To TA East members & friends

From Ferg Muir


We are just over a week away from the next TA EAST meet




Elevenses: Cafe in the Park, Castle Park, Colchester   CO1 1DN,    TL997271

I suggest our core time here will be 10.45-11am.


Soon after 11am we will set out to follow the Cycleway Route 51 which mostly follows the bank of the River Colne all the way to Wivenhoe


Lunch will be at the ROSE & CROWN,  WIVENHOE QUAY

Postcode is CO7 9BX and the Grid Ref TM 038215.

This pub, with its tables overlooking the tidal River Colne,  is one of the pleasures of East Anglia – do be with us if you can.



WE MUST HAVE SEEMED AN ODD QUARTET …to anyone seeing four of us  riding from Dave Huffey’s funeral service at Colchester Crematorium, zig-zagging through the suburbs of the town, to Eight Ash Green where the funeral wake was held at The Cricketers, overlooking the common and cricket pitch.


We were expertly led by John Malseed, dressed in black touring clothes and riding a Colnago frame that had once belonged to Chuffey – a machine of striking elegance…who would have thought such a word would be used in connection with Chuff??. Was it, I wondered, the frame on which Chuff successfully completed Paris-Brest-Paris in 1991 ? It seems likely.


Next in line was Andrew Pattle, on the ultra short wheelbase yellow micro-folder that he sometimes whisks out of a corner of his car boot, and wearing blue jeans – a choice of cycling garb he and Chuff were particular exponents of.


Next came Mike Smith, who had ridden over from Witham, in Maldon & District racing shorts, effortlessly rolling his green Longstaff trike .


Last of all, puffing a bit and crouching slightly incongruously over the bars of a black small-wheel Brompton folding bike, came me – Ferg Muir – in black blazer with one of the last TA wire blazer-badges on the top pocket.


There were other tricyclists at the funeral – Ivan Redegwell,  Herman Ramsey, Mick Henighan, who came over specially from Ireland, as well as Colchester Rovers members Derek Snowling, Neil Pears and two whose memories of Chuff  went back to the 1940s – Toni Plowright and Richard Wood.


It was a good show – though we were outnumbered by the family – which included Chuff’s oldest brother Ted , ten years his senior and  looking, and in particular sounding, so much like a thinner version  of our friend that it was quite emotional to be in his presence.


Truly Chuff had a good send-off.


I was pleased to hear from VERA STAINES, who is recovering from quite a serious heart operation at Addenbrokes

Vera says

“I am getting there, but very slowly, I can walk about 2 miles on the flat but going up hill is not so good.

The doctors have said I can go back to Holland as Mandy (Jim & Vera’s daughterEd)   is there to look after me, she is coming here on Sunday to pick me up. I will have to keep coming back for hospital appointments but I will not have the stairs as I have at Patricia’ s (older daughter).

 It could be quite a while before I can ride my bike again but I have bought a second hand e-bike so I will be able to get about on that after the middle of August”.


In spite of a couple of attempts, I have not managed to get much news of our national chairman Sid Charlton, except that his son tells me Sid is being treated for Lymphoma, which is involving a lot of visits to hospital for radiotherapy.


Looking forward to seeing many of you in Essex in a week’s time

Ferg Muir 01603 615000, fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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