Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Jan 1st Ride

The ride will start from Ewell by the Spring Bus stop at 10.00am on Jan 1st to ride to Richmond Park at an easy pace all welcome.

Monday, December 29, 2008

DA Photographic Competition

DA Competition Rules
Pictures for the DA competition can be given to Pete Mitchell
Prints or E-Mail

Thursday, December 25, 2008

From Barbara Johnston

Happy Christmas to all. thank you very much to the gentleman who found me at Motspur Park level crossing and showed me a good route to Poplar Road.

A/B Group Dec 24th

A short report for a short ride of 11 miles! Roehampton Gate cafe was almost empty on Christmas Eve 2003. In 2008 there were a surprising 30+ Wayfarers, to the delight of the manageress as one hand did for the rest. Eventually 20 including the tandem headed along NCN 4 and out of the park at Ham Gate. We offered festive greetings to Annabel and Jemima (hope they were home) before turning down the "drive" to Ham House and its polo grounds. Having circled the 1610 building and bypassed the Ham Estate, Teddington Lock found us back on NCN 4. I had intended to avoid Kingston town centre but with time pressing our route lay through the crowded Market Place where they were "raking through the ashes" of Woolies. Squeezing between Crown Court and County Hall, we continued to the back of the University and Maple Road which led eventually into St Mary's Road where we rejoined last week's route. The Cap In Hand was reached dead on 1230. Well watered and fed and with no scheduled teastop, the ride thus ended as we headed off hopefully to enjoy a Merry Christmas. Graham Hill

Easy Riders Dec 24th

Fuzz led a very interesting ride with history facts thrown in, from Richmond Park today. We were 7; Fuzz, Roger, Barbara, (an old school friend of mine), 1st time out on a Wednesday; as she lives near Kingston Vale Gate; Lynda, Phil M., Mark and Ron. We went thro' alley-ways, a stream, parks and past some historic buildings. We cycled through Barnes, Putney and had lunch at The Eight Bells in Fulham. After lunch we made our way to Wimbledon Common where we had tea at The Windmill. I had to rush off to get the veg for Christmas Day and Barbara had parcels to wrap. We all made our way home before it got dark.

I had a phone call from Harold, to say that he was in a car accident and his car has been righted off. He is suffering bruises and possibly cracked ribs (again)! But, says they are going up to his daughter's in Scotland for Christmas; so he will get plenty of rest and pampering!
A pair of glasses were left at the cafe anybody lost a pair

Thursday, December 18, 2008

B Group Dec 17th

11 B riders left Walton for a shorter than usual 10 mile pre-lunch ride via Weybridge, Addlestone, Victory Park , Green Lane, Bittams Lane, Homewood Park, Stonehill Road, and Gracious Pond Road to lunch at the Red Lion at Burrow Hill, where all 11 of us squashed together socially around a table designed to seat 8.

Emerging from the pub car park after a good lunch, we were treated to a stream of colourful invective from one of our number who discovered that he had a puncture. Gill, Stephanie and Liz, the females in our party, were very shocked by the language used, particularly Liz who claimed never to have heard any of the words before. When it was discovered that the first replacement inner tube was defective, the ladies had to cover their ears again. Luckily the third inner tube proved to be in working order, and we were able to set off again, if a little later than intended. We followed a route roughly parallel to the M3 to Virginia Water, crossed the M3 and M25 into Chertsey and then thru Shepperton, Sunbury and Hampton to Hampton Court, where we dispersed homeward.

John Gould

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Group 17 December 2008

At Bushey Park on the way to the Cap in Hand at Hook for Christmas Lunch

A Group Dec17th

28 Riders plus a couple of extras left Walton Day Centre over Walton bridge the serpent like group with no problems headed through Sunbury in cool but comfortable conditions, turning left off the major road found us following a twisty but quiet route through the back streets of Hampton and into Bushy Park for a photo shoot, out at Hampton Court and on to The Cap in Hand at Hook for a very good Xmas lunch for less than £10 including a drink! Ray left early and Grant and Ian finished his pudding to save waste! Upon leaving it certainly felt very much like the winter we expect so homeward bound to afternoon tea at Pete’s was the target for several.
From Pete Mitchell

A Group Dec 10th

Group “A” ride 10th December 2008 From Leatherhead the group rode the length of Lower Road to the Effingham end and Orestan Lane to East Horsley. Green Dene and Coombe Lane led up Netley Heath to Staple Lane and a fine view stretching from Guildford Cathedral to Canary Wharf on a clear day, which this was. From here on the road was mostly downhill or flat to lunch at Ripley. “The Anchor” is no Wetherspoons, but it has a venerable association with club cyclists dating from the 19th.C, the beer wasn’t bad, and it was just the right distance for a winters day. Afterwards we rode the full length of the runway on Wisley airfield to Martyrs Green, Downside,Bookham Common and Fetcham to have tea at Wetherspoons Leatherhead with time to spare to get home in daylight. From Vic White

Monday, December 15, 2008

Chris Hoy

Vote result:

Chris Hoy 283,630 votes
Lewis Hamilton 163,864
Rebecca Adlington 145,924
Ben Ainslie 35,472
Joe Calzaghe 34,077
Andy Murray 19,415
Nicole Cooke 18,256
Christine Ohuruogu 7,677
Bradley Wiggins 5,633
Rebecca Romero 4,526

B Group Dec 10th

Oh goodness it's Sunday and I forgot the B ride report------ and most of the riders present, but here goes. some 15 of us left Leatherhead including me Cliff leading, I remember Liz and Stephanie clearly, who wouldn't, also I remember Les Adam Nev Norman two Johns possibly three! Terry was at the back doing his usual good job of backmarker and sorry folks that's where my memory fails me.

We enjoyed a peaceful ride down to Brockham via the golf club and then onto Leigh---and it was cold.I remember a conversation about whether it was pronounced lee lie or ven lay but then we have that conversation every time we go there. It is lie!!

The return was via Newdigate and Henfold Lane which regretfully proved too much for me and I abandoned, going to Dorking Station for a leisurely train ride home,leaving everybody to return by Punchbowl Hill. Hope you all got home safely, I know that Adam had a puncture, thanks for the email Adam. He rides that old Dawes of mine better than I did!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Attendance for 2008

Attendance Points for 2008 (to date):

N. Goody 97
P. Mitchell 95
R. Mitchell 93
E. Sharp 93
L. Johnston 93
M. Roy 92
T. Lowe 91
D. Broughton 84
L. Scrivens 82
L. Barrow 79
J. Margery 67
M. Anderson 66
V. White 65
R. Maskell 64
F. Cubis 60
S. Wyatt 59
J. Conacher 56
G. Hill 50
P. Lintott 49
G. Finlay 44
G. Clarke 37
N. Guild 31
P. Matthews 28

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Easy Riders Dec 10th

There were a lot of us at Leatherhead Day Centre today. Albert looked well after his 2nd eye operation. Mike M. sporting a souvenir from Australia, has made a remarkably quick recovery after his stay in hospital.

