|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
3 November 2008
Just 3 more rides in 2008: 16 Nov (see below), 30 Nov, 14 Dec. No one has dissented from my proposals for the beginning of next year – so we'll consider that agreed – at least for the time being: New Year's Day – 'Brunch Ride' to Carats Café then rides on 11, 25 January, 8, 22 February, 8, 22 March ( I can't do 8 Feb – but both Jim and Roger have possible rides in mind for that date).
Christmas Festivities - message from Joyce
And later that day everyone is invited to a show at Tessa's house, 38 Lorna Road, Hove, for mulled wine and mince pies to see the work of 7 artists - ceramics, painting, etchings, glass, jewellery, textiles, cards and buttons.
Also on the next day or the following weekend the Open House Christmas Show continues: 6/7th and 13/14th December 11-6pm
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club in 1894 - Latest episode at the end of the Circular as usual.
The Next Ride
Sunday 16 November 2008
It's a while since we had a ride on the Cuckoo Trail – apart from dipping into the beginning of it as far as the Old Loom for tea. Heathfield proved not such a good idea lunchwise last time and at this time of year there'll still be leaves on the ground that can be tricky – especially in the last few miles of the Trail. So I'm reviving a ride we haven't done since October 2004. So:
Up the Trail as far as Horam then off to Vines Cross to the Brewer's Arms returning by quiet roads through Vines Cross, Cowbeach, Stunts Green (wheelies at your own risk), Ginger Green, across the Levels to Rickney, then back to Cuckoo Trail and eventually Polegate.
Distance: about 20 miles.
Catch the 10.20 from Brighton station or meet at 10.49 at Polegate station.
Ian's mobile number is 07770743287.
The Last Ride - Roger's Report
2 November 2008
[More photos on Flickr]
It was 10:30 am on the first Sunday of November, so the veteran cars were starting to trickle onto Madeira Drive in Brighton, as nine Clarion riders assembled in the sun in front of the Palace Pier. They were Angela, Ian, Jim, Joyce, Leon, Roger, Sue, Suzanne and Terry. Tessa joined us at Hove seafront, where a coffee drinker at Marrocco's café kindly volunteered to take the group photo.
Then we were off westward along the seafront and the harbour road. At the next café (Carats) near to the Shoreham locks we split briefly into two groups, one opting for refreshments and the other taking a detour down to the harbour entrance, which also marks the end of the Monarch's Way, and hence the point from which Charles II escaped to France after his defeat by Cromwell at the battle of Worcester in 1651.
On across the newly configured locks, through Southwick and into Shoreham itself, where we walked over the footbridge to Shoreham Beach, stopping on the way to enjoy the sun and watch the sailing dinghies making the most of what little wind there was.
We circumnavigated Shoreham Beach (if that's the right word), with short stops to admire the recently established lookout station (run by the National Coastwatch Institution), and to photograph the Gaudiesque seat on Beach Road. We then crossed Widewater Lagoon and made our way into Shoreham Airport for a welcome break at the Fly-In Bar and Restaurant in the 1936 art-deco terminal building. The food was promptly served and tasted very good, except perhaps Jim's after he had dropped a full salt cellar into it.
Then came the celebratory bit of the ride. From the airport we returned to Shoreham via the 'old' toll bridge, now re-constructed and officially opened just a few days earlier by the Duke of York. Congratulations to the many enthusiasts who helped to make it happen, including quite a few Clarion members!
As is often the way with rides along this bit of the coast, members left the group at various stages on the return journey, but all were agreed that it was a splendid day out. Many thanks to Ian for planning the ride, and for leading the way in spite of suffering from an early winter cold.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
20. More Liverpool activities and 'The Bounder on Tour' near Stratford upon Avon.
I included a letter from the Liverpool Clarion CC that appeared in Swiftsure's cycling page on 13 October 1894 in the last issue. On another page in a regular feature about local socialist activities called 'Notes from the Front' the following appeared at the end of a very long report from Liverpool, signed CITIZEN.
[Merrie England was Robert Blatchford's best-selling little book advocating socialism. Advance demand for the new penny edition – which would be the one the Clarion scouts were distributing – in October 1894 advance orders were such that the initial printing had to be doubled to 200,000. Fabian Society pamphlets were called 'tracts' a semi-ironic reference to the tracts issued throughout the period by religious organisations 'Practical Politics' defeats me… but let me know if you can elucidate.]
We have met Edward Fay (aka The Bounder) before – being roped in as President of the Birmingham CCC for example. Much of the Bounder's humour hasn't aged that well – but anyway, here he is 'On Tour' He's reached Stratford-upon-Avon where he encounters John Barlow of 'Drunken Bidford.'
Sounds great – but a bit far for one of our Sunday rides
Next time: Reports from Bradford and Liverpool plus a recommendation from Swiftsure