Whats App Groups

Introduction

Whilst ‘The Blog’ will remain the main means of communication on matters relevant to the whole club, we believe that there is room for ‘WhatsApp Groups’ on matters of interest to discrete sections of the club. For some time WhatsApp Groups has been used by the Prems and, more recently, within the Saturday As.

There are now 4 active groups within the Meridian Umbrella.
–  Meridian P’s  (Coordinator Peter Gray)
–  Meridian Saturday A Ride  (Coordinator Chris Simms)
–  Meridian Sevenoaks (Coordinator Ken)
–  Meridian Rouen (Coordinator Barry)

If these groups are successful then other groups could well be created, such as
– Meridian Bs
– Meridian Cs
– Meridian Sale & Wntd

What is WhatsApp?

An App available on Apple and Android Smart phones. It is not used on desktop PCs. It less formal, and easier to use than emails; it is has more features and less limitations than text messages (SMS). Messages can be sent to individuals or groups of individuals (within a WhatsApp Group). For normal messages it has the advantage of confirming that the recipient has both received and viewed the message.
To use WhatsApp you phone needs access to the internet using WiFi or Data Roaming.

How do I Join a WhatsApp Group?

1. You need to have a SmartPhone on which you have loaded the WhatsApp app.
2. If an existing group is relevant to your interests, then it is likely that you will be invited to join by the group’s administrator – problem solved.
3. If there is a group that you are interested in, and are not a member, then contact the group’s coordinator giving them your mobile number and they will arrange for you to be a member.

When to use WhatsApp

When there is an issue specific to that group (eg the Sat As don’t have a leader), or news only relevant to say the Rouen trip.

When not to use WhatsApp (Use The Blog Instead)

News that is relevant to the whole club eg
– Social Events
– Weekly ride reports including members riding and good/bad reports on the pub used.
– News items of general interest.

I’m getting tired of my phone ‘Pinging’

Within WhatsApp, go to Settings in top RH corner of screen, select Notifications and switch off ‘Conversation Tones’

Any other drawbacks?

Yes – you are in effect giving out your mobile number to other members of the group – you may not want this to happen, in which case delete your name from the group.
Yes – To participate you need a smartphone carrying the WhatsApp app; a significant proportion of members do not so enabled

I would like to volunteer to Coordinate a new Group.

Contact Barry or Ken

Role of the Group Coordinator

The person responsible for setting up the group and sending out invitations to join. They will also monitor entries and intervene if there is any ‘unsuitable’ content or postings that would be best placed on ‘The Blog’.

I Never Wanted to Join the Group in the first place – I WANT OUT!

Go to the group on your phone, Go to the 3 dots in top RH corner, select Group Info, go to the bottom of the screen and select ‘Exit Group’

Rouen: 2018

Important Information

All,

The Club is planning a trip to France (Rouen) from 10th June to 15th June 2018. This is slightly longer than usual to accommodate the longer ferry trip.

If you are interested:-  Click here

 

 

Hooray, DFDS have now confirmed our ferry and I will need £33 from each of you. This is a commitment to the holiday and although it may be possible to get a refund up to 30 days before sailing, it cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

OUTBOUND

The ferry will be leaving Newhaven at 09:00 Monday 11th June.  We will need to meet in the dock at 07:15 to be sure of sorting everything out.

I do not think it will be possible to arrive on time if you get a train on the Monday morning especially as the trains to Newhaven require a change somewhere. There is a Premier Inn at Newhaven and I suggest we all stay there for the night before.

The ferry will be arriving in Dieppe at 14:00.  It is just over 40 miles from Dieppe to Rouen, and fairly flat, so it is quite doable by all riders.

If anybody does not feel up to the ride there is an excellent train service from Dieppe to Rouen (about 12 Euros) every half hour.

RETURN

The return ferry leaves Dieppe on Friday 15th June at 12:30 (check in closes at 10:15) and arrives in Newhaven at 15:30. 

We will need to spend the Thursday night in Dieppe in order to catch this ferry.

This means you will be able to get a train home at a sensible time or if you are feeling fit you could cycle home.

The ride from Newhaven to Sevenoaks is only about 45 miles so quite reasonable.

HOTELS Rouen

There are many hotels in Rouen. I recommend the

IBIS at Rouen Centre Rive Gauche Saint Sever Hotel link to website

Also there is Ibis budget Rouen Centre Rive Gauche nearby link to website

As in previous years you will be responsible for booking your own hotel accommodation and organising any sharing you may wish to do. There is a system on the web site for notifying who you intend to share with to help those looking for sharing partners. Click here

Hotels Dieppe

There are several suitable hotels in Dieppe all fairly close together:-

ibis Dieppe Val Druel Hotel   link to website  

Hotel F1   link to website

Balladins  link to website

B&B Hotel DIEPPE  link to website


Sun 10th June: B Ride to Newhaven

Sun 10th June: A  ride to Newhaven

Group Rides and Leaders
Routes and leaders are subject to update/amendment as we approach our date of departure!!

Ride from Dieppe to Rouen (40 miles suitable for all groups)  ride

A Group

57 mile ride using bridge and 4 ferries Max. climb 15%!!!  ride
76 miles mostly flat ride
70 miles a bit challenging  ride

B+ Group

B Group

C Group

Ride Ideas around Rouen
Ideas for consideration

 

Members attending the ride.   Click here

Contact Barry at  reply  to this mail  ID=1

Two documents supplied by the ferry company for information.
DOV-GD-032 Cyclist Group Leader Safety Instructions – Rev004
Bicycle Leaflet

 

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