Jim Deeley - Certificate of Merit

Jim Deeley - Certificate of Merit

The Committee of South Hampshire DA of the CTC wish to nominate Jim Deeley for a Certificate of Merit for outstanding services to the DA and to cycling in South Hampshire.

Returning to cycling in the mid-1980's, Jim quickly became a stalwart of the (then) Southampton DA.  He has been a perennial winner of the DA's Derek Whitemore trophy, named in honour of the highly respected late DA Chairman, and awarded for attendance at rides and social events.  Jim has won the trophy more times than any other person, and by some margin. Not content with just attending DA events, he was elected to the DA committee in 1985 where his well timed and good humoured contributions won him many friends.

In November 1987, Jim was elected to the post of DA Secretary for the first time.  His tireless efforts and attention to detail kept the DA on an even keel for the next four years until, in 1991, he swapped the Secretary's job for the onerous task of Events Secretary, which post he occupied for the next three years, before again stepping into the breech as DA Secretary in 1994.  Jim was to hold the post for the next 12 years.  A feature of this period was his organisation of the 1998 Triennial Veterans 100 based on Winchester when, in spite of some truly spectacular weather, a good time was had by all.  This time has been characterised by sweeping changes in the nature and climate of organised club cycling, nationally and locally, and Jim has confronted and dealt with these, efficiently and always with his legendary good humour.

Following his retirement some 10 years ago, Jim enthusiastically grabbed the opportunity for more time awheel and added Hampshire Cyclists Mid-Week Fellowship rides to his diet of regular Sunday DA runs. He also stepped up his involvement in the Southampton Cycling Campaign and was heavily involved in the setting up of CTC Hampshire Cycling, an amalgamation of cycling activists and DAs in Hampshire whose purpose is to raise the profile of cycling and cyclists' rights within the county. In 2005, after 20 years service to the DA, Jim let it be known that he would not seek re-election as Secretary, feeling that a younger presence was called for.  When he eventually stood down in November 2006, the DA AGM unanimously elected him DA Honorary Life President, only the second recipient of this award after the DA's founding father and Chairman of 23 years, the late Chris Freemantle.

Jim Deeley would be the first person in the South Hampshire DA to be awarded the Certificate of Merit since Martin Napier in 1993.  This is too long for a DA that maintains a full programme of mid-week, evening, Saturday and Sunday rides, as well as tours and social events, with a minimum of active helpers.  Jim Deeley is one of the most enthusiastic, reliable and capable of our small band of helpers.  He never needs to be asked to pitch in, and can always be relied upon to volunteer his services without fuss.  The DA Committee believe this award to be richly deserved and a fitting tribute to a man who has done much to establish the CTC as a major part of the local cycling scene.