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To TA East Members & Friends

Good tricycling conditions are reported on the lanes we will be using tomorrow (Sat 9th Jan) for our clubrun from DISS TO MARKET WESTON.

I have just been speaking to Will Sargeant who lives close to our route and he tells me that lanes like Redgrave Low Road are in fine condition for trikes – generally compacted snow.

So, if you can get to get to Diss without putting anyone to undue risk, we look forward to seeing you.

The forecast is for bright, icy weather in the first part of the day, with snow showers coming in later.

Those who have been out in the last few days say that these squalls are a quite shockingly blizzard-like experience, so:

We will want to keep up to our schedule – in particular LEAVING the Angel Cafe at 11am.

And please dress for the Arctic.

It should be a good morning for cameras, and I’m sure we will find time for some photo-stops.


The following tribute to HERBIE NEVILL from Geoff Bateman of the Anglia Velo seems well worth a wide readership:

Herbie Nevile racing

Herbie was a lovely man and a great cyclist in the traditional way. He never owned a car as far as I know, and cycled everywhere, either on his trike or his solo, for as long as he was able.
I first met Herbie in 1967 when I joined the Ipswich Bicycle Club, as he was the Secretary at the time. In those days the club was quite small, as I recall Jack Daly was the President, Herbie was the secretary and the rest of the membership included Jack Pickess, Sam Harlott, Geoff Simpson, Chris Bailey, Keith Hill, Jim Long, Ray Revett (of Ipswich cycle and motor cycle dealers Revetts) and myself (I was the new boy).
Herbie always made me welcome and monthly club meetings were held in his front room at 75 Belle Vue Road.
Herbie worked for BXL at Brantham and never missed a shift because of the weather. In fact the company presented him with a specially made gold medal when he completed 25 years (I think) without missing a shift. He was vey proud of it.
He would usually ride the solo to work, but when the weather got snowy or icy he would always use the trike.
Despite the ride to work being about 11 miles or so each way, he would more often than not, if on the night shift, or 6 til 2 shift, come home a longer route, just for the joy of doing it.
I remember Herbie coming out on club runs occasionally in the late 60s and early 70s and the amount the youngsters moaned and took the mickey about his speed, however, Herbie just used to keep going and would cover many more miles in a day than the young lads, the old Hare and the Tortoise thing.
I recall, I think it was for his retirement, that he and a mate did the Lands End to John O’Groats ride over a number of days, pretty much without support as such, that was his way.
It was partly Herbie’s enthusiasm and great love for cycling as a whole that inspired me as a youngster, and the influence of him and like minded people, that instilled in us younger riders, back then, the principles that everyone involved in enjoying the pastime/sport should contribute to helping to run it. That was the traditional way, and back then nobody questioned the principle. We were encouraged, and helped, to organise events, hold club office, timekeep, handicap and do most of the other things which helped to keep the sport healthy, every one did a little.
Characters like Herbie were the product of their generation, and cycling was a lot richer for them. He will be missed and he will be remembered.


Hoping to see some brave souls tomorrow!

Ferg Muir 01603 615000 

PS Below are copied the (unchanged) details of tomorrow’s plan:

Lunchtime Meet will be at THE MILL TAVERN, MARKET WESTON, which is on the BIIII, between Stanton and Garboldisham, and is about 10 miles west of Diss.

There will be a short clubrun beforehand, which will LEAVE the ANGEL COFFEE BAR overlooking Fair Green, Diss at around 11am.

Market Weston “Mill Inn” is on the B1111, outside the village centre, 12 miles NE of Bury St Edmunds. Grid Ref is TL 980776 (on Landranger 144) Postcode is IP22 2PD

Elevenses Meet is the Angel Cafe on the southern edge of Diss. It overlooks Fair Green and the address Lower Denmark Street.Grid Ref TM 113796.

If heading towards Thetford on the A1066, pass the bus station, go straight over at a mini-roundabout immediately afterwards turn left at a fish & chip shop.

Car parks – there is a car park just north of Madgetts Cycles on the road towards Shelfanger, or there should be plenty of room on Saturdays at Diss railway station.

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