"The West Surrey Cyclist" - July - September 1993

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Contents:

Front cover - very similar to Issue 1
DA Committee 1992/1993 - same as in previous issue
Comments on the Home Counties Rally
Cycles on Trains - national campaigning news and information
West Surrey report from the August 1933 'C.T.C. Gazette'
West Surrey Junior Cyclists - by Sally
National Bike Week Events, Godalming
Volunteers wanted for marshalling
Evans touring tandem advertisement from the August 1933 'C.T.C. Gazette'
Cartoon of the Intermediates stretching themselves
Intermediates Highlights - by Marguerite Statham
Events July - September 93 (the Runs List)
The Sky in July, August and September - by Rory Fenner
Thursday Nights - Ottershaw
The Story of Ranmore Common
Small ads
Clubroom - closure announcement
West Surrey report from the September 1933 'C.T.C. Gazette'
News Items - mainly national and regional rather than local
Nostalgia Corner - Intermediate rides for autumn 1981
CTC Press Release - The National Cycle Hire Directory
The Bill Inder Memorial Ride - by Chris Jeggo
CTC Press Release - New European Service for Cyclists
Back cover - John Bull advertisement from 'The C.T.C. Gazette', August 1933 (illustrating the resistance of an inner tube which after 3450 strokes of the pump had reached a diameter of 7' 6" without bursting).

Selected items transcribed from the original printed copy:


Home Counties Rally 1993

at Broadwater School, Godalming on 30th.April until 3rd.May.

The good news is that this rally was a successful event socially and financially.  We received letters and people phoned saying how much they enjoyed themselves.  Here are a selection of comments from those letters.

'It was rather like being at a Mini Birthday Ride, it has certainly encouraged me to tour this area again;  especially the excellent X rides.  (Roughstuff).'

'I shall certainly let as many of my fellow D.A. members know what a Great weekend they missed.'

'I am just writing a few lines to thank everyone for making such a magnificent job of the H.C.R.  You even had the weather fairly well under control.'

'Your rides introduced us to some new routes.  Selborne in the Spring sun will be always remembered by us.'

'Thank you very much for organising a super C.T.C. rally over the Bank Holiday.  We enjoyed it very much and appreciate all the time and effort which everyone gave to make the event a success.  Even the weather was good to us!!  It was our first rally and it will certainly encourage us to go to others.'

'My friends and I enjoyed the weekend very much, and appreciated the excellent route sheets.  Saturday's Barn Dance was great fun, and also very enjoyable were Sunday's Chiddingfold tea stop - and the Slide Show on Sunday evening.

'Special thanks are also due to the lady and gentlemen who acted as stewards on the Monday's C ride.  They always seemed to be around if anybody needed any assistance.

'The venue was excellent, the routes carefully chosen for maximum enjoyment.  How riders managed to waymark 30 odd miles each day, heaven knows.

The Barn Dance was obviously enjoyed by those with enough energy left.  The farewell tea was a good way to end the rally.

The Bike Mechanic - Cycles Plus, enjoyed himself, pleased with the site



 
AUGUST, 1933
THE C.T.C. GAZETTE

WEST SURREY.

A very enjoyable Sunday afternoon was spent recently by members and friends of the D.A. at Ridgeway Farm, Thursley.  The occasion was an invitation run combined with a camping week-end and gymkhana.  Brilliant weather prevailed, and the events, which included balloon-bursting, blindfold racing and an obstacle race, proved a source of great amusement to the onlookers.  Eight prize vouchers, kindly presented by Woking cycle traders, helped to make the competition keen, and the first award was carried off by Mr. C. Barnard.  Nearly 50 assembled for tea at the farm, and later a cycle polo match provided additional thrills.

On July 8th-9th, a night ride to the New Forest and the coast was thoroughly enjoyed by the D.A. members.


