Holy mackerel! (= #$@!! %$#&!!!) CTC is now dead and gone? I didn't notice since the forum colo(u)rs stayed the same and I just kept looking at the web pages without noticing the top- sneaky!
Since I was never a CTC member (a yank), just an admirer of the idea and heritage and history and publications and all that, it's not my place to comment - but that usually doesn't stop me!
This dropping of the now-unfashionable idea of 'touring club' and changing to CUK (or WACUK?) feels like more of the drifting toward bland, corporate, PC, 'fundraising to exist' sort of thing that most non-profits seem to like nowadays and what makes the US' 'Bikecentennial' and 'League of American Wheelmen' (using their old names) equally uninteresting to me (the former Bikecentennial has drifted mostly toward offering supported and rather expensive 'tours', for example).
Call me a nut (please!) but as a geographer and cyclist I like hokey old concepts like cycle touring, finding your own way, reading the landscape, developing an appreciating of your land and others by the sublimity of cycle travel, and that sort of thing. Nothing against collective work to change legislation, educate, etc., but maybe changing the direction and so dramatically dropping 'touring' (plus the ever-uglifying logo!) could've been prevented by an offshoot organization or whatnot. Maybe not, I sure don't know, but how sad to lose the CTC.
Anyway, this is just more proof of my dinosaur-ism I suppose. So I'll keep riding my non-e-bike without a GPS or i-phone or hi-fi, with the second-hand CTC badge (also LAW and Bikecentennial!) on my heavy, old-fashioned, outmoded Carradice bag... And I guess looking at this forum (and others).
Anyway, I'm not much for clubs anyway being pretty far-off from most of them, so maybe this forum is good enough (I am a member of the RSF and TA tho, and their forum/journal is about the only connexion I have to them as well - plus the badges on the bag...).
So goodbye 133 years of CTC, and may the new weirdly-named WA CUK FKA CTC organization have success in shaping Britain's future for better cycling of all kinds (except motor- and 'e-' that is) - especially if it'll make me safer if/when I tour there!
And since CTC is now effectively an abandoned concept (except to the lawyers so no using that 'heritage brand' name!!), I'll feel like less of a fake when displaying the badge since it's just an antique!