To TA East Members & Friends
From Ferg Muir

EAST MEET at the OLD CANNON BREWERY this Sunday 12 December

This IS a pub, in spite of its name. It occupies buildings which used to be a brewery and has a modern micro-brewery in a corner of the bar.
It has a high reputation and we have been there before, but not for a few years.
Like all good pubs, it will get busy – so I suggest we try to be there when they open at 12 noon.
It’s in Cannon Street, Bury. Grid Ref TL 854 646. Postcode IP33 1JR.
Although there isn’t an official coffee stop for this meet, my plan is to arrive at Stowmarket railway station at 0934 and ride to Bury. Anyone comfortable with 18 miles at medium speed is welcome to join me.
I will put a few details of how to find Cannon St at the end of this TA East News.

I have heard the Chairman mention attaching a brief committee meeting to this social meet, for the purpose of deciding if good use could be made of the RON FISHER TROPHY, which has been out of use for some time. Using it as an award for a non-racing activity has been suggested. An idea with workable plan for HOW the winner could be decided, without causing undue work and worry, would be particularly welcome.


I first met HRM at 28 Orford Road, Walthamstow. I had just returned from a fortnights summer holiday and had gone to the shop owned by F J Sanders, an old-established lightweight builder, to order a new frame. Roy Sanders was behind the counter, and on enquiring after Fred Sanders was told by his son that Fred had passed away the previous week. Fred’s wife Winnie came into the shop and explained that she had arranged for someone to come in the following week to finish the orders in hand.
On the following Saturday I re-visited the shop to find a new face behind the counter who turned out to be Henry Morris. I asked if he would be prepared to make me a new frame and gave him a rough specification. He prepared drawings and constructed the frame. Apart from one he had made for his own use some time previously, mine is the oldest frame made under his name (although he had made many under other manufacturers’ names e.g. FJ Sanders and EG Bates). I was fortunate enough to have bought a beautiful second-hand Bates tandem in the 50s and I took it to him to have it checked over. He was surprised to see it, saying that he had made it for the 1938 Show.
I always regret parting with it.

He and his wife always made us welcome in the shop, and invariably there would be tea and biscuits. I ordered another frame which was one of his ‘specials’ with his initials cut into all the lugs and handlebar extension. This was unfortunately stolen, and although retrieved, the thief had brazed new rear drop-outs. I asked HRM if the frame could be returned to its original condition but he insisted he did not want the frame taken onto the road again, as it had originally been silver-soldered and the brazing would have made the rest of the joints brittle. It hung in his workshop for years.

In 1962 he made me a tricycle and when we recently looked up the bill the cost was £65 something COMPLETE! I still have my original bike and the trike.

Often when we visited he would be building wheels on the counter. It was fascinating to watch him getting the wheel perfectly true, taking it out of the jig, putting it under his arm, bend it, and place it back in the jig and start all over again. I still have wheels he built over 50 years ago.

I often visited him at his bungalow in Bar Hill after he retired, where he was always prepared to carry out any repair that was asked for. He would regale me with many stories of club life prior to the Second World War, which I always found fascinating. His particular hero was his brother-in-law Jack Rossiter, a great record breaker in the 20s and 30s, but I knew only as a first class handicapper and timekeeper.

One of HRM’s other passions was classical music and opera. He kept a cabinet full of records from 78s to LPs and would discuss the merits of the classical repertoire with a great depth of knowledge. He was also a keen model-maker and painter.

I shall miss HRM because he was almost unique in the bike world. If his name was on a frame he would be the person to have made it. He was always very generous with his time and his talents, and the cycling world in particular will be a poorer place.

George Arnot

(George, who lives in The Fens near Ramsey was one of many cyclists at Dick Morris’s funeral. He rode there and back on Dick’s own yellow trike. Later he emailed me:
“I was surprised by the lack of tiredness when I got home after a round trip of some 60 miles – the furthest I have ridden on a trike since I broke my neck seven years ago. There’s life in the old dog yet!!”
I’m not sure HOW old George is, but I am pretty sure he’s over 80 – FRM)

MACHINES (Trike and 3 bikes) FOR SALE BY our members JIM & VERA STAINES:
The list has changed a bit since I mentions Jim’s trike being for sale – for the rather nice reason that grandson Matt Cook has asked for it to be kept back so that he might ride it in the future.

GEORGE LONGSTAFF Trike 19.5” seat tube centre to top, 19.5” top tube centre to centre, 21 gears bar end levers, in good condition.
Offers around £650.

Mercian 19.5” bike seat tube centre to top, 19.5” top tube centre to centre, 18 gears indexed bar end levers, in very good condition. Offers around £500.

Orbit Ventura bike, 23.5” seat tube centre to top, 23.5” top tube centre to centre, 27 gears indexed bar end levers, fitted with a Bionix electric assist motor system including battery charger, in good condition. Offers around £900.

Powercycle Salisbury electric bike, power with twist grip throttle or power assisted. Including battery charger, kick stand, rear rack and bags. Offers around £400

Jim or Vera Staines; 01842 762684
(I know Jim & Vera are taking Matt to race with his Dutch club this month, so keep trying if you do not get an immediate reply)

(This is a new “discovery” – I found a number of Christmas cards among archives given me some years ago by the late Herbie Nevill. Outwardly ordinary, each has an original poem inside. They were by S J King (Colchester Rovers) who was chairman of our Region when I first joined in 1969. He was winner of the national Tricycle Trophy in 1950 and one of the fastest trike riders of the fifties, continuing to race into the 1970s.
One needs to remember this was the era of 6am starts for time trials and clockwork pocket-watches attached to the handlebars with a watch-clip)

TO ALL, who’ve stood at forks forlorn
And watched the majesty of dawn
And wondered if the last man’s gone
Accept our Christmas Greetings!

To “time-lords” whose brows are mopped
At thoughts of timepiece still and stopped
Or really worse….the darn thing’s stopped
Accept out Christmas Greetings!

To Racing Secs, oft “in the cart”
When “first man off” had asked “late start”
Of divers snags, which play their part
Accept our Christmas Greetings!

To all who grace this happy sport
To those who “catch” and those who ‘re “caught”
To those who win, and those gain naught
Accept our Christmas Greetings!


Even more finally….Those promised notes on how to find Cannon Street, Bury:
Cannon Street CAN be found from the town centre via Lower Baxter St and Garland St, but probably the most reliable way is to start from the Roundabout between the railway station and Northgate St. This is the junction of the A1101, the A1302 and the A134/A143.
You have to get off your trike and walk a step or two, but a cut-off exit from this roundabout, by the Barbers Shop, is Cannon Street. Those arriving by car will need to use a public car park and walk, as there is hardly any parking at the Old Cannon Brewery

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL, (And hope to see you on Sunday)

Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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