|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
14 December 2009
See you next weekend, I hope, at the:
Christmas Lunch and Cycling Quiz
Meet at the Open House Pub, Springfield Road, Brighton
There will be an interval before the announcement of the quiz results for you to order food from the bar; ask for your meal to be brought upstairs.
Volunteers Still Needed
I'm grateful to Roger who has volunteered to take on the 10 January ride, first ride of 2010 apart from the New Year's Day extravaganza. More offers are welcome – particularly for the dates in March
Friday 1 January New Year's Day Brunch Ride to Carats Café. Then Sundays 10 (Roger), 24 January; 7, 21 February and 7, 21 March. I can't make either of the March dates.
Initial Arrangements for 2010 - AGM and Subs
Details of the New Year Brunch Ride are below. Members will be getting details of the 2010 AGM (Tuesday 26 January at Roger and Suzanne's - 39 Regency Square).
Last year's AGM made three changes that have altered the way we will collect subscriptions this year. We decided to reinstate the £1 p a local subscription, open a section bank account, and we elected Jim as our treasurer. But as last year we'd like to get the subs sorted by the end of January. The procedure we've agreed is as follows:
To renew your membership for 2010 – and I trust everyone will want to – send £7 (£6 national subscription plus our £1 fee) – to Jim Grozier, 92a Springfield Road, Brighton BN1 6DE. Make your cheque (or P O) out to Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club.
Jim will then be able to send a single cheque for £6 x the number of renewing members to the national membership secretary at the end of January.
Jim has already received a few renewal subs for 2010 –and is happy to have more! Don't delay!
In this connection can I remind all members to let me know of any changes of address (or email address) Thanks to Leon and Ken who have already done so recently.
We have currently about 40 members but it is still true that the majority of people on our 3 general circulation lists are not – or not yet – members. We remain quite relaxed about this, you're very welcome on our rides whether you join or not – but if anyone not already a member would like to join us here's what to do.
Go to the bottom of the homepage and print out a membership form
All the details are on the form and the website
[If it doesn't work let me know and I'll send you a form by snail-mail.]
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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s latest episode is as usual, at the end of the circular.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year… and Boots!
The Next Rides
Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
Friday 1 January 2010
Carat's is a popular venue on New Year's Day and it's not possible to book (I've asked). The weather wasn't so good in 2008 time, and we made the mistake of sitting outside last year, but in 2007 year it really was nice to sit outside in the sun! (Deference to Adam prevents me of making any association with global warming.) We've been lucky in the past - partly because we manage to get there before the rush peaks - so a prompt start, please. But there'll be a (car-bound) advance guard whose mission will be to try to secure enough space - inside or outside if warm enough - for us before our arrival.
As on previous occasions I'm hoping that this easiest of starts to the year may tempt out some of those we seldom see - or even have yet to see.
Meet by the Palace Pier at 10.30 a m - or along the route at e g Maroccos. Only about 9 miles – plus from home and back to the Pier.
Ian's mobile number is 07770743287
Sunday 10 January 2010
First, a new suggestion for Clarion rides: if you're coming, but not catching the train at Brighton, call the ride leader to let them know. Two reasons: so we don't leave without you and so the leader can warn you if there's a problem.
We will start this ride in Lewes and follow the road on the west side of the river Ouse down to Newhaven, visiting most of the villages along the way. The first and largest is Kingston, look out for the view back towards Lewes Castle and the 13th century bells in the village church.
A little way further down the road is Ifield; we enter it past an up-market horse riding establishment and leave it past an imposing barn (full of grain when I did the trial ride), the countryside at play and work.
Next up is Rodmell, possibly the most famous of the bunch, certainly amongst literary types. It was here that Virginia Woolf lived with her husband Leonard in Monks House. It was also from here that she set out one day in 1941 to walk down to the river to drown herself. Leonard stayed on in the house until 1969. It is now owned by the National Trust, but unfortunately will not be open for visits when we pass by.
On past Rodmell church to Southease, well known to train travellers as a halt on the line between Lewes and Newhaven. We will make contact with the river itself here as we digress briefly to see the old swing bridge, which is Grade 2 listed and is due shortly to be re-furbished to take vehicles of up to 20 tons. Look out for the church's round tower, one of only three in Sussex! The last 100 yards or so up out of Southease will be a good opportunity for a walk.
Our final village visit will be Piddinghoe. Look out for the bottle shaped brick kiln, the only one remaining in the country. Also the church, which has another of those rare, round towers.
From Piddinghoe it is only a short hop into Newhaven where we will cycle alongside the harbour for lunch at the Hope Inn near the harbour entrance.
The final stage of the ride is entirely without villages. It takes us along the splendid National Cycle Network route 2 to Seaford where we can enjoy a cup of something at the Coffee Shop in Broad Street (closes at 4pm) or just jump straight on the train back to Brighton
NB This is not a circular ride – it starts at Lewes and ends at Seaford.
The Last Ride - Roger's Report
Sunday 13 December 2009
It was a cold morning with the promise of some rain but, even so, ten Clarion stalwarts met at Berwick station, all appropriately attired: Alice, Anne, Ian, Joyce, Mick, Richard, Roger, Suzanne and two welcome visitors from the London section, Joan and PJ.
There was little by way of incident to report about our journey along the quiet Sussex lanes. I think everyone was focused on keeping warm and getting to the pub. It was sunny as we left Berwick; drizzle settled in after the first few miles but it didn't dampen our spirits as we sped towards the Yew Tree Inn at Chalvington.
A welcoming landlord, an open fire, a table big enough for ten and a varied menu, what more could you want? Butternut squash was the reply from one or two people when they learnt that Alice had ordered the last remaining portion, but there were other non-meat options.
Lunchtime conversation ranged from hiring a Christmas tree in Hove to preventing nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, with something for everyone in between. Ian outlined his plans for our section's contribution to the Clarion Easter meet, which were heartily endorsed. And then it was out into the cold again for the short push back to Berwick, just in time for an early train home.
Many thanks to Ian for an enjoyable finale to another good year of Clarion cycling!
[I should have included this in the last circular. Our regular rep is of course Roger, but he couldn't make the last meeting and I deputised. Ian]
Quadrant and Undercliff
Representation on Civic bodies
Cycling Issues Database
Update on the 20mph review
Woodingdean, Lewes Road, UoS
49. Blatchford prepares for the Meet - continued - Thursday to Monday
Next time – More on the first Easter Meet