressed through his other interest in photography. He may be known to many of you as vespamore photography. More recently he has become a regular contributor of articles to the new ScooterNova magazine. We are pleased to welcome him on board. We are sure that he will bring his own style and innovation to the Journal and look forward to his Spring edition
Following debate on Facebook there seems to be some misconceptions about the structure of the club and why we are a Members Only club.
Back in 2009 it was decided to form a Ltd Company VVC (UK)LTD t/a Veteran Vespa Club. This was done to protect all member’s personal liability. Without the Ltd Company members were individually and collectively liable should the club be sued.To protect our members we became a Ltd Co by Guarantee which means that each member has a liability of only £1. In other words your own assets are protected. At the same the club and its Directors became members of the BMF (British Motorcycle Federation) which also gave members certain protection. Our Insurance also requires that we are a Members Only organisation, otherwise the policy costs escalate.
As a Limited Company we become liable to Corporation Tax. To aleviate this cost we have to be a Members Only club and have the status of a Mutual Association for tax purposes.
The moment we open our doors to everyone, all our dealings with non members, even on an occassional basis, become liable to Corporation Tax. If we are seen to do this then we loose Mutual Association status. This could result in all membership fees, rally fees and shop prices increasing. This would then continue to make the club viable to operate. Because of our relatively strong financial base we could sustain losses for a few years but not continually.Our events are therefore all Members Only.
Also there has been debate about road events. In todays world we are governed by RAC/ACU rules. We are not able in law to do the things that we did in the 60’s like good old fashioned timed road trials.
Contrary to any opinion this club does not have a rule book. What we do and how we operate is governed by both the law and insurance requirements. We do have a constitution which states what we are about as a club. As a Ltd Company we are also subject to Company law, Tax law and our Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The club decision to restrict Facebook to Member’s only was as a direct result of the man hours required to moderate an open group, now a closed group and much more manageable.
Treasurer & Web Manager. Director VVC(UK)LTD
We are pleased to announce that James Barnett (VVC Member) of Classic Scooters UK Ltd has agreed to offer 5% Discount to all VVC members.
At Classic Scooters UK Ltd we buy and sell only AUTHENTIC Classic Vespa and Lambretta Scooters.
That means 5% off the advertised price.
Please see Discounts page in Members Services section for full details. 29/08/2017
As you will have already read due to pressure of family & work our Secretary Chris Wainwright is stepping down from the post at the forthcoming AGM in October. He will also step down as Editor of the Journal. Chris will continue to edit the Journal until the end of 2017 for which we are grateful, this will then allow a smooth transition. The role of Editor is not a Committee position, a new Editor has been appointed by the committee to commence in 2018.
The role of Secretary and Director of the Ltd Co., is a role for which we need to invite nominations by the members. As is customary if there is more than one nomination then there will be a vote at the AGM. We therefore invite nominations for this role. Any nomination must have the agreement of the person concerned, there must also be a seconder. Chris Wainwright will provide a job description if requested. All nominations must be made in writing to the Secretary before the closing date which will be announced when notice of the AGM is formally made.
Meanwhile the Chairman, Treasurer & committee would like to thank Chris for all his hard work & dedication during his term as Secretary.
SALE ITEMS IN CLUB STORE
Members may purchase pale blue t shirts and polo shirts at 50% discount whilst stocks last. End of line.
LAKES 2017 & MILTON KEYNES 2017 COG BADGES
There are a number of these available in the club shop at £20
We launched this site on the 1st May 2017. Although it has been well tested & glitches corrected as we have progressed, please be patient if there are any matters needing to be dealt with.
The Forum does now accept images(photos)
Profile pictures can now be uploaded. Go to Forum/My Profile/Account/Avatar/Upload an Avatar (Profile picture)
Regarding the old Forum, we regret that the old site worked on a bespoke system where it has been impossible to migrate the content.
We hope to be adding back the ‘In Details’ series of articles on different models in the next few weeks in to the Members Section.
Formal Notice of the 2017 AGM
Formal notice of the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017 of VVC (UK) LTD.
Trading as the VETERAN VESPA CLUB
Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held
At 2pm on Saturday the 21st October 2017
Angel Hotel, 143 Regent St.,Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4NZ.
All nominations and items for inclusion in the agenda to be forwarded to the General Secretary by the 1st October 2017.
In accordance with our Company practice one of the 3 Directors will stand down at the AGM Each year.
Chris Wainwright has indicated that he will not be standing for re-election at this year’s AGM. Nominations for the post of General/Company Secretary are invited.
Applicants are also invited for the post of Committee member.
Nominations should be formally sent in writing to the General Secretary, V.V.C.. 4 Ashdene Drive, Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 1PQ and should include the proposer and seconder’s names together with their membership numbers.
Mr. Leslie Smith is the Main Organiser for the AGM
As last year special rates have been negotiated for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast sharing a double or twin room. Single & Executive rooms are also available. The function room has been reserved for the afternoon and evening. To obtain special rates please make your booking through Leslie Smith. The Hawthorns, Vicarage Lane, Duffield, Derby DE56 4EB or via email:
IMPORTANT FOR RIDERS VINTAGE VESPA
We understand that w.e.f. January 2017 the major petrol companies increased the amount of ethanol in their petrol from 5% to 10%. This can have a detrimental effect on the rubber and plastic components of our bikes. We suggest that you use Premium fuels and/or any appropriate additives.