WhatsApp is a messaging / chat application available on most smartphones. It is being used by many Meridian members for informal discussions that are of particular interest to smaller groups. It is not integrated into the main web site.

WhatsApp does not replace the main ‘Blog’ which is intended for weekly Runs Reports and items of general interest to the club. Nor does the use of WhataApp in anyway reduce the need to keep the Group Runs List update with destinations and leaders – see the note on Insurance below.

Existing Whats App Groups Relating to Club Activities

Group Name Instigator Description
Meridian Sevenoaks Ken Dean Mainly B riders from the Sevenoaks area who meet in Sevenoaks and ride together to Wednesday coffee
Dordrecht Holiday Barry Barlow Discussion and chat relating to the proposed holiday in June 2020.
7oaks cycling buddies Kami Luscombe CTC/Cycling UK: Gentle paced all day rides starting from Sevenoaks
Meridian Saturday A Rides Chris Simms Used to confirm venues and who is riding on the Saturday A paced rides
Meridian A2 Group Peter Jones Discussion and chat relating to Meridian A2 rides and riders
Meridian Prems Richard Bingham Discussion and chat relating to Meridian Prems rides and riders

To Join a Group
Contact the Instigator listed above. Having joined a group you will receive all future entries – but not those published before your joining date.

To Leave a Group
Click on the group, go to the 3 dots in the top rh corner, select Group Info, scroll down to ‘Exit Group’.

To Add your Group to the Above List
If there is a relevant group not shown above Contact Ken Dean

WhatsApp works by using the mobile phone data held within your contacts app. It is therefore important that you keep your contacts file up to date to get full benefit.

To Add the WhatsApp App to your SmartPhone
Android – go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp
iPhone – go to App Store and search for WhatsApp
WhatsApp cannot be loaded on your desktop pc nor on your iPad

The club is affiliated to the CTC and is covered by their 3rd Party insurance Policies; these protect both group leaders and club officials against claims from 3rd parties who may suffer injury caused by the club or its members. A condition of these policies is that all rides and participating riders are properly recorded – hence the need for an accurate Runs List and a Blog entry showing who has ridden on each ride.

Riders and/or Leaders not properly recorded on the Runs List and Blog report will be considered as not being on a recognised Meridian ride and hence not covered by these policies; for this purpose WhatsApp groups are not satisfactory.