To TA East Members & Friends

This Saturday (18th October) the TA East are meeting at MALDON – we will be having lunch at the QUEEN’S HEAD on the Hythe at Maldon. From my memory, if the sun shines, this is wonderfully uplifting spot, on a sharp rise above the quay where Thames barges are docked. And it is a Good Beer Guide entry.

I was so pleased to have several suggestions for Elevenses – many thanks to all who contributed!

The choice has fallen on Peartree Pantry, Peartree Farm, Spring Lane, Hatfield Peverel. CM3 2JW.

This was Nik Beavins’ recommendation – it’s a regular 40 Plus stop, he tells me. “Perhaps only 5 miles from Maldon but many great routes to get to my old local, the Queens’”

It certainly looks good on the map – crossing the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation and passing near Beeleigh Abbey.

So I reckon we will plan to LEAVE the Peartree Pantry at 11.15 am.

The origin of this meet is me plotting the membership on a map and seeing how the concentration is a sort of crescent from Diss south through Stowmarket to Southend and a realisation that we have quite a few members within reach of Maldon.

We very much hope to see many of you at some time during the day.


Hot news from THE LINCOLN TRIKE WEEKEND yesterday and Saturday:

Organiser John Nicholson reports:

“The weather on Saturday was fine with a cool southerly wind which made the second leg of the triangle hard work but gave no assistance on the way back. Sunday was a glorious day , hardly any wind and shirt sleeve order for the Marshals. Numbers slightly down but a very enjoyable weekend!”

There were Saturday evening gatherings in Dunston for campers, and Auburn. Sunday lunch at Saxilby.


I was pleased to receive, from Jim Elsegood, this thoughtful tribute to tricyclist Pedaller Read who died last month:

“Very sorry to hear about the death of Pedaller Read. As a junior in the Kings Lynn club he was always a target for me to catch on my bike in the evening club 10’s. He was the first person I had seen racing a trike and was my inspiration to start riding one. I remember riding my trike in the Norwich 100 and coming into Swaffham he was handing bottles up at the feed station and recognised me, I felt a real sense of pride, things had come full circle. A few years ago, I think just as he retired from work we met up again at an early season event and he still had a real enthusiasm for three wheels. At one time Janine (Jim’s wife – FM) owned the Empson trike that had been Pedallers. I never thought I would hear this sad news.

Time passes so quickly and is so easily taken for granted.”

Have not learnt much more about John Lindsell yet – though Herbie Nevill remembers sending him VTTA newsletters. Herbie, I’m pleased to say, still has very steady handwriting (at 95, I think) – much better than mine, I fear.

To those of you who are VTTA MEMBERS (That’s the organisation for time trial riders over 40), Remember that the current VETERAN magazine includes a survey form concerning member’s opinions on the question of TRICYCLE STANDARDS AND AWARDS. It’s good that they are taking a lot of trouble to consider this often-discussed issue.

Don’t forget to return your form if you wish to contribute.


The VTTA is about old cyclists: the V-CC (the Veteran-Cycle Club) is about old cycles. And from the latter there has just dropped through my letter-box a newly published small book “East Anglian Rides, 1887 to 1884, an illustrated 72 page book about 4 tricycle tours in East Anglia. Edited by Gerry Moore of Weeting and published by the John Pinkerton Memorial Publishing Fund.

Haven’t had time to look properly yet, but I see the tricyclists had trouble with the chain at Hatfield Peverel on their trip in the spring of 1894. Hope we avoid this on Saturday.

I will try to have the book with me.

You will find news of the East AGM etc in the forthcoming Autumn TA Gazette.

By the way, after our most enjoyable meet at Laxfield Low House in the Autumn of 2007, I had thought of paying a return visit in September to the co-incide with the village’s Festival of Tolerance. Sounded a good idea for the TA East.

However the plan had to be dropped when I learnt from the Diss Express that the festival had had to be cancelled, though the Parish Chairman and the Event Organiser could not agree why.

See www.dissexpress.co.uk/news/Tolerance-festival-cancelled.4415871.jp for more.

Now, I must get on with reporting the weekend’s cycling – Incidentally, at the Welwyn Whs cyclo-cross I attended on Saturday, our member Roger Akers was giving a very good commentary.

Best Wishes to you all

Hope to see Many of you at Hatfield Peverel or Maldon

Ferg Muir


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