Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Looking at the weather forecast, don't forget to bring your ear muffs and flask of medicinal brandy to keep out the cold!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
A round dozen riders set off for today’s ‘A’ ride from Redhill. Our destination was to be Three Bridges, in Crawley, a fair trek for January for some of our more North and Westerly based members.
Our route took us due South through Earlswood, past East Surrey Hospital, and along Mason’s Bridge Road, past the Dog and Duck pub and into Smallfield. We carried on South along Effingham Lane, through Crawley Down, before encountering our only real hill of the day as we entered Turners Hill. After that it was due west down the hill along Turners Hill Road. On the outskirts of Crawley, at Worth, we stopped for the day’s cultural item, at the atmospheric church of St Nicholas, complete with its interior Saxon arches and 13th Century font. In the graveyard was seen the tomb of Robert Whitehead, designer of the first self propelled naval torpedo.
Away from the ethereal atmosphere of St Nicholas, we made a literal and metaphorical descent to the more earthly surroundings of the Snooty Fox, directly opposite Three Bridges station. Initial hopes of a group beer discount were dashed on discovering the choice of beer on offer was restricted. It’s a hard life as a Midweek Wayfarer!!
Resisting the temptation after lunch to jump on the train, we proceeded at good pace with a following wind along the Balcombe Road via Horley, Hookwood, Leigh and Brockham to Denbies for tea. My mileage today was an estimated (due to a malfunctioning Cateye) 56, though others will have done quite a few more. Unlike our less fortunate ‘B’ group brethren of late, today’s puncture count was nil.
Fifteen of us departed from the Day Centre in Molesey. Apart from Cliff's puncture near the Hampton Water Works a good ride was had by all and a very satisfactory lunch was enjoyed by all at the Thames Court pub at Shepperton Lock. Afternoon tea was taken at the Kings Centre in Chessington where we polished off all their rock cakes with a cup of tea.
- Ron W
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
After two interesting urbanish rides we were back in rural Surrey (and, briefly, West Sussex) today, with elevenses at Redhill. I led fourteen south on N21 to Salfords where we turned right into Honeycrock Lane, then shortly crossed the A23 into quiet Lodge Lane. Soon we joined Meath Green Lane and admired the teddies. A brief stretch of the A217 led to Povey Cross and the quieter Charlwood Road. With time in hand I decided to turn into Lowfield Heath Road and past the Gatwick Aviation Museum. (Years ago former MWW sec Steve Bott stopped to have a closer look and stepped about three paces onto the owner's verge to be greeted loudly with 'Oi, you...'). We kept moving. Soon we turned into Bonnetts Lane, then Charlwood Road led us to ..Charlwood where we all enjoyed delicious, generous lunches with very attentive service at The Half Moon/La Demie Lune.
A straightforward run in the afternoon via Russ Hill, right turn into Partridge Lane, left turn into Burntoak Lane took us past the moated Cudworth Manor. Rejoining the metalled road we headed for Parkgate, Brockham, across the golf course to Pixham Lane and tea at Annie's at Leatherhead. Fortunately the threatened drizzle didn't happen (at least, not to me), hopefully everyone arrived home dry and not needing lights for very long. Thanks to Liz for back-marking.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A couple of months ago I finally succumbed to Jeff's combination of persuasion, flattery, and pleas to lead some rides. So today was my first outing as a leader, starting at Elleray Hall, Teddington with mild, moist weather but without the threatened rain. A group of 17 headed through a maze of back streets to Twickenham Green, and then followed the river Crane, first through Crane Park, under the A316 and up past the old gunpowder factory and lead shot tower, scene of gunpowder manufacture from the reign of Henry VIII until 1927, with regular explosions, one of which in 1758 was heard in Reading.
Emerging unscathed we then navigated Feltham, again largely on cycle paths to Bedfont and then to Stanwell, Stanwell Moor, and Horton. John Bassett left us to go ahead on a mysterious mission, which was later revealed as buying pastries to celebrate his 60th birthday a few days ago. Happy birthday John!
