TA EAST NEWS JUNE 9TH 2012
To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir
This is to urge you to come along to PIN MILL on this coming Friday (15th June) for our annual evening meet for a drink and perhaps a meal by the Orwell estuary, and to MALDON on Saturday 23rd June and BREDFIELD, near Woodbridge, on Sunday 24th June to either watch or race at these two grass track racing afternoons.
Let’s take the grass track meets first.
We do need some advance entries for these and advance entry fees are much cheaper than those on the day. Full practical details are below, and also in the TA Gazette and on the TA website.
I emphasise that these are social as well as racing events. These are small-scale but outstandingly friendly events. There are typically 20-30 bike entries – across a very wide age-range and the afternoon consists of a quick-fire series of scratch and handicap races, with trike events giving the bikies a few minutes breather between their races.
With picnic-chairs around the track and a summery atmosphere, for the spectators it has something in common with village cricket – but the action is much closer and easier to understand.
Entries have been very low in recent years so I guess this is make-or-break year as whether we continue including them in the TA programme. I believe they are the only confirmed 2012 counters in the TA Criterium League.
Be aware that the order of battle is a bit different this year, with Maldon on Saturday afternoon being followed by a drive to Bredfield, where some will camp and the Plomesgate CC event is on Sunday afternoon.
If you can make time to look, Maldon is a town famous for its Thames barges and traditional sailing craft on the Blackwater estuary. Bredfield is about 4 miles from Woodbridge, a country town by a Suffolk estuary, with its tide mill and cafe looking across the Deben to the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, resting place of the Saxon Kings – at least they were resting until archaeologists dug them up.
The practical details:
Sat 23rd EAST: Social and Grasstrack Meet at Maldon. 1300hrs.
Lower Plume School, Mill Road. Racing entries £12 in advance, £18 on day (Cheques Maldon & District CC) to Nick Beckley 4 Meeson Meadows, Maldon, Essex CM9 6YS
Camping by the track at Bredfield
Evening Meet for meal – Tel Ferg Muir for details 01603 615000.
Sun 24th EAST Social and Grasstrack meet at Bredfield near Woodbridge 1300.
Racing entries (special TA price) £12 by post, £18 on day.Pete Whelan 22 Naverne Meadows, Woodbridge IP12 1HU
Now for PIN MILL. Please note this is Friday evening 15th (Apologies that I put 16th in the TA Gazette)
We will have an evening meet at the Butt & Oyster, the pub by the Orwell estuary in the parish of Chelmondiston. Grid Ref TM 205380 postcode IP9 1JW
Pin Mill is the riverside hamlet of Chelmondiston, 6 mls SE of Ipswich off the B1456.
This is a wonderful place to spend a summer evening and if you haven’t come to one of these meets before I commend the idea of coming along.
I shall be there from around 7pm. Most members have a meal, but some just drink.
I have just read a craft teacher’s opinion that the Pin Mill village sign is perhaps the best of the many in Suffolk, (or was it E Anglia?) Anyway, it will be worth a look.
Also there’s recently been correspondence in the East Anglian Daily Times about former pubs in Pin Mill – The Alma, and, I find through a waterways friend, The Riga. Another thing to look for.
(Talking of the East Anglian, fingers crossed, but it looks as if my EADT cycling column is back fairly regularly on a Saturday – has been so for the last four weeks now. Today I have page 80 to myself, with four photos, with the opposite page – by someone else – devoted to the Colchester Tour Series race. Let no-one say cycling is ignored by the press when they have the stuff to hand).
I’m glad to report that Martin had the wire that was holding his knee together successfully taken out last Thursday. He hopes he can now make steady progress towards bending his knee again.
On the same day I had an artificial lens put in my left eye, not entirely uneventfully, but I’d better not bore you with the details, at least not now.
We have had some very fine rides by members in the last two months, but I am a bit afraid of mentioning some and missing others – and I have probably been staring at a computer screen for an unwisely long time anyway.
But do have a look at the trike forum
where there are lots and lots of interesting posts.
Hope to see you at Pin Mill and at the Grass Track afternoons
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 firstname.lastname@example.org