South West London DA: Sou' Wester Archive
Sou'Wester September/October 2004

Were you one of the CTC members on the "Cyclists' Special" rail excursion to the Midlands on 8th May 1955? VCC and FCOT members are planning to re-run the rides on Sunday 6th May 2005, with Andrew Bellis as contact. An ambitious project to re-run the train and re-shoot the film with contemporary equipment is being pursued by Dave Holladay, CTC Public Transport campaigns officer. Several people who were on the original ride have already been traced and have provided stories and information. Some are even going to do the same ride again - 50 years later. If you were on that trip to Rugby, please let Clive know.

In June, Carole, Helga, Dawn and Lynda, did the Seeability 'Little Villages' ride from Dorking. Lynda raised £64 and thanks her sponsors - Saturday riders and Wayfarers. Carole Dockett completed the London to Brighton ride and rode back the same day. Seven DA members took part in the Dieppe raid. Known as the "Sou'Wester", they were delighted when awarded a very large cup for being one of the largest British teams. Congratulations to leader Norman, Terry L, and 'graduate' Beginners Carole, Liz, Lynda, Tony D and Tony H. A further success is the recognition by her gym that Lynda has been top of the leader board for two months by over 2,000 points. The Fitlinxx machine calculates exercise points including outdoor cycling.

Cheam & Morden
Andrew Hewett writes: it has been a successful summer of rides for the C&M. Graham's new concept 100 miles ride on 20th June was enjoyed. Members attending the Three Moles Beer Festival at Selham rode along the South Downs Way to meet up with the 100 milers. The neglected Guildford, Puttenham and Shackleford area has been targeted for rides. We will be returning to the area for a ride in autumn/winter to visit the Royal Oak, a Gales pub in the centre of Guildford, just behind the church in Guildford High Street.

Midweek Wayfarers
E-mails from many informants such as Terry Lowe and Brian Starey flashed across the Internet when Steve Bott suffered a fracture of his left femur on 8th June. This occurred when Steve was cycling with his local group. Terry reported that "The Worcester people had crossed the Malverns to join the Ledbury group for a joint run involving the crossing of a shallow ford. Steve's front wheel slid on a concealed concrete base with a slimy algae covered surface". He was taken to Hereford Hospital and we received a report from Steve's wife Pat about the diagnosis and repairs with a metal plate and pin. The last report of 11th July was from Steve who regretted that previous to this accident he had always taken a cautious route, walking over the footbridge. At that date he was making quite good progress, using one crutch to get about indoors and two for more serious walking activity. We await more up to date news. Meanwhile, on behalf of all Midweek Wayfarers, Secretary Brian Starey has wished Steve a speedy recovery.
Brian welcomes Rob Maskell, a nearby neighbour in Banstead, to the Wayfarers.
Following elevenses at the New Haw Day Centre, Vic led eleven Wayfarers in warm summer weather on a ride to Holyport. They lunched in the garden at the Belgian Arms which was fine apart from Bob's dissatisfaction when the pub's Special Ale ran out. So Bob also ran out in disgust. The group enjoyed tea at Pam's home, thank you for the hospitality Pam and thanks also for leading our group out of the Egham maze. Brian reports, "It was an excellent day's ride but 75 miles riding without a chamois insert left me feeling very sore. Lesson learnt!"
Ron Beams celebrated his birthday with friends at Cobham. Brian Starey said, "what a privilege it was at this special occasion to celebrate the birthday of a member very active in his 98th year and thanks from us all Ron for your generous hospitality and for your full account of 37 years of retirement. For 58 years a veteran - Ron you are an inspiration to us all!"
Brian asks leaders on Wayfarers rides to e-mail or write a few words on their ride to help make his briefings for Sou'Wester reports topical and wide-ranging.
There will be another Mystery Tour for Wayfarers on 22nd September. Start to be 9:30am at North Cheam. It will provide a two night visit on 22/23rd September to the brand new 5 star Lee Valley Youth Hostel. It will cost £17 per night in 2 person rooms to include breakfast.
Largely off-road (tarmac free) route. Bookings through Brian have now closed but late deciders can book direct (subject to availability) by contacting Carolyn at YHA lee Valley on 0870 7706118.
Brian reminds everyone to keep their annual attendance record up-to-date. If you have mislaid the form originally issued to you, then please keep tabs in your diary to report at the Wayfarers AGM which will be held at Hersham Village Hall at 11am on Wednesday 13th October 2004.

Mystery Word Hunt
38 entrants rode on the routes of 5, 20 or 50 miles from Brockham Green on Sunday 11th July. In addition to the riders from other DAs who were earning points in the DA Tourist Competition, the following members of SWLDA were successful in completing their routes and questions.
Beginners: Carole Dockett, Lynda Barrow and Helga Messwarp (who, pleased to receive their prizes even forgave the cruel organiser for forcing them to go through a particularly muddy bridleway on the outskirts of Brockham); Cheam & Morden: Simon and Susie Legg; Midweek Wayfarers: Norman Goody, Phil Lintott. Specially commended for commitment were our DA secretary Nigel Taylor, with friend Simon Waller, Tom Fiddimore and Shirley Quemby, who travelled long distances to compete after getting up early to marshal events. The 5 miles event in the village was won by Joanna Mae Goddard aged 8 (assisted by her Dad, Simon).
The event was held on the day of the Victorian Fair at Brockham. To show our appreciation of the enjoyment of the facilities at Brockham and the work done by those wonderful volunteers in the Church Hall every Sunday afternoon, we donated twelve pounds from Mystery Word Hunt receipts to the Brockham Village Fund. Competitors gave their unanimous vote for the holding of the event again in 2005.

