Thursday, January 18, 2018

B Group - 17th January


Speaking as a leader, I do like it when the group is not 'over subscribed' as was the case yesterday.  Nineteen of us left Hersham DC with only one rider peeling off before lunch.

We left Hersham via Queens Road then Oatlands Chase leading us to Walton Bridge into Walton Lane.  Onwards over Chertsey Bridge all the way through to the A320 were we turned left, across the roundabout and up Ruxbury Road.    Into Windsor Park via Trumps Green and Virginia Water to Savill Gardens to exit into Wick Lane.   Then the exhilarating ride down Crimp Hill to The Union Inn, arriving just before 1pm.

We occasionally use The Fox and Castle pub in Old Windsor, who always give good service, but this week I thought we would have a change - hence The Union Inn.  By arrangement, the pub had been informed of our food requirements and that worked very well, as far as speed of service, but, unfortunately there were not enough 'jackets' for every one....a slight disappointment but not the end of the world!  The food was good ... I would most certainly use the pub again.

No surprises for our return, along Runnymede, across the Meads, out of Egham to Thorpe then into Chertsey to Shepperton.   Unfortunately Liz had a puncture near Chertsey but our back marker Tim, and Carolyn, stayed with her, passing the message on to me via Gill to continue to tea.   Only five of us, Gill, Alan, Tony and Tony plus myself stopped for tea at Squires, whilst t'others continued homeward.

It was a good day to be out cycling, even though the wind was cold and quite gusty at times!  My sincere thanks to all who cornered and to back marker Tim.  To Tony for his photo already on the blog and for the ones Tim will be adding!

Great to have the company of you all

Cheers Pam :) :)

A Group 17 Jan

Bike fit - all part of the service
A good turnout at Hersham for a bright if windy day.   In view of the forecast strong wind I had wimped out of heading to Puttenham and instead sixteen riders set off for Windlesham.   The first half was into the wind, passing through Weybridge, Addlestone and Ottershaw to reach Stonehills Road, but then we turned up Accommodation Road towards Trumps Green and Virginia Water, dodging dog walkers, before heading back through Sunningdale towards Windlesham and the Sun Inn.

Line 'em up against a wall ...
a potential photo competition winner, don't you think?
The folk at the Sun were very efficient at taking our orders although not quite everything came out as ordered.  It was soon sorted out and we were fed, watered and ready to leave by ten to two. 

Mark set off directly for home while we crossed the new M3 road bridge on Woodlands Lane and Windlesham Road, wind behind us, towards Burrowhill, just managing to keep the speed below 20mph.   Several more left us for Chobham.  Then it was Gracious Pond Road and (almost) straight for Chertsey, where I got a bit lost, several times - sorry folks!

Some time later, six of us found our way to the bridge and zoomed back through Shepperton to Walton for tea and cake.   Maybe some of the others are still lost in Chertsey?   Many thanks to Mike Barrett for back marking.

32 miles 11s to tea, with 1200 ft of ascent.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Union Inn

Lunch at the Union in, Old Windsor

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Group 17 Jan

Image result for wind cycling
This Wednesday we will be heading to The Sun Inn at Windlesham for heavy exercise into the wind, and light lunch before we sail back to Walton for tea.   I can promise more wind than today(Monday) but less rain and perhaps even sunshine.  Either 15 or 19 miles to lunch, and either 12 or 17 miles home, depending which way round we do it.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

B Group ride: Lunch pre-order please

My ride on Wednesday 17th has NO off road and is approximately 16 miles from Hersham to lunch at The Union Inn, Crimp Hill,  Old Windsor.  Tea TBA.   

The Union Inn has asked if I would let them know of food requirements prior to arriving - to help the chef get the food out sooner rather than later!  I can phone them before leaving Hersham - so please let me know via e-mail, text or when you see me  on Wednesday.

My e-mail address:
Mobile  07900 33 5256.   

Cheers Pam :) :)

And here are the menus:

Bar Menu
Sandwich and Spud menu

A Group 10 January Map

A lively ride courtesy of Neil and Geoff, with the temperature pushing 10°.  

