Everyone seemed to enjoy our new Teddington venue (and Elleray Hall enjoyed hosting us), down Tom Fish's way and it was good to see him, and Fuzz, turn out for the occasion.
Tonight (Wed) at 8 on ITV was their annual TV awards show from Royal Albert Hall, apparently live as they invite viewer vote input. I wouldn't have given it a second glance except that when assessing on which ride to join us, new Wayfarer John Bassett told me he was concerned to get home in time to get to said RAH in time for tonight's organ recital by Dame Gillian Weir, which is taking place as I write. How do ITV get away with conning people into believing they can influence the awards, when the hardware is already gracing mantelshelves. At least our award ceremony was genuinely live and I am disappointed that eloquent Ron Beams (99) was not there to make the award to Lynda. That would have made a picture for the album. I managed to get the shield back to Cheam for Lynda despite a buckled wheel caused by a snapped spoke. No "A" group punctures this week though,
Seen by Deanna in The Surrey Advertiser: "The funeral of Angela Bullard who for 25 years ran the tea rooms at Abinger Hammer, took place at the Church of the Holy Ghost, Chilworth Friary, followed by interment at Shere. A widow with one daughter, Mrs Bullard was 75 and had lived in the village for 60 years. She died after a short period of ill health." Many cyclists will have revived [and relieved] themselves at these tea rooms. When Angela retired not so long ago, the Abinger Post Office/store found room to open a small cafe so the Abinger Tearoom tradition thankfully lives on. Thanks,
Hi Brian (says Pam) Thank you for taking the trouble to email me re the cycle show. Sorry I missed you there but I did see 'les girls'! Sorry I missed yesterday's ride (19Oct05). Irene arrived back from her hols the same day I arrived home after being away for several weeks! Irene told methat 11's was miles away from us so she, Peter, Ron and myself met in Chertsey, for our 11's at Fairoaks, lunch at The Rose and Crown, Woodside then back to my place for afternoon tea! I did make 35 miles! After tea I cycled to Staines Bridge with the others, on my way to Thamesside Trailers in Chertsey Lane. I was so lucky, just got there as the heavens opened! No doubt (I hope) Irene and co. found shelter! Hope to see you next
Wednesday, all the very best,
Pam [hope fulfilled]
Returning from his fifth wardening stint of the year, our "A" group leader Graham had only a day and a bit to devise the ride which turned out to be short by our standards. Bob, Brian, new boy John Bassett, Ed, Frank C, Irene, Toni, Pam, Pete B, Pete M, Ray D, Ray H, Rob, Vic and me (15) went from Park Road into Bushey Park where we passed "B" Group. It was a day for encounters; the next being with a gentleman on the Hampton Count Way shared path. Left over the level crossing and right into Speer Road produced roadworks and a mounted police lady rider under instruction. Back across Hampton Count Way we passed close to Esher sewage works (where our leader had "lifted" in '65) and along the path to Hersham. A right turn before the railway led to Rydens Road, Station Avenue and Oaklands Avenue. More roadworks in Princes Road and a breakaway headed for the loos at Weybridge Day Centre. We regrouped for the canal road into Addlestone, and Ottershaw via Liberty Lane. Lunch was taken in the Royal Marine in Lyne; very 'cosy' and by chance almost empty. For once there were no moans about the service. Luckily, Irene had plenty of cakes left over from Sunday's run so it was back to her place for tea via Chertsey, Shepperton Lock, Gaston Way and Sunbury Cemetery (Green Lane). There was time for a detour into Springfield Grove to view a recent sculpture created from a storm-damaged tree. It had been the perfect Autumn day: warm and the ever present threat of rain not materialising. Our day was spoilt by a white van driver who found it amusing(?) to drive straight at us on the wrong side of Almners Road (Lyne) with horn blaring, passing us dangerously close then turning back to have another go, just as close but in our direction. This was our chance to get details and he has been reported. PS If you're thinking of going the way I intended to get home, the EU meeting in Hampton Court Palace means the towpath to Kingston is closed until Friday.
Terry led Gill, Judy, Bernard, Cliff, John M, Les and Norman from new 11s venue at Teddington, through Bushy Park (being passed by 'A' group) to Hampton Court bridge then along the towpath to Walton bridge. A very enjoyable ride, fairly dry so the fallen leaves were not a problem. At Walton bridge we took to the road to Weybridge, through Brooklands, noting the remaining stretch of banking on which Geoff Avis [cycle] and John M's dad [motor cycle] competed decades ago. Then via Parvis Road and Old Parvis Road to join the towpath alongside the Wey Navigation (beware roots, but drier than when we last rode here a fortnight ago). After a very nice lunch at The Anchor at Pyrford Lock we rode along Lock Lane and Warren Lane to Pyrford then via Ripley, Rosehill Lane and Guileshill Lane. Passing The Black Swan we soon reached our most elevated point of the day - at the crest of the slope we were 60m higher than Bernard's house [a few more people now know that]. Shortly we turned right into Chilbrook Lane to Downside then via the track to emerge onto Tilt Road, turning right onto the A245 for refreshments at Seymour's. From there we went our separate ways, I continued with the main group to Leatherhead to order a replacement tyre for the one that blew out on me yesterday just as I was beginning to pick up speed descending, after having ridden up Coombe Bottom.
The weather was great and I had a nice flat ride to the new elevenses at Teddington which appeared somewhat lived in, but was nevertheless clean and inviting with the added bonus (as Vic informed me) of being cheap! We had a good turnout and you made a nice presentation speech to hand over the shield to Lynda . John led fifteen of us 'C' group en route for The George at Stoke D`Abernon. Apart from me`n`im we had three ladies, Lynda, Carol and Beryl. Then came Mark, Dave, Ron, Roger, Phil, Bill, Geoff, Derek, Harold and Alan. We rode through Bushey Park and over Hampton Court bridge, then turned left into Summer Lane where we found the level crossing gates closed. While waiting Derek decided to leave us. He turned up for tea at Claygate incidentally. When the gates opened we carried on through Thames Ditton, Claygate and Claremont Park with a spot of off-road on Esher Common arriving as last week in Fairmile Lane and then Stoke Road with a short ride to The George where Harold bought me a pint. Alan seemed to be missing (hope you were OK if you read this Alan). John's rear wheel had shed one of its sixteen spokes and since no end of tweaking with a spoke spanner could take out a distinct wobble he decided to call it a day and make for home as his bike was just about rideable. The rest of us turned up Blundells Lane with a few hard climbs for the return journey to Claygate where ten of us took tea. By the time I arrived home it was five o'clock and I had 36 miles under my belt. Thank goodness the sun was over the yard arm. (not that I need an excuse!)
See you at Cobham next week