|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
21 July 2008
I'll be away for the next ride and won't be back for a couple of days afterwards. So the next circular will be a little bit later than usual – but will still give more than a week's notice for the 17 August ride (which will be a version of that hardy annual the Chichester Harbour/Itchenor Ferry/Bosham extravaganza. Sorry this will mean two consecutive rides from the same station – but the routes are quite different and I don't want to leave this one too late in the year so that the ferry is no longer operating. I shan't be able to do another ride until right at the end of September – which might well be too late)
Here are all the remaining dates for 2008: 17 Aug (Ian) , 31 Aug (Leon), 14 Sept (Jim), 28 Sept, 12 Oct, 2, 16, 30 Nov, 14 Dec.
If you haven't already done so please let Joyce know your preference/availability for the proposed Clarion Picnic on the beach on either Saturday 23 August or Sunday 24 August. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick's Misfortunes – an addendum to Leon's report on the Rye/Romney Marsh ride.
It was just as well Leon and everyone else did not see me again, by the time the rain finally did stop I was just three-quarters of a mile from Rye at the point where the path left the road. I had to hide behind a hedge and take off every stitch of clothing and wring them out, even the mobile was buzzing continuously. Fortunately I got to Rye in time for a cup of tea and a crepe at the internet café before catching the train and a rather uncomfortable trip home. A lesson learned the hard way, never trust the English summer!
Without Comment (or Prejudice)
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club in 1894 - Latest episode at the end of the Circular as usual. Also some more 'history page' stuff from Michael Walker and Peter Roscoe
I'm off to Paris for the end of the Tour at the weekend. Hope the Toll Bridge ride and Roger's the week after go well with no repeat of 'Romney Marsh weather.'
The Next Rides
Sunday 27 July
So far I only have the following names on my list:
Me, Jeff, Joyce, Fred, Allen Turner (+ son) [Amanda has also since joined]
So if you haven't told me you're going yet, please do! ( email@example.com). Apologies for anyone I've forgotten.
Allen and son are doing ride 5 (38 miles), but the rest of us (I think) are doing ride 3 (16miles). We have to check in between 9.40-9.50 for ride 5, and 9.50-10.00 for ride 3. But I think it would be nice if we could all be there at the same time to start with (Fellowship is Life!) and get a group photo. That means that those of us going by train will need to get the 8.50 train from Brighton (it's a Littlehampton train), arriving at Shoreham at 9.05, and it will then take us just over half an hour to cycle the 4 miles to Coombes Farm, as the toll bridge is closed. (My proposed route is over the harbour footbridge, along past the houseboats, through the park and round the airport into Coombes Road).
Meet at Brighton Station in the usual place, just in front of the ticket office, by 8.40. Don't forget to bring your Start Form!
Return trains from Shoreham are at 9 and 39 minutes past the hour, taking about 20 minutes.
My mobile number: 07742-963239.
Sunday 3 August.
We leave Chichester station by the familiar route past the college, but instead of taking the Centurion Way north we follow the south coast cycle route to Westbourne, passing through West Ashling and Woodmancote (that's three Ws). We can stop briefly to admire Ratham mill. Look out for Woodmancote's corrugated iron church.
We'll make our second visit of the year to the Stag's Head in Westbourne for a fairly early lunch, but leave some room for a cream tea (see below).
Into Hollybank Wood, just north of Emsworth, to follow well-maintained tracks through Shuffles Plantation to the Stansted saw mill. We cross the Monarch's way, into Stansted Park with fine views of the house; then along small country lanes to Walderton (W number four).
The final section of the ride is mainly down hill, with a few short, sharp climbs, ideal for those wanting to vary things with the occasional stroll. Again we follow mostly quiet lanes, passing through Funtington and West Stoke (fifth W), and finally joining the Centurion Way at East Broyle Copse for the home run to the station. We could end the outing with tea by the canal, but we may be unable to resist a sign in West Stoke: 'Cream teas in the Village Hall (£4)'.
Meet at Chichester station at 11:19. Train options are:
Train options for the journey back to Brighton:
My mobile is 0789 985 1172.
The Last Rides
[More photos on Flickr]
Sunday 13 July 2008
6 cyclists: Norrette, Amanda, Jim, Nick, Patti and Andy.
