West Surrey DA in "The C.T.C. Gazette" - 1930s

"The C.T.C. Gazette" was the magazine of the CTC from the nineteenth century to November 1963 (followed by "Cycletouring" from December 1963 onwards).  On this page are items selected from 1930s issues at random (1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938).  The 1920s are on a separate page.

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---------- 1930 ----------

March 1930, p. 104 - D.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS.

WEST SURREY.

The annual general meeting of the West Surrey D.A. was held at the Victoria Hall, Woking, on January 18th, when the following officers were elected :-  President, Capt. D. A. Gunnell, O.B.E. ;  vice-presidents, Messrs. A. V. Jenner and A. W. Trevarthen ; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. W. Inder ; hon. auditor, Mr. W. H. Houghton.

June 1930, p. 200 - Doings of the District Associations.

Members of the West Surrey D.A. spent Easter awheel in Wessex.  Good Friday night found them at Cadnam, in the New Forest, after an interesting detour to Beaulieu Abbey and the ancient dockyard at Buckler's Hard, and on Saturday the tourists continued to Corfe Castle, looked in at Lulworth Cove, and inspected the " Giant " at Cerne Abbas.  The Somerset border was crossed on Sunday, and after visiting Sherborne and Wincanton a halt was called at Devizes.  On the concluding day of the tour a lane route homeward was followed by Upavon and Basingstoke.

August 1930, p. 298

A STRENUOUS WEEKEND

Several members of the West Surrey D.A. carried out an all-night run on July 5th, the objective being Cheddar Gorge.  Leaving Woking at 3 p.m., they reached Odiham for tea, and, continuing to Basingstoke and Andover, had a picnic supper at Stonehenge.  Another local member was picked up at Amesbury, and the riders then pushed on through Chicklade, Shepton Mallet and Wells.  Cheddar was reached shortly after 4 a.m., and the cyclists walked up the gorge just as the rising sun was striking the cliff tops.  The next hour or so found the party feeling somewhat sleepy, and visions of a well-earned breakfast were persistent, but, continuing through Priddy, Stratton-on-the-Foss, Norton St. Philip, Farleigh Hungerford and Trowbridge, no stop was made until Devizes was reached at 9 o'clock.  During Sunday morning and afternoon the party travelled via Rushall, Weyhill (lunch), Andover and Preston Candover, arriving at Alton to meet the usual Sunday riders for tea.  Woking was reached at 9 p.m., with a total mileage of 230.

(See also Les Gray's account of the Cheddar Run.  -  CRJ)


---------- 1931 ----------

March 1931, p. 106 - D.A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS.

WEST SURREY.

The annual general meeting of the West Surrey D.A. was held at the Temperance Hall, Woking, on January 24th, when the following officers were elected :  President, Capt. D. A. Gunnell, O.B.E. ;  vice-presidents, Messrs. A. V. Jenner and A. W. Trevarthen ;  hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. W. Inder ;  hon. auditor, Mr. W. H. Houghton.

July 1931, p. 242 - Doings of the District Associations.

The breakfast run of the West Surrey D.A. to Inkpen Beacon, arranged and led by Mr. C. Loughnane, was thoroughly enjoyed by 15 riders, although they found their view entirely obscured by clouds when they ascended to the summit of the Beacon.  Attempts at photography were largely frustrated, but in all other respects the ride of 112 miles was highly successful.

August 1931, p. 276 - Doings of the District Associations.

Glorious weather favoured the camping week-end shared by the West Surrey and Reading D.A.s, and after spending the night under canvas at Thursley the campers were joined by other parties who arrived during the morning.  A gymkhana occupied the afternoon, after which over 40 cyclists had tea at Ridgeway Farm.

September 1931, p. 310 - Doings of the District Associations.

The second " breakfast ride " organised this year by the Surrey D.A. was led by Mr. K. Howell, who conducted a party of 17 to Amberley and thence home through Adversane and Loxwood.

October 1931, p. 334 - Doings of the District Associations.

An interesting and instructive time was spent by members of the West Surrey D.A. on September 12th-13th, when a special run was carried out to visit the " Leviathan " in Southampton Docks.  A very wet ride was experienced from Woking on the Saturday afternoon, and the night was passed at Romsey.  At the Bargate, Southampton, next morning the week-enders were joined by eight more members, and nearly an hour was occupied in inspecting the famous " ocean greyhound."  The run home brought the mileage up to 115.


