To TA East Members & Friends
From Fergus Muir
Coming up: – FRIDAY IN FRINTON – that’s this coming Friday (25th June) when, as per page 37 of the spring TA Gazette, the East will partake of

(“The town that people come to for what it hasn’t got”)

To fortify ourselves for the experience, we will meet beforehand for lunch at Thorpe-le-Soken – at the Rose & Crown, to be precise. To read more about Frinton and our proposed visit, look further down this newsletter

Meanwhile , some more headline news:

A sad loss. It looks such an interesting area. At least I can draw attention, without much risk of leading anyone astray, to a remarkable series of photographs of two tunnels on the Chard Canal, the old waterway that the Merryfield Airfield – and Crit circuit – was built over.
See Crimson Hill and Lillesdon on www.darkanddeep.co.uk/caving_tunnels%20and%20mines.asp 
The TA Crit Champs will now be at Warwick on Sunday Sept 4th.

Let’s not allow lack of entries to be a problem at the BREDFIELD AND COLCHESTER GRASS TRACK MEETS, now just two weeks away – on 3rd & 4th July. In particular the Colchester event is open to ADVANCE ENTRIES ONLY. Entry details below.

EAST CHAIRMAN, MARTIN BADHAM, IS OUT OF HOSPITAL and his Trykit is safely back home. How did he get in hospital? By not drinking enough. Come along to Frinton and he will gladly tell you the saga, but briefly, he was riding the Asparagus & Strawberries 400km Audax organised byTA East member Herman Ramsey when he collapsed in Red Lodge Cafe after about 300km. Sounds as if he had quite extensive tests in the West Suffolk Hospital. The verdict : dehydration.

There are 10 entries listed for THE FLISS BEARD 100 on 11th July – the names are on the CTT Website at
The Event HQ is at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough, grid ref TM051952. This is quite close to the Camping and Caravanning Club site at Holly Farm, New Buckenham, where Gwyneth Holland is holding a little pre-event social.
I am sure the organiser of the CTT and TA 100 Championships, our member Don Saunders, would welcome offers of help – his phone no – 07767 833941.

1:6:25 for a trike 25 at 80!
Congratulations to TA East member Eric Marsh, who at the age of 80, covered the E2/25 25 mile course on the Newmarket bypass in 1:6:25., which will be a new national age record for 80, and, I believe, 79 & 78.
This was a VTTA East Anglian Group 25 and Eric’s beating of his age standard by a massive +30:02. Won him the H F Nevill Cup, named in honour Herbie Nevill, TA East founder member.

In the same event Adrian Perkin finished in 1:3:28, thus breaking his own Godric CC trike club record of 1:5:50 which had stood for 45 years since he set it in 1965,at the age of 22.
The new record had a much shorter life – in fact only 91 minutes until clubmate John Dupen, off later in the starting order, came in – with 1:3:17.

Congratulations too to TA member David Stone who won the 25km trike road race and the 13km time trial at the Para-Cycling World Championships in Segovia, Spain last weekend.

Thanks to Joan Alston for an offer in connection with the would-be tricyclist at Bacton

I have already had one phone call from a member who has dug out his old army socks in the hope that they will make him sufficiently respectable to pass The Gates at Frinton

In case that is lost on you, I will elaborate.
In a previous TA East News I mentioned a newspaper report of how Frinton Golf Club had finally rescinded its rule that gentlemen playing in shorts must wear socks up to just below the knee.
The Gates are the level crossing gates. With some minor exceptions, there is only one way into Frinton – across the sole railway level crossing, which marks a symbolic passing from outside world into the town.
Quite recently Railtrack proposed to modernise the crossing, installing automatic barriers in place of signalman and large hand-operated gates. In Frinton Library I was able to look at the thick files of press-cuttings recording the massive fight – ultimately unsuccessful – the residents put up to oppose the change.
There have been previous similar rearguard actions – there was no fish & chip shop allowed until 1992 and no pub until 2000.

So let us enjoy Frinton before it gets any more like everywhere else.

On my planning visit I had several surprises – and not all in the same direction.
There are tower-blocks, for instance – of flats, I mean. And the aural soundscape isn’t posh – the voices I heard were mostly London and Essex. Nor is the town old – most building s are post-1900. – indeed it is noted for early 20th century domestic architecture – both Arts & Crafts and International Modern

And I was properly caught out by one misconception – I had envisaged us having tea at some tea-room on the front, served by waitresses at tables covered in chintz tablecloths.
That was a mistake. I discover that absolutely NO commercial development is permitted on the front at all. Not even an ice cream kiosk. So we will have tea in the town at The Chocolate Parlour – details below.
The sea front has wonderful sands, acres of grass – “The Greensward ” and many beach huts.
And just one service building the residents could not do without – the largest, most immaculate (and most expensive) public loos I have ever been in, standing alone at the focal point of the town.
I don’t think these have anything so undignified as gentlemen’s urinals – at least I couldn’t find any – which left me awkwardly wondering “Did I go in the wrong side by mistake?” But the staff made no comment – the facilities are, as you might expect, attended.
These loos are not for techno-phobes. Working out how to start the Dyson hand-dryers takes some doing – and when you succeed, you are nearly blown out the door.

I think my overriding impression of Frinton is of tidiness – the neatest, most litter-free of places.

The Practicalities: We will meet for lunch (from noon onwards) at the Rose & Crown, Thorpe-le-Soken. That is on the left hand side of the B1033, as you come into the village from the west. Postcode CO16 0EF. Thanks to Roy Prockter for suggesting this.
After lunch we will ride to Frinton, do a little tour of the town and stop for afternoon tea at THE CHOCOLATE PARLOUR. Grid ref TM237196. The main front of the Chocolate Parlour is on Connaught Avenue, near The Cutting Co and the Free Church, but it consists of a series of little courtyards leading at the back to Old Road.
After tea I expect we will go our separate ways, but there is a possibility of going into Walton and climbing The Naze Tower (£2.50) if time permits and weather suggests it might be worthwhile.
Anyway, feel free to come and go as you wish.

SUMMER BY THE GRASSTRACKS – A socializing/camping/eating/spectating / racing weekend
Saturday -Grasstrack at Bredfield (Plomesgate CC)
Elevenses by the tideway at Woodbridge
Entries Saturday £15 in advance, £25 on the day to Evert Wijnberg, 2 White Lodge Gardens, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 2NQ

Sunday at Colchester, (Colchester Rovers CC)
Boadicea Way Sports Complex, Boadicea Way, Colchester, CO2 9BG
Entries Sunday (only in advance) – £14 to Richard Jackson, 179 Colchester Road, West Bergholt, CO6 3JY
Download BC entry forms from

TA Camping at Bredfield on Saturday, plus evening meal at Hasketon Turks Head, I hope.

Finally, from THE ARCHERS, BBC Radio 4, 7th June 2010:
Susan finds Sabrina, one of the volunteers at the Community Shop, has got into a muddle with the money
“That woman shouldn’t be put in charge of a tricycle, let alone a till”

Best wishes to you all

Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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