Ron led C group up to Headley. We lunched at The Cock, after getting there in good time, before the lunch rush. After our meals, it was all downhill to The Wells for tea. Helga joined us, as she is over for 10days holiday from Germany. A nice dry day, sunny but cold.

Lynda .

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

B Group Dec 3rd

13 of us set off from Cobham, Norman,Gill, Brian, Colin,Terry,Eddie,Roger,John Gould, Charles,Steph, Les John Scott and myself towards Effingham. A steady climb past St. Teresa's then down White Down to the A25 (wheeeee) before ascending to Abinger Common and The Hatch. After a very efficiently
provided lunch we proceeded to Dorking then on
to the Blue Cafe at Leatherhead, still with Terry in tow (Just could'nt loose him this week) as the ever dependable
back marker. Thanks to all for a very enjoyable day.


Sunday, December 07, 2008


South West London DA
The Annual General Meeting will take place at Breech Lane Community Centre,
Walton on the Hill at 12.30pm December 7th
Hot drinks and food available.
Followed by
Cyclists’ and Walkers’ Carol Sevice at 2.30pm
Refreshments afterwards in the Community Centre

Saturday, December 06, 2008

News from Gerry Hulbert

Just thought I would drop you a line, 26th Nov 08. Its been some time since last writing, and a lot has happened, Poppy is making great progress, and looks lovely in all her photos. I have not received so much mail this last month, I guess with the cold weather and an even colder economic climate it does not lend itself to writing.
Well the rainy season is over and we are now living up in the village, and it's cool season - it happens so quickly - one day we opened the french doors, the wind was blowing and it was overcast, and Pan said, "it's cold season now". I just said: "don’t be silly it will be just as it was". Wrong. Anyway having had the rent for the house run out, it was time to up sticks and bus it home to the village. The house was most welcoming, and now it’s the rural life. The silence and stillness is breathtaking, it's hot in the day like a good summer's day for the UK - there is a constant cool wind - night time its cool enough to drink outside without a jacket.
It gets dark around 6pm and the sun goes down fast. It's December now, and thankfully the political mayhem has subsided in Bangkok, and the airports are open again. It was the King's birthday yesterday - 81 years - a truly great King who is adored by all his subjects but he is not well and was unable to read his birthday speech to the nation. Lord knows what will happen when he passes over.
We went to a party at the school last night, fireworks and all. Good fun but no drinking on the kings birthday, all bars closed (not that we have one in the village). Everyone is given a candle and we finish with a procession past the King's statue, and I mean everyone: heads of the village, teachers, children, grandparents and even security men on duty. Life is almost timeless here, there is only one person speaks English, plus Brosky an Italian, who's great fun with his pidgeon English, always talking about cooking and Italian food, which of course he can't get, so we tease him a bit.
There are a few odd jobs to do like putting running water in the kitchen and running the waste out through the wall to the garden where it serves to moisten the soil, its all cold water of course and showering is a hose pipe attached to the mains - if you wait till around 5pm the pipes underground will have been warmed by the sun so the water comes out warm, you get cunning in the village, but I do have a fully plumbed in english toilet which is a true delight, such treats.
I usually take a walk in the morning for an hour or two, subject to the heat, and as I have arranged for the Bankok Post to be delivered every day, (costs me a pound and has to come via the town 40 klicks away and is delivered by the bus driver on his return daily). I stroll along in my bright blue straw hat doing the crossword, and waving to the folks working in the fields and the lorry drivers on the highway, a truly english ecentric, or as close as the villagers will ever get to one. When people talk to me I just smile and doff my cap, it seems to work for most times - they burst out laughing. One more thing on that note, Pan's children don’t speak or understand any English, can you imagine how many problems that solves, so far no stress there. Well that’s it for now there's lots more to tell next time. Dingo.I do enjoy the wayfarers updates,and this might be something different, sorry about the grammar and spelling (somewhat edited to fix, Ed). If i can help any wayfarers who might be considering a trip out this way or are considering a retirement package, or holiday: let me know. If you want to forward this note to any who might remember me (and even those who don't!) feel free.
Good luck to you all Dingo, Gerry Hulbert.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

A Group Dec 3rd

The trickiest part of today’s ride was getting to the start, as it was below freezing and a fair bit of ice was about. After we set off though, most of that had disappeared. On the ride were Will, Ian, John A, John B, Graham, Toni, Antonio, Adam, Pete, Frank -on- trike, Grant-on-fixed, Ed, Jake, Irene, Julian, Pam, Vic and Rob. Our lunch destination was the Station Hotel at South Nutfield, and the route took us through Stoke d’Abernon, past the Yehudi Menuhin School (sadly no strains of violin music were audible as we passed by), and into Fetcham and Leatherhead, where a few of us departed for home. Then a newish path took us a short distance by the River Mole onto the cycle path towards Dorking. The path across the golf course was muddier than expected, but nothing the Wayfarers couldn’t handle. Then it was through Woodhatch and past East Surrey Hospital and Redhill Aerodrome to lunch, where the landlord Mike, working alone, did a sterling job in getting us all fed in good time with the added bonus of an open fire where we could thaw out. After lunch came a bit of climbing, first up Coopers Hill Road across the A25 ridge and then up to Fanny’s for tea. Finally the last of the day’s sun came out as we rode along the Chipstead High Road before dispersing to all points North and West. A puncture free day and I covered a modest 45 miles. Rob

Easy Riders Dec 3rd

Just a few words about todays Easy Riders run. Bill Hammond took a tumble on his way to the elevenses meet at Cobham. Possibly slipped on an icy patch, do not have precise details. Apparently a couple of passing cyclists helped him up. He continued to Cobham but was a bit shaken and bruised. He went off home to check his injuries and to determine whether he should go to A&E somewhere. There were eleven starters for the ride including yours truly (Pat, Lynda, Beryl, Phil, Denis, Roger, Nev, David, Mick, Cliff, Bill Matthews, and myself. Sorry not very good at surnames.) We set of for Bookham, via Bookham Common, and thence over the tops, down Hogden Hill (1 in 5 ) to West Humble and the Stepping Stones pub. A few set off for home or sandwiches in the railway station but seven of us sat at a big round table and enjoyed a good lunch. After lunch we headed for tea at Leatherhead Day Centre although I left just before Leatherhead in order to get home in time for another engagement. In case I can't get out again this month,
Seasons Greetings to all Wayfarers.
Mike Withers

