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Alec Davies obituary

Alec Davies obituary - WSJCC PresidentTHE MUCH loved and well respected president of Worcester’s oldest cycling club has died peacefully in hospital. Alec Davies, stalwart member of Worcester St John’s, died in Worcester Royal Infirmary at the age of 94.

Alec was born in Worcester in 1923; he left school at 14 and joined the local engineering firm Heenan Froude Ltd. as a trainee engineer. At the start of WW2 he joined the Worcester Home Guard before being called up in 1944. Alec served with the Highland Light Infantry in Holland, Belgium and Germany from 1944 to 1947. While Alec was away at war his wife Flo continued to make parts for the war effort in the Heenans’ factory. After the war Alec returned to Heenans’ and worked for there a total of 44 years.

During his Army Service Alec became interested in basketball, a sport played by most of the regiments during recreation periods. He played for years and after his de-mob he qualified as a referee.

Alec had one son, David, three daughters, Joan and Mary, Wendy, eight Grandchildren and 6 Great-grandchildren.

Alec joined Worcester St John’s in 1972 when his son David took an interest in cycle sport. His family remember him best on his maroon coloured Dawes bicycle, Carradice bag hanging off the back, flat cap and trousers tucked into cycling clips.

After standing with the then club Chairman Gerry Hughes watching the racing Gerry asked him to help with the time keeping. Alec probably did not realise that this would lead to his election as club time keeper in 1973.

Alec Davies WSJCC President when Time Trial SecretaryIn 1977 the incumbent time trail secretary moved to Scotland and Alec was elected to replace him; he continued in this post until 2000.

During his 23 years as time trial secretary Alec never failed to turn up at an event even if it was only to tell riders it had been cancelled because of road works or bad weather.

Alec was elected honorary life vice president of Worcester St John’s many years ago before becoming its president in 2016. Alec was the time trial secretary, time keeper or assistant time keeper for more than 50 years. He performed his last duty for the club in July this year when he was the finish time keeper for the club’s weekly Tuesday evening time trial on his 94th birthday. He also represented the club at National level attending CTT and British Cycling meetings.

Alec Davies BBC Sports Unsung Hero 2015Alec’s endeavours were justly recognised in 2015 when he was voted BBC Midlands Sports Personality Unsung Hero and attended the awards ceremony at the Mail Box in Birmingham.

Alec was also declared the winner of the Howard Peters Award for outstanding contribution to sport and the Hereford and Worcester unsung hero in that same year.

Alec really deserved those accolades for the unstinting way he helped our club giving his time and energy willingly for more than half a century. His kind and gentle manner, the patience and encouragement he gave to the youngsters will never be forgotten. We will all miss him dreadfully.

Alec’s funeral takes place on Thursday, November 30th at 10.45 am at Worcester Crematorium, Astwood Road, Worcester.

Alec Davies WSJCC President with medal

 

WSJCC Coaching session for 5 to 13 year olds – Monday 27th June 2016

A further coaching session for juniors will be held at Stourport cycle circuit on Monday 27th June 2016.

It will be with a British Cycling Level 2 coach.

Session 1 – 6pm-7pm for 5 to 8 year olds;

Session 2 – 7pm-8pm for 9 to 13 year olds.

Open to any juniors (not just club members).

Bring any type of well maintained bike, helmet and £2 per session.

If required, changing rooms are available at the club which is located off Kingsway in Stourport. Post code for sat navs: DY13 8BQ.

WSJCC Coaching sessions for 5 to 13 year olds

Coaching sessions for juniors at Stourport cycle circuit with British Cycling Level 2 coach.

Session 1 – 6pm-7pm for 5 to 8 year olds;

Session 2 – 7pm-8pm for 9 to 13 year olds.

Open to any juniors (not just club members).

Bring any type of well maintained bike, helmet and £2 per session.

If required, changing rooms are available at the club which is located off Kingsway in Stourport. Post code for sat navs: DY13 8BQ.

Another session is planned for Monday 27th June at similar times.

Coaching opportunity for Worcester St. John’s Cycling Club (WSJCC)

Coaching opportunity for Worcester St. John’s Cycling Club (WSJCC)

The below is a proposal for the employment of a freelance club coach to work for WSJCC for an initial period of two years (2016 & 2017)

Requirements

A British Cycling Level 2 qualified (minimum) coach to provide:-

– A minimum of 8 x. 2 hour sessions (a minimum of 4 per year) for 2016 & 2017 at a mixture of venues (e.g. Stourport track and Worcester school playgrounds) on dates to be agreed

– Sessions aimed towards providing structured development for existing and potential new junior members

– Sessions focussed initially in-line with demand and in line with BC protocols

Support

– Initially the coach will be supported by club volunteers

– In the future there is the potential for the coach to become an official lead club coach amongst a planned future club coaching team

– There is the potential for extension into 2018 and beyond, subject to positive development

Coaching Remuneration

WSJCC will pay the successful applicant £80 per 2 hour training session provided (paid on completion of each session).

