To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir

Our first meet of 2013 is on SUNDAY 6th JANUARY when we will have coffee at the FORGE TEA ROOM, Thornham Walks, near Eye. From there we will ride around 10 miles to a lunchtime meet at BILLINGFORD “Horseshoes”.
(There are two Billingfords in Norfolk – please note that this is the one on the A143, east of Scole and Diss). I will put some details at the end.

This Billingford has looked after us very well on several previous meets and is now deservedly in the 2013 Good Beer Guide. Those who have been there before will remember that just across the road is a tall WINDMILL.

There are details at www.norfolkmills.co.uk/Windmills/billingford-pyrleston-towermill.html
It is not open to the public at the moment, but I see that there is a meeting at the Horseshoes on Feb 4th 2013, 7pm, for those interested in getting involved in re-opening it. 01379 853967 is the phone number for details, in case anyone is interested.

As for the Forge Tearooms, they are the heart of “Thornham Walks” which are signed in the locality. A huge tree spreading over the tricycle park and chinz tablecloths inside. A nice place to start the tricycling year. I guess you can expect to find us having coffee at Thornham Forge Tearooms between 10am and 11am.

In fact for some the tricycling year will have already started – at 11.01am on Tues 1st Jan Don Saunders will roll off from the start of the CC Breckland New Years Day 10 on his Flying Gate trike pursued, almost certainly vainly, by Alan Nye, Ferg Muir and Martin Badham. Then there are 28 bikes. Event is based at Morley VH and turns at the Browick flyover near Wymondham.

Members will probably know from the TA website of the sad death of DEREK KEEN of the Lee Valley CC. In 1968 Derek teamed up with our member Mick Henighan to attack the tandem trike RRA record for Cardiff-London, then held by Martin Purser and Stan Spelling in 7hrs 2mins 58 seconds.
Derek and Mick did 6:42:06, a time which survived for nine years until Pat Kenny and John Taylor beat it – but even then by only 47 seconds.

A few years later, in 1973, I particularly remember Derek presiding at Fradley “Swan” after the never-to-be-forgotten first Stan Spelling Memorial 25, with its 120 rider full-field start card and 113 finishers.

The funeral is at the Kent County Crematorium, Charing, TN27 0EB at 2pm on the 4th January.
Michael Keen has sent me further details, which I can forward on request.

BOOKS – at Ray Legg’s wake there were boxes of Ray’s cycling library with the invitation to take books and pass them on in due course. From this source I have Ray’s copy of Jacques Augendre’s FAUSTO COPPI ready to pass on.
It’s a big coffee-table book with extraordinary and vast black-and-white photos and a florid style of which this reported comment of Louison Bobet’s on Coppi is an example:
“I admired his elegance in all its form; his moral elegance and the elegance of his gesture. When, for example, he got rid of his musette during a race, his comportment always seemed nobler than that of all the other riders”.

The book weighs a ton, but I could manage to carry it as far as Thornham Forge Tearoom – please tell me in advance if you would like me to bring it. Or, of course it can be collected from me in Norwich.

Finally – I hope to see many of you at Thornham and Billingford. Here are the boring details:

THORNHAM FORGE TEAROOM: Grid ref is TM100715, Postcode approx IP23 8HH, about 6 miles south of Diss, just west of A140.

Grid Ref is TM 166787, postcode IP21 4HL. The Horseshoes is on the A143 Diss to Harleston road, just over a mile east of Scole.
Do beware that there are two Billingfords in Norfolk, and this is the smaller one and is very close to the border with Suffolk.
If you are driving to the area, there are car parks in Mount Street, Diss ( GR 118806) or at the railway station. Or there are lay-bys on the A143, both west and a quarter of a mile east of the Horseshoes.
Hope to see you there!
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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