Pat Matthews

On returning from Fairfield Halls with Bill last Saturday Pat fell at Kingston Station and went to Hospital where after a long wait she was seen and diagnosed 'Nothing broken' We wish you well Pat from the Wayfarers

Friday, November 28, 2008

Easy Riders Nov 26

What a grey day! Nevertheless, Roger led 15 of us from Claygate Day centre passed the Tilt, to one of my favourite pubs - The Running Mare at Stoke D'Abernon. A warm, friendly pub with nice food. Eight of us ate in and seven went to the cemetary with their sandwiches. We made our way back to Claygate day centre for tea. Due to the nights drawing in we made it a shorter day, to get home in daylight. It was nice for me to ride through Nonsuch Park while it was still light, and it stayed dry.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Group Nov 26th

Wednesday 26th November A team report Frank C

As Bob S was chomping at the bit, we left the Claygate Day Centre fairly sharp at
11-10. We numbered 20, and despite my efforts, by the time we reached our destination at the Plough & Harrow Hammersmith, there were still 20 sitting down for lunch, for the usual good service and food. We consisted of Pam, Irene, Graham, Julian, Ed, John’s B. A. & S. Pete B, and M, Grant, Vic, Rob, Tony d, Jeff, Antonio, Ray, Will and Bob. Leaving the Day Centre, riding via the Scilly Isles, turning off Hampton Court Way ASAP, along Ember Lane to Hampton Court Bridge and Bushy Park, then to Teddington and Twickenham. It was here we picked up the North tow path of the Thames and back streets all the way to lunch, passing Richmond Bridge, Twickenham Bridge, Syon Park, the back of Brentford, past the league two ground (formally the 4th division side) to Kew Bridge, along Strand On The Green, Grove Park, past the Polytechnic Stadium back on the tow path, past the finish line of the Boat Race at Mortlake, and staying on the North Bank all the way to Hammersmith.
After lunch there was a decision to make, tea at Richmond Park at the golf course or Wetherspoons at Raynes Park. The later was decided as the park café was too near lunch. There were still about 10 at tea, the others pealing of to make their way home.
There were no punctures or mishaps apart from Jeff’s carrier falling to bits at Richmond, a temporary repair was made on the spot and a full service was carried out at lunch.

B Group Nov 26th

17 of us set out from Claygate. Barnes/Putney my chosen lunch-spot, did not suit several people so Adam, Harry, Nev and Phil went their different ways quite early on. That left Allan, Brian, Colin, Eddie, Gill, John G, Judy, Les, Liz, Norman, Robin, Stephanie and me. We went by quite quiet roads to the kingston Gate of Richmond Park. After a highly democratic process we elected to use the roads in the park rather than the paths. We all tried to keep up with Judy on the fairly sharp climb to Ladderstile Gate but none of us could catch her. Then on to Roehampton Gate. I never go through Richmond Park without a silent thank you to Henry VIII (or whoever it was) for leaving us such a wonderful open space. The to the Wetland Centre at Barnes. My original plan had been to have lunch there but they had said on the phone that the restaurant was only for visitors (£8 each). I went in to try to negotiate but no good. So to plan B - which was the Boathouse at Putney. It was a happy choice, they had laid a big table for us on the first floor with a lovely view across the river. The food was good and we had a charming young waitress who looked after us most assiduously. The route was too far east for several people so only 7 of us continued after lunch, firstly a nice bit by the river in Wandsworth Park followed by a grotty bit on a busy road to Battersea Park. We stopped to admire the Peace Buddha and Liz intoned her Buddhist incantation. Then Brixton, Dulwich (where I nearly succeeded in losing Norman!) past Dulwich College and up the long hill of College Road, again no-one could catch Judy. Tea was at a cafe in Sydenham that only had one sort of cake - panettone served by a rather inexperienced waiter. Then through Crystal Palace Park where we admired the circa 1850 dinosaurs which are, I'm told, thought to be rather inaccurate by modern palaeontologists. Down to Streatham where John G got a puncture. By then it was dark so he set out to train it home. I hope, John, without too much hassle.



Friday, November 21, 2008

21 November 08

Read All About It!
As most will know, our esteemed Editor in Chief of the Sou'Wester, Mike Morley, is suffering an anguished convalescence on the sands of Bondi Beach. As his shaking finger seems to have pointed in my direction (he is getting his own back!) and as the deadline for news, reports, articles, scandal, tit-tat etc for the Jan/Feb edition of the Sou'Wester is 26 November (next Wednesday!) I am writing to ask if you could let me have copies of items already submitted, pending or hot off the press, so that I can present them to our publisher Colin Quemby for setting and printing.
Now is your chance to get into print, so sharpen that pencil and let us know what you have always wanted to say. How about a 'Letter to the Editor' from Disgusted Tunbridge Wells? You'll never have a better chance than this! Don't waste any time thinking about it - do it now!
Whatever you have got to say, please let me have it now! My contact details are in the last Sou'Wester! The lines are now open!
(Ever so very temporary sub-editor)

Mike Morley Update

Pass on my best wishes to Jeff ( tempoarary editor Sou'Wester), also to Pete Mitchell so he can blog me 2 death and keep all informed. I am doing fine and well on the mend!. Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts which I got through Pam ( an amazing secretary). I wont stay on line too long as got lots to do today. I am getting fitter every day and feel great. In a way regretably I have to come home. Today in Sydney it will be 28C with lots sunshine and soon I will go for a long walk before being picked up by friends to go out for the day.
Best of luck to you all, happy cycling. Mike.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Easy Riders Nov 19th

There was a good crowd at Hersham today. Next time we go they will have a new cafe there.

Phil led 16 riders from Hersham on a beautiful, sunny autumnal morning. We headed towards George's Hill housing estate then made our way to the Wey canal. The terrain was OK up to The Anchor; then we continued to the other side, where it got more slippey. There was a puncture at the back of the group, and Phil went back to investigate, while the rest of us continued to Ripley, our destination being The Half Moon.

After a very nice lunch, a good day for the picnickers, we continued through Ripley Village to Oxshott Common and Stoke D'Abernon, then Arbrook Common to Claygate Day Centre. It was a very nice run through the very leafy Commons. After tea we went our separate ways.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Group - Wednesday 19 November 08

Some of the Wayfaring Whippets straining at the leash after lunch, waiting for pack leader Ed, outside the Greyhound at Lingfield - Youngs beer and rabbit pie - AND by exception sandwiches welcome. Gold star for the Landlord!