West Surrey Junior Cyclists

Dear members,

Here are the Saturday dates, as promised.  Remember to let me know the dates you cannot make, so that we are not waiting for you to appear!  We will start at West Clandon Village Hall, setting off at 9.30 prompt.  If the venue changes, we will let you know.

August - please can you suggest a day (not necessarily a Saturday) when we can have a good family day out.  This will be a family ride, taking it nice and easy, and heading for a pub (perhaps The Volunteer near Holmbury St Mary, unless you know of a better one) for lunch.  Or a picnic, if preferred.  Family members who do not care to ride will just arrive at the lunch-time meeting point.

We hope to organise a cycle ride to the new Spectrum leisure centre in the Summer Holiday, and do some bowling.  Please let me know, by July 10, your summer holiday dates when you will not be around, so that I can suggest a day when the majority will be available.

Keith and I have volunteered to help with a couple of Splash cycling sessions.  It would be nice to see some of you along!

Your memberships need to be renewed within the next few weeks.  I am waiting for the CTC invoice to land on the mat before I can work out how much the annual fee will be.  The annual fee is calculated only on the basis of insurance cost (organisers' liability, and third party), which we feel is essential.

Parents are always welcome on our rides - a minimum of two adults is necessary for each ride.

We would like to welcome Thomas Wood to the club, and hope Mr Wood will be able to join us on occasion.  Cassy will be will be along for the April ride too, now that she has (at long last) reached 11.

Sally

West Surrey Junior Cyclists.  24 Ringmore Drive, Guildford, GU4 7DQ.  Tel: 503743


National Bike Week Events, Godalming.

Saturday June 12th  9.30am - 2.30pm
"Dr Bike", Bike Postcoding, Information Stand, Crown Court, High Street, Godalming.
Get your bike checked by our special Bicycle Doctors, ready for National Bike Week events.  We also hope that the Police will be able to offer bike post-coding.

Sunday June 13th
Fun Cycle Ride to Cranleigh Bike Fair at Smithbrook Kilns.
Depart from CTC HQ, Meadrow, Godalming at 10am, or Central Library, North Street, Guildford at 9.30.
The ride will be along quiet roads as far as possible and along the "Downs Link" (converted disused railway line).  Suitable for all types of cyclists.  Proved popular with families with young children in 1992 when this ride was first held.

Cranleigh Bike Fair 10am - 4pm.  Promoted by Moto Sport, Smithbrook Kilns, nr Cranleigh.  Tel 0483 278282 for further details.
Large South-East of England Cycling Celebration.  A day for all the family:  exhibitions, displays and fun events for everyone.

Wednesday June 16th
National Bike to Work Day
Dig your bike out from the garden shed!
Take advantage of our Doctor Bike Clinic on Saturday 12th June to get your bike checked for any mechanical problems, then..

join thousands of other cyclists in Britain by cycling to work on Wednesday 16th June.
We have 'bike buddies' available for anyone who would appreciate the company of an experienced cyclist on their journey to work.  In particular we encourage larger companies in the Godalming area to contact us in advance to arrange meeting points etc.

Thursday June 17th
Leisurely Evening Cycle Ride to a local pub and back.
Leave CTC HQ, Meadrow, Godalming at 7.15pm.  Return approx. 10pm.  (Cycle lights needed).

Saturday June 19th
Join us for a leisurely, fun cycle ride from Godalming to Guildford and back again, with time to spend in Guildford before returning home.  Ride leaves CTC HQ at 10am.


Volunteers Wanted for Marshalling

Many thanks to Marguerite & Harry Statham, George & Eveline Alesbury, John & Joan Ostrom, Ken Bolingbroke, Doreen Lindsey & helpers, Keith & Kath Parfitt and Rory Fenner for marshalling the 150km Audax ride to Selsey from the Home Counties Rally.  You did a splendid job and all 58 starters finished inside the time allowed, although I did start to wonder if the last 3 would be back in time for the slide show.  They were, arriving at 7:56pm.  Keith, Kath and Rory taking over the finish control for most of the event meant I could ride it myself, which I greatly appreciated.