Expressions of interest

Please submit your expression of interest on a single side of A4 detailing your background and why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this coaching role. Please submit this to:-

edursley@sky.com by 30th April 2016.

Successful candidates may be invited to discuss their ideas with relevant WSJCC committee members in the future.

Social Evenings Thursday 21st April and Thursday 19th May 2016

The next Worcester St Johns Cycling Club Social Evenings will be held on Thursday 21st April and Thursday 19th May 2016.

The evenings start at 7pm and will be held at Worcester Motor Cycle Club.

Organised by Richard Graham the evenings take place on the third Thursday of every month.  They are informal events and all club members are welcome to come along. There is a bar with hot and cold alcoholic (and non) drinks, crisps snacks etc. and very reasonably priced.

If there is something you’d like to see at a future social evening, we’re open to suggestions, if not, just come along for a chat.

Worcester Motor Cycle Club is at Tower Buildings, Perdiswell Park Golf Course, Worcester WR3 7NW.

You can also find the location on Google Maps and a map is also shown below.

Worcester St John’s Cycle Jumble 2016

The next Worcester St John’s Cycle Jumble will take place on Saturday 13th February 2016 from 10 am to 1pm.

It will be held at Christopher Whitehead School, Bromwich Road, Worcester, WR2 4AF.

The cost of entry will be  £1.

Stalls will cost £10 and £3 to sell a bike

Stall holder setup will be from 8:45 am on the day

There will be tea, coffee and cakes.

A booking form can be downloaded from the link below.

Anyone wishing to book a table or sell any bikes should complete a copy of the form and return it to Rob Nicholls.

For further information please contact Rob Nicholls on 07958 982265 or email rob-nicholls@tiscali.co.uk

WSJCC Cycle Jumble Booking Form 2016 download (Word document)

Social Evening 19th November 2015

Social Evening 19th November 2015.

Starting on Thursday 19th November 2015 at 7pm all club members are welcome to come along for our first social evening which will be held at Worcester Motor Cycle Club.

We hope to run these monthly to start with. If you like them we may do more!

Just to get things rolling, Terry Cotton will be giving a talk on cycle safety and there will be a quiz.

The evening will be informal and everyone is welcome. There is a bar with hot and cold alcoholic (and non) drinks, crisps snacks etc. and very reasonably priced. I’ll be your bar tender, so please be patient!

If there is something you’d like to see at a future night, we’re open to suggestions, if not, just come along for a chat.

Worcester Motor Cycle Club is at Tower Buildings, Perdiswell Park Golf Course, Worcester WR3 7NW.

You can also find the location on Google Maps and a map is also shown below.

Hope to see you there.

Richard Graham

Worcester St Johns Cycling Club News Update 9th August 2015

Worcester St Johns are celebrating a number of recent successes.
Four members took part in the Midlands Time Trial Championships held near Hinckley, Leicestershire on a ten mile course featuring tough cross winds and a rough road surface. Callum Hibbert rode fantastically to secure the Junior Championship with a time of 24.29. Other WSJCC riders included Warren Little 23.51, Marcus Hibbert 24.31 and Nic Bradburn 24.37. Winner on the day was Matt Clinton with 19.53.

Martin Staines achieved a seasons best time of 22.07 to finish in 10th place in the Saracens Road Club 10 mile time trial.

The Worcester St Johns Trophy Road Race was held in Severn Stoke at the weekend. Featuring over eighty Elite, Cat 1, Cat 2 and Cat 3 riders over a 125km
course the race attracted a high quality field from around the UK. Worcester St Johns was represented by Rob Nicholls. Other riders from Worcestershire included Anthony Earwicker (GBC), Harry Thomas (WCC) and Paul Dring (Echelon).

Thirteen riders managed an escape from the bunch and maintained a ninety second gap to the chasing pack. The main peloton was a further minute and a half behind. Despite a clash of bikes fifty yards from the finish, Zac May from NFTO managed to hold on for the victory.

The club would like to thank Clinton Haywood and his team for their tireless work in organising the race.

Callum Hibbert
Callum Hibbert receives his trophy for winning the Midlands Junior Time Trial Championship.

 

Worcester St Johns Trophy Road Race held at Severn Stoke
Worcester St Johns Trophy Road Race held in Severn Stoke