Some supped at the Star, Michelin rating to be confirmed.

On a fine November morning the North Cheam Brotherhood, commanded by Ed, scaled the heights of the North Downs and descended Markedge Lane to Gatton Bottom. Here, before climbing Rocky Lane beside the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, they were passed by Jeff heading in the opposite direction. Their paths crossed again at the junction with the A23, before they finally joined forces at the Redhill Methodist Centre.
After refuelling the party split up, with Ed leading his group along the Surrey Cycleway to Outwood. Thence via Horne and the London Mormon Temple at Newchapel, before victoriously entering Lingfield. For lunch some favoured the Greyhound, some the Star. The former offered Youngs and a tempting menu of homemade pies. The landlord even welcomed diy sandwich eaters!
The forces regrouped outside the Greyhound before setting off to revisit Outwood and return via South Nutfield, Clay Lane and the compassionately chosen route of Philanthropic Lane, past the cemetery on the hill, back into Redhill and the familiar, welcoming arms of Weatherspoons. This lure was resisted by Jeff, wary of abandoning his beloved chained up outside and prey to the covetous glances of lurking, hooded figures. Who knows what they might pinch? He therefore gave thanks and bade an early farewell to leader Ed, before embracing the less than comforting lure of Wray Lane on the way back home, to complete a most enjoyable autumn circuit of some 40 miles. Our grateful thanks to Ed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mike Morley

Just to let you know that Mike has now been discharged fron hospital and is recovering with relatives in Sydney. It will be a few weeks before he returns home as he needs to ensure his immune system has recovered enough before he returns home on a long flight.
Kind Regards Tim Morley

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday 12 November 08

The Mayford Arms - A Group lunchtime venue

A Group Nov 12th

On a bright not too breezy autumnal day, Irene the Leaderene set off
alongside the canal and through Poets Corner to Addlestone where there was a
lengthy delay at the crossing. After Ottershaw came Stonehill Road before we
turned south into Horsell. In the middle of Woking the canal was joined and
exited at Kiln Bridge. The path to the golf course caught several overgeared
but a swift descent soon brought us to the lunchtime stop, the Mayford Arms,
unchanged despite a recent revamp. Forewarned they had reserved places for
us; service was like the curate's egg but maybe we were too many. The return
was through Sutton Green and Jacob's Well to the A3 where our leader
decamped at the Wisley roundabout and the rump settled into Ockham Bites for
an alfresco finish to the day. We were 22 or more so only newish faces get a
mention: welcome Colin Farquhar, Graham Holder, John Arkless and Paul Kelly.

Graham Hill

B Group Nov 12th

It was a group of twelve who chose to come with me to the Fox and Castle at Old Windsor - Judy, Liz, Stephanie, Helen (a friend of Fuzz's and a newcomer for the day only as she has just found a new job), Brian, Harry, Robin, Norman, Eddy, Bernard, Les and John G. (thank-you John for acting as back-marker). We set off from Weybridge at approx. 11.30, closely following the A Group to Addlestone where we caught up with them waiting at the level crossing for a train to go through. Our ways parted at the Addlestone Day Centre as we cut down Oak Lane to the roundabout at the junction of the High Street with Green Lane. Taking the latter we cycled across to the bottom of Holloway Hill where we took the option of the flat route by-passing the village of Lyne, along Hardwick Lane and Lyne Crossing Road - rural but rather noisy, being close to the M25. Climbing up and over the railway and the M25/M3 junction, we soon came to the peace and quiet of Thorpe Green. After passing the tennis club on the far side of the Green, we headed due north to Egham, up Middle Hill to Parsonage Road and across Englefield Green to Kings Lane before heading north again on Wick Lane to Bishops Gate. All climbing for the day was now over and we zoomed down Crimp Hill, skirting the edge of Great Windsor Park with its lovely autumn colours, to our destination at the bottom of the hill. Forewarned of our arrival, we were given a warm welcome (it's under new management) and good food was soon appearing on the tables.

With afternoon tea scheduled for Shepperton Bakery we took the direct route back via Runnymede, across the meadows to Egham, by the back route to Staines where we followed the towpath to Laleham then took to the road for the last stretch into Shepperton - the river was running fast after all the recent rains but looked beautiful in the autumn sunshine. Ten of us partook of tea and cakes, heading off to our respective homes just as children started flooding out of the local schools at 3.30 p.m. (Gill Finlay)

Easy Riders Nov 12th

I had a phone call from Albert on Tuesday, saying that he was going to have another operation on his eye to put it right, on Thursday.

Harold led the group today, with Ron, Roger, Bill H, Charles, Beryl, Lynda, Mike & Mary, Fuzz and Allan. From Weybridge we went down to the towpath and headed for Shepperton. Came up and went over the bridge, through the town to a very interesting spirral bridge, which I found great fun going round and up, then down the other side. Thro' Charlton Village and down Nutty Road to Sunbury; where we stopped at The Flower Pot. A very nice pub and good food. After lunch we continued thro' Hamworth, Hampton and Bushy Park to Hampton Court. It was after 3pm by then; so decided not to stop for tea and we all made our way home. A very nice ride and some new places.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mike Morley

Mike has ventured off to Australia for a few weeks. Unfortunately he has been taken ill with suspected pneumonia and is currently in hospital in Sydney.

The Carol Service Mike was arranging on the 7th December 08.
As I am unsure when Mike will be well enough to return back to the UK, it maybe that the service will have to be cancelled unless there is anyone else that would be willing to take the organisation on, on Mike's behalf.

From Tim Morley

Friday, November 07, 2008

B Group Nov 5th

14 of us set out from Cobham. They were Brian, David, Eddie, Gill, Godfrey, Harry, John G, Les, Liz, Marion, Neville, Norman, Reg and me. I always try to get away from the traffic even if it means a some bumps and mud. So our route took us along the Wey Navigation to Weybridge after a miserable albeit short bit along the A3, then on to the Thames along the tow-path to a quite nice pub (whoops hotel) The Weir. Then more Thames tow-path to Hampton Court Bridge and through Bushey Park and back across the river via the Teddington Lock footbridge. I was quite pleased with the proportion of low-traffic cycling - although Judy's bike does need a clean. There were a few challenges on the tow-paths in the form of roots and other lumps. One chap failed the test and fell off. Fortunately no serious harm done other than a bent brake. A slow puncture caused the victim to catch the the train at Hampton Court. After lunch our numbers began to reduce but several of us made it to the nursery at Petersham where the cakes were rather nice - including beetroot cake. Just before the tea-stop another puncture and a minor catastrophe - the leader passed the turning to the nursery and when he realised he stopped rather quickly without warning. Consequently two people crashed, Gill suffering a compound fracture of her left knee. She said she didn't need an ambulance as she hurried along (without limping) to her cake. Is this a record - two puncture and three crashes? Regards Bernard

Cliff Whitfield

I know at least some of you have heard that whilst cycling Cliff was recently bitten by a dog. He was so angry at the time he didn't get any details but Maureen says she would recognise the dog. Since then when returning on a ride to Leigh with Maureen he suffered a mini-stroke. He is at home and having the usual checks etc at hospital. He saw some Wayfarers at The Queen Vic on Wednesday as he was going to hospital. I rang him Wednesday evening - he sends his regards to all and will be back with us as soon as he can.


Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Group Nov 5th

Some 24 set off from Cobham, with Pete B leading and Bob volunteering to act as tail end charlie to keep such a large group on track. Across Bookham Common and up to Bookham with a brief stop to cape up as the forecast drizzle arrived. Fortunately this did not last long and it was drier, if overcast, by the time we passed Polesden Lacy and dropped down to the Stepping Stones. Along to Pixham Lane and across to Root Hill (the scene of last week's downhill) and on to Leigh. Unfortunately Jeff punctured but was happy to send the rest on as it was close to lunch. Arriving at the Three Horse Shoes, Irons Bottom, we were treated to fine food and great ale served speedily by Mein Host (who had kindly also set table for us). Then, under wintery skies, we took the farm road to Bury's Court School where we found both gates locked. With great teamwork bikes were speedily past over the obstructions and it was on past Wonham Manor before briefly stopping the admire the bonfire built on the green at Brockham. Across the golf course to retrace Pixham Lane and the cycle path took us to Leatherhead. With the Wetherspoons coffee machine hors de combat, the remaining 10 or 12 who were staying for tea squeezed into Annie's whilst the rest heading home before darkness fell.
From Pete Barnard

Easy Riders Nov 5th

There were a lot of people at Cobham this morning; but only 7 of us on the C group ride.

I led, Beryl, Roger, Charles, Fuzz, Bill H., and Harold towards Claygate going on the old A3 road. We didn't go thro' Arbrook Common as I thought it would be too muddy after all the rain we've had the last few days. So, we stayed on the road, passing Claygate Day Centre and turning left going down to Long Ditton. We continued to Thames Ditton and had a nice lunch at Ye Old Swan by the river. They have a special menu there for £5. A good choice of 5 hot main dishes. I had the tasty lentil risotto with roasted vegetables and grated cheese on top. After a leisurely lunch, some decided to make their way back home. Roger, Charles and myself decided to do a circuit of the towpath to Kingston, Ham and Teddington. On the route I got quite a surprise when I saw a rat dart out of a bush, cross my path, looked up and decided to retrace his pawprints and doubled back, hence going under my bike and nearly getting squashed! As we were going over Teddington bridge, we saw B group coming from the opposite direction, heading for Richmond. We continued, going through Bushey Park, and making our way to Five on the Bridge for the best cakes. It was drizzly rain most of the way home and I was surprised how dark it was by 5 o'clock. Got home at 5.10pm and clocked 40mls.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

From Angie

Had a wonderful day because, as you all know, I only came out to win the PRIZE!!
It is here on my desk beside me at work and gets shown to anyone (fool) who cares to enter my office. Wasn't it a lovely day - I couldn't stop laughing?

Thank you Terry for leading B group so well and thanks to Norman for pushing us off and of course, so many thanks to Ed for my lovely PRIZE. He said I could also root around in his box of tricks for something else if I want - didn't know quite how to take that, but might take him up on the offer!

After lunch Grant and I left the main group and went up the zig zags, turned left at the bottom and then up and over out towards Headley, then down past RAC club and through Epsom. Wind was bloomin' cold but speed was great. I had done 39 miles by the time I got home and every one was good. I think Mike Morley's cake must have helped - thanks Mike and happy birthday.

See you all soon.
Love Angie x

Free Wheel Day

Pictures from Francoise
A cold but sunny, careful ride on snow/slush lined roads led A and B riders to 11s at Dorking. Here we had a very pleasant surprise - Mike Morley, currently in Australia, had organised delicious chocolate birthday cakes for us on his XXXth birthday, today. Whilst we were enjoying same, he rang Jeff and we all gave him a rousing chorus of 'Happy Birthday'. Many thanks, Mike. As we set off for Root Hill for the freewheel competition Les found he had a rear puncture, but he soon repaired it and caught up with us. We split into two groups to go along steaming, sometimes slushy roads to the hill, Vic led one group, Terry the other. Soon after we arrived Jeff appeared, having ridden up the hill from Brockham and declared the road hazard-free. Norman did his usual job of pushing - off (people, not leaving), and everyone seemed to have an interesting if uneventful run. After the competition we split into two groups, Vic leading some to The Red Lion at Betchworth, the remainder going to the Duke's Head at Brockham. After lunch we all met up at Betchworth where the latest CTC ruling was discussed - when 'D.A' is abolished should we Wayfarers become an independent ' Member' group or stay much as we are now, an 'Informal' group under the CTC South West London umbrella. A unanimous decision was made to stay as we are i.e. an 'Informal' group. The awards presentation then took place - Angie, enjoying a day off work, won one of Ed's unique wood carvings for Best Lady, John Mason (again) won a similar award for Best Man and Bernard won the traditional runner-up award, a new tube. We then split into two groups, some to go straight home, others to tea at Leatherhead. Terry

Mike Morley in Oz

Having a great time down under but its so good to hear some news.
Listen, I wanna tel ya a story, you wont beleive this. Yesterday I rode down to Manly beach to watch the surfers riding the fantastic waves, its so unreal living in OZ, people seem to be playing all the time. Just think if you finish work early you can be sunbathing on the lovely white sand and swimming in the Pacific Ocean,! Anyway I digress, as I rode back from Manly something fell out of a tree and whacked me on the head, I saw nothing but then my ear was so painful. I stoped and asked a postman what could that have been and she (it was actualy a woman looking like a man and it remminded me of Roger), It was a Magpie, they attack at this time of year when nesting. The Ba....d pecked my ear and made it bleed, its still painful this morning.
Best of luck for the FWC, its raining hear but quite warm. Going out to lunch with my old neighbors Robin N Bill to day and then meal out tonight with Helen and her friends at local Bowls Club. Going on river cruise friday then to stay at Bill n Robin at weekend as its Bills birthday on Sun 2Nov then on 6 to 10Nov go to Victoria and spend time in Melbourne and Balreynolds and go flying with Brian Helens cousin who treats her like is kid sister. Brian will fly me down the coast over the 12 Apostles, looking forward to that. Getting the biking in but not so much, too many parties.

