To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir

We have two TA East meets coming up
Our annual evening meet at PIN MILL is this coming THURSDAY – JULY 4th.

Then on SATURDAY 13TH JULY we meet at WHERSTEAD and have lunch overlooking Harwich Harbour at THE SHIPWRECK, SHOTLEY GATE

First PIN MILL Many of you will be familiar with this regular in our summer programme, but for those that are not – the pub is the BUTT & OYSTER and it overlooks the Orwell estuary. One of the most special places in Suffolk. Go to Chelmondiston village about 6 mls SE of Ipswich on the B1456. There turn north to drop down to the waterside hamlet of Pin Mill.

Do please note that this year we are meeting on a THURSDAY evening. Last year there was pressure on dining space on Friday. I hope that Thursday will be quieter. Not ideal for those who have to work next morning, I know, but better I suspect than having to ask members to book.
I suggest we meet from 7pm onwards , Grid ref is TM205380 Postcode: IP9 1JW ,.

Meet for coffee at Suffolk Food Hall Cafe, Wherstead overlooking the Orwell Bridge Grid Ref TM166408 IP9 2AB. Recommended by friends in CTC Suffolk.
Lunch at Shipwreck PH , Shotley Gate, which is at the extreme northern end of the Shotley waterfront with a spectacular prospect of Harwich harbour. TM156354, IP9 2RY.

This is a truly exhilarating place, with views to Felixstowe shipping to the north and Harwich to the south. The Shipwreck pub is right inside a boatyard. It is an unspectacular modern building to look at, but the service, beer and food has been very good on previous visits. Just hope it does not rain this time!

It was great to hear several members successfully completed
CTC Essex’s Triennial Veterans 100 (Mile) Ride.
I asked Les King and Gill Adams about their ride on the tandem trike with the East Anglian in mind – and I expect there will be a mention in Saturday’s paper – but their account is worth a full airing here:

We decided to use the trike as it is more fun and we had not been more
than 50 miles on it up till then. We were pleased when we discovered that
we were riding with Mike (Moody) and Roy (Prockter) but disappointed to find that they were
only on 2 wheels!, Still Roy had his nice new shiny bike. The advantage we
had with “Pearl” was as our legs tired at the end we would not have to
worry about balance at junctions and could slowly go up the hills.
We can’t praise enough the organisation by the ladies at the food stops
all run with military precision. It made all the pedalling well worth while,
(wonderful cakes,).At the beginning Mike told us it would be the easiest
way to tackle our first 100 miles riding out and back again in short
sections and he was certainly right. It seemed to take the pressure off,
strange because you are still doing 100 miles .The route was not too
hilly, and very well planned to help get us all around. The worst bit was
when we rode into a very strong headwind, but luckily a lot of the route
had very high hedges which helped. We were in groups of 12. The leader of
our “white team group” despite keeping up quite a steady pace (about 12.5
mph) kept us all together working well with our back marker who also knew
the route…… apart from the last couple of miles when all the groups made a
mad dash (in the rain) for the final cup of tea. In the last 50 yards
“Pearl” decided that she had done enough and threw the rear chain off.Les
decided that he would not be beaten and just walk in, so a quick repair
took place and the finish was made on 3 wheels.
A very well planned and executed event and almost no rain! – Les & Gill

It was good to hear also that John Davies, who earlier had bashed his knee while riding tandem trike, was able to ride the 100 on his recumbent trike.

More tandem trike news: Congratulations to Jane Swain and Lindsey Clayton on their 2:32 :11 in the VC Baracchi 50 along the Waveney Valley, which, subject to the usual checks, will be a new CTT Ladies Competition Record.

Bill Hutchinson’s trike took centre-stage, literally, at his and his wife Rilla’s memorial service at Colney Woodland Burial Park just outside Norwich. The spot where their ashes were laid to rest – on the side of a ravine, will be marked with a small wood carving, done by their son Tim, of the two of them awheel. I shall return to see it again when nature has had time to take over.

Entries need to be in by the end of June for the competition for photos of the DEAL TRIKE INTERNATIONAL 
Details are (rather deeply buried, but definitely there) on the INTERNATIONAL EVENTS page of the TA Website, under “Final Details and Start Sheets. Entries to Liz Booker liz.booker@tiscali.co.uk 

Finally – here is a preview of the TA EAST Late Summer Programme, as sent to the TA Gazette:

Saturday July 13th
East Wherstead and Shotley Gate
Meet for coffee at Suffolk Food Hall Cafe overlooking the Orwell Bridge Grid Ref TM166408 IP9 2AB. Lunch at Shipwreck, Shotley Gate. TM156354, IP9 2RY.

Sunday 28th July
East 12 hour on B12/3 in Norfolk £14.00 D Saunders , Gravediggers Cott. Church St, Carbrooke Thetford IP25 6SW 01953 884297. HQ Scoulton Village Hall, near Watton.

Tuesday August 6th
East Ride your trike (or TT, or unicycle) in the Diss CC Wacky Races (beautiful approx 8 mile course) Redgrave 1845 hrs. Social meet in Cross Keys afterwards

Saturday August 10th 
East Meet at Stondon Massey, Essex Meet 10am at 8, Hooks Cross Mead, Hook End. CM15 0HS Grid ref TL589000 for coffee & cake, courtesy of Gordon & Gloria. Run, with fords if wet, to Lunch at Stondon Massey Bricklayers Arms CM15 0EQ Grid Ref TL582007

Sunday 15th September 
East 50 on B50/18, Attleborough. £8.50p M.Badham, 9 St Pauls Close, Horsford, Norwich NR10 3HG Tel 01603 897738 Followed by East AGM, Morley village hall, north of Attleborough.
Starting at approximately 12:00 noon.
Morley Village Hall is on Golf Links Road, Morley, Wymondham NR18 9SU- Grid ref: TM074977

Sunday October 6th
EAST 25 on E1/25b, (near Lea Valley CC Clubhut) Entries £8.50, Event Sec Mike Keen 13 Benn St, London E9 5SU 0207 253 2370
Accomodation available at Hut.( Bring your own breakfast – or go for the bacon sarnies at the Event HQ).

OCTOBER 12/13th Lincoln Whs Tandems and Trikes Weekend

Saturday October 19th
East Meet for coffee at The Osiers Cafe, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.

Look forward to seeing many of you at Pin Mill and Shotley!
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com 


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