South West London DA: Sou' Wester Archive
Sou'Wester January/February 2006

At the Midweek Wayfarers AGM, Lynda Barrow was awarded the Arthur Jessop Shield.
Proposing this, secretary Brian Starey said:

"Lynda has done more than anyone else to unite the Wayfarers groups and to bring in many new faces from the Beginners Section. She leads rides for the Beginners and for both the Midweek B and C groups, has initiated or joined most of the away rides for this and other Sections of the DA and also leads rides for the Central London CTC Section. She has designed and obtained funding for a Sou'Wester jacket logo to wear and thereby promote the CTC and this DA on cycling tours and events abroad. Lynda has been doing all this in addition to organising meals for large gatherings of her friends at the Bell PH in Cheam. Without Lynda's home-made chocolate brownies and flapjack, the Wayfarers would be a lot poorer!".


Nothing this issue.

Cheam and Morden
The post Christmas lunch will be at the Hand in Hand, Boxhill on Sunday 29th January. Organiser Steve Gordon offers a two course lunch at £8.50. Book with Steve on rides from mid December.

Midweek Wayfarers
At the AGM, Mark Roy raised the importance of keeping records of punctures suffered for the Annual DA Awards. Whilst this competition is a fun award for which the winner currently receives a modest prize of an inner tube, he felt that "a person who weathers the storm of so many punctures and continues cycling should be better honoured". In recognition of this, Mark is willing to donate a suitable trophy to be awarded annually to the person with most punctures during a year.
The Midweeks have found two new venues for their elevenses: Elleray Hall in Teddington and the Bradbury Active Aid Centre in Kingston. Despite the fact that the absent manager of the latter had forgotten to mention the booking made by Brian for 40 or 50 cyclists to visit the hall on that day, the staff warmly welcomed the Wayfarers.
The annual lunch will be held at the Foley Arms PH, Hare Lane, Claygate on Wednesday, 1st March. Tickets, at £10 each, are limited to 50 so apply to Brian Starey without delay. The Downhill Competition was held on 16th November, thanks to Terry and his helpers. 30 entrants rode down from Norwood Hill towards Charlwood. It was won in fine style again by John Mason with Grant Pyke and Pete Barnard once again in close contention. New faces - Linda and Paul Foster and Ron Moore have recently joined the Section. New faces are also welcome to join Albert and friends on their Monday rides.

Nothing this issue.

Tea Places
Abinger Hammer Tea Rooms: Deanna Bailey has drawn our attention to a newspaper report of the funeral of Angela Bullard, "who for 25 years ran the tea rooms at Abinger Hammer. When Angela retired not so long ago, room was found in the Post Office/store to open a small café. So the Abinger Tearoom tradition thankfully lives on".
'Five on the Bridge' on the southern approach to Hampton Court Bridge is described by Lynda Barrow as "one of my favourite tea stops. They have nice fresh cakes with large portions, good coffee and the aroma from the cooking breakfasts smelt good!"

Events enjoyed
Pete Mitchell enjoyed the Golden Beeches Weekend in late October organised by the South Bucks DA and based at Longbarrow Hall in Stokenchurch. He reports: "We arrived at the Hall to a friendly welcome from Cilla Gosnell in overall charge of the team of helpers who provided us with tea and cakes on arrival and a buffet meal on our return later that afternoon. This was followed by a few words from Councillor Jill Kieran who presented CTC certificates to two long serving members of the DA. On Saturday there were rides, perfectly led by Bob Kynaston who made plenty of stops for chat where we could enjoy the views and wait for any stragglers. The route introduced us to many new lanes including a traffic free route through Waddesdon Park, a cycleway from Thame on the old railway track followed by a 'serious' climb back up to Stokenchurch, with the sight of over 30 red kites mewing and wheeling above us as we climbed. The day finished with a quiz and a slide show 'Chiltern Roundabout' presented wonderfully by John Gosnell. This event was revived last year after a lapse and proved to be a great success."
Andrew Hewett has provided this account of his ride on the Dulwich Paragon's 'Falling Leaves' Cyclo-Sportive event in early October: "It started from Herne Hill with a lap of the Track which, as a first time track rider I found a little scaring. Then on to the Hever area, returning up some very long climbs which I would happily have walked if I was confident I was the only person in Kent. Lunch was at the Westerham Working Men's Club. Here one of the locals wondered which of us was Reg Harris? I enjoyed the ride - even Anerley Hill on the A214. In Dulwich I admired the fine houses and the lovely village atmosphere along Gallery Road and College Road. At the end there was a plate of pasta and a drink for every rider. I did the 110 km in about 5 hours 40 minutes - bronze standard."

Warrington Cycle Campaign organised an excellent conference on Saturday 12th November plus informative rides. Theme was the need for 20 mph to become the default speed limit for residential areas for the benefit of all road users. Cyclists and pedestrians must work together, not against each other, to make streets pleasant for all especially children and the elderly. Press your MP to amend the Road Safety Bill to make it friendly for vulnerable road users (see Roger Geffen on page 8 of Cycle.)

Tooting and Wandsworth Commons
The Transport Minister has given the go-ahead for cycle tracks on the Commons. Local groups, including the LCC Wandsworth Cycling Campaign and CTC London Region, and local resident families campaigned vigorously at the Inquiry in opposition to arcane legal arguments. As reported in CTC Newsnet, "Residents of S.W. London can now look forward to safer green travel in these traffic choked areas providing safe cycling for all the family." Simon Merrett, who is Chair of Wandsworth LCC has said that he looks forward to working with Wandsworth Council and the Commons' Management to ensure that the tracks work for the benefit of all users.

Kingston Phoenix RC
Jake (Jackie) Dodd has been pleased with the response to the invitation to members of the DA to ride with the Kingston Phoenix. Jen Mitchell confirmed to your editor that the first rides were enjoyed by good numbers riding at moderate pace. If you are looking for a sociable ride on a Saturday morning you will be welcome to join the ride leaving at 10am from Horton Country Park.

Sutton Cycling Club
The London Borough of Sutton Sports Council gave the following awards for successes in 2005:
Louise Mahé - Young Sportsperson of the Year
Steve Wright - Coach of the Year
Sutton CC/De Ver Cycles - Runner-up Sports Club of the Year With this (paper) issue is a flyer advertising the National Property Register which is an online database of bikes and other items. Apparently, when something registered is lost, it can be flagged on the site and, once found, the Police can return it to the owner.

Recommended book
The Condor Years - a panorama of the great names in British Cycling, 1945 to 2000. Packed with 200 historic photographs, this will become a collector's item.