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To TA East Members & Friends

From Ferg Muir

Hope to see a good turn-out at the EAST LUNCH which is on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7TH

It is at The Manger, Bradfield Combust which is on the A 134, 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds. OS Sheet 155 Grid Ref TL893574. Postcode IP30 0LW

Tickets are a bargain at £12.

It will be an opportunity to meet the recently elected new National Captain Dave Hardy and his wife, who are coming over from Leicester to be with us.

In the morning, the Chairman (01603 897738) has an Appetizer Run – meet 10am at “Sweetmeats”, Water Lane, Lavenham, (opposite the kitchen door of the Swan Hotel).

Geoff Morse (01787 375983) will be glad to take your bookings for the lunch. If you prefer you can post a cheque made out to “Geoff Morse” to him at White House, Heathway, Great Waldingfield, Sudbury, CO10 OTU



SOUTH WEST REGION announce “It was not possible to publish details of some of our events in the Winter 2009 TA “Gazette”.

In particular they have a Tricycle League 25 on Sunday 28th February– which is only four weeks away – on course U17.

Details of this and their next event, the 50 in Hampshire on 9th May are given at the end of this newsletter.



I (Fergus) am really sorry about calling off the January Meet at the last minute.

It was a bad decision, and spoilt a rare opportunity to have an advance-planned run in the snow.

I know why I did it – when I got up, the benign weather of the previous day seemed gone – the wind was whipping the trees about outside my house, and the forecast had changed dramatically overnight, in particular the “Feels Like” temperature forecast was now SEVEN degrees C lower. I was afraid someone might have to be rescued.

On reflection, no one who was at all likely to come out would have unable to cope with a blizzard if we HAD encountered one. I went down to Diss in case anyone turned up, and as it turned out the weather was quite OK.

One member who had already turned back when I phoned was Adrian Perkin who had found the depth of snow at Loddon was making progress just too slow.


A week later, several members attended the Straw Bear Festival at Whittlesey. Martin Badham’s account of the day can be read on the East News pages of the TA website




At our Thornham Walks elevenses last autumn some of the talk revolved round Welwyn and the connections which several of our members have with Hertfordshire.

This set me re-reading “Scottish Farmers in Hatfield” a paper by Gladys Brown published in 1961, where I read:

“We know that the Marquess of Salisbury took a great interest in this farm, and when an old man would ride his tricycle to look over the land”

“This land” was Peartree Farm, Welwyn. This particular Lord Salisbury finished his last spell as Prime Minister in 1902

The Scotch Farmers paper does not mention my grandfather, who moved from south west Scotland to farms between Watford and St Albans in 1900, but it contains many names familiar from my father’s talk – Hunter, Hill, Sinclair – it was Scots farming neighbour Fergus Sinclair who gave my mother the idea for a name for her younger son.

But time has moved on.

Mr Hunter’s once new Peartree farmhouse (at roughly TL 242133) became a maternity home and is now Welwyn Garden City YMCA.

My birthplace is long demolished, but, today, I have been back to part of the farm, surviving on a hill between the M10 and the North Orbital Road. I did a conservation task with “The Friends of St Julians Wood”.

There is no record of the present Lord Salisbury riding a tricycle.


After that personal ramble, it remains for me to urge you once again to join us at the EAST LUNCH, and the Chairman’s Appetizer Run, or, if you have little time, just to pop in to the Manger for a drink with us.

And to give you those details of South West events:

Date: 28th Feb 2010
Region: South West
Activity: South Western 25 (A Tricyclists’ Time Trial League event)
Details: 25 miles on U17
Start at 9:30 a.m.
Entries: £7.00 to Geoff Lonsdale,
43 Dunkeld Ave,
Filton Park,
BS34 7RQ

Date: 9th May 2010
Region: South West
Activity: TA (South Western) 50 (A Tricyclists’ Time Trial League event)
Details: Course: H50/ 8;
Start 08:00;
Solo trikes and Tandems
In conjunction with Charlotteville CC 50.
Entry Fee: £7 solos; £14 tandems
Event Organiser: Jim Pitt
33, Lyndhurst Road, Boscombe Down, Amesbury, Wilts. SP4 7PG

01980 590876



Ferg Muir 01603 615000

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