|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
19 February 2007
The Section finished 2006 with 35 members. Currently we have 25 – including our two new recruits Caroline and Simon. I now have 2007 membership cards for the 23 (so far) renewing members. In the case of people I'm likely to see during the next few weeks I'll hang on to them; otherwise I'll be popping them in the post shortly. Caroline and Simon will be getting 'membership kits' (the mind boggles!) direct from Donald Lever, the National Membership Secretary, as soon as he can lay his hands on – he tells me – copies of Boots and Spurs to include.
My plea for the remaining 2006 members to renew their subscriptions for the current year by sending me a cheque for £6 (or £3 if you're under 18) made out to the National Clarion Cycling Club did not entirely fall on stony ground. Thanks Sue, Tessa – and in anticipation, Michael! Others please, if you want to carry on your membership, send it to:-
Ian Bullock, 104 Bonchurch Road, Brighton BN2 3PH
If you're not yet a member, but would like to join us, please go to the homepage of this website download and print off the membership form fill it in and send it to me – with your cheque, of course, made out as above.
A few people expressed interest in Fred Louchel's folding bike project and I suggested they contact him direct on email@example.com. Did anyone do this? Keep me posted.
You may have seen my letter in the Argus, published weeks and weeks after the letter it was responing to. Basically, what I was saying was that though there are plenty of things to be critical of, the notion that the Council is wasting money on ineffectual Cycling Demonstration Town projects is neither accurate nor fair.
Wearing my 'cycling rep' hat I've just received a progress report from Dean Spears, the B&H Council's Principal Transport Planner. The results of the cycling monitoring in all the Cycling Demonstrations Towns (CDTs) for the quarter ending in December – though not yet the official analysis – are now available. I'll email them to you if you're interested in the details – but Dean says that 'results are encouraging and indeed record the highest overall cycling levels out of all the CDTs through a combination of automated and manual counting devices.'
He also reports that 'Work starts on improving the entrances to Hove Recreation Ground (on Hove Park Road), and into Hove Park (from Goldstone Crescent) on Monday 19 February 2007 (climate permitting). The work will involve improving the gradient for wheelchair users, cyclists and pedestrians, together with widening each footpath to reduce possible conflict amongst its users.'
Future Rides… and a cautionary tale
Asked about the next ride last Sunday, at the pub in Chiddingly, I said I intended that we have a second go at the Dell Quay ride, based on Chichester. I thought immediately afterwards – 'But you haven't checked the trains!' – and sure enough not only is it track maintenance and buses on 18 Feb, but also for every 'Clarion Sunday' until 15 April! Some quick thinking required on my part.
More generally, subject to the usual provisos about unforeseeable circumstances, I seem to be OK for Clarion Sundays up until July – when we will need someone else to take on both 8th and 22nd rides (unless we change our schedule due, perhaps to participating in the Tollbridge Ride – can't find any details yet). And I should be OK for August. But that doesn't mean I desperately want to organise all the rides myself! Mark has promised us a 'guided tour of the Cuckoo Trail' and others have mentioned possible routes they'd like to try. So, lots of volunteers please. But let me know in good time.
Only one thing I'd like to add to Roger's excellent report (below) is the magic moment when, as we struggled through the Vert Lane seas of mud, half a dozen young deer galloped across the path and disappeared into the trees. More than a bike ride – it was an adventure!
The Next Ride
Catch 10.20 from Brighton Station or meet at Glynde Station at 10.37. Aiming to return by 15.53 arriving Brighton at 16.12. [But by then even the next train, the 16.53 arriving Brighton 17.12 will be OK with the evenings getting lighter all the time.]
Points of Interest
The Last Ride – Roger's Report, photos by Jim
Jeff, Ian, Jim, Joyce, Tessa and Roger at Berwick station
Ian was on the platform to greet us at Berwick. After the usual group photo we set off towards Laughton, passing a farmyard en route in which a Dalek was sitting watching the world go by (honestly!).
Ah, this is better....
Oh no it isn't!
The road goes ever on...
A fine pair of horns
That's the way to get around!
Jazz at the Six Bells
Lunch in our cubby hole
Washing the mud off