42.8 miles Teddington to Esher. 2,310 ft climbing & ave 11.9mph. Not bad for the second week in Jan.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Group - 10th January

Although Geoff was unable to lead the ride he did organise some quite reasonable weather for a January ride and turn up to see us off and take some photos.

Starting with a quiet section through Bushey Park it was soon back to weaving our way through Kingston, the back streets of Surbiton and over the A3 at Tolworth.  More weaving avoided the busy roads and brought us to Epsom where we used Chalk Lane to get up to the downs.

Then past Langley Vale and Headley to descend Pebblecoombe to Betchworth. From there we headed south for a few miles before turning west on Gadbrook Road before heading through Strood Green and along Wheelers Lane to reach The Royal Oak just after one o'clock.

After lunch we headed to Root Hill to try the Freewheel Competition course in reverse. Here we found it was definitely more effort going up than down.

Then we took Red Lane and Punchbowl Lane to arrive at Denbies for the big climb of the afternoon up to Ranmore Common. From here it was (mostly) down hill. Critten Lane to Effingham, Effingham Junction, Cobham and on to Giro in Esher where a few stopped for tea while the rest pushed on for home in the light.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Venue change 14th February


Unfortunately the Fairfield Centre in Leatherhead cannot accomodate us on 14th February. The groups will therefore meet as follows:

A&B:   Effingham Vineries

Easy Riders: Costa Coffee in Leatherhead

I have changed the Rides List on the web but please if you know anyone in your group who only relies on the Sou'wester please can you pass on this message.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

B Group - 10th January

As promised, B Group ride had a watery theme and whether it was in anticipation of this and a flattish ride, or the gorgeous, spring-like weather, it was a group of 24 which set out from Elleray Hall, of whom 22 sat down for lunch.

It was good to see Tim Gibbons and Don Elms out with the group, also to have Simon with us.  Our route took us to Twickenham, along the riverside path to Richmond and on to Isleworth, Syon Park and Brentford, where we joined the towpath on the Grand Union Canal.  Conditions were pretty good, with puddles only coming towards the last part of the ride on the towpath.  The only climb of the ride, apart from one high bridge, was alongside the seven locks forming the Hanwell Flight, with the long wall of the former Asylum, now Ealing Hospital on the landward side.  Shortly afterwards we passed over the railway and under the road at Windmill Bridge, more commonly known as the Three Bridges.  At the next bridge at Glade Lane, we left the canal to avoid a very rough & muddy stretch of the towpath.  Here on Havelock Road we passed the most enormous mosque, before heading south straight into the blinding sunshine back to the canal and The Old Oak Tree pub.

The pub, run by newish Indian owners, had put on an English pub menu beside their Indian menu and with everything at very reasonable prices, people were able to indulge in 'soup and sandwiches' or 'curry of the day'!  They served us well and we were on our way by 2.15 pm.  Crossing over the canal, we now headed to Osterley Park and proceeded to work our way through a variety of small streets & cycle paths back to Twickenham and Kingston Market Place for tea at the cafe behind Ultimate Outdoors which at one time used to be Millets.  Eight of us stopped for tea & for those of us who had tea, it was real leaves served in a cafetiere!  Many thanks to Tim for being back marker and to the various people who marked corners.  After the winds & cold weather of recent days, it was a lovely day to be out on the bike.

Gill Finlay

PS: Thanks to Tony, Steph and Tim for the excellent photos and map.

Thanks to Steph for taking these photos

After waving goodbye Simon rode off into the sunset

~ Tim

All set for lunch

The Old Oak Tree

A new lunch venue on the canal at Southall.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


Ron Powney’s funeral service will be held on Friday 19th January 2018 at 2.40pm at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4NU.

This will be followed by refreshments and a further celebration of Ron’s life at Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT19 0EB from 4 to 8pm.

The family respectfully request no flowers at the service.

Please do not feel obliged to wear black, brighter colours and cycling club jerseys are welcome.

Brian Powney has asked that if you are planning to attend the funeral or Ewell Court you email him ( by Thursday 11th January in order to gauge attendance.