By bi MM from WagaWaga.

Easy Riders Oct 29th

A beautiful, sunny day; John C led Roger, Bill H, Dennis, Fuzz, Beryl, Lynda, Dave and Harold from Walton Day centre towards Hersham. We continued onto the cycle path going towards West End. We made a left turn taking us up on to the old A3 road. From there, we turned left at the Rugby ground, then forked right which took us to The Running Mare at Cobham. A very nice pub with excellent food and service.
After lunch, we got our layers back on and made our way thro' Stoke D'Abernon and into Oxshott; down Birds Nest Drive and into Claygate Common. As John phoned from the pub; the ladies at Claygate Day centre were waiting for us with a pot of hot tea. Then we made our way home before it got dark.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Free Wheel Day

Wayfarers freewheel competition

The Wayfarers fwc (free wheel competition) is held annually about this time and this year will be held next week i.e. Wed 29 October (as publicised in The Sou’Wester). This will be the second fwc this year – because we didn’t have one last year.

A few thoughts before the event.

In ideal conditions of no wind (but tail wind would obviously help), the smaller personal frontal area the better, less wind resistance means you travel quicker and consequently further.

So – any forward-facing hemispherical protuberances eg caused by consumption of vast quantities of alcoholic beverages could create a disturbance to the airflow around you, thus affecting your distance travelled so either get rid of them or, probably easier, try and smoothly blend them in.

Owners of a large proboscis should keep ‘eyes front’ – unless there is a side wind, in which case try to turn the head 90 o (to reduce area exposed to the wind).

Any follicly challenged person could take advantage of the situation by a light application of Cherry Blossom (or similar) light tan polish.

Conversely, anyone with excessive facial follicles should seriously consider appearing clean shaven for the event (and hopefully remaining so) – if an award winner proof of identity will be required.

Polish (or, at least, clean), front forks and head tube.

Ensure the lever of qd wheels is horizontal.

On the day – head down, tyre pressures up, one eye looking for pot-holes, one eye looking for tractors, one eye analysing the road ahead and selecting the optimum route, think thin (unless it’s a tailwind), cranks horizontal – and – good luck.

See you at the bottom of the hill.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

22 October 08

The Full Picture

In the interest of equity and inclusiveness, I am adding this image to show that Adam was with us in every way on Wednesday.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday Freewheeling Event

The Freewheeling is due to take place after 11s at Dorking. It is very easy all down hill! all riders welcome. Finishing for lunch at Brockham

Easy Riders Oct 22nd

Here is an account of 'C' group ride:-

Ron led a very autumnal ride from Teddington over to Esher Common to West End (Prince of Wales). After lunch we went over Oxshott Common to Arbrook Common then tea at Claygate. The trees were lovely golden colours, and to my surprise we didn't come across too much mud. There was just one puddle at the end of Arbrook Common. It was a very interesting ride and the weather stayed fine.


B Group Oct 22nd

Here is the B Group report for last Wednesday.

It was less than a minute after leaving Elleray Hall that our 19 strong party took a wrong turning into a cul-de-sac (mea culpa). But we eventually found Bushey Park and, after cycling through it, emerged on the High Street at Hampton Hill. We took a combination of quiet side roads and off-road paths through Hampton and Sunbury and, by mistake (mea culpa again), found ourselves in the middle of the Hazelwood Golf Course. So we cycled across the fairway ( the riders at the back claim they were sworn at by golfers) to re-join our intended route at School Walk. We then passed through the villages of Upper Halliford and Charlton before cycling along the main A308 for a mile or so, next to the Northern boundary of the Queen Elizabeth Reservoir. (I understand that the Highways Authority owns the land around the reservoir. Could they not build a cycle path on reservoir land that would enable cyclists to avoid this dangerous bit of road?). We then cycled via Knowle Green to the riverside at Staines and on over the bridge to the Jolly Farmer, our lunch stop on the South side of the river.

Believe it or not, the pub had run out of draught beer, and the printed food menu was out-of-date. Nevertheless the food that was still on the menu was good value and most of us were served quite quickly. Unfortunately, it eventually became clear that lunch orders from 3 of our cyclists had failed to reach the kitchen. One of our number (Harry) cancelled his order and went without lunch. Another (Judy) received her re-ordered jacket potato, but left most of it because, in the rush to get it to her, it was largely uncooked.

After lunch we stayed on the South side of the river, taking the cycle path next to Chertsey Lane, and the path thru' Laleham Reach and Laleham Golf Course to Chertsey, whence we proceeded via Shepperton, Walton Bridge, and the Thames Towpath to tea at Hampton Court.

John Gould

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Group 22 October 08

At the Five Bells, Horton (sorry Adam!)

MWW Ride Report 22 October 08

A gloriously sunny, cloudless and crisp late October morning witnessed a flock of Wayfarers (genus: birota peregrinensis), resplendent in their autumn plumage, gather on the telegraph lines of their usual North Cheam roost. At the sound of the starting horn, off they soared, their instinct taking them, unerringly though circuitously, through the confusing to some, backways of SW London to their mid-morning watering spot of the Elleray Hall at Teddington. Grateful thanks to a determined Norman who headed the flock to its destination. A nominal novice ‘leader’ kept a respectful distance, shepherded by the ever watchful Lynda to the rear of the group.

At Elleray Hall the flock doubled in size, each member having its number tag duly checked on arrival, before being allowed its reward of tea and cake. With all refreshed, an imperious Pam called ‘time’ and the chattering flock reassembled, splitting into sub-groups each now with a destination of its own.

The genus ‘alpha’ sped off, this time headed by a perhaps over-enthusiastic and definitely inexperienced pioneer, who really had little idea where he was going, or rather how reliably to get there. Soon the flower beds of Bushy Park gave way to the filter beds of Sunbury and so along the house-boated banks of the Thames to Shepperton. Fate decreed that respite was needed and John A. duly punctured. Frank, as ever the rock, remained to supervise the repair and guide the victim back on route. The damage to the innertube alas proved terminal. Off again to spin around the single helix bridge across the M25 to the wonderful Nutty Lane, where the ‘leader’ disappeared to leave some of the flock in doubt about its left or right – a serious misdemeanour! From then a scoot through Charlton, Ashford (brief stop to check the compass and take advice), Ashton Moor, a well advised off-road diversion to avoid near certain death in crossing the M25 near T5 and a welcome arrival at the Five Bells, Horton.

A nourishing lunch enjoyed by most, not all, before a hasty photo-call (apologies to the missing half of Adam), remount and back through Wraysbury (familiar to last Sunday’s Cheam & Morden ride). Then back through Staines along the B376 to Shepperton where a very early tea was taken before the flock dispersed, each finding its own way back to its home coop. The distance perch to perch a modest 59 miles.

