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To TA East members and friends

From Ferg Muir


You are invited to join us at the


The Manger, Bradfield Combust.


Bradfield Combust is on the A134, 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds.

OS Sheet 155, Grid Ref TL893574, Postcode IP30 0LW

Bookings: £15.00 Martin Badham 01603 897738. 9 St Pauls Close, Horsford, Norwich NR10 3HG

Chairman’s Appetiser Run:

Meet at “Sweetmeats” cafe above sweetshop in Water Lane, Lavenham (opposite kitchen door of “The Swan”) approx 10.30am

The Chairman will be parking at The Manger and anyone who would like join him on the outward ride to Lavenham, should be at the Manger for 9.00am – where there is generous space for parking


If spending the whole day with us is not practicable, do feel free to join in, for instance, for the morning only.


But to attend the lunch itself do please ring or message Martin with you bookings as soon a possible.


You remember in the last issue of TA EAST E-NEWS Mike Keen was looking for a winter/touring trike.

I’m afraid the phone number quoted was out of date.

Mike’s current mobile number is 07910 332294 or

He is looking for a 21 or 21.5 inch trike in reasonable nick, and with lots of gears that he can use as a winter/ touring machine.


Les King draws our attention a new website forum-based club which is getting started.

THE TOURING CYCLIST CLUB – described as “A fresh resource & voice for cycle touring . . . a new club” There are details at:


Commiserations to TA EAST Members who have been getting in a tangle with their bicycles:

MARTIN BADHAM dropped one on his head earlier this week

I have not yet heard the full gory details, but he was outside his Mother’s flat in Royston putting his classic pre-war Raleigh onto a roof rack on his car, and somehow dropped it on top of himself instead.

Addenbrookes Hospital have patched him up.


PAUL WILLSHERE had just left a meeting in Darsham. He climbed on his road/track fixed wheel Mercian – which he had only recently brought back into use.

Before he got going, something slipped and Paul went straight down on the road. Others who had been attending the same meeting drove him home to Leiston and made him as comfortable as possible.

To cut a long and rather shocking story short, three days later he was taken from home to Ipswich Hospital by ambulance and fitted with a completely new hip-joint.

He is now home again and, carefully, I hope, looking after himself.

These falls from stationary bikes are often so much worse than coming off at 20 mph – the rider hits the road bang on, rather than sliding.   So it has proved with Paul.


And all the time he had an 800mm wide Geoff Booker trike in the shed.


On a much more cheerful note, let us turn to cafe/bikeshops…….

Riding the beautiful back-road from Norwich to Loddon, via Bramerton and the Yare Valley I came upon


Triathlon-orientedand run by Simon who used to be the bike partner in Dereham shop Tri-Harder, there are gleaming Boardman and Kuoto bikes and good value coffee and homemade cakes. All in an attractive former estate building, out in the country, by the entrance to Langley Hall, now a school.

Postcode is NR14 6BD




Time trialists planning to race in Essex or Herts might like to be aware that the full contents of the CTT London East District Handbook – including details of all their courses and club events – can be accessed online at:

For Norfolk and Suffolk the corresponding EAST DISTRICT HANDBOOK is a spiral-bound paper publication, which, I guess, will be available before the end of the month




Last week Royal Mail issued a set of Special Stamps including one of Grimes Graves, the Neolithic flint mines under Thetford Forest in Norfolk.


I was reminded of a CTC clubrun visit to the site before health and safety rules were so dominant. The Ministry of Works, who were in charge at the time, allowed visitors to climb down a ladder into one of the pits – as indeed you still can.

But what was different then was that you were also free to crawl into some of the nearby tunnels through the chalk – the tunnels were perhaps about two and a half feet high.

We took our bike front lights, and crawled a little way…. round one or two corners. Then we stopped, and turned out all our lights.


I had never experienced total darkness before – crouched right next to others, yet they were totally invisible.

It just doesn’t happen in normal life.


Please get your lunch bookings in to Martin Badham

Best Wishes

Fergus Muir 01603 615000,

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