TA EAST NEWS 1ST JANUARY 2007
To TA East Members & Friends
FIRST, THIS IS TO WISH YOU
A HAPPY NEW YEAR
MAY YOU HAVE A SAFE AND INTERESTING YEAR ON AND OFF YOUR TRICYCLES
Second, if you live within reach, do consider coming to THE MILL TAVERN at Market Weston at lunchtime this Saturday, 6th January. (ignore the “4” in the Gazette). This is roughly mid-way between Thetford and Diss. The pub is on the B1111 which skirts the village.
Other bits of information : The chairman’s appetizer run for the East Lunch on Sunday 4th Feb will indeed start in Lavenham, but not at the Vestry Tea Rooms which have closed for a second time. New elevenses venue will be advised when research is completed.
Mike Moody and Martin Badham have improved the EAST pages on the TA website – making it easy to add stuff. At the moment this is mostly taken from TA East News, but I am sure other contributions would be welcome – send to Mike or to Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a brilliant sunny morning for our meet at Rickinghall and Thelnetham. Nice to have a clubrun of five machines between the two. Alan Nye rode his Newton two-wheels-at-the-front-machine. At the White Horse we were able to sit round a big oval table and found the beer and the food good and some eagle–eyed members enjoyed the cheaper meals for the Over 55s.
Riding home in the dusk I noticed that an interesting mound, made especially atmospheric by the Scots pines growing on it, was accessible if one slipped across a field of stubble. I did so, and climbed the steep sides and took some photos of silhouetted trees and skylines. This was in what was once the park of Quidenham Hall, and when I got home I found the mound is thought to be not a barrow but “probably a prospect mound” – no wonder the view is good. Quidenham was the seat of the Earl of Albemarle, president of the National Cyclists’ Union. The 1886 engraving of him, upright and immensely dignified, beard, waistcoat, hat and all, on (another) two-wheels-at-the-front tricycle is an oft-repeated illustration which was originally published in the Badminton Library volume on Cycling. Nowadays Quidenham is the home of the Children’s Hospice – which benefits from the reverse-sponsorship from the CC Breckland.
The last memorable incident of the day was less pleasant – a tremendous noise behind me as I rode out of Attleborough in the dark, which proved to be a Land Rover locking up behind me, actually ending up alongside……….
Anyway, the bottom of the page and bed approach….Hope to see you at Market Weston