As for that probationary test ride, this time I fear no pass certificate. The provisional licence remains, no date yet fixed for any retest.

P.S. Remember, this was the last Wednesday before the clocks go back. Dust off those lights, recharge those batteries and fit them on the bike , not leave them in the shed, before you get caught out!

Interesting Bikes

Interesting Bikes from John Gould

Easy Riders Oct 22nd

Picture from Mike Pontin

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Man soon 2 be from WogaWoga

To the author of that dastardly trype and water closits, I say what good humour you have. I have to admit I hardly noticed the reference to FWC, never having heard of one. I've heard of FWC and MWC even Unisex, its amazing what you learn in the Blog.
Have a great "F" in ride and may the best man or woman win!

Alberts Progress

The doc told me yesterday I need another op soon (Nov.14) to fix the job they did on my right eye and he ordered `no cycling pro tem. Hope I`ll be able to see you before Christmas!!

All the best----------------Albert

Monday, October 20, 2008

Open Letter to Mr Disgusted of Wogawoga

Dear Mr Dundee (or should that be Carrot Cake?)

I was most distressed to read of your perturbation at finding yourself unavailable for the Midweek Wayfarer's sporting Freewheel Competition on 29 October 2008. I quite appreciate your sense of grief at missing such a highlight of the cycling calendar. For the March '08 event I too was 'hors de combat' and experienced just those same pangs of grief that you are suffering - inconsolable as at that first lost love. Indeed, I read on these very pages of your undaunted enthusiasm and repeated efforts, alas in vain, to be crowned with laurel and designated the undisputed king of the effortless downhill. How you were so cruelly denied, at first by an agricultural engine of nemesis - and then by a fateful lack of length and distance, outstripped by the unconquerable Terry.
Your only recourse now, I feel, is a Letter to the Editor of the Sou'Wester.
Your sight, however, how can I put this gently, may be suffering the early,rheumy symptoms of those youthful (and maybe later), excesses. For if you pull out your eyeglass, there on the centrefold of the Sept/Oct 2008 edition of the Sou'Wester, is the proclamation on 29 October of a modestly bracketed (FWC) at Dorking, with an invitation to the Easy Riders to participate and show that the hare does not always win. This information was also transferred to the Current Runs List flaunted on the Home Page of the Group.
As for the reason for a bonus freewheel competition in 2008, I have heard it darkly murmured that the regulatory oversight of the FSA was not everything that it should have been - these bonus rides have been getting really out of hand! However, I am reliably informed that a ruthless new Rides Secretary has been brought in from the Private Sector who will tolerate no such laxity. Rules are there to be obeyed. No more bonus rides, no gravy train, no second chances! The days of austerity have come and they are here to stay!
I am sure that you will welcome a firm hand on the tiller.
I hope that these words have enlightened and reassured you. Think of us from down under on 29 October 2008 and wish us well.
Happy Birthday

Free Wheel Contest 29 Oct 2008

I protest. No one is allowed to fix a competition like this on my Birthday without informing me first! Its not printed in the Sou'Wester or flagged up anywhere that I can see. I happened to notice by chance as I look at the MWW Blog that the ride to Dorking 11's on 29/10/2008 incorporates the said event or am I seeing things. As we have already had an event this year what precedent is there for having a second one or does it usually happen in October and last year did not take place? If thats the case and we missed last year then we should wait untill October 2009 for the next one. Its not fair as I see it that Terry should keep the trophy for only a few months (unless of course he wins it again). The main reason for my concern is that as I shall be in OZ I don't get a chance to compete and maybe even win? After all this is not like the Olympics, its the taking part that counts, this is serious stuff and is all about winning!!

Well I guess I have to treat myself to cakes then, have a good speedy free wheel.

For those that did not see the KPRC Blog Jackie and I had a good 2-up Gentlemans ride on Sunday 19 Oct.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Memory of Jura 2008

To John Scott. Thanks for the memory. Just to let you know after our chat on Wednesday at Edenbridge, I had not realised that after all my efforts to write your R-RW CD, that it did not work. I have now written a new non rewritable CD which I will get to you somehow before going to OZ. Its a compilation of Pam/Ian/MJM photo's. Will try and get Frank and Francois 2u later. Meanwhile a collage 4u. Best wishes for happy cycling in 2009.
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Easy Riders Oct 15th

C group met at Claygate day centre. Apparently, Albert has had his eye operation - get well soon. Beryl, has made a good recovery after having her knee operation. Out cycling last week; but due to a bad cold not yesterday.
18 riders left the centre and headed towards Oxshott, a little off-road, then coming out by The Tilt. Charles, got a puncture, seems it was a piece of wire; but didn't have a correct new innertube . So, Liz offered to go into Cobham and get an appropriate tube from the cycling shop there. Eddie waited with Charles, and the rest of the group made their way to Bookham, through the Common and then onto lunch at The Anchor. We made our way back to Leatherhead, and went to the Day centre at Longmead. Four of us had tea, the remainder made their way home.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cycle Parking at the Brunton Centre - Caterham - and Elsewhere

At our visit to the Douglas Brunton Centre at Caterham yesterday, the Centre Manager pointed out that some of our cycle parking was creating a bit of an obstacle for some of the visitors to the Centre. She was concerned in particular about the railed off pathway leading to the main entrance. She has therefore asked, in the kindest of ways, that we try to avoid parking our bikes in this area, where they might be a possible hazard for visitors with balance or vision difficulties, or possibly in a wheelchair. This seems very reasonable and sensible and I said that I would bring her concern to our riders' attention. On our next visit she will designate an area for us. I took one or two photos to illustrate her concerns.

I'm sure that we will be very happy to cooperate. As so many of our 11's stops are at day centres for the elderly, we will no doubt show the same consideration for elderly users at the other centres that we visit.
I should perhaps say that not only the Douglas Brunton Centre but all those that we vist have said how pleased and delighted they are to have us visit and share facilities with their regular users!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Edenbridge Lunch

Thanks to Pete for leading the ride and to Ed for puncturing and to Toni de I for waiting for him. A few of the "A" group at the Queens Head where the food was very good and the wait excruciating. The "B" group also joined for lunch and Bernard's looked the most amazing and very tempting. I wish I was rich! Jeff's Liver and Bacon was also excellent as was my soup, John B's chips and the non descript Chili con (non) Carne that I finished off. You poor tight man Mike M you're Barmy! (where have I heard that B4).

P.S. On enquiring from John Scott, if we were to be treated to another Jura ride next year, he replied that he will be very busy in 2009!