Our next Audax event is the Stonehenge 200km on June 13th.  I expect that Geoff Smith, being more organised than me, already has marshalls arranged for this.  However, if you desperately want to help with this event (as in "Well, I'd like to ride the London Edinburgh London 1300 km Audax, but I've agreed to help with the Stonehenge 200") contact Geoff on 0252 703023 to see if he needs any more help.

After that come the 60km Downslink ride on July 25th and Tour of the Hills on August 15th.  Both start at the Barn Cafe Newlands Corner at 10:00 am and I need some help at the start and at the finish, particularly for Tour of the Hills.  The other marshalls for these events will probably be required at the following times and places:

DOWNS LINK 60

  1. Secret Control, details on application
  2. Martha's Hill  10:30 - 11:00
  3. Baynards Park  11:37 - 13:13.  A hardship posting - outside the Thurlow Arms.
TOUR OF THE HILLS
  1. Secret Control, details on application
  2. Farley Green  10:36 - 11:12
  3. Horseblock Hollow  10:54 - 11:48
  4. Dunley Hill  11:24 - 12:48
  5. Box Hill  11:46 - 13:32
  6. Forest Green  12:32 - 15:04
  7. Holmbury Hill  12:52 - 15:44
  8. Dunley Hill  13:10 - 16:19
Marshalling is less tedious if you have someone with you to talk to and a shift change in the middle of the later controls would be useful, so lots of volunteers please.

Roger Philo


SOME MONTHS AGO OUR D.A. SECRETARY SAID THAT THE INTERMEDIATES REALLY OUGHT TO BE STRETCHING THEMSELVES SOME MORE.  SO, HERE WE ARE, ARRIVING AT TEA, HAVING DONE 62 MILES!!


"An article about the Intermediate's Highlights".  I said ............. well we seem to have one nearly every week!

At the end of March Ken B. took us on a lovely ride to the Chilterns with a lunch stop at Fingest where it was even warm enough to sit in the garden!

April was only four days old when Alan H. met us at Hook and led us on a superb ride through the Hampshire lanes.  In the morning we passed a field of daffodils and in the afternoon three deer jumped over the hedge in front of us into the road and over the other hedge before galloping across a large field.  Two definite"highlights".

A week later David took us to a new coffee stop at Windsor Country Garden and gave us a "warm-up" run ready for the 50 mile reliability ride which several of us completed the following week.

Feeling in need of a rest (we thought) Bob took us to France for a weekend where after breakfast near the ferry had a coffee in Argences and lunch at Falaise before reaching Caillerie where we stayed on the Saturday night.  Harry and Carol were given a lift in the "sag" wagon having done 70 miles while the rest of us, just, managed the full 75.  On Sunday three people took a short(er), more leisurely ride back to Caen while the other eight visited Bayeaux to see the tapestry before moving on to Arromanches and Fontaine Henry and so back to Ouistreham where we all met, by sheer good luck, (and guesswork by Bob) for an evening meal before boarding the midnight ferry.  A great time, Bob, and many thanks.  Rumour has it that next year it's the Dutch Bulb Fields ........!!  watch this space!

Fully rested and revived we plunged into the Home Counties Rally at Farncombe.  Some of us helped;  some rode - some marshalled and some did all three.  Whatever you did, whether much or little, it all contributed towards a very successful weekend and I thank you all.  Congratulations to our organizing committee who put in a tremendous amount of hard work, Helen and Chris Juden, Claudia and David Whittle, Keith Parfitt, Roger Philo, and in the latter stages, Bob Crosby.  Also Keith Parfitt who spent the whole weekend on the tea table having guessed, and bought, the right amount of goodies.  Thanks also to the ladies (and gents?) who donated cakes.  None of the committee's plans would have worked if you hadn't helped - THANK YOU.