Get set for the International Cycle Show
Visit the website or telephone 0870 126 1791 (quoting "CTC") to book discounted tickets in advance of the Show at Islington 24-26th September 2004. The associated ride from Islington to the London Eye which CTC London led last year will not take place this year. SWLDA propose to or organise their own trip to the Show on Sunday 6th September.
Contact Lynda Barrow or Clive Oxx.

Bike Week
The holding of the first Wandle Valley Festival in 2004 was planned to coincide with the first day of Bike Week. Organisations in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Croydon celebrated the Wandle and the work done over recent years to improve the state of the river. As a contribution from CTC London, Clive Oxx organised a Families Ride from the source at Waddon Ponds to Morden Hall Park. The children and parents of Sutton CC were joined for their elevenses at Carshalton Ponds by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton. The press photograph of this sunny occasion has appeared in an article on Bike Week in Cycling Weekly.

Heard on our Rides
I met Tom Fiddimore and his wife, Wendy, resting by the new fountain and lake at Butter Hill. Tom told me about the Cyclism ride of the previous evening. "It was very successful. It was called the 'Ups and Downs ride'. The hills of Carshalton Road, Rectory Lane to Woodmansterne and Chipstead Way to Solom Court Road provided the group with a succession of steep 'Ups and Downs'. My aim was to lead them up and down until someone cried out, "Enough, enough", but my game was spoilt by a broken hub spindle and a rider had to be taken home in a van. The strain of the Ups and Downs was obviously too great!" said Tom.
"It's horrible!" - comment by Sutton Borough Cycling Officer, Lynn Robinson, after riding over the 'rippleprint' surfacing in Woodmansterne Road.
Andrew Hewett: "Terrific Week at the Rides Clive. I recall I promised you some news over a beer in Derbyshire. I've got the news - but where's the beer?"
Clive Oxx: "In celebration of the return of my padlock which I had mislaid at the Mansion, I purchased a rock cake and tea. As I explained this to the lady at the counter, she exclaimed with horror, "you won't be celebrating anything, that crow has just flown off with your rock cake!" Two minutes later, to the amusement of onlookers, the nice counter lady returned with words of sympathy and a replacement rock cake!

Tea Places
Tan House Farm Shop. A notice on the converted barn premises to the south of Newdigate, on the road to Rusper, advertises farm shop products for sale such as beef, lamb pork preserves, oils, bakery products and - to entice the passing cyclist - tea and coffee. However, our well known tea place detective, Deanna reports that it does not provide sit-down facilities. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 9am to 4:30pm, Sunday 10am to 4:30pm.

I was pleased to hear from Ian that Gerald and Eileen Burt celebrated their Golden Wedding on 12th June and even more pleased when, soon after, I met Gerald looking very well outside the Civic Offices on a visit to Sutton.

Pete Mitchell tells us of the newly erected 3D stone sundial, map and seats on the cycle route near the ferry at Hurst Park (GR 142694). Besides details of local history, it is of particular interest to SWLDA members as, on one of the many name plates surrounding it, is the name, Les Johnson, together with a bicycle image. Les rode with the Cheam & Morden Section for over 30 years until his untimely death in 1999. Many Wayfarers use this way so please give a thought for Les as you go by and C&M friends will want to make a special visit to remember the times they enjoyed riding in Les's company.

CTC Birthday Rides August 2004
The SWLDA and Sutton Cycling Club for young people was well represented. Fuzz and Mary Edwards and family, Tom Fish, (oldest member present) Maria Pasek, Rita and Maurice Wilkins, Joanne and Ian McCormick, Clive Oxx, Ray Dare, Peter Mitchell, Andrew and Neil Hewett, Ann Bath, Steve Gordon and the star of our Profile for this month - Ed Sharp. The members of Sutton CC, touring section coach Moji Arogundade and Jack and Holly Donovan were applauded for their many awards and Director Kevin Mayne recognised during his prize-giving speech the good work Sutton CC is doing to encourage young cyclists into touring and CTC membership. All agreed that the Rides week in 2004 was one of the toughest but most enjoyable cycling holidays.

Sustrans Trailblazing Ride
Mike and Mary Pontin, as Sustrans Rangers, have advised us that we will be welcome to join the first stage of this Ride to start from Kew Gardens at 9am on Saturday 11th September. The route will blaze a trail to St Georges Park, Wandsworth, along the Wandle Trail, west to Dorking and on to Guildford for an overnight camp before continuing to the final destination of the Eden Project in Cornwall. Let Mike know in advance if you wish to join the Sustrans Trailblazers.