---------- 1933 ----------

December 1933, p. 435 - Doings of the District Associations.

The use of a room at Hazledene, Chobham, has been procured, and the first club night is to he held there on Tuesday, December 12th, from 7.15 p.m.

The annual touring test this year took the form of a " 100 in 8," and was carried out during October.  Seventeen members started from Merrow Church at 9 a.m. under the leadership of Mr. V. Barnard in ideal weather conditions.  The route lay through Dorking, Crawley, Ashdown Forest, Uckfield and Billingshurst.  The first men home had 30 minutes in hand, while the last qualified with barely two minutes to spare.  The test was undertaken with full touring and cycle equipment, and 12 of the entrants completed the course within the scheduled time.


---------- 1934 ----------

February 1934 - Doings of the District Associations.

As New Year's Eve fell on a Sunday, members were enabled to make an all-day run and to ride out the old year on the return journey.  Leaving Woking soon after 10 a.m., the party made their way through Guildford to lunch at Farley Green, and much of the afternoon was spent in exploring the rough tracks across Holmbury Hill.  After tea at the old village of Plaistow, the party left about 11 p.m., and returned to Guildford, where, a few minutes before midnight, they helped to swell the crowd assembled outside the Guildhall.  After a rather noisy welcome to 1934, the members departed homeward.

The Christmas morning run has now become a firmly established custom, and on this occasion 32 members and friends participated.  In spite of disheartening weather conditions, several members turned out on Boxing Day for the " rough stuff " run over Surrey heaths.  A circuitous route took the party along many unfamiliar ways via West End, Bagshot Heath, Frimley, Hawley, and back towards Bagshot.

The sixth annual dinner will be held at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Woking, at 7.30 p.m., on February 14th.  Tickets may be obtained from the hon. secretary.

March 1934, p. 112 - Doings of the District Associations.

The annual dinner was held at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Woking, in February, with Capt. D. A. Gunnell, the president, in the chair.  During the evening the president awarded tankards to the successful riders in the " 100 in 8 " test.  Capt. Gunnell proposed the toast of " The Club and the Pastime," and referred to the loss sustained by the death of Mr. F. T. Bidlake.  In replying, Mr. A. W. Trevarthen spoke eloquently of the growth of the Club, both numerically and in prestige.  The toast of " The District Association " fell to Mr. A. V. Jenner, a vice-president, to which Mr. W. Inder responded.  Mr. R. Best gave the toast " The Ladies and Visitors," and a reply came from Mr. C. Loughnane.

The club nights held at Hazledene, Chobham, during the winter have proved very successful and have filled a long-felt want.  The next fixture is arranged for March 13th, at 7.30 p.m., and members are asked to bring games with them.  Light refreshments will be obtainable.

August 1934, p. 295 - Doings of the District Associations.

Nearly 30 members supported the ladies' rally near Westerham, organised by the West Kent D.A.  The party left Woking at 8.30 a.m. and rode via Cobham, Leatherhead, and Dorking.


---------- 1936 ----------

January 1936, p. 12

Talbot, Ripley
The "Talbot", Ripley, Surrey, by Frank Patterson.

January 1936, p. 39 - District Association News.

The annual supper will be held at Hazeldene, Chobham, on Wednesday, February 12th, at 7.45 p.m.  Test ride awards and Jubilee Relay Ride medals will then be presented.  Tickets are available from members of the committee.

January 1936, p. 26

Guildford By-pass
The Guildford By-pass, looking across to Hindhead, by Reg Gammon

February 1936, p. 72 - District Association News.

A most successful New Year's party was held at the Rendezvous Restaurant, Woking, on January 8th, over 50 members and friends attending.  Ideal catering arrangements and an excellent programme of games and dancing combined to make a memorable evening.

A miniature whist drive will be held at Hazeldene, Chobham, on Wednesday, February 26th, and the support of members is earnestly desired to ensure the success of the event.

The annual supper and social will be held at Hazeldene, Chobham, on February 10th.  Tickets are 2s. 6d. each, and may be obtained from members of the committee.

February 1936, Supplement (South-Eastern) - District Association Runs.

