|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
15 June 2009
I know that several people, me included, have been wondering about how things are going with Jim's toe. So , I asked him for a brief report and here it is:
Toll Bridge – Sunday 5 July
Efforts to check start times etc have so far failed – neither organiser being at the other end of the phone – and the promised 'starter packs' are yet to arrive. When they do I'll send out a 'special' on our own suggested arrangements for the day.
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Stop press: I've now managed to contact one of the organisers. Unlike in the past there is no set start time. I was told 'any time after 9 am' to which was added that 10 am would be a good time to aim for.
With Roger having done yesterday's ride and Leon taking on the next 3 – the middle one was going to be Jim before toe-trouble intervened – I'm taking a sabbatical. Which is great – takes a lot of the pressure off me. But it's still only the 'usual suspects' - surely there are one or two others – and they definitely don't need to be blokes – who are willing to offer a ride? Needn't become a regular habit. We had 17 people on our best attended ride. If each participant organised one ride that would just leave 7 or 8 'spare' over a year. What about it?
Apart from those of us doing the Toll Bridge ride on Sunday 5 July the rides for the rest of the year will be on Sundays 12 (Leon), 26 (Leon) July, 9, 23 August, 6, 20 September*, 4 (Roger), 18 October, 1, 15, 29 November, 13 December.
As always I'd welcome offers to organise/lead on any of the dates above that have so far not been 'claimed'. But the one marked * I definitely can't do. Make sure to let me know at least 3 weeks before – and to let me have full details at least 2 weeks before the date of the ride.
As usual you'll find the latest episode of the Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s at the end of this circular. But Fred spotted an interesting piece from the same period in the CTC's e-bulletin. In case you missed it, here it is. Don't know who 'I' is.
If anyone is doing the London-Brighton next Sunday do send us a report for the next Circular
The Next Ride
Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
Sunday 28 June 2009
Meet at Brighton station to join the 10.17 fast train to Burgess Hill.
The ride heads east out of Burgess Hill via town roads to Ditchling Common and on to lanes leading to South Chailey and Newick, this section is about 1 hour 30 minutes. Lunch at the Royal Oak, Newick. I have made a preliminary booking.
The return trip is northward out of Newick and passing over the old dismantled railway line south of Sheffield Park. Then east to Scanes Hill where we join the Lewes road for one mile, heading toward Haywards Heath.
Back to the lanes, Slugwash lane for two miles to Wivelsfield, then a slightly busier road leading back to Burgess Hill via Jane's Lane to Worlds End and Junction Road to Burgess Hill station.
The return section is about 2 hours.
Distance: 20 miles.
Trains back to Brighton: Burgess Hill station 15.41 15.44 16.12 16.41
Leon's mobile phone number: 07596927757
The Last Ride - Anne's Report
Sunday 14 June 2009
[More photos on Flickr]
The landlady of the pub opposite the station agreed to take our photo and I asked her to put the pub in the photo, out of gratitude for the photography. Regretted it afterwards as the station itself was picturesque and said Barnham on it – thus labelling the ride [or not thus, as it turned out]; my fault as my camera was the only one available. Landlady keen for us all to have a drink, but we were all keen to get going on the ride; as we did.
Entering Nyton Spinney we were cocooned in green branches and surrounded by swaying grasses. The girls joined in choral singing of 'Underneath the Arches' and the birds provided Messiaen-like accompaniment. A truly peaceful, sylvan ride along field edges ensued. You had to keep your wits about you and react to the track [footpath] and not take your eyes off to the views of the distant Downs, or you'd come a cropper, but nobody did.
We crossed the first of several little bridges over clear, tranquil streams and came out onto roads again. After crossing a level crossing, with our leader, Roger, over and 5 left while express train rushed through, Roger joked that he had toyed with the idea of dashing off and abandoning his charges, but that would not be the Clarion way, for 'fellowship is life'.
As we approached Bognor we were able to use their cyclepath and Bognor CTC raced past us, without the exchange of pleasanteries we sometimes exchange with CTC. I noted curious orange patches on road and these later proclaimed themselves Home Zones with 20mph limits.
Ariving at Bognor town and Bognor Pier, seemed to some like tripping back to the fifties, after booming Brighton. The pier was ludicrously short too, though Roger remarked that they held cycling off the pier contests annually. The web reveals that the pier is now only a third of its original length, bits being removed last year for safety reasons and that the annual Birdman Rally had been won for past 5 years by Ron Freeman who flew 270 feet. After a brief stop by Gypsy Rose Lee's fortune-telling caravan and the ladies loos, we proceeded East, past some fetching modern flats, even more covetable than Brighton's Van Allen Building in my view, past the vast Butlin's estate and Hotham Park, 'the people's park' – 20 acres of public space reopened in May 2009.We were heading for the beach at Felpham for our picnic. Mick and I [Anne] had a short swim in slightly choppy sea and dried off on the rocks. Sandwiches were swapped and the state of the Party discussed. We adjourned to the beach café and enjoyed 6 splendid mugs of great value tea, whilst money was donated to various sponsored charity events with which we were involved, like the forthcoming Tollbridge Ride. Ian's recent letter to The Guardian which topped their letters page was further debated. First rate café, but pity to see the 'Under Offer' sign which may mean changes.
Fortified, we continued and came to the promised new cycle route, original inspiration from Fred for the ride. Surrounded by high banks of varied grasses, crossing more bridges [photos] enjoying Downland views, birdsong, windmills, varied horses, ponies, foals, nettles, ferns and trees with all habits [firs bending down] and leaves of all hues from red to green, with no other people around, we proceeded back to Barnham.
It was a pity to leave all that loveliness, but the church at Barnham was still in an idyllic spot and when we got back to the pub and station, another treat was in store. There was half an hour to wait for the train so we went for a drink in the pub, where in the doorway stood a man with a barn owl on his arm. He was joined later by has wife with a boy barn owl [1 year old - photos]. He told us tales of the 2 there and the other two at home and the landlady was eager to advertise an imminent owl free-flying event at the pub. If anyone is interested please phone the pub.
Trains were a bit delayed and only 3 carriages, but we all got on, apart from Ian, who drove home. Linda alighted at Aldrington, Tessa at Hove and all thanked Roger for a brilliant summer sea-side and serene country outing.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
36. Arrangements for the first Easter Meet – and more Manchester runs.
More from Swiftsure's 'Cycling Notes' in The Clarion 23 March 1895
Next time. Clarion cycling continues to spread as the first Meet approaches