The branch committee is meeting on Monday 30th March to discuss what activities we all would like to do over the summer – please contact any of the committee (see the Contacts Page to see who is on the committee) with your ideas of what you do, and do not, want to do on your ponies this summer.
The new programme has been posted today to all members.
If this has not arrived by the weekend, please email Lucy Pover firstname.lastname@example.org
The tetrathlon season is kicking off with the Fitzwilliam Triathlon on Saturday 21st February – this is a great opportunity for everyone to have a go at this sport for the first time, or else start practising their skills for 2015. Here’s the schedule to have a look at Fitz Tri Sched Feb 2015. There is more information on this website at http://branches.pcuk.org/fernie/activities/tetrathalon-and-triathalon/ and on the main Pony Club website at http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/disciplines/tetrathlon/what_is_tetrathlon/
Please email Caroline Bird at email@example.com straight away to express interest and/or ask ANY questions.
Bethan Lewis and Toby Langrick have kicked off their year with a fantastic pair of results at the Quorn triathlon on the 4th of January. Bethan finished in 2nd place only 8 points behind first place in the Senior Girls and was just one second behind Best Run.
Meanwhile Toby finished in first place nearly 200 points ahead of second in the Junior Boys with the Best Swim and Best Run – Well Done Toby!!!
A very successful day for the Fernie tetrathletes!
Various people have asked if they may have their awards engraved – the answer is Yes – if it’s possible to engrave the award then do go ahead and get it done (at your own expense) and please do it now – please do not leave it until the last minute!
Rachel has had lots of enquiries about dates for camp next summer – camp will be Monday to Friday of the week of Monday 20th July and this year will be held at Gumley Lodge, by kind permission of Roger and Caroline Bird.
Details to follow
Here’s the letter from the new national Pony Club chairman, Mary Tuckett, regarding membership renewal for 2015:
Dear Parent / Guardian
Pony Club Membership
I am writing to invite you to renew your daughter’s / son’s membership of The Pony Club. There will be a small increase in subscriptions for the coming year. The subscription for 2015 will be £64.00 per individual Member, up by £3.00. Families, where there are three or more children of the family living at the same permanent address, and being Members of the same Branch, will pay a family subscription of £160.00 (a rise of £7.00), irrespective of the number of children in the family.
Membership normally falls due on January 1st. However, we have received representations from several Branches that parents can find this financially difficult, because of its proximity to Christmas. Accordingly,we have decided to change the renewal date to February 1st., and will give free membership for the month of January 2015. In future, the membership year will run from February 1st to January 31st. Both membership and insurance cover will automatically terminate if the subscription is not paid by February 28th. A Membership Renewal Form is attached for you to complete and return to your Branch Membership Secretary.
Reminder: The cut off date by which membership has to be renewed in order to be eligible for Area Competitions and above will accordingly change to February 28th. from 2015 Membership not only gives your child access to high quality instruction and fun and friendships, but also provides you with the reassurance of an extensive £30 million liability insurance package which is extended automatically to every Member of The Pony Club, and which is summarised on the attached sheet.
May I ask you to complete and sign the Gift Aid Declaration at the foot of the Renewal Form. As a registered charity, The Pony Club is entitled to treat your subscription as a donation, and to claim back from the Inland Revenue the notional tax. On the individual subscription of £64.00, we can recover £16.00, so it is a very important source of income that helps to keep subscriptions down. You are entitled to sign the Declaration if you are an Income Tax payer or a Capital Gains Tax payer, and it will cost you absolutely nothing.
Finally, I do hope that you will be renewing your child’s membership. The Pony Club is a unique organisation, which promotes the highest ideals of sportsmanship and citizenship, thereby leading to the development not only of riding skills, but also strength of character and self-discipline.
With best wishes,
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Fernie Branch membership -
To renew membership – print off this form Membership_Renewal_2015 – send the completed form with a cheque made out to “FHPC” to membership secretary Mrs Lucy Pover, The Corner House, Dingley Hall, Dingley, Market Harborough, Leics LE16 8PJ. If you have any questions, contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07734 695 637.
Lucy Pover has organised some more rallies at Home Farm Hothorpe for levels 3 and 4. The dates are all Sundays – January 25th, February 8th, March 1st and March 8th. These rallies now for levels 2 as well – this means everyone who is happy jumping 80cms and above.
The block of 4 rallies will cost £60 and priority will be given to those booking all four. Alternatively you can book two rallies for £30 but you must specify which dates on your rally form. Entries will only be taken with completed rally form and remittance, sent to Lucy Pover, The Corner House, Dingley Hall, Dingley, Market Harborough, LE16 8PJ. Cheques payable to FHPC by 16th January to secure place. Only 16 places available.
Minis and levels 1 & 2 – I have arranged rallies at The Meadows, Fleckney for Sundays 1st & 15th February and Sundays 1st & 15th March. Details to follow next week.
The full programme should be ready and sent out to everyone by the end of next week.
We had a record turnout at our Awards evening, we said a sad farewell to Sue Hutchinson as DC and Charlotte Hignett as Treasurer & Committee member after over 20 years of joint volunteering and support to the branch…..though we know you will still be there to support us and not really leaving !!
We also had an Oscar style ceremony with nominations, special mentions and awards – with 17 New Awards being given out. Details of all the awards are on the ‘Awards 2014′ page. More pictures on the Facebook page.