WEST SURREY
Hon. Runs Secretary, Mr. J. Thompson, 96, Maybury Road, Woking.
A., Gammon's Corner, Woking ;  B., Cattle Market, Guildford ; C., War Memorial, Chobham.
Feb.  15  --  Windsor (lecture at Slough in evening).  A., 3.  T., Bargents.  Mr. Taylor.
"
 16  --  Joint run with Croydon Social Sub-Section.  A., 8.45.  Pain's Hill, Cobham, 9.15.  Dorking, 10.  T., Newdigate Holiday Camp.
"
 22  --  Sutton Abinger.  A., 3.  Newland's Corner, 3.45. T., Volunteer.  Mr. Thompson.
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 23  --  Sherborne St. John.  A., 9.30 ;  Brookwood cross-roads, 10.  T., Iron Duke, Farnham.  Mr. Sadler.
"
 26  --  Chobham (whist drive at Hazeldene).  A., 7.15.
"
 29  --  Binfield.  A., 3.  C., 3.30.  T., Hare and Hounds.  Mr. Keeble.
Mar.
1
 -- 
Stedham.  A., 9.30.  B., 10.10.  Godalming Bridge, 10.30.  T., King's Head, Slinfold.  Mr. Etherington.
"
7
 --  Box Hill.  A., 3.  Pain's Hill, 3.40.  T., Commercial, Dorking.  Mr. Baker.
"
8
 --  Nettlebed.  A., 9.30.  C., 10.  T., Horse and Groom, Hare Hatch.  Mr. Young.
WM. E. INDER, Hon. Secretary.
Martock, High Street, Horsell, Woking

March 1936, p. 100

Bat and Ball
The "Bat and Ball" - the birthplace of county cricket, Broadhalfpenny Down, Hambledon, Hampshire, by Frank Patterson.

March 1936, p. 109 - District Association News.

A successful miniature whist drive was held at the clubroom on January 29th.  Mrs. W. Inder proved to be the winner, and other recipients of prizes were Messrs. Pollard, Claydon, Ealder and Keeble.  The next drive will be held at the clubroom on March 25th.

March 1936, p. xxxii - D.A. Officers for 1936.

President, Mr. E. J. Steel ;
vice-presidents, Messrs. A. V. Jenner and A. W. Trevarthen ;
hon. secretary and hon. treasurer, Mr. W. E. Inder ;
hon. auditor, Mr. C. Cripps.

November 1936, p. 371

Crown, Chiddingfold
The Crown Inn, Chiddingfold, Surrey.

November 1936, p. 403 - District Association News.

Fourteen members rode in the " 100 in 8 " on October 3rd, the route embracing Bagshot, Basingstoke, Kings Worthy, Midhurst and Farnham.  Ideal weather conditions prevailed, but two riders failed to complete the course.  A games night and a whist drive will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Horsell, on Wednesday, November 18th, and Wednesday, December 2nd, respectively.

December 1936, p. 443 - District Association News.

Members are earnestly requested to lend full support to the whist drive at Horsell on December 2nd, or these events may be discontinued.  Tickets are obtainable from committee members at 1s. each inclusive.

The New Year's party is to be held at the Rendezvous Restaurant, Woking, on Wednesday, January 6th, at 7.30 p.m.  Tickets (2s.) may be obtained from the committee.

Nomination forms of candidates for the 1937 committee election should be in the hands of the hon. secretary by December 6th.


---------- 1937 ----------

June 1937, p. 226 - District Association News.

The date of the annual touring test has been altered to July 4th, and particulars will be found in the runs list.  Further details and entry forms are obtainable from the committee.

Members are requested to make every effort to make the invitation runs on June 5th and 6th a success.  A larger membership in the Woking area is aimed at.

The third event in the Benstead Challenge Cup contest will be a speed-judging test on Wednesday, June 9th.  There are no entrance forms or fees.

September 1937, p. 334 - District Association News.

A special general meeting will be held on Sunday, October 3rd, at "Avondale", Dunsfold, at 6.15 p.m., to confirm the committee's decision to take over the Kingston Section of the Metropolitan D.A.