Phew! less than one week later some of us (Intermediates) were at the "Gastronomic Valediction" in memory of Bill Inder, our founder member and former President who died at the grand old age of 87 in February 1992.  54 people attended the lunch at Dunley Hill which our President, George Alesbery, organised very successfully.

That's the past highlights, now read on for future highlights.  Today is the 14th May and I'm in the New Forest trying to "set-up" the ladies weekend before the other 8 arrive tomorrow.  I have cycled over 100 miles in the two days I've been here - 58 of those on trying to find a cream tea place for Sunday afternoon!!  Anyway I think I'm ready.... !

In June we are organizing a Pub and Skittles evening at Windlesham.  On 6th June Paddy and Geoff T. are leading the "Bill Inder 50" in memory of Bill.

'Stonehenge' 200" is the following week which some of us are riding while others are marshalling;  tea making etc.  While on the subject of "Marshalls" please help on the 'Tour of the Hills' on August 15th - if you are not riding!  Tell me, or Roger, and we will give a time and place.  The more people we have the less time you will spend on your corner, so bully your friends (??) into standing on a corner.

Study the runs list and memorize the dates then turn up at your Clubroom before it closes at the end of September due to lack of support.  Keith has put in a lot of hard work and worry over the years to keep the Clubroom open but it has been making a financial loss for some time so the committee decided that it had to go.

Don't forget the Breakfast ride on July 11th.  Be at Pirbright Green at 5 am.  (yes five! !)  Brekky at the H.E. at Hindhead, coffee at Rowlands Castle and lunch on Hayling Island.  You can then ride back with Bob or cross on the ferry to Southsea and catch a train from Portsmouth Harbour - B.R. permitting (sorry no tandems or tricycles on the train).

So it goes on - thank goodness we have a few easier rides?? now and again to catch our breath.  It really is great fun being an Intermediate - why don't you try it - we'll wait for you the first week as Sue found out when she progressed from the Woking Wayfarers!!  Now she's nearly always up the front behind the leader!

Try a Thursday evening ride or join us on one of our coffee evenings with the Midweek Wayfarers.  Mind you, they have almost as many "highlights".  One was train assisted to Alton with Roy leading a good ride;  another was train assisted to Petersfield from where John led us to Chidham for lunch.  Then he gave himself a "large ice cream" stop in Bosham.  George is taking us train assisted to Micheldever in June and Maurice had hoped to take us to Salisbury but B.R. put a stop to that by introducing their new trains which only take one bike booked in advance.  Does this mean that Harry and I can no longer travel on the same train!!  It's much easier in Ireland - no hassle!

Whatever you do keep cycling with a smile on your face.  It makes other people happier!

By the way, I'm ahead of Helen with attendance points but she is about 100 miles ahead of me.

We have two competitions running:
1.  Who can get the most attendance points (year ends in September)
2.  Who can "do" the most miles between Jan. 1st 1993 and 31st Dec. 1993.

Place your bets with Chris Jeggo ....... !!

Marguerite


58 miles to find a cream tea ................

11.10 pm.  If I don't go to bed soon I won't wake up in time to meet the others in Brockenhurst and they don't know where to go for this cream tea..


The Sky in July

The SUN passes from Gemini into Cancer on July 20th.

EARTH is at its furthest point from the SUN on July 4th.

MERCURY is between us and the SUN on July 15th.

VENUS rises at 2am and is a bright morning object before dawn.  The MOON near it on the 16th as a crescent.

MARS is low in the West in the evening as a faint object.

JUPITER is an evening object setting well before 1am.  Crescent Moon near it on the evening of the 24th.

SATURN rises at 10pm by the end of the month;  MOON near it on the night of July 7 to 8th.

URANUS and NEPTUNE both rise together after Sunset and are visible all night until Sunrise.

The Sky in August

The SUN passes from Cancer into Leo on August 10th.

MERCURY is a morning object but difficult to see.

VENUS rises about 3 Hours before Sunrise and is a prominent object in the Eastern Sky before dawn;  Moon is near it on the 15th.

