To TA East Members & Friends
From Ferg Muir

Our RODING VALLEY MEET is this coming THURSDAY – 11th November.
Thank-you to the several members who responded to my request for help with a place for coffee.
The choice has fallen on:
The Garden Cafe at Country Gardens Ongar centre at Langford Bridge, about 2 miles south of Chipping Ongar on the A128 (the road to Brentwood). Said to be frequented by Essex CTC and 40+ . Postcode is CM15 0LB. Grid refs quoted TL558014 or 559012.
Anyway it is close to where the A128 crosses the River Roding.
The plan is to LEAVE there about 11.05am (To keep clear of any Remembrance Day silence).
We will ride through Chipping Ongar and along the valley to LUNCH at the
AXE & COMPASSES, Dunmow Road Aythorpe Roding. That’s just north of the village on the Roman road now the B184.
Grid ref is TL 594154. Postcode CM6 1PP
I have said that we will have between 5 & 12 people. It would be handy if anyone expecting to come would tell me, so that I can up that “12” if we look like getting a larger number, but it is not essential.

Jan Roberts in Bury St Edmunds says:
Hi Fergus
The clear out continues and I have the following Trike items available. I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this onto interested parties
Triking shimano OWD freehub converter & freehub(used but good) and gear hanger the converter was trial fitted but not used………..£25.00 +£2.0 p+p
1. Pr. rear wheels with Longstaff hubs on MAVIC MA40 Grey anodised rims (700c) both anodising & eyelets in excellent condition. Stainless spokes Michelin Kevlar tyres 700c x 23…………..£85.00 + £12.00 p+p
2. 27″ Weinmann wheelset, rodgers hubs Sturmey drum brake, 36 Hole rims good but require relacing………£20.00 + £20.00
3. Roberts 531 Touring Trike 23.5″ Green, 1983, Rogers Axle, wide axle set up, 700c Wolber Gentleman 58 Rims, currently set up with Suntour 7 speed 14-28/Stronglite 48/30. C/w integral rack. Good overall condition….£425 o.n.o
Members can also call Jan on 0793 376 3909. The above items can also be collected from him in BSE
Jan ( jan@bdsystems.co.uk ) has photos he can forward, and I (Ferg) also have some of these photos.
Jim Staines has also told me that his trikes are for sale. Sadly Jim’s health is not at all good, though he “keeps going” most determinedly, often with the aid of a mobility scooter.
I have not got full details to hand, but they are quality machines, with frames on the large side. Jim & Vera are Thetford based – 01842 762684.

If your thoughts centre on something more entry-level, I believe Mike Moody still has his Parker conversion for sale. He lives near Wisbech – 01945 861046.

STOLEN – My black Brompton folding bike, distinguished by red & gold TA badges on the frame tube, just behind the head tube. Frame number 167408 (on flat piece of structure, by bottom bracket).
It was locked to a bike rack in the centre of St Albans – I was on a visit to my birthplace.
BUMPED – The chairman’s head. Another two-wheel item. I’m afraid – Martin was knocked off his 1936 Raleigh by a van which did not stop. However an alert member of the public noted the registration number and the van has been traced. After a little attention both head and Raleigh appear reasonably OK, but it was another night in hospital for MLB.

TRIKE COURSE RECORDS – Charles & Chris Willmets have done some good research and added to Ray Legg’s list. Any more offerings?

2011 TA EAST LUNCH – Geoff Morse confirms that our annual lunch will be on Sunday 6th February, once again at The Manger, Bradfield Combust.

A new tea room open in Cavendish. Thanks to West Suffolk Wheelers for the following:

A gem and ticks all the boxes for clubruns: plenty of room, open every day from 9am to 5pm, has great homemade cakes and scones, sandwiches and main courses if you’re really hungry, and friendly staff.

It’s located in the grounds of the old Sue Ryder home (centre of the village, on the left if you’re coming from Long Melford). Worth giving them a call if you’re bringing a large group – 01787 259 000
Just one other thing: the seats have nice new upholstery, so if your winter iron doesn’t have mudguards and the weather is wet, please be kind and take something with you to place on the seat.
www.cavendishtearoom.co.uk manager@cavendishtearoom.co.uk 
Please note: The Bridge Street Cafe mentioned recently is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Our Friday meet to see the Tour of Britain was a memorable one. We met at the Bridge Street cafe mentioned above – they actually opened up early for us, as we stood outside with tongues hanging out. Eleven members turned out and in particular it was really pleasing to find William Sargeant joining us for the day.
Because of the huge difference in the speeds members could manage uphill, the shepherd did have a bit of a job keeping the flock together, but no one got upset and we all met up at intervals and, most importantly, in the pub after it was all over.

Riding through Long Melford was extraordinary. The road was lined with people for about two miles, with whole schools out waving flags and cheering anything with pedals on it and there were sideshows and stalls behind the crowds. We must have made an impression because the Suffolk Free Press published a photo of three of us in line astern making our way through the crowds. I suspect it was the new TA clothing that “made” the picture.

After seeing the race once we headed for Ballingdon Hill, out of Sudbury, where there was another astonishing crowd. We established ourselves near a trio of people dressed up as devils and saw the race through –actually I hardly remember the race bit. Then we happened to meet the Chairman of Braintree council – in regalia. He and his wife were busting with enthusiasm for the occasion.

We eventually made our way to Edwardstone White Horse and enjoyed a long and enjoyable late lunch, before going our separate ways.

The October meet at Thornham Forge Cafe and Billingford attracted only five members – probably as the weather forecast was distinctly dodgy. Actually we never caped up, just stopping in a strategically-placed village shelter in Hoxne while one shower passed through. It was really good to have Dave Huffey out on a trike again – it was the infamous Thom-grave made (don’t read any further, Peter Holland) by sawing both an Ephgrave and a Thompson in half and joining the front of the Ephgrave to the back of the Thompson. Also to meet again Mike Smith’s son Alex – once familiar to many of us as a bright kid in a trailer and now five-times older and stoking the tandem trike himself.

Lunch was at the Horseshoes at Billingford, on the A143 near Diss. The beer and the welcome here were excellent, and the food very acceptable. They just need some more customers. Not posh, but well worth a visit.

So… it is off to Essex on Thursday ……the land of which Wivenhoe writer Martin Newell has written in his Anthem for Essex:
Epic Essex, best for bike-rides
Liberally laced with lanes
Pubs to punctuate the pedalling
Flower-baskets hung on chains

(If anyone has a volume of his poems, I would like to see it)

I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com 


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