Members of the D.A. spent Bank Holiday week-end touring in the Cotswolds.  Riding through Bracknell and Waltham St. Lawrence, they first halted at Hare Hatch (Bath Road) for tea, and later Abingdon was reached by way of Henley-on-Thames.  It was so crowded with holiday-makers that many were forced to sleep in sheds and boat-houses, but the cyclists were fortunate in securing accommodation for the night.  On Sunday the route lay through much fresh country, by way of Witney, Lovell Minster, and Shipton-under-Wychwood, to Chipping Norton for lunch.  In the afternoon a visit was paid to the Rollright Stones, and after Stow-in-the-Wold lanes were followed to Bleddington for tea.  The evening's ride via Burford and Black Burton ended at Bampton, where 11 members gathered at their Sunday quarters.  Monday's riding included some rough going over the Ridgeway to West Shefford for lunch.  After Newbury, by-ways were followed to Brimpton, Aldermaston and Silchester, where a short halt was made to visit the site of the Roman camp.  The homeward run was made through Yately, Frimley and Blackdown Camp.  During the two-and-a-half days, a total distance of about 200 miles was covered.

September 1937, Supplement (South-Eastern) - District Association Runs.

WEST SURREY 
Hon. Runs Secretary, Mr. T Keeble, 3, The Grove, Woking.
A., Gammon's Corner, Woking ;  B., Cattle Market, Guildford ; C., War Memorial, Chobham.
Sept.  11  --  Farnborough.  A., 3.  T., The Ship.  Mr. Keeble.  Visit miniature railway.
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 12  --  Brimpton.  A., 9.30.  Brookwood cross-roads, 10. T., Tuns, Odiham.  Mr. Vowler.
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 15  --  Newlands Corner.  A., 7.15.  Sausage supper.
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 18  --  Shere.  A., 3.  Anchor, Ripley, 3.40.  T., White Horse.  Mr. Collins.
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 19  --  Ide Hill.  A., 9.30.  Pain's Hill, Cobham, 10.15. T., Newdigate Holiday Camp.  Mr. Paveley.
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 19  --  Newdigate.  A., 2.30.  T., Newdigate Holiday Camp.
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 25  --  Richmond Hill.  A., 3.  Chertsey Bridge, 3.40. T., informal.  Mr. Alesbury.
"
26
 -- 
Ivinghoe.  A., 8.15.  C., 8.30.  T., Queen's Head, Tyler's Green, High Wycombe.  Mr. Field.
"
26
 --  Bucks ramble.  A., 10.  C., 10.30.  T., Queen's Head, Tyler's Green, High Wycombe.
"
29
 -- Closing evening run.  A., 7.15.  Mayford Green, 7.40.
Oct.
2
 --  Mickleham.  A., 3.  Pain's Hill, Cobham, 3.40. T., William IV.  Mr. Taylor.
"
3
 --  Map-reading contest for Benstead challenge Cup  A., 10.  B., 10.35.  T., Avonsdale, Dunsford.  Visit to Mr. Southon's collection of old bicycles at Shalford in morning.  Special general meeting at 6.15 p.m.
WM. E. INDER, Hon. Secretary.
Martock, High Street, Horsell, Woking

October 1937, Supplement (South-Eastern) - District Association Runs.

WEST SURREY 
Hon. Runs Secretary, Mr. T Keeble, 3, The Grove, Woking.
A., Gammon's Corner, Woking ;  B., Cattle Market, Guildford.
Oct.
9
 --  Hurstmonceux Castle (night ride).  A., 11.30 p.m.  B., 12.  L., Informal, Brighton.  T., Black Horse, Horsham.  Mr. Collins.
"
10  --  Balcombe Forest.  A., 9.30.  B., 10.  Bramley cross-roads, 10.20.  T., Black Horse, Horsham.  Mr. Reeves.
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14  --  Worplesdon.  A. & B., 7.15.  Club night at the Ship.
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16  --  Plaistow.  A., 3.  B., 3.30.  T., Ayling's.  Mrs. Pollard.
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17  --  Dragon's Green.  A., 9.30.  B., 10.  T., Duke's Head, Beare Green.  Mr. Stanley.
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23  --  Binfield.  A., 3.  T., Stag and Hounds.  Mr. Keeble.
"
24
 -- Meon Valley Meander.  A., 8.  Pinewood Corner, 8.40. T., Queen's Head, Selborne.  Mr. Reeves.
"
24
 -- Batts Corner.  A., 10.  Pinewood Corner, 10. T., Queen's Head, Selborne.  Mr. Collins.
"
28  --  Worplesdon.  A. & B., 7.15.  Club night at the Ship.
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30/31  -- Kintbury (week-end at Half Way Inn).  A., 3.  T., Crown, Swallowfield.  Book to hon. runs secretary by Oct. 24.
"
31
 -- Sherborne St. John.  A., 10.  Gordon Boys' Home, 10.30. T., Crown, Swallowfield.  Mr. Inder.
Nov.
5
 -- 
Firework run.  A. and B., 7.15.
"
6
 --  Bushey Park.  A., 3.  Walton Bridge, 4.  T., Informal.  Mr. Alesbury.
"
7
 --  Burslow.  A., 9.30.  Silent Pool, 10.20.  T., Queen's Head, Bucks Green.  Mr. Field.
WM. E. INDER, Hon. Secretary.
Martock, High Street, Horsell, Woking

