|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
3 January 2006
Happy New Year. Since I have them planned I'm giving details of all the rides for January and February [Still looking for volunteers for 12 and 26 March and 9 April. Please don't leave it too long!]
I think it's time we started to collect as much info as we can about the previous manifestation of the Brighton Clarion. I'm asking the previous members I know of to jot down their memories. We know that the secretary in those days was Wally Newman. We know a little bit about him but it would be good to know more – and about the section and its members generally. Please ask around in likely quarters and let me know of any positive results.
To save sending out a separate 'members-only' message, I give notice that the 2006 AGM will take place at 8 pm on Wednesday 1 February at Joyce's house. [52 Bentham Road – directions later] Members please suggest any items for the agenda – which I will include in another circular well before the meeting.
You may remember that a few circulars back (7 December) I included a paragraph from Charles Jepson, the National Secretary about the Bolton Wood Street's Memorial Banner project suggesting that anyone who would like to support it should send a donation via Charles. With mine I included a copy of the circular – since I wanted Charles to see that I'd passed on the appeal. He sent me the usual acknowledgement letter – but having read the whole of the piece commented as follows (with pedantic footnotes by me for people not that familiar with Clarion history – for further enlightenment see Denis Pye Fellowship is Life – 'items for sale' on the website)
'I thought that Sue Pringle's report of the ride on December 4th was absolutely excellent. Comrades riding out ignoring the rain, a café stop, a bit of zooming, bounderising  in the Star, an historical church (sadly not a Labour church ); mud and puddles. However, best of all, in spite of the wet weather, a pleasant ride in good company, a ride begun and ended by bicycle. Could there be a better definition of Clarion fellowship – I doubt it. Daily distance, average speed, hills conquered, number of rides all count for nothing when measured against having fun in the company of good friends.'
Absolutely! Since this was one of the rides I had to miss I can second Charles's plaudits with a clear conscience. Well done, Sue. I think you may have to join us now! [See WebPages for membership form etc.]
The Next Rides
Not in the order I originally intended – sorry about the concentration on the Lewes – Eastbourne line – but I was defeated by works-on-the-line. If you're planning a ride for 12, 26 March or 9 April bear this problem in mind and check the rail timetable before deciding definitely on your jumping off point.
Catch10.20 from Brighton Station or meet at Berwick Station at 10.43. Aiming for return by either the 14.48 or the 15.48 which get back to Brighton at 12 minutes past the hour. All are Southern trains and involve no changes (unlike last year).
Annie, Joyce, Jim, Lucy, Mei, Anna, Stuart, Sheila, Fred, and Ian
As usual, Fred took a group photo by the Palace Pier then we set off to the Carats Cafe. The clouds were thick and grey. Seagulls appeared and disappeared in the gloomy sky.
Sheila and Mei on the desolate road to Carats
Around noon we arrived at Carats Cafe. It had already lots of people inside so, despite the cold wind, we sat outside. Everyone introduced himself/herself again and we had a relaxing talk. Stuart mentioned that he had seen a line of cars with their wing mirrors smashed, presumably as part of the New Year's Eve 'celebrations'. Also, Shelia asked where the 'Boots and Spurs' came from and Ian explained its history to us.
Jim, Annie, Ian, Joyce and Mei at Carats cafe
The other end of the table: Joyce, Mei, Fred, Anna, Sheila, Stuart, [Lucy], Jim and Annie
After the food and chat, we set off home all looking forward to the next ride. Joyce, Shelia and Fred cycled to the end of the Carats café area.
Jim, Joyce and Annie go as far as they can along the harbour wall
Ian thought they would come back so we could cycle back together to the pier. However, they still didn't reappear after ten minutes or more. So Ian and I decided to leave. On the way home, more and more people seemed to have appeared on the seafront on that windy New Year's Day.
 'The Bounder' was the pen-name of one of the founder-journalists of the Clarion, Edward Fay. He was very large both in stature and appetites. Hence 'Bounderise' ('verb irregular – very – meaning to imbibe liquors of various degrees of strength, to assimilate resuscitating comestibles, to walk on one's heels, and to generally spread one's self') From the report of the Clarion Cycle Club Easter tour in 1894 quoted in Pye pp 10-11