MARS is an evening object, but difficult to see;  MOON is near Mars on the 20th.

JUPITER is visible in the Southwest after Sunset in Virgo and in the same part of the sky is MARS.  MOON is near it on the 20th.

SATURN reaches opposition on August 19th. and is visible all night.  The rings being inclined at a low angle can easily be seen with a telescope.  The MOON is near it on the 2nd.

URANUS and NEPTUNE are both evening stars in Sagittarius.

The Sky in September

The SUN passes from Leo into Virgo on September 16th;  Autumnal Equinox September 23rd

MERCURY is an evening object, but difficult to see.

VENUS continues to rise 3 hours before Sunrise and is a bright object in the Eastern Sky before dawn.  The MOON is near it on the 14th.

MARS is a difficult object to see but close to JUPITER in the evening.  The MOON is near both planets on 25th.

JUPITER is an evening object close to MARS but brighter.

SATURN is an evening object in Capricornus not long after opposition and is visible for most of the night.  The MOON is near it on the 26 to 27th.

URANUS and NEPTUNE are both Evening Stars in Sagittarius.


There will be an 'ECLIPSE of the MOON' on the Morning of November 29th.
Times and arrangements for this event will be published in the next magazine;  The West Surrey Cyclist.
Rory will let you know details if you are interested.


Thursday Nights - Ottershaw

It appears that people prefer to ride direct to the pub rather than via Ottershaw, so from July onwards Ottershaw is no longer a meeting point, and destinations are shown on the Runs List.  The long hours of daylight at this time of year enable us to select pubs from a wide area.  The three on the new Runs List were all well liked last year.

These get-togethers could be made more frequent if the demand is there.

Chris Jeggo


Clubroom

A question for everyone;  50p and 35p with no hidden costs, where else could you find such an inexpensive evening?

The Clubroom at Guildford Rowing Club has been opening it's doors to members, friends, and families every 4 weeks.  This perhaps is sometimes hard to remember and a calendar month might be better, as indicated in the questionnaires returned.  Unfortunately this arrangement would be hard to change because the clubroom seems a popular venue for other organisations.  However I would be happy to find out if it might be easier now to alter when the clubroom is open.

After 13 years, this might not happen much longer, the committee with reluctance decided that the last meeting will be at the end of September.  However, if members feel strongly against this decision don't hesitate to contact a committee member, there might still be time to reverse the decision of closing down the clubroom.

The Boathouse is in a lovely setting, attractive outlook at any time of the year.  But on a warm evening it is just the place to enjoy a drink with cycling companions.  The clubroom has also been decorated and there is a well-stocked bar.  End of commercial!!

It is up to you all now, the committee has given everyone the chance of having a say in the future of the 'Clubroom'

My last word on this subject:  Everyone who has helped make the clubroom work has enjoyed themselves.  There will always be memories for the clubroom for Kath and Keith.



 
THE C.T.C. GAZETTE
SEPTEMBER, 1933

WEST SURREY.

An early morning start, traffic-free roads, a welcome breakfast, a perfect day on the river, and the return journey in the cool of the evening were the outstanding features of the run to Amberley, Sussex, held in late July.  Leaving Woking shortly after 5 a.m., the party made their way south through Guildford and Bramley, the sun rising in a cloudless sky as they continued via Alfold, Loxwood and Adversane to the Pulborough road.  After an effortless ride Amberley was reached just after 8 a.m., and here the riders were met by the local camping contingent, who had spent the Saturday night under canvas.  Breakfast was served at the Cricketers Inn, and later the party, in five boats, made their way down the Arun and through the South Downs towards Arundel.  Lunch was taken on the banks of the river, and after bathing the oarsmen returned to Amberley, where, in addition to the campers, 20 members assembled for tea.  The homeward journey was made via Pulborough and Alfold, and Woking was reached soon after 9 p.m., almost every minute from dawn to dusk having been spent in the open air.


