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To TA EAST Members & Friends

First, this is to encourage all of you within reach of Suffolk to join us on Saturday (12 January) for a lunchtime meet at THE GARDENERS ARMS at MOATS TYE, COMBS, near STOWMARKET, preceded, for those who wish, by Elevenses at E &Vs in High Street NEEDHAM MARKET. Apologies for my delay in settling this venue.

I don’t think the TA has been to the Gardeners Arms before. It was first pointed out to me by the Dagworth & District gentlemen and then last year I discovered with great pleasure that the early summer Ipswich evening “10”s are based there. It is a traditional-style Good Beer Guide pub with a fair bit of room and very central to the Region as a whole. Speaking to them just now I hear they have a new chef starting today. Should be worth a try.

Now, The Gardeners Arms is not too easy to find and easily confused with a nearby pub the name of which also beginning with “G” so, unless you know it, please read with care the details I’ll put at the end of this TA East News.

FROM YESTERDAY’S INDEPENDENT newspaper (Independent Extra p3) :

“My young lady readers cannot do better than join a lawn tennis club and practice daily, or they may get their brother, or somebody else’s brother, to take them for a run on a tandem tricycle.”

They were the words of Dr Thomas Allinson, the founder of the Allinson Bread business. Written in the 1890’s, they were republished in an edited form as an introduction to the paper’s week highlighting healthy living.

He does seem to have been very modern in his lifestyle ideas and full of commonsense.. Not always, though – few would now agree with his dogmatic statements about the causes of baldness.

And you don’t know what else has been blue penciled – as illustrated by an obviously related piece in The Scotsman” of 2nd Jan. They also used the same quote….but “tricycle” is edited out.


Interesting to note the separate fares for tricycles on ferries in 1912. Looking in my “CTC British Road Book – SE England” I notice

Bicycles Tricycles

Portsmouth to Gosport 1½d 3½d

Portsmouth to Ryde 6d 12d

Southampton to Hythe 7d 10d
(“Awkward steps at both places. Not advisable for Tricycles. Sociables not carried”)

It’s the more expensive fare for tricycles that interests me – though it seems quite logical.

Inevitably prices were incredibly different, but if you must compare, there were 240d to £1

TALKING OF OLD BOOKS, I had a surprise yesterday. Cycling in Norwich I noticed a secondhand bookshop I had not seen before. I popped in and asked – as I usually would –“ Do you specialize in anything in particular?”

Yes, said the proprietor “Local topography and CYCLING”

It turned out it was Ed Green, who used to have a shop in North Walsham

Amongst other things he showed me a map produced by “The Bicyclist’s and Tricyclist’s Supply Company” of Holborn Viaduct – illustrating mostly sociable tricycles.

The business is called “& BOOKS”. Otherwise Ampersand Books, 64 St Benedicts Street, Norwich
NR2 4AR Tel 01603 663169.

Now to the future

The following item comes from Roy Prockter:-

Fine Ale Club Dinner at Colchester
The Fine Ale Club have promoted a charity event in Colchester in recent years, in the form of a meal with a different beer for each course, for a very reasonable £25 per head (including at least 4 beers)
After being filled to capacity last year they have promoted two such evenings this year.
I’m going on one with a party from Tiptree Tipplers (my home brewing group) – but the promoter has asked me to ‘put the word round’ about the second evening on Friday January 18th at the Moot Hall at 19:30, as there are a number of tickets still available.
As there seems to be a certain correlation between the riding of tricycles and the enjoyment of good beer, I wonder if you would mind including this in the email I anticipate you are planning to send before the meet on 12th January
More details on
If you are wondering how our Little Fords run in December went, there is an excellent account by Martin Badham on the TA Website
On the Home Page, now a few items down the order from the most recent item.


This is our big social occasion of the year and I hope you will come.


The Manger is on the A134, about 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds. It’s on OS 50,000 Sheet 155 Grid ref TL893574. Postcode: IP30 0LW.

The cost is £10.00. To book, ring Geoff Morse (Tel 01787 375983).

We really do owe Geoff a big debt of gratitude for the relaxed but competent way he organizes this event for us.

As usual there will be the CHAIRMAN’S APPETIZER RUN in the morning.

Martin gives the details as follows:

Meet, what do you reckon, 10 a.m at “Sweetmeats” in Water Lane, Lavenham.
(Opposite the kitchen door to the Swan) Trundle northish to Bradfield Combust for the lunch at The Manger.

Very close to the Manger, B&B is available at Church Farm (Mrs Williamson) 01284 386155


Finally (I think!)

Details of where we are meeting on Saturday (12th Feb)

Elevenses will be at E & Vs Tearoom, Needham Market (Thanks to Jim Long of Suffolk CTC for details of this) E & Vs is on the west side of the High Street, that’s on the right when heading towards Stowmarket. Maps show car parking at Needham Station in Station Yard and at Needham Lake in Coddenham Road. I intend to LEAVE E&Vs at 11.15am.

The Gardeners Arms at Combs stands at an isolated junction at Moats Tye , about 3 miles south of Stowmarket. It is exactly due west of Needham Market railway station at a distance of 3.1 miles as the crow flies..

Postcode is IP14 2AP. Grid Ref is TM041550 on OS 155

I hope to meet you on Saturday!

Happy New Year To You All

Ferg Muir

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