Monday, January 08, 2018

A group. Thank you

I would like to say thanks to those I have been in contact with regarding this weeks Wednesday ride. To Mark and Neil for being able to offer to be a new ride leader, Neil has won the contest and will lead in his own inimitable way. After much confusion by me with regards to the pub I visited all has been sorted, I do hope you all enjoy the ride and am sorry that I will not be with you.

Cheam And Morden Post Xmas Lunch 11/02/18

A 2-course Sunday lunch organized by CTC CHEAM AND MORDEN in a private function room at The Angel Inn, Thames Ditton KT7 0AU.
Cost £11.50 for two courses - Main course Sunday roast with vegetables (or vegetarian option), plus dessert.
All are welcome. Pre-booking is essential.
For further details contact Steve Gordon, Ann Bath or Pam Jones. If you give your order to Pam, please write your menu choice and name on an envelope with money inside.

B Group ride this Wednesday

B Group ride will have a watery theme, following the Thames down to Brentford, then taking off on the Grand Union Canal.  The towpath is mostly hard surface but be prepared for puddles.  Lunch will be at The Old Oak Tree pub, Southall.  Return route will be via Osterley, Twickenham and back to Kingston.

Many thanks


A Ride - 10th January

Geoff has injured himself running (and diving) for the bus so I have taken over his ride.

We will be heading from Teddington over Epsom Downs to lunch in Brockham. Afterwards we will have a few hills to warm us up before tea at Giro in Esher.

About twenty miles either side of lunch.

Please be ready for the 11 o'clock start.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Attendance scores please

You may remember that every year we collate your attendance scores across all groups in the club, Beginners, Wayfarers A B C, and Cheam & Morden, in order to determine the winners of two shiny trophies. One is for the highest number of points, the other is for the highest number of points in any one section of the club. One point is awarded if you make it to Elevenses on your bike, and two points are awarded if you ride to both Elevenses and Lunch, provided you've ridden the official group ride.

The good news for most of us is that Jeff records all the scores for Cheam and Morden, Colin for all Beginners Group rides, Simon for Wayfs A Group, and Tim for Wayfs Bs. These stats are gathered and recorded with considerable care but if you fear that an injustice might be done to you then please convey your scores to me by email or on paper.

Note that attendance scores are only collected for the Easy Riders on a very random and casual basis so if you are an Easy Rider and would like your attendance score to go on the record to be considered for the afore-mentioned trophies then please fill in a rainbow coloured form and pass it to me.

Every year after our AGM I have to compile an Annual Return for CUK HQ in which I need to provide ride attendance stats, so no matter how few rides you've been able to attend it is very helpful to me to be able to work out average ride attendance for different groups in order to present  a meaningful picture to HQ. All data forwarded to them is completely anonymous :-)

~ Tim

Friday, January 05, 2018

2017 A Group Rides

Here's this year's Heat Map - there are a few rides missing, but it gives the flavour of things.


John Mason's funeral

John’s daughter, June Wolf has been in touch with Terry today to provide these details for John's funeral:

His funeral will take place at Clandon Wood Burial Ground and Nature Reserve, Epsom Road, West Clandon, GU4 7FN on Friday, 12th January at 12 o’clock.

We are warmly invited to join his family for refreshments at The Queens Head, The Street, East Clandon, GU4 7RY.

For any donations in memory of John she suggests:

~ Tim

2017 B Group rides

This is a Heat Map showing most of the B Group rides from last year. There are about 10 missing, rides that I wasn't there to record, but this is good display of the territory we cover. It includes Tony's train-assisted ride to Fingest and my Guildford ride. Among other things it illustrates how difficult it is to plan a ride on roads that we haven't visited before.

~ Tim

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ron Powney’s Funeral.

Ron Powney’s funeral will be held on Friday 19 January at 2.40 pm at North East Surrey Crematorium, whose address is:

North East Surrey Crematorium
Lower Morden Lane,

Further details to follow.

Please note that this is the same day as Margaret Squirrell’s funeral which will be at Woking Crematorium at 12.30. Full details are on an earlier post on this blog.

I plan to be at both funerals, travelling by car, so if anyone wants a lift please let me know.