To TA East Members & Friends
From Ferg Muir

GARDEN OF DEBEN CAFE opposite the Angel. (The Angel is temporarily closed for some building work). It will be at the early end of “lunchtime” – I plan to be there around 11.45am.
This is to fit in with the Stowmarket & District 20 mile time trial which starts at 2pm nearby.
The Garden of Deben is on the sunny side of the street – the main B1077 road through the village – towards the north end.
If the weather is good may be able to sit outside and grab any TA members before they try to break into our published meeting place, the Angel. Actually some of the most interesting buildings in Debenham form the view from outside this cafe, so it is good place to sit. Apart from coffee & cakes the Garden of Deben offers sandwiches and light lunches, and in tune with the garden theme, you can buy “Wrist Corsages” which I think are the sort of thing bridesmaids might wear on their wrist for a spring wedding.

Shortly after 1pm I shall head off to the Leisure Centre in Gracechurch St to prepare for the time trial. Sadly this year no other tricyclists have entered.
Those members who would like a pint may then choose to adjourn to the Woolpack, near the church – which is a fine Good Beer Guide pub, though a bit small and dominated by locals to be the main TA meeting place.
The country round Debenham is at its very best at this time of year – hedges are a mixture of hawthorn blossom and fresh green leaves, the verges of the lanes feature cowslips, celandines and primroses.

Those who would like see some of this on a group ride to Debenham may wish to meet at the level crossing end of Platform 1 of Stowmarket station, where, all being well, I will alight at 9.30 am.


An appeal from Mike Moody, organiser of our “Summer” 25 on the Wortwell-Bungay course in the Waveney Valley, run together with the Wolsey RC 25 on Sunday 15th May:

“Linda is helping in the kitchen and I am doing the Chicken Roundabout, but both Sian Charlton and Geoff Morse are away so I am desperate for two more helpers to man the Chicken with me. The start is confirmed at 7:30 so not too early. I am away in France till 16th April”.

After that date Mike can be contacted on 01945 861046 or at mike@mjmoody.co.uk
The Chicken is the A143/B1332 roundabout just outside Bungay, the easternmost turn of the 25 course which is famous for its now dwindling flock of feral chickens.

ENTRIES are, of course, also welcome : Sun 15th EAST 25 0730 B25/50 Wortwell. Entries £7.00 to Mike Moody 7 Birch Grove, Elm, Wisbech, PE14 0AP
Clubrun after the 25 (around 10.30am) from Wortwell Community Centre Grid Ref
TM 276850 to Billingford “Horseshoes”, Grid Ref TM 166787, postcode IP21 4HL. The Horseshoes is on the A143 Diss to Harleston road, just over a mile east of Scole.
Lunch bookings to Ferg Muir (Phone 01603 615000 not as membership list).

Entries close on Tuesday (19th April) for Pete Holland’s TA East 25 based at Silk Willoughby near Sleaford on Saturday 30th April.
This is part of Pete & Gwyneth Holland’s camping weekend based at their home at Dunston, about halfway between Sleaford and Lincoln. Details were in TA East News for 25th March. I repeat them below:
(It looks as if I will be on my Brompton folding bike on this occasion, for ease of cross-country train travel – apologies in advance for my shortage of a wheel)

MAYDAY WEEKEND 2011 –organised by Pete and Gwyneth Holland
As everybody will know, the Mayday bank holiday weekend in 2011 will be extended by one day because of the Royal Wedding. This means that anybody wanting to come up to Lincolnshire for the weekend will be welcome any time from the Friday onwards. Mostly arrangements will be as usual but the finer details have yet to be settled.

Information will be in the next issue of the Gazette, or alternatively we can send you a sheet if you ring us on 01526 322633. We shall be sending out details of camping and the weekend itinerary with the start sheets.

25 mile time trial Saturday April 30th
This will be held on the C25/22 – Silk Willoughby nr Sleaford to Donington – same course as last year. As before, the event will include trikes, tandem trikes and tandems. Start will be at 2.00pm. Headquarters will be Silk Willoughby Village Hall, same as last year.

The only major change is that this year it is to be run alongside an ‘old school’ bicycle event promoted by Lincoln wheelers. This is a real ‘fun’ event where penalties are incurred for any aero aids or modern innovations. Tricycles may participate in the ‘old school’ theme but this is entirely optional.

Entries to:
Pete Holland, Stepping Stones, Main Road, Dunston, Lincoln LN4 2EZ
See CTT handbook for full details, or Telephone Pete on 01526 322633

Best wishes to you all
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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