October 1937, p. 375 - District Association News.

A visit to the Isle of Wight was made by the D.A. during the course of an ordinary run on August 22nd.  A 6 a.m. start from Woking enabled the party to reach Southsea in good time, cross to Ryde and reach Seaview for lunch.

October 1937, p. 343

Black Boy Bridge

Black Boy Bridge, near Weybridge, Surrey, by Frank Patterson


---------- 1938 ----------

February 1938, p. 73 - District Association News.

Some 40 past and present members attended Woking Section's annual Christmas-morning run to Godalming.  The annual Christmas party at the Rendezvous Restaurant, Woking, on January 5th, was again a great success.  A programme of old and new games and dances, intermingled with competitions of a cycling nature, kept the 60 members and friends happily occupied from 7 p.m. to midnight.  After supper, prizes presented by Mr. A. Benstead and Mr. and Mrs. Binns were won by Mr. Keeble and Mr Ratcliffe.  A cycling questionnaire competition was won by Mr. Reeves, a cycling variation of "Kim's game" by Mr. Best, and a competition for naming well-known touring scenes by Mr. Field.  Woking Section's annual steak-pie supper and prize-giving will be held at the Crown and Anchor Hotel, Old Woking, on Wednesday, February 23rd, at 8 p.m.  Tickets (3s. each) may be obtained from any member of the committee.

Kingston Section's Christmas party at Hazeldene, Chobham, was a great success.  Twenty-six members were present, and after a Christmas tea the usual party amusements and festivities were enjoyed until nearly midnight.  The "last and first"  run on December 31st was to Edser's, at Leatherhead, where members enjoyed a steak-and-kidney-pie supper.

February 1938, p. 75 - List of Candidates

 - includes:  Gray, D. R., 22 Selsdon Road, Weybridge.

(Dennis, Les Gray's brother, became a regular rider in 1938 and continued to be active in the DA for very many years.)

October 1938, p. 371 - District Association News.

Sixteen Woking Section members, including two ladies, competed in the Benstead Cup 100-miles-in-8-hours night reliability ride, but only ten finished the course in the time.  The start was made from Stoke Church, Guildford, at midnight on Saturday, September 3rd, and the course ran through Alton, Winchester, Romsey, Salisbury, Andover and back to Winchester, finishing at New Alresford.  The night was cold and windless, but the pitch darkness and the extremely hilly nature of the course made the ride very difficult for all the sixteen members.

An inaugural series of club nights is to be held on each Friday in October at the Christ Church Boys' clubroom.  Billiards, table-tennis, darts, cards and shove-ha'penny will be available.  The committee anticipate that this venture will prove so successful that they will be able to continue with the room throughout the winter session.  Members are invited to bring their friends.

There will be a ramble over the Epsom Downs from Mickleham on October 16th.  Cycles will be left at the "William IV."  Members should seize this opportunity for photography, as the Section's photographic competition closes on October 31st, and entries must be handed in no later than November 15th.

On August 7th Kingston Section had a night ride to the coast at Climping.  Sixteen members took part.  Practically all the day was spent in bathing.  The following Sunday there was a boating run, boats being taken out on the Wey Navigation Canal all day.  Twenty-six members were present.


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