Friends of York Rally

The Friends of York Rally is a supporters’ club for everyone who wants to see the Rally return and continue as an annual event. It is:

  • A way for anyone who loves the Rally to support its re-launch and help it stay sustainable as an event.
  • A means to gather contact  details for keen Rally supporters, so that we can keep in touch with updates about the re-launch and subsequent events. We’re producing regular newsletters to keep Friends in touch as the Rally develops.
  • We’ll also be looking at ways to reward membership, in the form perhaps of discounts on badges or the like. This will include:
    • Members will be able to pick up a free show programme at the Rally, which gives free entry to the Saddlebag Sale.
    • And members can also pick up a Friends badge!

The Friends scheme was proposed at the inaugural Rally meeting in 2014 as a way of raising initial funding for the 2015 event. Although the 2015 Rally was a success financially, turning a modest profit, the support of Friends is still invaluable.

Each year, we the total we are aiming for is around £18,000 – considerably lower than the Rally’s budget in previous years, but still a high target for us. Campsite and trade bookings cover the bulk of this, but Friends memberships also help greatly to secure the event’s success.

The committee is clear that every penny counts, and no money can be spent that has not been raised. In this spirit committee members have agreed not to claim expenses (travel,  phones, stationary, postage, etc.). We have also made it clear that there are no ‘freebies’. Any York Rally clothing worn by committee or volunteers will be paid for by them personally. Both committee members and volunteers using the campsite are being asked to book pitches at the same prices as everyone else.

This lets us ensure that evey penny raised goes towards covering the unavoidable costs, including Knavesmire hire, insurance, showers, toilets, security, marquees, first aid, and much more.

Full accounts will be given at every meeting, at which all are welcome to attend. See the ‘Committee’ page for details of the next meeting.

A membership fee of £5 was set at the meeting, but naturally if you are able to contribute more this will be most welcome and much appreciated.

You can either send a cheque through the post or join online:

Send a cheque by post

To join, please download the Friends of York Rally membership form as a PDF or as a Word document and send it to our treasurer Rachel with your cheque. If you can’t download the form, please just include a note with your name, address and a few words to indicate that the cheque is for ‘Friends’ membership.

Please make cheques payable to ‘York Rally’ and send to:

Rachel Thompson
Treasurer, York Rally
c/o 32 Scholemoor Road
Bradford
BD7 2PD

Please do also pass a copy of the form on to any friends who might wish to see the Rally return!

Join online

You can also join the Friends of York Rally via a card payment online. Orders are processed securely by Paypal and we do not see any card details ourselves. You will receive an email receipt from our online shop and from Paypal.

Annual membership of the Friends of York Rally:

Friends of York Rally membership (1 year): £5
Friends of York Rally membership (1 year, £5) plus £5 voluntary contribution: £10
Friends of York Rally membership (1 year, £5) plus £15 voluntary contribution: £20
Friends of York Rally membership (1 year, £5) plus £45 voluntary contribution: £50

 

You can also make a voluntary contribution of any amount – all are much appreciated and will be put to good use. If the amount is over £5 you will automatically receive Friends membership:

£

Thank you for your support!

5 Replies to “Friends of York Rally”

  1. Spent many happy times at the York Rally as a child and young adult. Was so disappointed that it was no more. Can’t wait to take my three year old daughter next year!

  2. Had many happy times at York Rally in the past, as a member of Halifax CTC, and later North Yorkshire DA. Recently returned to cycling and was shocked this summer when I tried to find out the date of the rally, to discover that there wasn’t one. It’s great that it’s being revived, and hopefully it will be more like the rally of old rather than the nonsense that it had become last time I attended about 3 or 4 years ago. Good luck to the organisers. Hope to make it there in 2015 and meet up with old friends.

  3. ‘Friends of York Rally’ is a really great idea and seems to have worked well. We joined at the 2015 Rally and were truly amazed at the result of that rally, so much like the old rally we used to know so well. We have already booked our places for 2016 and renewed our ‘Friends of York Rally’

    The committee and volunteers have done a tremendous job and are still doing it and have our gratitude for all this.

    Must add that the web site is also fantastic, content is good and use of the site very easy. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Benjamin, many thanks for the kind comments! I’ve passed them on to the rest of the committee too. Look forward to seeing you in June!

  4. I very much enjoyed 2015 but I couldn’t get there in 2016. I’m booking for 2017 now so all being well i will see you all in June.

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