|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
19 August 2008
I'll be away for a few weeks. If there's anything you'd like in the next two circulars please contact Jim ( firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273-505550).
Reminder This summer's social will be a picnic on the beach next Sunday 24 August. It will be at the Banjo Groyne - which is just at the point where Duke's Mount goes up.
Aim to be there from about 11.30 - 12 (especially if you want a swim before eating). We will eat about 1 pm. Bring food to share, friends, relatives, guitars or whatever - but especially yourself. If the weather is bad we will repair to the cafe under the lift.
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Michael has sent me another contribution for our history page – they're postcards from 1910 and 1911 and a recent photo of a Clarion banner at Tolpuddle. I've asked Fred to put them on the webpage when he has time. I've received an email from Peter Roscoe about the Wortley Hall weekend in October. You'll recall Peter's accounts of his early days in the Clarion in the last two issues. Wortley Hall is about 11 miles NW of Sheffield. A former 'stately home' it opened as an educational and holiday centre for the trade union, Labour and Co–operative movement in 1951. It is still run on co-operative lines. The Clarion CC has been using it for a sort of autumn 'mini-meet' for decades. This year the weekend is 3 to 5 October. Anyone interested? If you might be, you'll find Peter's message at the end of this Circular.
Here are all the remaining dates for 2008: 14 (Jim), 28 Sept (Ian), 12 Oct, 2, 16, 30 Nov, 14 Dec. Any more volunteers to organise a ride on any of these dates?
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club in 1894 - Latest episode at the end of the Circular as usual.
Hope the weather is good for Leon's ride (details below) on 31 August and Jim's on 14 September
The Next Ride
Sunday 31 August 2008
From Burgess Hill we will head to Goddards Green and Hickstead and then some cross-country to Wineham Lane and Henfield road. Some more track riding to Henfield where we can pause a while to see the 'Cat House' with some history involving The Canon Nathaniel Woodard. And have lunch at the Cat and Canary.
Then down the Downs Link to Upper Beeding to join Coombes Road to Shoreham airport for tea if needed. Depending on how kind the weather is, some might like to take the train at Shoreham. Note we will need to go via New Salts Farm Road, cross the A259 at the roundabout and left onto Beach Green and cross the river at the drawbridge.
The choice will be yours but some my like to ride via the locks and have tea at Carats Café and then on to Brighton, making this a 26 mile ride.
Catch the 10.16 train from Brighton to Burgess Hill (single). Note a group-save at 50% discount for a return may be the cheapest option.
My mobile number is: 07709939945.
The Last Ride
Sunday 17 August 2008
[More photos on Flickr]
Four of us met on Brighton station – Leon, Joyce, Alice and Sue. So we managed to buy our 4 tickets for the price of 2. Very helpful when the fare to Chichester is £11!! We all signed Joyce's petition to increase funding for research into beekeeping – recognising that our own food supply depended on these little creatures.
Ian was waiting for us on the platform at Chichester and, after having the mandatory group photo (Leon deputised for Fred Pipes as official photographer for the day) we set off for the canal.
A family of swans arrived as we rode beside the canal basin, half flying and half in the water – the parents appeared to be teaching the teenage signets how to perform this manoevre – lifting up from the water beating their wings, then subsiding down again.
Although there was a cool breeze, the day started out with intermittent sunshine and the countryside was a delight. Over the other side of the canal a herd of black and white cattle drifted, moving into the water here and there to take a drink. Such a peaceful rural scene.
We continued mostly on quiet lanes then track, far away from the sound of traffic. We expressed our appreciation of the work Sustrans had done in improving the surface and gaining permission for cycles to use this part of route 88. Ian was a bit apprehensive as we approached one gate as last time we came this way it had been padlocked and we had to lift the bikes over. Relief all round when we found this gate open after all. Thanks to anyone who was responsible for having this sorted out!
For lunch we bypassed the Crab and Lobster, in such a unique position by Pagham Harbour, as it has become a gastro-pub with no low-priced snacks suitable for our needs. Instead we made our way to the Bell Inn at Birdham where sandwiches were available.
A highlight of the route was a journey on the Itchenor ferry – a small open boat which accommodated our bicycles and took us a few hundred yards over the water to connect with the road to Bosham Harbour. (The experience reminded the company of Jeff's enjoyment of this novelty on a previous trip!)
There Ian led us on a wet and seaweedy road lapped by the sea to partake of tea and cake at the local tea shop. We managed to secure a table by the window, looking out over the water.
The day had become overcast and a bit chilly, and for much of the day we were riding into a headwind. However, although the sky was darkening as we cycled back to Chichester along the Centurion Way, we managed to avoid any rain. Back to the station just in time to catch a fast train home – a very satisfactory day out. Thank you Ian for leading us.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
[sorry about the typos last time]
More 'Lady cyclists' and report from Liverpool
I've picked out bits from time to time in this series which give unwitting testimony to the attitudes towards women – and women cyclists in particular – back in the 1890s.
Here's another snippet– it's from 'Swiftsure's' 'Cycling Notes' in the Clarion of 8 September 1894.
'Swiftsure' seems to have had a bit of a brainstorm – probably all those 120 mile rides – early in October. On 6 October he wrote:-
Well, bad luck – or should I say just as well, 'Swiftsure' In the same issue he introduced the following:
Next time – TANDEM and CLINCHER report from Liverpool and the Potteries
Greetings fellow Clarionists,
Once again it falls on me to pull a few strings to get things off the ground for a weekend of the pleasures of celebrating our splendid club.
Friday night in the bar again for socialising and a quiz.
Afternoon: walk led again by Steve Heath. Meet outside Hall. 2pm.
Evening: Annual Dinner £19.50. Cheques made payable to National Clarion by 3 September.
Followed by a talk by Ian Clarke on his cycling tours.