To TA East Members & Friends

Having just dispatched items for the “Winter” TA Gazette to the editor, I had better hasten to remind you all that we in the East have a meet at Bildeston Kings Head this Sunday (14th December)

The people at the King’s Head sounded very welcoming when I rang this week. The pub and brewery have changed hands since we went there last, but I understand the changes are not drastic – the former landlord lives in the southern half of now divided building, and is still on the scene.

There will be meals and beer, brewed on the premises, and the relatively unrestored 15th Century building to enjoy. We usually get a good crowd. Hope to see many members and friends there.

Bildeston is on the B1115 Stowmarket to Hadleigh road. The Kings Head is in the middle of the village at 132 High St, IP7 7ED, grid reference: TL 992 495.

Robert Morse’s bike shop, LifecycleUK, is just along the street (108 High Street) , is open on Sundays, and I expect that several of us will be will be there before going to the Kings Head.

I know that some members are planning to juggle their tricycles and mountain bikes (just visualise it) and ride one of West Suffolk Wheeler’s West Stow MTB Challenge rides in the morning. Details on the Wheeler’s website, in case you are interested www.westsuffolkwheelers.co.uk/content/index.php.

Looking back – we had a good turn-out for our meet at Stowmarket and Badwell Ash in October.

One report is on the East News pages of the TA website now and another view will be in the Gazette.

Before the start of the ride Dave Huffey and I bumped into Doug Riley’s wife in Stowmarket. Both of them were regulars at TA meets a few years ago. You may remember Doug had very, very thick glasses. Well, no more. He’s had an operation and doesn’t need glasses at all now, except for reading. Both Doug and Lil are still pretty active, I gather.

There was discussion during the ride about a possible ford at Langham, near Badwell Ash and, looking at the map I can see that there is an rather odd spot where there are two alternative roads for barely 100 yards. Wonder if one of these roads goes through a ford. Anyone know?

(Incidentally, the TA National AGM decided on a revised publishing schedule for the Gazette which will give a more even spacing between the quarterly editions. This means that the very short interval between the Autumn and Christmas editions is a thing of the past, and the next Gazette will appear in January)

Another face from the past was at a cyclo-cross at Mistley recently – Dave Crook, the first man under the hour on a tricycle, was among the spectators and spoke to me.

Looking forward, Geoff Morse has settled the arrangements for the East Lunch . It will be a bargain £11.50 for a three course meal and coffee. There will be a Chairman’s Appetizer run from Lavenham beforehand.

Full details of this and other runs in the Mid January to end of April period are below:

Sun 1st EAST LUNCH at The Manger, Bradfield Combust
Tickets £11.50 Tel Geoff Morse 01787 375983
Bradfield Combust is on the A134, 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds. OS Sheet 155 Grid ref TL893574
For SatNav users: IP30 0LW

Appetizer Run – meet 10:00 am at “Sweetmeats”, Water Lane, Lavenham, opposite the kitchen door to the Swan Hotel. Details from Martin Badham 01603 897738

Sat 28th EAST Lunchtime meet at Gardeners Arms, Moats Tye, Combs near Stowmarket. Postcode is IP14 2AP Grid ref TM 041550 on OS Sheet 155. Preceded by elevenses at E&Vs in High Street, Needham Market

Sun 22nd EAST 25 0900 . HQ Bressingham Village Hall (3 miles West of Diss Clubrun to Lunch 11.45am from Village Hall. O/S sheet 144 Grid ref TM084814

Clubrun details:Ferg Muir 01603 615000. Lunch expected to be Thelnetham

Sat 18th Lunchtime meet at DEBENHAM before Stowmarket & District rural 20 time trial. Lunch details – Ferg Muir

Sun 21st Fliss Beard 100 B100/4 Attleborough

Sun 12th EAST 25 7:00 HQ Wortwell Village Hall, to be held with Wolsey RC.

Sun 16th East 12 hour 05:30 a.m. In conjunction with CC Breckland event.

Sun 20th East 50 at Attleborough

A Happy Christmas to you all!

Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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