After a fulsome lunch (plus John's pastries) at the Royal Stag, we departed , somewhat heavier than when we arrived, towards Old Windsor and the rather steep Crimp Hill, where we were left standing by Frank (on fixie), Ray, Vic and a few others. Well, they have had more time to practise than some of us! Then it was through the Savill Gardens, past the totem pole and out the other side to Virginia Water, up to Lyne and then back to the Bakery at Shepperton, via Chertsey. All in about 33 miles from elevenses to tea, and slightly later arrival than planned at 15.20, due to a sightseeing stop at the Totem Pole. It wasn't dark when we left but apologies to those who arrived home in the dark. Must do better next time ...
Monday, January 16, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Also part 1:
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I had done more exploration of routes in the general northerly direction from elevenses stops and this time settled on one containing park riding, stately homes, the Rugby Stadium, the National Archive and even a river ride through a sewage treatment centre. Interspersed with some more urban stretches which are always a bit problematic with a large group I also decided on a cafe, rather than a pub stop as service is usually quicker and you don't have to book.
This turned out quite well as the 24 who made it to lunch in Chiswick Park put quite a strain on the seating and the catering staff. The scent from the Sarcococca shrubs by the bike park was also welcomed.
We passed the A group going in the opposite direction after lunch near Chiswick Bridge, quite a coincidence with so many road options in that area.
Initially the Thames was almost dried out near Isleworth though later was in full flood with the spring tide which made a change from the almost flooded river path by Richmond the last time I went there.
6 finally got to the tea stop in the Tiltyard cafe by Hampton Court Palace in the gathering gloom.
Thanks to Stephanie for being the back marker and Tim for the route map.
More urban style rides to come from me.
|Harry's route from Hersham to Chiswick House for lunch then back to Hampton Court Palace for Tea|
( I make it 20.1 miles from Elevenses to Tea)
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 09, 2012
For those with an interest, here is a link to a more legible copy of the Charity Commission's rejection letter. Click twice on the + magnifier to make it much better. I have highlighted a number of paras in red.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Thursday, January 05, 2012
The Chairman and Chief Executive have been fighting what I consider to be a discreditable and determined rearguard action to conceal from members the comprehensive rejection of the CTC's case and disguise the importance of this outcome. Their duty is to answer to the membership and keep us informed. However, they have steadfastly refused to publish the contents of the Charity Commissioners' rejection letter.
Thanks to a Freedom of Information request to the Charity Commission, the content of the letter detailing the reasons for rejection is now available for all to read, see link:
CC's Rejection Letter to CTC request for registration as a charity in England and Wales. (see pages 2 and 4)
Kevin Mayne's gloss on October 25th was:
"...it's certainly not something I assumed we would be putting on the web site, most members have told us they are rather bored with the internal workings of CTC...... if we need to make some changes to smooth our way past the Commission we will do so in due course."
IF??? Does he not understand what the letter says, or is he trying desperately to disguise its importance?
It is quite clear that the Commission sees the CTC as essentially a Members' Club that also indulges in politics. Hardly surprising, since that is what it is. It cannot understand why the application has been made in the first place. The application for registration as a charity has been unambiguously rejected.
The Charity Commissioners recognise that the CTC already has a charitable arm and their rejection letter states: "..the Club itself is not established for exclusively charitable purposes for the public benefit. It is a members' organisation established to promote the interests of its members and provide them with benefit. It is not therefore established for exclusively charitable purposes for the public benefit."
How much clearer could that be?
Not the End of the Story
However, the CTC also made an application for registration as a charity to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. This application was accepted in Scotland on 29 August (and not reported to members at the time). What therefore, is the constitutional status of the CTC Club in England and Wales?
The technical term is 'a mess'! We now really know where we stand, don't we? No doubt the CTC will be appealing against this decision. With Kevin Mayne's imminent departure, who now will inherit this poisoned chalice?
Well done Frank for another excellent ride. Twickenham Stadium was quite impressive even when photographed from behind while riding my "Fixie" Look mum no hands. The route took us through Bushy Park. Up until lunch we had one lady rider what a brave lass with all those lads and by-gum what a talker!
