|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
Our membership continues to increase steadily. Another five new members have joined recently including our very first 'juniors' – the Walker twins. Since they live in East Dulwich we may not see too much of them, or of Michael who has supplied so much interesting Clarion history material. (See later in this circular.) And we mustn't forget Sue and Jeff who have also joined recently. Welcome to the Clarion to you all!
Sunday 7 May
So, from Hassocks, I propose we head through Hurstpierpoint and, almost in sight of the old 1930s former Kings Head pub take Langton Lane northwards and cross the A23 near Sayers Common. Reeds Lane, which I don't think we've used before, will take us down to High Cross. The next bit, down Blackstone Lane and the lanes south of the A281 past Bramlands we've already used this year. But then we will head south again down the appropriately named Clappers Lane (with lunch in sight there will be a natural tendency to speed up.) Arriving in Fulking we will decide on the day whether to turn right for lunch at the Shepherd and Dog – the popular pub at the bottom of Devils Dyke – or left to the Royal Oak at Poynings.
Leaving whichever pub we decide on, we head towards Brighton for a while and then down the lane to Newtimber where we can use the 'Equestrian Route' (never seen that before,as distinct from a bridleway) which I have checked, for a couple of hundred yards until it joins the cycle route besides the A23 and links up (near the 'Llama Trekking' (!) according to my map with the road back to Hurstpierpoint.
Points of interest
Near the pub in Fulking is a stream. According to Brigid Chapman's West Sussex Inns (1988) 'John Ruskin … who took a great interest in promoting the well-being of the people of his times (1819-1900) had the idea of harnessing the waters of the Fulking stream to power an hydraulic ram which would pump the supply around the parish. The little Gothic pump house is still there and on it is a plaque bearing an inscription from Psalms 104, 10 and 107,8.'
Newtimber Place is a moated 16th/17th century building Pity about the constant noise from the A23!
Catch 11am from Brighton station or meet at 11.10 at Hassocks station. Trains for return at 38 minutes past the hour.
Sunday 23 April
Fred, Joyce, Anne, Ian, Jim and Jeff at the Palace Pier
Outside Carats Cafe at Shoreham Harbour
So the seven of us set off undaunted, with the repeated mantra – 'it will clear up, it always does…' And indeed by the time we reached Carats (where the temptation to stop for coffee was resisted), the rain at least was ceasing. On we went to the beginning of the Coastal Link by the Tollbridge. There we said au revoir to Fred (back to visit the Engineerium) and Richard and Sharen.
New cycle path through Shoreham
Off go the main group by the River Adur
The Tollbridge that needs saving
Richard and Sharen at the continental market
Along the Coastal Link
At the pub
So nice in fact that, at the delightful Bridge pub in Upper Beeding, we opted to eat outside on the river, where we were joined for a while by Bob and Colette (and extracted from Bob a promise to do a report on the Easter Meet in Shrewsbury which he attended as our delegate).
Tea at Shoreham airport
Restored by (for some of us at least) what seemed enormous plates of food, we faced the journey back. Going by the Coombes Road this was more a little bit more challenging, we had got used to no hills at all. Past the delightful St Botolphs and Coombes and so on to Shoreham airport, where we stopped again for tea, and where Ian and Joyce succumbed to the temptations of their great cakes.
Across the Tollbridge
After a leisurely chat we continued over the Shoreham Tollbridge (see Ian's note about our ride for it in June), through the backways of Hove and on to the seaside cycle lane again.
THE MARLBOROUGH EXPRESS - LOCAL NEWS - 4 JAN 2005
Political activists pitch in
A group of young political activists pitched in at Kaikoura's resource recovery centre yesterday as part of a national road trip, which involves doing community projects.
Ten members of Young Labour, the youth wing of the Labour Party, are travelling from Auckland to Invercargill by bus on a 10-day trip dubbed the Clarion Road Tour.
The tour is not named after a stereo brand, but in honour of the Clarion Cycling Club, a group of dedicated British political activists who rode around the English countryside in the 1890s.
'We're performing community projects as we go, and also taking with us a 12 metre long banner that we are having young people sign to give us their thoughts on the future of New Zealand, as part of the constitutional review that's going on at Parliament,' Young Labour vice-president and group spokesperson Jacinda Adern said.
The group, which ranges in age between 16 and 25, is travelling the country in a grey 1974 Bedford bus, which 'rocks and rolls a bit', Ms Adern admitted with a laugh.
The reaction from young people had been positive across the political spectrum, she said. 'Many have said they are really happy with New Zealand and want to keep it clean, green and beautiful, so we thought it would be good to do a number of conservation-based projects.'
On New Year's Day, after arriving in Picton, the group had a clean up along the Picton waterfront, where they were joined by Labour's Kaikoura electoral candidate Brendon Burns.
Yesterday the group spent time at Innovative Waste Kaikoura helping with recycling before heading on to Christchurch. Ms Ardern admitted that after a spell spent on the recycling table that all of the group would come away from the experience as much better recyclers.