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Dear fellow members and friends
2 May 2007
Another – much happier – message came as a result of our report on the Shoreham Beach ride. Here it is:-
At the very end you'll find Gary's pictures of the searchlight tower – which I think we did see – but didn't recognise for what it is.
Anyone else like to join Ed for the fund raising bike ride for The Martlets Hospice & St Catherine's Hospice Crawley on 3rd June? If so, contact him ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details in last circular and on line at www.themartlets.org.
Sorry this is a bit scrappy. I'm really pushed for time this week.
The Next Ride
I was planning a ride based on Glynde – but they're digging up the track again! So, I've recycled (sorry!) this one from just over a year ago.
Sunday 13 May
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.
The Last Ride – Suzanne's report (photos by Joyce)
Sunday 29 April - Upper Beeding
Ian met up with Joyce, Roger, Sheila and Suzanne on a bright sunny morning that had brought the crowds and the traffic out in force. Unfortunately Sheila was able to come only as far as Marocco's café with us. but then you lose some and you win some... Richard was there waiting to join the happy band. A gentle pedal along the Kingsway cycle path and South Basin Road brought as to the locks where a flurry of little craft were just scampering off to the open sea as a cargo boat was lumbered in. A fine photo opportunity for Joyce who could not resist the colours and the movement of the scene.
Suzanne, Roger, Sheila, Joyce, Ian and Richard
Watching a big Russian ship coming in at the lock
The Shoreham allotments were in fine flower as we pushed on toward the Downslink path. All the lumps and bumps we know and love are still there, especially on the track just north of the old cement works. After taking our lives in our hands crossing the high-speed Steyning by-pass just outside Bramber, we were back on tarmac-firma to wind our way through the village of Bramber into Upper Beeding, over the rickety bridge and into The Bridge. We were delighted to see that several other customers had evidently arrived by bike, and even more delighted to meet Caroline, Simon and their little daughter – the Beeding-wing of Clarion, so an excellent lunch was spiced with excellent conversation.
The winding road ...
Another winding way ...
We eventually dragged ourselves away from the sunny uplands of Beeding to retrace our 'steps' as far as the Botolphs Road (Ian had a cunning plan to avoid the hill just outside Beeding, for which all were grateful). A lovely road to bowl along despite a couple of upwardly-inclined inclines and then it was over the A27 and a quick dash round the perimeter of Shoreham Airport. We were cyclists with a mission – afternoon tea. Being an adventurous lot we made the bold decision to try Terminal Two. Coffee and loos OK. Service somewhat lack-a-daisical. Décor banal inside... but what a view outside. Joyce leapt to use her camera again.
We could see from the wind-sock that the return leg of our journey was going to be a bit of a harder grind, but re-invigorated with our afternoon tea, and protected from the wind by going through the back streets of Shoreham, we made good progress back to Southwick, Portslade (so exciting that Terry Garoghan felt moved to write a song about it) and so back to the coast at Wish Road. In time honoured fashion we peeled off as near to our various homes as possible. And then, at the Palace Pier, there was one... the man we thank for having organised such an excellent day. Thanks, Ian.
Cycle Forum meeting, 1 May – Ian's report
A useful meeting, I thought. Here's a brief summary of the main points.
Diversion of Seafront cycle path. Southern Water are carrying out a major flood-protection exercise in Hove which involves putting in new sewage pipes and – what concerns us – putting up a large compound on the Lawns opposite Brunswick Terrace to accommodate materials and machinery. It will be there for about a year. A temporary cycle path diversion – with, we were assured, gentler than 90 degree turns at the corners will soon be in place.
Cycle Forum – Mark's proposals for a more permanent and more structured arrangement. Feedback is sought for the next meeting. I will either attach Mark's proposals to this circular or send it on later - depending on whether I manage to get this circular finished before midnight (when I turn into a pumpkin) or not. [reproduced below]
Cycle Demonstration Town project. Dean's report was (justifiably) upbeat.
28 new advance stop lines are now in place. Please let Dean know if you spot any errors in the way they've been done (Dean.Spears@Brighton-Hove.gov.uk)
Regional Route 82 – consultations will take place in June. There will be segregated cycle paths along Grand Avenue and The Drive. Old Shoreham Road will be started in 2009. I have a copy of the Route 82 plans if anyone would like to take a look at them.
Early returns from the Personalised Travel Plans part of the project are encouraging and there has been a great increase in cycle use at local schools.
North Street - work should be finished by November. Mark drew attention to the temporary traffic arrangements in West Streeet – which are not exactly cyclist-friendly.
North Street Quadrant – report for next meeting on 19th June.
Please let me have any comments on these or on issues you'd like raised in good time for this meeting.
My name is Jed Dalton and I had the pleasure of joining the Clarion Club for the Glyndebourne ride last summer together with my friend Neil. The weather was fabulous and Neil and I enjoyed the ride (and the company) a great deal.
I wanted to let you know that Neil was tragically killed earlier this year - a victim of a hit and run as he cycled home from work. Neil was a militant cyclist having eschewed four-wheeled transport many years previously. The weekend we passed in Brighton was the last time I saw Neil and I'd like to thank you all and also to remind you to be extra careful on your rides.
This picture shows the searchlight in operation in the 2nd world war with the home guard in the bunker at the front. It would have pointed its light out to sea to search for incoming boats in the hope of preventing a sea landing from the enemy along Shoreham beach.
This is how it looks today with the search light port bricked up.
A picture showing the land side of the search light tower with the entrance at the bottom.
Brighton & Hove Cycle Forum – the future
Discussion paper, Mark Strong (Acting Chair), 26 April 2007 Revised 30 April 2007
Two tier structure:
Plus Working Groups (e.g. Health, Engineering, Policy) etc., drawn from Executive and coordinated by Executive members, but with ability to have outside membership.
AGM – full forum