Pam having left us after lunch, Frank thought he would introduce us to even more excitement and Jeff encouraged me to do some picture touching-up as can be seen from his earlier photo. Here you can see more of the Nymphs though the water did not make me feel green with envy!
Having had fish & chips for lunch I was interested to see that these statues once belonged to the "Tata" family, I wonder if that's the origin of Tata Sauce?
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
A rather better photo of some of the Oceanides, the York House Statues or Naked Ladies
Attribution of photograph: Jonathan Cardy
My first idea for lunch from Cobham was to head for Guildford or Godalming but decided early January was probably not too popular with the masses, so leaving the welcoming British Legion at 11-30, 20 of us headed north east towards the metropolis.
Using the old Portsmouth road and turning left down West End Lane, it was a familiar route for many heading for lunch at The Winning Post on the Chertsey Road at Whitton.
From the area of Garson’s Farm it was left towards Walton on the Esher Road, then right into Molesey Road then left between Queen Elizabeth and Bessborough reservoirs to the Hurst Road. A right to Hampton Court, over the bridge to enter Bushey Park, all the way along Chestnut Avenue to exit at Teddington Lodge, then to the High St, right and left at the railway bridge along Waldegrave Road towards Twickenham, but left into Shacklegate Lane where Grant had a slow puncture; but with just a couple of miles to go, reached lunch without any problem, continuing to Fulwell Road A311, right and left into Sixth Cross Road and Hospital Bridge Road to turn right into Percy Road and the rear entrance to The Wining Post.
The proprietors had reserved an area for us and the service was quick and the quantity certainly adequate. After lunch we continued along Percy Road, past Twickenham rugby ground into Twickenham town and along the tow path to Richmond but not before a visit to view the naked ladies near York House. For those that missed this spectacle a photo by Jeff may accompany this report, over Richmond Bridge and up the hill to enter the park at Richmond Gate and to the golf course café at Roehampton Gate. Door to door for me it was a modest 47 miles but maybe more for others; not too many calories burnt but there is plenty of time in the future for that.
P.S. and I missed the rain.
Thank goodness the weather had improved since yesterday! Today we were blessed with a sunny start and it felt as if spring was in the air, despite a nip in the wind. There were fourteen of us in B Group and we headed out towards Plough Lane. The R. Mole was in flood as we crossed the bridge but Plough Lane itself was clear apart from puddles. On reaching the Wisley Airfield, we turned off and it was an enjoyable ride across - were those skylarks flying low ahead of us and up into the air?! John G. reminded us about the filming of 'Warhorse' which had taken place here a while ago, though you would never know now. Over the A3 footbridge to Wisley, past Pyrford Lock and out on to the Pyrford Road, we then followed a route of little roads and paths through Pyrford pioneered by John G. (thanks, John) and out on to the Woking Road. Back on territory familiar to most, we climbed up the hill to Maybury and down through the series of traffic lights to join the Basingstoke Canal. Staying on the towpath until the bridge at Goldsworth and heading north across the big roundabout, we joined the inland route through Horsell village at Bullbeggars Lane. From here it was a straight stretch along Carthouse Lane and soon afterwards we reached the Castle Grove pub at Castle Green, where tables had been reserved for us and we were given a warm welcome and speedy service. The pub is keen to see cyclists so leaders, please take note!
On the road again by 2.00 p.m., the route homewards was straightforward - through Chobham to Burrowhill, along Gracious Pond Road, Stonehill Road, across Homewood Park Open Space past Botleys Mansion to Bittams Lane and Green Lane leading towards Addlestone. However, as a change, we turned off on to a path skirting Addlestone Moor (& Golf Course) and leading directly to Chertsey but involving the crossing of the railway line by means of a footbridge with very steep steps up and down! Cutting across to Chertsey Bridge via Stepgates Road and Chertsey Meads, we soon reached the roundabout at the bottom of Shepperton High Street, helped along by a tailwind. Rain had already threatened so most opted to continue on home but six of us had tea at the Shepperton Bakery. Thanks to Irene for being back marker.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I will also be taking £2 deposits for our annual lunch on Wednesday 7 March at Prezzo's in North Cheam, which Lynda is organising.
So sub + lunch deposit = £5.