Jim was on the same five minute train journey as me from Clapham Junction. We met Amanda at Putney station and set off at around 10.30am to meet Norrette at Putney Bridge. As we passed St Mary's Putney Bridge church, I remembered I had attended a Stop the War meeting there earlier in the year (the church was also to feature on the BBC TV news later in the day when a sermon conducted by the world's first openly gay bishop was disrupted by a lone protester).
We made it to Weybridge - and beyond, as the train station was quite some way out of town! Was further and took longer than we anticipated, but was a pleasant enough ride. Caught the train back from Weybridge to North Sheen and cycled home from there. Did about 28 miles in total, which wasn't bad for my first post-hernia op jaunt!
20 July 2008
Where is everybody, I wondered as I lurked by the ticket office at Brighton station. As the clock ticked towards 10.20, I got myself a non-Groupsave ticket and proceeded to platform 8 for the Ashford train. Still no sign of anyone else as we set off, and only Ian was waiting at Berwick. They must be saving themselves for the Tollbridge ride next week, we thought. So after taking a 'group' photo using the timer on my camera from the back of Ian's car, the two of us set off against a north-westerly head wind along country lanes.
Ian was worried that the Vert Woods track might be muddy, so we took a road that met the east-west track halfway. It didn't look too bad, so we set off 'off-road'. I thought I saw a deer in the distance, and we certainly saw lots of brown butterflies. Soon however, we came across some ruts filled with water, some very deep indeed!
But it wasn't far to the tarmac and the Six Bells at Chiddingly. It was still early so we had a pint of Harvey's each from a barrel on the bar, ordered some food (stilton and walnut pie with salad for me; chilli con carne for Ian) and sat in the empty 'jazz bar'. As we lunched, the place filled up with motorbikers and a jazz combo (guitar, keyboards, bass and drums) arrived and began tuning up loudly. When they started properly however, they were quite tuneful, and we crept out the long way round the bar so as not to offend them! Outside the pub were parked two genuine steam rollers making gurgling noises and emitting sulphurous smells!
We carried on through Muddles Green and made a short diversion to admire Lee Miller's house (the famous photographer, friend of Man Ray and wife of Roland Penrose). As we had an hour to the next train we popped into Arlington reservoir to check the levels, as John Shuttleworth would say, and try to spot ospreys. We had a cuppa at the Berwick Inn, where there was more live music, then I caught the train back to Brighton. A nice easy 15 miles, and the weather wasn't too bad, either. Cheers Ian.
Quite a bit this time. First some memories from Peter Roscoe, our National Treasurer. [There'll be a piece by Peter about the National Clarion Cycling & Athletic Association in the next Circular]
* At the time Peter is talking about 'rough stuff' was the usual term for what we would now call 'off road' cycling. There was even a Rough Stuff Fellowship, I seem to remember, which specialised in this. (Innocent times!) Ian
London Clarion Club-House Michael has drawn our attention to a local, broadly labour movement, blog in Hayes, Middlesex which has photos and other material on the Club-House. There are other Clarion entries on it which I haven't yet had time to check out. Have a look at http://ourhistory-hayes.blogspot.com
Clarion Park Benches
Michael also sends us this item from The Times 15 May 1950
THE SPIRIT OF BLATCHFORD MR. MORRISON'S TRIBUTE
MR. HERBERT MORRISON, Lord President of the Council, dedicating park seats to the memory of Robert Blatchford and Alex M. Thompson of the Clarion in Battersea Park on Saturday, said that the Clarion and Robert Blatchford helped to pioneer the great tide of enlightenment from which had come our modern Labour and Socialist movement. Our work now was to bring those first steps of progressive legislation into practice, to make them work, to turn Acts of Parliament into live assets benefiting both our country as a whole and the lives of every individual and every family in our country. We needed a new Blatchford. We needed the spirit of Blatchford and Thompson to tell the people that the great social advances would not be safe until the people understood what they had achieved and were united in determination to make them work successfully. We could not have social advance without social responsibility. All the activities which grew from the Clarion - the scouts, the cycling clubs, the Clarion vans and the rest - were permeated with a simple and friendly gaiety. We must recapture and foster that spirit. It was the spirit of hope and youth and purpose. LORD AMWELL spoke on be, half of the Clarion Fellowship Memorial Fund, which had provided the seats, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Alderman G. H. Humphries, was in the chair.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
13 End of season report from Birmingham CCC – more light on the origins of the Easter Meet.
'Swiftsure' for the first time had a 'Clarion Cycling Column' within his 'Cycling Notes' on 22 September 1894.
Next time – Reports from Bradford.