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To TA East Members & Friends

From Ferg Muir

FRIDAY – The main message is that – as mentioned on p57 of the Winter TA Gazette – our next meet is not at the weekend but this Friday lunchtime at EDWARDSTONE WHITE HORSE, near Sudbury, that’s Friday 16th April. The reason for trying a weekday meet is to get away from crowded lunchtimes – but this has not entirely worked, as the pub is still asking for numbers.

So, if you are coming, please let me know by the end of Tuesday evening, as I have promised to give a figure. However I hope anyone who finds at the last minute that they can join us will do so.

I already have Martin Badham, Ian Charity, Geoff Morse and myself listed.

Why Edwardstone White Horse?

It helps that it is pretty much in the middle of the Region, but mainly because it felt so much in the right spirit when we had lunch there between fords last time we visited.

Since then they have built their own brewery on site –The Mill Green Brewery. The detailed series photos of the construction of this timber framed building on the Brewery section of the pub website is worth a look. There is also a lot about the brewery at a CAMRA webpage, “Think Green, Drink Green” at .

The White Horse has its own campsite with water for the showers heated by solar panel. There’s a wind generator and holiday cottages – see: 

(I think these addresses need to be copied & pasted into an addressbox)

Edwardstone is about 5 miles due east of Sudbury. The pub is at Mill Green. It is not too easy to locate in a network of lanes, so give yourselves time to find it.

The Grid ref is TL951426 and the postcode CO10 5BX.

If the weather in the afternoon is half-decent it is likely that I will have a look at the ford near the church and Groton Wood in the next village. Feel free to join me.

Of Groton Wood the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website says:

Wildflower to look out for: Early purple orchid – April/May.

SPRING 25 and Redgrave Lunch

In a big change from the weather we had become used to, the sun shone on the East 25 at Bressingham. The winner was John Dupen from Ringsfield near Beccles on his Roberts updated with three carbon tri-spoke wheels. John covered the Bressingham to Thetford and back course in 1:12:51 with Adrian Perkin on his ex-Alan Shuttleworth Longstaff second in 1:13:22.

Thanks to Mick Madgett for his work – not just as Event Sec, but helping with the timing, result board, collecting the roadsigns and no doubt other aspects not immediately visible to us competitors.

Afterwards there was a short clubrun to Redgrave where no less than 19 of us had lunch at the Cross Keys Inn.

Wheels within wheels

The photo featuring some of the wide assortment of machines outside the pub – including John Malseed’s penny farthing can be seen on the East Gallery of the TA Website, under the title “Wheels within wheels”. Adjacent in the East Gallery are Sian Charlton’s photo of John Dupen leaving the turn roundabout, and mine of Alan Nye leaving the car park with his Thompson trike hung on the back of his Austin Ruby. The personalities in the “Redgrave Green Conflab.” picture are (L-R) Dave Cannon, John Malseed, Adrian Perkin (hand on saddle), new regional secretary Roy Prockter , Andrew Nye, Ray Legg and publisher Adrian Bell.

For pictures taken just after the start of the 25 see Mark Cozens’ website Look under 2010 time trials.

The order passing the photographer is:

Ferg Muir, Alan Nye, Jim Montgomerie, Ian MacKenzie (looking at his flattening tyre), John Dupen, Andrew Nye (green vest), Pete Holland, Adrian Hills, Martin Badham (blissfully unaware his tyre is about to expire) and then John Malseed’s penny. I can only assume that Adrian Perkin flashed by in a blink of the photographer’s eye.


1 John Dupen , Godric CC , 1:12:51 ,
2 A Perkin ( Godric CC) 1:13:22 ,
3 P Holland (Lincoln Whrs) 1:20:27 ,
4 Andrew Nye (Ashford Whrs) 1:23:22 ,
5 J Montgomerie (North Devon Whrs) 1:24:11 ,
6 F Muir (TA East) 1:30:10 ,
7 A Hills (Lewes Wanderers) 1:32:36 ,
8 Alan Nye (TA East) 2:16:42 .

DNF with punctures- Ian MacKenzie and Martin Badham.



Sat 1 st

EAST 25 1400 near Sleaford. Followed by Weekend at Dunston. Meal, Pace-Judging, Barbeque. Pete & Gwyneth Holland. 01526-322633. Mike Dixie 10 near Hull on Monday 3rd

Sun 16 th

East 25 0700 B25/50 Wortwell. Entries £7.00 to Mike Moody 7 Birch Grove, Elm, Wisbech, PE14 0AP

Clubrun after the 25 (around 10.15am) from Wortwell Community Centre Grid Ref

TM 276850 to Stradbroke. Booked lunch at Queen’s Head, which is on the B1118 leading north out of the village. Bookings to Ferg Muir (Phone 01603 615000 not as membership list).


Fri 4 th

East Evening meet at the Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill. Grid Ref TM 205380.Pin Mill is the riverside hamlet of Chelmondiston, 6 mls SE of Ipswich on the B1456.

Fri 25 th

EAST: Afternoon Tea in Frinton, A genteel visit to the seaside. Contact Ferg Muir 01603 615000.


Sat 3rd/Sun 4th

EAST: Grasstrack double header. Saturday at Bredfield (Plomesgate CC) Sunday at Colchester (Colchester Rovers CC)

Entries Saturday £15 in advance, £25 on the day to Evert Wijnberg, 2 White Lodge Gardens, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 2NQ

Entries Sunday (only in advance) – £14 to Richard Jackson, 179 Colchester Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JY

TA Camping at Bredfield on Saturday, plus evening meal nearby.

NB Don’t dismiss this if you are not into racing – it is a good socializing/camping/eating/spectating weekend, as well.

Sun 11th

EAST: Fliss Beard 100 near Attleborough in conjunction with national championship on A11 dual carriageway.


Sun 8th

EAST 12 Hour.

Sun 8th

EAST: Grasstrack at Bury St Edmunds (Minimum 6 entries) Organiser Barry Denny, Highfields, Little Whelnetham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 ODA. Tel 01284 386409

Note that entries soon (20th April) close for Pete Holland’s 25 at Sleaford and the Mike Dixie 10.

(On a personal note, if anyone can give my trike a lift to either or both of these events I (Ferg) would be pleased to hear from you – otherwise I may be restricted to the Brompton folder)

Looking forward to drinking Loveleys Fair with you at Edwardstone on FRIDAY. (Loveleys Fair is one of the Mill Green Brewery’s beers)

And let me know you are coming, if you can

Ferg Muir 01603 615000

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