Nostalgia Corner

A chance for members to see what the Intermediate Rides and the Social life was like in 1981.  We had out riding with this group about 20 riders, once or twice nearly reaching 30.

From July 1980 to the end of 1982 we all had a great time, discovering new tea places, having a laugh.  Kath and I hope these days could return.

(. . .  followed by Intermediate Group Runs List for September/October 1981.)


The Bill Inder Memorial Ride

Paddy Shea and Geoff Taylor based the route on that described in Bill's 1967 "Cycletouring" article "Surrey the Evergreen", reproduced in the January - March issue of "The West Surrey Cyclist".  They had obviously put a great deal of work into the planning, so if their faces were red at the end of the day, it was solely because they had even managed to organise superb weather.

Fifteen riders left Pirbright Green at a little after nine on 6th June, and followed well-known roads to Ash Green and the Hog's Back.  Apparently much less well known was the path across the central reservation and the lane past the quarry and down to Manor Farm.  The best view of Seale Church is obtained from this road, and the party stopped to admire it.

At Elstead, "The Golden Fleece" failed to provide coffee as promised, so some riders patronised the village store while others sought and found refreshment at "The Woolpack".  During this time the Woking Wayfarers appeared on the scene, and we swapped Harry Statham for Geoff Willis from Barnsley, visiting his daughter in Old Woking.  Was this a good bargain?  And for whom?

From Thursley we took the old coach road up to the Devil's Punch Bowl and Hindhead, all except that renowned lover of roughstuff, Helen Pinkess.  Although it was a hazy day, Geoff was impressed with the view from Gibbet Hill.  He had thought that the whole of south-east England was flat.  He thought differently by the end of the day!

Short of time, we took the most direct track down, to Creedhole Farm.  The prudent walked much of it, while the insane (Geoff Taylor) rode it.  Paddy celebrated the return to tarmac with a puncture, so we stopped for lunch at Brook, except for David Pinkess who continued to Hambleden as planned, in the hope of catching up with Helen.  The "Dog and Pheasant" did us proud.

Quiet lanes through Hambleden, Hascombe and Thorncombe Street took us to the next rough-stuff challenge, a footpath from Whipley Manor to Run Common, complete with brambles, nettles and kissing gates.  A true Bill Inder section.

A mile or so of road took us to the final bit of roughstuff, the ascent of the west face of Winterfold via the Willinghurst Estate.  This was completely new to me, and the views were tremendous.

"Wheelers' Rest" was reached via Farley Green, Shere and East Clandon.  While restoring the tissues we all agreed that it had been a great day out.  Keith Parfitt enjoyed himself so much that he wants to do it every year.

Terrific!   Thanks, Paddy and Geoff.

Chris Jeggo


Press Release

New European Service for Cyclists

Taking a bike to Europe will now be far easier due to a new joint initiative between the Cyclists' Touring Club and Bolero International Holidays.

The 'European Bike Express' is a unique service which allows the cyclist to travel with his/her bike (no dismantling required) in the comfort of a luxury coach and accompanying secure bike trailer.

The Express will take two routes, both travelling from Middlesbrough.  One route goes to the Costa Brava, Spain (Via London, Paris, Lyon, Orange) and the other to Venice (Via London, Strasbourg, Basle, Milan).

The pick-up and drop-off points have a high degree of flexibility, being tailored to suit the customer wherever possible.

An extremely competitive rate - only £110 return (£99 to CTC members) whatever the chosen destination en route - will provide cyclists with an excellent opportunity to travel to the continent.

The service includes cross-Channel ferry, allowing hassle-free travel with a bike.  This is welcomed in the current climate of increased train restrictions.  Tandems, trikes, Rann-trailers, wheelchair bikes etc can be carried by special arrangement.

For further details of this unique opportunity for cycle travel, contact the European Bike Express on (0642) 240020.  For information on the many other services the Cyclists' Touring Club provides for cyclists telephone (0483) 417217.


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