An email has just been distributed by the club secretary, informing the members that CUK HQ informed them (after receiving the AGM minutes) that they were not at liberty to impose such a rule.
It has now been modified to "strongly recommended"
with this bit added
1/ If you will not wear a helmet you do so at your own risk, and may be asked to sign a disclaimer absolving the RIDE LEADER from responsibility.
2/ The RIDE LEADER is at liberty to refuse to take the ride, and go home.
This obviously does not apply to those CTC members who, from time to time, turn up from other CTC groups.
I have replied to the secretary, informing him that I had notified HQ of this new rule because I thought it was not allowed and asking him to inform all ride leaders that I will not be wearing a helmet on any rides that I attend, so that if they wish to withdraw they can withdraw themselves now, in order to avoid anger and disappointment of canceling a ride after everybody has already arrived at the start point.
The next ride is tomorrow but I still have my cold and the weather is a bit miserable.