A Group October 15th

Mild & Dampish was the weather at Caterham as we moved off in a southerly direction down White Hill & Brewer Street where todays puncture victim was Ed Sharp, Mike M & Tony D' stopped to admire Ed's repair technique allowing the rest to move on via damp lanes to lunch at The King & Queen Edenbridge. We arrived in good time at 12.45 but due to the altra slow service the last person to receive his meal was John B! at 14.30! During this lengthy lunch break new comer Graham Holder held up well enduring an indepth personal enquirery session from John S, Ian A, Tony D', scoring especially well in the box marked early retirement! Welcome Graham come again.
A devious lane route mystified most including the leader found us at Marden Park & Tea at Woldingham Garden Centre in time for tea and scones etc. at 4.15 (they close at 4.30) the afternoon had brightened considerably and a pleasant tailwind ride home finished the day.
56 Miles, 1 Puncture, Nobody dropped or lost.
From Pete Mitchell

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Mark Roy Trophy

Arthur Jessop Trophy

The Arthur Jessop Trophy awarded by a majority vote at the AGM
to Stephen Cox in appreciation to his help over the last two years

B Group Oct 8th

B Group set off from Hersham with a total of 15 riders - Judy, Liz, Stephanie, Francoise, Frank, John S., Norman, Cliff, Nev, Harry, David, two Scots Colin and Andy, John G. as back-marker (Thank-you) and me, Gill, as leader. We headed off towards Esher, turning at the top of the hill to take the road at the back of Sandown Park - a lovely downhill run - across to Weston Green (where we lost Nev - too close to home), then down to Summer Road, Thames Ditton. Here we turned left to cross the Hampton Court Way at the level crossing. At this point there was a slight wait while Norman picked up a book he was carrying which had fallen on to the railway lines - luckily no trains were in sight! Still on Summer Road we crossed the Mole and Ember Rivers before turning into Walton Road at Molesey to reach The Bell (Circa 1460) in Bell Road. Terry joined us here, having been held up due to secretarial duties. Lunch was rather a protracted affair - our numbers had increased to 20 due to the addition of a small contingent from C Group and being such a fine day the pub was busy with other customers. However, it was all very pleasant sitting in the sun in the garden and when it came, the food was good. (The menu is extensive and reasonably priced. Also there were special deals of 2 main meals for £8 or pie and chips with a pint of beer for £4.99.) After lunch we headed to the towpath on the R. Thames for the afternoon's ride to Teddington and thence into Richmond Park at Ham Gate - a lovely ride on such a perfect autumn day. Our numbers dwindled as we went and by the time we reached the cafe at Roehampton Gate there were just 9 of us to enjoy another break in the sunshine before heading our various ways home. (Gill Finlay)

AGM at Hersham 8 October 08

1. Wayfarers at the AGM at Hersham under the steadying hand of Chairman Pete and Secretary Terry.

2. A bracing cup of tea before the event.

3. Toni receiving his just reward (and an unpublished kiss) for going the extra mile.

4. The 'A' Group being regally entertained to tea by Beryl and Ray.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

'A' Ride

Beryl is saying " Hope you can all find your right shoes".

A group agm ride 8th Oct

A casual ride on a very nice bright day for fourteen of us leaving the AGM from Hersham. It was the great distance of 5 miles to the Foley Arms at Claygate via West End and Blackhills at which point Graham deserted us (bad lad! after all the entreaties at the AGM) to reappear approx 1 ml before the Foley arms. After a leisurely lunch a very concerned host enquired whether we had been adequately served, we in full chorus assured her that we had, in fact we had also been given a great welcome.

We now made our way in warm sunshine to our residence for 3's that my wife Beryl had planned ( this was by mobile to me whilst at 11's ). So off to Fetcham another great distance approx 9 miles using a mixture of offroad and tarmac some private via Oxshott and Bookham common.
The use again of the 'mobile' assured us of well prepared refresments by Beryl for 11 of us on arrival. There was a pleasant sojourn with entertainment supplied by Graham's CD of Pam's party. With thanks to Beryl and even to myself I having done little, each went their own way.

My total miles 22.34, which I enjoyed and hope likewise by all others.

Friday, October 03, 2008

News from Gerry Hulbert

This a first,I always enjoy the newsletters, helps keep me updatedwith one part of my life in the U K.Just thought i would run this past you, somthing different what, let me know what you think,regards to all, (that might remember me) Gerry Hulbert. Dingo. Well, here we go again, another shot at the Thailand newsletter. For 2008 (sep)Firstly, Baby Poppy Ella Moore entered our world on 19th sep 08 at around 4am weighing in at 8 pounds 3 ounces, mother an baby doing well. So exited when I saw her first Grandchild. Onward, Arrived on 20 sep after a comfortable flight, still take xanex to sleep the flight, works every time, breeze through costoms, dispite the unrest in the civil servis, in Bangkok, Bus from the Airport to central Pattaya, 110 BT, properly my best value in Thailand, motorbike Taxi to hotel Holiday mansions, 60 BT, Pan has booked us a room, so a quiet night visiting a few old haunts then early to bed,. Pay 700bt for the room. Mam, Johns wife picks us up in the morning around 10 am, and it so of to our rented house 7km out of town, I pick up our scooter and computer from johns house, so we are set up in our home in Pattaya, do a quick shop and its round the pool for drinks and nibbles, the roads are becoming busy in town but its lov,l and quiet out here, as this is the 2nd year we have had use of the house, things are familier,Its hot and sunny here at the moment around 100 degrees, and its monsoon season so some serious rain at times most welcome, Sunday went to Mick’s bar to watch the soccer Chelsea and man u then golf Ryder cup a bit disappointing, so home by 4am, borrow old Johns car and drive up to our house in the village, TY Parrier, about 5 hours to get there, the house is nearly finished, and Pan and the children are living there when I am away in London, and Pan has had the wall built around the estate in my absence, to keep the hens and the dogs out, but me need a sliding gate to finish it off, also some curtains and more furniture, so looking to that next. No air con in the village as yet pick up our rice, and slow cookers ect plus my golf clubs stay one night make a list of the next part of the project, and who is available for work, we have spent a month or so there painting and plastering, last trip, Plus all the floors and walls are tiled, as required, Over the 12 years or so I have been coming here, I have made up a wide circle of friends, some of which come and go like me and some who stay permanently, and of course they are from all over the world, so its great fun to touch base and catch up on what’s been happening, I always play Bridge once or twice a week, its held at the bowling club in the afternoons a nice air conditioned room, and a good mix of both sexes. Well that’s all for now, will write again soon. Dingo.